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January 7, 2009


Garner, Affleck welcome second daughter

Los Angeles — It’s another girl for Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck.

Affleck’s spokesman, Shawn Sachs, and Garner’s spokeswoman, Leslie Sloane-Zelnik, said Tuesday that Garner gave birth to their second daughter but would not provide any additional details.

Garner and Affleck, both 36, were married in June 2005. Garner gave birth to daughter Violet in December 2005.

Affleck co-starred with Garner in “Daredevil,” and they began dating in 2004.

Prosecutors to Polanski: All is not forgiven

Los Angeles — Fugitive director Roman Polanski received a message from prosecutors in a sexually explicit court motion Tuesday that all is not forgiven and they will fight dismissal of a three-decade-old conviction for raping a 13-year-old.

The documents filed by the district attorney’s office would be rated “X” in movie terminology and contained a reminder that the rape occurred at the home of Academy Award-winning actor Jack Nicholson.

In a footnote, the document said: “Jack Nicholson was not home at the time of the events and had no knowledge of the activities of Roman Polanski.”

The motion, drawing on descriptions contained in transcripts of grand jury hearings in 1977, provided details of a photo shoot in which the young girl was given champagne and part of a Quaalude pill, was told to disrobe and was subjected to oral copulation, forced intercourse and sodomy by Polanski.

It said the victim asked him to stop several times and that she was in tears when Polanski drove her home.

“At some point, the defendant warned the victim not to tell her mother about what had happened, adding that ‘This is our secret,’” the motion said.

The girl, now a 44-year-old woman, has said she never wanted Polanski to go to prison and feels the case should be dismissed. The 75-year-old Polanski, living in exile in France, wants to return to the United States.

Guitarist Ron Asheton found dead at 60

Detroit — Ron Asheton, the guitarist for the Stooges whose raw sound helped inspire the first generation of punk musicians, has died. He was 60.

Asheton was found at his Ann Arbor home early Tuesday morning by police officers after they were called by an associate who had not heard from him in several days, said city police Sgt. Brad Hill.

There were no signs of foul play, and the death appeared to be of natural causes, Hill said.

Asheton was a founding member of the Stooges, the influential protopunk band formed in Ann Arbor in 1967, along with his brother, Scott.

Lead singer Iggy Pop called Asheton “my best friend” in a statement Tuesday, and the band expressed shock at his death.

Rihanna taking no wardrobe risks for show

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — The good girl gone bad has promised to be good for one night.

R&B; sensation Rihanna will shun skimpy outfits when she performs in Malaysia next month, the concert’s organizers said Tuesday, becoming the latest international star affected by the Muslim-majority country’s strict rules on performers’ dress.

Recent concerts by Gwen Stefani and Avril Lavigne faced protests by conservative Muslim Malaysians over immodest clothes. Stefani eventually made what she called “a major sacrifice” at her show by donning attire that revealed little skin.

Under government guidelines, a female performer must be covered from the top of her chest, including her shoulders, to her knees.

The organizers of a Pussycat Dolls concert in 2006 were fined nearly $3,000 after the U.S. girl group was accused of flouting decency regulations.

Lindsay Lohan: It’s not over with Ronson

Los Angeles — Lindsay Lohan says she hasn’t split with DJ Samantha Ronson, despite media reports they had publicly sparred several times over the holidays.

In a brief post on her MySpace blog, the 22-year-old actress wrote: “We did NOT break up!”

Lohan asked several media outlets “AND every GOSSIP website” to get their stories straight.

The “Mean Girls” star also complained Monday that her friends had been e-mailing her to console her about the rumored breakup with the 31-year-old Ronson. The pair had confirmed their relationship last September.

‘Late Late Show’ host reveals holiday wedding

Los Angeles — You couldn’t miss the wedding band on Craig Ferguson’s ring finger when he returned to CBS’ “The Late Late Show” from his holiday break.

Ferguson held his left hand up to the camera and announced that he’d gotten married. The 46-year-old talk-show host said he’d tied the knot with art dealer Megan Wallace Cunningham.

He suggested that he and Megan be referred to as “Cragan,” like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are known as “Brangelina.”

This is Ferguson’s third marriage. He has a 7-year-old son Milo from his second marriage.

Ferguson jokingly told the audience that his wife won’t interfere with their relationship, except “when we see each other now, it’ll have to be in private.”


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