- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Separation announced

Kate Hudsonand Chris Robinson are splitting up after nearly six years of marriage, her publicist, Brad Cafarelli, told Associated Press on Monday.

The couple married in 2000. They have a 2-year-old son, Ryder Russell Robinson.

Miss Hudson, 27, is the daughter of Goldie Hawn. She was nominated for a supporting-actress Oscar for her role as rock groupie Penny Lane in 2000’s “Almost Famous.” Her screen credits also include “You, Me and Dupree,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and “The Skeleton Key.”

Mr. Robinson, 39, is the lead singer of the Black Crowes.

Acrimony over

Lawyers announced an amicable resolution in the divorce case of Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards on Monday after meeting with a judge in chambers.

No judgment has been entered in the divorce.

Issues before the court were resolved during the meeting with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Marjorie Steinberg, said Lance Spiegel, a lawyer for Mr. Sheen, and Neal R. Hersh, a lawyer for Miss Richards.

The lawyers wouldn’t elaborate on the issues resolved Monday. They also refused to say whether a restraining order Miss Richards obtained against Mr. Sheen in April remained in effect.

Miss Richards filed for divorce in March 2005 after three years of marriage.

A Sept. 12 hearing that had been scheduled for a child custody evaluation will not be held, and there are no future court dates, Mr. Hersh said.

The restraining order was issued after Miss Richards claimed Mr. Sheen abused prescription drugs, gambled compulsively and had been physically and verbally abusive.

Mr. Sheen, who turns 41 on Sept. 3, denied what he called “false allegations.”

The restraining order directed Mr. Sheen to stay at least 300 yards away from the 35-year-old actress and their daughters, Sam, 2, and Lola, 1. He is allowed one day a week of supervised visitation.

Bennett’s birthday bash

George Clooney, Paul Newman, Billy Crystal, Jack Nicholson and Bruce Willis will be on hand to celebrate Tony Bennett’s 80th birthday with a charity fundraiser at Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre.

Mr. Newman’s Hole in the Wall Camps for children will be the beneficiary of the Nov. 9 gala “Singers and Songs Celebrate Tony Bennett’s 80th,” music producer Lou Adler announced Monday.

A variety of artists will perform, including Mr. Bennett, a 13-time Grammy winner. Ticket prices range from $50 to $5,000.

Besides honoring the entertainment legend’s birthday — he turned 80 on Aug. 3 — the event will raise awareness and vital funds for the Hole in the Wall Camps, a nonprofit organization with nine camps worldwide reaching out to children with serious illnesses and life-threatening conditions.

On Aug. 3 in New York, Robert De Niro, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Katie Couric, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Harry Belafonte, Alec Baldwin, Donald Trump and Billie Jean King joined Mr. Bennett for a birthday party at the Rose Center for Earth and Space.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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