WEEK IN REVIEW: Bing Is Hurley's Guy
DA-DA BING: DNA tests disclosed Wednesday morning in London have proved that Hollywood producer and real-estate scion Steve Bing, 37, is the father of Elizabeth Hurley's baby son, Damian, according to Bing's spokeswoman, Sue Stapely, and reported by the Associated Press. "Recently conducted tests have shown that Steve Bing is the biological father of Elizabeth Hurley's son, Damian Charles Hurley," Stapely said in a statement. The results of the medical tests were revealed at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London, ending months of speculation and accusations on both sides of the Atlantic as to who might have fathered the boy, who was born April 4. At the time of the court announcement, Bing was in the U.S. and did not immediately issue a statement.
JOEL IN REHAB: Billy Joel recently checked himself into Silver Hill Hospital, a substance abuse and psychiatric center in Connecticut, said his spokeswoman on Wednesday and reported by the Associated Press. She said in her statement that the treatment of the "Piano Man" musician, 52, was "for a planned 10-day stay to deal with a specific and personal problem that had recently developed." Silver Hill is where Mariah Carey also sought treatment after an emotional and physical breakdown last summer and where, notes the AP, Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, Gregg Allman and Joan Kennedy have also paid visits.
CRUISE REPORT: At Monday's New York premiere of the Steven Spielberg-directed sci-fi thriller "Minority Report," hot couple Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz were asked separately whether they believe in destiny, a factor that figures heavily in the new movie in which Cruise stars. Cruz, 28, responded: "I am convinced that you make your own destiny. I don't believe that whatever happens is already written." Cruise, sporting ample scruff on his chiseled face, was clearly on the same page: "I don't believe that there is fate -- I believe that a person creates (his) own future," he said. As for his own imminent future, Cruise who will turn 40 on July 3, told PEOPLE.com: "I'm just gonna go spend it with friends, they're gonna throw a party for me and stuff. We're gonna hang out."
BLAKE WAIT: No bail decision was reached Tuesday in the case of Robert Blake, who will have to wait until next week to find out if he's eligible for release from jail, reports the Associated Press. The ex-"Baretta" star, 68, has been behind bars since his April 18 arrest on charges of murdering wife Bonny Lee Bakley, 44, on May 4, 2001. Judge Lloyd Nash said that he needed to study the law on issues raised by both sides in a blizzard of motions, said the AP. The focal point of the judge's decision is whether or not Blake allegedly planned and solicited Bakley's murder, which occurred in the family car parked outside a Studio City, Calif., restaurant where the couple had just dined. If that had been the case, then under California law Blake must stand accused of the special circumstance of "lying in wait," which automatically disqualifies bail.
BABY X: Téa Leoni and David Duchovny welcomed their second child Saturday, a baby boy weighing 7 lbs., 10 oz., according to a statement issued to Reuters on Monday by the actors' publicist. No other details, including the newborn's name, were released. Duchovny, 41, and Leoni, 36, married since 1997, also have a 3-year-old daughter, Madelaine West. Leoni's latest movie was Woody Allen's "Hollywood Ending," while Duchovny just helped wrap up the final season of Fox TV's "The X-Files."
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