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As police continue to investigate Dr. Conrad Murray, it appears more likely by the day that Michael Jackson's personal physician will end up in court, the defendant in what could be a negligence, manslaughter or even murder trial.

His defense, some have posited, may rest on his ability to paint Jackson as an addict who was essentially to blame for his own death. Is this a fair argument?

Michael Jackson Entertainment Weekly Cover

Criminally speaking, Dr. Conrad Murray may be held liable in some capacity for the June 25 demise of the star when the ongoing police investigation ends.

But what if he hadn't died? Consider the following scenario:

Jackson is revived in the ambulance or at the hospital, but a whirlwind of media coverage still surrounds him. Police ask the same questions ... only he lives.

Was MJ doctor shopping? Did he pay doctors cash in exchange for questionable practices? Did he use aliases to fill prescriptions? The list goes on and on.

How significant role did Michael Jackson (1958-2009) play in his own death, and how should the answer to that impact the criminal investigation of others?

Ethically, and likely legally, Dr. Conrad Murray should know better than to administer a drug like Propofol to Michael Jackson outside a hospital (whether he tried to cover up what happened by waiting five hours to call 911 is another topic).

So, we shouldn't blame the victim, right? But what if the victim is not blameless? What if the victim used his vast power, wealth and charm to get what he wanted? Should someone, even a doctor, really be held accountable for placating him?

Michael Jackson was, after all, a grown man, albeit one exhibiting marginal decision-making abilities in the last years of his life. Accounts of him pleading for drugs are abundant. Was he destined for a disaster of his own creation?

If you're defending Dr. Conrad Murray in a murder trial, you might try to argue that.

But on the flip side, was Jackson still the victim in all of this - not just because he died June 25, but all along, from the mental disorder of drug addiction?

It's a question not easily answered. What do you think? Is Michael responsible?

 

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Madonna and her kids - Lourdes Leon, David Banda, Mercy James and Jesus Luz - took a mini-vacation in Italy in celebration of her 51st birthday yesterday.

Jesus Luz may be Madonna's boyfriend, but at 23, he is closer in age to the pop star's children than to her, so he falls in that category. Cute family photo:

Madonna, Jesus Luz, Kids

Jesus Luz plays dad to Madonna's growing brood.

The Material Mom celebrated her birthday at the Splendido Hotel in Portofino, Italy, sharing breakfast and alone time with Jesus. What a nice family vacation.

In previous Madonna lover news, Guy Ritchie has recently gone public with Mellany Gandara, while Alex Rodriguez is hitting home runs with Kate Hudson.

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Looks like Kate Gosselin is not the only one who's had enough of Jon.

Reportedly, TLC is also extremely unhappy with its 32-year-old reality TV star, a result of the newly-single, endorsement-seeking bachelor's recent parading around with Ed Hardy shirts, earrings and a string of mediocre girlfriends.

Jon Plus 4

That unhappiness has prompted the network to blur any brand logos that Jon wears on the show. Executives have made this an official policy.

"TLC feels like they are being used by Jon," said a source close to the situation. "They want to send him a direct message, loud and clear."

"The relationship between Jon and the network has become very strained."

Jon is actively shopping for business deals and has met with Ed Hardy designer Christian Audigier several times, as has his girlfriend Hailey Glassman.

Wearing the company's shirts on TV seemed like a great way to gain free publicity for their rumored partnership, but TLC but a blurry kibosh on that.

TLC doesn't want Jon shilling for lame Ed Hardy shirts on its watch.

As a result, Jon feels TLC is taking Kate Gosselin's side in their divorce, allowing her to do a recent PR tour but canceling an interview he had with E! News.

There has been talk by some execs at TLC about following Kate's lead and divorcing Jon. Kate Plus Eight Minus Douchebag? Jon Minus Nine? Stay tuned.

Controversy surrounding the embattled pair simply won't abate. Last week, Jon dealt with police showing up at his house after he refused to let Kate in.

She called 911 after becoming upset Jon was allowing Stephanie Santoro - a woman he is also rumored to be nailing - to babysit their adorable brood.

