By Stephen M. Silverman And Anne Marie Cruz
Updated June 26, 2003 11:54 AM

DENIED: Ricky Martin, 31, has put to rest recent rumors that he and Mexican TV personality Rebecca de Alba plan to have a baby together, according to the Associated Press. “Whether Rebecca and I decide to be parents is something that’s nobody’s business,” he said at a press conference while promoting his latest album, “Almas del Silencio.” He declined further comment on de Alba, except to say: “I will continue defending the relationship I have had for many years with Rebecca. … I insist that she is a marvelous woman, and I want to have her in my life forever, and that will be.”

ANNOUNCED: “Dynasty” alum Catherine Oxenberg, 41, and her husband, actor Casper Van Dien (“Titans”), 34, are expecting their second child together, PEOPLE reports in its new issue. The couple have a daughter, Maya, 1. Oxenberg also has a daughter, India, 12, whose father she has never named. Van Dien has two children from his previous marriage to actress Carrie Mitchum.

SUED: Actor Tom Skerritt (“Tears of the Sun”), 69, sued L.A.-based Body Basics Inc., for allegedly using his head on the body of a shirtless male model advertising a male-impotence product, reports PEOPLE. Skerritt, who won an Emmy Award in 1993 for the TV series “Picket Fences,” is seeking unspecified damages. A rep for Body Basics could not be reached for comment.

POSTPONED: Comedian Jamie Foxx‘s trial on charges from an April fight with guards at Harrah’s casino in New Orleans was delayed Wednesday until Sept. 8, reports AP. Police have said Foxx, 35 — along with his sister, Diedra Dixon, and others in the entertainer’s 10-person entourage — refused orders to show identification when they entered the casino and then acted in a disorderly fashion. Dixon allegedly hit a police officer while she was partially handcuffed. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

DIED: Arch-segregationist and former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox, 87, died Wednesday, reports AP. Maddox, a high-school dropout, was elected to office from 1967-71 after he famously shook his fist and prevented African Americans from entering his Atlanta fried chicken restaurant in 1966. Unlike other high-profile segregationists (such as Alabama Gov. George Wallace), Maddox never recanted on his position. … Denis Thatcher, 88, husband of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, 77, died Thursday in a London hospital following heart bypass surgery earlier this year, reports AP. The Thatchers were married 51 years, and Denis was known for standing quietly in the background of his forceful wife, who is reportedly in her own frail state of health following a series of strokes.

HOSPITALIZED: “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Barnaby Jones” TV star Buddy Ebsen, 95, has been admitted to a Southern California hospital for treatment of an unspecified condition, a family spokeswoman tells Torrance’s Daily Breeze newspaper. She adds that the actor’s “condition is good.”