July 29, 2004 09:55 AM

SPLIT: The relationship between Ben Affleck and Enza Sambataro apparently has fizzled, New York’s Daily News reports. Asked why Sambataro was not with him at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, where the actor is a fixture, Affleck told the paper: “You can draw your own conclusions.” He went on to say: “It’s difficult. I meet people, but I feel like I’m this walking nightmare. You get photographed with me once at a ballgame, and The Enquirer will find out every dirty little thing that ever happened in your family’s history.”

CHARGED: Barbershop actor Anthony Anderson, 33, was charged Wednesday with the aggravated rape of an extra on the Memphis set of his next movie, John Singleton’s Hustle & Flow. Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies say Anderson and Wayne Witherspoon, 42, attacked the woman Tuesday after luring her into a trailer. A witness also told police he heard screaming and unlocked the trailer door, and the naked woman ran out. Anderson and Witherspoon were released from custody after posting $20,000 bond. A publicist for Anthony denied “the heinous charges.”

SOLD: Ashlee Simpson’s debut album, Autobiography, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart – a feat not even sister Jessica has pulled off – after selling more than 398,000 copies for the week ended July 25, according to Nielsen SoundScan. “This is beyond my wildest dreams,” Simpson, 19, said in a statement. “I’m so excited for what’s happened and what’s to come. I am so thankful for everyone’s support.”

DELAYED: The perjury and obstruction of justice trial of rapper Lil’ Kim (real name: Kimberly Jones), 30, in a Manhattan federal court Wednesday was pushed back from Nov. 15 of this year to Feb. 28, 2005, after defense lawyers said they need more time to prepare, say reports. Kim has been charged with lying to investigators looking into a Feb. 25, 2001, shootout outside a Manhattan radio station.

ARRESTED: Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons’s wife Kimora Lee Simmons, 29, was arrested Sunday night on reckless-driving and drug charges in the couple’s hometown of Saddle River, N.J. Kimora Lee was charged with eluding a police officer, possession of marijuana (under 50 grams), careless driving, operating a vehicle while possessing a controlled substance, tailgating and having a tail light out. Attorney Stacey Richman said in a statement: “We deny any wrongdoing whatsoever. This is another example of a prominent member of the hip-hop community being made an example of.”

ORDERED: A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ordered actor Tom Sizemore, 42, to appear in court Aug. 5 to set another hearing on whether the actor violated probation after being convicted of abusing ex-girlfriend and former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, the Associated Press reports. Prosecutors allege he made contact with Fleiss and tested positive for drugs, said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Sizemore’s lawyer, Michael Rovell, says the Black Hawk Down actor is doing well and did not violate his probation.

SPLIT: Broadway composer (Jekyll & Hyde) Frank Wildhorn and his wife of six years, singer-actress Linda Eder, have separated, a spokesperson has confirmed to Playbill.com. They have a son Jake, 5. “This is obviously a very personal matter which the family has dealt with quietly,” said their rep. “Out of respect for their son, neither are available for comment.”

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