Wednesday, July 2, 2003
Ex-partner sues P. Diddy
New York -- A former business partner is suing Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, claiming the rapper threatened him with a baseball bat in 1996 and cheated him out of $25 million.
Kirk Burrowes claims Combs used the bat threat to force him to sign over a 25 percent stake in Bad Boy Entertainment, Combs' music conglomerate. Burrowes claims he was wrongly fired as president of the company.
In a statement Tuesday, Combs said of the $25 million lawsuit: "The allegations are pure fantasy. Kirk Burrowes hasn't been employed for seven years, and now he makes up a fictional story for financial gain."
John McEnroe, role model
Wimbledon, England -- Kirsten Dunst is looking to John McEnroe for inspiration while filming the tennis movie "Wimbledon."
The "Spider-Man" actress was at Wimbledon on Tuesday filming scenes for the romantic comedy in which she plays an up-and-coming American tennis star.
Dunst is reading books about tantrum expert McEnroe for ideas.
"My character is very feisty, very angry. I have a lot of scenes of my yelling at the umpire," she said. "She's like a female McEnroe. That's what I want to be."
Cuomo-Kennedy marriage ending
White Plains, N.Y. -- A marriage that united two prominent Democratic families, the Kennedys and the Cuomos, has fallen apart.
Andrew Cuomo, son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, and Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, announced Monday they were separating after 13 years of marriage.
Her lawyer, William Zabel, issued a statement saying she planned to seek a divorce.
"This separation is amicable, and the couple does not wish to comment further," Zabel said a news release issued through Kennedy Cuomo's brother, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Cuomo, 45, is a former U.S. housing secretary who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for governor last year.
Kennedy Cuomo, 43, is a human rights advocate and author. In 2000, she published a book called "Speak Truth to Power," which profiled human rights advocates from around the world.
'Six Feet Under' star pregnant
Rachel Griffiths, who plays the recovering nymphomaniac Brenda Chenowith on HBO's funeral home hit "Six Feet Under," and her husband, Australian artist Andrew Taylor, are expecting a child, reports E!Online.
It'll be the first child for the couple, both natives of Melbourne. Longtime friends, the duo struck up a romance two years ago and made it to the altar this past New Year's Eve.
There was no word on an exact due date other than Griffiths is expected to deliver by year's end.