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January 19, 2003

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Video of Ross shows, doesn't tell

Tucson, Ariz. -- A police videotape shows singer Diana Ross walking around and leaning on a police cruiser while two officers talk to her, but it doesn't have audio of the singer's comments.

The 42-minute videotape, released Friday, was shot when Ross was arrested for drunken driving Dec. 30. She has pleaded innocent to the charge.

The grainy color video does not include footage of Ross, 58, dressed in jeans and a sweat shirt, taking a field sobriety test.

A police report said Ross consented to the test but fell down and laughed while trying to stand on one leg and count to 10. In another test, the report said, she skipped a couple of letters and doubled others while writing the alphabet.

Police have said Ross told them she got lost on her way to a video store. She was staying at a Tucson residence at the time.

Couple arrested in Dion case

Las Vegas -- A California woman and her husband have been arrested for allegedly trying to blackmail $13.5 million from singer Celine Dion's husband, Rene Angelil, who the woman says raped her.

Yun Kyeong Kwon Sung and Ae Hoe Kwon of Pasadena are charged with extortion and witness soliciting a bribe, both felonies, and conspiracy to commit extortion, a misdemeanor, police said.

Sung, 47, and Kwon, 50, filed a lawsuit and a police report last March alleging that Angelil raped Sung in March 2000 at the Imperial Palace hotel-casino.

The two were arrested Thursday. Authorities began investigating the alleged extortion six weeks ago and it became "very clear and apparent that we had an extortion," Capt. Tom Lozich said Friday.

Angelil denies the rape allegation.

Madonna flirts with small screen

Los Angeles -- Madonna will make her episodic TV series debut in May on NBC's "Will & Grace."

She's just one of the big names being called on by the sitcom to help juice up ratings during upcoming "sweeps" months, which are used to help set local advertising rates.

Demi Moore and Minnie Driver also will guest star on "Will & Grace," NBC said Friday.

Details of Madonna's appearance and specific episode dates weren't announced.

Second defense attorney allowed to quit Blake's murder case

Los Angeles -- Robert Blake's preliminary hearing on murder charges is expected to go on as planned next month despite the actor's loss of a second defense lawyer.

Superior Court Judge Lloyd Nash granted defense attorney Jennifer Keller's request to leave the case Friday. Although the judge did not discuss her reasons for withdrawing, Keller has said her resignation was prompted by Blake's attempt to discuss his case with TV journalist Barbara Walters.

Another defense lawyer, Harland Braun, quit the case two months ago after learning Blake had tried to arrange a TV interview with Diane Sawyer.

Blake, 69, is charged with shooting his wife, 44-year-old Bonny Lee Bakley.

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