- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 3, 2006

Cruise is sorry

Brooke Shields says Tom Cruise has apologized for publicly criticizing her use of antidepressants after her first daughter’s birth.

The two had a public beef last year after the “Mission: Impossible III” star, echoing the position of Scientology, said in an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show that depression can be treated with exercise and vitamins rather than drugs.

The 41-year-old actress says Mr. Cruise apologized in person at her house Thursday. “And he apologized for bringing me into the whole thing and for everything that happened,” she said Friday during an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

“And through it all, I was so impressed with how heartfelt it was,” she said. “And I didn’t feel at any time that I had to defend myself, nor did I feel that he was trying to convince me of anything other than the fact that he was deeply sorry. And I accepted it.”

Mr. Cruise’s spokesman confirmed that the celebrities made up.

“It is true that his friendship with Ms. Shields has been mended,” spokesman Arnold Robinson said. “He has not changed his position about antidepressants, which, as evidenced by the black label warnings issued by the FDA on these types of drugs, are unhealthy.”

Miss Shields, who wrote “Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression,” had dismissed the actor’s remarks as a “ridiculous rant” and “a disservice to mothers everywhere.”

Back in court

Kim Basinger has been ordered to appear in court to explain why she should not be held in contempt for purportedly disobeying a judge’s orders concerning ex-husband Alec Baldwin’s visitation time with their daughter.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert A. Schnider on Friday ordered the Academy Award-winning actress to appear in court Oct. 4.

Court papers filed by Mr. Baldwin state that in 2005 Miss Basinger ignored court orders and did not let Mr. Baldwin know she would be out of town working so that he could take care of 10-year-old Ireland until the actress returned.

On one occasion, Miss Basinger also did not tell Mr. Baldwin that their daughter was injured and required medical help, according to the actor’s court papers. The girl’s injuries were not specified.

“This is nothing more than continued harassment,” said Miss Basinger’s attorney Neal Hersh. “These allegations are specious and Kim looks forward to her vindication.”

Mr. Baldwin, 48, and Miss Basinger, 52, separated in 2000 after seven years of marriage.

The visitation issue had originally been resolved in March 2004, with the former couple agreeing to split the parenting of their daughter.

Lawsuit settled

Jennifer Aniston and a photographer have settled a lawsuit regarding topless photos shot of the actress late last year.

“It’s a confidential settlement,” Miss Aniston’s attorney, Jay Lavely, said Friday. “The matter was amicably resolved.”

The 37-year-old actress sued Peter Brandt in December 2005, claiming he invaded her privacy by using a telephoto lens to photograph her inside her home when she was topless or partly dressed.

She claimed that Mr. Brandt used “invasive, intrusive and unlawful measures” to capture the images. Mr. Brandt said he took the photos while standing on a public street about 300 yards away from Miss Aniston’s home.

Miss Aniston starred in the sitcom “Friends” and in this summer’s “The Break-Up” with Vince Vaughn.

Compiled from wire reports by Kevin Chaffee.

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