Correction to This Article
The March 3 Names & Faces column incorrectly identified Justyn Winner and Bob Rawitch as publicists for former CIA operative Valerie Plame. They are publicists for Zucker Productions, the producers behind a planned film about Plame and her husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV.


Saturday, March 3, 2007

Brown Leaves Hot 99.5 Cold

Sorry, Hot 99.5. It's his prerogative.

The local pop-rock station shelled out $19,150 Thursday to bail Bobby Brown out of a Massachusetts jail in exchange for the singer's services as a DJ for a week. Brown was arrested last Sunday for failing to appear at a child-support hearing in October.

According to 99.5, Brown, 38, also agreed to discuss his recent legal troubles resulting from his failure to pay child support. The station sent bail money to Brown's attorney Thursday but called off the deal yesterday after Brown refused to talk about his personal life on the radio.

"I'm a father, and as far as nonpayment of child support, that's personal," Whitney Houston's estranged husband said via phone on "The Kane Show" yesterday morning. "I thought we wasn't going to talk about that." Brown also said he was already out of jail before the station sent the money. He eventually hung up on the show.

"Both Hot 99.5 and Bobby Brown's attorney have mutually decided that this wasn't in their best interest," the station said in a news release yesterday afternoon.

"I'm bummed out a bit, kind of angry and upset," radio host Kane, who goes by one name, told us yesterday. "We were excited to have him be a part of the community and to help him out."

Kane spoke with Brown when he was in jail Wednesday and said the singer was receptive to the exchange. "The first words out of his mouth were 'thank you.' He was cool with it. . . . I was really hoping this would be a nice steppingstone for Bobby."

According to Kane, Brown was sprung from jail Wednesday night by his brother with the understanding that he would be paid back with money wired from the station to Brown's attorney, Phaedra Parks. Parks, who didn't call us back yesterday, will return the money, Kane said.

"It's not likely" the station will try this stunt again, he added.

Hollywood Treatment for Plame

She unwittingly spawned a slew of news stories, a national furor and the Scooter Libby trial. Up next: Valerie Plame, the movie!

Warner Bros. is developing a film based on the lives of the ex-CIA agent and her ambassador husband, Joe Wilson, leading up to the Iraq war. The deal was quietly signed four months ago and a screenplay is in progress, Plame publicists Justyn Winner and Bob Rawitch told us yesterday.

The movie script will use parts of Plame's memoir "Fair Game" -- if the CIA allows her to publish it. Plame and Wilson will serve as consultants on the as-yet-untitled flick.

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