Celebrity news for the week of Oct. 29, 2004
May she never fall on black days: Audioslave lead singer and Soundgarden vet Chris Cornell, 40, and his wife, Vicky, 26, welcomed daughter Toni Cornell Sept. 18. It is their first child; Cornell has a daughter from a previous relationship.
On Oct. 13, Fox talker Bill O’Reilly, 55, sued O’Reilly Factor associate producer Andrea Mackris, 33, claiming she and her lawyers tried to extort $60 million from him and Fox News by threatening to go public with claims of sexual harassment. Later that day, Mackris filed a suit of her own, alleging sexual harassment and claiming the pundit ”created a virulently hostile work environment.” O’Reilly’s lawyers said, ”Even celebrities shouldn’t be compelled to pay blackmail.” Lawyers for Mackris could not be reached for comment…. R&B singer Ronald Isley, 63, was indicted by a federal grand jury on tax-evasion charges Oct. 13 in L.A. According to a statement from the IRS, Isley allegedly failed to report income earned as a member of the Isley Brothers. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 26 years in prison. No trial date has been set. Isley could not be reached for comment…. Erstwhile King of Pop Michael Jackson, 46, was sued Oct. 13 in L.A. by an herbalist claiming breach of contract. Alfredo Bowman (a.k.a. Dr. Sebi) claims Jackson hired him exclusively for a six-month period, then refused to pay the $58,000 invoice. Bowman is now suing for $980,000 in damages. Jackson could not be reached for comment…. On Oct. 1, James Diamond filed suit in Detroit against the White Stripes, alleging breach of contract. Diamond claims that Jack White (né John Gillis), 29, and Meg White, 29, enlisted his help as a producer and engineer on their eponymous debut album but have failed to pay him royalties or other compensation. On Oct. 12, Diamond also filed for breach of contract regarding their second album, De Stijl, which he coproduced. He is seeking unspecified damages. The Stripes’ management says, ”The suit is legally and factually baseless.”
Actor Richard Dreyfuss (Silver City), 57, dropped out of his role as Max Bialystock in the London stage premiere of The Producers Oct. 18, citing continued problems from back surgery and a recurring shoulder injury. He will be replaced by Nathan Lane, who originated the role on Broadway…. Soft Cell singer Marc Almond (”Tainted Love”), 48, was hospitalized after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car Oct. 17 in London.
He may work at Comedy Central, but when Jon Stewart appeared on CNN’s Crossfire Oct. 15, he wasn’t there to bring the funny. ”I’m not going to be your monkey,” the Daily Show anchor told hosts Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala, chastising them for ”hurting America” by being ”partisan hacks.” Stewart also made fun of right-wing pundit Carlson’s bow ties (”those are not easy to tie”) and called him a d—. Come to think of it, maybe it was funny.