By Stephen M. Silverman
August 06, 2001 08:16 AM

CANCELLED: Madonna, 42, called off her sold-out Friday show at the Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey’s Meadowlands due to a severe bout of laryngitis, her spokeswoman said. All 20,000 ticket holders will be given refunds, as the Maddy is not rescheduling. Her Boston performances this week are expected to take place, as scheduled . . . INDICTED: “The Sopranos” actor Robert Iler, 16, who plays Tony Jr., has been formally charged with second-degree robbery. A grand jury on Friday indicted Iler on charges he and two teenagers robbed two other teenage boys of $40 on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. If convicted, they face up to 15 years in prison. Iler also was faces a possible $100 fine for marijuana possession. All three defendants pleaded innocent . . . SUED: Supermodel Linda Evangelista, 36, and her agent, Didier Fernandez, have been sued by the Wilhelmina modeling agency for allegedly scheming to defraud the company by conspiring to withhold the agency’s cut from lucrative modeling assignments worth tens of thousands of dollars. According to court papers obtained by the Associated Press, the two allegedly used code names, untraceable cell phones and messengers to keep communications secret from the agency. Fernandez’s lawyer called the allegations “groundless” . . . DIED: Two from the entertainment world have passed away. Ron Townson, 68, a founding member of Grammy-winning ’60s pop group the 5th Dimension (“Up, Up and Away”), died at his Las Vegas home of renal failure, associates said Friday. Actor Christopher Hewett, 80, TV’s “Mr. Belvedere,” died Friday in Los Angeles. He had been in declining health for some time. Among his movie roles was that of the memorable director (the one who wore a dress) in Mel Brooks’s 1968 “The Producers.”

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