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Update: Police Find Child’s Body, Car Connected To Hudson Case

This just in: Chicago police have apparently discovered the white Chevrolet Suburban vehicle they had been searching for in the case of Jennifer Hudson‘s missing 7-year-old nephew, Julian King. The body of a male child around the same age was found on the scene (possibly in the car), somewhere on the 1300 block of South Kolin Avenue on the south side of Chicago. Police are not commenting on the reports and have not yet revealed the identity of the child.

This news is beyond sad and horrifying. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Jennifer and her family. [Chicago Sun Times]

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Hudson Offers $100,000 For Missing Nephew, Thanks Fans For Support

Jennifer Hudson and her family are offering a $100,000 reward for the safe return of her seven-year-old nephew Julian King, who has been missing since the double murder of her mother and brother on Friday. A rep for Hudson said that Jennifer and her family “appreciate the enormous amount of love, support and prayers they have received while she and her family try to cope with this tragedy and continue the search for Julian.” The rep also offered the reward and asked the public to give any available information regarding Julian to the Chicago police.

A similar message was posted on Jennifer Hudson’s MySpace page, which contains two pictures of Julian (see below):

Thank You All

Thank you all for your prayers and your calls. Please keep praying for our family and that we get Julian King back home safely. If anyone has any information about his whereabouts please contact the authorities immediately. Here is a picture of Julian and what he was last seen wearing. Once again thank you all for being there for us through this tough time.

Sincerely,
The Hudson Family

William Balfour, the prime suspect in the murders of Darnell Donerson and Jason Hudson, hasn’t been charged in the case. But he’s being held by police on parole violations from an attempted murder conviction for which he spent seven years in prison. [Top Photo: Getty Images]

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Amy Winehouse Still A Mess, Back In Rehab

Only a few days ago Amy Winehouse gave a bizarre — but incredibly articulate for her — interview to a French journalist through her flat intercom, so we were kind of hoping that all might be getting a little better in the wacky world of Winehouse. But as predictable as Liz Hurley giving us a good full-frontal shot of her boobs again, snaps of Amy in the weekend papers showed her looking out of it once more … and being taken away to rehab AGAIN.

This time she’s in a clinic suffering from a “chest infection,” according to dad Mitch — and still hasn’t turned up for a police interview after she allegedly assaulted a woman fan last month. She didn’t look the picture of health, either, what with her lovely yellow teeth, scabby skin and half-crazed look. It’s SO A/W 2008! So cool that even Cindy Crawford (pictured above) dressed up as Amy for Halloween this weekend, and guttingly looked so much hotter than the real thing.

Call us old romantics, but with Britney on the mend, we’re willing for another A-list car crash to sort themselves out in time for Christmas. We’ll probably have to find another one, though, eh, Ames? [Source: News of the World; Photo: X-17 Online]

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Russell Brand Will Tell Your Granddad If You Shag Him

He’s made a career out of being an incorrigible man-whore (OK, and funny with it), but Russell Brand is now facing a bad-taste overload after he left obscene messages on an 78-year-old actor’s phone. The VMAs presenter called up legendary Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs during his BBC Radio 2 show and left explicit messages on his phone about doing the dirty with his granddaughter Georgina.

“In a minute we’re going to be talking to Andrew Sachs. The elephant in the room is, what Andrew doesn’t know is, I’ve slept with his granddaughter.” Russell said, while fellow presenter Jonathan Ross shouted in the background, “He f**ked your granddaughter.” Not knowing when to shut the hell up, Russell left two more message, in one promising he wore a condom and he did her on a swing. Jonathan added that “he did her over the couch.” Nice.

The BBC is now facing censure for allowing the broadcast to be, er, broadcast, Russell’s made a half-assed apology and all 3287 (approx) girls who slept with Russell are now thanking profusely that their granddads aren’t famous ex-sitcom actors. [source: Daily Mail, Photo: Getty Images]

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Jennifer Hudson’s Mom And Brother Murdered, Suspect In Custody, Nephew Still Missing

William Balfour (above), who is the estranged husband of Jennifer Hudson’s sister and the prime suspect in the killings of her mother and brother, is in custody. He has not been charged with any crimes at this time. The Chicago Police Department released a photo of seven-year-old Julian King (pictured at right), who has been missing since the murders. A nationwide Amber Alert has been issued in an attempt to find him.

Gossip outlet TMZ, which appears to be scouring the block on the South Side of Chicago where the murders took place in the longtime home of the Hudson family, is claiming that police are focusing on a dispute over a car.

