WEEK IN REVIEW: Demi Denies Baby Rumors
03/18/2005 AT 12:00 PM EST
'IDOL' RUMORS: American Idol frontrunner Mario Vazquez, 27, shocked nearly everyone by informing the show’s producers last Sunday that he was quitting the competition for what were publicly termed "personal reasons." While speculation immediately arose that Vazquez was uncomfortable with the Idol contract, any unhappiness has never been properly confirmed or denied. By Friday, however, it was reported that the Bronx crooner with the fedora had hired high-powered attorney Jess L. Rosen, the same lawyer who helped AI pin-up boy Clay Aiken escape from his ironclad Idol contract.
SAN QUENTIN SCOTT: Judge Alfred A. Delucchi on Wednesday upheld a jury's suggestion and sentenced Scott Peterson to death for the murder of his wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner. Delucchi, who had the option of reducing Peterson's sentence to life in prison, called the crime "cruel, uncaring, heartless and callous." Laci's family members separately took the stand to deliver their final words to Scott, who remained stone-faced, even when Laci's mother called him "a monster (who deserves) to rot in hell." Before dawn on Thursday, Peterson, 32, was sent to San Quentin to begin the first 45 days of his life as a condemned man in an isolation cell.
BLAKE CLEARED: On the ninth day of deliberations, a jury acquitted accused murderer Robert Blake, 71, of the May 2001 shooting death of wife Bonny Lee Bakley, 44. Blake, who starred in the '70s TV series Baretta, was also cleared of the charge of solicitation of murder, but the jury was deadlocked 11-1 in favor of acquittal on a second solicitation charge. The judge dismissed the count, and Blake was allowed to walk out of court. Upon hearing the verdicts, he began to cry and hugged his defense attorney. Outside the courtroom, the actor told reporters the case cost him $10 million and announced: "I'm broke. I need a job."
LETTERMAN DRAMA: A man who was allegedly plotting to kidnap David Letterman's 18-month-old son Harry and his nanny was arrested Sunday and arraigned Thursday in Montana, where the Late Show host has a home, authorities said. Montana Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sally Hilander identified the suspect as Kelly A. Frank, 43, who was under state supervision for a previous crime and was working as a painter at Letterman's ranch west of Choteau in Montana. In a statement, Letterman, 57, thanked the FBI and police for protecting his child.