- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Stalker: ‘I’m sorry’

Associated Press

A woman who has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of stalking actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has written a letter of apology, her lawyer said Tuesday.

Dawnette Knight, 32, in an undated letter addressed to the actress and her father-in-law, Kirk Douglas, said she wants to apologize for “any distress I have caused you and your families.”

Miss Knight, who is being held on $1 million bail, said she would have never done anyone any harm and would never harm anyone but also acknowledged an infatuation with Zeta-Jones’ actor husband, Michael Douglas.

“I was a confused young woman infatuated with Michael Douglas and have not rational explanations for my actions,” her letter said.

Miss Knight asked for forgiveness so that she can return to college and finish her studies in child psychology.

Love’s lament

Associated Press

“Full House” actor John Stamos says it’s been difficult dealing with the breakup of his marriage to actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.

The couple announced their separation in April after 5 years of marriage, saying the split is amicable.

“It’s been really hard for us, Mr. Stamos told “Access Hollywood” in a recent interview. “We talked, and we were both crying on the phone. The publicity is terrible, and it just undermines the importance of our 10-year relationship.”

Mr. Stamos, 40, and Miss Romijn-Stamos, 31, met in 1994 at a Victoria’s Secret fashion show and began dating two months later. They married in September 1998.

Bowling for Stern

Morning-radio jock Howard Stern seems to be following the playbook of his new pal Michael Moore, who stole the playbook from Mel Gibson.

The strategy: Court controversy, cry censorship and capitalize on the ensuing publicity.

Mr. Stern announced yesterday in a press conference that his syndicated morning show would appear in nine new markets, including four where his show was axed by Clear Channel over indecency fines.

According to the AP, Mr. Stern railed against the increased scrutiny he has received in recent months from the Federal Communications Commission.

“I’m not taking it sitting down,” he said.

Mr. Stern said the FCC’s stepped-up enforcement efforts have had “a chilling effect on all broadcasters.”

“The FCC is on a witch hunt,” he said.

Brando’s money woes

Internet Movie Database

Screen legend Marlon Brando owes nearly $20 million and has hidden his two Academy Awards from debt collectors — according to a new book about the actor.

“Brando in Twilight,” by Patricia Ruiz, claims that the Oscar-winning actor is living in a one-bedroom bungalow on government benefits and has stashed away the Academy Awards he earned for “On the Waterfront” and “The Godfather.” The book also claims that Mr. Brando’s former maid Christina Ruiz is threatening to reopen a $100 million lawsuit against the actor, accusing him of breaking agreements to pay $10,000 a month to support her three children, including Mr. Brando’s 10-year-old autistic son, Timothy.

Miss Ruiz further claims that Mr. Brando spent vast sums of money trying to defend his son Christian, who killed his half-sister Cheyenne‘s boyfriend, Dag Drollet, in 1990.

Christian Brando was imprisoned for manslaughter, leaving his dad $7 million in debt, according to the book.

Parent trap

Single motherhood is wreaking havoc in Nicole Kidman’s dating life, the actress says.

“I’m hoping to meet someone and be happy with them. But that’s not as easy as it sounds,” Miss Kidman told Now magazine. “I’m a 37-year-old woman with two children. Men aren’t beating a path to my door.

“I don’t want to sound like a woman from a lonely hearts club, and I don’t want to advertise,” she added. “The children are my priority. I take them around with me — movies or baseball games or local shows — and that’s not so appealing for any new man on the scene, is it?”

The Oscar-winning actress has reportedly been single since splitting from rocker Lenny Kravitz earlier this year.

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

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