Naomi: "I Will Not Be Held Hostage To My Past"; Ke$ha Tries To Start Feud With Britney

  • Miodrag Mejdina, the driver who accused Naomi Campbell of hitting him on Tuesday, apologized to her in a statement today and said he only reported the incident because he, “got angry and overreacted.”

Mejdina says the incident was “blown out of proportion” and he wants to apologize “for causing that to happen.” [TMZ]

  • Naomi Campbell issued a statement today saying, “I was accused of unacceptable behavior towards a driver in New York… I have worked very hard on correcting my previous wrongdoings and I will not be held hostage to my past.” She added, “I try to treat everyone with respect and I am pleased the driver has apologized… I would like to put the last few days behind me and move on.” [People]
  • Ke$ha is trying to start a feud with Britney Spears. She told a Scottish newspaper that lip syncing isn’t “fair at all for people who are going to see the show. I think if you are going to be a singer, you should sing. If you are going to be a dancer, you should dance. If you are going to do a combination of the two, you should make it very clear when you are singing and very clear when you are dancing… No offense to [Britney] specifically, but people have asked me before to mime… I have been up at 3:00 in the morning for a television show with jet lag but I refuse to mime… It’s treating people as if they are too stupid to realize you are not actually singing.” [E!]
  • As you’ll recall, Jennifer Lopez is trying to stop TV producer Ed Meyers and her ex-husband Ojani Noa from using her honeymoon video in their documentary. A judge said he’s inclined to remove Meyers from J.Lo’s lawsuit, which would increase the chances of the case going to a jury trial rather than a private arbitrator. Meyers says J.Lo’s lawyer, “doesn’t want that to happen, because then we can ask her any question we want in open court — and that’s now public information and then we can use it in our film.” [The Wrap]
  • Before he committed suicide, Marie Osmond‘s son Michael Bryan left a note for his friend Ruthann Clawson. “He wanted me to tell his family that he loves them, that he loves each and every one of them, because he was scared to do it himself,” Clawson says. “I want people to remember him as the nicest person I’ve ever met.” [People]
  • A source says Brooke Mueller started drinking and doing drugs again when her newborn son Max was hospitalized for weeks. “It was a really scary situation for a new mom — for any new mom — and at that point she went back to her comfort zone…she resorted to the way she handled stress in the past,” said the source. As for Charlie Sheen, “He’s been depressed, drawing the shades and watching TV by himself… His idea of sobriety is ‘slipping’ less than twice a month.” [Us]
  • One of the two police officers who responded to Brooke Mueller‘s 911 call on Christmas Day has been fired for a “series of episodes,” including attending a the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival in her uniform even though she was off duty and sneaking her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend into the VIP area. [Radar]
  • Many media outlets (including Jezebel) reported that Megan Fox told Harper’s Bazaar U.K. she’s only slept with two men and doesn’t have one night stands. Gossip Cop has pointed out that Rolling Stone published almost the exact same quote in September. It seems Megan just talked about fashion in the new interview, so Bazaar lifted old quotes to spice up the story. [Gossip Cop]
  • A man was arrested yesterday for allegedly stalking Dr. Drew Pinsky. Charles Pearson sent Dr. Drew threatening messages online and said he’d kill Dr. Drew’s children and make his wife eat them. He also believes Dr. Drew placed a tracking device on his genitals. Dr. Drew says he hopes Pearson “gets the treatment he clearly needs.” [TMZ]
  • Charles Pearson has allegedly been sending harassing emails to Dr. Drew‘s fellow KROQ stars Kevin and Bean. [TMZ]
  • Charles Pearson filed a small claims suit against Dr. Drew last month for allegedly “Performed Illegal Surgery, Medical Mal Practice … Auction Tampering, Implant Tampering.” He claims he hasn’t asked Dr. Drew for money in person because, Drew, “claims membership to KKK, used LAPD to intimidate/harass.” [TMZ]
