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Magician David Copperfield is being investigated by the FBI, authorities say, although they won't comment about the nature of the investigation.

Agents raided the legendary magician's belongings Wednesday night. A search was conducted of a warehouse in Las Vegas where Copperfield stores items for his show. The raid reportedly stems from an ongoing case in Seattle.

The nature of the case? Federal authorities in Seattle apparently are involved in an investigation of David Copperfield for "possible sexual misconduct by the illusionist," according to a source in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

According to the Las Vegas newspaper, David Copperfield's accuser said that the alleged misconduct occurred outside the U.S., but the case came under the FBI's jurisdiction because the accuser is a U.S. citizen.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer called local authorities seeking comment but did not get far. A spokeswoman for the FBI's Seattle office declined to discuss aspects of the case on the grounds that the investigation is pending.

A separate TV news station reported that at a dozen federal agents "stormed" a warehouse connected to David Copperfield, seizing a computer hard drive, a digital camera system and nearly $2 million in cash.

David Chesnoff, Copperfield's lawyer, said: "There is an investigation, we are in touch with investigators, and respect the confidentiality of the investigation."

UPDATE: The FOX News Channel is reporting as of Friday afternoon that a Seattle woman is alleging that David Copperfield raped her.

The woman told Seattle police the magician committed rape while she was in the Bahamas in July. Because the alleged incident happened outside the country and the woman did not report the alleged incident until she returned to the United States, Seattle authorities turned the case over to the FBI.

Sources say that no rape kit was done on the alleged victim in the Bahamas, which could make prosecution of David Copperfield for rape difficult.

Regardless, David's situation sounds serious. It's enough to make the marital troubles faced by fellow illusionist, Criss Angel, seem tame by comparison.

More to come ...



Britney Spears has settled her civil case with the owner of the car she hit in a parking lot last August, according to a source close to the case.

The L.A. City Attorney filed criminal hit and run charges against Britney. Several law enforcement sources now say Spears reached a civil settlement, so the hit and run case against her would probably be dropped shortly.

Sources say Spears has agreed to pay the owner of the parked car approximately $1,000 for damage to the vehicle plus ensuing rental car expenses.

Britney Spears has also been charged with driving without a license. That charge probably will not be dropped as a result of the civil settlement, sources say.

Recent reports claimed Spears was going to blame the celebrity news media for the incident. But it is not clear as to whether that excuse was used.

Spears still could lose the count of driving without a valid California license. A source said that Brit's attorney, Michael Flanagan, plans to present documents proving she now has a valid license, which may reduce the count to a citation.

Good thing Sam Lutfi took her to get that, finally. Here's hoping Britney can put this messy incident behind her and move on to better things: fighting helplessly for custody of her kids and wearing no pants to Starbucks.



In an absolutely stunning celebrity news item, Amy Winehouse was arrested for marijuana possession Thursday in Norway, police in Bergen confirm.

Authorities, acting on a tip "from a good source," arrested the 24-year-old singer, husband Blake Fielder-Civil and a male member of her touring party at around 6 p.m. in Bergen's Radisson SAS Hotel, a police source says.

Wino at Court Hearing

They found .25 ounces of marijuana in the singer's room.

The three were held for about 12 hours in separate cells, fined and then released. Winehouse and Fielder-Civil paid a 500 euro ($714) fine.

The member of her touring party, Alexander Foden, who creates hairpieces for Amy Winehouse, paid a 350 euro ($500) penalty.

"She paid the fine and she was released," a police source was quoted as saying. She and Blake Fielder-Civil were "very cooperative. It's over."

The scandal-plagued singer was hospitalized back on August 8 and treated for exhaustion, the start of a roller-coaster ride of canceled commitments.

Heck, even her parents and in-laws have publicly told her to get off drugs.

All of her U.S. appearances have been postponed until 2008.

