We thought Chris Brown had hired a crisis management expert to help him manipulate the public into liking him again, but so far his plan’s falling flat. The smug star showed up in court yesterday at his first post-Rihanna beat-down hearing for two felony charges looking somber and a bit scared. During the meeting, lawyers for Rihanna revealed that the singer is not seeking a restraining order against Chris, which could possibly be another sign that she has reconciled with him. Furthermore, if she chooses not to testify against him in court, the case could be dropped and Chris would luck out of a trial.
Chris shook off this court room blues later that night at the bar at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. He spent most of the evening hanging with his bodyguards, and left around 3:45 AM. Drowning his sorrows – or celebrating? [Photo: GettyImages]
Getting Kendra Wilkinson‘s 2 1/4 carat princess cut diamond engagement ring was no easy feat for her fiance Hank Baskett.
“I had to be sneaky about it because Kendra’s a little inspector, always picking up clues,” Hank said.
Part of his undercover work included finding out what ring size Kendra is. After some investigating, he found out that the ring fit “right about at my pinkie nail.”
Then it was on to designing the perfect ring for the Girl Next Door. “I wanted something unique just like Kendra. I wanted to get something she hadn’t seen anywhere,” Hank said. He ended up deciding on a floating diamond “so you can see it from all angles.”
Getting it done was another feat altogether, as inspector Kendra would always call Hank while he was in the store working on the ring. “Kendra would just happen to call me then. Every time. I would be like, I’m getting my computer worked on, I’m at the shoe store. I made something up,” he said.
Finally the sparkler was ready to go, but Hank had to wait for the right moment to propose, and so he kept it in a safe in his house. “I’d look at it every day before practice, then I’d clean it. I’d come home from practice and still clean it. No one else touched it, but I still cleaned it,” he said.
Of course Kendra loved her new sparkler, and the best part? She was completely surprised!
“I didn’t even know he was proposing,” Kendra said.
Hank and Kendra plan to marry at the Playboy Mansion in June.
Check out our gallery of other fabulous celebrity engagement rings! [Source: Celebuzz; Photo: Getty Images]
Anoop Desai confused Simon Cowell (and more than a few people at home) last night by interrupting his entrance to the Top 13 to give a shout-out to fellow residents of Chapel Hill, NC. “It’s been a tough day, we’re all thinking of Eve and I love you, Chapel Hill.”
The “Eve” in question was fellow University Of North Carolina student Eve Carson, who was murdered one year ago. The student body president had been kidnapped, shot and left in the middle of a street, with more than a thousand dollars taken out on her debit card. Two suspects are in custody awaiting trial.
More than a thousand people descended upon the UNC campus yesterday to honor Lawrence’s work for the community and school. “She was the quintessential Carolina student,” said classmate J.J. Raynor. “Someone that almost everyone knew or knew about, and was a real inspiration from the way she lived her life.”
[Desai Photo: Getty Images]
Mrs. Tom Cruise is clearly not used to the strain of making movies (it’s been a while since her masterpiece Mad Money), and the actress is looking a bit worn out on the set of her upcoming flick The Extra Man. She always looks so fresh and put together when she’s toting her robo-daughter around Manhattan in five inch heels, so this frump funk is inexcusable.
Katie either needs to channel the power of Xenu to snap out of her slump, or study at the Britney Spears School of Caffeine Intake and start downing Frappucinos like a pro. Come on style icon – inspire us (or at the very least, look alive)! [Photo: Splash News Online]
Chris Brown may be allowed to contact Rihanna, but her father’s having a hard time getting to her. “I’ve heard so much. But I can’t get on to her,” Ronald Fenty told Us Magazine. “Her mother can’t get on to her, her brother told me she changed her email. Somebody has a stranglehold on her. I’m lost.”
