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A document dealer who sold papers he claimed proved President John F Kennedy had an affair with Marilyn Monroe has been arrested.

Lawrence Cusack was charged with mail and wire fraud. If convicted, he could face five years in prison.

Cusack provided author Seymour Hersh with documents which were said to show Kennedy bought Monroe's silence about the alleged affair by setting up a trust for her mother.

The documents initially formed the basis for a chapter in Hersh's book The Dark Side of Camelot, but Hersh deleted the chapter before publication last year because their authenticity was challenged.

Court papers said Cusack defrauded dozens of investors around the US of up to pounds 4.6million for ownership shares of letters and notes purportedly written by Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Monroe.

Mr John Feiter, the postal inspector who reviewed Cusack's documents, said in court papers the "evidence is overwhelming" that the items are forgeries.

Meanwhile, JFK's children have called for the return of many of his possessions that are set for auction today.

"We are deeply saddened by the impending sale of many historically significant and highly personal items that were intended to be exhibited at the John F Kennedy Library, or returned to our family, after our father's death and we formally requested theirreturn," John F Kennedy Jr and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg said. Attempts by the family to settle the dispute privately have not succeeded.

US network NBC has signed a six-figure sitcom development deal with standup comic Mike Siegel.

The comedian attracted NBC's attention last year with a routine at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival.

The Chicago-born comic is meeting with writers to create his own sitcom or to appear in an existing pilot that could lead to a series.

Siegel, who took theatrical training in New York and Chicago, has worked as a touring comic since 1990.

What could be the last episode of sitcom Ellen is a star-studded affair. Guest stars in the episode include Glenn Close, Woody Harrelson, Richard Benjamin, Phil Donahue and Bea Arthur.

The Disney Channel has unearthed several episodes of the comedy Growing Pains from the 1991-92 season, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio as a homeless boy named Luke. The channel will broadcast the episodes starting on Monday and leading up to the March 23 Academy Awards in which DiCaprio's film Titanic is up for 14 awards.

US TV is finalising a deal with Drew Carey to host and produce a summer version of the British improvisation show Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Ryan Stiles, Carey's sitcom co-star and regular guest on the British version of the show, will take part in the series.

It is not every day that a bank offers money - especially pounds 5million.

But when financial writer Adam Shaw asked NatWest bank to lend him pounds 1million for a photoshoot with his new book, it refused - and offered pounds 5 million instead.

Shaw and actress Lorraine Chase, who have co-written a beginner's guide to finance called Money and How To Make More of It, were told to turn up at a secret location where NatWest keeps its money for south-east England.

Celebrities have paid tribute to Beatles producer Sir George Martin at star-studded retirement party.

But hit-making legend Phil Collins missed out on the celebrations - after he fell down some stairs at his Swiss home and hurt his jaw.

The former Genesis drummer and singer recorded Golden Slumbers for the star-studded In My Life, the album that ensures 73-year-old Sir George bows out with a flourish.

On the album, released next Monday, unlikely singers including comedian Billy Connolly and actors Robin Williams and Sean Connery take the vocals on orchestral versions of Beatles tracks.
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Date:Mar 18, 1998
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