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Daniel Bark, the man arrested for the hit-and-run death of American Idol contestant Alexis Cohen, has been charged with death by vehicular homicide.

The 23-year-old, who was booked yesterday for reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident, was also charged with aggravated manslaughter.

And eluding a law enforcement officer for good measure.

Alexis Cohen was killed on the road in Seaside Heights, N.J., on the state's famed shore, over the weekend. Her body was found by two pedestrians.

Bail for Daniel Bark has been set at $150,000.

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Police say Alexis Cohen was run over by Daniel Bark.

Speaking outside the courthouse afterwards, the suspect's attorney, David Glassman, said Bark is "having an extremely difficult time mentally coming to terms with the fact that there's an allegation that he caused a death."

American Idol might remember Alexis Cohen's angry yet empowered, partially censored, post-rejection rant aired during the show's seventh season.

Last year, she unsuccessfully auditioned for season eight.

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Kristin Davis and her Sex and the City character, Charlotte York, may have both been unlucky in love at one time or another, what with divorces and her tawdry photos getting leaked and all. But Davis has found a match in Russell James.

"It's been going on for a bit now," says a source close to the actress and the celebrity photographer. "She's very supportive of him – she seems very happy."

On July 20, the pair joined another pal at Katsuya Brentwood for dinner in Los Angeles. Russell James and Kristin Davis, 44, sat in an intimate booth.

Davis rested her head against his shoulder.

"She was all smiles," says the onlooker. "A little giddy."

The duo walked out quietly, trying to keep a low profile, with Kristin Davis grabbing Russell James' hand for a second as they headed up the steps.

In June, Davis joined James at a party to celebrate his new photography book at the grand reopening of Santa Monica's Shangri-La hotel.

"They hung out at the party and were definitely a little flirty in public."

"They seemed like an item," said an observer at the time.

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In an emotional season finale, The Bachelorette star Jillian Harris ended up with Ed Swiderski, ousting Kiptyn Locke and leaving Reid Rosenthal devastated.

After Kiptyn was rejected, it appeared as if Reid might sweep Jillian off her feet with his dramatic return to the show. But ultimately, Jillian's feelings for Ed, the Chicago native who left and returned himself this season, were just too strong.

The episode began on the big island of Hawaii and a date with her parents, Ed Swiderski and his chest hair. He admits to her folks that he used to be married to his girlfriend in Chicago job, but now is here because he loves Jillian.

Glenn Harris gave Ed Swiderski his blessing to propose to Jillian.

Then it is time for Jillian's date with Kiptyn Locke. They are reunited at last. They kiss. A lot. They kiss again. They say a few words. And so on, et cetera.

Asked if he's in love with Jillian Harris, Kiptyn says he's "getting there." Moments later, he admits (to the camera) that he is in love with her. More kissing.

After meeting both guys, her parents and hot cousin praise ... both. Jill is still torn. Fortunately, she goes on second dates with both of the perfect fellas.

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Jillian Harris' decision on love did not come easy. Wes would understand.

Ed's goes really well, with no sign of performance anxiety. He confesses that he wants to be with Jillian ... forever. Hard to top that, although Kiptyn Locke tries, saying he's ready to commit and wants Jillian to - OMG - move to San Diego.

In a shameless plug for Neil Lane, the guys both pick out rings. The dudes are hella nervous. Jillian has made her decision and decides she is going to let go of ...

... Kiptyn. Even after he was gonna propose and stuff. Heartbreaking.

Sad as she is, Jillian can now focus all her attention on ... wait, is that a mysterious taxi pulling up! Yes! With Reid Rosenthal, who arrives, shirt untucked!

In tears, Reid says he had to pull "a million" strings to get back on the show (yeah, right), admits his mistakes, and professes his undying love to Jillian. Swoon.

He drops to one knee and pops the question! It's the most romantic thing ever. But ... crickets. Jillian: "I need to think aboot this." She leaves. Reid waits.

Fortunately, Chris Harrison is there to coach her. He tells her to follow her heart. Jillian: "How do I make a decision like this?" Chris: "Because you know." Pimp.

Jillian cuts Reid loose for the second time. That's gotta be rough.

Even a valiant effort by Reid Rosenthal couldn't stave off Ed Swiderski.

Finally, it's Ed's turn to walk across the pool and into Jillian's arms. He professes his love to Jillian once again, gets down to one knee and asks her to marry him.

She accepts! They embrace! Tears flow. He gives her a piggyback ride. Cue obligatory cheesy montage of Ed-Jillian highlights from weeks past as the credits roll!

Will Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski last?

 

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Two weeks after being placed under a Britney Spears 5150 psychiatric hold, Mischa Barton has left the hospital and is ready to resume working.

"I can confirm that she's left the hospital with the intention to resume production" of her new CW show, The Beautiful Life, her rep said today.

