Garfunkel admits to drug charge

Hurley, N.Y. -- Art Garfunkel pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in upstate New York and paid $200 in fines.

The singer's attorney was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday but instead entered a guilty plea Feb. 4, the Daily Freeman of Kingston reported.

Garfunkel paid a $100 fine and $100 in costs, court officials said Wednesday.

Garfunkel, 62, of Manhattan, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after state police stopped his limousine for speeding Jan. 17 in Hurley, 55 miles southwest of Albany.

The trooper who stopped the limo, in which Garfunkel was the lone passenger, smelled marijuana and found a bag containing 6 grams of the drug in Garfunkel's jacket pocket, police said.

Love a no-show in drug case

Beverly Hills, Calif. -- Courtney Love failed to show for a court hearing on drug charges Wednesday, and a judge issued a bench warrant but put it on hold after getting an explanation from the rocker's lawyer.

Attorney William Genego told the judge that Love couldn't make it because of a "security" issue. He did not elaborate but said she was on call to appear as necessary.

The judge agreed to put the warrant on hold until Feb. 17. It was the third postponement of a pretrial hearing concerning felony charges that Love was in illegal possession of two painkillers.

Love, lead singer of the group Hole and widow of grunge rocker Kurt Cobain, has a new album, "America's Sweetheart," out this month.

Rawls settles relationship suit

Los Angeles -- Lou Rawls has settled a lawsuit with a woman who claimed she gave up her business to become his mistress.

The soul singer will pay Margaret Schaffer $35,000 to settle her $12 million lawsuit which claimed he backed out of a verbal agreement to support her financially even if they split.

Rawls' spokesman, David Brokaw, called the claim a "nuisance" lawsuit and said that while the singer was acquainted with the woman, the two had never dated.

In the lawsuit, Schaffer said she met Rawls, 68, in February 1998 and moved into his Southern California home shortly afterward.

Zeta-Jones makes it a dozen

Los Angeles -- Catherine Zeta-Jones, 34, has joined Julia Roberts in the cast of "Ocean's Twelve."

"Now I have two of the most beautiful women in the world in this picture," producer Jerry Weintraub said late Tuesday.

Roberts starred in 2001's "Ocean's Eleven" with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Andy Garcia, directed by Steven Soderbergh and produced by Weintraub. That film was a remake of the Frank Sinatra movie of the same name.

Shooting is scheduled to begin April 12. Clooney, Pitt, Damon and Garcia also are returning for the sequel.


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