  • Charles Pearson allegedly threatened his former girlfriend in 2007, saying, “I have guns and I’m not afraid to use them.” [TMZ]
  • Here’s Charles Pearson’s mug shot: [TMZ]
  • The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services returned to the Jackson family home today to wrap up their investigation of the stun gun incident. [TMZ]
  • In a new interview Jermaine Jackson admits that his son Jaafar Jackson bought a “little thing” online recently, but says he never used the taser on Blanket. [TMZ]
  • Debbie Rowe showed up at Michael Jackson‘s mausoleum yesterday. She cried hysterically and greeted fans, who apparently congregate at MJ’s grave on the third day of every month. [TMZ]
  • Neil Patrick Harris has recorded the narration for Through A Dog’s Eyes, a PBS documentary about the bond between service dogs and their owners that airs next month. [AP]
  • Martin Short was spotted checking to Cedars-Sinai hospital in L.A. today. There was a rumor that he and Neil Patrick Harris would open the Oscars, but Harris Tweeted: “I will not be performing a duet with Martin Short to open the Oscars… Misinformation, I’m afraid. Should I maybe pull a Kanye, mid-show?” [Radar]
  • Here’s a picture of an invitation to the Oscars and a run down of the various Oscars-related events in Hollywood this week. [Daily Truffle]
  • The Max Factor building is displaying costumes from Oscar-nominated films, including costumes worn by Brad Pitt in Inglourious Basterds, Meryl Streep in Julie and Julia, and Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side. [The Star]
  • Last night Robert Pattinson went to a concert in London with his friends, who are being called the “Brit Pack” for some reason. One over-dramatic eyewitness said, “I spied a certain beanie hat… a particular chiseled jaw… a set of fantastically long fingers…and my heart skipped a beat – Rob Pattinson was in the building!” [Radar]
  • Kellan Lutz says Robert Pattinson is, “Such a talented motherfucker… I wonder how I can get what he has.” But apparently the jealousy goes both ways: “He asks me what I do to work out because he wants man boobs like me,” said Lutz. [Us]
  • Chris Weitz says of directing Eclipse, “I’m looking forward to the sleeping bag scene, I gotta say… That’s going to be very steamy.” [People]
  • It’s unclear why Elisabeth Hasselbeck is hosting the skating reality competition Thin Ice, even though she’s a bad ice skater. “[Grace] really has me at hero status right now,” says Hasselbeck. “Every time we go skating she tells me to practice. She thinks I’m in the competition so hopefully she won’t be disappointed that I’ll be in heels [and] not ice skates.” [People]
  • Roger Ebert will receive the Mel Novikoff Award at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival. “It’s an honor to pay tribute to a man who has enhanced the public’s knowledge and appreciation of world cinema for more than 40 years through his writing, television shows, Web site and film festival,” said the society’s director of programming. “His passion for film is an inspiration.” [The Wrap]
  • Jon Stewart will host an author breakfast in May at BookExpo America with speakers Condoleezza Rice, John Grisham, Christopher Hitchens, and Sarah Ferguson. [AP]
  • Tom Bergeron says, “Bruno, one of our judges, has set up a daycare,” for Kate Gosselin‘s kids. “We are thrilled!” [Us]
  • Jamie Oliver and his wife Jools are expecting their fourth child. [Daily Mail]
  • James Cameron defended Charles Pellegrino, who wrote The Last Train From Hiroshima, and says he still plans to make a movie about Hiroshima and Nagasaki based on the book. The publisher has withdrawn the book because some question its accuracy. “All I know is that Charlie would not fabricate,” said Cameron, “so there must be a reason for the misunderstanding.” He added that his movie does not “have a shooting script and no decision has been made to proceed in the short term.” [NYT]
  • Drea de Matteo will leave Desperate Housewives at the end of this season. [EW]
  • At the link, the stars of Nip/Tuck share their thoughts on the series finale, which aired last night. [LAT]
  • As mentioned in Midweek Madness, John Cusack and Brooke Burns are dating. [Perez]
  • Yesterday Elin Nordegren and her children returned to their home, where Tiger Woods has been staying for the past few days. They all spent the night in the house. [TMZ]
