Thursday, March 6, 2003

Lord of the Dance in hot water

Waukegan, Ill. -- "Riverdance" star Michael Flatley is being sued for $35 million by a woman who claims he raped her in a Las Vegas hotel.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Lake County on behalf of a Chicago-area real estate agent who says she flew in October to Las Vegas to visit Flatley.

The lawsuit says the woman, whose name was not revealed, was in her private bedroom area of Flatley's suite at the Venetian Resort Hotel-Casino when he raped her.

Flatley's lawyer, Bert Fields, called the allegations "absolutely false." Fields said the woman threatened months ago to claim Flatley had raped her unless he paid her. He said Flatley refused to pay.

Splitsville in L.A.

Los Angeles -- Actress Teri Hatcher is ending her marriage to actor Jon Tenney after eight years, according to papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Hatcher, who played Superman's sidekick, Lois Lane, in television's "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," filed for divorce Friday, citing irreconcilable differences.

According to the divorce petition, the couple agreed to joint custody of their 5-year-old daughter, Emerson Rose.

Hatcher, 38, has appeared in films including "Soapdish" and "Spy Kids," as well as a series of TV commercials for Radio Shack with former football star Howie Long.

Tenney, 41, has appeared in movies including "Fools Rush In" and "You Can Count On Me."

'Pretty Baby' ready to be mom

New York -- Brooke Shields is ready for motherhood.

"I'm in for a real life change, and I'm ready for it, as ready as I can be," she told AP Radio in an interview. "It doesn't scare me, it excites me, and yet I just know that there will be so many things that I will really be getting a quick education on."

Shields and writer-producer Chris Henchy, who were married in April 2001, know the baby due in May will be a girl.

The actress, who began modeling as a toddler, has appeared in films including "Pretty Baby," "The Blue Lagoon" and "Endless Love." Her NBC sitcom, "Suddenly Susan," ended in 2000 after four years.

Cher's company wigged out

Richmond, Va. -- Cher's production company has reported the theft of a wig valued at $8,000 to $10,000, apparently stolen from the singer's collection of tresses during a sold-out concert stop.

"The wig is described as half-black and half-teal, and it was braided," said Christie Collins, a police spokeswoman.

Cher's tour manager estimated the value between $8,000 and $10,000, said Larry W. Wilson Jr., general manager of the Richmond Coliseum, where the "Living Proof -- Farewell Tour 2003" made a stop Feb. 25.