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Paper shows Cosby had right to edit story on scandal

By wire services
Published January 10, 2006

PHILADELPHIA - When Bill Cosby sought to defend himself against allegations that he sexually assaulted a former Temple University official, he signed a contract with the National Enquirer.

That deal, it was disclosed in court Monday, granted him the prepublication right to edit a story in which he was interviewed about the matter. Cosby was also permitted to read an interview with another accuser, one that was never printed.

The disclosures were two of several snippets about the case that emerged Monday during a hearing before a federal judge who is considering a request from The Associated Press to unseal filings related to depositions in a lawsuit the former Temple official brought against Cosby.

Many filings in the case remain sealed, including Cosby's deposition, and a lawyer for the woman suggested in court that the entertainer was receiving "star treatment."

The plaintiff alleges that Cosby drugged her before committing a sexual assault in 2004 at his home in Cheltenham, Pa. The woman waited a year to approach authorities, who investigated but ultimately declined to prosecute.

NFL cuts age limit on Stones' dancers

DETROIT - Older fans of the Rolling Stones will get the chance to shake it during the band's Super Bowl halftime show after all.

Mick Jagger and his bandmates may be nearing senior citizenship, but Super Bowl planners originally wanted only people 45 and younger to take the field and dance during the Feb. 5 show. After hearing from some older fans of the group, however, the National Football League said it would accept dancers 18 and older - no age limit - on Ford Field.

"We wanted to open it up," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

The NFL is offering 2,000 people a chance to watch the Stones legends during the extravaganza. They will be expected to dance, sing and cheer. The league is also seeking people to dance during star Stevie Wonder's pregame performance.

The league had said the reason for the age cutoff was that the job is physically challenging. The volunteers would be on their feet for long periods, and would need to enter and exit the field quickly.

Participants also must attend up to five rehearsals that could last seven hours each.

Former astronaut joins new "Survivor' cast

NEW YORK - The next cast of CBS' Survivor will include a retired astronaut who flew in space three times, twice on the space shuttle Discovery.

The 12th version of the popular game, this time set in Panama, will feature tribes briefly separated by age and an exile where a contestant can profit after stomaching some time alone.

Dan Barry , a 52-year-old ex-astronaut from S. Hadley, Mass., is among the 16 cast members. Barry last flew in space in 2001, and he has four space walks to his name. A yoga instructor, nurse, engineer, lawyer, social worker and logging sports performer are among his competitors.

OnSurvivor: Panama - Exile Island , at least one cast member each episode will be sent alone to a separate island miles from the others. Hidden on the island, however, will be an immunity idol.

The next Survivor edition begins on CBS Feb. 2.

"Da Vinci Code' goes to paperback in March

NEW YORK - At last, The Da Vinci Code is coming out in paperback.

Dan Brown's historical thriller was published nearly three years ago and has so sold well, for so long, that publisher Doubleday didn't bother releasing a paperback. But in anticipation of the film version, scheduled for May 19 and starring Tom Hanks, 5-million paperback copies will be published March 28.

March 28 will also mark the paperback debut of the novel's million-selling illustrated edition.

The Da Vinci Code has sold more than 25-million copies worldwide. It was No. 2 last weekend on the New York Times' hardcover fiction list.

Swank, Lowe separate

LOS ANGELES - Two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank and actor husband Chad Lowe have separated after more than eight years of marriage.

"Hilary and Chad have decided to separate, but they are hopeful they'll be able to get through this tough time," Swank's manager Troy Nankin said in a statement Monday.

There was no elaboration on the reason for the split.

Swank, 31, and Lowe, who turns 38 on Jan. 15, were married on Sept. 28, 1997. They have no children.

Swank famously forgot to thank a tearful Lowe while accepting her best actress Oscar in 2000 for Boys Don't Cry. Last year, Swank won again for Million Dollar Baby - this time, thanking her husband

She will next star in The Black Dahlia , Brian De Palma's adaptation of James Ellroy's novel.

Lowe, who is the brother of actor Rob Lowe , won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of AIDS patient Jesse McKenna on the TV series Life Goes On in 1993.

[Last modified January 10, 2006, 08:46:49]

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