For Sale: Syringe Used To Kill Michael; Tiger Returns To Golf

  • Someone is trying to sell the needle Dr. Conrad Murray allegedly used to give Michael Jackson the drugs that killed him to Las Vegas auction houses for $5 million. A source explains:
  • “The syringe is no longer needed in the inquest or in [Dr. Conrad] Murray’s forthcoming trial but the moral implications don’t bear thinking about. The guy who has possession of the needle has been in meetings with his legal team, making sure it is legitimate and his to sell,” said the source, adding that the Jackson family has is aware of the sale and, “They are furious and incensed that someone is yet again trying to profit from him. It’s an incredibly distressing time for them.” [The Mirror]
  • Jermaine Jackson says his son Jaafar ordered “something” online, but it wasn’t a stun gun, adding that he “never touched Blanket” with “that thing.” [TMZ]
  • Tiger Woods announced today that he’ll make his return to golf on April 8 with the Masters tournament. “The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect,” Tiger said in a statement. “After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta.” [People]
  • Remember how Corey Feldman said he couldn’t attend Corey Haim‘s funeral because the Haim family wanted a small, private funeral? Two hundred people, including Feldman’s second cousin, attended the service in Toronto today. [E!]
  • Corey Feldman posted an open letter on his blog saying, “This is for you on the day of your funeral. First off I am so sorry I am not there with you today. By that I mean my physical body is not with your physical body. However you know that my heart is right at your side. You also know the only reason I am truly not there is out of respect for your mother and her wishes to minimize the media attention as much as possible.” [TMZ]
  • Radar has audio of the 911 call Judy Haim made when Corey Haim collapsed at her apartment, but they’re not making it public. Lest you think they’ve developed a conscience, the post says, “The call itself is so agonizing, so disturbing that has chosen not to post the actual audio, but instead, will detail, in text, the contents.” [Radar]
  • The promoter behind Lady Gaga‘s tour explained that though she looked unwell during the final number of her New Zealand show this weekend, she’s “totally fine. It was warm at the show, she was tired and [a] bit dehydrated by the end of a two-hour plus performance. She performed the second Auckland show the following night without an issue and will be back in full match fitness for her first Australian show.” [Daily Express]
  • This Australian reporter just realized there are some similarities between Madonna and Lady Gaga. [SMH]
  • Mischa Barton started nibbling on her groceries last night while she was in line at Whole Foods, and when she tried to pay two of her credit cards were declined and she had no cash. A friend paid for her with his credit card. [Radar]
  • Sources say Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola, and Bill Condon are being considered to direct Breaking Dawn, the final Twilight film. [EW]
  • A judge ruled today that the defamation suit filed against Oprah Winfrey by the former headmistress of her girls school in South Africa will go to trial. Oprah has suggested that Nomvuyo Mzamane didn’t react appropriately when a dorm matron under her was accused of abusing six girls. The trial is scheduled for March 29 in Philadelphia. [AP]
  • Is Kirstie Alley‘s “Organic Liaisons” weight loss program based on Scientology’s “purification rundown”? [Radar]
  • A judge approved a settlement today between the wife and son of Travis Barker‘s assistant, who was killed in a 2008 plane crash, and companies involved in making and operating the jet. Chris Baker’s widow will receive $7.6 million and his 3-year-old son will receive more than $17 million over his lifetime. [Access Hollywood]
  • A former corrections officer who admitted to receiving bribes and allowing Joe Francis to eat sushi, and watch DVDs while in prison for tax charges was sentenced to 100 hours of community service, three years probation, and a $1,680 fine today. [AP]
  • According to the stats listed with basketball player Jayson Williams‘ mug shot, he’s also known as “Big Daddy.” [TMZ]
  • Just what you’ve been waiting for: A porn clip starring Chelsea Handler‘s sidekick Chuy. [Perez]
  • Season three of True Blood will premiere on June 13. [Reuters]
  • Betty White will star with Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, and Wendie Malick in the series Hot in Cleveland. [AP]
  • Here’s a shot of Heidi Montag filming a cameo for the Adam Sandler movie Just Go With It. [Just Jared]
  • Heidi Montag is taking control of her career from Spencer Pratt, which sounds like a good thing, but let’s remember the plastic surgery was her idea. “The dynamic is most definitely changing and Heidi is being a lot more active in pushing her own career goals,” says a source. “Previously, it was always Spencer but she is coming-up with her own ideas and plans without his input. They are definitely moving in a different direction right now from years gone by when they were very much a double act.” [Radar]
  • Hailey Glassman will face off with porn star Gina Lynn for the Celebrity Boxing Federation, with Joey Buttafuoco serving as referee. [Radar]
  • Kelly Sott, girlfriend of Michael Douglas‘ son Cameron, who has been in jail for seven months, was sentenced to time served today for misdemeanor drug possession. [AP]
  • LOL. Usher hired a “swagger coach” (real title: “road manager”) for his young padawan Justin Bieber. “He has helped me with my style and just putting different pieces together and being able to layer and stuff like that,” says Bieber, adding that he has also taught him, “different swaggerific things to do.” [E!]
