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Louisville University basketball coach Rick Pitino told law enforcement he had sex with, and paid for an abortion for, a woman named Karen Sypher.

Pitino is not charged with any crime as a result. On the contrary, he came forward to accuse Sypher of attempting to extort $10 million from him.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports Pitino admits he was drinking and had sex with Karen Sypher in 2003, and gave her $3,000 for an abortion.

Only a month ago, Sypher filed a report alleging the 2003 rape, but Pitino’s attorney said, “Karen Sypher is indicted for extortion. The commonwealth’s attorney has said [Sypher] is void of any credibility on these 6-year-old allegations.”

Sypher only made the rape allegations after being indicted. Prosecutors who have reviewed Sypher's claims say Pitino, 56, won't be charged.

Rick Pitino

Karen Sypher is married to the Louisville basketball team’s equipment manager, Tim Sypher, however the estranged couple has recently filed for divorce.

According to ABC News, Tim Sypher worked as Pitino’s personal assistant with the Boston Celtics from 1997-2001, and followed him to Louisville in 2001.

The criminal complaint filed in the case claims Tim Sypher gave Pitino a list of written demands from his wife, which included college tuition for her kids, money to pay off their house, two cars, and $3,000 ... later increasing to $10 million.

Karen Sypher pleaded not guilty to the charges of attempting to extort $10 million from Rick Pitino, who has been married to his wife Joanne for 30 years.

Sypher, 49, a blond stunner who used to model, met Pitino in a restaurant on August 1, 2003. He claimed Sypher walked up to him early in the evening and asked if he would call one of her sons, which Pitino said he did.

Rick Pitino said that Sypher left and returned about closing time. After the restaurant closed, Sypher "started coming on to him and that they had sex."

Rape allegations surfaced much later, but police found several descrepencies and no evidence that anything other than a consensual encounter occurred.

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Kelly Clarkson may be comfortable with her weight, but Self magazine wanted her to drop a few pounds, apparently. A slimmed-down photo of Clarkson on the women's magazine's cover this month is causing waves online.

Lucy Danziger, editor-in-chief of the women's health magazine, is speaking out in defense of "retouching" the 27-year-old simply make her "look her personal best."

"Yes. Of course we do retouching," Danziger writes about the pic in a post on Self.com. "Did we alter her appearance? Only to make her look her personal best."

Calling Clarkson "the picture of confidence," Danzinger writes, "I think this photo is the truest we have ever put out there on the newsstand."

Kelly Clarkson in Self

Did Self artificially slim down Kelly Clarkson?

But many have expressed disappointment and outrage over the digitally slim Kelly. And in the article itself, Clarkson defends her fuller figure.

"When people talk about my weight, I'm like, 'You seem to have a problem with it; I don't. I'm fine!,'" the original American Idol winner says.

"I'm never trying to lose weight – or gain it," she added. "I'm just being!"

This is not the first photo flap the singer has been involved with in the last year.

In January, Kelly Clarkson wrote on her blog that "they Photoshopped the crap out of me!" on her All I Ever Wanted album cover image.

What do you think of the retouching? Too far, or standard?

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Cameron Douglas' girlfriend, Kelly Sott, was busted yesterday for trying to smuggle the accused meth dealer some heroin while he was in a courtroom.

We can't decide if this is disturbing, pathetic, hilarious or all three.

Cops say Kelly Sott was caught trying to pass an electric toothbrush to Cameron Douglas. One that happened to be stuffed with dime bags of heroin, of course.

This took place in a conference room in a federal courthouse in New York City, according to NBC New York, and Sott was taken into custody by police.

Cameron was in court facing charges from his crystal meth bust.

The DEA believes he's been slingin' meth over the last few years. Officials say they busted the 30-year-old after a prolonged sting and that he is not small time.

He is accused of being a well-oiled drug machine, selling methamphetamine between New York and L.A., delivering the addictive substance in person, or via Fed Ex from a California hotel, according to the criminal complaint.

Kelly Sott is seen here with alleged meth dealer Cameron Douglas and Academy Award winner Michael Douglas. Nice photo. Troubled individuals. Well, not you, Mike.

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Former NBA star Reggie Miller is denying accusations that he slept with Ali Kay, a woman who is engaged to Alex von Furstenberg, the son of designer Diane.

But the former Indiana Pacers great does admit to flirting ... a lot.

