Country music star Ty Herndon, 33, June 13, in Fort Worth on charges of indecent exposure and possession of a controlled substance (later discovered to be methamphetamine). According to the Fort Worth police, Herndon was apprehended when he exposed himself and propositioned a male plainclothes officer in the city’s Gateway Park. Herndon checked into a rehabilitation center two days after he was freed on a $2,000 bond. ”We stand behind Ty,” says a spokesman from his label, Epic Records, ”and are committed to help him.”
Elizabeth Taylor, 63, following hip-replacement surgery on June 19 at L.A.’s Century City Hospital. The operation was prompted by an injury she sustained while doing water aerobics. Taylor had the same procedure (on her left hip) in March of last year. ”Doctors had told her surgery on that hip was inevitable,” says a Taylor spokeswoman. ”[The injury] just hastened it up.” …Singer Amy Grant, 34, in Nashville, following eye surgery on June 15 to correct a detached retina.
More troubles for Ireland’s Sinead O’Connor, 27. Two Israeli photographers claim the singer broke their cameras near Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher on June 15. In a statement, O’Connor’s publicist says the singer reacted only after the paparazzi tried to follow her inside: ”Disregarding all religious protocol, [they] continued to harass O’Connor, prompting her to take action.”
Sting, 43, and his wife, activist Trudie Styler, 39, who created a stir when they immortalized the birth of their second child (Jake, now 9) in Sting’s documentary, Bring on the Night, are expecting their fourth child at the end of the year. ”She’s totally thrilled,” says a spokeswoman for Styler. ”She just loves children.” The new baby will join Jake and other siblings Mickey, 10, and Coco, 4.
British screenwriter Charles Bennett, 95, of natural causes on June 15 in Los Angeles. During his 30-year career, Bennett collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock on the screenplays for such 1930’s film noir classics as The Thirty-Nine Steps and The Man Who Knew Too Much…. Irish blues guitarist Rory Gallagher, 47, of complications after a liver transplant on June 15 in London. During the ’70s and ’80s, Gallagher recorded with Muddy Waters and Jerry Lee Lewis.