Dancing with the Stars contestant Melissa Rycroft, 26, had to sit out of the show April 27 after sustaining a hairline fracture of one of her ribs during rehearsal. Doctors, however, told the former Bachelor star she can still compete in the show and she is expected back next week barring elimination.
Nearly $15,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from the L.A. home of Heroes star Hayden Panettiere, 19, in early April, reports TMZ, while she was in Australia for various promotional appearances. • Former Prison Break star Lane Garrison, 28, currently behind bars for vehicular manslaughter, is due to be released this month after settling two related suits for undisclosed amounts. The actor had been sued for wrongful death and gross negligence by the parents of 17-year-old passenger Vagahn Setian, who was killed when the actor crashed his SUV while driving drunk in Beverly Hills in 2006. Injured passenger Michelle Ohana, who was 15 at the time of the accident, had sought payment for medical bills, lost wages and home nursing care.
The Early Show coanchor and Big Brother host Julie Chen, 39, and her husband, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves, 59, are awaiting their first child together, due in October.
Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, 38, plans to wed Esther Nazarov in July. “It’s on!!” the rocker wrote on his Twitter page. “Break out the bubbley [sic]!!”
Jill Scott (inset), 37, star of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, became a first-time mom with the arrival of son Jett Hamilton with her fiancé, drummer Lil John Roberts, in L.A. April 20. • Patton Oswalt, 40, who voiced the gourmet-cooking rat Remy in the animated film Ratatouille, and wife Michelle McNamara, 39, a writer, welcomed their first child, daughter Alice Rigney, in L.A. April 15.
Grammy-nominated gospel singer Rev. Timothy Wright, 61, died in New York City April 23 after being injured in a car crash that killed his wife, Betty, and 14-year-old grandson D.J. last July. • Ruth Bowen, 84, credited with being the country’s first successful black female booking agent, died in Manhattan April 21 from a brain tumor. She worked with such acts as Sammy Davis Jr., Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles.
SEEKING THE BLING?
Four jewelers who lent Rihanna, 21, the estimated $1 million in jewelry she was wearing the night she was allegedly beaten by boyfriend Chris Brown, 20, want their accessories back. The LAPD took the items into evidence in their investigation of the February incident, and the chanteuse has been trying to recover them through her attorney. At issue are a pair of metal hoop earrings and three yellow metal rings she wore to a pre-Grammy party. A detective has referred her lawyer to the prosecutor. A D.A. spokeswoman says, “At this stage, we’re not even sure what evidence is going to be entered into the case.”