Rachel F. Elson
August 26, 2003 10:49 AM

SHARED: Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson feels for Kobe Bryant. The ear-chomping boxer, who served three years on a rape conviction, tells “Access Hollywood” that he wishes “the best” for Bryant and his family, Reuters reports. “I’ve been in an ordeal like him, and I know how easy it is for a young man to be a big shot, a big star in America’s eyes and then get in another arena and he’s nobody,” says Tyson, 37. Bryant is charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old Colorado woman; he’s due in court Oct. 9 for a preliminary hearing.

HIRED: Designer Calvin Klein‘s got a new man. The designer is said to have tapped Swedish soccer player Freddie Ljungberg to star in his new advertisements, reports Fashion Wire Daily. Calvin ads over the years have boosted the careers of actors and models like Brooke Shields, Kate Moss and Mark Wahlberg; and most recently, Australian hunk Travis Fimmel has leapfrogged to the small-screen to star in the WB’s “Tarzan.”

QUOTED: “It’s called, ‘Get really fat for about 15 years and then drop back to what you used to look like,’ and then people say, ‘You look fantastic, man.’ It’s the Billy Joel diet.” — Billy Joel, telling The New York Times about his new secret for staying trim

COMMITTED: Comedian George Lopez will be hosting this year’s Latin Grammys, reports the Associated Press. The fourth annual awards, which will be held in Miami on Sept. 3 and broadcast live on CBS, will feature pop acts Ricky Martin, Thalia and Molotov. Lopez, star and co-creator of his eponymous ABC sitcom, will also introduce presenters including Jessica Alba (of the defunct “Dark Angel”) and Adam Rodriguez of “CSI: Miami.”

DELIVERED: “Today” correspondent Melissa Stark, 29, has given birth to a son, AP reports. Michael Lilley Jr. arrived Friday night, weighing 7.05 lbs. and measuring 19 inches long. No word on whether Mike Jr. made deadline — but the network announced that Stark, hubby Michael Lilley and young Mike Jr. are all doing great.

VINDICATED: Lousiana rapper Mystikal is free to use all the Cajun colloquialisms he can squeeze into his songs, MTV reports. A New Orleans entrepreneur sued Mystikal last year for copyright infringement, saying that his firm, which makes the Cajun in Your Pocket novelty toy, had copyrighted the phrases “You gotta suck da head on dem der crawfish!” and “We gon’ pass good time, yeah, cher!” — both of which appeared in the rapper’s 2000 hit “Shake Ya Ass.” Now, however, Mystikal is in the clear: The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled last week that such regionalisms could not be copyrighted.

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