What was Mexican beauty queen Laura Elena Zuniga Huiza doing cruising around her Western state with seven men (including her boyfriend), a stash of pistols and semi-automatic weapons, and $53,000 in cash? That’s what Mexican cops are trying to find out by detaining her for 40 days, pending charges of “racketeering, drug trafficking, guns and money laundering.”
If hot bad girls are your thing, you’ve apparently come to the right place. Laura, 23, is the reigning beauty queen in her home state of Sinaloa, and was recently crowned Miss Hispanic America. But Sinaloa is also home to some of the country’s most powerful drug cartels, and police are accusing Zuniga’s boyfriend, Orlando Garcia Urquiza, of being a big shot in the Juarez Cartel, which supposedly smuggles drugs into Texas.
Just how Laura connects to to the dirty drug world remains to be seen, but her involvement does put a glamorous face on Mexico’s gruesome and growing drug war – in which kidnappings, torture, and constant be-headings are now frighteningly commonplace. We smell a movie in the making! Maybe Laura could star – if she ever gets out of the clink, of course. [Time]
We’ve been dying to see pics of Sondra Fortunato all week, after we read about her getting kicked out of the Giants game this weekend by security, who deemed her ultra-sexy Santa to be too revealing for those innocent football fans. Well finally, our wish has been granted. [Photo: Splash News Online]
Hootie & the Blowfish are remembered for two things: making millions off of their dull, G-rated 90′s rock music and being totally goody-goody and scandal free. But oh, how both those things have changed! We came across this little tidbit today and couldn’t resist posting it: apparently drummer Jim Sonefeld (aka the long-haired awkward dude) just married the ex-wife of guitarist Mark Bryan (the curly-haired awkward dude). A-ma-zing.
The band officially broke up in August, 2008, which means that Jim was probably boning Mark’s ex while playing alongside him in the band. Lead singer Darius Rucker -who’s now a big star on the country scene -recently said about their split: “There are some things going on with Hootie,” which could totally be a reference to the wife-swap. But really, Jim just wants to love Mark’s wife the best that, the best that he can. We should probably lay off.
The tests are in and the blood confirms it – Lindsay Lohan has a new half sister. The 13-year-old Montana native Ashley Kaufmann is the latest dysfunctional Lohan to emerge on the scene, after DNA testing proved that Michael Lohan is indeed her father. Her mom Kristi and everyone’s favorite celebu-dad did the nasty back in 1995 when he was separated from then-wife Dina. Michael says it was a random, week-long hook-up, while Kristi claims it was love. Regardless, they’ve now got a kid together, who looks a little like Lindsay and a lot like her little sister, Aliana, who’s just a couple years older than Ashley. Awkwardddd!
The most disturbing thing about the whole affair is how ready-for-fame Ashley and Kristi are. Both are excellent at relaying their sad tale of Lohan scorn, and we even see Ashley do a couple takes in the clip above while discussing changing her last name to Lohan (answer: nope!). And while Kristi is obviously much more naturally beautiful that Dina Lohan, there’s no way she can possibly match the red-head den mother in media savvy and manipulative smarts. Is this mother-daughter team ready for the hell that is Hollywood? If the money is right, we bet the answer is yes. [Video: Splash News Online]
Jon Favreau (no, not the actor) is best known as the young, bright and ambitious speech writer for Barack Obama. But now the 27-year-old whiz kid has a whole new reputation to embrace – juvenile, dumb, and tacky – after a photo of him groping a Hillary Clinton cut-out (while a friend kisses her lips and holds a beer at her face) leaked onto Facebook for a couple of hours. All photos from Favreau’s Facebook page have now been removed, but that did not stop the image from spreading across the web. The man of many words has currently gone silent, aside for a rumored apology issued to Hillary’s camp.
The future Secretary of State downplayed the drama, and her spokesman jokingly told the Washington Post that “Senator Clinton is pleased to learn of Jon’s obvious interest in the State Department, and is currently reviewing his application.” However others have not been so kind. Former Clinton Press Secretary DeeDee Myerswrote in Vanity Fair of the photo: “It’s an act of deliberate humiliation. Of disempowerment. Of denigration.”
What do you think – is the pic a stupid joke gone wrong, or a serious, sexist slam?
In a sad twist that no one expected, it was revealed that Mark Ruffalo‘s brother Scott was not murdered, but died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound that apparently occurred during a game of Russian Roulette. Shaha Mishaal Adham, 26, has been released from the Beverly Hills jail where she was being held, and her lawyer insists that she will not be charged with anything. Apparently Adham walked into the scene after arriving at Ruffalo’s home to obtain her keys. “This was an accidental shooting by someone that plays with guns,” her attorney said. “A series of wrong decisions starting with her not staying at the scene of the shooting caused an incredible chain reaction of stupidity and bad luck.”