  • A source says, “I call them the divorced married couple,” says the source. “Elin knows Tiger has issues and is afraid to go near him romantically. Because of the children and his need to return to golf, she will try to live in the house with a wall between them.” [People]
  • In the middle of one of her Australian concerts last night, Whitney Houston invited her daughter Bobbi Kristina onstage to celebrate her 17th birthday. Whitney sang “Who Would Imagine a King” from The Preacher’s Wife because it’s, “one of Krissy’s favorites,” then a cake was rolled out and the audience sang Happy Birthday. [People]
  • This article has some amusing Danielle Steel quotes, but I was distracted by this sentence by a Washington Post staff writer: “Released last week, [Big Girl] features a protagonist who is not merely a few pounds chubby, but genuinely heavy at a size 16.” [WaPo]
  • After a long legal battle, immigration judges have ruled that Snoop Dogg will be allowed to enter the U.K. again. [Contact Music]
  • Paula Abdul sent $1,000 worth of bouquets and cupcakes to the American Idol set along with a handwritten note wishing each judge luck with the new season. [Perez]
  • Simon Cowell says he’s “smitten” with fiancée Mezghan Hussainy. “You confuse lust with love, you know, when you’re in your teens and stuff like that,” Cowell says. “It’s a difficult thing to describe other than you know it when you are… You just know when you’ve found somebody special and I feel very, very happy.” [People]
  • Kelly Rowland told a U.K. paper that if she could change anything about herself she’d “make my feet smaller. I’m a size seven and a half.” It’s unclear if that’s in U.S. or U.K. sizes, but either way, it’s crazy. [Daily Express]
  • Kim Cattrall says she got a role in Roman Polanski‘s The Ghost because, “Roman saw me in “Sex and the City” and wanted to meet me. I was in London doing (interviews) for a television movie at the time. I took the train to Paris and had lunch with him. After the meeting, he offered me the part.” The interviewer asked, “Roman Polanski watches Sex and the City? And Kim explained, “He saw the movie, actually. But he has two fabulous women in his life (wife Emmanuelle Seigner and teenage daughter Morgane) who love the show. They have the DVDs at home.” [Reuters]
  • Bethenny Frankel says the next season of Real Housewives of NYC is, “really beyond drama-filled. It’s way drama-filled. I think it’s the most drama-filled of any of the seasons of any of the shows. There’s a lot going on, and there’s like mass hysteria. It’s not like we are ripping people’s weaves off like on [The Real Housewives of] Atlanta. The content is the same, but the delivery is different.” [CNN]
  • Q: Do you feel like the other women [on Real Housewives of NYC] create conflict for the cameras? Kelly Bensimon: “Yeah. People just don’t act like that and just say whatever they want with no filter. I have an incredible filter and I don’t want to be part of it. My job is to show you what’s right and wrong. All you have to do is look at my face to [see]: Kelly realizes this is kooky! Another big problem is that these women don’t have respect for the craft [of filming]. They’re walking around telling people, ‘I need this!’ and ‘I need that!’ I’m not like that.” [People]
  • Johnny Depp says of Alice in Wonderland director Tim Burton, “To be honest, he could have asked me to play Alice and I would have said yes – I would have done whatever character he wanted… The fact that it was the Mad Hatter was a bonus because it was a great challenge.” [Mirror]
  • Johnny Depp says, “There’s always that moment on every movie where you just go, ‘Okay, this is that moment. I’m about to potentially fall flat on my face, and I might as well just dive in and see what happens.’ That’s how it was when I started singing the songs for the first time [in Sweeney Todd]. I just felt like an idiot. It was one of the most exposing, bizarre things I’ve ever done. I mean, at forty-three years old, it’s the first time I’d sung a song all the way through.” [Esquire]
  • Tim Burton says, “For me, fantasy has always been a means of exploring reality. That’s one of the things I liked about this script [for Alice in Wonderland]: it explores the fact that your internal life, your dreams and the weird images and the things that come to you are things that are actually important tools for dealing with real issues.” [Telegraph]
