NEW YORK (AP) -- Actor Jerry Orbach is seeking some law and order himself -- he has filed a lawsuit blaming an Internet auction site for letting his Social Security number spill into cyberspace.
Orbach, the ''Law and Order'' TV star, filed the suit Monday in U.S. District Court. It alleges eBay advertised on its Web site that it was selling two of his 1958 acting contracts.
The ad, it said, featured a digital image of three documents, one of which included his Social Security number.
As a result, Orbach, 64, has suffered ''identity theft'' and credit card fraud that has damaged his credit rating and hurt his personal and professional life as well as his reputation, the lawsuit alleged.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, including lawyers' fees and an order barring eBay from using Orbach's name and Social Security number for advertising purposes or in association with any bids.
Kevin Pursglove, an eBay spokesman, said the company's legal team has not yet seen the lawsuit.
He said the items were removed from the Web site last week, as soon as the company was alerted that the items might have been improperly placed there by one of eBay's users.
Trainer to make house calls for Lewinsky
NEW YORK (AP) -- Monica Lewinsky has a new plan for getting fit without hitting the gym: She has hired a personal trainer to visit her at home, the New York Post reported Monday.
Lewinsky and a trainer from a Crunch Fitness gym will work out vigorously for an hour several times each week at her $3,000-a-month apartment in the West Village, the health club said.
Lewinsky has served as a spokeswoman for the Jenny Craig weight-loss program, appearing in TV commercials in which she said she lost 31 pounds.
Crunch trainers, who charge up to $89 an hour, usually don't make house calls. But the health club made an exception for the former White House intern.
''It's a special circumstance,'' said Chris Dell'Armo, sales manager of Lewinsky's local Crunch branch. ''She doesn't want a lot of onlookers. She's high profile right now.''
Hawn urges ban on elephant use
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Goldie Hawn has urged Maryland legislators to ban the use of elephants in circuses and other entertainment acts.
In a letter to the Maryland Judiciary Committee, the Takoma Park, Md., native wrote: ''Circus elephants are denied almost everything important to them, including family relationships, privacy, mental stimulation, physical exercise, and emotional outlets.''
A bill before the Maryland General Assembly would prevent the use of live elephants for entertainment in the state. Two earlier bills died in committee.
''As a Maryland native and someone who cares deeply for animals, I would like nothing more than to boast about our great state's compassionate side,'' Hawn wrote. The letter was released Monday.
Stafford returning to Branson stage
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) -- His vocal cords, elbow and funny bone intact, Branson entertainer Jim Stafford returns to the stage this month.
The 56-year-old comedian and performer known for the 1970s hit ''Spiders and Snakes'' had laser throat surgery Jan. 3 to treat a benign nodule on his vocal cords. While recovering in Mexico, he fell and fractured his elbow playing tennis.
Stafford joked it was the ''perfect wrong thing to do'' -- he couldn't talk or play his guitar.
All is well now, and he has been cleared to work again, said his physician, Dr. David Sherman.
''It's tough for someone who sings professionally to undergo prolonged voice rest,'' Sherman said. ''Singing by itself is a mild form of vocal abuse. It taxes the vocal cords.''
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