- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Hatcher burys hatchet

Britain’s best-selling newspaper yesterday apologized to “Desperate Housewives” star Teri Hatcher for a story that claimed she had had sex with men in a van outside her home.

The Sun tabloid acknowledged the article, which it ran in August, was “totally incorrect” and apologized to Miss Hatcher “for the embarrassment caused,” Associated Press reports.

Her legal firm, Schillings, said the newspaper had agreed to pay undisclosed damages and Miss Hatcher’s court costs. It said the celebrity magazine Heat also had agreed to apologize for printing the same claims in August.

In December, Miss Hatcher, 41, accepted undisclosed libel damages from another tabloid, the Daily Sport — which earlier had made the same claims. The actress, who has a young daughter, issued a statement in December saying she had “tolerated many ridiculous and fabricated lies and gossip in the tabloids” as something that “just comes with the territory of fame.”

“But when a story appeared about me, insinuating that I am an irresponsible and neglectful parent, I had to draw the line,” she said.

Connected by birth

Play dates probably aren’t in the stars for Grier Hammond Henchy and Suri Cruise.

Grier, a girl, was born to Brooke Shields and husband Chris Henchy on Tuesday. In a strange twist of fate, Suri — also a girl — was born on the same day to Tom Cruise and fiancee Katie Holmes.

Here’s more strangeness: Both girls weighed about 7 pounds, and both are 20 inches long, the Chicago Tribune notes.

Weirder yet: “Access Hollywood” is reporting that the girls were born in the same hospital, on the same floor. However, neither party has released information about where the births took place.

Miss Shields famously was criticized last year by Mr. Cruise on the “Today” show for her use of antidepressants to battle postpartum depression. The actor, a Scientologist, opposes psychiatry and prescription medication to battle depression. Miss Shields had written a book about her fight with postpartum depression and was outspoken about her use of Paxil.

Trial for Khan’s son

Tuesday was a bad day for Chaka Khan.

The Grammy winner’s 26-year-old son, Damien Patrick Holland, was due in court on a murder charge stemming from the Sept. 24, 2004, shooting of Chris Bailey, 17, who died after an argument at Mr. Holland’s west L.A. home.

“Apparently it is love-triangle-based, and it happened over a woman, and he allegedly murdered her boyfriend,” the New York Daily News quotes an unnamed source as saying.

Mr. Holland was arrested the day of the shooting but was released when prosecutors declined to file charges pending investigation. He was charged after detectives found witnesses.

Although he pleaded not guilty in March of last year — saying the incident was “accidental” — Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner found enough evidence to send the case to trial, according to the L.A. District Attorney’s office. He is due for arraignment Sept. 26, the newspaper said.

Murphys end union

The 12-year marriage between Eddie Murphy and his wife, Nicole, is no more.

According to court papers, the couple’s divorce was made final Monday in Los Angeles, E! Online reports.

As part of the arrangement, the actor will pay his ex child support to help take care of their five children — Bria, Myles, Shane, Zola and Bella Zahra. Mr. Murphy also has a son, Christian, from a previous relationship.

Mrs. Murphy, a former model, filed for divorce Aug. 5, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split.

Federline maligned

Two “fake” hip-hoppers from Boston have recorded “Wake Up, K-Fed,” a song berating Kevin Federline’s attempt at rap-music stardom, MTV.com reports. According to the Denver Post, DJ Dirty Beagle and Names, a pair of investment bankers, wrote the song about Britney Spears’ husband on a Sunday afternoon. Mr. Federline’s debut hip-hop album, “Playing With Fire,” is expected to be released in August. His first single, “PopoZao,” has been slammed by many music critics.

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

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