- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Daltrey sidelined

Fans of the Who left a Tampa amphitheater disappointed after lead singer Roger Daltrey walked off the stage during the band’s first song, Associated Press reports.

Several minutes after Mr. Daltrey’s departure, guitarist Pete Townshend announced that Tuesday night’s show had been canceled. He told the crowd that Mr. Daltrey had bronchitis.

“I just talked to Roger and he can barely speak,” Mr. Townshend said. “I tried to get him to come out here, but he’s really, really sick.”

The 9,000 people at the show cheered when Mr. Townshend told them the concert would be rescheduled for March 25. On March 8, the band wowed D.C. fans at the Verizon Center.

Star designer charged

A celebrity fashion designer who has appeared several times on “America’s Next Top Model” has been charged with sexual assault and rape involving two women and a 15-year-old girl, AP reports.

Anand Jon Alexander, 33, was charged with six felonies accusing him of a series of sexual assaults between October 2004 and March 5, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. The Indian-born designer, who goes by the name Anand Jon, was arrested at his Beverly Hills apartment March 6 after a woman accused him of rape, authorities said Tuesday.

The charges include forcible rape and lewd acts on a child. Prosecutors have also charged a special circumstance claim of multiple victims. If convicted, he faces a maximum of life in prison.

Ronald Richards, Mr. Alexander’s attorney, denied the charges. The designer was being held in lieu of $1.3 million bail pending a Monday hearing, Mr. Richards said.

Considered an up-and-coming star in the fashion world, Mr. Alexander started his fashion line in 1999 after graduating from the Parsons School of Design in New York. He has dressed such celebrities as Paris Hilton, Michelle Rodriguez and Mary J. Blige. This year, Newsweek named him a person to watch. The magazine cited his plans to introduce a high-end jeans line and an upcoming reality show on VH1.

Couples report

m Emmy Rossum (“The Phantom of the Opera”) has taken a liking to Jessica Biel’s ex-boyfriend Chris Evans (“Fantastic Four), says Denverpost.com, citing a story reported by E! Online. The couple were spied “making out” at Teddy’s at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel last week, E! Online reported.

• According to the New York Daily News, Solange Knowles may have quietly split from her husband, football player Daniel Smith — and she could be seeing rapper Lil’ Wayne. Beyonce’s little sis wed Mr. Smith in 2004 when she was three months pregnant and just 17. Asked if Solange Knowles has divorced, her rep reportedly told the newspaper, “We don’t comment on our clients’ personal lives” — but then claimed rumors of a hookup with Lil’ Wayne are “completely unfounded.”

• Mandy Moore has dumped her boyfriend DJ AM, friends of the singer-actress told the New York Post, according to Denverpost.com. Mr. AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, was previously engaged to Nicole Richie.

Baby makes three

Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott are the new parents of a baby boy born Tuesday, notes Zap2it.com, citing a story on People magazine’s Web site.

Liam Aaron McDermott was born in a Los Angeles hospital and weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces. His middle name is a tribute to Miss Spelling’s late father, legendary television producer Aaron Spelling.

“They’re all really happy and everybody’s resting now. Tori and the baby are healthy,” says the couple’s rep.

Miss Spelling, 33, and Mr. McDermott, 40, met on the Ottawa set of the TV movie “Mind Over Murder” in 2005. Both were married to other people at the time — Miss Spelling to actor-writer Charlie Shanian, and Mr. McDermott to Canadian TV personality Mary Jo Eustace. Divorces soon followed, and the new couple married in Fiji the following May.

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

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