Ventura defends protest stand
St. Paul, Minn. — Jesse Ventura told police he did nothing wrong during a run-in with a protester outside a TV studio where he was rehearsing for a talk show.
Police interviewed Ventura by phone on Thursday. “He was cordial,” said Sgt. Mark Kempe. “He presented his side of the story.”
In late May, Ventura was at a public television studio working on his upcoming MSNBC talk show. Leslie Davis, an environmental activist who ran a write-in campaign for governor in 1998, was outside picketing the former governor’s use of the studio.
Davis filed a police report saying Ventura threatened him and grabbed one of his signs, attempting to smash it.
Sizemore denies domestic abuse
Los Angeles — Tom Sizemore pleaded not guilty to 16 misdemeanor counts of hitting, harassing and threatening ex-fiancee Heidi Fleiss.
The actor also was formally served Friday with a protective order barring him from contacting the former Hollywood madam, who reportedly is a witness in another unrelated domestic violence case against Sizemore.
The charges involving Fleiss were filed last month and include counts for making about 100 harassing telephone calls to her over a year, vandalism, threatening to inflict injury to a person or property, and corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition, city prosecutors said.
Sizemore is free after posting $100,000 bond and due back in court June 24.
Bullock gets stalking injunction
Los Angeles — Sandra Bullock won a permanent injunction forbidding any contact by a Michigan man who allegedly harassed her with voice mail, faxes and phone calls.
Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon signed the order Friday after Thomas James Weldon, 34, failed to appear for a hearing.
Bullock didn’t come to court. Her lawyer, Ed McPherson, told reporters that Weldon had been stalking the actress for 18 months but she’d never seen him.
No criminal charges were filed against him and McPherson said none were sought.
Spike Lee music on stage
Philadelphia — The music in Spike Lee’s films takes center stage in a new multimedia show, “The Movie Music of Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard,” which makes its first U.S. stop in Philadelphia.
“From the time he starts writing the screenplay he starts thinking about the music; it’s part of the process, it’s not an add-on,” said Danny Kapilian, the show’s producer.
The sound and vision of several Lee films will be re-created by musicians as images from the films are projected.
Lee will be host for all the performances, which will feature Blanchard performing with a jazz ensemble, a chamber orchestra and singers.