- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 7, 2005

‘Baywatch’ star sued

Pamela Anderson is being sued for breach of contract for purportedly not making herself available for promotional events.

United Licensing Group Inc., which is arranging for the manufacture of the star’s perfume, clothing and other merchandise, claims the curvaceous former “Baywatch” lifeguard has not been sufficiently available at signings, photo shoots and trade shows, according to a Superior Court lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles.

United Licensing claims it has a five-year contract but that Miss Anderson repeatedly decided against licensing proposals. The company also claims it was excluded in Miss Anderson’s agreement to have her image on slot machines at Bally’s casino and hotel in Las Vegas.

Photographer shot

A photographer was shot in the leg with a BB gun outside a home where he believed Britney Spears was attending a bridal shower Saturday evening, authorities said.

It was unclear who fired the BB as the photographer was staking out the event at the Malibu, Calif., home, sheriff’s Lt. Steve Smith said. He said firefighters bandaged the man’s leg and he went to a hospital.

“It could’ve been somebody driving by, walking by, we have no idea where it came from,” Lt. Smith said.

Associated Press reported that the photographer, identified as Brad Diaz, was about 200 yards from the home outside the house’s long driveway when he was hit. He was one of about 10 photographers standing in the street.

Police originally said the home belonged to Miss Spears, but deputies later learned that it belonged to someone else and that Miss Spears is a frequent guest. The owner was not identified.

A message left with Miss Spears’ publicist was not immediately returned Saturday night.

Crucifixion re-enacted

Hollywood actor-director Mel Gibson has been asked to recreate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in the streets of Sydney, Australia, if the city is selected to host a major Catholic gathering in 2008, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Mr. Gibson’s staging of the Stations of the Cross, a live interpretation of Jesus’ final hours, would be part of a bid by the city to secure the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day in 2008, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The crucifixion re-enactment — similar to scenes from Mr. Gibson’s hugely successful film “The Passion of the Christ” — would begin with the Last Supper staged at Sydney’s landmark Opera House at sunset, and would end with the crucifixion at St. Mary’s Cathedral, according to bid documents the newspaper said it obtained.

The Roman Catholic archbishop of Sydney, George Pell, told the newspaper that intermediaries had “started approaches” to Mr. Gibson to stage the event. Mr. Gibson’s involvement with World Youth Day was on the city’s “wish list,” Archbishop Pell said. “He might well be attracted. I think his devotion to Christ is very real.”

The venue for the 2008 gathering, expected to attract an estimated 400,000 young Catholics from 160 countries, will be announced by Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 21, in Cologne, Germany, the newspaper said.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from Web and wire reports.

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