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Cusack stalker faces jail time

Fri., Oct. 10, 2008

A woman accused of stalking actor John Cusack will go to trial after a last-minute plea deal fell through.

Emily Leatherman was moments away from accepting a deal Wednesday afternoon that would have allowed her to escape state prison. But after she indicated she wasn’t entering into the deal freely, a judge rejected the bargain and ordered the 33-year-old woman to stand trial beginning today.

Leatherman faces four years in state prison if convicted.

The deal on the table called for Leatherman to receive five years of probation and to stay away from Cusack, his business and home for the next 10 years.

She was arrested earlier this year outside the actor’s home and has been jailed ever since.

She’s 59 in Bunny years

Hugh Hefner, 82, has – really?! – broken up with his 28-year-old girlfriend Holly Madison. Madison stars in the E! reality series “The Girls Next Door” with Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt. “If Holly says it’s over, I guess it’s over,” Hefner said Wednesday.

Fakeness is her stock in trade

Paris Hilton, who is conducting a fake run for the presidency, said the country’s economy is in sad shape.

“This is the biggest depression since ‘The Notebook,’ ” Hilton said.

Each has a rubber soul

What’s the best way to be a successful artist? Be a big pop star and then die spectacularly. That sure added value to some of John Lennon’s doodles.

A collection of Lennon’s drawings – some erotic – went on display at a downtown Manhattan gallery Thursday, on what would have been Lennon’s 68th birthday.

Hey, buses crash, too

Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, who always has been afraid of flying, is glad to be alive after suffering severe burns in a fiery plane crash last month. But he’s staying away from planes.

The 32-year-old musician and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM were the only survivors of the crash. Released last week from a Georgia hospital, Barker arranged to travel to a Los Angeles burn center by bus with his father and ex-wife Shanna Moakler to keep him company.

Nolte inhaled smoke? Riiiiight

Actor Nick Nolte jumped out a window and used a hose to fight a fire that broke out in his Malibu home Tuesday, authorities said.

The 67-year-old actor scraped his arm and inhaled some smoke but was not hospitalized, said Los Angeles County fire Inspector Sam Padilla.

The birthday bunch

Actor Peter Coyote is 67. Actor Charles Dance is 62. Singer John Prine is 62. Actor-dancer Ben Vereen is 62. Singer Cyril Neville of The Neville Brothers is 60. Actress Jessica Harper is 59. Singer-guitarist Midge Ure is 55. Singer David Lee Roth is 54. Country singer Tanya Tucker is 50. Actress Julia Sweeney is 49. Actor Bradley Whitford is 49. Bassist Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet) is 47. Drummer Mike Malinin of the Goo Goo Dolls is 41. Actress Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (“She’s All That”) is 30. Singer Mýa is 29.


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