The arrest also comes after Amy Winehouse had a shaky start to her European tour October 15 in Berlin. She tripped and staggered on stage and forgot the first few lines of the cover she did of "Valerie," by British band The Zutons.

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The most talked-about ankle in L.A. seems to be on the mend, David Beckham revealed on his official blog. And it was enough for the star to suit up for the L.A. Galaxy's game against Red Bull New York last night. Yesssss!

We have to say, David Beckham is looking downright hot on his website. While he definitely uses way too much hair product, we do our best to look past it for this level of hunkiness. Damn, what a sexy beast.

  David Beckham: The official (hot) website photo.

"After spending the past few weeks working hard on my fitness you'll be glad to hear I now feel ready to play," Beckham wrote prior to the game. "I'm not match fit yet, but I hope to get on and play a little, which will help my fitness."

Beckham entered the game as a substitute in the 68th minute with the score tied, drawing a huge cheer from the announced crowd of 27,000.

He took five corner kicks in 22 minutes, but the Galaxy couldn't score. a bit distracted by the large breasts of Victoria Beckham, perhaps?

Or the cuteness of Cruz Beckham? We will never know. But it's great to see the stud muffin back in the lineup. The sport missed him so much.



On The CW series Gossip Girl, popularity is the name of the game for Serena van der Woodsen.

But for the actress who plays her, Blake Lively, it takes a little more getting used to.

Blake Lively: Marie Claire Cover

"It is a crazy and completely insane business," Blake Lively says of her new celebrity status in CosmoGIRL!

"I'll go to an event wearing some designer gown and tens of thousands of dollars in jewelry that was lent to me for the night, and I'll walk around and meet people who I always thought were such a big deal."

Despite being a stunner herself and starring on a new hit show, the 20-year-old Lively insists that she isn't overly starstruck.

"Stars really are like anyone else," the Gossip Girl star says. "At the end of the day, Brad Pitt poops - as handsome as he may be - and so does Angelina Jolie. I'm still baffled by how odd this job is."

Well put, Blake. Lively tries to keep it in perspective, and refuses to condemn other young actresses who have had difficulty in that regard.

"I think people who bash girls in Hollywood who are struggling with addiction or going into rehab aren't being totally fair; it's not solely their fault," she says.

"When you don't have someone to model yourself after, you're eventually going to make mistakes. There's no one there to tell them what's right or wrong, who's a positive example and who isn't."

THG NOTE: Sounds like an indictment of Lynne Spears to us!

Even as she gets used to the glitz of the entertainment business, Blake Lively still remembers the goggle-eyed young fan she used to be.

"As a kid, I had a crush on Leonardo DiCaprio and, my gosh, Justin Timberlake," she says. "They were the two I can really think of just being in love with."



Looks like her underwear isn't all that Britney Spears has had stripped from her this month. The train wreck has lost visitation rights with sons Sean Preston Federline, 2, and Jayden James Federline, 1, according to a court documents.

"[Britney Spears'] visitation with the two minor children is suspended pending
her compliance with court orders," the document, released today, reads.

No further explanation was given. However, on September 17, the alleged pop star was ordered to complete a long list of court requirements, including random drug testing, work on parenting with a coach, and counseling.

Britney Spears: Not a fan of court orders. Or underwear.

The ruling was handed down by L.A. Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon after K-Fed's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, requested a hearing Wednesday.

A lawyer for Britney Spears had no immediate comment.

After being temporarily stripped of custody on October 1, Britney had been given visitation rights with access every other day to Sean Preston and Jayden James.

She was then allowed an overnight visit once a week with the children after making a personal appearance in the courtroom last week.

However, it's clear that little has changed. As Tuesday Knight says, the girl just doesn't want to wear underwear. Old habits are hard to break.

Spears and Federline are required to attend the next hearing, October 26.



Minka Kelly naked? Minka Kelly in no underwear?

Dream on and dream on, guys. Trust us, it's a good thing. We already have one Britney Spears to ogle/ridicule for her insistence on wearing no pants.

