A collision on an L.A. thoroughfare last July has made Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis redder and hotter. On May 20 he filed a lawsuit against Anne Williams, who, the 35-year-old rocker claims, made a sudden U-turn in her 1995 Mazda Millennium, slamming into him and his motorcycle, causing injuries to his hand and wrist. He seeks unspecified damages for medical costs, loss of earnings, property damage, cost of the suit, interest, “as well as yet undiagnosed injuries, severe pain, suffering, fear and worry.”
On May 24 in Manhattan, police officers nabbed Michael Falkner, 29, who singer-actress Deborah Gibson says has been besieging her with unwanted telephone calls, e-mail and letters. Falkner, apparently a member of the Deborah Gibson International Fan Club, was arrested and charged with aggravated harassment near the stage door of Broadway’s Palace Theatre, where Gibson, 27, is playing Belle in Beauty and the Beast….
On May 4, also in Manhattan, federal attorneys indicted Michael Lance Carvin, 43, on eight counts of using the U.S. mail to make death threats against Howard Stem, according to New York’s Daily News. Carvin had been arrested the week before on Hilton Head Island, S.C., for allegedly sending menacing letters to the 44-year-old deejay.
Lost and Found
Olympic swimmer Rowdy Gaines, 39, who won three golds at the L.A. Games in 1984, was reunited with the medal he lost last March as it was being passed around a roomful of Birmingham, Ala., students. He offered a $500 reward for its return, no questions asked. While sorting his mail on May 20 in Hoover, Ala., Gaines opened an envelope containing the trophy but lacking a return address. Seems somebody decided to practice the Golden Rule.
Rodeo royalty Montie Montana, whose loopy roping tricks are preserved in movies such as Down Dakota Way (with Roy Rogers) and who was a fixture astride a silver-saddled pinto in Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses parades, died in Valencia, Calif., on May 20 following a series of strokes. He was 87. During the 1953 inaugural parade in Washington, the cowboy threw a lasso around Dwight D. Eisenhower—with the President’s consent. Nonetheless, Montana remarked, “I was lucky the Secret Service didn’t ventilate me.”
Policeman Richard Jewell, 35, the former security guard erroneously implicated in the explosion at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park in 1996, saved the life of a 5-day-old infant on May 8 in Luthersville, Ga. Second in command of the town’s five-officer police force, Jewell, with the help of another officer, cleared the choking baby’s throat and restored breathing.
A Los Angeles judge on May 20 sentenced Motley Criie drummer Tommy Lee, 35, to six months in jail for felony spousal abuse. In April, Lee pleaded no contest to kicking his now-estranged wife, actress Pamela Anderson, 30, as she held their younger son, Dylan, then 8 weeks old. The judge also ordered Lee to serve three years of probation, donate $5,000 to a shelter for battered women, stay off booze and drugs and keep at least 100 yards away from Anderson, who, by the way, filed for divorce in February.