HILLS -- November 11, 2002 -- Superstar Wesley Snipes changed his
name Friday to "Wesley Snipps." With the recent sniper
shootings in the DC area, he felt the name Snipes was inflam-matory
and disrespectful to the families of victims of these shootings.
The actor is also attempting to distance himself from an episode
in which he at one point was a prime suspect.
the now reclusive Mr. Snipps were able to catch up with him before
a meeting with lawyers in Beverly Hills; to queries, the movie star
replied with only a display of two fingers, and affirmed "I'm
with the double P," before handlers rushed him into the building.
has not, does not, and shall not ever snipe," said publicist
Sonja Silverman at the press conference Friday. "I just want
to assure everyone that Wesley loves America. He would never want
to snipe any of his fellow Americans. We just want to put all these
wild rumors to rest, and let Wesley Snipps go on with his life."
was also adamant in denying the report that Mr. Snipps changed his
name in 1999 to "Wesley Snipes-Abdul-Jabbar" and again
insisted that Mr. Snipps "loves America."
So, as America
recovers from the hysteria and tedium of the "DC Sniper"
case, and returns again to the banal topic of imminent World War,
it is good to know that one Hollywood star is doing his part: Mr.
Snipps promised to remain the same loveable and kick-ass superstar
his fans have grown to love.
Wilshire Gazette (December