- The Washington Times - Monday, August 6, 2007

Hot ticket

The Shakespeare Theatre Company has announced that jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, actress-singer Patty LuPone and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will top the list of artists performing at the gala concert marking the opening of its new Harman Center for the Arts on Oct. 1. Also scheduled to appear that night are ballet dancers Nina Ananiashvili and Julio Bocca, the Washington Ballet and actors from the Shakespeare Theatre Company. The Duchess of Gloucester, a member of the British royal family, will preside at the event, which includes a $1,000-per-person black-tie dinner dance at the neighboring National Building Museum.

That’s my baby

Actor Eddie Murphy has admitted he fathered a child with Spice Girls singer Melanie Brown, who had filed a paternity suit against the comedian, People magazine reported Saturday.

While the “Beverly Hills Cop” star said he has paid child support for 4-month-old Angel Iris Murphy Brown, he denied Miss Brown’s claim that the two had planned to have the child.

People, citing a statement released by his representatives, said Mr. Murphy “acknowledges paternity of the child, Angel, and has paid child support to Miss Brown as well as covering the expenses of her pregnancy.”

Mr. Murphy and Ms. Brown dated very briefly and never made any plans of ANY sort,” the statement said.

Miss Brown, the 32-year-old Spice Girl known as Mel B and Scary Spice, said at a press conference Wednesday that her daughter “will always know that she was planned and wanted by both of us.”

Miss Brown’s attorney, Gloria Allred, said a paternity test proved that Mr. Murphy, 46, is the father.

In 2005, Mr. Murphy divorced his wife Nicole Mitchell Murphy, the mother of his five children.

The star of “Dreamgirls,” “Beverly Hills Cop” and “The Nutty Professor” is currently engaged to producer Tracey Edmonds, according to news reports.

Miss Brown is divorced and has an 8-year-old girl.

Lawsuit filed

Marilyn Manson’s former keyboardist has sued the shock rocker, claiming he kept at least $20 million meant to be shared with the group.

Stephen Bier— whose stage name was Madonna Wayne Gacy — says he, Mr. Manson and other band members signed a partnership agreement in 1993 to divide profits.

The suit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claims Mr. Manson and others deceived Mr. Bier into thinking the band wasn’t making much money.

Mr. Bier says he began to think differently several years ago when Mr. Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, went on a spending binge. From 2004 to 2006, the suit claims, Mr. Manson used band money to buy a $2 million home, collect Nazi paraphernalia, African masks made of human skin and human skeletons.

In addition, the suit claims Mr. Manson spent band money on personal drug treatment, a low-budget movie production, a Los Angeles gallery to display his artwork and about $450,000 for an engagement ring and his wedding to burlesque performer Dita von Teese. She has since filed for divorce.

Mr. Manson’s agent did not immediately return a call Saturday. But in an interview Thursday with MTV News, Mr. Manson denied the allegations and said he would fight them.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from staff and wire reports.

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