- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Feeling left out

Detroit Free Press

May Pang, John Lennon’s short-term mistress, contends that Yoko Ono has tried to eliminate any mention of her name in the forthcoming Broadway musical about the slain Beatle, the New York Daily News reports.

“Yoko is allowing 25 songs for the show, but any mention of my name has been left out,” says Miss Pang, a jewelry designer in suburban Westchester County, N.Y. She also says the affair marked “the most prolific and productive period of his solo career.”

Miss Ono’s spokesman, Elliot Mintz, responded: “I met John and Yoko in 1971, and Yoko is my closest friend, but I’m not mentioned in the musical, either.” So there.



Jail time for Queen Bee

Associated Press

Grammy-winning rapper Lil’ Kim was sentenced yesterday to a year and a day in prison and fined $50,000 for lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends involved in a 2001 shootout outside a Manhattan radio station.

While many male rappers have served time in prison, Lil’ Kim is the first big-name female rapper to do so. The star (real name, Kimberly Jones) could have gotten up to 20 years — five years each on three counts of perjury and one count of conspiracy — at her sentencing before U.S. District Judge Gerard Lynch. She was convicted of the charges in March.

Lil’ Kim, who turns 30 next week, was the sidekick and mistress of the late Notorious B.I.G. As a solo artist, she has become known for her revealing outfits and raunchy lyrics. She won a Grammy in 2001 for her part in the hit remake of “Lady Marmalade.”

The rapper told the grand jury she did not notice two of her close friends at the scene of the shootout — her manager, Damion Butler, and Suif Jackson, known as “Gutta.” Both have pleaded guilty to gun charges. Jurors at Lil’ Kim’s trial saw radio station security photos that depicted Mr. Butler opening a door for the rap star, and two witnesses who once made records with Lil’ Kim said they saw her at the station with Mr. Butler and Mr. Jackson.

The gun battle erupted outside WQHT-FM, known as Hot 97, when Lil’ Kim’s entourage crossed paths with a rival rap group, Capone-N-Noreaga. Hot 97 is the same station where the posses of rappers 50 Cent and The Game traded bullets in February.

Escape clause

Internet Movie Database

Kate Hudson and her rocker husband, Chris Robinson, have agreed to end their five-year marriage if either of them commits adultery.

The Oscar-nominated actress admits she’s often tempted to cheat on Mr. Robinson, lead singer of the Black Crowes, but she knows he would leave her if she acted on her urges — because neither of them could forgive an extramarital affair.

“There’s always going to be temptation,” the Internet Movie Database quotes Miss Hudson as saying. “We made a pact that if that day ever came we’d be honest with each other and say, ‘For some reason I want to sleep with somebody else.’ I’d love to say I’m the kind of person who’d say, ‘I’m going to go through the bad and ugly,’ and ‘Oh God, he cheated on me, but we’re going to regain our trust.’ I’d be gone. You move forward.”

Jolie’s new addition

Associated Press

Angelina Jolie, who has been romantically linked with her “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” co-star, Brad Pitt, is adopting an orphaned Ethiopian baby girl.

She visited the Horn of Africa nation last week to file her adoption request, accompanied by Mr. Pitt and her 3-year-old son, Maddox, whom she adopted in Cambodia.

The baby is “less than a year old,” sources told Associated Press. The twice-married actress, 30, filed her request through a private adoption agency.

In a posting on People magazine’s Web site, Miss Jolie is quoted as saying the child’s name is Zahara Marley Jolie and that she and Maddox are “very happy to have a new addition to our family.”

Come on, get fired

Detroit Free Press

AllAccess.com reports Los Angeles KYSR-FM morning co-host Danny Bonaduce — fresh out of rehab — has been released from the station.

Station manager Brad Samuel uttered words the mercurial “Partridge Family” child star has heard all too often in his career: “Danny has been a valuable part of STAR 98.7 for years, and we felt we needed to go in a different creative direction.”

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

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