- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Slava sidelined

Cellist-conductor Mstislav Rostropovich was hospitalized in Moscow for an unspecified reason, the Kremlin disclosed yesterday, adding that he had received a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mr. Rostropovich, 79, received the visit yesterday at a medical clinic in the capital, Mr. Putin’s press service said. A representative of the press service said she did not know anything about Mr. Rostropovich’s condition or treatment.

Associates of Mr. Rostropovich, whose nickname is Slava, could not be reached for comment, Associated Press reported.

Concerts featuring Mr. Rostropovich — who served as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1977 to 1994 — were canceled in November because doctors advised him against traveling to the United States, said Itar-Tass, Russia’s official news agency. RIA-Novosti reported that Mr. Rostropovich received medical attention during a December visit to the southern Russian city of Voronezh but that he continued his program there.

Timeout

Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron.

In court papers filed in New York’s state Supreme Court, the company says Miss Theron signed an endorsement deal saying that from October 2005 through December 2006 she would wear only Weil’s high-end watches. That deal allowed Weil to use Miss Theron’s photographs in its advertisements in exchange for “substantial funds,” court papers say.

Meanwhile, Miss Theron had an endorsement deal to promote a Dior perfume, Weil’s lawsuit says. The actress, 31, “was actually photographed wearing a watch from the Christian Dior line” at a March 14, 2006, news conference at a film festival in Austin, Texas, court papers say. A photo of her wearing the watch is included as an exhibit.

A spokeswoman for Miss Theron did not return a call from AP.

Smith, TrimSpa sued

More legal woes for Anna Nicole Smith.

The former Playboy Playmate and TrimSpa Inc. are being sued in a class-action lawsuit that claims their marketing of a weight-loss pill is false or misleading.

Janet Luna and three people identified as her guardians were named in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court. They are seeking unspecified damages, restitution and an injunction preventing Miss Smith and New Jersey-based TrimSpa, maker of TrimSpa X32, from making claims that users of the pills can lose large amounts of weight.

Miss Smith, 39, has endorsed TrimSpa and is a spokeswoman.

A message left by AP yesterday with Joseph Farzam, an attorney for the plaintiff, wasn’t returned. Ron Rale, Miss Smith’s lawyer, said his client hadn’t seen the lawsuit.

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

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