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Brazilian police now say boxer Arturo Gatti hanged himself with a bag strap that he tied around a wooden staircase column seven feet off the ground.

Milena Saraiva, a spokeswoman for police in the northeastern city of Recife, says police first thought Gatti was strangled by wife Amanda Rodrigues.

They were led to believe this because his body was found on the floor.

Amanda Carine Barbosa Rodrigues was arrested but will not be charged.

An autopsy report indicated Gatti was suspended off the ground for three hours early July 11, however. An analysis found marks on the staircase column.

Arturo Gatti was found several hours later by his 23-year-old Brazilian wife, Amanda Rodrigues, who had been held in custody but was freed yesterday.

Police officially ruled the former welterweight champion's death a suicide.

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Reid Rosenthal, the third runner-up on The Bachelorette who shocked viewers after returning to the show, getting down on one knee and proposing to Jillian Harris on Monday's season finale - is still hurting over his rejections.

"I thought I was the best guy with her," he said. "I knew I wanted to spend tomorrow [with her]. I wasn't 100 percent sure we were going to get married in six months or a year, but I knew she was someone I wanted to spend a lot of time with."

Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez

"I actually thought that my relationship with Jillian was 50 times better than the other guys. I thought it was my job to come back and get her."

Reid Rosenthal adds that if he had admitted his love for Jillian earlier, she would have eliminated Kiptyn Locke in the penultimate episode, not him.

"At this point, I had strong feelings for her, but like I said at the [After the Final Rose] taping, everything happens for a reason," says Rosenthal. "That helps me have some closure right there. Everything works the way it is supposed to work out."

Ready to date again “pretty soon - immediately,” Reid Rosenthal admits that his recent modicum of celebrity has certainly been a hit with the ladies.

“It’s insane! I thought it was just in Philly but now I’m out in L.A. and I was hanging out by the pool minding my own business and every single person came up to me and wanted to take pictures with me,” a bewildered Reid recalls.

“When people come up, they are like, ‘We feel so bad.’ Two months have gone by now, so I’m a little more detached than when I first got back.”

As for Jillian Harris, Rosenthal says he has nothing but the best of wishes for her and Ed Swiderski: “If she’s happy, I’m happy for her,” he says.

Lastly, Reid, who was able to return the ring he bought for Harris, is not sure if he’d like to be the next Bachelor, should that opportunity arise.

“The upside is that you have 25 girls coming after you, which can never be a bad thing. I trust the process at this point even if it is a little unnatural and you have to get to know somebody faster than you typically would,” he said.

“The downside is it is a ton of work. With real estate being so busy now, it’d be hard for me to figure out how to keep my business and do that.”

Who should be the next Bachelor?

 

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Eminem has once again gone back to the seemingly endless well of celebrity disses and pulled out a new diatribe directed at Mr. and Mrs. Nick Cannon.

The reason (not that he's ever needed one) - he's firing back at Mariah Carey's recent Slim Shady-channeling video for her single, "Obsession."

In "The Warning," Eminem raps:

"I got the exact same tattoo that's on Nick's back, I'm obsessed now, oh gee, is that supposed to be me in the video with the goatee?"

He goes on to gloat about the time Mariah "was wild 'n' out before Nick" and when he himself gave Carey "somethin' to smile about." Wow.

This all started, we think, because Carey has made light of her reported relationship with Eminem back in 2001, and the rapper is clearly pissed.

Eminem gave Carey a shout-out in his recent tune "Bagpipes From Baghdad," which included a pointed suggestion to Cannon to "back the f*%k up."

Cannon responded in May that "homeboy is still obsessed with my wife."

A few days later, Eminem implied to listeners of the satellite radio show he was hosting that he had once urinated on the superstar. On purpose.

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  • The Cannons

Get ready for Eminem vs. Nick and Mariah, Round 10. [Photos: Fame Pictures]

Back to Team Cannon. Earlier this year, Carey dressed up like Eminem and poked no small amount of fun at him in her music video for "Obsessed."

Which brings us to "The Warning," in which Eminem scaldingly raps:

"You probably think if I had something on you I woulda did it by now, on the contrary, Mary Poppins, I'm mixing our studio session down and sending it off to mastering to make it loud, enough dirt on you to murder you, this is what the f--k I do..."

"Mariah, it ever occur to you that I still have pictures?"

Oh, boy. "But if I'm embarrassing me, I'm embarrassing you and don't you dare say it isn't true," he continues later in the track.

"As long as the song's getting airplay I'm dissing you, I'm a hair away from getting carried away and getting sued, I was gonna stop at 16, this is 32, this is 34 bars, we ain't even a third of the way through."