This strange love triangle became the talk of the Southern California coast after Alex von Furstenberg hired a small plane to fly over the beaches Saturday.

The plane carried behind it a sign that read, hilariously, "Reggie Miller Stop Pursuing Married Women." Doesn't leave much to the imagination, does it?

According to Reggie's rep, Miller and Ali Kay met at a Malibu supermarket in March. He says the two flirted and spent the rest of the day texting like crazy.

We're talking more than 50 texts to the other in a six-hour span, a number verified by Reggie's phone records. Then the rep says Ali Kay - a clothing designer herself - even texted Reggie photos of herself in provocative poses.

Is Reggie Miller coming between Alex von Furstenberg and Ali Kay?

According to Reggie, by April he had enough and took her out of his phone contact list. In May, Ali reconnected with him, wanting to know why he'd closed the door.

Reggie says the next day he got an angry call from Alex von Furstenberg.

Reggie claims von Furstenberg then began a campaign of harassment - calling his friends and even hiring a private investigator to tail Miller personally.

Alex von Furstenberg says he did this because Reggie continued to pursue his fiancee. Reggie says that's a lie and that he even had to get a restraining order against Alex ... who responded by hiring his own lawyer to prepare a counter restraining order.

Over July 4 weekend, there was a telephone call in which Reggie, Alex and the lawyers supposedly buried the hatchet and it seemed everyone moved on.

Until the giant sign flew over the beach, that is. Maybe Whitney Port can get a message to Diane to resolve this once and for all. Everyone loves her.

Reggie Miller Sign

Reggie Miller is accused - in an unusual manner - of pursuing married women. Note: Alex von Furstenberg and Ali Kay are not actually married. Minor detail.

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The newly-single Jon Gosselin may be living it up without the ball and chain on his ass these days, but when it comes to ex-wife Kate, he still offers praise.

"Kate's the mother of my children," says Jon. "I only wish her the best."

As for rumored fling Kate Major, a.k.a. Kate 2.0? Not so much!

Speaking to E! News, the father of eight was asked to comment on Major's claims last night that Jon is a liar and two-timer who needs to man up.

"I'm happy that she's out of my life," Gosselin said.

Oh. Yes. He. Did. Kate 2.0, that one stung.

Major, who quit her job to be with a guy she hooked up once, and who is in the midst of a midlife crisis and in full rebound mode, just got served. The lesson here? Wait for the second or third date before making life-changing decisions.


BIG PIMPIN': Jon Gosselin is a true player for real. At least as far as mediocre, unbalanced and slightly pathetic chicks go - he's got that market cornered.

Somewhere, Hailey Glassman is reading this quote and doing celebratory shots and bong hits while playing with guns. He's officially all yours, party girl.

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Bristol Palin's baby daddy, Levi Johnston, hasn't trashed the Palin family in a few weeks, so we're so glad he found a mic at Sunday's Teen Choice Awards (yes, he went) and told the world what he thinks of Bristol's campaign for abstinence.

"I don't buy it," Levi told Radar Online. "The first time it [the subject of abstinence] came around, she said it wasn't realistic. Now she says it is. So I think she caught herself in a little thing there. I don't buy it. It's all a show."

Strong words from Johnston, although pretty accurate.

As for the mother of Bristol Palin, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Levi says he's back on good terms with for the sake of his new baby, Tripp.

But that didn't stop him from saying how her marriage has been in trouble for some time, and ultimately led to her resignation as Alaska governor.

When we asked if his would-have-been in-laws, Sarah and Todd Palin, had marital problems, Levi responded: "Oh yeah. There have been from day one."

Asked if he thought marital problems were the reason she stepped down as governor, Levi Johnston again didn't hesitate: "Oh yeah, I definitely do."

He also said Sarah Palin will be chasing bigger paychecks now that she’s out of office and on the speaker circuit. “She took the money,” Johnston said.

“That’s what she’s talked about for awhile now, that’s what I’m gathering and I think that’s what she’s doing,” shared the 19-year-old aspiring actor.

Not sure how long he'll be in their good graces after this, but we're glad he shared - and we look forward to Meghan Stapleton's ridiculous response.

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Claire Elisabeth Fields Cruise, the lovable nut job who claims to be the mother of Michael Jackson's children (and Connor Cruise), needs a psychiatrist ASAP.

Seriously, if you know this woman, go to her. She needs you.