Mischa Barton was placed under involuntary psychiatric hold at L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center July 15 after calling police for "personal issues."

But fortunately, Barton appears to be making progress since the meltdown.

Ashton Kutcher, co-creator and producer of The Beautiful Life, said as much.

"I can tell you right now Mischa Barton is doing great," Kutcher said.

Mischa Barton is back on the outside ... for now.

Production on The Beautiful Life, which stars Barton as a pill-popping supermodel (somehow it seems like an appropriate casting) is set to begin Friday.

The CW had been making contingency plans in case Mischa didn't show up for filming, casting a character with similarities to Barton's Sonja Stone.

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Amy Winehouse's ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, is apparently still around.

He is also apparently doing what he can to cash in on his final moments of fame by describing how he feared his wife was dying in his arms during a bender.

Fielder-Civil, who was granted a divorce from her on grounds of her adultery on July 16, told The Sun how Amy went into a seizure and stopped breathing.

He recalled: "She started having a fit on the bed. She slid down on to the floor before I could stop her. She started quivering and it suddenly grew into like a full-blown epileptic fit. I was panicking. I didn't know know how to help her."

He later notes, "I was out of it on drugs as well."

The heroic Blake Fielder-Civil described how he put the songstress into the recovery position, pulling her tongue out of her mouth to stop her biting it.

He added: "I knelt over her as she kept on fitting. But then suddenly she just passed out and stopped breathing. It was the most frightening thing I had ever seen. I felt sure I was watching her die right in front of me."

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It was a match made in the crack dens of London heaven. [Photo: Fame]

"I didn't know how to save her. I held her to me. I thought she was dying in my arms. But I managed to open her mouth and breathe air down her throat."

"At first nothing happened. So I did it again. I was feeling for a pulse because I thought her heart might have stopped. Then she spluttered - and I saw her chest rise. I was sobbing and panicking but I just felt this huge relief that she was alive."

Blake Fielder-Civil continued describing how Amy Winehouse, slipping in and out of consciousness, was unable to recognize him and called out for more drugs, before a friend called a taxi to take her to hospital, where she was placed on IVs.

Reflecting on Winehouse's troubled life, her ex-husband said:

"It's just a shame because she's very funny, very clever and she's very loving. I can think of all these good points about her. But she just put everything going for her - all that talent and personality - and hid them behind drink and drugs."

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After Tony Romo broke up with her the night before her 29th birthday, he took extra precautions in shielding himself from Jessica Simpson in Dallas.

Specifically, he made sure she wouldn't be able to get near his home.

A sign at the entrance of his gated community reads: "RED ALERT!!! TONY ROMO HAS MADE SOME CHANGES TO HIS LIST OF PEOPLE ALLOWED IN... JESSICA SIMPSON IS NO LONGER ON THE LIST AND NOT APPROVED FOR ACCESS."

Red alert?

Seems a bit extreme. Maybe the John Mayer text messages set him off.

Not that Jessica wanted to stick around: The singer paid $19,000.00 on July 15 to ship 37 boxes worth of her belongings from Dallas to L.A. overnight.

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Couples often break up and say they don't want to see each other anymore. But Tony Romo really doesn't want to see Jessica Simpson anymore. [Photo: Fame]

After the the couple - who began dating in November 2007 - called it quits earlier this month, a pal of Romo said that "It's been a long time coming."

Not everyone expected the news, however.

"I thought they would... tie the knot," said Romo's insane former teammate Terrell Owens, who famously slammed Jess for being a "jinx" on America's Team.

For her part, Simpson has been working out again with a personal trainer in L.A., going on movie dates with her mom and girlfriends, and trying to move on.

"Everyone needs to know hope floats... grab the strings and pull it back to you... Falling asleep with my mom and the dogs. Please, Lord, give all of my beautiful fans, friends, enemies, and family rest. Bring all of us peace," she Tweeted.

That is pretty pathetic. No wonder her family feels bad for Jessica.

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Making the media rounds to promote her new book, Getting it Through My Thick Skull, Mary Jo Buttafuoco calls her ex-husband, Joey Buttafuoco, a sociopath.

Speaking on Good Morning America today, Mary Jo discussed her relationship with Joey, and answered the question: “Why did you stay with Joey for so long?”

"Because I believed him when he said he had nothing to do with her," she stated, referencing Joey's lover Amy Fisher, who shot Mary Jo in the face in 1992.

"He was a very good sociopath and liar. When I looked it up on the Internet, and looked at sociopathic tendencies, I said 'Oh My God.' Joey fit all the criteria."

Mary Jo Buttafuoco's new book has drawn attention to the term sociopath, the definition of which is a person with antisocial personality disorder, who is unable to confirm to societal norms and exhibits disregard for the rights of others.

