- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Presley clarifies

Whatever she saw, it didn’t involve children.

Lisa Marie Presley clarified previous remarks on Australian TV that during her marriage to Michael Jackson she saw things she “couldn’t do anything about.”

“I was in no way referring to seeing something inappropriate with children, as I have stated publicly before. I never have,” Miss Presley said in a statement released by her Los Angeles publicist, Paul Bloch.

Without elaboration, Miss Presley said during the talk-show interview that she felt powerless during her marriage to Mr. Jackson, who is charged in Santa Barbara County with child molestation. The interview aired on Australian Broadcasting Corp.’s “Enough Rope.”

“In saying I saw things, I was specifically referring to things in that relationship with us that went on between us at the time as husband and wife,” she specified.

Royal Ray

Kinks songwriter Ray Davies, shot in the leg by a mugger two months ago, yesterday said that he hopes to be “jumping around onstage” soon.

Mr. Davies, 59, leaned on a walking stick as he appeared at Buckingham Palace to accept an honor from Queen Elizabeth II.

“I will get better, and I’ll be back jumping around onstage,” Mr. Davies said. However, he admitted, “There is a lot of doubt whether I can perform in the near future.”

Sue for coup

Spain’s Popular Party, recently booted out of office in the wake of the Madrid train attacks, plans at least one swan song: a lawsuit against Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodovar for slander.

Mr. Almodovar, an outspoken critic of Spain’s support of the Iraq war who has just begun promoting a new movie, “Bad Education,” claimed the Popular Party (PP) was planning a coup just before last week’s elections, in which the Socialist party staged a come-from-behind victory fueled by fallout over the terrorist attacks.

“We were on the point [of having] a PP coup d’etat,” Mr. Almodovar was quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse, referring to rumors that with demonstrations outside its headquarters, the Jose Maria Aznar-led Popular Party might seek to postpone the election.

Down on Love

Bad girl Courtney Love showed up two hours late Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif., for a hearing on charges of illegal possession of painkillers.

Things only became more entertaining from there.

According to Associated Press, Miss Love claimed to be carrying prescriptions for the drugs, and at another point, seemed to fire and immediately rehire her lawyer, Michael Rosenstein.

“I have the pill bottles on me,” she blurted.

Later, she turned to her attorney and said, “You’re fired.”

“Miss Love, you’re not doing yourself any favors,” cautioned Superior Court Judge Elden Fox.

Replied Miss Love: “Rehired.”

Turn the page

Ave magazine, which is aimed at young urban blacks, claims it pushes “the envelope of urban media” with “provocative and controversial material that other magazines shy away from.”

In its spring issue, Ave gives that envelope its biggest push yet with a dual cover featuring the rap duo Mobb Deep and, on the flip side, convicted sniper Lee Boyd Malvo.

The intent, Ave says in a press release, is to address “the issue of juvenile offenders and the harsh sentences they sometimes receive.”

Aye, Watson

A lost hoard of personal papers belonging to British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, has been found in London, the auction house Christie’s said this week.

The collection contains 3,000 letters, notes, manuscripts and other items that went missing during a legal dispute over the writer’s estate after his death in 1930 and is expected to fetch an estimated $3.6 million, according to Agence France-Presse.

One of the most important finds is a sketch for the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes, in the novel “A Study in Scarlet.”

Jane Flower, a manuscript consultant for Christie’s, said: “The whereabouts of this material was previously unknown, and it is for this reason that no modern-day biography of the author exists.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff, wire and Web reports.

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