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Joe Francis has been named the Douche of the Decade by a prominent celebrity gossip site. He's cool with that - but not about Gawker calling him a rapist.

The Girls Gone Wild kingpin is vowing to sue the site for $10 million after it referred to him as "a rapist" while crowning him the winner of its recent poll.

Incidentally, Francis received 32 percent of the nearly 9,000 votes cast. We would have probably bet on a different douchebag, but Joe is very deserving.

"You messed with the wrong guy. No one makes up lies about me and gets away with it," an irate, douchey Francis e-mailed Gawker founder Nick Denton.

"I lost a $10 million deal as a direct result of you calling me 'a rapist.' You will be paying me every dime of that back and more! Are you mentally retarded?"

"Do your research first," the sleaze added. "I am coming at you harder than I ever went after anyone. I am going to wipe you off the grid! YOU ARE DONE!"

DOUCHE OF THE DECADE: In the end, there was little competition.

"You, Nick Denton, are truly the douche of the decade. Merry Xmas IDIOT!!!"

And with those words, Joe officially earned his Douche of the Decade crown.

Francis attached a shirtless pic of himself (above), adding, "I sent you an updated picture of how I look ... because you seem to be sexually obsessed with me."

Alright then.

Francis told Page Six that the Gawker line were directly responsible for him losing a $10 million distribution deal, as if that were even remotely possible.

"They used Wikipedia as their source. It's pathetic," said Francis, who has never been formally accused of rape (just tax evasion, woman-beating, etc).

Gawker managing editor Gabriel Snyder did not apologize, and said this in response to Joe's threats: "We wanted to retire the word 'douche' by crowning Joe Francis as its apotheosis, but it looks like he's determined to remain the standard-bearer."

Your move, Joe.

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Copay for doctor's office visit to get checked for STDs? $20. Body shop work on the Escalade? $8,100. New 7-iron? $99. Potential net loss for sponsors? $12 billion.

Entertainment value for celebrity gossip sites? Priceless!

So it goes for the Tiger Woods, who's become a one-man stimulus package for gossip magazines and websites worldwide, but a sinkhole for his own sponsors.

According to a study by two economics professors, Woods' sponsors (those who haven't dumped him) are really feeling the fallout of his recent sex scandal.

Tiger may have cost the companies he endorses as much as $12 billion between the time he wrecked his SUV Thanksgiving night and now, they theorize.

Fittingly, that's about one billion for each of Tiger Woods' women!

A BIG WINNER: Well, for us. For Nike and Gatorade, he's the opposite.

Nike, Gatorade and EA Sports were hit hardest as a result of their carefully worded vows of support for the cheater extraordinaire, losing a total of $6 billion.

Just imagine if Tiger and Rachel Uchitel are really still together, which has been reported more than once in the past week or so. Better unload stock now!

Fortunately, Accenture managed to escape their Woods association with no negative financial effects to their company. Then again, they pulled Tiger's ads.

The question is, now that the shock value of Tiger's mistresses has started to fade a bit, will Woods be able to redeem and redefine his image? If so, how?

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Unlike tens of thousands of Playgirl subscribers who flocked to see pictures of Levi Johnston nude, Bristol Palin wants nothing to do with her baby daddy.

A heated custody battle between Levi and Bristol is heating up after she petitioned for sole custody over their son Tripp, who just turned one yesterday.

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The request by Bristol Palin for sole custody was made public after a Superior Court judge ruled last week against keeping the court proceedings closed.

A temporary order authorized the use of pseudonyms while the court handled the request, as no good "could result to the child by an onslaught of media."

Levi Johnston pushed for open court proceedings - there's a shocker!

"I feel more comfortable in a public courtroom which will help everyone stay civil and be on their best behavior," the media whore said in a statement.

RNC-YA! Bristol dumped Levi shortly after the '08 campaign.

Levi is seeking shared custody and denies claims by Bristol Palin that he has been avoiding his parental responsibilities, according to multiple reports.

In addition to sole custody, Bristol requested child support and asked that Johnston's mother, Sherry, not be allowed unsupervised visits with Tripp.

Sherry Johnston was busted for dealing drugs earlier this year.

