Williams Suit Dismissed A quiet deal has averted a potentially messy trial arising from allegations that media personality Armstrong Williams sexually harassed one of his former radio show producers. D.C. Superior Court Judge A. Franklin Burgess Jr. dismissed the lawsuit last week at the request of Williams and Stephen Gregory, who accused the conservative broadcaster in 1997 of repeatedly fondling and kissing him, then firing him when Gregory tried to avoid the advances. Plaintiff and defendant came to an agreement without the participation of their attorneys, who had been preparing for an April trial. Among the evidence Gregory's team had collected was an affidavit from a man who claimed Williams had propositioned him in September 1996 at Union Station, and testimony from an ex-intern who said he had to ward off Armstrong's "intimate" advances his first day on the job. "I was going to fight it until the end," Williams told The Source, adding that he had spent about $100,000 to defend himself against allegations he called "baseless." He said Gregory's father, an attorney, had approached him about ending the case. "What I learned from this is that as long as people are willing to talk, resolution is always possible," said Williams. "Patience is the honest man's revenge." Gregory, 30, who has a show Wednesday nights on WPFW-FM, said he is sticking by his story. But he wanted to put the matter behind him "because I am moving on with my life, and I didn't want any more ugliness." Williams said no money changed hands; Gregory said, "I am not going to comment on that," adding, "I am very happy with the resolution." Monica: The Same Bold Story

Because a day without a boldfaced Monica moment is a dreary day indeed, we want to share her book jacket with you. Although Ken Starr and House manager Rep. Ed Bryant (R-Tenn.) hold hostage our brunette's tongue, her visage has appeared on the Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com Web sites, along with information about pre-ordering "Monica's Story," her book with Andrew Morton. At the moment, both publication and a Monica Lewinsky interview with Barbara Walters are held up by the Office of the Independent Counsel; Lewinsky's lawyers have petitioned for a hearing today to force Starr to lift restrictions on what she may discuss publicly. NOW YOU KNOW... The plan: Wait for the valet parker to get out of the car. Slip in behind the wheel and roar out of there in your newly stolen Range Rover. The hitch: The car belongs to the date of ex-congressman Tom McMillen (D-Md.), former basketball pro, still able at 46 to haul it down a city block. "I don't think {the suspect} was expecting somebody 6-foot-11," McMillen said yesterday from Florida, where, he joked, he was "brandishing my cape." McMillen foiled the attempted auto theft Monday night outside DC Coast restaurant at 14th and K streets NW. After dinner, his girlfriend, Judy Niemyer, stepped off the curb and walked in front of her vehicle to get in, "when this guy jumps in and tries to run her down," reports McMillen. He ran to the driver's side and lunged for the suspect, who got out and bolted up 14th Street, McMillen sprinting behind. Then, the former Bullet with the legendary sharp elbows tackled him and held him until police arrived. "I did worry that he had a gun," says McMillen. "I am not sure if it was gallantry or foolishness." The reason Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) has been feeling so rotten: an inflamed gallbladder. And it has to come out. Tuesday's hospitalization and diagnosis did not prevent Mikulski from struggling in to cast her votes, although her illness left her a little rocked. Initially, she cast her vote against dismissal of impeachment charges against President Clinton, then promptly asked to change her vote to an "aye." The surgery hasn't been scheduled yet, said the senator's spokeswoman, Mona Miller. "She obviously believes that the timing is really unfortunate," said Miller, "but she's a tough lady" who hopes to keep working. Stop the insanity! The New York Post reports that Jack Gordon, onetime manager and husband of LaToya Jackson, is now representing Paula Jones in a "sitcom and book deal." CAPTION: Dismissed: A sexual harassment suit brought by Stephen Gregory, right, against Armstrong Williams, above, has been dropped. ec CAPTION: McMillen perfects his fast-break defense. ec CAPTION: Gordon: Representing Paula Jones. ec