By C. Young
Updated December 14, 2001 10:40 AM

WINONA BUSTED: Actress Winona Ryder, 30, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly shoplifting nearly $5,000 worth of merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. Shop clerks said they saw her putting clothes and merchandise into a bag filled with items she had already bought. Ryder was charged with grand theft and illegal possession of prescription drugs when police also found she was carrying some painkillers. Her lawyer told Reuters: “It will become clear that there was no theft here.”

ASHLEY JUDD WEDS: After a two-year engagement, actress Ashley Judd married race-car driver Dario Franchitti in the Scottish highlands. Older sister and country star Wynonna Judd served as maid of honor, with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas among the celebrities in attendance. The bride wore a silk and satin white gown designed by Giorgio Armani, and the groom wore a kilt and a jacket.

GERALDO A DANGER?: Former tabloid talk-show host Geraldo Rivera, now a Fox News Channel correspondent reporting from Afghanistan, is reportedly traveling through the war-torn country with a gun and a group of armed guards. He’s come under fire (so to speak) for doing so, since journalists are banned from carrying weapons according to the Geneva Convention. Fellow journalists also have criticized him for potentially endangering other reporters. “If word gets out that a journalist is carrying a gun, it makes it difficult for everyone,” Peter Arnett, a former war correspondent for the AP and CNN, told the Associated Press.

ARNOLD’S ACCIDENT: Action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger fell off his motorcycle last weekend and broke several ribs. His injuries reportedly won’t affect the production of “Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines,” set to begin in April 2002. The movie is estimated to cost $165 million to $180 million, Variety reported.

MADONNA SWEARS ON TV: Never one to shy away from controversy, Madonna used an epithet and denounced awards shows in general while presenting the prestigious Turner Prize to artist Martin Creed. The ceremony was broadcast live on British television. A spokesman for Channel Four later said, “We apologize to anyone who was offended by this. It was a live show and they do have a bleep system to bleep out words like this, but unfortunately they just missed it,” Reuters reported.

BRITNEY BACKS OUT: Pop princess Britney Spears changed her mind about posing for an anti-fur poster for animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, after tabloids reported she would appear nude. The tabloid reports were attributed to PETA campaign director Dan Mathews. He denies saying she would pose nude.