Media scolded Michael Jackson on Wednesday for endangering his young son by dangling him over a fourth-floor balcony railing at a Berlin hotel, with outraged British tabloids demanding an investigation of the star.
After video of the squirming baby shocked viewers in Europe and the United States, the pop legend issued a statement saying he made a "terrible mistake" by holding Prince Michael II aloft from a window 60 feet off the ground.
"I got caught up in the excitement of the moment," Jackson's statement said. "I would never intentionally endanger the lives of my children."
Berlin prosecutors said they were not investigating the incident, although an inquiry could be opened if any complaint were filed against Jackson.
Maher gets show on HBO
He may have been too politically incorrect for network TV, but he has found a new home on cable.
Bill Maher will host a late-night talk show on HBO starting Feb. 21. The hourlong news and comedy program, which has yet to be titled, will air once a week for 20 episodes. Maher, 46, last hosted the late-night roundtable Politically Incorrect on ABC.
Queen Latifah arrested
Rapper-actor Queen Latifah, whose given name is Dana Owens, was arrested Wednesday in Los Angeles on suspicion of drunken driving, police said. Latifah, 32, was driving a 2003 Cadillac Escalade when she was stopped after making an unsafe lane change about 3 a.m. in North Hollywood according to authorities.
Police said she was cooperative but failed a field sobriety test. She was booked and released on $2,500 bail, authorities said. A Dec. 11 court appearance was scheduled.
DJ donating game show winnings to charity
WMTX-FM (Mix 100.7) DJ Mike Reeves, who won $10,000 on the Hollywood Squares episode that aired Wednesday, is donating his winnings to Tampa's Joshua House, a shelter for abused, abandoned and neglected children.
Ten radio personalities from top radio markets were paired, each playing for the charity of their choice on the special "DJ Week."
Affleck named People's "Sexiest Man Alive'
Jennifer Lopez already thought so, and now People agrees: Ben Affleck is this year's "Sexiest Man Alive," the magazine said Wednesday. The couple, who are engaged, are co-starring in the movies Gigli and Jersey Girl.
Also on the 2002 "sexiest" list are Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, gospel singer Kirk Franklin, American Idol judge Simon Cowell and New York chef Rocco DiSpirito.