Throwing Two Books at Him
Acquitted? Strike that. Two jurors in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial are writing tell-all books. Oh, and now they say he was guilty.
Eleanor Cook, 79, will pen "Guilty as Sin, Free as a Bird," and Ray Hultman, 62, plans to write "The Deliberator" with former Jackson family friend and author Stacy Brown. "These books are going to rock the nation," said Larry Garrison, a film and TV producer who will co-author Cook's book with her granddaughter.
Garrison would not say why Cook and Hultman changed their minds about the case's verdict, but noted that they were two of the three jurors who initially voted to find Jackson guilty. At a post-verdict news conference where jurors explained why they acquitted Jackson, Cook recalled thinking, "Don't snap your fingers at me, lady!" after the mother of Jackson's teenage accuser punctuated her testimony with annoying finger snaps.
Garrison said a film about the jurors' experiences is in progress.
Robert Novak's Dramatic Exit
The Washington heat must have gotten to Robert Novak yesterday afternoon.
The columnist and frequent talking head blurted out an expletive and then stormed off the set of CNN's "Inside Politics," a live program.
Novak and James Carville were debating the Senate candidacy of Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Fla.) in a segment moderated by CNN's Ed Henry. Novak argued that she was a "Republican, anti-establishment" candidate who "might get elected."
Carville interrupted and said Novak's "got to show these right-wingers that he's got backbone. The Wall Street Journal editorial page is watching. Show them you're tough."
Novak responded: "I think that's bull[expletive]. I hate that."
After a two-second pause, Novak ripped off his microphone and abruptly left the set as Henry and Carville calmly continued their conversation.
Reached by the Post's John Maynard shortly after the incident, Novak said Carville "was questioning my motives. . . . I would hope he was just trying to be funny and I took it the wrong way. I shouldn't have done what I did, but I did and I apologize."
A CNN spokeswoman yesterday called Novak's behavior "inexcusable and unacceptable. . . . We've asked Mr. Novak to take some time off."
Elton John, a Man of Many Words
This "Rocket Man" sounds like a grumpy old man. Elton John called the Live 8 concerts "a bit of an anticlimax" and said Pete Doherty of the Libertines is "a mess, it's really sad," the Daily Telegraph reported yesterday.
John says he's "not really a lover of musicals," even though he wrote the score for the British show "Billy Elliot" and songs for other musicals, including "The Lion King." The 58-year-old star also said Madonna sent back two Christmas cards after he mocked her "live" lip-syncing performance at last year's Q Awards. But he's patched things up with George Michael, who John once said was "wasting his talent."
"I haven't got Tourette's syndrome, but I can't censor myself," he said. "Why should I?"
The singer also finds it amusing that his song "Electricity," from "Billy Elliot," went to No. 4 on the charts in part because it was released in conjunction with a mobile text message competition featuring concert giveaways. John said he doesn't even own a cell phone and considers himself a Luddite.
"People are going to think I'm a grumpy old sod, aren't they?" he asked. Of course we are!
Bon Jovi Rocks the Houses
New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi told The Post's Jacqueline Salmon yesterday that he won't make a video for the second single off his yet-to-be-released album, "Have a Nice Day."
Instead Bon Jovi plans to donate the $450,000 production cost to build four Habitat for Humanity homes in Philadelphia. The rock star was in Washington to speak to attendees at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service.
Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteer labor, and Bon Jovi said he might lend a hand, "if they don't mind crooked nails."
-- Compiled by Korin Miller
from staff and wire reports