NEW YORK (AP) – Denise Richards has given birth to a daughter, People magazine reported.

Richards, who filed for divorce from Charlie Sheen in March, gave birth to the couple’s second daughter, Lola, Wednesday night at a Los Angeles hospital, her publicist confirmed to the magazine. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces.

Sheen was present when Richards gave birth, and mother and daughter are doing fine, People said Thursday.

The couple have a 15-month-old daughter, Sam.

Richards, 34, married Sheen in June 2002. They met while shooting the independent film “Good Advice” in 2000 and appeared in 2003’s “Scary Movie 3.”

In divorce papers filed March 2, Richards cited irreconcilable differences. It was her first marriage and Sheen’s second. They began dating after Richards guest-starred on Sheen’s former TV series, “Spin City.”

Sheen, who stars in the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” starred in “Platoon,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and the “Hot Shots!” movies.

Richards, a former Bond girl, also appeared in “Wild Things” and “Starship Troopers.”



NEW YORK (AP) – Move over, Madonna, Paul McCartney is getting into children’s books.

The former Beatle has signed on to publish “High in the Clouds: An Urban Furry Tail” for the Penguin Young Readers Group, the publisher announced Wednesday.

McCartney will team up with veteran children’s book author Philip Ardagh and animator Geoff Dunbar. The picture book is to be released this October with a first print of 500,000 copies.

“Having worked on this story and the characters for many years, it’s very exciting for me to see things come to fruition in what I think will be a remarkable book,” McCartney said in a statement.

The book’s story was inspired by an animated film called “Tropic Island Hum,” on which Dunbar and McCartney collaborated. It will follow the story of two friends, a squirrel and a frog, who save a number of animals.

The 62-year-old McCartney was announced Tuesday as part of the slate for the new Live Aid concerts. He has five children of his own: four with his first wife, Linda McCartney, who died of cancer in 1998, and a 1-year-old daughter with his wife, Heather Mills McCartney.



LAUGHLIN, Nev. (AP) – Police are investigating a California man’s claim that comedian Gallagher slapped him during a show at a southern Nevada casino.

No criminal charges have been filed on the misdemeanor battery complaint, Las Vegas police Sgt. Chris Jones said Wednesday.

William Edwin May III, 40, of Anaheim, filed a police report May 27, several hours after the incident at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino. It alleges that Gallagher walked on a table, berated a waitress and slapped May on the side of the head.

Gallagher, 58, is best known for smashing watermelons with a sledgehammer.

He didn’t immediately return a message left Wednesday at his office in West Palm Beach, Fla.

He acknowledged in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he struck an audience member, but compared it with throwing a pie in someone’s face.

“It got a laugh, and that’s what this is about,” he said.

The comedian said he had wanted to bring May onstage, as he had done the previous night, but May was talking with the cocktail server.

Gallagher was fired from his Memorial Day weekend booking after protesting the policy of selling drinks during his show, Roy Jernigan, Riverside entertainment director, told the Review-Journal.

Gallagher said he quit.

The comedian had worked at the Riverside for more than a decade.



CANTON, Mass. (AP) – A family court judge issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for singer Bobby Brown after he failed to appear for a child support hearing.

Brown’s local attorney told the judge that the singer became ill and was taken to a hospital in Atlanta, but was unable to provide proof, said Patrick McDermott, the court’s Register of Probate.

McDermott said the judge might have postponed the hearing if there had been documentation of the illness.

Brown lives in Alpharetta, Ga., with his wife, singer Whitney Houston. He has two children with Kim Ward of Stoughton.

McDermott said Brown has failed to make payments to an educational trust for those two children, had not proven his source of income, and had not made the latest monthly child support payment by the 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline.

Brown, who has a history of drug and alcohol arrests, was sentenced to 90 days in prison last June for missing three months of child support payments. That sentence was immediately suspended after Brown paid about $15,000.

If the judge finds Brown has violated the terms of the court order, she can impose her previous 90-day sentence, McDermott said. The warrant can only be executed in Massachusetts.

Brown was also jailed for a day in March 2004 after he failed to pay $63,000 he owed to Ward. He was released after he made the payment.

Brown’s attorney did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.


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