- The Washington Times - Monday, June 6, 2005

Fight night

The arrest of Russell Crowe, who was booked early yesterday for reportedly throwing a telephone at an employee of the Manhattan hotel where he was staying, apparently has generated more interest than his latest film, “Cinderella Man,” which opened in fourth place last weekend.

Mr. Crowe, 41, who plays a boxer in the movie, threw the phone at the Mercer Hotel employee, striking him in the face, during an argument around 4:20 a.m., said New York police spokesman Sgt. Mike Wysokowski.

The Australian movie star was taken into custody, fingerprinted and charged with second-degree assault, said police Lt. Eugene Whyte. Mr. Crowe was scheduled to appear in Manhattan Criminal Court.

“This arose because he was trying to get his wife on the phone in Australia,” Gerald Lefcourt, Mr. Crowe’s attorney, told reporters outside the police precinct where Mr. Crowe was booked, according to Associated Press. “He was in his room. He couldn’t get a line and there was a disagreement.”

In a statement, Mr. Crowe’s publicist, Robin Baum, said “[Mr.] Crowe wound up throwing the phone against the wall. He regrets that he lost his temper, but at no time did he assault anyone or touch any hotel employee.”

“Cinderella Man,” Ron Howard’s story of Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock, had a lackluster opening, earning an estimated $18.6 million at the box office.

Universal had counted on a better debut for the film, which reunites Mr. Howard, Mr. Crowe and producer Brian Grazer, the team behind 2001’s “A Beautiful Mind,” which won four Academy Awards.

Mr. Crowe won an Oscar for his role in 2000’s “Gladiator.”


New York Daily News

There was quite a 55th birthday surprise for entertainer Stevie Wonder: the birth of his seventh child.

Mr. Wonder (born Steveland Morris) and his fashion-designer wife, Kai Millard-Morris, announced yesterday that they are the proud parents of a boy born May 13, the singer’s 55th birthday. It was the couple’s first child, the New York Daily News reported.

Mandla Kadjaly Carl Stevland Morris weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long, Mr. Wonder’s publicist, Howard Bragman, said. Mandla means powerful/defiant in Zulu, and Kadjaly is Swahili for “born from God,” Mr. Bragman said in a news release.

No other details were released.

The Grammy-winning singer is in the studio completing his “A Time to Love” album, his first in 10 years.

Kelly returns to rehab

Associated Press

Kelly Osbourne, the 20-year-old daughter of heavy-metal star Ozzy Osbourne, has checked herself into a drug treatment center, according to a published report.

Miss Osbourne entered the facility in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, Us Weekly reported Friday. A message left for her mother, Sharon Osbourne, was not returned immediately.

A family representative told the magazine that Miss Osbourne was “dealing with some personal issues” and would be back in a few weeks.

Miss Osbourne spent several weeks last year at a Malibu drug treatment center for an addiction to prescription painkillers.

Her brother, Jack Osbourne, checked himself into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic in 2003, and Ozzy Osbourne has been candid about his decades of battles with substance abuse.

The siblings became international stars following the success of the MTV reality show “The Osbournes,” which showed an oft-dazed Ozzy doting over his family with wife Sharon.

Celebrity tee time

Associated Press

Ray Romano, Kurt Russell and Mark Wahlberg are among those who will make their debut this summer at the annual celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe.

The 16th annual American Century Championship is scheduled for July 15 through 17 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Donald Trump, Peyton Manning, Pete Sampras and John Elway are among those who plan return appearances in the three-day event with a $500,000 purse, sponsors said.

Former NHL star Dan Quinn, who has won the tourney four times, will be back to defend his title along with six-time champion Rick Rhoden.

Other entertainers who plan to play include Carson Daly, Kevin Nealon, Don Cheadle, District native Maury Povich and John O’Hurley.

Compiled by R. Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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