Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is expected to spend two weeks defending herself at trial in a defamation case linked to the sex-abuse scandal at her girls school in South Africa.
A federal judge this week refused to dismiss the suit filed by Winfrey's ex-headmistress, paving the way for a March 29 trial in Philadelphia.
The billionaire talk show host, as a named defendant, must be in court and has rearranged her TV production schedule to do so, her lawyers said in a recent court filing. She also appears likely to be called as a witness.
After the abuse complaints surfaced in 2007, Winfrey said she had "lost confidence" in headmistress Nomvuyo Mzamane and was "cleaning house from top to bottom."
A dorm matron who worked under Mzamane was later charged in South Africa with abusing six students.
Bullock 'blindsided' by affair?
Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock abruptly pulled out of the London premiere of "The Blind Side" on Wednesday amid reports that her husband is cheating on her with a tattoo model.
Michelle "Bombshell" McGee tells In Touch magazine that Bullock's husband, motorcycle dude Jesse James , told her the marriage was over before they started sleeping together.
"I would never have hooked up with him if I thought he was a married man," McGee says.
Bullock won the best actress Oscar on March 7 for "The Blind Side," which opens in London next week. She was supposed to appear on the red carpet there, but Warner Brothers told BBC News on Wednesday that she would be "unable to travel due to unforeseen circumstances."
DMX ordered to jail
A judge has ordered rapper DMX to spend six months in a Phoenix jail for violating probation and to undergo a mental health evaluation.
DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, admitted in court Tuesday to a violation of probation for failing a drug test last June. He was arrested March 9.
The 39-year-old rapper was released from jail in May after serving a 90-day sentence for felony convictions including cruelty to animals, theft and two drug counts.
Authorities have arrested Simmons five times, including an August 2007 raid on his north Phoenix home.
Another year older
Today's birthdays: Country singer Charley Pride , 72... actor Kevin Dobson , 67 . . . singer-actress Vanessa L. Williams , 47... rapper-actress-talk show host Queen Latifah , 40... actor-comedian Dane Cook , 38... rock singer Adam Levine (Maroon 5), 31.