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Flashback Lunch: Whitney Houston Paid Ransom To Save Bobby Brown’s Life

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A new book alleges that Whitney Houston paid $400,000 ransom to drug dealers who threatened then-husband Bobby Brown‘s life in 1993 (the same year their daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was born). According to David Collins, a former member of the NY gang Preacher Crew, Brown owed $25,000, and was kidnapped and held at gunpoint until Whitney came up with the cash. “She was personally going to bring $400,000 to get her man back,” writes Collins in Preacher Of The Streets. The next day, she did just that. She was wearing a wig.” Brown and Houston’s reps have refused to comment.

Brown and Houston’s marriage continued for well over a decade after this alleged brush with danger (they separated in 2006). Check out the gallery for scenes from their infamous romance.

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Samantha Seeks Restraining Order, Lindsay ‘Focusing On Business’

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The break-up between Samantha Ronson and Lindsay Lohan is, as expected, filled with drama, crying, and broken windows.

Samantha Ronson’s mother and sister asked Beverly Hills police how they could obtain a restraining order three days after Lindsay was banned from a Ronson family event.

“They were directed to the court to get a restraining order,” Beverly Hills Sgt. Nutall said.

Three weeks ago a window was broken at Samantha’s house after a fight between the two lovers.

Meanwhile, Lindsay has reportedly been hanging with her family to help her mend her broken heart.

“Is she upset? Yes. Has it been a rough week? Yes. But her family’s around her and she’s just focusing on business right now,” a source says. And by business, they are referring to her spray tan line Sevin Nyne.

“The important thing is that she’s taking space and time to breathe. That’s what her family is here to do – help make sure she takes care of herself.”

Although Samantha reportedly changed the locks on her home, the source says that she and Lindsay “are totally communicating. What’s going to happen? Who knows?” [Source: People, Us; Photo: Getty Images]

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Kal Penn Is Not Dead…Just Working For The President

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House fans were shocked last night by the sudden suicide of Dr. Lawrence Kutner, played by Kal Penn. The Harold & Kumar actor has a new gig working for the White House, and Penn—who volunteered for Barack Obama‘s presidential campaign—asked the producers if they could take care of Kutner’s storyline…permanently.

I was incredibly honored a couple of months ago to get the opportunity to go work in the White House. I got to know the President and some of the staff during the campaign and had expressed interest in working there, so I’m going to be the associate director in the White House office of public liaison. They do outreach with the American public and with different organizations. They’re basically the front door of the White House. They take out all of the red tape that falls between the general public and the White House. It’s similar to what I was doing on the campaign.

The producers are warning Entertainment Weekly that fans shouldn’t expect much explanation for Kutner’s sudden death (“Obviously, there are reasons, but the notion that the reasons are too complicated for even House to figure out is what was drawing us to it”). Confused fans looking for a place to grieve can go to Fox’s memorial page for the character, which leads to a Facebook group so earnest you might feel like something bad has happened to Penn. Maybe he should hold a press conference just so everyone knows he’s OK.

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Britney To Kick Dad To The Curb?

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It’s not exactly news that Britney Spears is finding her dad Jamie‘s conservatorship of practically everything in her life a little hard-going. Now the UK’s Star magazine claims their relationship has gotten so bad, she’s trying to end her Circus world tour early and has forced him to take a vacation in the middle of it. “He’ll give Britney her space for a few weeks, if everything goes smoothly,” the mag reports.

Claims are also made that Britney’s been speaking to lawyers in order to end her dad’s control, and that this has taken its toll on her well-being. “[Her people] are scared she’s headed for another breakdown…Britney blames this tour for making her feel insecure again, and she feels none of her performances are good enough.” Yes, well, we could have told you that taking a fragile, mentally unstable woman who’s apparently not even allowed her own mobile phone on the road for a huge world tour might not be the perfect solution. [Photo: Splash News]

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Madonna Goes For Dinner To Forget Adoption Row

Madonna forgot her adoption troubles last night for a few hours at least, when she stepped out for dinner at London’s swish Cecconi’s restaurant with pal Stella McCartney. The predictable hordes of photogs were on hand to snap the star – who performed the bizarre trick of actually looking tipsy before she went in and sober afterwards. On the left, Madonna arrives. On the right, Madonna departs with Stella. Huh. Still, good to see her letting her hair down again!

