Three is definitely a charm. Spice Girl Melanie Brown, 35, announced that she and husband Stephen Belafonte, 35, are expecting a baby this summer, making her-with Emma Bunton, 35, and Victoria Beckham, 36-the third Spice Girl who is in the family way. The couple already have three children between them. • SNL actress Maya Rudolph, 38, and There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson, 40, are expecting a new playmate for daughters Pearl, 5, and Lucille, 1. “The idea of adding another” child, says Rudolph, “is lovely.”
Jersey Shore member Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, who pleaded not guilty in February to an assault charge after knocking down Stephen Izzo in Seaside Heights, N.J., in 2009, has requested that he be allowed to take part in a pretrial intervention program that could include anger management. If Ortiz-Magro completes the program, his offense is expunged from his record. • Man of mystery Christian Gerhartsreiter, 50, who has assumed many aliases-including claiming to be a Rockefeller-was charged by the Los Angeles County D.A. on March 15 for the killing of John Sohus, 27. Sohus and his wife, Linda, vanished in 1985; John’s body was discovered in 1994, but Linda is still missing. Gerhartsreiter, whom U.S. authorities have labeled a con man, started weaving tall tales soon after arriving from Germany in the 1970s and was convicted in Massachusetts in 2009 for kidnapping his daughter Reigh.
Musician Wyclef Jean, 41, was injured March 19 in Delmas, Haiti, during a rally for Haitian presidential candidate Michel Martelly, 50. Jean, who had launched his own presidential campaign before election officials disqualified him, said he was shot in the hand; the local police chief said he was cut by broken glass.
British actor Michael Gough (inset) died in England on March 17 at age 94. Gough was best known for playing Bruce Wayne’s faithful butler Alfred in four of the Batman films. The versatile performer appeared in more than 150 movies and TV shows, including as the voice of the Dodo Bird in last year’s Alice in Wonderland. • Warren Christopher, a Secretary of State for President Bill Clinton, 64, died of cancer in L.A. at age 85 on March 18. The nattily dressed and unflappable statesman spent decades in public service, helped end the Iran hostage crisis during the administration of President Jimmy Carter, 86, and served as an adviser to Al Gore during his ill-fated run for the Oval Office in 2000.
GUILTY PLEA IN IVY LEAGUE MURDER
Raymond Clark III, 26 (left), a former Yale University lab technician, has admitted that he killed doctoral student Annie Le, 24 (inset), in 2009. Clark, who hid Le’s body behind a wall and cleaned up the murder site, has, according to his father, Raymond Clark II, 52, “expressed extreme remorse” and is “tortured by the reality that he caused the death of Annie.” He also pleaded guilty to the attempted sexual assault of Le, whose body was discovered on the day she planned to get married. Clark agreed to a 44-year prison sentence.