- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Forgive and forget

Kevin Costner apparently is feeling magnanimous.

He’s forgiving Madonna for making fun of him in her 1991 documentary “Truth or Dare.”

In the film, Mr. Costner visits Madonna backstage after a concert and describes the performance as “neat.” After he leaves, Madonna pretends to stick her finger down her throat and says, “Anybody who says my show is ‘neat’ has to go.”

“Yeah, I was embarrassed by it and kind of hurt by it,” Mr. Costner, 52, told the Los Angeles Times, People.com reports. “I just went back there because I was asked to go back. And I found the best word that I could. I never called her on it or whatever.”

A decade later, Madonna, to Mr. Costner’s surprise, made things right. “She did a really beautiful thing,” he says. “She was performing [in Los Angeles] about three or four years ago, so I decided to take my daughters to see her. I just thought this is somebody they should see.

“And about the third song in, the lights were down, and she said, ‘I want to apologize to someone.’ And all of a sudden my face starts to get hot. … She says, ‘I want to apologize to Kevin Costner.’ She just said it very simply. Ninety-eight percent of that audience didn’t know what she was talking about. But I really respected that, and it showed me the power of just keeping your own counsel for a long time.”

Mr. Costner’s announcement about his forgiveness came just days ahead of the opening of his new film, “Mr. Brooks,” in which he plays a serial killer. It arrives in theaters tomorrow.

Dad: Ross shoved tot

Pop star Diana Ross was questioned by police after reportedly shoving a 3-year-old girl who asked for her autograph, the Melbourne Herald-Sun says, citing a report by Reuters news agency.

Richard Drew, 24, claims his daughter Rainel hit her head on a door as Miss Ross pushed her way past them. Mr. Drew, who lives in Winlaton, Britain, told officers his daughter “burst into tears.”

Miss Ross, 63, was returning to her hotel after a concert at Newcastle arena.

She is touring the United Kingdom to promote her album “I Love You.” Police said no action would be taken because the incident was “a complete accident.”

This was not the diva’s first brush with the law. In 2002, Miss Ross was convicted of drunken driving after being caught at the wheel at double the legal alcohol limit. In 1999, she was accused of assaulting a female security guard at Heathrow Airport.

What’s in a name?

Martha Stewart’s attempt to trademark the name Katonah — a move that already has riled some of her village neighbors — has upset some American Indians because the name originally belonged to a 17th-century chief, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Two members of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation, which claims Chief Katonah as its own, have joined the anti-trademark battle being waged by the Katonah Village Improvement Society. Other American Indian leaders have said Miss Stewart’s trademark application is offensive.

“If it’s being done for profit, then of course it’s offensive,” said Clint Halftown, the federally recognized representative for the Cayuga Nation. “Of all the names in the world and all the words, why can’t she pick something out that’s not offensive?”

Miss Stewart bought a 153-acre estate in Katonah, 40 miles north of New York City, in 2000 and returned there in 2005 after five months in prison. Her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, wants to trademark Katonah for home furnishings, paints and other products, some of which already are on sale.

Diana Pearson, a spokeswoman for the domestic doyenne, has said Miss Stewart “seeks to honor the town and the hamlet by using the word Katonah. ”

More woes for Brandy

Brandy and a man who was hurt in a deadly freeway crash involving her Range Rover are suing each other, Associated Press reports.

Brandy, whose real name is Brandy Norwood, and Mallory Ham of Simi Valley, Calif. accuse each other of negligence in lawsuits filed last week in Superior Court.

In court papers filed yesterday, the 28-year-old singer-actress contends that Mr. Ham caused the Dec. 30 crash that killed Awatef Aboudihaj, 38, of Los Angeles. Mrs. Aboudihaj’s husband has sued both Brandy and Mr. Ham for reckless driving. Mrs. Aboudihaj’s parents and her two children also have separate lawsuits pending against Brandy.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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