Rose Admits He Is 18-year-old's Father; Heard Charged With Stalking `Homicide' Actress

Posted: November 24, 1996

Pete Rose has settled a lawsuit brought against him by Morgan Rubio, 18, by acknowledging her as his daughter, Friday's Tampa Tribune reported. Details of the settlement are confidential, but Rubio's lawyer, Walter Lopez, said the ex-baseball player is not required to pay her anything. ``He is the father of this child and he's acknowledging that,'' said Lopez. ``That's exactly what we're seeking.'' Rubio's mother, Terryl Fernandez, filed a 1978 paternity suit against Rose that was settled without Rose admitting that he was the father. Rubio, a college student, said she filed her own suit several months before her 18th birthday to get acknowledgment that she ``belonged to somebody.''

ACTOR CHARGED * John Heard, who played Macauley Culkin's father in both Home Alone movies, was charged last week in a Baltimore court with stalking actress Melissa Leo and their 9-year-old son, and assaulting Leo's current boyfriend. She plays detective Kay Howard on the TV show Homicide. The boyfriend, John Russell, said in his complaint that Heard, 50, assaulted him outside the Baltimore school attended by the boy, and he also accused the actor of making threatening phone calls. Heard was denied custody of his son in 1994 when a New York judge said he lacked ``temperament in parenting skills'' while also citing his history of abusing Leo.

AD-ONS * Mario Cuomo will appear in ads for media giant Time Warner. In the TV spots to run this week on Time Warner Cable of New York, the former New York governor will be seen silently raising a copy of Mad magazine in front of his face as the words appear on the screen: ``Won't admit it, but has every Mad magazine ever printed.'' Asked if such was the case, Cuomo said Friday: ``Oh, c'mon. What do you think? If I really did own every copy of Mad magazine it wouldn't be a spoof.''

Dennis Rodman will play off supposed changes in his flamboyant lifestyle for a new series of Christmas commercials for Eastman Kodak Co. The spots tout a line of easy-to-load cameras which the basketball star contends he deserves because he has behaved well enough. In one commercial, Rodman goes into a thrift store to donate clothes and shocks the proprietor by dumping on the counter a box of spiked collars, women's platform shoes and leather items.

APRES CAMPAIGN * Bob Dole met Friday with New York's IMG Inc. about representing him in possible future deals involving speeches, writings and product endorsements. ``IMG is one of many entities seeking the honor and opportunity of representing Sen. Dole,'' said Joyce Campbell, a spokeswoman for Dole. ``We are certainly not going to do anything to diminish or cheapen his great stature.''

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