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Jim Gibbons, Nevada Governor, Sued For Threatening Rape

In October 2006, cocktail waitress Chrissy Mazzeo accused then-Nevada gubernatorial nominee Jim Gibbons of pushing her against a wall in a parking garage and threatening to rape her. Mazzeo refused to press charges at the time, and Gibbons won the election that November. Now, two years later—as Gibbons deals with a divorce, rumors of infidelity (Gibbons sent a woman 860 texts in a month) and countless political scandals—Mazzeo is suing Gibbons for battery, false imprisonment and second-degree kidnapping.

At the time of the allegations, Gibbons claimed he merely caught Mazzeo, who had been drinking heavily with him at a restaurant in Las Vegas, when she tripped in the garage. Said Gibbons to the police, “Gosh, I learned an important lesson, never to offer a helping hand to anybody ever again.”

Since becoming governor, Gibbons has endured accusations of bribery, tax fraud, hiring undocumented workers, plagiarism, shady donations, and only coming to his office a few days a month. Despite the dogpile, increasing unpopularity and his ongoing divorce, Gibbons still found time to go to a rodeo with ex-Playboy Playmate Leslie Durant. Gibbons’ spokesperson did not immediately comment on the lawsuit.

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X-Tina Wants Her Kid To Know How Self-Absorbed She Is

Good news! Christina Aguilera loves being a mother, and wants to have more babies. Neat! Unfortunately, her mama skills are a little whack. Instead of making it all about her kid, Christina has made her mothering all about – who else – herself.

“I think it’s important to share what I love – what makes me me – with my son. So. I change diapers and I breastfeed him and I play with him and then I work. I want to show Max everything about me.”

How about sharing in what Max loves, and what makes Max Max? Get to know your kid a little bit, Christina. It’ll give you guys something else to talk about when he reveals he really can’t stand your music.  [People. Photo: FilmMagic]

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Denis Leary: “Yer Kid is NOT Autistic. He’s Just Stupid!”

Denis Leary likes his causes. He founded the Leary’s Firefighters Foundation almost a decade ago, donating large amounts of money and equipment to firefighters both before and after such tragic events as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Now he has a new one: telling parents of children with autism that their kids are actually just stupid and lazy.

In his new book, Why We Suck, Leary’s self-professed “favorite chapter” is titled Autism Shamautism. An excerpt:

There is a huge boom in autism right now because inattentive mothers and competitive dads want an explanation for why their dumb-ass kids can’t compete academically, so they throw money into the happy laps of shrinks . . . to get back diagnoses that help explain away the deficiencies of their junior morons. I don’t give a [bleep] what these crackerjack whack jobs tell you – yer kid is NOT autistic. He’s just stupid. Or lazy. Or both.

Unsurprisingly, the Autism Society of America isn’t amused, claiming his stance “reflects the same misconceptions of autism being caused by bad or unemotional parenting that were held over 50 years ago.” You have to wonder how Leary, the star and producer of Rescue Me, would react if someone called the huge boom in post-traumatic stress disorder cases “a way for shrinks to make more money.”

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Audrina And Her Hills

The Hills hottie Audrina Patridge graces the cover of lad mag Maxim this month, and she dishes the dirt on dating, LC and Heidi, and how she ended up in this crazy, MTV-created parallel universe in the first place.

Sorry fellas, if you don’t do reality television, Audrina doesn’t do you: “The producers try to get me to persuade guys I’m interested in to be on it. If the paparazzi shoot me out on a date and it’s not on the show, it makes the show look fake. If the guy won’t do it, I’ll just be like, ‘This isn’t a good time.’ And I’ll start dating someone else.”

While most girls work for years to break into the industry, Audrina just got lucky: “I was lying out by the pool in the apartment complex Lauren and Heidi were living in, and a producer started talking to me. He liked that I just moved to L.A. to break out into the industry, like the other girls on the show.”

