Martha Stewart Hits Bahamas Before Prison
Plus: Lori Hacking's body found, Gibson gets restraining order, and more
SPOTTED: Martha Stewart, 63, due to begin her five-month prison sentence this week, spent the weekend vacationing at the Ocean Club Hotel on the Bahamas’ Paradise Island and was photographed stepping out of the surf in a one-piece black bathing suit. The domestic diva – soon to be No. 55170-054 at a federal prison facility in Alderson, W. Va. – spent Saturday night at the wedding reception of her longtime publicist Susan Margrino. “It was just the nicest two days,” Stewart said.
FOUND: Volunteers located the body of Lori Hacking, 27, in a Salt Lake County Landfill on Friday, more than two months after she disappeared. Police tell the Salt Lake City Tribune that finding the remains will only strengthen their murder case against Lori’s husband, Mark Hacking, who remains in the Salt Lake County Jail, accused of killing Lori on July 19 and disposing of her body after she discovered a series of lies about him, including his prospective plans to enter a medical school to which he had never applied.
RESTRAINED: Mel Gibson, 48, obtained a temporary restraining order against a man who allegedly showed up at his estate and the chapel he attends, demanding they pray together. Zack Sinclair, 34, was arrested Sept. 20 for investigation of disorderly conduct and loitering and remained jailed Friday on $5,000 bail pending an Oct. 6 court hearing, reports the Associated Press. The restraining order, issued Sept. 21, bars him from coming within 150 yards of Gibson, his wife or their seven children. He also cannot contact the actor.
DEFENDED: While acknowledging mistakes in CBS anchor Dan Rather’s 60 Minutes report that questioned President Bush’s service in the National Guard, competing news anchors Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings offered support Saturday for the beleaguered newsman. “What I think is highly inappropriate is what is going on across the Internet, a kind of political jihad … that is quite outrageous,” NBC’s Brokaw said at a panel on which all three men spoke, AP reports. Said ABC’s Jennings: “I don’t think you ever judge a man by only one event in his career.” Rather declined to comment, saying news executives had asked him not to talk about the report while an investigation was under way.
RECUPERATED: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, 63, has won a battle with throat cancer, lead singer Mick Jagger says. Watts was diagnosed with cancer four months ago and recently finished a successful six-week chemotherapy treatment at a London hospital. “Charlie has had all his treatments and he’s now been cleared and is free of any illness,” Jagger, 61, told London’s Daily Mirror. The chemotherapy left Watts weak, and he will spend time recovering with his wife, Shirley, before going back to work.
PLANNED: TV Land has ordered six episodes of Chasing Farrah, a reality show due to premiere Jan. 19 that will keep a camera on the onetime Charlie’s Angels star, 57, through the most mundane aspects of her life. “TV Land wants to take our viewers into the life of Farrah Fawcett to see what she’s really about, since so few of us know what it’s like to be a recognized Hollywood icon for your entire adult life,” president of TV Land and Nick at Nite Larry W. Jones said in a statement.