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Celebrity news for the week of May 16, 1997

SHAME Two paparazzi who forced Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver off the road turned themselves in to the police May 5 in Santa Monica. On May 1, the photographers — whose names were not released — allegedly drove their cars on both sides of Schwarzenegger and Shriver’s Mercedes, cutting them off and causing minor damage. The couple were driving their son, Patrick, 3, to school. Officers say the photogs took pictures as the celebs struggled to continue on their way. A police spokesman says that the incident is under investigation and that formal charges are expected to be filed.

ARRESTS Transsexual prostitute Atisone Seiuli, 20, on an outstanding warrant for a prior prostitution charge, May 2, in West Hollywood. Seiuli was arrested after undercover sheriff’s deputies witnessed Eddie Murphy picking up Seiuli in the actor’s Toyota Land Cruiser. Murphy, who was not detained, has said that he was just offering the weary hooker a ride home. Seiuli waived his right to a formal hearing and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

EXITS At least his daughter is taken care of. Days of Our Lives executives have decided not to renew the contract of soap star John Aniston — Jennifer’s dad — when it expires in June. For 12 years, Aniston has played the malevolent Victor Kiriakis. ”His character has run his course,” says a Days spokesperson.

LAWSUITS The Frugal Gourmet is in hot water again. Jeff Smith, 58, has been named in a sexual-assault and harassment suit filed April 29 in Pierce County, Wash., by six plaintiffs, five of whom are former employees of Smith’s restaurant and catering business. Similar to the sexual-assault suit filed Jan. 23 by another former employee, the suit claims Smith ”pursued a design, pattern, and practice of grooming high-school-age boy employees for sexual intercourse.” Smith’s attorney denies all the allegations, saying ”We will vigorously fight them in court.”

DEATHS Elvira Madigan director Bo Widerberg, 66, of undisclosed causes, May 1, in Angelholm, Sweden. Three of his films — All Things Fair (1996), Adalen ‘31 (1969), and Raven’s End (1964) — received Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film.