Plus: Brad Pitt falls ill, Cameron Diaz testifies, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated July 16, 2005 06:00 AM

WEEK IN REVIEW: Wives & Will Lead Emmys DESPERATE EMMYS: Emmy gold is shining on this season’s hot newcomer “Desperate Housewives” and on veteran sitcom “Will & Grace,” which each scored 15 nominations from the TV academy. Though the shows are both in the running for outstanding comedy series, there were omissions in their parade of nominations. Housewives stars Eva Longoria and Nicollette Sheridan didn’t make the cut for acting, though costars Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman did. Similarly, Debra Messing, the Grace of Will & Grace, was left off the list, leaving the race to the Housewives and Everybody Loves Raymond’s Patricia Heaton and Malcolm in the Middle’s Jane Kaczmarek.

PITT FALL: Brad Pitt, who entered the hospital Monday night with a “flu-like illness,” was discharged from Los Angeles’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Wednesday after being diagnosed with a mild case of viral meningitis, his publicist announced. “The actor is at home and doing well,” Cindy Guagenti said in a statement. Viral meningitis – generally regarded as serious but rarely fatal in persons with normal immune systems – involves inflammation of the tissues covering the brain and spinal cord. Pitt, 41, was in Ethiopia last week with his Mr. & Mrs. Smith costar Angelina Jolie to pick up the her second child, a newly adopted baby girl.

DIAZ DEPOSED: Cameron Diaz testified in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday that she had nothing to hide as far as topless pictures taken early in her career were concerned. “I wasn’t ashamed to be out there like that,” said Diaz at the criminal trial of John Rutter, who took the photos in 1992 and 11 years later allegedly tried to sell them back to her for $3.5 million. Diaz also testified that a signature on a model release form giving ownership of the photos to Rutter was a forgery, reports the Associated Press. “I have never signed my name like that,” said Diaz. Rutter, 42, is charged with attempted grand theft, forgery and perjury. If convicted, he could face up to six years in prison.

GARNER GIFTED: Jennifer Garner’s hometown of Charleston, W. Va., threw a massive baby shower for the expectant mom and new hubby Ben Affleck – though the celebrated parents-to-be were nowhere to be seen. Hundreds of fans bearing gifts – all of which will be donated to charity – arrived at a West Virginia Power minor league baseball game for “Jen and Ben Baby Shower Night.” In all, some 4,248 fans showed up, the Associated Press reported. The promotion benefited the baby pantry for Starting Points, a nonprofit group serving children and the families of children under age 8. Among the more than 400 donations were a car seat, diapers and baby food.

LETTERMAN CASE: In a plea deal reached between Montana prosecutors and the handyman charged with plotting to kidnap David Letterman’s then-16-month-old son and his nanny from the TV star’s ranch, Kelly Frank will spend 10 years behind bars. Frank, 43, pleaded guilty to lesser charges – felony theft, misdemeanor obstruction and possessing illegally killed wildlife, a felony – and in exchange, Teton County Attorney Joe Coble dropped a felony charge of solicitation, which accused Frank of plotting to kidnap young Harry Joseph Letterman and his nanny and to hold them for $5 million ransom.