- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 10, 2004

Cops nab rocker

San Francisco Chronicle

Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd was arrested for carrying a switchblade in his bag while trying to board a plane in New York.

Mr. Boyd, 28, was stopped Wednesday at LaGuardia Airport when baggage screeners spotted the knife in his carry-on luggage, says Lour Martinez, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Mr. Boyd was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, but was able to continue to Raleigh, N.C., in time for a concert.

“I totally forgot it was at the bottom of my bag, and when the security person pulled it out, I thought, ‘Oh, no’,” Mr. Boyd said in a statement.

Upon arriving in Raleigh, Mr. Boyd had just 20 minutes to get from the airport to the concert hall, so Incubus’ manager arranged for a police escort.

Charges dropped

E! Online

Actor Anthony Anderson is “relieved and delighted” after a rape charge was dismissed against him

A judge in Memphis, Tenn., found there was not sufficient probable cause to try the portly comic actor — star of “Barbershop” and “Kangaroo Jack” — for the alleged assault of an extra on a movie set, a spokeswoman for the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office said.

A rape charge also was dismissed against Wayne Witherspoon, 42, a veteran assistant director.

Mr. Anderson and Mr. Witherspoon were arrested July 27 on suspicion of aggravated rape after a naked woman ran out of a production trailer on the Memphis set of “Hustle & Flow,” an upcoming hip-hop comedy. Mr. Anderson co-starred in the film; Mr. Witherspoon worked on it as assistant director.

On Wednesday, the alleged victim, a 25-year-old woman, testified during a preliminary hearing that Mr. Witherspoon invited her into the trailer, and that Mr. Anderson raped her in it.

“I was continuously yelling stop,” the unidentified woman said, according to the Commercial Appeal, a Memphis newspaper. “Mr. Anderson was taking pictures with a camera phone. I feared for my life.”

The defense, however, apparently was bolstered by two key pieces of testimony: The woman told the court she’d had sex with Mr. Anderson twice on the day before the alleged rape, and an ex-boyfriend of the woman said she’d told him she’d cried rape in a bid to get money out of the actor.

“In 20 years, this is the most suspicious case I’ve ever heard,” Judge C. Anthony Johnson said in dismissing the charges, according to the Commercial Appeal.

Musicians honor Pearl

Boston Herald

Pianist Yefim Bronfman is among a stellar roster of musicians taking part in the third annual Daniel Pearl Music Day, an international celebration featuring music of all genres that honors the memory of the late Wall Street Journal reporter.

Other events worldwide, throughout October, will feature such performers as Elton John and Herbie Hancock, as well as a number of varied musical ensembles including the Arab/Jewish Youth Orchestra, the Masters of Indian Music, and the California Traditional Music Society.

Mr. Pearl, a talented amateur musician who played violin and mandolin, was slain by Muslim extremists in Pakistan in 2002.

Complete concert listings and further details about the event are available at www.danielpearl.org/ musicday04.

McCartney with child

San Francisco Chronicle

Paul McCartney’s fashion designer daughter Stella McCartney has announced she’s pregnant with her first child.

Miss McCartney made the announcement Thursday at the launch of her new spring/summer collection during Paris Fashion Week. A spokesman for the designer confirms she is three-and-a-half months pregnant.

The designer says she doesn’t know whether the baby will be a boy or a girl.

“I want it to be a natural thing. I want it to be a surprise.”

Miss McCartney, 33, married former publisher Alasdhair Willis in August 2003.

The baby will be the third grandchild for the former Beatle. His eldest daughter, Mary, has two boys.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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