Plus: Jennifer Aniston's voter drive, Diddy's hefty child support, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
October 06, 2004 09:00 AM
Jon Pierre Lasseigne/AP

DOCKED: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 30, lost his first-place standing in the Nextel Cup race and was fined $10,000 by NASCAR on Tuesday for cursing on national television after his victory Sunday in Talladega, Ala. Asked what it means to have won on the track not once but five times, “Little E,” as he is called, replied: “Well it don’t mean s— right now, Daddy’s done won here 10 times, so I gotta do more winnin’.” Earnhardt, whose legendary racer father died in the 2001 Daytona 500, said he will appeal NASCAR’s decision. NASCAR docked the popular driver 25 points, putting him in second place with seven races to go toward the season’s championship.

CAMPAIGNED: Jennifer Aniston is beating the drums to get out the vote for the Nov. 2 election, targeting the 22 million single women who didn’t vote in 2000. The former Friends star, 35, is featured in a TV public service announcement urging women on their own – women who have never been married, divorced, separated or widowed women – to get out and vote. The spot was produced for the nonpartisan group Women Voices, who announced Aniston’s participation. The commercial begins airing nationally Wednesday.

ORDERED: Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, 34, was ordered to pay $35,000 a month in child support for the 10-year-old son he had with fashion stylist Misa Brim, according to a Westchester County, N.Y., Family Court ruling made public Tuesday. The judge in the earlier case set the monthly amount based on a yearly income for Combs of $50 million, and Klein said he had not presented sufficient evidence that his income was less than that to warrant lowering the support. Klein said Combs must also pay more than $398,000 in retroactive support as well as all medical, dental and education expenses for his son, Justin.

SWITCHED: Shock jock Howard Stern, 50, said on Wednesday that he will take his show to the digitally broadcast and subscriber-based Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. beginning in 2006, after being dropped earlier this year from several stations that objected to his often off-color humor. By luring Stern, Sirius is hoping to boost its competitive edge with its chief (and larger) rival, XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.

DENIED: John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, 49, has been denied parole for the third time. In explaining their decision to Chapman on Tuesday, the New York State Division of Parole wrote that it “was based on the extreme malicious intent you exhibited during the instant offense where you fired a handgun multiple times striking your target – John Lennon.” Chapman is serving a sentence of 20 years to life in prison for shooting and killing Lennon, one of the four Beatles, outside Lennon’s New York City apartment on Dec. 8, 1980. In a letter to the parole board, Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, said Chapman would not be safe outside of prison: “He will cease to have the security that the state provides him now.”

REDUCED: Asked how he dropped more than 60 lbs. for his role in his upcoming movie The Machinist, Christian Bale, 30, told TV’s Extra: “Once you get past a certain point, your stomach kind of shrinks, you don’t need food as much as you did before.” His diet (not advised by medical experts): coffee, cigarettes and an apple a day. He then followed by gaining 100 lbs. in four months (also not recommended) for his leading role in Batman Begins. Said Bale, who has since trimmed back down: “I started getting high blood pressure. My cholesterol was just ridiculously high like an old man’s.”

DIED: Astrologer Joyce Jillson, 58, who as the salaried stargazer for 20th Century Fox selected the 1977 opening date for Star Wars and also consulted the Reagan White House on the position of the heavenly stars, died Friday at Los Angeles’s Cedars Sinai Medical Center of kidney failure, said her former husband, reports the Associated Press. Her daily astrology column has appeared in nearly 200 newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and New York’s Daily News.

REMEMBERED: Friends of the late Tony Randall, who died last May, filled Broadway’s Majestic Theater Tuesday to pay tribute to the star of TV’s The Odd Couple and several movies and stage shows. The tribute ended with Odd Couple costar Jack Klugman, 82, onstage and saying that he hoped in the near future there would be a theater in New York called the Tony Randall Theater.