Archive for Wednesday, August 30, 2000

People, Faces & Things

August 30, 2000


Montel a hero at car crash

Montel Williams is more than just talk.

Police credit the talk show host and ex-Marine Williams with helping save a 16-year-old from being burned following a car accident Saturday.

After the teen's pickup spun out of control and struck a tree, Williams and his driver stopped and pulled the boy from the vehicle just as it caught fire, police said. Williams carried the boy on his back up an embankment a safe distance away.

Arnold helps the kids

The man most famous for bulging biceps, "Terminator" movies and Planet Hollywood restaurants has been recognized for his lesser-known role as a mentor to disadvantaged youngsters.

Arnold Schwarzenegger received a Boys Town youth award Monday, following in the footsteps of Mother Teresa and Michael Jordan.

Schwarzenegger is the 16th recipient of the Father Flanagan Award but the first to receive it under the home's new name, Girls and Boys Town.

The award recognized Schwarzenegger's work promoting fitness. Some of the 1,200 in attendance had won a competition to ask the actor a question. The first question: Is he sometimes afraid to do his own movie stunts?

"The question I always ask in deciding is, 'Can you die?"' a deadpan Schwarzenegger replied.

His parting words: "If you keep up the good work, I'll be back."

Beatle trespasser pleads

A trespasser who was arrested at the home of ex-Beatle George Harrison while eating a frozen pizza and doing her laundry was given one year of probation after pleading no contest.

Cristin Joyce Keleher, 27, was released Friday after four months in jail. She was ordered to return to her family's home in New Jersey.

She admitted she was in Harrison's home without his permission but said she was feeling sick and was seeking shelter from the rain. She told the court she loved Harrison and never meant him any harm.

Keleher was arrested a week before Harrison was stabbed in the chest by an intruder in his mansion near London. Harrison suffered a collapsed lung in the attack.

Rapper agrees to custody split

Rap star Eminem has agreed to give up physical custody of his 5-year-old daughter to his estranged wife.

Eminem on Monday also agreed to continue financial support of wife Kim Mathers, provide a driver for her and reinstate her credit cards.

In exchange, Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, will have joint legal custody of the couple's daughter and be entitled to liberal parenting time while in Michigan.

The two also reached a settlement on a $10 million lawsuit Kim Mathers filed over an Eminem song titled "Kim." In the song, Eminem raps about killing Kim Mathers while the couple's daughter watches.

Details of the settlement were not released.

Life after 'Survivor'

Without explanation, Rhode Island prosecutors have dropped child-abuse charges against TV's "Survivor" Richard Hatch. His adopted son, 9, accused him of wrapping his hands around the boy's neck in April shortly after Hatch completed the TV show's shoot. Hatch said the boy made up the story because he didn't want to exercise as commanded by Hatch, who, in turn, has sued every agency involved with the case.

The stepmother of Kelly Wiglesworth says she returned from the show "very ill," but is OK now. "She came home from the island with a parasite that she's been battling for the past few months," Kathy Wiglesworth said. "It pretty much wiped her out off and on."

Third-placer Rudy Boesch is being considered for a small role on an episode of "JAG." The ex-Navy Seal would play a character, not himself. He was to be honored in his Virginia Beach hometown Tuesday at a free Rudypalooza festival expected to draw 10,000 people to Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base.

Report from sick bay

Pete Seeger, 81, has Lyme disease. His wife, Toshi, noting that "we have a lot of ticks in the area," said the folk figure was resting at their Beacon, N.Y., home but it's not yet clear how bad his dose is. She added that he planned to continue performing.

Actor Maximilian Schell, 69, is in serious but stable condition in a German hospital after collapsing at a film festival Sunday night. His doctor says he's got acute inflammation of the pancreas related to diabetes.

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