Plus: Cosby case questions, Idol wannabe arrested, and more
GRANTED: Nicole Kidman, 37, won her request for restraining orders against two freelance photographers Thursday after saying she had been a virtual prisoner in her Sydney home and feared for her safety because of them. The request followed the discovery of an electronic listening device outside her residence. Jamie Fawcett, 43, and Ben McDonald, 32, were ordered not to approach Kidman at her home or go within 60 ft. of her harbor-side home. Kidman said in a statement that she was grateful the court had granted the orders because she had been afraid to leave her home, reports the Associated Press.
QUESTIONED: Authorities investigating sexual misconduct allegations against Bill Cosby believe there was sexual contact between him and his accuser, but they are still trying to determine whether it was consensual, reports ABC News. In a police report obtained by TV’s Celebrity Justice, the woman said Cosby invited her to his house last January and, when she complained of stress, offered her “some type of pills” that allegedly caused her to become “dizzy and sick.” Cosby, 67, then helped her to a couch, where he allegedly fondled her and forced her to touch him inappropriately. The Pennsylvania prosecutor in the case indicated this week that he was concerned that it took the woman a year to make the allegations. The woman’s attorney, Dolores Troiani, said her client was afraid to come forward earlier because of Cosby’s celebrity status.
EXPECTED: Returning to the scene of her 2004 “wardrobe malfunction,” Janet Jackson is headed to another Super Bowl event, says her attorney, Willie Gary, who announced that Jackson will attend his celebrity scholarship party in Jacksonville on Feb. 5, the eve of the Super Bowl. The Black Family Channel is sponsoring the party. The event is open to the public by pre-sale tickets only.
ANTICPATED: Actress Laura Leighton, 36, and Desperate Housewives’ Doug Savant, 40, are expecting their second child in June. The Melrose Place alums, who wed in 1998, have a son, Jack, 4. Savant also has two daughters from a previous marriage.
BUSTED: Dismissed American Idol hopeful Leroy Wells, 22, of Grand Bay, Ala., who made a public spectacle of himself on Tuesday’s show, is in a Mobile jail cell after failing to appear in court to face charges that he shot someone in the hip earlier this month, reports the New York Post, basing its story on local Alabama TV news reports. He reportedly faces assault, gun and drug charges. When he faced Idol judge Simon Cowell, after singing ODB’s “Got Your Money,” Wells was told his performance was “ridiculous.”
SOUGHT: Ella Mary Matt Williams, wife of former The Brady Bunch kid Barry Williams, 50, has filed for divorce, according to court papers. The couple, married in 1999, formally separated earlier this month and have a 2-year-old son, according to the petition. Ella Williams is requesting sole custody and asked that her husband have visits only with a nanny present, the filing states. This will be the second divorce for Barry Williams, who played Greg on the ’70s sitcom. He was married to Diane Martin from 1990-92.
RATED: Wednesday’s edition of American Idol and the third season premiere of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie’s The Simple Life: Interns scored ratings wins for FOX, with Idol attracting 26.5 million viewers, and Simple Life averaging 13.4 million, according to Nielsen Media Research. ABC placed second from 8-10 p.m. with a repeat of Lost (12 million). In the next hour, Alias drew 11.8 million.