She’s like Switzerland, in more ways than one: “[Heidi and Lauren] really don’t like each other, but I’m friends with both of them. When we hang out, I don’t talk about the other. I’m like Switzerland. ” [Photos: Stephan Wurth]

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Confirmed! Madonna Is Single Again

Madonna‘s rep has confirmed that she and husband Guy Ritchie are officially O.V.E.R. Holiday! Celebrate! This is great news for anyone who loves watching Madonna sneak around with a bevy of random, hunky Hollywood men. Alex Rodriquez is just the tip of the iceberg – there are so many hotties out there for Madonna to frolick with! Justin Long, Tony Romo (stolen from Jessica Simpson, obviously), Track Palin – maybe she’ll start banging a French dude and get a whole new accent!

In honor of Madge being all by her lonesome again, we’ve dug up a couple of pics outlining her, uh, growth, over the years. Her facial structure may have changed, but she’s still our material girl underneath.  [Photos: GettyImages, WireImage]

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Hayden Panettiere Drops F-Bombs For McCain

Another self-righteous celeb calling out Republicans, you say? Snore. But wait! This video clip has Hayden Panettiere talking about getting f*cked! You want to see that, right?

Don’t get too excited, horny toads. She’s talking about getting f*cked by John McCain. Figuratively. “He’s had affairs with lobbyists, so you’ll get f*cked and he’ll get f*cked. Everybody wins…Nobody f*cks with John McCain!”

Less than three weeks of celebrity pontification to go, folks.

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Lauren Conrad, Heidi Montag Reconcile Fake Friendship

Hills frenemies Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag supposedly hugged it out at Los Angeles restaurant STK this week, where they were both dining. What a happy coincidence! Lauren was there celebrating another mediocre fashion show with friends and family, while Heidi just happened to be there, dining with her pet monster, Spencer Pratt. We’re surprised Lauren even recognized Heidi – the last time they talked that chick had an entirely different face. The girls embraced, smiled and chatted, and perhaps made peace after two years of not speaking. The truce comes just after Lauren announced that she’s ready to “walk away” from the hit show, so she can drive her Mercedes and wear her Louboutins in private. What good timing! Now that ratings don’t matter, they can finally be friends again.  [Us. Photo: WireImage]

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The Scandalist Scoop: Wednesday, Oct. 15

New York Times

A Pop-Culture Show Looks for Attitude With Heart

For nearly five years, viewers looking to catch up on the world of pop culture could turn to “Best Week Ever” on VH1, where an array of talking heads – comedians, writers and entertainment personalities like Nick Kroll, Rachel Harris and Judah Friedlander of “30 Rock” – would dish and snark on the lives of the Lohans, the Spears’, reality-show contestants and anyone else caught midfoible in a video clip. But the era of multiple commentators is coming to a close: starting on Oct. 24 the show will move to a new format, centered on a single host, the comedian Paul F. Tompkins, VH1 plans to announce on Wednesday. “Clearly, some of our reality shows get bigger numbers,” said Jim Ackerman, the senior vice president for development at VH1, referring to programs like “I Love New York.” “But I think ‘Best Week Ever’ has helped find the voice of the channel in the last couple years.” Staff members of “Best Week Ever” are also figuring out how to work to Mr. Tompkins’s strengths. “Already we’re getting a lot better at writing with Paul’s voice in mind,” Sean Johnson, the executive producer, said.

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Simon Cowell Sits On Cushions To Look Bigger

The lot of the smaller man is a difficult one. We feel for them, we really do, what with the model girlfriends who tower over them and strangers saying to them “you look much bigger on TV!” while sunning yourself in Barbados. Actually, we don’t feel sorry for Simon Cowell and his millions at all. But it is quite funny to report that Simon’s Britain’s Got Talent co-judge Piers Morgan has spilled his height-making secrets.

“If you look carefully, Simon grows between shows. When we’re on Britain’s Got Talent he’s smaller then me, then suddenly his three pillows arrive and he’s taller than me!”

Love it. Stacked heels, puffy hair and three cushions – we still know you’re a shortarse, Simon. [Photo: WireImage]