But her depraved lunacy doesn't stop the press conference she gave yesterday from being oh-so-entertaining. After filing for guardianship of Blanket, Paris and Prince, Claire Elisabeth Fields Cruise enlightened us with the following revelations:

  • Michael "has always known" he is the father of Connor Cruise, but was happy to give him up to Tom and Nicole Kidman for adoption because he did not like the color of his skin (nothing like making up stories and being racist).
  • Michael Jackson, Jr., a.k.a. Prince Michael I, and the oldest of the three children, was fathered by Cyril Raul, who "lives in France."
  • Paris Jackson's father is a man named Julian Bleacker, Claire's "unofficial college sweetheart." Sorry, Mark Lester. Tough break.
  • As for how the children were conceived, the nut job said "there is technology that is in existence" to remove the conceived children from her body and insert them into the bodies of the surrogates who gave birth to them.

Check out all this and more in the crazy video below ...

In case you're wondering how this wacko was granted a public forum, before Michael Jackson's will can be entered into probate and its instructions carried out, the law provides people excluded from the will the opportunity to object in court.

The court doesn't have to do anything about it, but they can (and will) be heard. Thus, we get to meet wannabe baby mamas like Cruise and Billie Jean Jackson.

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It's not easy being Eddie Cibrian.

In March, the handsome actor found himself at the center of a cheating scandal when he was accused of having an affair with LeAnn Rimes (which he denied, even though it was kind of totally true). In July, his wife Brandi Glanville separated from him.

The reason? His affair with LeAnn Rimes. And Scheana Marie Jancan.

In any event, the CSI: Miami star has since been spending time with Rimes - who herself recently separated from her husband of more than seven years, Dean Sheremet - and speaking out about the drama for the first time.

Well, speaking up truthfully for the first time.

"I don't know how people perceive me," he told Entertainment Tonight. "I do know when you reach a certain point in your career you're placed in a fishbowl."

"Things unfortunately get magnified. We are all human, we are not perfect."

Eddie Cibrian and Brandi Glanville married in 2002. He was first linked to LeAnn Rimes earlier this year when the pair co-starred in the Lifetime movie Northern Lights.

Cibrian would not discuss his relationship with Rimes, but called attention to the love he has for his two kids, Mason, 5, and Jake, 2, as well as his estranged wife, Brandi Glanville, who has spoken openly about her husband's alleged infidelity.

"The fact is I love my family dearly, and I'm a great father," Eddie says.

"It just saddens me that this is hurtful and being played out publicly."

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Tom Brady has a tough job, what with a yearlong recovery from a blown-out knee, and with 300-pound linemen trying to squash him and everything.

He also sees Gisele Bundchen nude for life, so it's hard to be sympathic.

Still, there is little doubt that despite his status as football's golden boy, not everything goes according to plan for the New England Patriots star.

Tom Brady in Details Magazine

Brady, who started dating Gisele weeks after splitting with Moynahan, says that the smoking hot couple's first date was set up by a mutual friend.

"This friend told me he knew a girl version of me," Tom Brady says.

"And he said to me he'd found a boy version of me," she chimed in.

Nauseously cute, aren't they? The relationship clicked, and the couple tied the knot last April. Bundchen is now pregnant with their first child.

What does life hold next? Who knows, but he's ready for it all.

"Somehow our American culture has made it out exactly what life needs to be – and that if it's not that, it's all screwed up," Brady says.

"But it's not. You go through life and you try the best you can."

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What is a nice, adopted teenager to do when a press-hungry whack job named Claire Elisabeth Fields Cruise (the last name is not a coincidence) tries to say she's his real mother - and that Michael Jackson was his biological father?

For Connor Cruise, all you can do is focus on your career.

Connor Cruise, Isabella Cruise

The 14-year-old budding thespian (and adopted son of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, despite what Michael's insane, wannabe baby mama says in court) is signed on for his second big-screen offering, a remake of Red Dawn, the '80s action flick.

Connor's debut came as a younger version of Will Smith's character in the terrible Seven Pounds. It's good that the bar was set low for him at least!

Connor Cruise is following in his dad's footsteps. Sort of literally.

According to reports, Connor Cruise will play the son of the local mayor, who along with three friends form an unlikely insurgency against evil enemy invaders.

Tom Cruise couldn't be prouder, but since his own company, United Artists is producing the film, he probably wasn't all that surprised at this casting move.

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