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Polanski wins his libel suit against Vanity Fair

The model at the center of Roman Polanski's successful libel suit against Vanity Fair says the filmmaker never tried to seduce her.

Polanski on Friday won his suit over an article that accused him of propositioning the model in a New York restaurant on the way to the funeral of his wife, Sharon Tate, who was killed by followers of Charles Manson in 1969.

The 2002 Vanity Fair article alleged that Polanski put his hand on the thigh of Norwegian model Beatte Telle and promised her: "I will make another Sharon Tate out of you." But Telle refuted that in an interview with London's The Mail yesterday.

"He never said that he would 'make me another Sharon Tate' or that he would make me a star. He never spoke to me at all," Telle told the newspaper.

"Polanski just stood there. He just stared at me for ages. ... Perhaps I reminded him of Sharon Tate."

The Academy Award-winning director was awarded 50,000 pounds, equal to about $87,000, in damages.

Headed for 'Chicago'

Huey Lewis is coming to Broadway, starring as rapscallion lawyer Billy Flynn in the long-running revival of Chicago.

Lewis, lead vocalist and founding member of Huey Lewis and the News, starts performances in the Kander-and-Ebb musical on Nov. 1.

Brooke Shields joins Chicago as Roxie Hart on Sept. 9, appearing in the show through Oct. 30.

Changes at Actors Guild

With no end in sight to the political infighting that has divided the Screen Actors Guild for four years, SAG president Melissa Gilbert, 41, is heading for the exit.

The former child star of Little House on the Prairie who was twice elected president of the union announced last week that she wouldn't seek another term.

The trade paper Daily Variety said contenders for the presidency include TV actors Morgan Fairchild, Alan Rosenberg and Robert Conrad.

Coming to 'Boston Legal'

When Boston Legal returns to ABC at 10 p.m. Tuesdays in the fall, it will welcome three new characters. In addition to former Ed star Julie Bowen, whose casting was previously announced, Justin Mentell and Ryan Michelle Bathe are also joining the show.

Bowen's character, Denise Bauer, is a senior associate at the firm who has her eyes on a partnership. Both Bathe (Showtime's Good Fences) and Mentell (Roll Bounce) will play junior associates.

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