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Chris Brown Pleads Not Guilty, Rihanna’s Dad Mad

Chris Brown appeared in court yesterday and pleaded not guilty to two charges of assaulting and threatening Rihanna. He said he was “sorry and saddened” by the incident and is seeking counseling – and faces five years in the slammer if found guilty. Rihanna’s lawyer confirmed that the superstar would testify if called to the witness box. Chris is due back in court in three weeks time.

However, this plea has enraged Rihanna’s dad, Ronald Fenty, who said the shamed singer needed to quit being “in denial” about the attack. “So what happened? Somebody else did this to Rihanna then?” Fenty told Usmagazine.com. “I just would like to see justice go in the right direction.”

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Tracy Anderson Tries To Teeny Tiny-fy Scarlett

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonnas trainer Tracy Anderson horrified us when in an interview, she declared “anyone can have a teeny-tiny body.” Clearly disregarding the debatable values of wanting to look like a toned seven-year-old, she’s the celebrity trainer du jour, and apparently has now set her sights on getting rid of Scarlett Johanssen’s lovely curves honing Scarlett Johanssen‘s body. Star magazine claims she’s lost a stone (14 pounds) already by following Tracy’s “method” while filming Iron Man 2 with Gwyneth.

“The pair have been doing workouts with Gwyneth’s personal trainer Tracy Anderson. Scarlett has been also staying away from carbs. She has always been happy with her curves, but recently has been feeling the pressure to lose a few pounds,” the mag says. Don’t do it, Scarlett – reach for the bread basket! Is it just us, or does Tracy sound like the Rachel Zoe of workouts? [Photo: Getty Images]

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Dennis Rodman Kicked Out Of Hotel For Harassing Women

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Celebrity Apprentice loser Dennis Rodman isn’t done losing yet. The flamboyant NBA rebound legend was thrown out of a LA hotel on Friday, allegedly due to offensive verbal and physical behavior towards female guests. “He is the most obscene and out of control guest I’ve ever seen up here,” an employee told TMZ. Rodman is currently on probation for a 2008 domestic assault charge.

[Photo: Splash News Online]

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Beyonce Buys Her Hubby’s Clothes

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Ultra-supportive wife Beyonce Knowles went shopping for some Rocawear clothing today in NYC. Seeing as that’s her husband Jay-Z‘s line she probably could have scored some freebies. But she’s not that kinda wife ya’ll!

We’re kinda digging her casual lumberjack look in this pic. The suspenders somehow work when she keeps things simple.  Beyonce’s not known for dressing down, but she should consider making a style change. Girl’s working it!  [Photo: Splash News Online]

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Gossip Break: Gary Goes Off – Again

  • Samantha Ronson is totally not into drugs – she just likes her birthday cakes shaped to look like cocaine. Duh!  [Buzzfeed]
  • The only couple to ever find love on The Bachelorette has popped out a second baby.  [Wonderwall]
  • Gary Coleman: video blogger. Guess what – he’s pissed off about something!  [DListed]
  • A casual Kate Hudson and her brother root for the Lakers.  [PopSugar]
  • Katie Holmes claims she’s a nerd! She hides it with great clothes and that creepy kid.  [Seriously?OMG]
  • Dangerous driver Dina Lohan was busted for speeding. Like daughter like mother!  [PITNB]
  • The Michelle Obama magazine cover guide. Just in case you wanna check out the First Lady’s arms again.  [Gawker]
  • This alone would have made The Soloist a better movie.  [BWE]