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Reports that Kwame Kilpatrick had a woman other than his wife with him at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C., before speaking at the Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast left event organizers disappointed Friday.

The embattled Detroit Mayor and scandal extraordinaire was reportedly in the western North Carolina city with some woman named Carmen Slowsky.

Reportedly, Kwame Kilpatrick and Carmen Slowsky had champagne and a whirlpool bath together at a cost of more than $500.

A copy of the hotel invoice shows a stay arranged for two. A prosecutor in Michigan launched an investigation Friday into allegations that Kilpatrick lied under oath about an affair with top aide Christine Beatty.

Kwame Kilpatrick is married, and news of a scandalous extramarital affair with his chief of staff, Christine Beatty, had surfaced in Detroit recently.

Kilpatrick has said the affair was over, but the political damage lingers.

Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy said she picked Kwame Kilpatrick up at the airport, saw him at the breakfast and again at dinner, and he was alone each time. But questions about Carmen Slowsky continue to dog the mayor.

"It's very disappointing to have this happen," she said. "Kwame Kilpatrick's speech was a chance to energize the community around mentoring and tutoring our youth. The event was meant to focus on Dr. King's legacy and now the focus is this."

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Alli Sims is maintaining great interest in getting her name and pretty face into celebrity news stories as often as possible a positive outlook.

"She does seem happy," Sims said of Britney Spears, her supposed cousin, in an interview with People. "I'm sure obviously she's going through some things, and a lot, right now. That definitely gets to you."

"I'm not saying that everything is fine. Obviously, [Britney] is worried about stuff, like we all are. She's hanging in. I'm not worried. She'll get back. She'll be fine."

Alli Sims, who has been away from L.A. traveling, is moving into the Brentwood neighborhood of the city. She and Britney Spears talk regularly.

"I talked to her today, she's doing good," Sims explains. "I love her to death. She's a sweetheart. ... We have never had a fight. It's so funny, because you're off visiting friends and you're not here, by her side, they're like you're fighting. It's not true."

Adds Sims, "I'll probably see her this week."

Possible cousins Britney Spears and Alli Sims were inseparable for a time.

Last week, Spears' paparazzo-turned-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib gave interviews to Entertainment Tonight and The Insider about his intimate, not at all shady relationship with Spears. Sims has said she does not like Ghalib.

"He's been around, what, three weeks?" Alli Sims said. "I heard about it just from friends who watched it. I don't really see the point of that... I only know him from him following us around for eight months."

Alli Sims did not comment on Sam Lutfi, the creep who seems in control of Britney Spears' life - and with whom Spears apparently had a huge blowout with last night, crying openly on the steps of her estate.

Britney Spears has lost custody of her two sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, indefinitely. She maintains brief telephone contact with the boys.

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Britney Spears' parents - and the LAPD - rushed to the singer's home Monday evening as she had a huge bust-up with her friend and manager, Sam Lutfi.

The evening's events began around 6 p.m. when Britney was in tears after an argument with Lutfi. Britney then stormed out of Sam's car, outside the gates to her Summit Circle home, and sat on the side of the road sobbing.

Hot, Caged Animal

According to TMZ, Britney's paparazzi beau, Adnan Ghalib, got a phone call from a hysterical Britney at that moment, pleading with him, "Baby, can you come pick me up?" Adnan told her that he would be right over.

Britney then got into the car of another photographer named Felipe (we think it must be Filipi Teixeira), and drove inside the gates of her home. It was then that Adnan tried unsuccessfully to gain entry into her gated community.

When Adnan arrived, however, he was told in no uncertain terms that he was not allowed to enter the gates to Britney's estate - the bodyguards were under strict orders from Sam Lutfi not to let Ghalib inside.

As she wept openly outside, sources say Adnan Ghalib tried calling each of Britney Spears' six cell phones and the house phone, but she did not answer.

At 9:07 p.m., Britney's father, Jamie Spears, arrived at the Summit home. After sitting outside the gates for a few minutes, he finally went inside the compound. Britney's mother, Lynne Spears, arrived soon after.