Bottom line? Don't expect to outlast Eminem in a feud.

Whose side are you on?

 

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The wife of Tom and the mother of Suri Cruise may be joining the cast of the Sex and the City movie sequel, if some recent rumors are to be believed.

Thankfully, the star is not planning to replace Jennifer Hudson as Sarah Jessica Parker's lovestruck personal assistant, nor hooking up with Mr. Big.

We hope.

Word is she's wanted to play a high-powered young businesswoman ready to go toe-to-toe with Kim Cattrall's take-no-prisoners Samantha Jones.

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Katie and Suri Cruise on her new movie set. [Photo: Fame Pictures]

Katie most recently "performed" on So You Think You Can Dance last week. We use that term very loosely, as there was little dancing and no singing in likely the most overhyped, overrated guest appearance in that show's history.

Holmes is also filming the new movie Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark. Do you think she'd be a good addition to the Sex and the City movie sequel?

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Michael Jackson spent his final hours in Dr. Conrad Murray's bedroom. In his personal physician's bed, as a matter of fact, investigators are saying.

Law enforcement sources say Jackson did not want people going in and out of his room, so he used Murray's bedroom when he received his IV of Propofol.

Michael Jackson Jr. Birth Certificate

Dr. Conrad Murray administered the powerful anesthesia to Jackson - as he was doing almost nightly - hours before he died, as the singer lay in his bed.

Emergency workers found an IV stand, an empty IV bag and oxygen tanks in Murray's room. Cops found a secret stash of Propofol and other drugs hidden in a closet connected to Murray's room in their searches after Michael passed away.

At some point, Dr. Conrad Murray left the room when Jackson was receiving an IV drip of Propofol and the doctor may have even fallen asleep. Cops believe by the time he woke, Michael Jackson's heart may have already stopped beating.

Dr. Murray was not in Jackson's house during the day. He would show up in the evening and leave in the morning. Law enforcement believes the doc may have regularly gone there at night to administer Propofol via IV so he could sleep.

Law enforcement officials believe that Dr. Conrad Murray may have discovered Michael Jackson around 9 a.m. on June 25 the day of the singer's death.

One theory cops are working on in their massive manslaughter investigation is that after discovering Jackson either in distress or dead, Dr. Murray called two employees in Houston and told them to remove boxes from his storage unit.

Both women - LaQuisha Middleton and her sister, LaQuanda Price - say Dr. Murray did not call them, but police think that's dubious. The stories of these women conflict. One says a box of needles was retrieved; the other, a chair.

As for what may have been in the boxes, law enforcement is investigating whether Dr. Murray had Propofol delivered to his Houston medical office ... possibly put in his storage unit ... and then FedEx'd to Los Angeles as needed.

Dr. Conrad Murray rented the storage unit April 1 and staff went back on four different occasions before Jackson's death. Law enforcement remains on the hunt for evidence of Propofol when they searched Dr. Conrad Murray's home and offices.

According to the search warrants, authorities were looking for, among other things, "records, shipping orders, distribution lists, use records relating to the purchase, transfer, receiving, ordering, delivery and storage of PROPOFOL."

The warrant also stated officials were looking to prove a number of alleged violations, including "prescribing to an addict" and "excessive prescribing."

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With Jon and Kate Plus 8 set to return to TLC Monday, will some of the new people in the recently-separated Gosselins’ lives be featured on the show?

“As far as new people that may be cycling into Jon and Kate’s lives, we’re taking it on a case-by-case basis,” said TLC General Manager Eileen O’Neill.

But we will see Kate's bikini body (the best revenge) as well as the hilarity that is “Jon struggling in the kitchen trying to make pizza for his kids.”

Zzz. We want Hailey Glassman cat fights! Instead, it looks like we'll get:

“You’ll see what its like when Kate has to put a tent up for the first time for her kids, who love to camp in their backyard. Then Kate gets a little advice from her daughter, who doesn’t think she does it quite as well as dad,” O'Neill adds.

In the past two weeks alone, Jon Gosselin has said his "heart is with Hailey," that he is "in a relationship with Kate Major" and that he is “single - per se,” and that, “I don’t want to introduce anyone [I'm dating] to my kids.”

Sooner or later, these contradictory statements have to backfire. We just hope it's televised when that happens. Here's Jon back at home yesterday ...

Jon Gosselin channels his inner Kate Gosselin. [Photo: Splash News]

Given that the show has basically become Jon and Kate Separ8, one wonders how long TLC can keep airing the show and pretending everything is normal. We'll find out!

Who sucks worse?

 

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Contrary to reports that he knocked up other people, aspiring actress and model Samantha Burke, 24, is the mother of Jude Law's fourth child, her lawyer says.

