Plus: SNL divorce, Martha's $3.7 mil legal tab, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated November 10, 2004 09:00 AM

SET: Lindsay Lohan will release her debut album, Speak, on Dec. 7, reports Billboard, just as the teen queen’s first single from that CD, “Rumors,” jumps from No. 37 to No. 31 this week on the publication’s Top 40 Mainstream chart and debuts at No. 24 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 singles tally. Lohan, 18, is expected to perform “Rumors” Dec. 6 on Good Morning America. Other appearances are being lined up on Regis & Kelly and The Late Show With David Letterman.

TALLIED: Martha Stewart racked up a $3.7 million legal bill for her defense against charges that she lied to federal investigators looking into a stock sale, say reports. (She was convicted and sentenced to five months in prison, which she is now serving.) The disgraced domestic diva, 63, apparently has asked her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., to pick up the tab, though the company is asking an independent expert to decide who should foot the bill.

SPLIT: The wife of former Saturday Night Live cast member Tim Meadows, 43, has filed for a divorce. Michelle Meadows and her actor husband exchanged vows in July 1997. The couple have two sons, ages 3 and 1, according to court papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday. Michelle Meadows has requested that the children live with her but that she and her husband share joint-custody of them.

SUED: Liza Minnelli, 58, filed a breach-of-contract suit on Tuesday against her longtime personal assistant after he reportedly accused the performer last month of beating him during alcohol-fueled rampages, reports Reuters. Minnelli’s two-page complaint, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, seeks at least $250,000 in damages and a court order against her former chauffeur, confidant and companion, M’hammed Soumayah, 56, who filed suit against Minnelli last month in a case that was immediately sealed by a judge.

PLEADED: 50 Cent (real name: Curtis Jackson), 28, pleaded not guilty to assault charges stemming from an alleged incident at a Massachusetts concert, reports the Associated Press. Steve Leary, the lawyer for the rapper, entered the plea Monday in Springfield District Court, said James Orenstein, first assistant district attorney for Hampden County. At a concert in May, Jackson allegedly jumped into the crowd after someone threw or squirted water at him. Three women were injured. A pretrial hearing is slated for Feb. 8.

ADMITTED: Lee Mroszak, 35, best known as "Crazy Cabbie" on the Howard Stern radio show, told Brooklyn, N.Y., Magistrate Robert Levy on Tuesday, “I, um, was stupid … didn’t file my taxes.” After admitting on Stern’s show that he doesn’t send in returns, Mroszak heard from the IRS, which discovered, indeed, Mroszak had not ponied up his share to Uncle Sam for the years 2000-03. New York’s Daily News reports that Crazy Cabbie could face less than a year in the slammer and a $25,000 fine, though Levy told him that those guidelines may soon be declared unconstitutional.

INSPIRED: Wednesday’s episode of the NBC drama Law & Order will be titled “Gov Love” and revolve around a fictional Connecticut governor who is married but has an affair with a male state employee. The show appears just days before married New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey is planning to leave office after admitting he had an affair with a man identified as Golan Cipel, hired by the governor in 2002 to head the state’s Homeland Security department despite little experience. Cipel has steadfastly denied any involvement with McGreevey.

RECUPERATED: Patty Duke, 57, was released from Idaho’s Kootenai Medical Center after undergoing single heart bypass surgery earlier this month. Hospital spokeswoman Lisa Johnson said the Oscar winner was released on Tuesday, six days after the Nov. 3 surgery. “She’s looking forward to recuperating at home for a few weeks,” said a message posted on Duke’s Web site. She also thanks “everyone who sent their get well wishes.”

PRESENTED: Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev presented Yusuf Islam, the singer once known as Cat Stevens, with a peace prize in Rome on Wednesday, honoring his work for charity. Gorbachev alluded to the musician’s troubles as he presented the award, AP reports. In September, the British musician, 56, was expelled from the U.S. after authorities diverted his London-to-Washington flight to Maine to remove him, saying he was suspected of ties to terrorism. He says he was a victim of an “unjust and arbitrary system,” and that he has denounced terrorism.

UNVEILED: On Tuesday at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., an emotional Nancy Reagan unveiled a U.S. postage stamp commemorating her late husband, who died five months ago. “If he were here today, I know that Ronnie would be very touched,” said Mrs. Reagan, 83, choking back tears. “He considered it the honor of a lifetime to serve as president, but I think he would also say: ‘Now don’t make too much of a fuss.'” The 37-cent stamp goes on sale Friday.