- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tyra stalker chided

A man charged with stalking Tyra Banks has been ordered to stay away from the talk-show host or face going to jail.

Brady Green, according to a criminal complaint, has followed Miss Banks from coast to coast since January, has sent her letters and flowers and tried to telephone her. Mr. Green, of Dublin, Ga., was arrested when he showed up several times March 18 at the Manhattan building where “The Tyra Banks Show” is taped and asked to speak to her, says a misdemeanor complaint filed in New York’s Criminal Court.

The former supermodel, 34, told police Mr. Green’s actions had caused her to fear that she was in danger.

Police charged Mr. Green, 37, with stalking, criminal trespass and harassment. Criminal Court Judge Anthony Ferrara released him without bail and ordered him to return to court May 13.

A telephone call to Mr. Green’s attorney wasn’t immediately returned, Associated Press reports.

Brawl costs Diddy

Sean “Diddy” Combs will pay an undisclosed settlement to a real estate agent who claims the music mogul socked him in the jaw at a post-Oscars party last year, the New York Daily News reports. Gerard Rechnitzer accused Mr. Combs of blasting him with a right backhand during a confrontation over Mr. Rechnitzer’s girlfriend at the posh Hollywood nightclub Teddy’s.

Rowling depressed

J.K. Rowling, who turned a boy wizard into billions, told Edinburgh University student journalist Adeel Amini that before she created Harry Potter, she nearly put herself in Potter’s Field.

Miss Rowling said depression during her 20s forced her to ponder suicide before her phenomenal rise to success, says the Philadelphia Daily News. At the time, she was a single mother trying to make it as a writer.

“Mid-20s life circumstances were poor, and I really plummeted,” Miss Rowling said, according to an interview posted online by Mr. Amini.

In the interview, parts of which were published in Edinburgh University’s Student magazine, Miss Rowling said she sought help from doctors and spent nine months receiving cognitive behavioral therapy, according to Mr. Amini.

Christopher Little, Miss Rowling’s London-based agent, did not immediately respond to requests for comment, the Daily News said.

Pumpkins sue label

The Smashing Pumpkins are suing Virgin Records, saying the record label illegally used their name and music in promotional deals that hurt the band’s credibility with fans.

The lawsuit demands that Virgin pay with the profits that were earned in the promotion and asks for an injunction against using the Pumpkins’ name or music in the future.

Virgin put out the Smashing Pumpkins’ music for more than 17 years, but the only active agreement between the two parties, the lawsuit claims, is a deal granting Virgin permission to sell digital downloads of the band’s songs. Band members said they would “never grant such authority to Virgin, or any other entity.”

An after-hours call to Virgin Records was not immediately returned, Associated Press said.

Dumb and dumber

According to the London Sun, geographically challenged world traveler Paris Hilton, while visiting Johannesburg with current boyfriend Benji Madden, was asked what she thought of South Africa, the Philadelphia Daily News notes.

“I love Africa in general, South Africa and West Africa,” she said. “They are both great countries.”

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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