Sorry, Kayleen McAdams. Or congratulations?

Suri With Katie

"Samantha Burke can confirm that she did in fact have a relationship with Mr. Law and that she has informed Mr. Law that she is expecting his child later this fall," Burke's attorney, who is not identified, said in a statement to TMZ.

"Since informing Mr. Law of the pregnancy, he has been nothing but responsive and supportive of Ms. Burke and the pregnancy."

A Florida friend of Burke, who is based in Florida, reports that the model told her she was "pregnant from Jude Law." Law's rep declined comment.

On Wednesday, the actor, who has three children with ex-wife Sadie Frost, announced he was expecting a fourth child with an unidentified ex-lover.

It's the latest round of scandalous activity for the star, who was also engaged to Sienna Miller before he was caught doing his children's nanny.

Jude Law will appear in Hamlet on Broadway in October, and will star with Robert Downey Jr. in the film Sherlock Holmes opening on Christmas Day.

Here are a few more Samantha Burke pictures TMZ dug up ...

As you can see, Florida model Samantha Burke appears to be holding onto some tools in this undated photo. It appears she was later knocked up by one.

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It was a match made in heaven. Or at least Nashville.

The big day began with only a picnic – although the blindfold may have tipped off Holly Williams, who was going to be proposed to by beau Chris Coleman.

Luisana Loreley Lopilato de la Torre and Michael Buble

The granddaughter of music legend Hank Williams was escorted to Leipers Fork, Tenn, and treated to a picnic with wine and cheese, followed by a hike.

That's when Coleman decided to dig for Civil War relics.

"I dug up a beautiful wooden box with my favorite love quote on it," Holly Williams, 28, recalled, "and the engagement date carved in roman numerals."

"He wood-burned the letters onto the box! He got on one knee and I opened the box, underneath the flowers and basil were the rings."

A gushing Williams called it "a perfect engagement." She is currently on tour promoting her sophomore album Here With Me. Congrats to the pair!

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When Gossip Girl star Jessica Szohr turned up at a Louis Vuitton party, we got our first glimpse of Hilary Duff’s new Femme for DKNY Jeans line.

Szohr sported a $59 floral cardigan from the collection. Now the ads are out, starring Hilary (who will be guest starring on Gossip Girl this season) alongside models Sophie Srej and Gracie Carvalho in a NYC street-inspired campaign.

Minka Kelly Emmys Dress

Combining Hilary’s personal style and the individuality of New York - the inspiration behind her designs - the Femme for DKNY Jeans fall '09 ads were shot on the Manhattan streets by Scott Schuman, of the style blog The Sartorialist.

With Hilary Duff joining the NYC-set series this fall, what better theme than the gritty and glam streets of the Big Apple for her latest venture?

Check out one of the Hilary Duff DKNY ads here ...

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Staring at a murder charge, the man who allegedly struck and killed former American Idol contestant Alexis Cohen may be putting the blame on her.

The lawyer for 24-year-old Daniel Bark says his client plans to plead not guilty across the board to the charges of vehicular homicide, aggravated manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and evading police on the New Jersey shore.

The kicker? Attorney Daniel Glassman (no relation to Hailey Glassman) tells E! News Cohen may have been boozing it up right before she was killed.

"So far, the information that's been provided by the prosecutor's office has been all one-sided in respect to the allegations against my client," he says.

"There's no specifics on witnesses, where the victim was found, the nature of the impact of the car ... and we don't know what the victim's physical condition was before the accident so it's a little premature to discuss."

Specifically, Glassman says his team is looking at the "mechanics" of the incident, which began when Daniel Bark allegedly struck a parked car with his 2005 Mitsubishi Galant and then ran down Alexis Cohen, 25, while trying to flee the cops.

Daniel Bark is looking at potentially mitigating factors such as:

  • What the lighting was like at the accident's time of 4 a.m.
  • Whether or not she accidentally stepped in front of his car.
  • Whether the American Idol castoff's drinking at a local watering hole may have somehow contributed to the tragedy.

While Glassman confirms Bark had a prior DUI dating back to 2004, the lawyer was quick to note that allegations his client are "without substance of fact."

Glassman also notes that potential lawsuits are in the works.

"There are three parallel investigations," he said. "One from prosecutors, two from civil attorneys with respect to the bars involved and our defense strategy in relation to the mechanics of how the accident happened."

On behalf of Daniel Bark, who's currently being held on a suicide watch in Ocean County Jail on $250,000 bail, Daniel Glassman expressed condolences to the family of Alexis Cohen, calling it a "horrible situation."

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