For five years producer Tina Sinatra and actor James Farentino had an on-again, off-again romance. They are now definitely off, and it's getting ugly.
Sinatra, who produced last fall's TV miniseries about her father, Frank, has obtained a temporary restraining order against Farentino. Her attorney, Howard Weitzman, says Tina went to court because Farentino's "conversations, messages and faxes to her led her to believe he would harm her." (Ironically, Farentino played an abusive husband last fall in the TV movie When No One Would Listen.)
Sinatra is asking that Farentino reimburse her for $5,000 worth of property he damaged at her Los Angeles home. Weitzman says the actor destroyed mailboxes, lighting fixtures and planters. Declares Sinatra in court papers: "I am frightened, distressed and in fear for my life."
Farentino's lawyer, Blaine Greenberg, says it is Farentino who has been intimidated by Sinatra, citing threats and property damage to his house by her. Greenberg says Farentino intends to ask for a permanent injunction that would bar Sinatra from getting anywhere near him.
CAN WE TALK?
There seems to have been some confusion about the ground rules for the Warner Bros. press junket late last week in L.A. to publicize Made in America, the new movie starring alleged lovebirds Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson.
A TV reporter we know told us she had to agree to ask "no personal-life questions" of the two stars before Warner would confirm her booking for the trip. No way, according to a Warner rep, who said that "no restrictions" had been placed on the junketeers.
THE TERMINATOR MEETS BARNEY
Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver—garbed in matching Bermuda shorts—wangled a private audience for their daughters, Katherine Eunice, 3, and Christine Maria Aurelia, 21 months, with dinosaur fave Barney during the Purple One's recent appearances at Universal Studios Hollywood. All we can tell you about this historic summit is that during the meeting Schwarzenegger was overheard telling his children to hurry up—in German.
Members of Aerosmith, the heavy-metal band that has been together (with a breakup or two) since 1970 and through the substance-abuse woes of several members, were less than flattered when they heard that author Stephen Davis planned to write about them. According to sources, Davis, who wrote Hammer of the Gods, a 1985 unauthorized biography of Led Zeppelin, received six figures from publisher Simon & Schuster for the Aerosmith book.
Aerosmith has since asked friends and business associates not to talk to Davis. The band wants pals to save those anecdotes for its own book, which lead singer Steven Tyler intends to write.
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