- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Campbell’s catfight

New York Post

Apparently, it’s tough being a maid in Manhattan — especially if you work for supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Police were summoned to the British catwalk queen’s posh pad after a reported brawl with her housekeeper, the New York Post reports.

The housekeeper, Millicent Burton, 44, says Miss Campbell punched and scratched her face so badly on Saturday that she wound up at the hospital.

“She’s still swollen,” said Miss Burton’s son, Khirlu, adding, “Naomi has hit her before.”

But reps for Miss Campbell pooh-poohed the brawl, saying the dispute was brought on by Miss Burton, who suddenly went berserk after the model asked her to help pack for a trip to Brazil.

“Naomi put her hands up to defend herself, and next thing I know, they’re on the floor. … Millie was on top of her,” said Lauren Meisels, Miss Campbell’s assistant, who witnessed the fight.

Miss Burton has filed a harassment complaint against her 34-year-old boss, for whom she had been working for about eight months.

Miss Campbell pleaded guilty in 2000 to beating an assistant with a telephone and has been sued by another ex-employee, who accused her of violence.

Miffed over mumblings

Agence France-Presse

Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt is vowing never to return to Canada after being engulfed in a storm of controversy over media reports claiming he has past links to terrorism.

The star has been filming his latest movie, “Dus,” in the western Canadian city of Calgary.

Mr. Dutt has never been convicted of a crime, but he has been dogged by reports recalling an 18-month jail term he served on suspicion of involvement in bomb blasts that killed nearly 300 people in Bombay 10 years ago.

Members of the city’s Indian community gathered in support of Mr. Dutt on Saturday — but he told them he had had enough.

“I never will come back to Canada, ever, in my life,” Mr. Dutt said.

Immigration spokeswoman Maria Iadinari declined to comment on Mr. Dutt’s circumstances.

A Hendrix experience

Reuters News Agency

He took the world by storm in the 1960s, and now, 34 years after his death, guitar king Jimi Hendrix is blazing back in a new exhibit.

The show, opening next month at London’s Marquee Club, is based on a collection of memorabilia put together by an American fan and features thousands of items worth nearly $30 million. Organizers say the exhibit will be like a live Hendrix show and expect the “psychedelic experience” to attract 1,500 visitors daily.

“It’s the largest Hendrix collection in the world,” said Ted Owen of the auction firm Cooper Owen, which will eventually sell off the show’s contents.

The collection was built up by Bob Terry, a fan from Seattle, Mr. Hendrix’s hometown.

Among the top items will be unseen footage of Mr. Hendrix at the Woodstock, Monterey and Isle of Wight festivals.

Another star attraction is a white Fender Stratocaster guitar, complete with cigarette burns, which could fetch $460,000, Mr. Owen said.

Mr. Hendrix died in London in September 1970 after suffocating on his vomit; brought on by an overdose of sleeping pills. He was 27.

Fox, Williams finis

San Francisco Chronicle

Former L.A. Laker Rick Fox filed for divorce yesterday from singer-actress Vanessa L. Williams, his spokeswoman, Staci Wolfe, said.

The two have been married for five years and have a 4-year-old daughter, Sasha.

Mr. Fox, 35, who played with the Lakers for seven years, was traded last week to the Boston Celtics.

A representative for Miss Williams, 41, a former Miss America, could not immediately be reached for comment. Her film credits include 2000’s “Shaft,” 1997’s “Soul Food” and this year’s “Johnson Family Vacation.” She has also appeared in Broadway musicals, including “Into The Woods.”

Miss Williams has three children from her first marriage, and Mr. Fox has a son from a previous relationship.

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

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