NEWS BRIEFS: Judge Warns Sizemore

updated 02/20/2004 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/20/2004 10:15AM

WARNED: A judge warned actor Tom Sizemore ("Black Hawk Down") to stay away from his former girlfriend, Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, the Associated Press reports. During a hearing on Thursday, the judge ordered Sizemore not to contact "Miss Fleiss in any way." Sizemore was sentenced to six months in jail in October for harassing, annoying and abusing Fleiss during the couple's two-year relationship. But the sentence was postponed in order to allow Sizemore time to complete a live-in drug rehab program. It was not immediately clear what prompted the judge's warning, but the actor is due back in court March 30 to determine if he violated his probation.

AWARDED: This has to leave a good taste in actor Robert Downey Jr.'s mouth. The star received the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. The award is given to performers who have made a "lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment" by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest undergrad theatrical troupe.

RULED: Comedian and former talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell will not receive any monetary damages for her legal battle with publisher Gruner + Jahr, a judge ruled Thursday, Reuters reports. G + J, which published the magazine Rosie, had sued the publication's namesake after O'Donnell walked off the job in September 2002, following an editorial dispute. O'Donnell had filed a countersuit, but both cases were thrown out in November. G + J also was denied any legal fees from O'Donnell, as the judge in the case ruled that each side was responsible for its own fees.


QUOTED: "(Hugh Hefner) is truly touched by little things that remind him of his boyhood backyard -- ants and butterflies and crickets, and then he gets to go upstairs to see naked women waiting for him." -- Bill Zehme, coauthor of "Hef's Little Black Book," on the Playboy founder, the New York Post reports


ANIMATED: Does he sound as good as he looks? That will be a question for Ashton Kutcher fans to determine when the "Butterfly Effect" star lends his voice to the upcoming animated film "Open Season." His will be the voice of Elliot, a mule deer stranded in the forest during hunting season, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Kutcher's voice will be joined by those of Martin Lawrence and Debra Messing.

ALLEGED: Hip-hop star Nelly's gambling habits may land a Missouri riverboat casino in hot water. The President Casino on the Admiral faces charges of giving the singer special treatment during a birthday party he hosted there last November, AP reports. The casino allegedly let Nelly and members of his party exceed betting-limit amounts, among other rules. Neither the star nor any member of his party is charged with any wrongdoing, as it is the casino's job to enforce the rules, a Gaming Commission spokesman said.

SIDELINED: Ozzy Osbourne expressed worries that he may not ever be able to perform again following an accident that nearly killed him last year. The 55-year-old rocker and star of MTV's "The Osbournes" called performing "the love of my life," and worried that he may never take the stage again, Reuters reports. The former Black Sabbath frontman was hurt when a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle he was riding overturned and landed on him. He fractured eight ribs and a vertebra, and was in a coma for eight days.

INSPIRED: She's not just a U.S. senator, best-selling author and wife of a former president; Hillary Clinton is a fashion plate, too. Designer Marc Jacobs has assembled a series of T-shirts with Sen. Clinton's face superimposed on a variety of colors, AP reports. The shirts, which sell for $55 with short sleeves and $60 with long, have been compared to Andy Warhol's famous Marilyn Monroe prints. They are available in Jacobs' Manhattan stores and on the Friends of Hillary Website (www.friendsofhillary.com).

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