PASSAGES: Backstreet Baby, Lawsuit
FILED: Meanwhile, The Backstreet Boys filed a $100 million lawsuit Monday against their record label, Zomba Music Group, claiming the label's recent merger with German media group Bertelsmann AG has barred them from recording a new album, Reuters reports. A lawyer for the band also claims Zomba was using the group's trademark to misdirect Web traffic to other sites.
SWITCHED: Actor Robert Blake was granted a new defense team following the rift between he and his former attorney, Harland Braun, Reuters reports. The former "Baretta" star is charged with killing his wife, 44-year-old Bonny Lee Bakley, in May 2001. Blake has been held in a Los Angeles jail since April.
SETTLED: Fred Durst, frontman for the rap-metal band Limp Bizkit, has settled a $5 million lawsuit for an undisclosed sum. Connie Paulson, a 41-year-old lighting technician, claimed Durst threw a microphone at her following a 2000 show in Birmingham, Ala. A settlement was reached several weeks ago, but was just made public Tuesday, Reuters reports.
CELEBRATED: Wednesday marks what would have been guitar wizard Jimi Hendrix's 60th birthday. The six-string giant, who died Sept. 18, 1970, spent the majority of his life in Seattle and on Sunday, the city's Experience Music Project held a party for the "Purple Haze" pioneer.
MOURNED: Karel Reisz, the 76-year-old director responsible for such films as "The French Lieutenant's Woman," died Monday in London. Born in Czechoslovakia, Reisz was instrumental in the Free Cinema movement. Reisz introduced audiences to Albert Finney in his 1960 directorial debut, "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning," and gave Vanessa Redgrave her first starring role in "Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment." Details about his death were not immediately available, Variety reports.
SYMPATHIZED: Johnny Knoxville, former MTV personality and star of the hit movie "Jackass," offered his condolences Tuesday to the family of Tiffin University student Adam Ports of Wooster, Ohio, the Associated Press reports. The 18-year-old man was killed last Wednesday while he and three fellow students performed a "Jackass"-style stunt, possibly inspired by the movie or its television predecessor. The group set a chair on fire and threw it from the back of a moving truck. Ports either fell or jumped from the truck. Knoxville stressed the stunts were not meant to be imitated. Police have found no direct link to the TV show or film.