- The Washington Times - Monday, March 7, 2005

Sex’ and the Stevie

“Sex and the City” star Kristin Davis reportedly is involved with a man almost 20 years her senior — comedian Steve Martin, according to the Internet Movie Database.

The Web site reports that Miss Davis and the “wild and crazy” renaissance man have gone on a series of intimate dates and were holding hands at a pre-Oscars party.

Mr. Martin, 59, is said to be ga-ga over Miss Davis and reportedly threw her a surprise 40th birthday party last month.

“It’s the real thing — they have become very close,” reports IMDB, quoting an unnamed source. “They are ready to let people know they’re an item. They tried to act like they weren’t together at the party but couldn’t stop stealing kisses.”

So ordered

Country music star Tanya Tucker has filed an order of protection against her former fiance, whom she claims has harassed and assaulted her, Associated Press reports.

Miss Tucker, 46, claims that Jerry Laseter has harassed her before shows, grabbed her by the throat, given her a black eye and threatened her. The singer and Mr. Laseter, 43, have a daughter, Layla Laseter, 5.

The order was signed in Tennessee by a Williamson County judge Thursday. A hearing is scheduled for April 1 at the county courthouse.

Mr. Laseter denied the allegations Friday, saying he never hit Miss Tucker and never was physically abusive in any way. Miss Tucker said in a written statement that she was awakened on Jan. 29 when Mr. Laseter poured “ice cold water on me and started yelling at me.”

She said he started poking her in the chest and grabbed her by the throat. A sheriff’s deputy was called to the scene, but Miss Tucker did not want to file charges.

Miss Tucker locked herself in a bathroom, and Mr. Laseter kicked in the door, according to the deputy’s report.

Roberta Ann Carroll, Miss Tucker’s personal assistant, also filed an order of protection against Mr. Laseter. Miss Carroll wrote that Mr. Laseter struck her in the eye and pulled her hair. She also claims Mr. Laseter has threatened to kill her.

Police have been called to Miss Tucker’s home nine times in the past two years. Five of those calls involved domestic disputes, according to records at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.

Pilot marriage

Don’t call them cynical. Call them profit-seeking realists.

Oddsmakers at HollywoodLines.com are betting that — are you sitting down? — Donald Trump and new wife Melania Knauss aren’t destined for a long life of wedded bliss.

They’re placing the odds that the new couple will file for divorce in 2005 at 6 to 1. In 2006 or beyond, it’s 1 to 9.

“Ordinarily, we’d give the Donald a little more time with his wife-of-the moment,” said Hollywood Lines.com president B.J. Anderson. “But prior experience with Mr. Trump and Melania’s high-maintenance tendencies indicate that this marriage will be more of a sitcom than a miniseries.”

Betrothal disposal

A much less seasoned celebrity couple, actors Katie Holmes and Chris Klein, announced their demise after a 14-month engagement and five years of dating.

Flacks for the “First Daughter” and “Dawson’s Creek” star and the “American Pie” nice guy say the couple will remain good friends.

A spokeswoman for Miss Holmes, 26, told Us Weekly magazine: “They want to stay friends and will continue that part of their relationship.”

Cosmic’ success

Local electronica duo Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, aka Thievery Corporation, notched their biggest success to date with their latest release, “The Cosmic Game.”

Thanks to high volume on digital downloading outlets such as iTunes, “Game” charted on Billboard’s Top 100 albums index and reached No. 3 on the indie albums chart.

Prine time

Ever wonder how a Kentucky man came up with “Angel From Montgomery”?

You can find out tomorrow night when singer-songwriter John Prine joins poet laureate Ted Kooser at the Library of Congress to compare and contrast song lyrics and poetry and otherwise reveal the mysteries of the creative process.

The talk, scheduled for a 6:45 p.m. start time in the Coolidge Auditorium, is free and open to the public. Seating will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 5 p.m.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports.

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