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Spade's assailant pleads guilty

David Spade's former personal assistant pleaded guilty to assaulting the comedian with a stun gun and agreed to seek counseling for drug and psychological problems.

Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Elden Fox also sentenced David Warren "Skippy" Malloy on Thursday to five years probation and ordered him to stay at least 100 yards from Spade and perform 480 hours of community service.

Spade, 36, suffered minor injuries when Malloy used a stun gun on him after entering his Beverly Hills home the morning of Nov. 29.

Spade is the co-star of the NBC sitcom "Just Shoot Me" and the new movie "Joe Dirt." Malloy's lawyer, Howard Lowe, said his client was angry and "in a psychotic state due to cocaine" the morning of the attack.

'Friends' star in traffic accident

A car driven by a woman who ran a stop sign collided with "Friends" co-star Matthew Perry's silver BMW at a West Side intersection, police said.

Neither Perry nor the 75-year-old woman, whose name was not released, was injured. The actor's BMW, so new that it still had dealer plates on it, was badly damaged, however.

Officer La Donna Cissell said Thursday that drugs and alcohol weren't involved in the Wednesday morning crash.

His publicist, Lisa Kasteler, released a statement saying: "Matthew Perry was involved in a car accident in Los Angeles yesterday when he swerved to avoid a car whose driver had run a stop sign. There were no injuries and no drugs or alcohol involved."

O'Donnell to go back to work after recovering from hand injury

Rosie O'Donnell is returning to "The Rosie O'Donnell Show."

The TV host has been out since April 4, under doctor's orders, recovering from an infected hand. She returns Monday.

O'Donnell cut a tendon in her hand last August while trying to cut a price tag off a fishing pole. She's had three surgeries since then, spokeswoman Laura Mandel said.

A succession of guest hosts have filled in for her. They include Barbara Walters, an ABC journalist, and comedian Caroline Rhea, who is rumored to be a candidate to replace O'Donnell when she quits the show next year.

Cage studies mandolin for role

Nicolas Cage had to study more than a script for his role in the upcoming film "Captain Corelli's Mandolin." He spent hours preparing for on-screen musical performances.

"I dedicated myself to going home every night and practicing the songs for hours," Cage told reporters Thursday before the film's premiere in London. "I have had no musical training in my life but I do come from a musical family."

Cage plucks the mandolin in the film, in which he plays an Italian officer who woos a doctor's daughter in World War II Greece.

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