Jeremy Helligar
November 25, 1996 12:00 PM

A mistrial was declared on Nov. 12 in the case of Alex Kelly, 29, the former high school wrestler who spent eight years in Europe avoiding prosecution for allegedly raping two teenage girls in 1986 (PEOPLE, Nov. 4). On the fifth day of deliberation in superior court in Stamford, Conn., six jurors declared themselves deadlocked in Kelly’s trial for the first of the alleged rapes. Prosecutors said they are planning to retry Kelly before moving on to the second rape trial. A pretrial hearing is set for Dec. 6….

Elvis’s ex-wife Priscilla Presley, 51, filed a $5 million lawsuit on Oct. 4 in Los Angeles superior court against Lavern Currie Grant, 64, who she says has claimed in interviews that he had sex with her when she was a teenager before she dated the King….

Jack Nicholson, 59, has been sued for unspecified damages by Catherine Sheehan, who claims the actor hired her and an unnamed woman for sex at his L.A. home on Oct. 12 and roughed them up afterward, refusing to pay the previously agreed-upon fee of $1,000″ each. Nicholson’s publicist had not returned phone calls by press time.

Sophia Rose Stallone, born on Aug. 27 to Sylvester Stallone and his fiancée, model Jennifer Flavin, underwent successful open-heart surgery to close a hole in her heart on Nov. 12 in L.A….

Frank Sinatra, 80, was released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. on Nov. 9 and is recuperating in his Beverly Hills home. He was admitted on Nov. 1 after suffering a slight heart attack and contracting pneumonia….

Singer Mel Torme, 71, who suffered a stroke Aug. 8, returned to his Beverly Hills home after he was released from a Los Angeles hospital the weekend of Nov. 9.

French actor Gérard Depardieu, 47, and his wife, Elisabeth, 55, are divorcing after 26 years of marriage. Depardieu has two children—Guillaume, 25, and Julie, 23—with his soon-to-be ex and a 4-year-old daughter, Roxane, with his girlfriend, model Karine Sylla, 30.

Cardinal Joseph Bernadin, 68, who for more than 14 years led Chicago’s 2.3 million Catholics and was a liberal voice on such controversial issues as AIDS, died of cancer on Nov. 14. In his final months, Bernadin won admiration for his courage in facing death.

Former Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton, 28, and her husband, investment broker Shannon Kelley, 31, expect their second child next May. The couple have a 1½-year-old daughter, Shayla….

Whitney Houston, 33, and husband Bobby Brown, 27, are looking forward to their second child in July. They have a 3-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

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