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Steven Seagal

A Mafia Case, And a Scene Straight Out Of Hollywood

Steven Seagal, the action film star cited as a Mafia extortion target, has told investigators that after he stopped working with his longtime producer he was ordered into a car in Brooklyn last year and shuttled to a landmark restaurant where he was threatened by mobsters, according to officials and lawyers involved in the case. He was so intimidated, he recounted, that he agreed to turn over $700,000, although investigators are still trying to trace the money.
Jerry Seinfeld

Bio is No Laughing Matter for Jerry

Jerry Seinfeld's first biographer swears he's "a big fan" of the comic. The feeling is not mutual. Jerry Oppenheimer, author of "Seinfeld: The Making of an American Icon," admits his book will likely wipe the smile off the comedian's public face. "Jerry on TV is kind of this laid-back, somewhat neurotic guy who watches the world go by," Oppenheimer tells us. "In real life, he can be very dark and steely.
John Gotti

Prosecutors Cite Mob Efforts To Terrorize Union and Actor

They called one enforcer the Lump. With his ''enormous and intimidating'' presence, and that of other Mafia underlings, their leader, a Gambino family captain, terrorized dockworkers and others in schemes to extort money and control the International Longshoremen's Association, the Justice Department contended in federal court in Brooklyn yesterday.
Fabio

A mane event downtown with Fabio on stand

Fabio, the well-tressed hunk who rose to fame as the cover boy on bodice-ripper novels, yesterday came to court to defend his manly earnings. Testifying in a breach-of-contract lawsuit brought by his former manager, Rhonda Gainer, a New York marketing specialist, Fabio endured two hours on the witness stand in Manhattan Federal Court without breaking a sweat. Gainer says the Fabster whose full name is Fabio Lanzoni and who is the son of a rich Italian conveyor-belt manufacturer wrongfully fired her in 1992, even after she brought him fame and 20 appearances on "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee" through her Cornell University-trained marketing savvy. As a result, she wants $6 million in cash. Magistrate Naomi Buchwald will decide the nonjury case. The man Cosmopolitan once dubbed the sexiest in the world wore a size 48, black leather jacket to answer questions about why he severed his ties to Gainer, who put together the Fabio calendar and claimed she thought up the idea of licensing his name. "There is no more trust there," he said in his Milanese accent, his blond-highlighted hair hanging loosely about his shoulders. Under cross-examination by Gainer's lawyer, Robert Hantman, Fabio acknowledged, "I wanted to become a quote-unquote celebrity," when he met Gainer, but said, "It doesn't happen overnight. It takes a long time and a lot of work.
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