- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Pics rile star’s kin

David Carradine’s distraught family is outraged over a Thai newspaper’s publication of explicit photos taken of the actor’s body hanging naked in a hotel closet.

The grisly image of the “Kill Bill” star ran on the front page of the paper, and another outlet published an autopsy shot of his body at a morgue, the New York Daily News reports.

“The family is outraged about the release of these photos,” says Mark Geragos, an attorney who represents Keith Carradine, the actor’s brother.

In an interview with RadarOnline.com, Mr. Geragos also threatened to sue if the photos are published in the United States.

The shocking front-page picture shows Mr. Carradine with his hands tied in front of him, hanging from the support bar in a closet. Tattoos on the lower half of his nude body also are visible, the Daily News said.

Mr. Carradine, 72, who also starred in the 1970s television series “Kung Fu,” was found dead Thursday. He was in Bangkok filming his latest movie, “Stretch.”

The Daily News quoted friends of the actor as saying that Mr. Carradine had a history of engaging in autoerotic asphyxiation, a sexual practice that often involves tying a rope around the neck.

Reversal of fortune

It turns out Hollywood’s weekend hangover was bigger than expected.

The Warner Bros. comedy “The Hangover” drew larger audiences than earlier projected to raise its weekend ticket sales to $45 million, about $1.8 million more than the studio estimated Sunday.. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and Zach Galifianakis as four friends at an out-of-control bachelor party weekend in Las Vegas.

The $45-million take made it the No. 1 draw for the weekend instead of Disney and Pixar Animation’s “Up,” which came in second with $44.3 million. Sunday studio estimates had “Up” edging “The Hangover” by about $1 million.

It’s rare that the first- and second-place movies on Sunday flip-flop when final numbers come out Monday, Associated Press reports.

Michaels injured

Rocker and VH1 reality star Bret Michaels performed at the Tony Awards, and all he got was a nose fracture — and a busted lip, Associated Press reports.

According to Mr. Michaels’ spokeswoman, the singer had X-rays taken after getting clocked in the head by a descending set piece at Sunday’s ceremony at Radio City Music Hall.

Publicist Joann Mignano says Mr. Michaels, who performed with his 1980s hair-metal band Poison, fractured his nose and had to get three stitches in his lip. She says he was getting a CAT scan on Monday as a precaution, as he’s had a past neck injury.

Although he’s “pretty bruised up,” Miss Mignano says, Mr. Michaels was in good spirits.

Doherty detained

British singer Pete Doherty was fined by Swiss authorities for heroin consumption during a flight from London to Geneva, police said Monday.

The 30-year-old rocker was picked up by officers after the 1 hour, 40-minute British Airways flight landed Friday, and held for two hours, police spokesman Jean-Philippe Brandt told Associated Press. Mr. Doherty then paid the fine and was released.

Mr. Brandt said Mr. Doherty was tested for heroin consumption, confirming a report in the Swiss tabloid Le Matin. However, police declined to confirm the newspaper’s report that an air hostess discovered Mr. Doherty collapsed in a toilet, with a used syringe nearby. Air staff then contacted the police, the paper said.

Mr. Doherty, lead singer of Babyshambles and former boyfriend of British model Kate Moss, has had well-publicized battles with drug use. He served 29 days in a London prison last year after being caught with crack cocaine, heroin, ketamine and cannabis during a probation period.

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

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