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August 14, 2002

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Adam Ant pleads guilty

London Pop singer Adam Ant pleaded guilty on Tuesday to brawling after he threatened pub patrons with a starting pistol for laughing at his clothing.

The 47-year-old appeared at the Old Bailey court under his real name of Stuart Goddard to face a single charge over the incident at the Prince of Wales pub in north London on Jan. 12.

The prosecution dropped three other charges of criminal damage, assault causing actual bodily harm and possession of an imitation firearm. Ant was released on bail until Oct. 2 for sentencing.

The singer, famous for his painted face and flamboyant wardrobe, scored a string of hits in the '80s, including "Stand and Deliver," "Prince Charming," and "Goody Two Shoes." He'd been scheduled to headline a nostalgia tour this spring.

Elle expecting again

London Model and actress Elle Macpherson is expecting her second child in February.

The 39-year-old and her Swiss fiance, Arpad Busson, said in a statement Tuesday they were "thrilled" to be expecting a sister or brother for their 4-year-old son, Flynn. The couple, who live in London, got engaged this year.

One of the world's top-earning supermodels in the 1990s, she's largely retired from modeling in the last few years, declaring in 1999, "I'm too old for that." She has her own line of lingerie, Elle Macpherson Intimates.

Field to make Broadway debut

New York From "Gidget" to "The Goat."

Sally Field, who began her career playing a perky California teenager in the 1960s television series and later won Oscars for "Norma Rae" and "Places in the Heart," will make her Broadway debut in "The Goat," the Tony-winning Edward Albee play.

Field and actor Bill Irwin will replace Mercedes Ruehl and Bill Pullman starting Sept. 13 in Albee's sardonic comedy about a man who has an affair with a four-legged creature. "The Goat" won the best-play Tony Award in June.

Elvis king of dead celebrities

New York A quarter-century after his death, Elvis Presley continues raking in the big bucks.

For the second year in a row, Presley leads the list of the top-earning dead celebrities, according to Forbes magazine. Sales of all things Elvis totaled $37 million from June 2001-June 2002.

No. 2 on the list, released Monday, is "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz, with $28 million in earnings. John Lennon and race car driver Dale Earnhardt, who's new to the list this year, both made $20 million.

Also new on the list are former Beatle George Harrison with $17 million in earnings, rapper Tupac Shakur with $7 million, and author Robert Ludlum with $5 million.

Forbes reporters determined the top dead earners by looking at estates, interviewing lawyers and surviving family members, and calculating pretax earnings to the estates from licensing agreements and book and record sales.

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