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She may or may not be a hermaphrodite. But no matter what genitalia she may or may not have, Lady Gaga "eats up and spits out" men, according to a pal.

The fashion-forward (or fashion-challenged, depending on your viewpoint) star's producer, Rob Fusari, compares her to the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz:

Lady Gaga in Black and White

Heartless.

Lady GaGa broke up with her random boyfriend Speedy last month, but Fusari says she could not care less and will move onto her next victim man soon.

He said: "In terms of her break-up, that sort of stuff doesn't faze her."

Lady Gaga is a serious man-eater, says her producer pal.

"She's got a little bit of a Tin Man heart. I'm not trying to sound mean but she eats them up and spits them out. To her men are like candy - take the wrapper off, chew it up a few times. Just the sort of girl you want to take home to mom!"

Lady GaGa, 23, dated "entrepreneur" Speedy after meeting him on the set of her "Love Game" video. She is said to have been the one to nix their romance.

Who will see Lady Gaga nude next? Besides every reader of Rolling Stone and Out magazine? Who knows, but they should heed a few words to the wise:

  • Do not get too attached.
  • She may have a penis.

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Perez Hilton has gone and pissed off another star. Or at least Ashlee Simpson.

The celebrity gossip blogger reported that Ashlee and husband Pete Wentz got into a fight at the one-year anniversary of his Chicago bar, Angels and Kings.

Hilton quoted eyewitnesses who said a boozed-up Ash instigated the spat and told Pete "he was [acting] horrible... and made him leave his own party early."

This ignited a war of words between the Wentzs and Perez Hilton. Via Twitter.

Ash Twit

Making it clear there was no bad blood with her beloved, she went after the gossip queen with a vengeance: "When all you do is make up untrue stories - look in the mirror. Do you even feel human?? Karma is a bitch. Your story is WAY off."

Hilton, who refers to Simpson-Wentz as "Asslee" (in typical clever fashion) fired back with this Tweet to Pete: "Sorry to hear what Ashlee put you through."

With mock compassion, the most hated man in celebrity gossip then suggested rehab facilities in Malibu Ashlee can check into, while defending his story.

"I don't wanna name names and get people fired but several of the people I spoke with work at Angels & Kings. I'm not wrong," Perez Hilton Twittered.

Perez Twit

"WRONG," replied Ashlee. "My husband is an amazing dj and was dedicating songs to me. We were just havin fun. Our love is amazing ... Get ur own life."

No doubt will.i.am was thinking the same thing while feuding with him in July ... before his manager stepped in and Perez got his ass whomped, that is.

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The mother of Jude Law’s fourth child is hitting back at the critics who say she is digging for gold, steadfastly declaring: "I'm no gold-digger."

Samantha Burke, who is seven months pregnant with a girl after dating Jude while he was filming in NYC this year, says she wants no cash.

Burke, 24, recently wrote on her blog: "I can't tell you how far from a gold-digger I am. I've never dated a rich man in my life. I've always wondered how girl friends of mine could even ask their boyfriends to buy them clothes.”

She's no Heather Mills, in other words.

Samantha’s blog was in response to reports claiming she will demand $10,000 a month in child support from the actor once the child is born.

Jude Law has vowed to stand by Samantha Burke after the birth.

Whatever relationship they had appears to have been very brief, and is believed to have taken place when the actor was filming Sherlock Holmes in New York.

In any case, Law says he is accepting responsibility for the child and plans on being a supportive dad once the former Hooters girl gives birth this fall.

Sam’s spokesperson has echoed that positive sentiment. He previously said: "Jude Law has been responsive and supportive through the relationship and pregnancy and Jude will remain so as a father once baby Sophia is born."

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With his estranged wife Katie Price moving on very publicly with her new man Alex Reid, a downtrodden Peter Andre could barely hide his distress Saturday night on what a friend described as probably "the worst day of his life."

The reality star and singer was said to be "horrified" after seeing graphic photos of Katie Price kissing Alex Reid - in front of his children this time.

Katie Price and Alex Reid

A source close to the depressed Andre, 36, said: "He is more upset than I have seen him since he left Kate - this really is the worst day of his life."

