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By Times staff and wire reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 7, 2001

Simpson trial delayed

Simpson trial delayed

O.J. Simpson's trial on criminal charges stemming from a traffic altercation in December has been rescheduled from June 25 to Oct. 9 because of special arrangements that need to be made for security, the media and jury selection because of his celebrity, his attorney, Yale Galanter, said Wednesday. Simpson was charged with felony auto burglary and misdemeanor battery after a motorist accused him of reaching into his car and grabbing his glasses during an argument Dec. 4 in suburban Kendall, where Simpson lives. The felony charge carries a possible 15-year prison sentence, but Miami's top prosecutor has already said any jail time is unlikely. Simpson has rejected a plea deal, saying he wants a jury trial so he can prove his innocence. Simpson was acquitted in 1995 in Los Angeles of the murder of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

She's off to have a baby

Regis Philbin will have another round of new co-hosts on his morning talk show while Kelly Ripa goes on maternity leave. Her last day is Friday, and she will be gone just four weeks. In the meantime, Philbin said, a series of college students will fill in on the syndicated Live with Regis & Kelly. Ripa, 30, and her husband, All My Children co-star Mark Consuelos, have a son, Michael Joseph, 3. She replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as Philbin's co-host in February.

Elton John's garage sale

Elton John had a superstar garage sale, clearing out 20 vehicles and taking in $2.8-million. The cars up for grabs Tuesday at Christie's auction house in London included three Ferraris, four Aston Martins and nine Bentleys. Christie's said John sold the cars because he never got a chance to use them. He is holding on to eight. . . . Meanwhile, a British judge rejected John's bid Wednesday to appeal a failed negligence lawsuit against his former accountants. The pop star accused PricewaterhouseCoopers and Andrew Haydon, former managing director of John Reid Enterprises (John's longtime management company), of burdening him with millions of dollars in touring expenses. Lawyers for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Reid say John is a free spender with a poor grasp of his personal finances. The 54-year-old performer admits he enjoys a "somewhat lavish lifestyle."

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