  • Rihanna was at the Dodgers’ spring training game against the Rangers yesterday, watching boyfriend Matt Kemp. [ONTD]
  • When socialite Jules Kirby was painted as a racist on the CW reality show High Society, she claimed she show was scripted and edited to make her look like a “stupid bitch.” However, Radar has obtained evidence that she isn’t just playing a character, including a video clip in which she says, “I use the ‘N” word sometimes and think it should be ok to say. If a guy can say ‘whore’ then, you should be able to say the ‘N’ word…I say it like I say dude.” [Radar]
  • Barry Williams‘ former girlfriend Elizabeth Kennedy claims that he had sex with her, and the next morning he let his lawyer into the house, “And she tells me that I have 10 minutes to put my shoes on, hand over my keys and get out of the house.” She claims she was also handed a legal letter saying Williams was dumping her. [Radar]
  • In this interview, Carrie Ann Inaba says that when she and Jennifer Lopez were Fly Girls on In Living Color they didn’t get along. [Perez]
  • Carrie Ann Inaba was trapped on a flight from L.A. to New York on Saturday due to bad weather. She Tweeted: “Was stuck on a plane for five hours on a Tarmac. They ran out of food, a woman was escorted off by police and I’m grateful to new friends… Sometimes you just have to go with the flow. Made some new friends despite the crazy situation.” She added, “Can’t help mother nature but to leave people on the Tarmac for 5 hours should not be acceptable. People were panicking and they had no food.” [Access Hollywood]
  • At the link, Emilie de Ravin discusses tonight’s episode of Lost. [N.Y. Magazine]
  • In a radio interview, Jeff Garlin says he wouldn’t be caught dead on The Tonight Show now because Jay Leno “has no character.” [TMZ]
  • “The fans [of Curb Your Enthusiasm are always coming up to me – I live in New York, they do it to me in New York, they do it to me in London – and they’re constantly begging me to curse at them – my life has become very, very bizarre.” — Susie Essman [The Mirror]
  • Ben Stiller says of the upcoming Zoolander sequel, “We’ve been working on it on and off over the last six or seven years. The biggest hurdle for me personally was that Drake Sather, who created the character, passed away. He was a good friend and the lump for me was it’s hard to imagine doing it without him. Now my buddy, Justin Theroux, has committed to directing and writing it. So I’m excited and I think it’s going to happen. I want to be able to do something that lives up to the first one. That’s the challenge.” [Daily Express]
  • “I have no interest in jumping out of an airplane, or any of the things people do for thrills to push the limit and all that. To me, that seems foolish. There’s no point. If people are suffering in a place, to me, it’s not a question of whether I’m going to go or not. It’s a question of how fast can I get there.” — Anderson Cooper [ONTD]
  • In an interview, Mexican singer Paquita la del Barrio says (in Spanish) that she’s rather see a child die than be adopted by a gay couple. [Perez]
  • Jennifer Aniston says being on the cover of tabloids, “Distracts from what you do and what you work really hard at which is our movies, our television shows. It’s almost like another job that you have not chosen to be a part of. It’s like a soap opera that you did not sign up for.” [Perez]
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt says she’s worried about dating again now that she’s broken up with Jamie Kennedy. “I don’t like to go out to clubs and party. I’m not into ‘Let’s go out with one guy on a Monday and another guy on a Wednesday’ – that’s just not me,” says Hewitt. “I’m a relationship kind of girl. I like a twosome. Some people get excited about being single. I don’t.” [People]
  • On Barbara Walters‘ SIRIUS XM radio show, Jessica Simpson said, “I want a confident man. A man who understands me and can deal with my life and is not embarrassed of my life. And can support my life. And allow me to be a powerful woman. And allow me to be powerful in the relationship. I’m not going to give up my role in this life to just be a housewife.” [Us]
  • In a new Playboy interview, Sarah Silverman says of breaking up with Jimmy Kimmel, “Sometimes loving each other isn’t enough. You have to be responsible for your own happiness. You can’t stay in a relationship because you’re afraid of the unknown. But I will always love him. Sometimes I think maybe we’ll die together in our old age or something.” [People]
  • Shia LaBeouf says of the reports surrounding his car crash, “I’d be watching the news, and they’d play my car crash, and every once in a while Kim Kardashian‘s sister would jump on TV and preach to me from the red carpet about how to live my f-ng life. And I’m so upset, man. I’m so angry. Because this accident was not caused by me. I got hit. I had a green. This fucker ran a red light. And he flipped my truck, and he shoveled it on my hand. And my fingers are in the street…” [Just Jared]
  • Sharon Osbourne says she wants Carey Mulligan to play her if Ozzy Osbourne‘s autobiography is made into a film. “Next year I want to work on a movie for Ozzy. He’s had offers for his book. That lady from ‘An Education’ could play me – she’s fabulous!” says Sharon. [Contact Music]
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