Celebrity news

April 07, 2005

Photographer to give DNA in Kidman case

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - A Sydney court ordered a celebrity photographer to give a DNA sample to police investigating the apparent bugging of Nicole Kidman's home.

The bug was found Jan. 23 outside the actress' home in Sydney's most exclusive harborside neighborhood during a search by her security staff.

On Wednesday, Waverley Local Court magistrate Lee Gilmour ordered photographer Jamie Fawcett to provide a sample of his DNA after police said they want to compare it with two sets of DNA found on the listening device.

Fawcett, who hasn't been charged with any offense, had earlier refused to give police a DNA sample.

Outside the court, his lawyer, Paul Russer, said Fawcett plans to appeal.

Kidman, 37, was granted a restraining order against Fawcett and another Sydney photographer, Ben McDonald, earlier this year after claiming the pair were hounding her so much, she was afraid to leave her home. The order was later lifted.


Singer Jones booted from European train

LONDON (AP) - Police escorted Grace Jones off a Eurostar train after she allegedly grabbed a ticket inspector's arm in a row about her fare.

Jones, 52, also verbally abused the female inspector after being asked to pay for a seat upgrade on the Tuesday evening service from Paris to London, Eurostar spokesman Paul Charles said.

"We are not pressing charges but we will not tolerate any verbal or physical abuse from anyone against passengers or staff on Eurostar," Charles said.

No one was immediately available for comment Wednesday at the office of Jones' lawyer in New York.

The singer-actress was traveling with a first-class ticket but sat in the premium-class area, Charles said. When the ticket inspector asked her to pay for an upgrade, Jones said she had no money and refused to move, he said.

"She was arguing and verbally abusing the train manager. She then attacked the manager, grabbing her arm," he said. "A male catering assistant managed to separate the two women and tried to calm Ms. Jones down."

Springsteen discusses songwriting at taping

RED BANK, N.J. (AP) - Bruce Springsteen says sometimes all a song needs is a dictionary and a notebook.

Some 350 people at The Two River Theatre watched The Boss perform during a taping of VH1's "Storytellers" series Monday night.

"It's kind of an iffy proposition," Springsteen said of discussing songs.

"Talking about music is like talking about sex," he told fans in Monmouth County, where he was raised and still makes his home. "Can you describe it? Are you supposed to?"

Springsteen launched the program with "Devils & Dust," the title track of his new album, scheduled for release April 26.

He said the song was written when U.S. troops entered Iraq and deals with the struggle between the personal and the political. "What if we do destroy our ideals?" he asked.

Springsteen said he used a rhyming dictionary and a notebook when he wrote "Blinded by the Light." During the two-hour show, he also discussed the lyrics and sang "Thunder Road," "Brilliant Disguise" and "Nebraska."

"Songs shift their meanings when you sing them," he said. "They shift their meaning in time."

'Calendar Girl' Baker to marry vicar

LONDON (AP) - The widow who inspired the hit movie "Calendar Girls" is to marry the vicar who comforted her after her husband died.

The Rev. Charles Knowles said Tuesday he will marry Angela Baker, 58, of Linton-in-Craven in northern England, in November, seven years after the death of her husband, John.

John Baker's death from leukemia at 54 prompted Baker and other members of the Rylstone and District Women's Institute to pose naked for a calendar that raised more than $1.8 million for leukemia research.

The 2003 film starred Julie Walters and Helen Mirren.

Knowles said the couple will marry in Rye, southern England, and then hold a civil ceremony in Linton-in-Craven.

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