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August 04, 2004

Spears to marry next month

Los Angeles — Britney Spears can't wait to get married. The 22-year-old pop princess plans to wed her fiance, Kevin Federline next month in the luxury Malibu beach house she recently purchased for 4.5 million dollars, according to imdb.com Friday. The frisky couple had been expected to marry in a glamourous November ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel but switched the nuptials to their Malibu mansion after details leaked out. "Britney and Kevin have decided that getting married quickly is the best thing to do," a source was quoted as saying.

Kangaroo Jack star Anthony Anderson charged with rape

Los Angeles — Kangaroo Jack star Anthony Anderson has been arrested and charged with aggravated rape after a woman claimed she was sexually assaulted on a movie set. The woman accused the 33-year-old actor of luring her into a trailer on the Memphis, Tennessee, set of his latest film, Hustle And Flow. She said she was sexually assaulted by Anderson and the film's assistant director, Wayne Witherspoon, who also has been charged with aggravated rape. According to police reports, a passerby heard screams coming from the trailer. When he opened the door a naked woman ran out. Both suspects deny the charges and are free on $20,000 bail.

Ewan McGregor competes round-the-world motorbike tour

New York — Actor Ewan McGregor has ended his round-the-world motorcycle trip in New York after more than three months driving through Eastern Europe, Mongolia, Siberia and Alaska. The Star Wars star was accompanied by fellow actor Charley Boorman and called the escapade a "good excuse to ride motorcycles for a very, very long time." The pair teamed up with Unicef, the children's charity, for events along the route, and filmed the journey for a British TV documentary.

Singer Brandy engaged

Los Angeles — Singer Brandy is to marry basketball star Quentin Richardson after he proposed to her and presented her with a million dollar engagement ring, according to U.S. press reports. The engagement came just days after Brandy's former lover, music producer Robert Smith, told a New York radio station the couple were never married and concocted the wedding story to protect her image after she became pregnant with their daughter, Sy'rai.

Teen injured at Jackson's ranch

Los Angeles — A teenage visitor to the Neverland ranch of pop singer Michael Jackson was injured when an all-terrain vehicle he was riding overturned, according to the Santa Barbara News Press Friday. The report said a security guard called paramedics to the scene. The 15-year-old was airlifted to hospital, where he was listed in good condition. There was no immediate word whether Jackson was home when the accident took place. Jackson is accused of child molestation and conspiracy to kidnapping. He has pleaded not guilty and remains free on 3 million dollars bail.

– Sapa-DPA

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