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March 12, 2001
Justice decried: Last week David Justice (below) was hit with a $5 million palimony suit by ex-fianc�e Nicole Foster. According to Foster, who's the mother of one-year-old David Justice Jr., the couple began living together in 1997, were engaged in '99 and broke up last year. In addition to breach of contract Foster claims Justice choked her when she was nine months pregnant. Justice said, "I am tremendously saddened and disappointed to learn that Ms. Foster has so maliciously and untruthfully attacked me in an attempt to further her personal financial position."
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March 12, 2001

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Justice decried: Last week David Justice (below) was hit with a $5 million palimony suit by ex-fianc�e Nicole Foster. According to Foster, who's the mother of one-year-old David Justice Jr., the couple began living together in 1997, were engaged in '99 and broke up last year. In addition to breach of contract Foster claims Justice choked her when she was nine months pregnant. Justice said, "I am tremendously saddened and disappointed to learn that Ms. Foster has so maliciously and untruthfully attacked me in an attempt to further her personal financial position."

...In Hollywood it's better to be lucky than good. At least that's what budding actress Tara Lipinski has discovered. Lipinski took a break from the Target Stars on Ice tour to audition for a part in a Susan Sarandon-Goldie Hawn film. She didn't get the role, but Lipinski also dropped by the set of Vanilla Sky, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, where she was spotted by director Cameron Crowe and was instantly cast in his thriller. Crowe added a scene and had Lipinski and Diaz improvise dialogue on the spot. "It was awesome," says Lipinski. "Almost Famous [directed by Crowe] was one of my favorite movies."

... NBC has ordered a pilot for next fall called Inside Schwartz about a sports fanatic who relies on a sports-themed fantasy life to guide him through his dating woes. "It's about relationships through a sports filter," says the show's creator Stephen Engel ( HBO's Dream On). "For instance, Schwartz will be on a date, and in the middle of it, he'll call timeout and ask Bobby Knight for advice. Then Knight will throw a chair at him." In addition to the General, Engel has planned bits for Marv Albert, Bill Buckner and Dennis Rodman, although he has yet to contact any of them. Says Engel, "The whole thing is an elaborate plan to meet Anna Kournikova."

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