Saturday, July 19, 2003

Browne gets apologies

Los Angeles -- At Jackson Browne's demand, two TV programs have edited out scenes referring to allegations the singer beat up Daryl Hannah during their romance.

The Fox Television Production of "America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story," which aired in January on TNT, will be modified to delete references to Browne in two scenes, Browne publicist Michael Jensen said Thursday in a statement.

"I never assaulted Daryl Hannah, and this fact was confirmed by the investigation conducted at the time by the Santa Monica Police Department," Browne said.

In a related development, Viacom-owned VH1 agreed to delete a scene with similar references that aired in the program "When Cameras Cross the Line."

It's payback time for celebs

New York -- Cameron Diaz, Alanis Morissette and other former celebrity clients of convicted Wall Street fund manager Dana Giacchetto have agreed to repay the money he illegally diverted to them, Web site says.

Diaz has repaid $100,000 after being sued for $208,600. Richard Lovett, president of Creative Artists Agency, returned $75,000 after being sued for $150,000; Tim Roth returned $60,000; screenwriter Richard LaGravenese, $90,000; Morissette, $1,800; Leonardo DiCaprio's father, George, $2,000; and composer Philip Glass $2,500, according to the crime Web site.

Giacchetto, 40, was convicted in 2001 of improperly diverting funds to his Hollywood clientele from the accounts of other clients, claiming they represented investment gains.

Magazine seeks wedding bills

London -- The former editor of OK! magazine says sales of its issue covering the wedding of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas fell well short of expectations after rival Hello! magazine printed unauthorized photos of the nuptials.

Martin Townsend compared the wedding with that of British celebrity couple David and Victoria Beckham Thursday at a hearing in High Court to decide the damages to be awarded to OK! and the Hollywood couple.

Justice John Lindsay ruled in April that Hello! breached the couple's commercial confidence by printing photos of their $2 million wedding in November 2000 at New York's Plaza Hotel.

Zeta-Jones and Douglas are seeking $800,000 from Hello!, while OK! publisher Northern & Shell PLC has asked for $2.75 million.

Townsend said OK! paid each couple $1.62 million for exclusive coverage of their weddings. The July 1999 issue covering the Beckhams' wedding quadrupled sales to about 1.5 million copies, and the magazine had expected sales exceeding that number for the Zeta-Jones and Douglas wedding, Townsend said. Instead, that edition sold 836,000 copies.