  • Peter Gabriel has recorded an album of covers called Scratch My Back and next year the artists he covered with record an album of Gabriel’s music. He says, “Sadly, David Bowie is the only artist that said he clearly didn’t want to play with the song swap. I don’t think he’s doing much music at the moment. But Brian Eno was a co-writer on that (‘Heroes’) so it gets around that problem and he’s going to do a version of this song, ‘Don’t Break This Rhythm.’ But ‘Heroes’ is one of those classic songs … it’s one of my favorite Bowie songs and I was a Bowie fan right from the beginning.” [AP]
  • “On Soul Cages I was trying to get over the death of my parents. Just trying to figure out how to deal with it. I think I did what most ‘modern’ people do, which is to try and ignore it, pretend it doesn’t affect you, so you just work. You go to work the next day. So when my parents died nearly 20 years ago I went on tour for nearly a year and then did a play straight afterward with no break. It was all designed to keep my mind off this terrible thing. But I don’t think this approach can ever possibly work, because you run away from it, but then it comes back and bites you in the leg. The big thing is it means that you’re next in line in a way. And you have to deal with that.” — Sting [Blackbook Magazine]
  • Kendra Wilkinson says she suffered from postpartum depression after having her son in December. “After giving birth, I never brushed my hair, my teeth, or took a shower. I looked in the mirror one day and was really depressed. I thought, ‘Look at me!” I had this glamorous life in L.A., and now [in Indianapolis] I didn’t…a couple of times, I even said, ‘I just have nothing to live for,'” she said. [ONTD]
  • Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner says, “I feel like my life was busier before all of this happened… I was trying so hard to get awareness for the film. Once that happened, it’s been like a breath of fresh air. I’m just coming down off that high.” [AP]
  • Jenna Fischer of The Office says, “I think what is sort of cool about Jim and Pam is that we watched them grow up – and thankfully so. Because I think when you get into your 30s and you’re married and you have a family, it’s realistic to become a part of things. You can’t just mock the system for your whole life – that’s youth. I think it would have gotten boring and repetitive if they had stayed at that one level forever. I’m really happy we get to grow.” [N.Y. Magazine]
  • “I find it so important now to be a role model and a figure. And I know that may sound strange to some people, but most important is my connection with my fans and the connection that they breed with one another.” — Lady Gaga [MTV]
  • In the new issue of Cosmo, Lady Gaga says, “I wanted to sleep with as many rock ‘n’ roll guys as I could – and I’ve certainly had my fun,” adding, “I tell any new boyfriend to hang on, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.” [The Sun]
  • The Advocate: Your not-yet-released music video for “Backstabber” was cast almost entirely with transgender people. Ke$ha: “I am a huge fan of the transgender community. I am so not a proper, good female. I can’t dance in high heels and I’m just so not girly, but then I see these men with these banging bodies, dancing in heels, singing, and having so much fun with so much makeup on. That makes me honestly want to be a better woman. It is so fascinating that someone can commit their whole entire lifestyle to being such a fantastic woman when I’m such a bum about it.” … The Advocate: Who would you invite to an all-girl sleepover? Ke$ha: “Oh, my God, my fantasy would be Rihanna! We recently started being friends, and I think she is really cool. I would want Shakira to come because she is so hot. I would also invite Sarah Palin, and I would put her hand in hot water to piss herself” [Advocate]
  • When asked if there’s anyone he’s like to have on Modern Family, Jesse Tyler Ferguson said, “The one person I actually have gone after — because she’d be so brilliant — is Gabourey Sidibe. I think she would be fantastic as a nanny we hire. She’s just so bubbly and sweet and a fan of the show. I think this would be a seamless fit for her.” [N.Y. Post]
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