SENTENCED: Actor Hugh Grant, 34, to pay a $1,600 fine and serve two years’ probation, including taking an AIDS education program; after pleading no contest to a charge of lewd conduct, in Los Angeles city court. Grant, who did not appear for the sentencing, later escorted his longtime girlfriend, model Elizabeth Hurley, 29, to the première of his new movie, Nine Months. Last month, police arrested Grant after he was found allegedly receiving oral sex from a Hollywood prostitute in his car. The arrest became an international media event for the star of the popular British film Four Weddings and a Funeral, who subsequently described his actions with the prostitute as “disloyal” and “atrocious.” Said Grant: “It was a bad thing.”
SET: By middle-distance runner Noureddine Morceli, 25, a new world record for 1,500 m of 3:27:37 at a track meet in Nice, France. The Algerian, who holds four world records, bettered his own 1,500-m record—set in 1992— by nearly 1.5 seconds. Morceli also holds the best times for the mile (3:44:39), 2,000 m (4:47:88) and 3,000 m (7:25:11).
DIED: Former Manitoba lieutenant-governor Dr. George Johnson, 74, at his cottage in Gimli. A longtime provincial Conservative cabinet minister, Johnson was lieutenant-governor from 1986 to 1993. He is the father of Senator Janis Johnson
DIED: Godtfred Christiansen, 75, who
transformed his father’s wooden-toy shop into the Lego empire; in Copenhagen. The plastic Lego building blocks are now one of the world’s topselling toys.
OVERTURNED: Environmentalist Paul Watson’s conviction and $5,000 fine for illegally acting as a ship’s captain in a 1993 high-seas fishing protest; by Newfoundland Supreme Court Justice Rupert Bartlett, in St. John’s, Nfld. Bartlett ruled that the 43-year-old Watson was acting within his rights as the captain of a pleasure craft.
SIGNED: British pop star George Michael, 32, to new recording contracts, ending a bitter dispute with Sony that resulted in Michael not having released an album since 1990; in London. Michael had accused Sony of engaging in “professional slavery” and will now record for DreamWorks in North America and Thom EMI records for the rest of the world.
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