WEEK IN REVIEW: Paris Engaged to Paris
Plus: Deep Throat revealed, Denise Richards a mom again, and more
PARIS ENGAGED: Paris Hilton became engaged to her boyfriend of five months, Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis. Hilton’s spokesman, Rob Shuter, told PEOPLE on Monday: “They are happy and excited.” Latsis proposed after Hilton, 24, returned home to Los Angeles after a three-week trip to Europe where she was promoting her film House of Wax. No date has been set for the wedding. This will be the first marriage for both. On the Today show Wednesday, Paris’s mother, Kathy Hilton, said of her future son-in-law: “He is the most gentle, kind, brilliant and very, very low-key. I’ve never seen Paris this happy in her life.”
‘THROAT’ REVEALED: One of the great mysteries of the 1970s has been solved: the identity of “Deep Throat,” the source who informed on the Richard Nixon White House to Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Former FBI official W. Mark Felt, now 91, told Vanity Fair magazine that he is the informant who helped bring down the administration with inside information on the 1972 break-in of the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel. At the time, Felt was the Bureau’s No. 2 man. In a statement after the disclosure, Woodward and Bernstein confirmed Felt’s claims, saying: “W. Mark Felt was ‘Deep Throat’ and helped us immeasurably in our Watergate coverage.”
DENISE’S DELIVERY: Denise Richards became a mom again on Wednesday night. The 34-year-old actress gave birth at a Los Angeles hospital to daughter Lola, who weighed in at 6 lbs. 10 oz., Richards’s publicist told PEOPLE. Richards’s estranged husband, Charlie Sheen, was in the room with her when she gave birth. Mother and daughter are doing fine. “We’re thrilled to finally meet our beautiful daughter,” Sheen, 39, and Richards – who also have a 15-month-old daughter, Sam – said in a joint statement. The two split in March amid reports that Sheen had resumed his hard-partying ways. Sheen has denied those stories.
SLATER ARREST: Christian Slater, 35, was arrested on New York’s Upper East Side early Tuesday morning and charged with third-degree sexual abuse after the alleged victim, an unidentified 52-year-old woman, called 911, said New York Police Sgt. Mary Doherty. “Basically he grabbed a woman’s behind on the street,” Doherty told CNN, adding that the actor was “intoxicated at the time.” Slater entered no plea at his arraignment Tuesday morning and is due back in court next month. His representative called the entire incident (Slater was said to be arguing with a female companion at the time he allegedly groped the stranger) a misunderstanding.
DIAZ SUES: Cameron Diaz and her MTV Trippin’ producer Shane Nickerson filed a joint $60 million libel lawsuit against the National Enquirer in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, according to papers obtained by TV’s Celebrity Justice. The suit claims that photos and accompanying text (claiming the two were having an affair), which were published last month, were used to “create a fictional and fabricated story” that was “hugely profitable” for the Enquirer, which is accused in the suit of publishing a “sensationalistic” story and manipulating and misrepresenting the photos. Diaz and Nickerson claim they were simply sharing a brief goodbye that was an “insignificant and non-memorable occurrence involving co-workers and friends.” A National Enquirer spokesman says the paper is standing by its story.