Around 9:30 p.m., Britney Spears left her home, alone. She was later seen driving around Los Angeles with Adnan by her side. Shortly after 11 p.m., Britney and Adnan returned to her home. Take that, Sam!

The LAPD were called to the scene for a person trying to get access to the grounds without permission, or to contain the paparazzi crush that was trying to shoot the fight, depending on what account you read.

Either way, George Clooney is not going to be happy.

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While Tom Brady gets all the attention, the New York Giants QB is keeping things low key. Super Bowl-bound Eli Manning and super-cute fiancee Abby McGrew spent a quiet night out Saturday dining and drinking wine.

"They sat in the back corner, but everyone knew he was there," said sports agent Andrew Lowenthal to Eli's hometown New York Post.

Eli Manning, MVP!

A file photo of Abby McGrew (left), Eli Manning's fiancee.

"[Eli Manning] was very friendly to everyone who stopped by his table to wish him well and congratulate him but looked a little uncomfortable after she went to the bathroom, and he was left with everyone staring at him."

Dressed in a blazer, Manning stayed for three hours before walking out to applause from diners. "He waved and acknowledged everyone," he said.

Manning, Tom Brady and their respective teammates have arrived in Arizona for the Super Bowl, coming up this Sunday. Hopefully there are some good moments during today's Media Day that we will be able to bring you.

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Details of Sam Lufti's deposition with K-Fed's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, have yet to be released, but it has been hinted that Lufti brokered a deal on behalf of Britney Spears with a celebrity photo agency.

The gist? The paparazzi group gets free rein to take whatever Britney Spears photos it wants and Spears gets a cut of the profits. It has also been hinted that Sam Lufti is one shady character - not that this is news to us.

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The New York Post's Page Six reports ...

"Britney Spears' constant companion and 'manager,' Sam Lufti, has had three restraining orders taken out against him in California before hopping on the pop tart's crazy train. Danny Haines, one of the people who obtained a court order against Lufti, says Sam told him he should "just kill himself" when their friendship soured. Sam Lufti was "even more jealous than a lover," Haines tells Blender magazine. He says Lufti would go to extremes, telling him he was a "worthless mother[bleeper]" one minute and that he "loved" him the next."

"When Haines eventually cut him off, Sam Lufti humiliated him, e-mailing naked photos of him to his family, friends and co-workers. He texted and called incessantly and, according to court documents, told Haines he hoped his sister would be "raped to death." Haines says that in one e-mail to him, Lufti wrote of Haines' mother that he hoped "Satan devours her flesh and bones" and he looked forward to the day he could 'piss on her burial.'"

In short, Sam Lutfi is ...

  • Actually named Osama Lutfi
  • At least a little uncontrollable
  • Possibly a chick (serious jealousy issues)
  • Possibly gay (not that there is anything wrong with it whatsoever, but why the hell does he have naked photos of Danny Haines!?)
  • In need of professional help for rage problems
  • Perhaps the most seedy character ever on our site

Naturally, he and Britney Spears are best friends. Makes perfect sense.

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Although they've been spotted making out and clubbing, Laguna Beach alumna Lauren Conrad says she and Stephen Colletti are not back on.

"[Stephen Colletti] and I are just friends," Conrad told Us Weekly.

Lauren Conrad in Hawaii

The duo were spotted getting cozy at the L.A. Kings - Anaheim Ducks hockey game (yawn) in L.A. Thursday night, but Lauren Conrad said, "I was there with a big group of friends. I'm dating but no specific person."

The unattached Conrad, who's been unlucky in love of late despite many a hot suitor, says she's undecided on Valentine's Day plans.

"Will you be my Valentine?" she asked Audrina Patridge - her roommate, BFF and co-star on The Hills - at a recent event. "I think every single girl dreads Valentine's Day. We'll probably make it fun and come to Vegas." Nice!

LC and Stephen are still just friends, she says.