"The best interests of the child compel the conclusion that Bristol should be awarded 100 percent legal and physical custody of Tripp, with visitation rights in favor of Levi," Bristol's attorney Thomas V. Van Flein said in court papers.

Bristol and Johnston conveniently broke off their fake engagement, concocted to make Sarah Palin look less terrible during the 2008 presidential campaign after the news of Bristol's pregnancy broke, shortly after Tripp was born.

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The guy accused of trying to blackmail David Letterman has offered to plead guilty in exchange for a one-year prison term, according to the New York Post.

Robert Halderman's lawyer, Gerald Shargel, denied knowing anything about an offer, saying: "There have been no plea negotiations. None whatsoever."

He would say that regardless, of course, and it's all a moot point until January, when Cyrus Vance Jr. takes over as Manhattan's new District Attorney.

A one-year term would be a far cry from the 15 he's facing.

Halderman stands accused of trying to shake down Letterman for $2 million by threatening to expose the TV star's series of sexual affairs with staffers.

Letterman admitted as much - and was blatantly honest in his on-air apology to fans, staffers and wife Regina Lasko - even breaking the story himself.

WHAT A RACKET: Halderman is accused of trying to shake down Letterman.

Prosecutors allege that Halderman dropped off a one-page "screenplay treatment" with Letterman's driver September 9. The proposed "story line" revolved around an intern-loving comedian whose sexy antics were about to be outed.

That plot appeared to make direct reference to Letterman's admitted affair with intern Stephanie Birkitt - also Halderman's ex-girlfriend - and others.

But instead of caving, Letterman went to war, contacting police and wiring his lawyer for a series of meet-ups with Halderman, who was later arrested.

He is free on $200,000 bail. Shargel has filed papers demanding dismissal of the charges, arguing that this was nothing but a "business transaction."

Prosecutors aren't buying that, though, saying that Halderman hatched the extortion plot with the screenplay nonsense as his intended cover stlory and admitted on tape that he resorted to the scheme because he needed the money.

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Yesterday, THG readers were given the challenge of writing the best caption for the celebrity pic below. Your Caption Contest winner is MissEnya.

While we loved the references to Lindsay and Adam Senn, we had to go with this hilariously straightforward (and likely) the most accurate entry.

Congratulations on a job well done! The winning entry appears below the photo, and you can click here to read the full list of submissions sent in.

Thanks to everyone for playing! Good luck next time!

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brb k???!! plz don't leave i want 2 tlk bout r rltnshp!

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: Amy Winehouse collapsed yesterday.

The cause, as hilariously described by the singer's rep? Nervous exhaustion!

Wino is being treated at home for exhaustion after a chest infection "coupled with the stress of her recent arrest on suspicion of assault" both took their toll.

THG NOTE: Also taking their toll? Massive amounts of hard ass drugs.

A source close to the 26-year-old train wreck said that she is “soldiering on” to get her latest album completed (riiiiiight) despite not feeling well these days.

The star has been told to “keep low profile and fully recuperate” over the festive period. That means keeping Blake Fielder-Civil at least 100 yards away.

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Amy Winehouse sure is exhausted a lot. [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

Amy’s recent arrest - for allegedly attacking a theatre manager at a performance of Cinderella in Milton Keynes on December 19 - has led to her being charged with assault - or in UK terms, "a public order offence and common assault."

She will appear in court to answer to the charges on January 20.

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Hailey Glassman's new love interest, boxing promoter Damon Feldman, believes Jon Gosselin set her up after his New York City apartment got trashed.

Glassman, Jon's ex, moved out of the apartment she shared with Jon last week. Her lawyer admits that Hailey removed her belongings at some point.

The apartment was absolutely ransacked, however, something Hailey says she had nothing to do with, and Feldman says she's not even capable of.

“I spoke with Hailey a week ago and she was pretty depressed about the whole situation [with Jon]," Damon said. “In my opinion she was set up."

"She was definitely over the guy and had already made arrangements with delivery trucks to remove her possessions before the incident went down."

“Hailey may act young and foolish at times but she comes from a really good family and I don’t think she’s the type of person to smash up a place."

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Damon Feldman and Hailey Glassman. [Photo: Splash News Online]

The Glassman-Gosselin relationship took a bizarre twist the day after Christmas after the reality dad called police and said he found his apartment in tatters.

