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ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 1992 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In May, 1943, a young red-haired, freckled-faced woman walked into the office of Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper and said she had a story to tell. It involved one of America's most beloved comedians, a secret love affair and, she said, a child that was on the way. In the weeks that followed, Joan Berry's accusations against Charlie Chaplin--the legendary "Little Tramp" of silent films--would explode into one of Hollywood's biggest scandals. Chaplin would issue statements to the press.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1992 | MAYERENE BARKER
A Sherman Oaks nightclub singer filed a paternity suit Thursday contending that actor Robert DeNiro is the father of her 10-year-old daughter and asking for $10,000 a month in child support. Helena Lisandrello, 31, also wants the court to order blood tests proving DeNiro is the father of the child, Nina Naderjo DeNiro, said her attorney, Marvin Mitchelson. DeNiro's publicist, Stan Rosenfield, called the lawsuit absurd. "I've talked to Bob," he said. "This claim is unfounded."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1992 | LILY DIZON
While saying he has "high regard" for Newport Beach attorney William Yacobozzi Jr., a Superior Court judge on Friday sentenced the lawyer to 180 days in jail and three years' probation for committing perjury and falsifying evidence to dodge a paternity suit. "I've always been impressed with your professionalism . . . and, you've kept me awake several nights (because) I have been worried about this thing ever since the trial ended," said Judge Ragnar R. Engebretsen.
NEWS
March 7, 1992 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A fleeting romance and bitter paternity dispute between a prosecutor and defense attorney did not deny a murder defendant a fair trial, a state Court of Appeal held Friday. The panel, ruling in a case that sometimes resembled a steamy television drama, said a previous sexual relationship between two opposing lawyers did not establish a conflict of interest that harmed the defendant. Nor, said the court, did any ill will between the two hurt the defendant.
NEWS
January 20, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An attorney was convicted of conspiracy, perjury and falsifying documents for sending an impostor to take a blood test for a paternity suit. William Yacobozzi Jr. faces four years in prison and loss of his law license. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 6. Yacobozzi maintains his innocence. Coleen Walters, a former client of Yacobozzi's, testified that he was the father of her 6-year-old son.
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