Passages

updated 08/25/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/25/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Actor Christian Slater, 27, was arrested on Aug. 11 in Los Angeles for battery and three counts of assault. Police allege that Slater got into a fight with a female friend at a party and bit the stomach of a man who came to her defense. Slater reportedly admitted to police that he was high on drugs the day of his arrest.

Malcolm Shabazz, 12, the grandson of Malcolm X, was sentenced on Aug. 8 in Yonkers, N.Y., to at least 18 months in a juvenile detention center for setting the June 1 fire that killed his 63-year-old grandmother, Betty Shabazz....

Priscilla Presley, 52, is scheduled to proceed with her $10 million defamation lawsuit against Lavern Currie Grant, 64, on Sept. 17 in Santa Monica, for claiming in the newly published Child Bride: The Untold Story of Priscilla Beaulieu that he had sex with her before her 1967 marriage to Elvis Presley. Priscilla Presley told the book's author that Grant had tried to force himself on her several times, but that she rebuffed his advances....

On Aug. 7, an L.A. judge ordered Playgirl magazine to recall its August issue, which featured nude photographs of actor Brad Pitt, 33, with former fiancée Gwyneth Paltrow, 24, taken two years ago while the couple vacationed on St. Bart's. The judge agreed with Pitt's lawyers that Playgirl had violated his right to privacy. Playgirl claims that it has already sold 300,000 copies of the issue....

William and Jewel Phelps filed suit against author Patricia Cornwell, 41, and Macmillan Publishing Co., seeking unspecified damages, on July 31 in Richmond, Va., charging that she had based her 1992 bestseller All That Remains on the 1989 murders of their daughter Annamaria and her fiancé's brother Daniel Lauer. The lawsuit claims that Cornwell learned confidential details of the autopsy report while working in the Richmond medical examiner's office and used them in the book. Cornwell refused to comment on the suit....

A Virginia state forensic lab claims to have linked NBC sportscaster Marv Albert, 56, to bite marks and semen stains found on the body of a 42-year-old Vienna, Va., receptionist who accused him of sexual assault. The lab, citing DNA analysis, claims there is only a l-in-2.6 billion chance that semen and saliva samples taken from the woman could have come from someone other than Albert. The sportscaster's lawyer said in a statement that "...Marv continues to reassert his innocence and will establish it in court."

E! Entertainment correspondent Kymberly Douglas, 38, gave birth to a 4-lb., 13-oz. boy, Hunter William, on Aug. 2 in L.A. This is the first child for Douglas and her husband, The Young and the Restless star Jerry Douglas, 61. He has two children from a previous marriage.

Photojournalist Horace ID! Bristol, 88, whose LIFE magazine photographs captured the suffering of migrant workers escaping the Oklahoma Dust Bowl in 1938, died of colon cancer on Aug. 4 in Ojai, Calif. For the project, Bristol recruited author John Steinbeck, who later turned his notes into the 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath.

Prince Albert of Monaco, 39, collided with a car at almost the exact spot near Monte Carlo where his mother, Princess Grace, drove off a cliff nearly 15 years ago. Albert and the other driver were unhurt in the accident.

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