- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Off the hook

No criminal charges will be filed in the well-publicized scuffle between Kid Rock and Tommy Lee at the MTV Video Music Awards in early September, the Clark County district attorney said yesterday.

Representatives for Kid Rock and Mr. Lee didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment from Associated Press. Both men are ex-husbands of Pamela Anderson, who was a presenter at the show.

Kid Rock, 36, wasn’t taken into custody but was cited by police for misdemeanor battery after he was accused of slapping and punching Mr. Lee, the 45-year-old Motley Crue drummer. Witnesses said that although Kid Rock threw the only blows that landed, Mr. Lee appeared to have started the confrontation, which occurred in the audience.

Kid Rock is also facing a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from an Oct. 21 arrest in Atlanta. He and five members of his entourage were cited after a brawl with a male customer at a Waffle House restaurant.

Ex-007 in brawl?

A reported scuffle between actor Pierce Brosnan and a photographer in Malibu was being investigated yesterday by the sheriff’s department, a spokesman told KNBC.com.

“We are investigating Mr. Brosnan, who is alleged to have committed a battery,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. “It happened last Friday, at 6:15 p.m., outside the Casa Escobar … ,” a Mexican restaurant located in the Malibu Country Mart near Loa Angeles.

The celebrity Web site TMZ.com identified the photographer as Robert Rosen and reported that the shutterbug got into a confrontation with Mr. Brosnan, who was accompanied by one of his children, after starting to compliment the actor on his James Bond films.

TMZ.com, citing a witness account, says that Mr. Brosnan reacted by cursing at Mr. Rosen and striking him in the ribs, and that the photographer reportedly responded by kicking the actor in the stomach.

Dead rich

Elvis Presley is still the King.

Mr. Presley, who earned an estimated $49 million in the past 12 months, has reclaimed the No. 1 spot on Forbes.com’s list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities. He last topped the list in 2005.

According to AP, John Lennon ranks second with earnings of $44 million, followed by Charles M. Schulz ($35 million), George Harrison ($22 million), Albert Einstein ($18 million), Andy Warhol ($15 million), Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) ($13 million), Tupac Shakur ($9 million), Marilyn Monroe ($7 million), Steve McQueen ($6 million), James Brown ($5 million), Bob Marley ($4 million) and James Dean ($3.5 million).

Mr. Presley died in 1977. His estate continues to generate millions from music royalties, DVDs, licensing deals and tourism at Graceland, the rocker’s mansion in Memphis, Tenn.

Forbes said the celebrities on the list, posted Monday, earned a combined $232 million in the past 12 months.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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