Kobe Bryant named favorite at Teen Choice Awards

Universal City, Calif.-- In a rare public appearance since he was accused of sexual assault, basketball star Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, attended the 2003 Teen Choice Awards, where he was picked as the favorite male athlete.

The show was taped Saturday night at the Universal Amphitheater, and media were prevented from recording Bryant's acceptance speech.

The 24-year-old basketball star has said he had sex with a 19-year-old employee at a Colorado resort June 30 but denies her claims of sexual assault. He's free on $25,000 bond.

The Teen Choice Awards ceremony was taped for broadcast Wednesday on Fox.

Licensed to pack heat

New York -- Actors Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel, radio host Howard Stern and developer Donald Trump are among the New Yorkers licensed to carry a loaded gun, according to police records.

But some stars -- including Joan Rivers, action-movie star Steven Seagal and conservative commentator William Buckley -- were rejected when they applied to have their gun licenses renewed by New York City police this year, the New York Post reported Sunday.

Police told the Post only that Rivers had an "incident" on her record. She was reportedly in a fight with a car-rental clerk last year but was not criminally charged.

Police declined to say why Seagal and Buckley were turned down for permits.

Rocker charged in brothel fight

Dayton, Nev.-- Former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has been charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly attacking a prostitute at a brothel last month, a prosecutor said.

Neil, 42, allegedly grabbed prostitute Andrea Terry by the throat July 10 and threw her against a wall at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch just east of Carson City, according to the criminal complaint.

If convicted, the rocker could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. No date has been set yet for Neil's initial appearance in Dayton Justice Court.

Brothel owner Dennis Hof had told the New York Daily News that Neil and Terry got into an argument because he didn't want to have sex with her.

Ventura for president?

Newton, Iowa -- Former Minnesota governor and pro-wrestler Jesse Ventura discussed his political future while receiving an award for his sporting past.

Visitors packed a room at the International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Newton on Saturday to see Ventura, who was Minnesota governor from 1999 to 2002. He received the Frank Gotch award for bringing professional wrestling to a new level through his work as a politician.

Ventura said he would never say never when it came to getting back into politics, but he added he might be interested in running for president.

"Now, that doesn't mean I'm announcing today or anything, just that if I were to get into politics again, that would be the only office I'm interested in."


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