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January 05, 2000

Puff Daddy declares innocence in court

Rap mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs left a Manhattan grand jury yesterday declaring that he is innocent of felony gun charges filed against him after a Times Square nightclub shooting. "I came here to tell the truth," Combs said after testifying before the panel. "I am 100 percent innocent, and the charges against me are 100 percent false. I hope they will be able to see that." Combs, 30, was arrested on weapons charges on Dec. 27 shortly after three people were wounded by gunfire around 2: 30 a.m. at Club NY. Police said they stopped the vehicle Combs and Jennifer Lopez fled in after it ran a red light about 10 blocks from the club. Police said they found a 9-mm handgun on the floor of the SUV. Combs, the head of Bad Boy Entertainment, is free on $10,000 bail and is due back in court on Feb. 14. A lesser-known rapper called Shyne, whose real name is Jamal Barrow, was charged in the club shooting with three counts of attempted murder.

Carrey drops `Mask' sequel

Having graduated with high honors from "Dumb and Dumber" and "Ace Ventura" fare, Jim Carrey is hanging up his rubber-faced, goofball shtick -- at least for now. The star of critically acclaimed dramatic hits "Man on the Moon" and "The Truman Show" has no interest in a sequel to "The Mask," the 1994 comedy hit that launched both Carrey and Cameron Diaz. New Line Cinema will forge ahead anyway: A spokesman for the company says "The Mask II" "is in development" with or without Carrey. And look for Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham to replace Diaz. One source says she's being hyped to help her save face after her humiliating rejection for a role in the troubled "Charlie's Angels."

Fest to honor Moreau

French film star Jeanne Moreau will be honored at next month's Berlin Film Festival as part of celebrations to mark its 50th anniversary, organizers said yesterday. The Berlinale, one of Europe's top three film festivals, will honor Moreau with a Golden Bear award for life achievement and will screen many of her films during the 12-day festival, which runs from Feb. 9 to Feb. 20. Moreau, who has starred in some 100 films, was born in Paris in 1928, the daughter of an English dancer and a French barman. She began her film career in 1949 and first attracted attention in 1958 for her performance in "Lift to the Scaffold." Moreau, who has been called a "thinking man's Brigitte Bardot," had other starring roles in "The Lovers" (1959), "La Notte" (1961), "Diary of a Chambermaid" (1964), "Chimes at Midnight" (1966) and "Jules and Jim" (1961).

McGuires concert possible

Nearly half a century after they began their show business careers as teen-agers, the McGuire Sisters are contemplating a return to their roots in New York City. "We'd like to put together something like a special concert in New York City, where it all began," Phyllis McGuire said Monday as she and sisters Dorothy and Christine prepared for a four-night engagement here. "We'd like to do a concert, maybe in Carnegie Hall, to mark our 50 years in the business," she told the Associated Press.

McCartney gives to hospital

Paul McCartney, whose wife, Linda, died of breast cancer, has made a "substantial" donation to two U.S. medical centers for research into the disease without animal testing, his New York office said yesterday. "I have given this money on behalf of our family in memory of our lovely Linda and so that others may be given the chance to live without animals dying," McCartney, an animal rights activist, said in a statement. "This donation is given on the understanding that none of the money is used in animal testing." A source at McCartney's office said the donation was "in excess of $2 million" and would be divided between the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and the Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson -- both hospitals that had treated his wife.

Today's birthdays

Sun Records founder Sam Phillips is 77.

Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale is 72.

Actor Robert Duvall is 69.

Football Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll is 68.

King Juan Carlos of Spain is 62.

Talk show host Charlie Rose is 58.

Actress-director Diane Keaton is 54.

Actor Ted Lange is 53.

Rhythm-and-blues musician George "Funky" Brown (Kool and the Gang) is 51.

Rock musician Chris Stein (Blondie) is 50.

Actor Clancy Brown is 41.

Actress Suzy Amis is 39.

Singer Iris Dement is 39.

Rock musician Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) is 34.

Rock singer Marilyn Manson is 31.

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