Lawsuit Over Hartman Killing
The executor of the estate of "Saturday Night Live" alum Phil Hartman has made good on a threat to sue both the makers of the antidepressant Zoloft and the psychiatrist who gave the drug to Hartman's wife, Brynn.
Gregory Omdahl--Hartman's brother-in-law--contends that Los Angeles psychiatrist Arthur Sorosky gave Zoloft to Omdahl's sister Brynn without properly diagnosing her condition. He also alleges that side effects from the Pfizer drug caused his sister to shoot her husband, the star of "NewsRadio," and then take her own life, according to the Associated Press.
In February, another attorney for the extended Hartman family told ABC's "20/20" that while Zoloft, alcohol, and cocaine were found in Brynn's system, Zoloft was the only unknown factor.
"She was taking cocaine before," said Andrew Vicary. "She had taken alcohol before. She had never done this kind of thing [getting violent] before. So what was different in this case?"
Hustled From Court
In other lawsuits, Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt and his brother have agreed to drop their slander lawsuit against a former prosecutor. Flynt and his brother, Jimmy, said there was no point in pursuing their case against former Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph Deters.
The Flynts claimed Deters, now Ohio's treasurer, damaged their reputations (no snickering, please) by linking them to an attempt to bribe a potential witness in their obscenity trial. The Flynts denied knowing the man who pleaded guilty to paying the bribe.
The obscenity case was settled this month when the Flynts' Cincinnati store, Hustler News & Gifts, was allowed to plead guilty to two counts of pandering obscenity.
Anderson Stays Home
Terry Anderson will not accompany six Ohio University students when they travel to Lebanon for a foreign correspondence program he organized. Anderson, now a visiting professor at Ohio University, was based in Beirut when he was kidnapped in 1985 while a chief Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press.
He had planned to accompany the students, but American University of Beirut requested he not participate, citing concerns over his $100 million lawsuit against Iran. Filed in March, the suit alleges Iran financed and directed the terrorists who kept Anderson shackled and blindfolded for nearly seven years before he was released from captivity.
Anderson still plans on keeping in contact and helping the group from his southeast Ohio office.
So Sorry, Sophie
On the Royal Front: Britain's largest-selling daily issued a groveling apology to bride-to-be Sophie Rhys-Jones on Thursday, a day after publishing an 11-year-old photograph revealing one of her breasts. "Sorry, Sophie," read a headline over a full-page editorial in the Sun, which was castigated by Buckingham Palace, the prime minister's office and other newspapers. "Don't worry, Sophie. There will be no more revelations in the Sun that cause you offense," the tabloid pledged. . . . Prince William has been named co-captain of the Eton swim team for next year, his last at the school. The palace said he was picked strictly for his swimming prowess. The prince, 16, is said to sport trunks that read "W.O.W.": William of Wales.
Former president George Bush plans to celebrate his 75th birthday three days early on June 9 by leaping from an airplane at an altitude of 12,500 feet. If all goes well, Bush will land on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M University in College Station. This will be the third time he's jumped, counting the time he bailed out of his bomber during World War II. Said eldest son Gov. George W. Bush, "I agree with my mother's assessment when they named the Central Intelligence Agency building after him. She said, 'I can't believe they'd be naming any facility with the word intelligence in it after George Bush.' "
CAPTION: Former captive Terry Anderson, staying away from Lebanon.