Celebrity news for the week of Feb 25 2005
Singer Christina Aguilera, 24, will wed Jordan Bratman, 27, a first marriage for both. No date has been set. . . . American Idol’sKimberley Locke, 27, will marry Don Campbell, 27, but they’ve yet to set a date. It will be the first for both.
Actor Nicolas Cage, 41, and wife Alice, 21, expect their first child. He has a son from a prior relationship.
Actor Tom Sizemore, 43, was arrested Feb. 10 after allegedly failing a drug test while on probation for domestic violence and drug possession. Officials say he used a ”Whizzinator,” a prosthetic filled with someone else’s urine.
Perpetually troubled Courtney Love, 40, was sentenced Feb. 10 in L.A. to three years’ probation after pleading no contest to attacking a woman at her ex’s house. The singer’s reps say she ”continues to insist she did not do anything wrong.”. . . Leonard Salati filed suit against Janet Jackson, 38, Feb. 10 in NYC, alleging that two of her bodyguards assaulted him at an NYC club on Feb. 5. He seeks $120 million. Jackson’s reps called the allegations ”preposterous.”. . . Random House sued rap mogul P. Diddy, 35, in NYC on Feb. 14, claiming that in 1998 he accepted a $300,000 advance for his autobiography and failed to deliver. Random House wants its money back. Reps for Diddy say, ”We anticipate that this will be resolved quickly.”. . . On Feb. 14 in L.A., a sound engineer sued the estate of Ray Charles, claiming he didn’t receive proper credit for work on the Grammy-winning Genius Loves Company. Mark Fleming seeks unspecified damages. Reps say the credits were ”verified to be accurate prior to the release of the CD.”. . . Ashley Olsen, 18, filed a $20 million libel suit against the National Enquirer Feb. 14 in L.A., claiming the tabloid insinuated that she was involved in a drug scandal. Enquirer reps have said they stand by the story.
Comedian Bernie Mac, 46, revealed he has sarcoidosis, a disease characterized by tissue inflammation. In a statement, Mac says, ”I’ve had sarcoidosis since 1983, and it has not altered or limited my lifestyle.”. . . Matthew Perry, 35, is home after being hospitalized Feb. 7 in L.A. for what reps say was a ”bad reaction to some prescription medication.”. . . Jury selection for the Michael Jackson trial was postponed when he was sent to the hospital Feb. 15 with ”a flu-like illness,” according to doctors at the Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, Calif.
Emmy-nominated director John Patterson (The Sopranos), 64, of prostate cancer, Feb. 7, in L.A. . . . Noted jazz organist Jimmy Smith, 76, of natural causes, Feb. 8, in Scottsdale, Ariz. . . . R&B singer Tyrone Davis, 66, after being hospitalized for a coma, Feb. 9, in Hinsdale, Ill. . . . Jazz DJ Mort Fega, 83, of complications from surgery, Jan. 21, in Boynton Beach, Fla. . . . Songwriter Jack Segal (”Scarlet Ribbons”), 86, of heart failure, Feb. 10, in Tarzana, Calif…. Actress Beverly Dennis, 79, Red Buttons’ wife on The Red Buttons Show, of bone cancer, Jan. 20, in L.A. . . . Najai Turpin, 23, a contestant on NBC’s upcoming The Contender, of apparent suicide, Feb. 14, in Philadelphia.