Anderson, Lee win 'honeymoon' tape suit

Posted: December 11, 2002

A judge has awarded former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and her ex-husband, rocker Tommy Lee, $740,000 each in their long-running court fight against a porn company over the notorious "honeymoon" tape of them having sex.

Anderson and Lee were awarded a default judgment in their 1998 copyright infringement and invasion-of-privacy lawsuits against Internet Entertainment Group for selling the videotape over the Web.

The judge initially threw out the lawsuit in November 1998, saying the couple had signed away the rights to the tape, but an appeals court overturned that ruling.

Since then, the judge said IEG has failed to appear in court or defend itself, essentially defaulting the case.

The ruling, issued last week and made public yesterday, awards Lee and Anderson a total of $1,481,786 - the amount IEG made on sales of the tape. The judge also awarded them attorney's fees and court costs.

Last year, Anderson settled a second lawsuit against IEG over a sex tape she made with Bret Michaels (didn't she learn?), lead singer of the heavy-metal band Poison.

Britney asks protection

* Britney Spears has asked a Los Angeles Superior Court for a restraining order against a 41-year-old man she claims has been stalking her since September. According to the petition, Masahiko Shizawa of Yokohama, Japan, has "tracked and attempted to contact" Spears at her home in Los Angeles, as well as at her second residence and one of her parents' homes, both outside California.

The alleged stalker has sent photographs of himself and a note reading "I'm chasing you" to Spears, and he refused to leave when he was ordered off her property, the order says.

Billboard's big winner

R&B newcomer Ashanti won big time, scoring eight trophies, including top female artist, R&B/hip-hop artist, and female R&B/hip-hop artist, at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Rap star Nelly grabbed six awards (including 2002's top artist), and the album of the year went to Eminem for The Eminem Show on Monday night. Steven Tyler presented Cher with an achievement award, and comedian Chris Tucker gave a special Thriller award to Michael Jackson, who accepted the honor via satellite.

Puddle of Mud became the first group to sweep all four rock awards since U2 did it in 1992. Nickelback picked up four awards, including the hot 100 single of the year for "How You Remind Me."

Rock and its toll

Rock legend Pete Townshend is almost deaf after nearly 40 years of subjecting his ears to his own crashing guitar riffs with the British band The Who.

London's the Sun newspaper quoted Townshend, 57, yesterday as saying his hearing has worsened since the band's U.S. tour.

Make love, not war

A hundred entertainers, including Kim Basinger, Matt Damon, Ethan Hawke, Samuel L. Jackson, Anjelica Huston and Jessica Lange, are banding together to protest a possible war with Iraq. At a press conference yesterday in Los Angeles, the celebs - who are calling themselves Artists United to Win Without War - unveiled a letter to President Bush urging him to avoid war.

Petition: Free Slick Rick

The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network wants hip-hop fans to petition President Bush to free Slick Rick from federal custody and to stop the INS from booting the rap star, famed for his groundbreaking '80s releases with Doug E. Fresh such as "The Show." The INS wants to deport Slick Rick, a British citizen, because he served time for an attempted murder charge 11 years ago. The INS took him into custody in June after he took part in a floating concert organized by fly-jock Tom Joyner. The rap star performed on a cruise ship that stopped in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The INS took him into custody when the ship returned, claiming that the rapper deported himself when he left the country and that his reentry was illegal.

Mel Gibson as 'Mad Max'

Mel Gibson will earn almost $25 million with his return to Mad Max for a fourth time with Fury Road, scheduled to start shooting in Australia in May. Gibson, 46, whose films include the Oscar-winning Braveheart, scored a hit this year with the thriller Signs.

Singer recovering

Country singer Moe Bandy is recovering from triple bypass surgery after suffering a mild heart attack.

Bandy, 58, was at home after a show Saturday night when he began experiencing chest pains, spokeswoman Juanita Adams said. He was taken to a hospital in Branson, Mo., where he underwent surgery early Sunday.

He's expected to be released by the end of the week, Adams said.

Bandy canceled his remaining five shows of the season at his Branson theater.

His most recent hit, "Americana," released in 1988, became former President George Bush's campaign song. Bandy played at Bush's inauguration.

Tough guy arrested

Tough-guy actor Tom Sizemore, 38, star of CBS's Robbery Homicide Division, was arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly punching his girlfriend in the face and throwing her to the ground, police said. The woman's name was not released. The argument was over the couple's wedding plans, according to E! So much for a happy wedding. Police went to Sizemore's Los Angeles home and arrested him on suspicion of domestic battery. The Temple University alum was released on $2,500 bail.

Mix-up

* A high-level shake-up at the low-rated WMWX-FM (Mix 95.7) yesterday has brought veteran radio programmer Gerry DeFrancesco back to Philadelphia. DeFrancesco, who was president of Gannett Radio, operations manager at WIOQ (102.1) and the old Alice (104.5), and managing director of Mix 95.7's previous incarnation of Jammin' Gold before heading to L.A., will become Mix's operations manager. Joe Proke, most recently music director at WJJZ-FM (106.1), will become Mix's music director, replacing program director Chris Ebbott, who has been offered another job within parent company Greater Media. Greater Media said the station would keep its format, known in the trade as "hot adult contemporary."

Contact Gayle Ronan Sims at 215-854-4185 or gsims@phillynews.com.

Staff writer Michael Klein and Inquirer wire services contributed to this column.

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