Stephen M. Silverman
December 02, 2002 12:00 PM

REDUCED: North Carolina Judge William Z. Wood has reduced a civil judgment against Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs to $450,000 — overturning $2 million in punitive damages against the rap-music mogul, the Associated Press reports. Combs, 33, still must pay compensatory damages to Cedrick Bobby Lemon, who sued after alleging that he was beaten by two bodyguards that Combs had hired to protect soul singer Mary J. Blige at a 1995 concert.

MARKED: More than 2,300 people gathered in Lincoln, Neb., Sunday to hear U2 lead singer Bono speak on what Americans can do to help stop the spread of AIDS in Africa, the Associated Press reports. “It’s not about charity. It’s about justice and equality,” said the Irish rocker, 42. His appearance was one of many events around the nation to commemorate World AIDS Day. Actress Ashley Judd and four-time Tour De France champion Lance Armstrong were also at the Nebraska event. “A $4 shot can prevent a mother from transmitting the HIV virus to her infant,” Judd said.

CAST: “The Matrix” star Keanu Reeves, 38, will costar in a comedy with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, written and to be directed by Nancy Meyers (“Father of the Bride”), according to the Hollywood Reporter. Reeves will play a doctor whose aging patient (Nicholson) has a heart attack and then finds himself falling in love with his young girlfriend’s mother (Keaton). Shooting is due to start Feb. 5.

REVEALED: George Harrison left nearly $155 million in his will, according to court documents released Friday, the first anniversary of the former Beatle’s death from cancer at age 58. London’s High Court made the disclosure.

SLAMMED: London theater critics went on the attack Friday against former “X-Files” star Gillian Anderson, 34, the latest in a string of Hollywood stars to hit the West End stage. “Sorry Scully, but you have lost your X-Appeal,” the Daily Mail said of Anderson’s performance in playwright Michael Weller’s “What The Night is For.” “She is woefully uninvolving,” said the Financial Times. Reuters called Anderson’s roasting the worst since Madonna made her British stage debut last May, in the play “Up For Grabs.”

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