- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Cosby settlement

Bill Cosby settled a civil lawsuit filed by a woman who said the entertainer drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home outside Philadelphia, Associated Press reports.

Terms of the settlement will remain confidential, according to a one-paragraph statement issued yesterday by the woman’s law firm.

The woman claimed that Mr. Cosby, 69, assaulted her at his mansion in suburban Philadelphia in early 2004. Attorneys for Mr. Cosby say the comedian gave the woman Benadryl after she complained of stress and sleeping problems.

The plaintiff, a native of Ontario, Canada, who is in her 30s, previously worked at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is identified in court documents, but AP does not publish without their consent the names of victims who claim sexual assault.

Jacko’s ‘Thriller’ redux

At 48, Michael Jackson apparently believes he can still master those moves from his famous “Thriller” music video of 1982.

He plans to do so on Wednesday during a rare public appearance at the World Music Awards, organizers of the event said yesterday. Mr. Jackson will also receive a Diamond Award, given to artists who sell more than 100 million albums. The ceremony is taking place in London.

Mr. Jackson has spent time in Bahrain and Ireland since he was acquitted of child molestation charges in June 2005, making few public appearances. “Thriller” won eight Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, and became one of the best-sellers of all time, selling over 50 million copies. Mr. Jackson last performed in Britain in 1997.

Ertegun recovering

Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun is recovering after hitting his head in a fall at a recent Rolling Stones concert, AP reports.

Mr. Ertegun, 83, an integral figure in the careers of many artists including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, was attending a Stones concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York on Oct. 29 when he slipped and fell, according to a statement released Tuesday by Atlantic Records. He injured his head and was taken to a hospital, but he is improving.

Man about town

Andre Leon Talley, editor at large of Vogue magazine, will offer firsthand accounts from the October runway shows in New York, Paris and Milan during a talk tonight at 7 at the Corcoran Gallery. An elegant reception, hosted by DC magazine, follows.

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

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