Derek and Minka Pic

In the photo below, the Friday Night Lights star arrives at the posh Saks Fifth Avenue cocktail party welcoming French designer Christian Louboutin to Hollywood at ‘S' bar Wednesday, looking beautiful as ever. Peep it ...

We've blocked out the entire region up in this piece, but Minka Kelly was not about to channel her inner Britney or Paris. She wore underwear to the event.

Mercifully absent from this and other Minka Kelly photos from the evening? Her rumored boyfriend John Mayer. The large-domed singer-songwriter has been celebrating his 30th birthday in New York this week, though, so it's possible scheduling conflicts kept them apart. But here's hoping they broke up.

Follow this link for the uncensored Minka Kelly pic, in which you can see for yourselves that there's no crotch shot ... just a leopard print thong.



With roles on two hot television shows this fall, Kristen Bell is giving Lauren Conrad a run for her adorable, blonde money. Plus, she can actually act!

Below, Kristen Bell joins her Heroes co-star, Hayden Panettiere - quite the pair of cuties, we'd say - at a Christian Louboutin cocktail party hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue & at Hollywood's S Bar on Wednesday.

A Cute Girl

Bell, the former star of Veronica Mars, has signed on for a 13-episode story arc on Heroes, and is reportedly being considered as a full-time cast member after that.

She also serves as the mysterious narrator on The CW's Gossip Girl - Kristen Bell voices the mysterious girl who blogs high school gossip. It's actually a pretty good show, for those of you who haven't checked it out.

As for Bell's counterpart in the picture above, she's everywhere these days - and the 18-year-old starlet with beauty and brains is quite the fashion connoisseur.

"These were my birthday gift," Hayden Panettiere said of the black peep-toe shoes she wore in honor of designer Christian Louboutin. "I'm addicted!"

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Is Katie Holmes pregnant with her second spawn of Scientology? Or just the latest victim of the preposterous poufy, puffy pregnancy rumor?

The latter.

Off to the Office

Despite setting the celebrity gossip world abuzz with this rather loose fitting, high volume (and high priced) gown at a Berlin airport October 13, Katie Holmes isn't bearing another baby at this time. Got that?

"She is not pregnant," her rep says, convincingly.

But the day she procreates again might not be far off. A family insider is quoted in the latest issue of Us Weekly as saying, "Katie has said she wants another child with [husband Tom Cruise]." And who can blame her?

"She talks about it a lot," this TomKat deep throat dished. "But I do not know when exactly they plan to have another baby."

For the time being, Katie has her hands full with 18-month-old daughter Suri Cruise. And what an adorable bundle of joy Suri Cruise is.

"Katie treats Suri like her best girlfriend," a source close to the family tells Us Weekly. "Suri is the center of it all."

Certainly, Suri Cruise is at the center of our celebrity baby world. Sam Alexis Woods, you've got some big shoes to fill!



Lawyers for Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, the psychiatrist of Anna Nicole Smith under investigation in the Playmate's death, are challenging the validity of search warrants used in last Friday's raid on her home.

According to TMZ, the home of Khristine Erosovich was one of the locations raided by state officials as part of an investigation into the doctors who prescribed medications to Smith, who died in Florida February 8.

In L.A. County court, Erosovich's lawyers challenged the officials' search warrant as "overly broad" and requested the return of some of the psychiatrist's personal items, including CDs and DVDs that had been seized in the raid.

Attorneys for Khristine Erosovich also made arrangements to view all seized materials. We've learned the judge may appoint a Special Master to the case.

This is to ensure there was no inappropriate seizure, and analyzes material seized to determine what is protected by doctor-patient privilege and what is not.

In addition, the judge signed several additional search warrants - what those are for is not yet known. They'll be back in court December 5.

Several agencies made searches in connection with a Medical Board of California investigation into whether Anna Nicole Smith was over-prescribed medication.

Also under investigation is Dr. Sandeep Kapoor.

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