Items were missing, clothing and other items were slashed, and a note he claimed was from Hailey Glassman was speared to a wooden dresser with a knife.

Gosselin’s attorney, Mark Heller, said unequivocally that that Glassman would be going to jail as a result of the incident, but her lawyer says she's not guilty.

Stephanie Ovadia insists Glassman simply removed her stuff last week and didn't trash anything. The implication is that Jon - or someone - is framing her.

We guess we wouldn't put it past Jon to stage the break-in as a publicity stunt, but if Hailey didn't do it, who else had both the means and the motive here?

Damon Feldman, who was rumored to be involved with her lately, says "things seem to have gotten out of hand but I believe Hailey just wants to move on."

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Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane's McBaby will be a girl.

The Grey's Anatomy star, who will also be guest starring on Private Practice January 14, and his wife confirmed they were expecting first child in November.

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The couple, who tied the knot five years ago, haven't said much publicly about their baby-to-be, but they have expressed desire to start a family in the recent past.

"We've always wanted to be parents," Gayheart said.

"I think that without a doubt, Eric is going to be the most wonderful dad, and hopefully I'll be a good mom too. We're absolutely looking forward to it."

GREAT DANE NEWS: Eric and Rebecca are having a girl!

She is reportedly due in March, and buzz that Dane got Rebecca Gayheart pregnant came at a good time for the couple, after the year they just went through.

They ended the summer with some bad press after the release of that Eric Dane nude tape, which was originally being called a sex tape, albeit without sex.

He was frolicking with Rebecca and Kari Anne Peniche, also nude.

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Gossip Girl star Jessica Szohr appears on the cover of February's Teen Vogue.

The actress is often the target of scorn from Gossip Girl fans. Her character, Vanessa, is the show's least popular, and in real life, she dates Ed Westwick.

Those are two ways to get teenage girls on your bad side in a hurry, but she brushes it off. Although she does admit dating Ed can be awkward at times.

"It can be a little awkward when all of a sudden [you have feelings for] a friend; someone you'd call to talk about a different boyfriend," Jessica says.

"But there wasn't a lot of thinking and talking. It kind of just happened. We had fun together, and we were like, 'All right, let's see where this goes.'"

A Teen Vogue Cover Girl

Ed Westwick is a "really rad guy," the 24-year-old Gossip Girl star adds. "He's awesome, smart and talented and adorable, and we make each other laugh."

They don't have Valentine's Day plans yet - last year they went to Jamaica with Leighton Meester and Sebastian Stan - but they'll have fun regardless.

"We go to dinners, have nights by ourselves and fun romantic times in general," she says. "And a lot of times I like just cuddling up on the couch."

Aww. The great Chuck Bass is a softie and a cuddler, who knew?

Click to enlarge more Jessica Szohr pics from Teen Vogue ...

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Erin Muller, who once agreed to marry Michael Lohan for some reason, now wants nothing to do with him. Better late than never on that realization.

Part of the reason? She says he physically abused her at least 12 times over the last two years, including once when he "kicked [her] in the vagina."

Erin, who already has a restraining order against Mike (which he violated and ended up in jail for), filed court documents in Nassau County, N.Y., yesterday, asking the court to drop Michael's recent harassment allegations against her.

In doing so, Erin Muller said Michael Lohan abused her in ...

December 2007: Michael Lohan "slapped Erin in the face twice because Erin accused him of giving her a fake watch on her birthday." The nerve.

February 2008: Michael "punched Erin in the mouth" because she had a male friend on Facebook. Well, she should really know better, right?

Erin Muller says Michael Lohan is abusive.

March 2008: Michael "whipped a computer cord" at her face but she blocked it with her hand ... causing a laceration. Good reflexes, though, Erin.

May 2008: Michael "kicked Erin Muller in the ribs."

May 2008: Michael "kicked Erin Muller in the vagina, bruising it and causing substantial pain." Okay, this is really not funny and is just depressing.

June 2008: Perhaps worst of all, Michael allegedly "spit in Erin's face and then beat her repeatedly with his fist." Then he "yelled at her to 'stop crying c*nt - other people will see you - and if they see you, I will kill you!'"

This guy needs to get locked up for a long, long time. Maybe Adam Senn really is good for Lindsay ... compared to this maniac, how can he not be?

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