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September 14, 1985 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The author of the 1972 novel ″First Blood,″ on which two hit movies starring Sylvester Stallone were based, says producers of the films cheated him out of his share of the profits.

David Morrell, a University of Iowa professor, filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court seeking $1 million in damages from Carolco Service Inc., alleging fraud, copyright infringement and breach of contract.

Norman Oberstein, an attorney for Carolco, said his client denied any wrongdoing and that Morrell got ″everything he was entitled to.″


The two movies, ″First Blood″ and ″Rambo: First Blood II,″ were released in 1982 and this year.


WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Danny Bonaduce, the red-haired wise-cracking kid from ″The Partridge Family,″ was free on bail after police said they found cocaine in his BMW sports car.

Bonaduce was stopped Friday for speeding and running a red light, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Kenyon. The 26-year-old actor was booked for investigation of possession of cocaine and released on $2,500 bail.

The ″Partridge Family,″ a situation comedy that also featured singers David Cassidy and Shirley Jones, ran from September 1970 to August 1974.


NEW YORK (AP) - Reggae star Jimmy Cliff says the management arrangement worked out by his former lawyer and former manager was ″one-sided, unfair and confusing.″

The singer, in a $6.5 million lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court, said the arrangement, under which a company run by manager Donald Taylor administered Cliff’s compositions, was ″financially more beneficial″ to Taylor’s company than to Cliff’s.

The suit said attorney David Steinberg represented Taylor at the same time he was Cliff’s lawyer, from 1977 to 1980, placing Steinberg in a conflict of interest.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gene Hackman, star of ″The French Connection″ and ″The Conversation,″ has filed for divorce from his wife, Faye, citing irreconcilable differences.

The couple were married 24 years before separating on July 1, 1982, the Superior Court petition filed Friday by attorney Karen Kaplowitz stated.

The divorce petition said all property would be divided by agreement. The couple’s three children are adults.



LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - The Rev. Jerry Falwell said he doesn’t care that satirist Garry Trudeau has been lampooning him in his ″Doonesbury″ comic strip, ″as long as he spells my name right.″

Falwell’s hometown newspaper, the News & Daily Advance, refused to publish the strips this week. The founder of the Moral Majority said he obtained copies from a reporter and found the series in bad taste.

The head of the Moral Majority drew criticism several weeks ago when he condemned the use of economic sanctions against the white minority government of South Africa.

″Doonesbury″ episodes this week depicted President Reagan making, at Falwell’s initiative, a benefit recording for South Africa, similar to the USA for Africa recording and Live Aid concert, which raised money for African famine relief.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country music star Barbara Mandrell has been stung by public criticism of her $10.3 million lawsuit against the family of a young man killed in a traffic accident that seriously injured her, her lawyer said.

Miss Mandrell filed the suit Sept. 4 in Gallatin against the estate of Mark White, 19, of Lebanon. Their cars collided Sept. 11, 1984, and she suffered a broken leg, two broken bones in her ankle, a badly injured knee and a severe concussion. White died instantly.

″We’ve taken an ungodly amount of heat on this,″ attorney Aubrey Harwell said. ″And Barbara has really been hurt.″

Bill Hudson, a public relations executive and friend of the Mandrells, said Friday that Miss Mandrell, 36, had to file the suit to collect from her insurance companies.