Adam Ant sentenced in brawl

London � A judge said '80s pop idol Adam Ant suffered a "temporary episode" of mental illness when he threatened pub customers with a fake pistol, and sentenced him Wednesday to a year's community service and rehabilitation treatment.

Justice Jeremy Roberts also ordered Ant to pay $780 in compensation to a man who needed three stitches after being hit in the head by a car alternator that Ant flung through the window of the Prince of Wales pub in January.

"The psychiatrists are agreed that you were suffering a temporary episode of a recognized mental disorder which could have substantially impaired the responsibility for what you did," Roberts said.

Paul Bowen, Ant's lawyer, told the court Ant was angry that customers mocked his flat cap and combat jacket when he entered the pub on Jan. 12.

The 48-year-old singer, who appeared in court under his real name of Stuart Goddard, had pleaded guilty to one charge of brawling.

Keith Richards wins privacy

London � A local council in southern England said it has agreed to move a footpath from which prying eyes could peer into the country home of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

The guitarist had complained that the path, popular with weekend walkers, ran within 10 yards of his property in West Wittering, allowing passers-by to see into the grounds.

West Sussex Council said Tuesday it has agreed to have the path moved to the other side of a nearby field.

"Someone well-known is more vulnerable than you or me. We are well aware of what the paparazzi do. We are well aware of what nutters can do," said Bill Acraman, chairman of the council's rights of way committee.

Emeril will be cooking for three

New York � Emeril Lagasse, host of the Food Network's "Emeril Live" and "Essence of Emeril," and his 35-year-old wife, Alden, are expecting their first child in March, a spokeswoman said.

They were married in May 2000, the spokeswoman for the 42-year-old celebrity chef said Tuesday.

'Les Miserables' to close

New York � "Les Miserables" is pulling down its barricades and folding its flag of revolution.

The mammoth musical hit based on Victor Hugo's epic novel will close March 15, 2003 at the Imperial Theatre, after a 16-year run and 6,612 performances, second only to "Cats," Broadway's longest running show.

"Though the show has always remained profitable except during those extraordinary recent times that affected the industry as a whole, I want Les Miz's first Broadway reign to conclude with the same kind of excitement and celebration that was enjoyed by my productions of 'Cats' and 'Miss Saigon,' with audiences again fighting for tickets," producer Cameron Mackintosh said Wednesday in a statement.

"I have also realized that I can't have a crack at the Tony for best revival until I close the first production."


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