- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Bardot on trial

French-born film star Brigitte Bardot went on trial yesterday for insulting Muslims, the fifth time she has faced the charge of “inciting racial hatred” over her controversial remarks about Islam and its followers, Reuters news agency reports.

Prosecutors asked that the Paris court hand the 73-year-old former sex symbol a two-month suspended prison sentence and fine her $23,760 for saying the Muslim community was “destroying our country and imposing its acts.”

Since retiring from the film industry in the 1970s, Miss Bardot has become a prominent animal rights activist, but she also has courted controversy by denouncing Muslim traditions and immigration from predominantly Muslim countries. She has been fined four times since 1997 for inciting racial hatred. Her previous actions have included writing a book that attacks gays, immigrants and the unemployed.

Nanny fights back

A former nanny for Rob Lowe claims she was sexually abused by the actor but continued working for him because she loved his two boys and needed the job.

According to Associated Press, Jessica Gibson says in legal papers filed Monday in Santa Barbara, Calif., that Mr. Lowe touched her inappropriately several times between September 2005 and January 2008. Miss Gibson worked on and off for the actor, 44, and his wife for seven years before quitting in February. Miss Gibson claims she thought conditions would get better.

Mr. Lowe has sued three ex-employees, including Miss Gibson. He claims she demanded $1.5 million to remain silent.

Call him MC Cos

Bill Cosby’s path has taken him from pudding pops to hip-hop.

The 70-year-old has recorded a hip-hop album set for release next month. “Cosby Narratives Vol. 1: State of Emergency” blends the comedian’s concepts and stories with a hip-hop, pop and jazz soundtrack.

“I do not rap on any of these things,” Mr. Cosby told AP. “I wouldn’t know how to fix my mouth to say some of the words.”

Mr. Cosby said the hip-hop music he hears is profane and degrading. His album is “the opposite of what I think is the profanity for no particular reason, the misogyny for no particular reason,” he said. “It really looks at the frustration and the anger that a young man may have.”

Ready to retire?

Angelica Knowles tells the New York Daily News that an upcoming album by her famous cousin Beyonce will be her last. The Grammy-winning diva plans to spend her days scouting talent for new hubby Jay-Z’s upcoming label, the Carter Music Group, Angelica Knowles said.

Beyonce’s first protege is rumored to be an R&B; artist named Chelsea Thomas. Beyonce’s reps couldn’t be reached for comment, the Daily News reports.

There won’t be blood

Naomi Campbell wants to give blood to help fight a dengue fever epidemic, but Brazilian officials won’t take it yet, AP reports. The British supermodel arrived at the HemoRio medical center yesterday to take part in a blood drive but was turned away. Officials there say she needs to wait longer after having surgery in February to remove a cyst.

An outbreak of mosquito-borne dengue fever has infected more than 75,000 people in Rio de Janeiro state this year and killed at least 80.

Miss Campbell often visits Brazil, and Rio Mayor Cesar Maia has invited her to be a goodwill ambassador for the city.

Rogue’s gallery

• Los Angeles police have arrested an account manager on charges of embezzling more than $725,000 from the accounts of the late Charlton Heston and producer Stephen Cannell, AP reports. Sharon M. Walker is charged with grand theft, forgery and filing false tax returns. Miss Walker, 56, is accused of stealing more than $157,000 from Mr. Heston, the Oscar-winning actor who died April 5, and more than $567,000 from Mr. Cannell, an Emmy-winning writer and producer. She is being held on $700,000 bail and faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted.

• Actor Wesley Snipes should serve a maximum three-year prison term and pay a $5 million fine for failing to file his income taxes, prosecutors recommended yesterday. The actor, star of the “Blade” movies series, was convicted in February on three misdemeanor counts of willfully failing to file federal tax returns for 1999-2001. Each count carries a maximum sentence of one year, AP reports. He was acquitted on two felony charges of filing false claims and fraud in seeking millions of dollars of refunds in other tax years.

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


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