David Copperfield sued for sexual assault
A Seattle woman has sued magician David Copperfield, contending he sexually assaulted and threatened her while she was a guest on his private island in the Bahamas. Copperfield's lawyers, Angelo Calfo and Patty Eakes, deny the allegations and say the lawsuit is "extortion for money, plain and simple." No criminal charges have been filed. The Seattle Times describes the woman as a 22-year-old fashion model and former Miss Washington USA contestant. She says she met Copperfield during a January 2007 performance in Kennewick and that year she was invited to his private island. The Times says the lawsuit was filed July 29 in federal court in Seattle against David Seth Kotkin, Copperfield's given name. That date was the deadline for a two-year statute of limitations.
ACLU says 'Survivor' Hatch's return to prison unfair
The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday said it was appalled that "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch was returned to prison for granting two unauthorized TV interviews. Hatch had been serving out the end of his tax evasion prison term on home confinement, but was jailed Tuesday after giving several interviews - to NBC's "Today" show, NBC affiliate WJAR-TV and the NBC-owned "Access Hollywood." His lawyer said the Bureau of Prisons told her Hatch was jailed because the agency had authorized only the "Today" interview, not the other two.
Jerry Seinfeld to salute Bill Cosby with humor prize
Jerry Seinfeld will honor fellow comedian Bill Cosby on Oct. 26 with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Seinfeld will be joined by Chris Rock, "Cosby" co-stars Phylicia Rashad and Malcolm-Jamal Warner and others. The event will be broadcast nationally Nov. 4 on PBS. The tribute will reflect Cosby's diverse musical tastes, with performances by jazz artist Wynton Marsalis, country singer Willie Nelson and orchestra conductor James DePreist.
UK judge rejects bid to stop Stella perfume launch
A British judge refused to stop the release of a new Stella McCartney perfume Thursday, ruling in a dispute that centers on the new scent's name using the word "nude." STELLANUDE's planned launch in Britain this weekend was challenged by Nude Brands Ltd., which has filed a lawsuit claiming trademark infringement. High Court Judge Christopher Floyd ruled to allow the perfume launch, saying "everything will turn on the evidence" when the dispute goes to trial next year. Nude Brands, run by U2 singer Bono's wife, Ali Hewson, and entrepreneur Bryan Meehan, argues that it holds a registered trademark for the capitalized word NUDE for a range of cosmetics and toiletries. McCartney is the daughter of former Beatle Paul McCartney.
Whitney Houston grants TV interview to Oprah Winfrey
After a long absence from music, Whitney Houston is staging a much-hyped career comeback with an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Houston will be Oprah Winfrey's first guest as the television talk-show queen launches her 24th season on Sept. 14. According to her Web site, Oprah.com, Winfrey calls Houston's appearance "the most anticipated music interview of the decade." The 46-year-old superstar has not done a major TV interview since 2002, when she addressed questions about her drug use from ABC's Diane Sawyer. Houston is releasing her new album, "I Look to You," on Aug. 31. Her career stalled as she battled drugs and endured a troubled marriage to Bobby Brown.