CAUTIONED: A California judge gave Tom Sizemore a break Thursday when he let the 43-year-old actor remain free pending his sentencing next month for a probation violation, the Associated Press reports. Sizemore faces up to four and a half years in jail resulting from an altercation with his former girlfriend, onetime Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. The judge let Sizemore stay out of jail, despite the fact that the troubled actor has failed seven drug tests, twice admitted methamphetamine use, and failed to show up for drug testing all within the past month. But the jurist had some harsh words for the actor: “There are two ways for you to go,” Judge Antonio Barretto Jr. told Sizemore. “One is to recover. The other is to die.”
INDUCTED: When induction time into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rolls around next month, the Boss will be taking charge of U2’s salutary speech. Bruce Springsteen will offer some gracious words for the Irish band, AP reports, which is something of a payback for the group’s lead singer, Bono, who presented his own memorable speech for Springsteen’s inauguration into the hall in 1999. The 20th annual induction ceremony will be held March 14 at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York.
STAGED: Former Friends star David Schwimmer will make his London stage debut in Some Girls, the story of a womanizer riding his wave of conquests, AP reports. The play, which opens in May and runs for 13 weeks, is “about relationships and the choices people make, learning to live with those choices, and recovering from the damage done when those choices go wrong,” Schwimmer told London’s Evening Standard newspaper.
SCARRED: Former MTV VJ "Downtown" Julie Brown is suing ABC and Granada U.S. Productions over scars she claims she suffered after being “fraudulently” lured into a Plexiglas tub brimming with leeches during a February 2003 taping of the reality show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. In papers filed in Los Angeles this week, Brown alleges that producers told her there would be no lasting harm from the stunt, but that she suffered bites, scarring and “exposure to other infections.” She also claimed that the stunt left her emotionally scarred. Brown is seeking $1.5 million and other fees.
DIED: Edward Patten, a longtime member of pioneering R&B group Gladys Knight & the Pips, died Friday at a Detroit hospital, the Associated Press reports. He was 65. Patten joined the group, which was responsible for hits such as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Midnight Train to Georgia,” in 1959. He suffered a stroke earlier in the week before passing away.