Lauren Conrad has also moved on from her internship at Teen Vogue, which has been featured on The Hills' last two seasons: "I actually just got a new job but can't talk about it right now. I'm really excited about it."

In other Hills romance news, Brody Jenner, Conrad's ex, is denying reports that he hooked up with Lindsay Lohan this weekend in New York City.

"We were hanging out as friends. Nothing happened," Jenner tells E! News. "We weren't all over each other, and we definitely weren't making out. I am dating and really happy with [my new girlfriend] Cora Skinner."

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Will we see Britney Spears nude in Blender? The jury is still out.

Is she finally seeking help for myriad mental problems? We'll have to see on that, as well, but her seedy friend seems to think so.

In a phone call to Barbara Walters (really, we're serious), Britney Spears' pal and shady character extraordinaire Sam Lutfi revealed that the troubled pop singer "is starting some kind of treatment" for "mental issues."

"There is a man named Sam Lutfi, who is the manager and very good friend of Britney," Walters said. "He has been staying with her constantly.

THG NOTE: Why on Earth is Barbara Walters talking to Sam Lutfi? She used to be an actual journalist, right? Okay, we now return to Walters' quote ...

"[Sam Lutfi] got in touch with us... I can't vouch for this... He seemed to be very knowledgeable and he certainly was very nice. He said Britney was suffering from what he describes as mental issues which are treatable.

For whatever reason, Sam Lutfi talked to Barbara Walters today and said that Britney Spears is seeking treatment for her worsening mental problems.

Walters continued: "He said she has been to a psychiatrist and ... I assume she is starting some kind of treatment. [Britney Spears] has been having severe mood swings. She has been having some kind of trouble sleeping."

Walters said Sam Lutfi also claims Spears â€" who hasn't seen her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James in three weeks since she lost visitation rights â€" "is in touch with her mother â€" because we had heard that she wasn't â€" and her mother [Lynne Spears, who arrived in L.A. Sunday] has been very supportive."

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Bear with us, readers, but The Hollywood Gossip staff members just have to ask: Brody Jenner, what the hell are you thinking?

You've got this new girlfriend named Cora Skinner. She's cool and laid back and she's a lingerie model. While the photos below have some serious air-brushing goin' on, she's not exactly un-hot. Agreed?

Obviously. So why the hell did Brody Jenner and Lindsay Lohan supposedly hook up over the weekend in N.Y. when he gets to hit this?

Ponder that as you drool over these Cora Skinner pictures ...

Once again, get it together, Brody. Cora Skinner, 22, was even said to have met his family. What gives? If he blew it with both Lauren Conrad on top of this fox, and had only Lindsay frickin' Lohan to show for it? Wow. Unforgivable.

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Just three years ago, newly crowned Miss America Kirsten Haglund was eating so little her concerned parents "dragged me to the doctor."

She was diagnosed with anorexia after the lack of nutrition caused Kirsten's collar bones to stick out, her heart rate to drop and her life to suffer.

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"I would feel fatigued walking up six stairs," the 19-year-old Haglund said Sunday, a day after being crowned Miss America 2008.

"I was a completely different person. It's not a pretty sight."

Kirsten Haglund plans to spend her yearlong reign trying to raise awareness of eating disorders, promoting the pageant and helping the Children's Miracle Network, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle and exercise.

To clinch the crown, the Farmington Hills, Mich., native sang "Over the Rainbow" and strutted around in a crowd-pleasing strut in a black bikini. Hot!

"You have to have curves," a victorious Kirsten Haglund said proudly of winning her battle with anorexia. "You can't look like a stick-thin model."

The aspiring Broadway star even ate the silver medallion chocolates left on her pillow in her suite at the host site, she said.

"I love chocolate," she said. "Chocolates are a girl's best friend."

A 5-foot 8-inch blonde, Haglund said she doesn't disclose her weight to avoid setting standards for youths obsessed with getting lighter.

After the crazy stories about Tara Conner, Katie Rees and other troubled beauty queens, here's hoping Kirsten Haglund sets a great example.