PLEADED: Michael Lohan, father of 18-year-old actress Lindsay Lohan, pleaded not guilty in a New York courtroom Tuesday to an upgraded felony charge in connection with a fiery car crash on Long Island on Feb. 19, reports the Associated Press. Lohan, 44, was initially charged with a misdemeanor. The violation was upgraded to aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after investigators determined that Lohan had been driving with a suspended or revoked license from a prior conviction of driving under the influence and had a blood alcohol limit nearly double the legal limit, said prosecutor Joy Watson. Defense lawyer Rory Calhoun told reporters outside the courtroom that Lohan is trying to “straighten out his life” and is enrolled in an alcohol abuse program at the Nassau County jail. His next court date is set for April 26.
SCHEDULED: ThighMaster pitchwoman, cancer survivor and Slim and Sexy Forever author Suzanne Somers, 58 – and still remembered for the ’70s sitcom Three’s Company – is taking her act to Broadway, for a one-woman show this summer, to be called, The Blonde in the Thunderbird. Performances are due to start July 8, the Associated Press reports. The title comes from Somers’s appearance as the mysterious young woman in George Lucas’s 1973 film, American Graffiti.
SWITCHED: Former head Gucci designer Tom Ford, 43, who had left that fashion house to become a movie director (though no screen projects have yet come to fruition), has a new deal with Estee Lauder Companies for a line of products that include eyewear and cosmetics, reports The New York Times. The line will debut in American department stores in December. Ford also said he has not given up on Hollywood, telling the paper about his talent agency, CAA: “Every actor they represent wants to have a fragrance deal and their own line of fashion.”
DENIED: Rapper Foxy Brown says she didn’t beat up two New York nail salon workers over a $20 pedicure. “A $20 pedicure? Are you serious?” she joked to reporters Monday outside the courtroom where she pleaded not guilty to assault over the August 2004 incident. “I mean, look at me!” she said. Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, pleaded not guilty to using her cell phone and fist to attack the manicurists on Aug. 29. Prosecutors charge that Brown kicked and hit a manager, Sun Ji Song, causing “bruising and swelling to the face, as well as substantial pain.”
OFFERED: The blue and white gingham Wizard of Oz dress worn by Judy Garland when she played Dorothy in the 1939 movie classic will be auctioned off April 26 in London, where it is expected to fetch between $50,000 to $70,000. “This dress represents the quintessential magic of childhood in the most beloved film of the 20th century,” said Jon Baddeley, group head of the collector’s department for Bonhams auction house. Garland’s name is on the inside hem label. The previous owner has not been revealed.