Thursday, February 22, 2007

GossipMomma's RumorRoom

"Pop star BRITNEY SPEARS met with a lawyer in West Hollywood, California yesterday afternoon (21FEB07), after checking out of a Malibu rehab facility earlier in the day.This is the second time the troubled 25-year-old has left a treatment centre in the last week.The TOXIC star was spotted at the law office of BLAIR BERK, a high-powered criminal defence lawyer, who also represented MEL GIBSON last year (06) after his drink driving arrest.Sources tell American publication Us Weekly Spears was seen outside the office sitting in the passenger seat of a blue Mercedes talking intensely on her mobile phone, while her cousin, ALLIE SIMS, reportedly sobbed. An eyewitness says, "Brit smoked cigarettes and talked on the phone, while Allie was seen with tears streaming down her face. Brit just had a blank look on her face." Spears left the law office at 2pm (local time) and was driven down Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip and dropped off at the Bel Air Hotel.On 15 February (07), the singer checked herself into Crossroads Centre, a treatment facility founded by musician ERIC CLAPTON, and checked out less than 24 hours later.Yesterday (21FEB07) she left Promises Treatment Center in Malibu, also after less than 24 hours.(SOURCE PR INSIDE)

While doctors tried to wean a pregnant Anna Nicole Smith off prescription drugs, her lawyer, Howard K. Stern, snuck a duffel bag of pills into the hospital to feed her cravings, her ex-lover testified yesterday.
In one of many shocking tales to emerge in the courtroom battle over Smith's body, Larry Birkhead described a pathetic mom-to-be so drug-dependent she was "on suicide watch and ripping her IV's out" during a two-week hospital stay last April.
Birkhead, who insists he's the father of Smith's baby girl, said Smith was four months pregnant when she was hospitalized to kick her prescription drug habit. But her lawyer Howard K. Stern "was thwarting efforts to get her off meds," Birkhead alleged, giving her extra pills from the secret satchel.(SOURCE NY DAILY NEWS)

A Hollywood movie studio filed a lawsuit claiming gossip blogger Perez Hilton posted a stolen topless photograph of Jennifer Aniston on the Web. Universal City Studios Productions LLLP filed the suit Tuesday claiming the stolen image was posted on the perezhilton Internet site by Mario Lavandeira, aka Hilton. The picture was allegedly "misappropriated and illegally copied" during production or post-production of the 2006 romantic comedy hit "The Break-Up," starring the actress and Vince Vaughn, the suit said. The shot of Aniston, 38, was not included in the final version of the movie, which earned more than $118 million at the box office.
The lawsuit, claiming copyright infringement and filed in U.S. District Court, said Lavandeira "posted all or parts of the stolen footage from the motion picture on his Web site."(SOURCE YAHOO NEWS)

Marcia Cross became a mom on Tuesday, welcoming fraternal twin daughters, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. The girls, Eden and Savannah, who were born at a Los Angeles hospital, are the first children for the Desperate Housewives actress, 44, and her stockbroker husband Tom Mahoney, 49, who married in June 2006. "Mother and babies are all doing well," says Cross's rep, Heidi Slan. (SOURCE PEOPLE.COM)

British royal PRINCE HARRY’s army regiment the Blues And Royals will be sent to Iraq this year (07), the UK government announced this morning. Harry - a second lieutenant (cornet) - could be deployed in the war-torn country as early as April as part of a long-planned rotation of troops.UK Defence Secretary DES BROWNE confirmed the decision to make Harry the first senior member of the royal family to serve on the front line since PRINCE ANDREW flew helicopters in the Falklands War in 1982.A joint statement from the ministry of defence and the royal household reads, "Whilst in Iraq, Cornet Wales will carry out a normal troop commander’s role, involving leading a troop of 12 men in four Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicles, each with a crew of three."The decision to deploy him has been a military one, made by The Chief Of The General Staff, General SIR RICHARD DANNATT, in conjunction with Cornet Wales’ commanding officer."The royal household has been consulted throughout." It is thought Harry will be protected by members of the SAS (Special Air Service) while in Iraq.(SOURCE PR INSIDE)

UNFORTUNATELY for Ashlee Simpson, holding hands and making out on a regular basis with Pete Wentz still won't make you his girlfriend. Wentz insists the two are not an item and told Rolling Stone, "Maybe in a different universe, we'd be some hot couple, but not in this one." Wentz even goes as far as to take a veiled swipe at his close "friend," saying, "I'm attracted to creative people and train wrecks, and there's no shortage of that in Los Angeles." (SOURCE NY POST)

SORRY, ladies, but Usher is officially off the block. Sources say the R&B icon is engaged to his longtime girlfriend and stylist Tameka Foster. "It's 100 percent official," said an insider. The couple began dating more than a year ago, but tried to keep it quiet - going so far as denying their relationship - but they recently became more open with their love. "She is wearing a beautiful ring," said a friend of Usher, "and he's been introducing her as his fiancée." A rep for Usher declined comment. (SOURCE NY POST)

OUR condolences to Kathy Griffin. Our favorite comic lost her father, John Griffin, last Friday, but she has an amazing work ethic and is forging on and will still host the raucous GAYVN Awards - the Oscars of gay porn - in San Francisco Saturday night. Luckily, she'll have plenty to work with, thanks to nominees with titles like "Big Rig," "Booty Thief" and "Harassment at the Work Site." John and Kathy's mother, Maggie, were an integral part of Griffin's act and appeared regularly on her Bravo show, "My Life on the D List." (SOURCE NY POST)

Oscar nominee DAME HELEN MIRREN has been invited to meet British royal QUEEN ELIZABETH II at Buckingham Palace in London, screenwriter PETER MORGAN has confirmed.Mirren is favourite to win the Best Actress Academy Award on Sunday (25FEB07) for her portrayal of the monarch in THE QUEEN.The Queen director STEPHEN FREARS and screenwriter Morgan, who are also both nominated for an Oscar, will join Mirren at a lunch meeting with Elizabeth II.The film focuses on the week following the death of DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES, who lost her life in a high-speed car crash in Paris, France in 1997.(SOURCE PR INSIDE)

JENNIFER LOPEZ is the latest star to sign on to appear on US hit reality competition AMERICAN IDOL.The WAITING FOR TONIGHT singer is following in the footsteps of PRINCE and MARY J BLIGE and will appear on the sixth season of the show on 11 April (07).According to American publication Star, Anthony could also be joining his wife on the show.A source explains, "It was Jennifer and Marc who approached American Idol, not the other way around." Other high-powered celebrity guests this season include DIANA ROSS, TONY BENNETT and GWEN STEFANI.(SOURCE PR INSIDE)"

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