Sunday, July 14, 2002
Rapper finds prison time doesn't stop the tax man
Los Angeles ï¿½ Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was slapped with a $6 million income tax bill that racked up while he was behind bars.
An attorney for Knight, owner of Tha Row Records, formerly known as Death Row Records, said the Internal Revenue Service sent a collection notice last week regarding taxes owed in 1997.
At that time, Knight was serving a five-year sentence for violating his probation after getting involved in a fight the night Death Row Records rapper Tupac Shakur was killed in Las Vegas.
Knight will pay the bill, his lawyer said.
Foreman: By George, she's not
Houston ï¿½ Boxing legend George Foreman is fighting the claims of a 22-year-old woman who says she is his daughter.
Foreman, who retired from boxing and has gone on to sell food grills and car mufflers, said he took a blood test that proved he was not the father of Jasmine Christina Foreman.
The former heavyweight champion says he has fathered 10 children, including five sons named George.
"I have looked and made sure I could keep all my dear children together for years, so as they would always know each other," Foreman told the Houston Chronicle. "Believe me, this could not be true. ... I have been hit a few times, but not hard enough to lose a child."
Jasmine Foreman's lawsuit seeks her recognition as his child. No monetary award is requested.
Mistaken identity plagues actor
Bucharest, Romania ï¿½ Jude Law got an unexpected earful at the Bucharest airport when a Romanian politician mistook the actor for a car thief.
Dinu Patriciu, a leading member of the opposition Liberal Party, told The Associated Press on Friday that he saw Law and another man get into his Land Rover early Thursday at Bucharest's Otopeni Airport.
Patriciu said he angrily yelled at the men because he presumed they were trying to steal the vehicle. It was all a mistake.
Patriciu said he had recently left the vehicle with a mechanic, telling the company it could sell the car after it was repaired.
The firm rented it to Castel Films, a producer for "Cold Mountain," which is scheduled to begin filming in Romania this week.
Larry Kaplan, a publicist for "Cold Mountain," said Law did not want to comment.
Music video too hot for Malaysia
Kuala Lampur, Malaysia ï¿½ Australian pop star Kylie Minogue's music video and episodes of the TV series "Ally McBeal" and "Friends" have been censored in Malaysia, a Home Ministry official said.
The Film Censorship Board, which is under the authority of the Home Ministry, assigns viewer ratings ï¿½ or bans ï¿½ entertainment fare before it is released to theaters and TV networks.
Minogue's "Live in Sydney" music video was one of 195 works judged "too hot," The Star newspaper reported Friday.