- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 13, 2008

‘Virgin’ actor arrested

An actor who appeared in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” has been arrested for investigation of attempted murder after his former girlfriend was stabbed more than 20 times, leaving her critically injured, Associated Press reports.

Shelley Malil, 43, was arrested Monday in Oceanside, Calif., when he got off a train from Los Angeles, Lt. Phil Brust of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said. The Indian-born actor had come to Oceanside to meet his attorney, who along with family and friends persuaded him to turn himself in, police said.

On Sunday night, deputies answering reports of screams for help and breaking glass found a woman with multiple stab wounds and cuts on her face. She was listed in critical condition Monday morning, but authorities did not know her condition early Tuesday.

Mr. Malil was arrested for investigation of attempted murder, mayhem and burglary, police said.

He played Haziz, one of star Steve Carell’s co-workers in “The 40-Year-Old-Virgin,” and also has appeared in dozens of TV shows, including “NYPD Blue” and “Scrubs.”

Ed’s new money woes

Ed McMahon’s financial woes have not ended.

The former “Tonight Show” sidekick was sued by Westmoore Lending for not repaying loans that were taken out two years ago, TMZ.com reports.

In a lawsuit filed Monday, Westmoore claims it lent Mr. McMahon and his wife $250,000 in July 2006. The couple defaulted in February 2007 and then in April paid back $5,000 in good faith to get an extension.

The full amount of the loan was supposed to be repaid Aug. 2, 2007, but Westmoore didn’t receive any money. The lending company is suing for $250,000 plus interest and attorney fees.

In June, Mr. McMahon, 85, defaulted on $4.8 million in mortgage loans with a unit of Countrywide Financial Corp. in an attempt to avoid foreclosure on his multimillion-dollar home.

Lennon killer stays put

No need to imagine at least two more years of slammer time for John Lennon’s murderer: He was denied parole for the fifth time, TMZ.com reports.

Mark David Chapman just got the big red X from the parole board at Attica — meaning he must serve at least two more years there for the 1980 killing of the Beatle before his next chance at freedom.

Yoko Ono, Mr. Lennon’s widow, had lobbied against Chapman’s release.

Headed to Philly

The Philadelphia-based R&B Foundation will hold its annual Pioneer Awards Gala on Sept. 9 in the City of Brotherly Love and will honor Chaka Khan, Teena Marie, Bill Withers, Sugar Pie Desanto, Kool & the Gang, the Whispers, the Funk Brothers, Donny Hathaway and Al Bell of Stax Records. Jerry “the Iceman” Butler, Bonnie Raitt and Dionne Warwick will host the event, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

This just in …

Oscar- and Emmy-winning singer-songwriter Isaac Hayes apparently died of a stroke, officials with the sheriff’s department said Tuesday.

The deep-voiced soul singer died Sunday after he was found unconscious at his Memphis residence.

Dr. David Kraus, Mr. Hayes’ family physician, told investigators that he had been treating Mr. Hayes, 65, for high blood pressure. Family members found Mr. Hayes lying on the floor of his home beside a treadmill that was still switched on.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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