Our thoughts continue to go out to the family of Scott Ruffalo, who will be buried at a private service this week.
Normally one of the most private stars around, Shania Twain caused a bit of commotion yesterday at JFK Airport when she hopped off a plane from Switzerland with a hunky companion. The twist? Her new tall, dark and handsome is apparently the husband of the woman who split her marriage apart. Follow that?
Back in May, the country mega-star separated from her husband of 14 years, Robert “Mutt” Lange, who described their falling out as “just a growing apart, that’s all.” But word later leaked that the private pair apparently called it quits over Mutt’s wandering eye, which allegedly landed on none other than the couple’s trusted secretary and manager of their Swiss mansion, Marie-Anne Thiébaud, who later denied the affair.
Her husband,businessman Frederic Thiébaud, has been identified as Shania’s traveling companion. Graeme Massie of Splash News was at JFK when the pair emerged together off a flight from Geneva. “They were walking side by side,” he told Scandalist. “But as soon as they saw photographers they looked at each other and laughed, and he dropped back.”
He also revealed that Shania and Frederic “stood apart” while waiting for their limo, then “looked relaxed” once inside the ride. Could it be because Shania’s finally gettin’ some love from a pure-breed stud and not a Mutt?
This story out of Philly is, well, worthy of the five o’clock news. Former CBS news anchor Larry Mendte was sentenced to six months house arrest after he was caught hacking into his co-anchor’s personal email account. Mendte read over 500 of Alycia Lane‘s personal emails, after their “improper relationship” (translation: they were boning) went sour when his wife discovered the affair. Mendte and Lane (pictured above) had a falling out and he sought revenge in her inbox, eventually spreading rumors about Lane that resulted in her firing. “When I look back on the story of my life, I can’t believe it brought me to this moment. I am ashamed,” Mendte declared in court.
Lane is already infamous for causing drama wherever she roams. In 2007, she was arrested in New York City for punching and verbally assaulting a police officer, and the hottie has been accused of sending bikini pictures to a married journalist. Sounds like these co-anchors were a match made in crazy heaven. [Photo: Splash News Online]
Alex Rodriguez‘s ex-wife is supposedly steamed that the slugger has opted out of Thanksgiving with her and their kids, and will instead be roasting up a pile of bulgar wheat for his goddess Madonna. An email to a friend was either leaked or intercepted, and in it she rages about the Yankees star and his Madge-obsession. She writes: “My 6-foot-3, 220-pound soul-less, soon-to-be ex-husband is abandoning his kids on Thanksgiving to be with Madonna . . . She called and he ran on her command back to New York City . . . Gross!”
Cynthia Rodriguez‘s gal pals need to head on over to her place with a bottle of vodka and a bag of Tostitos and lay down some serious girl talk. The guy is a douchebag – ditch the nasty emails and move on with your life, Cyn. Find a new man and toy with his brain! You know – like Madonna did. [NYP. Photo: GettyImages]
Woo! It has been ages since the last proper celebrity sex scandal in the UK, but this weekend has seen one of our biggest and richest stars at the receiving end of a very juicy accusation. According to the News of the World, sweary chef and uber-brand Gordon Ramsay has been having it off with someone other than his wife Tana for the last seven years. His alleged mistress, Sarah Symonds, even wrote a book last year called Having An Affair? A Handbook For The Other Woman. Useful! Gordon has reportedly been meeting Sarah at various London hotels for “sex sessions” this past week alone, even once at the Marriott Hotel which contains his very own restaurant, Maze. And the scarlet woman was spotted shopping for vials of amyl nitrate before meeting up with Gordy-boy.
“Sarah said Gordon had specifically asked her to go to Soho and get him some poppers for their romp. He likes the buzz,” reports the paper (and many more salacious details, too).
While there’s always a neat element of schadenfreude to hearing of the possibility that a mega-rich celebrity who pimps out his reputation as a devoted family man is anything but, it amazes us just how famous people think no-one will ever find out. And we wonder how this will affect his relationship with business partner and head of Gordon Ramsay Holdings, Chris Hutcheson, who happens to be Tana’s dad. Still, the couple managed to do the requisite “we’re still together” poses for the paparazzi yesterday, although didn’t actually comment on the allegations themselves. We’re sure those happy smiles lasted long after the cameras packed up and left, yes? [Photo: Splash News Online]