Births Call him Babe Linkin. On April 19, Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, 26, and wife Samantha welcomed their first child, a son, whose name was not disclosed.
Expecting Former Nickelodeon marketing exec Kelli Carpenter, 34, the girlfriend of retiring talk-show queen Rosie O’Donnell, 40, reportedly is several weeks pregnant. A new baby would join O’Donnell’s adopted children Parker, 6, Chelsea, 4, and Blake, 2. O’Donnell’s publicist would not comment on the reports.
Weddings Something borrowed, something Blue Velvet. On April 20, Kyle MacLachlan (Sex and the City), 43, married publicist Desiree Gruber, 34, in Miami. This is the first marriage for both; they met in 1999 at an L.A. chiropractor’s office.
Ailing On April 19, Creed frontman Scott Stapp, 28, was apparently hurt when his car was struck by another vehicle in the Orlando area. Police reportedly noted no injuries, but in a statement the band’s spokesman said the singer’s ”body absorbed a sixty mile an hour impact.” The Florida-based band canceled the 20 remaining dates of its North American tour, with plans to resume in midsummer….On April 24, folksy singer Jewel, 27, broke her collarbone and her first rib after she was thrown from a colt on the Texas ranch of rodeo-star boyfriend Ty Murray, 32. Though full recovery will take 12 weeks, she won’t postpone a European tour set to begin May 10….Best-selling author Dr. Robert Atkins, 71, who promotes a high-fat, low-carb diet, suffered cardiac arrest during breakfast April 18 in New York City. Released from a hospital April 24, he said in a statement that his health scare was ”in no way related to diet.”
Resignations On April 27, Grammy chief Michael Greene, 52, abruptly resigned after 13 years as president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, for undisclosed reasons. The exec, who reportedly will receive an $8 million severance package, had been a controversial figure, facing accusations of sexual harassment. Although a statement from NARAS chairman Garth Fundis insisted that Greene had been cleared of harassment charges in a ”full and fair investigation,” trustees paid $650,000 to settle a harassment claim against Greene by a former female exec. (Greene denied the accusations.)…ABC ya later. After less than a year on the job, ABC Television prez Steven Bornstein, 50, resigned April 30 to ”pursue other interests.” ABC Entertainment TV Group cochairman Stu Bloomberg, 52, left the net in January.
Courts On April 29, London’s High Court granted Paul McCartney, 59, an 11th-hour order blocking a planned April 30 Christie’s auction of the handwritten lyrics to Beatles fave ”Hey Jude.” McCartney’s lawyer claims the notepaper, which was expected to fetch up to $110,000, had been stolen from his west London home; the seller, Frenchman Florrent Tessier, said he bought the lyrics for $24 at a street market in the early ’70s. The item will remain at Christie’s until the court rules on ownership….On April 29, a three-judge panel ordered Kelsey Grammer, 47, and his production firm, Grammnet Inc., to pay more than $2 million in overdue commissions to the Artists Agency, which represented the Frasier star from the mid-’80s to 1996. Grammer’s rep says the actor is ”disappointed.”…On April 29, Bonny Lee Bakley’s estate filed a wrongful-death suit against her husband, Robert Blake, 68, who was charged April 22 with her murder. (He has pleaded not guilty.) Bakley’s four known heirs — including Blake’s own 22-month-old daughter, Rose — seek unspecified damages. Blake’s lawyer didn’t return calls for comment….Hoping to avoid a ”circus-like atmosphere,” a Seattle judge ruled April 24 that rocker Courtney Love, 37, can’t be forced to undergo a mental evaluation sought by Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl, 33, and Krist Novoselic, 36. The three have been locked in a legal battle since May 2001, when Love filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve their joint control of Nirvana’s business affairs.