Mary Jo Buttafuoco is really, really trying to drive her point home, though. It's like she's trying to make it so Joey Buttafuoco comes up when you Google "sociopath."

Joey Buttafuoco released a statement in defense of being called a sociopath, stating that he would prefer to be diagnosed as a sociopath by a doctor, rather than simply termed it by ex-wife, and feels "victimized" by the accusation.

Aww, poor Joey. One could argue that Mary Jo was victimized by being shot in the face by Amy Fisher, but that's neither here nor there at this point.

Mary Jo Buttafuoco said that her son stated to her, “Dad is a sociopath, and he’s never going to change.” She calls this realization a "revelation."

Asked why she stayed with Joey 11 years after the incident until divorcing him in 2003, she said "It's never one easy thing. Life is not like that."

True. Why let a single bullet lodged in your thick skull dictate things.

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Contrary to reports, Omer Bhatti says he's not Michael Jackson's love child.

But is the 25-year-old connected to the late superstar in a different way?

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In recent weeks, Omer Bhatti has been said to be Michael Jackson's "secret son," a product of a one-night stand Michael had with his Norwegian mom, Pia.

Omer says it's not true, but rather Michael was just a father figure to him while his family lived at Neverland Ranch when he was a young boy (weird, yes).

We thought that was the end of it.

But today, Star Magazine claims the biological mother of Michael's third child, Prince Michael Jackson II (a.k.a. Blanket) is ... none other than Pia Bhatti.

Is Omer Bhatti's mom Pia also Blanket Jackson's mom?

Blanket was born to an unknown surrogate in 2002. His birth mother has never been ID'd. Debbie Rowe is (supposedly) the mother of Jackson's other kids.

As for Pia Bhatti, the one-time dental hygienist lives with her husband in a middle-class suburb of Oslo, Norway, and refuses all requests for interviews.

"Pia was sworn to secrecy about Blanket," says a source. "Michael liked the mystique. He never wanted anyone to know the truth about any of his children."

The report claims that Omer Bhatti, who dazzled MJ with his moonwalk in 1996, became so close to the pop star that Jackson wanted Pia to carry Blanket.

Of Pia being Blanket’s mom, the source continues: "But you only had to see her with Blanket. She treated him as her own for one very good reason - he is."

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It is deservedly called the worldwide leader in sports, but perhaps the #1 criticism of ESPN over the years has been its unabashed and frequent self-promotion.

Now, a pair of stories over the past week and ESPN's involvement in each have made the network the story - deservedly or not - and left it under fire.

Erin and Maks in Bed

First, a hotel peephole video surfaced of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, who was filmed in the nude without her consent. Andrews' representatives and ESPN acknowledged the grainy video was her and that they would seek civil and criminal action.

Erin Andrews was the victim of an abhorrent act, one no fault of ESPN's.

However, the network's reaction - particularly its banning of the New York Post after the paper printed Erin Andrews nude pics - was questionable, some feel.

The Post's gossip page ran an item Thursday blaming ESPN for its letter to the website hosting the hotel peephole video that ultimately outed Erin Andrews.

One columnist even wrote, "The fact is one person committed the crime, but all of us, including ESPN, contributed to this revealing peep at our culture."

First, there was the Erin Andrews tape. Then the Ben Roethlisberger case.

When a Nevada woman named Andrea McNulty filed a civil suit accusing the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback of sexually assaulting her in the hotel where she worked last summer, ESPN did not report it on TV or on its website.

Its reasoning: "A policy of not running stories based on civil suits without a criminal investigation or without conducting its own reporting."

ESPN claimed to be taking the high road by not reporting the lawsuit, but as it pertained to Ben Roethlisberger, many wondered if ESPN was refusing to only to stay in good standing with one of the country's most high-profile athletes.

Finally, three days after the story broke, ESPN reported it, saying it was just waiting for either Roethlisberger or law enforcement to make a statement.

Any news organization has the right to set standards by which it will report a story, of course. But the New York Times reported it, and given that it involved a sports figure, it's a little odd that the "Worldwide Leader in Sports" did not.

If nothing else, ESPN's impartiality and role in creating more news than it reports is a subject being hotly debated in journalism circles.

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Nick Lachey didn't waste any time moving on from ex Vanessa Minnillo, or putting to rest rumors that he will be getting back together with Jessica Simpson.

He will not be.

The legendary boy bander seems to be returning to his blonde preference, at least. Nick was seen at Stanley's in Sherman Oaks, Calif., over the weekend with a mystery blonde, who he ended up leaving with after lots of flirtatious chatting.

Who can resist Nick Lachey? Not many ladies. His last single phase, ended by Vanessa, proved that without a doubt. Here's them heading out of the bar ...

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If anyone can ID Nick Lachey's new mystery girl, we'd be appreciative. We just hope Jessica Simpson isn't reading The Hollywood Gossip right now. [Photos: Fame]

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