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September 6, 2001

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Tribute to Aaliyah

Aaliyah's family plans to make its first major public statements about the death of the R&B singer today at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday.

Aaliyah's brother, aspiring filmmaker Rashad Haughton, plans to address the crowd at the ceremony following a tribute to his sister, according to the network.

The awards ceremony and tribute will be held at Lincoln Center in New York City and broadcast live starting at 7 p.m. CDT on MTV.

Extortion case targeted Rimes

A federal grand jury has indicted LeAnn Rimes' former bodyguard and personal trainer on an extortion charge.

Robert Lavetta Iadevaia Jr., known as Robert Lavetta, allegedly threatened to sell personal information and photographs of the country singer to the tabloids if he was not paid off, according to court documents.

Lavetta has pleaded innocent and is free on $25,000 bond.

A trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Los Angeles. If convicted, Lavetta faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

McCartney has frog in his throat

Paul McCartney's famous voice now belongs to, of all things, a frog.

McCartney and Dustin Hoffman provide the voices for "Tuesday," British director Geoff Dunbar's animated short film at the Venice Film Festival in Italy.

"Tuesday" is the story of a group of frogs that fly across the United States on their lily pads to reach the "Late Night With David Letterman" show.

The film is dedicated to the memory of McCartney's wife, Linda, who died of breast cancer in 1998.

Fourth trip down the aisle

Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis is a newlywed again.

Davis, 44, married Dr. Reza Jarrahy, 30, in a private ceremony Saturday in the Wainscott area of Long Island, N.Y.

They met more than two years ago through mutual friends and will live together in Southern California, Davis' publicist, Paul Bloch, said Tuesday.

It is the first marriage for Jarrahy and the fourth for Davis, who won a best-supporting actress Oscar for 1988's "The Accidental Tourist."

Mariah postpones interview

Mariah Carey, still recovering from her emotional breakdown, has postponed a Sept. 12 interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters, the television show "Entertainment Tonight" reported.

The singer postponed the interview because she "needs more time to rest," Carey spokeswoman Cindi Berger said in a statement.

No new date for the interview was given.

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