WEEK IN REVIEW: Nolte DUI Charges Filed

10/25/2002 11:00AM

NOLTE NICKED: Drug charges have been filed against actor Nick Nolte by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office following his September DUI arrest. Prosecutors said the two-time Oscar nominee's blood tests at the time of his arrest revealed the presence of GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate) -- a synthetic depressant commonly referred to as the "date rape" drug. Nolte was charged Wednesday with driving under the influence and use of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors. His next court date is Oct. 28 in Malibu, but Nolte, 61, is not required to appear. His publicist declined to comment on the charges.

STEWART'S STEW: Martha Stewart has been formally notified by the Securities and Exchange Commission that it has enough evidence to bring a civil complaint against her following her sale of nearly 4,000 shares of ImClone Systems stock late last year. The SEC notice actually was sent on Sept. 12, reports The New York Times, which goes on to say that defense lawyers for the domestic diva filed a formal response earlier this month. The SEC notice strongly indicates that the government's probe into Stewart's stock dealings is moving ahead.

ROSE RED: Former talk-show host (and now former magazine editor) Rosie O'Donnell filed a $125 million countersuit Monday against Gruner + Jahr USA, the publishers of her defunct namesake magazine, claiming the firm seized control of the title and forced her to resign. Earlier this month, G+J sued O'Donnell, 40, for $100 million, claiming she doomed the magazine by radically changing "her public persona from the warm, fun-loving 'Queen of Nice' to a self-proclaimed 'uber bitch,'" according to papers filed in the suit. The company also claims O'Donnell began "to behave erratically and in defiance of her contractual commitments to G+J."

KIDMAN'S STEP: Nicole Kidman has signed on to star in a remake of the cult classic "The Stepford Wives," about a newcomer to suburbia who notices something strange about the women there -- they all love to do housework. In the 1975 movie, Katharine Ross played main character, Joanna Eberhardt, which will now be Kidman's role, Variety reports. The new version, to be directed by Frank Oz ("The Score"), will be updated, with SUVs and minivans replacing station wagons as the suburban vehicles of choice. Also, rather than a being a thriller, this new take on the story is by "In & Out" and "Addams Family" screenwriter Paul Rudnick, who is better known for generating laughs than screams.

PUBLICIST JAILED: Onetime publicist to such stars Elizabeth S. Grubman (better known as Lizzie) began her 60-day prison sentence Wednesday. The New York Times noted that she had given up smoking, taken up kick-boxing and swapped her Seven jeans for sweatsuits and sneakers. Her incarceration, in the Suffolk County Court in Riverhead, N.Y., came as punishment after having backed her father's black Mercedes SUV into a crowd of Hamptons club-goers in July 2001. (Her father is powerful entertainment attorney Alan Grubman.) The Times noted that Lizzie, 31, was permitted to take two sweatsuits, a pair of sneakers and seven sets of undergarments to jail. In Monday's New York Post, Grubman told a columnist that she was scared but prepared.

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