July 07, 2003 12:00 PM


Dynasty alum Catherine Oxenberg, 41, and her husband, actor Casper Van Dien (Titans), 34, are expecting their second child together. The couple have a daughter, Maya, 1. Oxenberg also has a daughter, India, 12, whose father she has never named. Van Dien has two children from his previous marriage to actress Carrie Mitchum.


Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George, 29, and singer Tamara Johnson, known as Taj, of the R&B group Sisters with Voices, plan to wed next June. The football player proposed by having an English bulldog deliver a 5-carat diamond to the singer on New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge.


Montgomery County, Md., Police Chief Charles Moose, 49, who oversaw last year’s Washington-area sniper investigation (PEOPLE, Nov. 4,2002), resigned June 18 in a controversy over selling his story to a book publisher. Moose said in a statement it was time “to move on.”


On June 19 in Manhattan, author J.K. Rowling, 37, sued the New York Daily News for $100 million for allegedly publishing excerpts from her new book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, on June 18, three days before the book was released. A rep for the newspaper denies any wrongdoing “journalistically or legally.”

…Actor Tom Skerritt (Tears of the Sun), 69, sued L.A.-based Body Basics Inc., for allegedly using his head on the body of a shirtless male model advertising a male-impotence product. Skerritt, who won an Emmy Award in 1993 for the TV series Picket Fences, is seeking unspecified damages. A rep for Body Basics could not be reached for comment.


Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson, 37, was arrested for misdemeanor assault June 21 at a Brooklyn hotel for allegedly fighting with two men who were seeking autographs. Hotel guests Samuel Velez, 31, and Nestor Alvarez, 24, were charged with menacing for allegedly instigating the brawl. A rep for Tyson said, “Once again, someone sees an opportunity to make some money by going after Mike.”

Law & Order

Emmy-winning actor Michael Chiklis, 39, the star of FX’s The Shield, was sued for $1 million by Evolution Entertainment, his former management company, June 23 in L.A. The firm claims that the actor hasn’t paid them commissions from his role as Det. Vic Mackey. A rep for the actor called the suit “completely without merit.”


Best-selling novelist Leon Uris, 78, known for such historical epics as Exodus (1958), about Israel’s creation, and Trinity (1976), about the Irish conflicts, died of heart failure on Shelter Island, N.Y., June 21….

Writer George Axelrod, 81, known for his sophisticated wit in Broadway comedies like The Seven Year Itch (1952) and in the screen adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany‘s (1961), died of heart failure at his Los Angeles home June 21.

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