Plus: Liz Taylor suit settled, Van Halen hot again, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
June 10, 2004 08:20 AM
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NEGOTIATED: Clear Channel Communications, the biggest radio chain in the U.S., has agreed to pay a record settlement of $1.75 million to the Federal Communications Commission because of complaints against Howard Stern and other on-air performers. Clear Channel dropped the shock jock for indecency on air earlier this year after a sexually explicit interview. The FCC said Clear Channel had formally admitted it violated the law and had pledged to clean up its act. The settlement is the largest negotiated by the FCC and a broadcaster, narrowly exceeding the $1.7 million shelled out by Infinity Broadcasting in 1995 for indecency violations by Stern.

SETTLED: Elizabeth Taylor, 72, has reached an out-of-court settlement with a former landscaper who claimed he had been fired for refusing the sexual advances of the actress’s butler, say court officials. Willem Van Muyden claimed breach of contract and sex discrimination in a 2003 lawsuit that sought unspecified damages for being fired by Taylor without being paid $294,000 he said he was owed for 10 years of gardening work. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, reports Reuters.

REUNITED: The Van Halen reunion – marking the first time in almost a decade that Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar have been on the same stage – kicks off Friday in Greensboro, N.C., and is seeing widespread, record sellouts, says the Hollywood Reporter. The Aug. 6-7 shows at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas sold out in 30 minutes, said to be the fastest sellout in the venue’s five-year history. The tour ends Sept. 29 in Lubbock, Texas.

INJURED: Loretta Lynn’s aching back has forced her to postpone her June concerts, according to the country singer’s Web site. “Due to a back ailment, Loretta Lynn’s physician has ordered her off the road. All of her June concert dates have been postponed. More information to come regarding rescheduling,” said a posting. Lynn, 69, had been set to perform in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

CONSIDERED: Orange County, Calif.’s John Wayne Airport – named for the late Western screen legend – may get a new moniker, if Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby gets his way. Norby suggests that the airport might be a more appealing destination for travelers and a better emblem of the region if it had a name that traded on the popular FOX TV show: “The O.C. Airport,” reports the Associated Press. A FOX spokesman calls his proposal “flattering.” But the editor of CityLine, the bimonthly publication of the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, calls Norby’s idea “ridiculous.”