Fashion writer and former model Kelly Killoren Bensimon, 40, the newest addition to The Real Housewives of New York City, was arrested March 5 and charged with assaulting her boyfriend Nick Stefanov 30. Two days earlier, according to the police report, Bensimon allegedly struck Stefanov “with a closed fist? … causing [him] to suffer a laceration below [his] left eye.” Her attorney Stephen Turano denies the charges and says, “We are hopeful this will be resolved.” She is due in court March 31. • Grammy-winning rapper Coolio, 45, was arrested on suspicion of drug possession at an LAX terminal March 6 and released after posting $10,000 bail. A spokeswoman for the star of Oxygen’s reality show Coolio’s Rules had no comment.
Supermodel Niki Taylor (inset), 34, and her husband of two years, NASCAR driver Burney Lamar, welcomed their first child together, daughter Ciel, in Nashville March 4. This is the third child for Taylor, who has twin sons Jake and Hunter, 14, from a previous marriage. “Everyone is doing amazing,” a rep for Taylor says of the newly expanded family. • Actor Matthew Settle, 39, who plays ex-rocker dad Rufus Humphrey on the CW series Gossip Girl, became a real-life father for the first time with the arrival of daughter Aven Angelica with his wife, actress Naama Nativ (You Don’t Mess with the Zohan), in New York City March 5. “Baby and mother are happy and healthy and the new parents are thrilled,” says a spokeswoman for the proud papa.
Actress Anne Heche’s marriage to—and contentious divorce from— cameraman Coley Laffoon, 35, whom she wed in 2001, is officially over, according to papers filed in L.A. March 4. A court upheld a June 2008 agreement that Heche, 39, will pay her ex $3,700 per month in child support for their son Homer, 7, of whom they will share custody. She is expecting a child with her boyfriend and former Men in Trees costar James Tupper.
Horton Foote, 92, who won Academy Awards for writing the screenplays for 1962’s To Kill a Mockingbird and 1983’s Tender Mercies, died in Hartford, Conn., March 4. He was lauded for his vivid depictions of small-town life in Texas.
TAKING A BREAK
Comic Robin Williams, 57, was forced to postpone the remainder of his Weapons of Self-Destruction stand-up shows after learning he needs heart surgery, his rep announced March 5. The Academy Award-winning actor was admitted to a Miami hospital due to shortness of breath earlier in the week during a stop on the sold-out 80-city tour. Following an examination, doctors told Williams that he needed an aortic valve replacement. “This tour has been amazing fun, and I can’t wait to get back out on the road after a little tune-up,” said the veteran comedian, who expects to resume Weapons this fall.