- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 15, 2006

Rapper ties the knot

Eminem marched back down the aisle and remarried his ex-wife, Kim Mathers, on Saturday, People magazine reported.

The couple — whose stormy relationship has been the focus of much of Eminem’s music — wed at Meadow Brook Hall on the Oakland University campus in Rochester Hills, Mich. They are both natives of Detroit.

Eminem — real name Marshall Mathers — is 33 and Miss Mathers is 31. They first wed in 1999 but divorced two years later, at which time an ugly custody battle erupted over their daughter, now 10.

The two started dating 17 years ago.

Eminem, whose 2000 album “The Marshall Mathers LP” sold 9.8 million copies, has made nine albums since 1999. He had three top 10 releases in 2002.

Many of his songs have been denounced for their explicit lyrics, but the rapper still has an international army of followers.

Eminem recently canceled several European tour dates after he was hospitalized for addiction to sleeping pills.

He has said his time in rehab was meant to get control of himself before “it gets out of hand.”

No trial date has been set in the civil lawsuit.

Sealed documents

Certain legal filings in the sexual assault lawsuit filed against comedian Bill Cosby will remain sealed for now.

The ruling, announced Friday in Philadelphia by U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno Jr., covers some documents that contain extensive portions of depositions by Mr. Cosby and his accuser.

The Associated Press had sought to have the documents unsealed, a motion supported by the plaintiff. AP had not immediately decided whether to appeal.

The 68-year-old Mr. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting the plaintiff at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in early 2004. Attorneys for Mr. Cosby say the comedian gave the woman Benadryl after she complained of stress and sleeping problems.

Mr. Cosby’s lawyer said in court earlier last week that the woman wants the documents made public only to release “incriminating” and “salacious” information before the trial.

But the woman’s lawyers contend that Mr. Cosby had given at least three press interviews about the case and joked about it during a performance, yet has managed to keep secret damaging court filings.

Judge Robreno previously denied Mr. Cosby’s request for a gag order and the plaintiff’s request to shield the names of 12 other women who say Mr. Cosby assaulted them.

The plaintiff, who is in her mid-30s, once worked at Temple University but now lives in her native Ontario, Canada. She is identified in court documents, but AP does not publish names of sexual assault victims without their consent.

Red carpet gets wet

Paparazzi armed with water pistols attacked Australian actor Heath Ledger at the Sydney premiere of his new movie “Brokeback Mountain,” saying it was payback for his previous bad manners.

The rebel photographers said the drenching of Mr. Ledger and his co-star and partner Michelle Williams in Australia on Friday was a “joke protest” to teach the Hollywood heartthrob to be more polite to them in the future.

Mr. Ledger, who stars with Jake Gyllenhaal in the Oscar-tapped homosexual cowboy drama, was posing for photographs and chatting with reporters on the red carpet at Sydney’s Fox Studios when he was hit in the face and chest with the water.

He shielded Miss Williams from the spray before hurrying into the theater.

Photographer Peter Carette told Saturday’s Daily Telegraph that the stunt was designed to encourage Mr. Ledger “not to abuse” the press. “He keeps spitting at us and kicking in car doors,” Mr. Carette told the newspaper. “It is just bad manners, real brat pack sort of stuff and we are sick of being treated that way.”

A photographer lodged a police complaint for assault against publicity-shy Mr. Ledger last year after he said the actor pushed him and kicked his car. However, no charges were brought. Mr. Ledger also purportedly crash-tackled another snapper on the set of the movie “Candy” last year.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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