“TMZ has spoken with several other neighbors this morning who say Julia complained to them that William Balfour sold one of their cars without permission. One neighbor told TMZ the dispute got so heated William threatened to “kill Julia’s family” but she didn’t report it because she didn’t take it seriously.”

Bloggers and Internet users, hungry for information on the only known murder suspect, have been surprised to discover that William Balfour’s MySpace page has not been taken down. On the page, William describes himself as follows:

“I AM A 26 YEAR OLD, I RESIDE ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO, I HAVE A WIFE HER NAME IS JULIA, AND I ALSO HAVE A 6 YR OLD STEPSON, I DON’T TOLERATE BULLSHIT, SO DON’T COME TO ME WITH IT, I LIKE TO LIVE LIFE AND EXPERIENCE EVERYTHING THATS WHY I’M HERE SEEING WHAT IT’S ABOUT, I MIGHT AS WELL LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT JENNIFER HUDSON IS MY WIFE’S SISTER I’M PROUD OF HER AND WISH HER NOTHING BUT THE BEST IN WHAT SHE DO BUT DON’T HIT ME UP ASKING BOUT HER, OTHER THAN THAT IT’S ON!”

The following picture of Jennifer’s murdered brother Jason was posted recently to Julia Hudson’s MySpace page. (Be sure to read the caption!)


This tragedy strikes Jennifer Hudson at a time when her career is skyrocketing. After winning an Academy Award for best supporting actress in 2007′s Dreamgirls, Jennifer not only performed at the Democratic National Convention at the request fellow Chicagoan Barack Obama but her single “Spotlight” is at the top of the R&B charts. She also had roles this year in Sex and the City and The Secret Life of Bees. Even more tragic: The killings come mere months after her engagement to David Otunga, aka Punk from I Love New York.

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Isiah Thomas Overdoses

WCBSTV in New York is reporting that Isiah Thomas, the former head coach and president of the New York Knicks, was rushed from his home to a White Plains hospital after overdosing on sleeping pills. As a point guard from 1981 until 1994, Thomas led the Detroit Pistons to two NBA championships. He’s considered to be one of the best NBA players ever.

But his athletic ability didn’t translate into a successful career as an NBA coach and executive. During his two-year tenure coaching the Knicks, the team had an abysmal record of 56-108. Thomas was also embroiled in a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by Anucha Browne Sanders, a former Knicks executive.

Isiah’s condition is not known at this time. [Photo: Getty Images]

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Jennifer Hudson’s Mother And Brother Shot Dead


Police say Jennifer Hudson‘s mother, Darnell Hudson, 57, and her brother, Jason, 29, were shot and killed in their Chicago home today in an apparent double homicide. Hudson’s seven-year-old nephew Julian King is reportedly missing, and is believed to be with the murder suspect — identified as William Balfour, an African-American male in his late 20′s, who is considered armed and dangerous. According to MTV News:

Balfour had been living at the residence, according to public records, and may have had a romantic relationship with Hudson’s sister Julia, as vehicles are co-registered to both of them. Police said Balfour is believed to be driving either a white Chevrolet Suburban, 1994 model, with the license plate X584859, or a green Chrysler Concord, with the license plate 332K823.

The Oscar-winning actress and singer grew up in Chicago and is engaged to David Otunga, known to VH1 viewers as Punk from I Love New York. Share your condolences …

[Photo: AFP]

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EXCLUSIVE: Usher Living The Single Life?

Amid reports that Usher and wife Tameka Foster have been living separate lives, the singer has been hitting the club scene like his single days. A source tells Scandalist that Usher was partying it up at New York hotspot Marquee last night, and smiling from ear to ear. The singer was “drinking, laughing and chatting up the ladies,” says our source.

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The Ashley Todd Scanda-List

Who is she?

  • Ashley Todd, a 20-year-old student.
  • Todd has been volunteering in Pittsburgh with John McCain presidential campaign after working for the College Republican National Committee in New York.

Why is everyone talking about her?

  • Todd claimed that a 6’4″ black man had stolen $60 from her at a ATM in the early hours of Thursday when he saw the McCain sticker on her car and began beating her. The man allegedly screamed “you are going to be a Barack supporter!” before sitting on her chest and carving a backwards “B” into her cheek.
  • Todd was given a polygraph test after evidence revealed that she neither used her bank card nor appeared on the ATM security tape that night. Todd reportedly recanted her story to the police and will face charges.

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