- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Guilty as charged

Naomi Campbell pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault yesterday for hitting her maid with a cell phone over a pair of missing jeans.

“I threw a cell phone in the apartment. The cell phone hit Ana,” Miss Campbell told Manhattan Criminal Judge Robert Mandelbaum. “This was an accident because I did not intend to hit her.”

If convicted at trial, Miss Campbell, who had been charged with second-degree felony assault, could have been sentenced to two to seven years in prison. The catwalk queen, 36, hit Ana Scolavino in the back of the head with the phone in the supermodel’s Manhattan apartment last March. Miss Scolavino was treated for a head injury.

In exchange for her guilty plea, Miss Campbell must pay Miss Scolavino’s medical expenses of $363, do five days of community service and attend a two-day anger-management program. David Breitbart, Miss Campbell’s lawyer, said he didn’t want her exposed to stalkers, so “I’m hopeful she can do the community service indoors.”

About 100 members of the media covered the event, but Miss Campbell left the courthouse in a black Cadillac Escalade without speaking to them.

Brown’s will shuns son

James Brown’s will, which was read last week and excludes his partner, Tomi Rae Hynie, and their 5-year-old son, was drawn up 10 months before the child’s birth and more than a year before their marriage, a newspaper reported yesterday.

The will was signed Aug. 1, 2000, Strom Thurmond Jr., Mr. Brown’s probate attorney in Aiken, S.C., told the Augusta Chronicle. Mr. Brown, who died last month in Atlanta at age 73, married Miss Hynie in December 2001. James Brown Jr. had been born six months earlier, on June 11.

The exclusion has added to a dispute about the soul singer’s legacy. According to AP, Mr. Brown’s attorneys contend that Miss Hynie is not Mr. Brown’s widow because she was still married to another man when they said their vows. They have said Miss Hynie’s previous marriage was annulled later but that she and Mr. Brown never remarried. Miss Hynie says she was legally married to Mr. Brown.

The will calls for Mr. Brown’s personal effects to be divided equally among his six adult children. North Augusta, S.C., lawyer James Huff said that if a will specifically names some children but excludes others, the excluded children have no claim to the parent’s assets regardless of when they were born. Mr. Huff represented Mr. Brown when he sought to annul his marriage to Miss Hynie in 2004, a petition the singer later dismissed.

Lord of the manor

Bob Dylan has purchased a luxury 10-bedroom hideaway in the Scottish Highlands, a regional newspaper reports.

The singer-songwriter, 65, bought Aultmore House, an Edwardian mansion in the shadow of the Cairngorm mountains in northeastern Scotland, for $4.3 million late last year, the Press and Journal reported. According to Agence France-Presse, Mr. Dylan spent a week in the property — which is set in 25 acres of “breathtaking” grounds near Nethybridge in Inverness-shire — without venturing out to meet the locals. He has not been back since, said the Press and Journal, which covers the news in northeastern Scotland.

The mansion, known as one of the finest properties in the Highlands, was publicized until recently as a posh bed-and-breakfast hostelry or for use as a picturesque wedding venue.

Mr. Dylan, who was made an honorary doctor of music at the University of St. Andrews in 2004, is on a tour of Europe this year that includes an April show in Glasgow.

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

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