Peter also accused Katie of being a "despicable mother" when he heard her use profanity in front of the kids and encourage them to mimic her.

But sources say it was the latest batch of pictures of Katie cavorting with cage-fighter Alex Reid as her children with Peter played nearby, all the while being filmed by a camera crew, really set the depressed Peter over the edge.

Needless to say, Peter Andre is not a fan of Katie Price. Or Alex Reid.

A source close to Peter told the Daily Star: "He couldn't believe it when he saw the photos of his kids being fathered by this man he has never even met."

"For [Katie Price] to introduce him to the kids is hard enough. But behaving like a pair of teenagers right after their dad leaves is another thing altogether."

During a row stuffed full of expletives, Peter branded the giant-breasted model known as Jordan a "despicable mother" and said she was a "disgrace."

Having been married to her for some time, you wouldn't think this would be altogether shocking, but she does seem to be rubbing it in his face pretty hard.

Follow the link to keep reading the Daily Mail's account of Peter's misery ...

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Despite the hopes and dreams of OK! Magazine and deranged Newlyweds fans across the nation, former spouses Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson aren't getting back together, despite the undeniable coincidence that both are single right now.

Just ask Nick's brother, Drew Lachey.

The former Dancing with the Stars winner was asked about a possible reunion of Nick and Jess Saturday and answered, "On the record or off the record? No on both."

Nick and Jessica - who separated in 2005 and divorced in 2006 - both ended their most recent relationships this year. Nick and Vanessa Minnillo split up early this summer, shortly before Tony Romo dumped Jessica before her 29th birthday in July.

He has most recently been seen with Holly Letchworth.

Nick-Jess

When told that people want to see Nick and Jessica back together, Drew told Us, "I think everybody who was a fan of Newlyweds wants the same thing."

Jessica recently told Vanity Fair she hadn't spoken to Nick "in years." But she said the MTV show helped her realize the importance of good relationships.

"It made me understand what marriage is, what love is, what commitment is," she said. "In all honesty, I believe it did not affect our marriage. Because we enjoyed watching those episodes, and that will always be a time I cherish."

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Disgraced NFL star Michael Vick spoke to 60 Minutes last night in his first interview since he admitted to participating in and bankrolling an illegal dogfighting ring, resulting in a just-completed prison term and a suspension from pro football.

Vick, who was recently reinstated by the NFL and signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, said his piece under tough questioning on 60 Minutes.

While some of his answers definitely sounded rehearsed, and his level of sincerity can never be fully known, the football star seemed at least semi-honest.

Few animal lovers are likely to suddenly forgive Michael Vick based solely on this interview, but at the very least, the athlete was never in explanation mode.

He claimed responsibility, proclaimed his "disgust" and never tried to distance himself from the violence and cruelty by claiming he was just the financier. “I could have put a stop to it,” he said. “I could have shut the whole operation down.”

Are you sold? Check out Vick's 60 Minutes interview below and see ...

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Things have been going well for Britney Spears.

She's gotten her career back on track, she now enjoys shared custody of her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James, and her bikini body looks as amazing as ever.

She even managed to find a new man in Jason Trawick, who some believe may have popped the question already (judging by the engagement ring she's wearing).

New rumors, however, suggest that Britney and Jason's relationship may have taken the opposite turn. Jason supposedly feels like they are moving too fast.

A Britney Spears Bikini Photograph

“It was just too fast, too soon for Jason,” said a source close to her. “He told Britney repeatedly that he would never marry her, but she refused to believe him."

“She thought she could change his mind by having a baby with him.”

Note that the source is the National Enquirer. While that fine publication is to be believed when it writes about Rielle Hunter, on other topics it is quite suspect.

One thing that's not suspect? Britney Spears pictures in which she wears a pink bikini and goes swimming in an L.A.-area pool. She looks great. Enough said.

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  • Pic of Britney and a Friend
  • Pink Bikini Pic
  • Britney Spears, Pink Bikini
  • Britney Spears Side View
  • Poolside Snack
  • Still Wearing the Ring
  • Britney Spears is Wet
  • Britney in the Pool

[Photos: Fame Pictures]

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