PEOPLE: Wayne Newton being sued over monkey-bite incident; Vanessa Carlton channels Carole King on Broadway; Danny Trejo turns real-life hero


Newton sued over monkey-biting inident at home

Entertainer Wayne Newton is being sued by a Las Vegas woman who claims the veteran crooner's pet monkey bit and injured her daughter during an invited visit to Newton's showpiece mansion nearly two years ago.

Jocelyne Urena seeks at least $15,000 in damages on behalf of her daughter, Genevieve, in a civil negligence complaint filed in Nevada state court in Las Vegas.

Genevieve, then 15, received emergency hospital treatment for a bite to her right wrist from a capuchin monkey named Boo, her mother's attorney, Marc Naron, said.

The lawsuit alleges the monkey attacked the girl without provocation during a tour of Newton's gilded former estate, Casa de Shenandoah.

Naron said the animal was not caged or on a leash and was being shown to tour guests.

Vanessa Carlton channels Carole King on Broadway

Over the years, the Broadway show about singer-songwriter Carole King has starred powerful singers in the title role. But until now it hasn't had one thing — a singer-songwriter.

Vanessa Carlton has bravely stepped into the role of the legendary King without much musical theater experience but lots from being a young woman songwriter trying to discover her own voice.

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Carlton, who has had ups and downs since her breakout 2002 single, "A Thousand Miles," read the script for "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" and cried. Then she thought of her own life.

"I thought, 'OK there's something here that I think I can bring myself. I can bring some of my own essence to this and maybe it will make it better somehow or different or feel different or bring some kind of unique energy to it that will be cool.'"

Danny Trejo helps save baby trapped in car

Actor Danny Trejo played a real-life hero when he helped rescue a baby trapped in an overturned car after a collision at a Los Angeles intersection.

Trejo says he crawled into the wrecked vehicle from one side but couldn't unbuckle the child's car seat from that angle. He says another bystander, a young woman, was able to undo the buckle.

Together they pulled the baby safely from the wreckage.

The Los Angeles Fire Department says three people were taken to a hospital, and there were no life-threatening injuries.

Today's birthdays: Actor George Hamilton is 80. Singer-guitarist Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits is 70. Singer Kid Creole is 69. Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny is 65. Actor Bruce Greenwood is 63. Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot is 56. Actor Peter Krause is 54. Actor Casey Affleck is 44. Actress Lakeith Stanfield is 28. Actress Cara Delevingne is 27.

                                                                                                                                            — The Associated Press


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