I’ll text the old numbers she had, and I call them. One girl answered, and she said, ‘This is not Robyn’s [Fenty, a.k.a. Rihanna] number anymore.’ I asked, ‘Do you work for Robyn? Do you deal with Robyn?’ and the girl hung up, so I don’t know what’s going on anymore.
She said [in her last message], ‘Daddy, I miss you.’ And that’s it. And I could not reply. I saw a number and texted back, ‘I miss you too.’ And I didn’t get another reply from her.
Acknowledging that his daughter appears to be back with Brown, he said “I would tell Chris, ‘Don’t ever try again, don’t even think about it.’ I’m hurt and disturbed at that scenario.”
[Rihanna Photo: WireImage]
She may be a respectable married lady now, but it doesn’t mean you still can’t wear a slutty pair of stripper heels, does it? Find out who it is after the jump.
Amy Winehouse made a return to the London party scene last night and was charged with assault today after allegedly punching a fan at a charity ball last September. She’s set to appear in court in two weeks and could land a jail term. Damn. And just when she was starting to look good. At last night’s launch of Ray-Ban Colorize at Selfridges, she mingled alongside the capital’s hip crowd, including Alexa Chung, Jo Wood and DJ Nick Grimshaw (whose knees Amy is using so kindly as a stepladder here). Earlier in the day, Amy also showed off a few cute freckles on her once drug-ravaged face while shopping for candy at her local newsstand. Ahhh, we knew it couldn’t last.
“Tonight it’s about us, believe it or not,” Simon Cowell told Jesse Langseth, the first contestant in the Wildcard Showdown last night, after saying her song was self-indulgent. We just thought it was boring, not self-indulgent, but Simon had a point, these Wildcards had better bring it because their Idol futures were in the judges’ hands. Those who didn’t got the old see ya later — including Ricky Braddy, Von Smith, Tatiana del Loco and Jesse “Self-Indulgent” Langseth. The four — yes, they let an extra one through! — contestants selected as wildcards are Jasmine Murray, Megan Joy Corkrey, Anoop Desai and Matt Giraud.For the first time ever, Idol has a Top 13 instead of a Top 12. Here are five moments we loved from last night’s show.
5. We Be Jamsy
“I’m doing one of the jamsiest songs around,” Megan Joy Corkrey said of “The Black Horse & The Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall. (Side note: Our friend calls her KT Turnstyle, which is all we can ever think about when we hear this song). If there’s one way to describe Megan’s dancing it would be jamsy, so even though she made that word up, it actually worked for us. Simon is a big fan of Megan and he professed his love to her, as did all the other judges. She has a very Hollywood smile. Even if she isn’t the next American Idol, we can see her playing Kirsten Dunst‘s sister in a movie, if Kirsten Dunst ever makes another movie.
Hang on, hadn’t you two broken up? Simon Cowell and “ex-girlfriend” Terri Seymour looked very cozy together on the red carpet at a fundraiser last night in Hollywood, sparking rumors the two may be back together. Earlier this week, Terri spoke to Britain’s Closer magazine, where she admitted that she’s still working on the renovation of his house, as well as staying in freakishly-close contact.
“Looking after Simon’s a full-time job when you go out with him — and I’m still doing it now! I’m still overseeing and finalizing his new house. I’ve project-managed it all, right down to the furniture. Simon and I speak six times a day, and I see him all the time. We’re happy as we are. We still see each other as much as when we were together,” she said.
Right. That sounds like a healthy break-up to us, giving each other plenty of space to move on and all that. Any new girlfriend/boyfriend of these two is going to have to be VERY understanding. Possibly even blind. [Photo: Splash News Online]
Robin Williams has postponed the remaining dates of his Weapons Of Self-Destruction tour so he can undergo an operation to replace his aortic valve. “I’m so touched by everyone’s support and well wishes,” said the 57-year-old Academy Award winner in a statement. “This tour has been amazing fun and I can’t wait to get back out on the road after a little tune-up.” He did not specify when and where the surgery would occur, but the shows would likely be rescheduled for the fall.