Plus Jewel, Mel Gibson, and other stars in the news the week of March 18, 2011

By EW Staff
Updated March 18, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

Tyra Banks, 37, revealed that she has been attending classes at Harvard Business School.

After comedian Gilbert Gottfried, 56, tweeted tasteless remarks about the disaster in Japan, insurance company Aflac fired him as the voice of the Aflac duck on March 14. ”There is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times,” Aflac said in a statement.

Singer Jewel, 36, who is pregnant with her first child with husband Ty Murray, was involved in a car accident with a fire truck on March 11. She was briefly hospitalized, but later tweeted that she and the baby were ”ok.”

Mel Gibson, 55, pleaded no contest March 11 to a charge of misdemeanor domestic violence stemming from a Jan. 6, 2010, incident involving former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Gibson, who was sentenced to 36 months’ probation, will serve no jail time…. Felicia ”Snoop” Pearson, 30, who played a character of the same name on The Wire, was arrested March 10 in Baltimore on drug trafficking charges. Her lawyer said in a statement that Pearson feels ”targeted” partly because of her role on the HBO series. Pearson denies all charges, saying: ”I did not do anything. I am not selling drugs.”

Musician Mike Starr, 44, the original bassist for Alice in Chains, was found dead at a Salt Lake City home on March 8. Police have not yet determined the cause of death.


Queen Latifah, 41
March 18

Bruce Willis, 56
Harvey Weinstein, 59
Glenn Close, 64
March 19

Spike Lee, 54
March 20