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It's been a long time since we came across a Simon Monjack picture, and the staff here at The Hollywood Gossip can't help but be surprised at this photo.

Why? Because apparently, his wife, Brittany Murphy, still has her money! Who would have expected our man Con-jack to stick with her a whole six months!

Mr. & Mrs. Monjack

Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack: A relationship built to last.

Who knows. Maybe our staff members - and dozens of former acquaintances who have written us - completely misjudged the character of Simon Monjack.

Or he's just waiting for the right moment to drug Brittany Murphy, purge all of her investments, undergo appearance-altering plastic surgery, change his name and vanish to Zambia. One can never be sure with this man.

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Man, certain people just shouldn't be allowed to operate a car. Specifically teenagers, people over the age of 80 and Britney Spears.

Yesterday evening, Britney Spears blew past a red light - at a notoriously dangerous intersection no less - with Sean Preston Federline fast asleep in the back and the court-appointed monitor ducking for cover in the passenger seat.

Check out the amazing celebrity photo by Splash News of the incident:

Britney Spears endangers the lives of everyone in her Benz, as well as other motorists, as the monitor overseeing her visits with Sean P. and Jayden James ducks for cover.

The walking/driving train wreck approached the light on Coldwater Canyon slowly, then raised her cellphone to her face. It is not clear if Britney was, like, OMFG, sending a txt msg or making a call, and it is not known to whom.

Britney then drove into the intersection as someone outside screamed, "Red light, red light!" Spears turned left onto Mulholland Drive, managing to miss oncoming traffic and not get killed. Magical... downright Criss Angel-esque!

The judge in Britney's custody case made it clear that he has issues with Spears' driving. Scott Gordon has already temporarily revoked her visits with Sean and Jayden because she was driving without a valid license.

Yesterday, K-Fed's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, asked the judge to forbid Britney from driving when Sean Preston and Jayden James with her. Gordon said he'd ponder that suggestion and make his ruling on it by November 26.

Expect Mark Vincent Kaplan to call for an emergency hearing within the hour.

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Not the one you're thinking about, either. One that really matters.

Lauren Conrad is urging people to visit to help end the unspeakable atrocities in the Darfur region of Sudan. The Hills star is just one of many stars taking part in a series of videos produced by Participant Productions as part of its campaign inspired by the film "Darfur Now."

Whitney Port, Lauren Conrad Photo

We applaud Lauren Conrad for getting involved in such an important cause and urging others to take action and stop the continuing human rights violations in Darfur.

In far less important news involving Ms. Conrad, it looks like Lauren and Heidi Montag may not be friends again just yet, as they nearly come to blows on this coming Monday's episode of MTV's The Hills, according to Us Weekly.

In a sneak peek of Monday's The Hills, Conrad confronts Montag about allegedly spreading those nasty sex tape rumors at the Hollywood hot spot Les Deux.

"You can keep saying that and make yourself think you're a good person, but you're a bad person," Lauren Conrad tells her former BFF and roommate.

Follow this link to watch the Lauren-Heidi drama.

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While Blake Fielder-Civil may be in some deep $h!t for perverting the course of justice in London, at least he can take comfort in the fact that he's not O.J.

The first day of O.J. Simpson's criminal evidence hearing in Clark County, Nev., was marked by dramatic audio tapes and a collectibles broker who testified that he set up the meeting that led to armed robbery charges against the Juice.

The second day of the preliminary hearing to decide if Simpson and two other men should stand trial on 12 criminal charges is set for today. His lawyers are expected to try to undercut the testimony of Tom Riccio, who says he hid a recorder in the hotel room where Simpson is accused of armed robbery.

O.J. Simpson gritted his teeth and laid his gold reading glasses on the defense table as the voicemail he left for Riccio was played in court.

"Hey Tom. It's O.J. What are they talking about a gun? All I wanted was my stuff back again," OJ Simpson says on the 35-second recording.

Simpson refers to hundreds of items taken from memorabilia dealers Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley on September 13 as his "stolen stuff."

"Nobody had a gun, you know?" OJ Simpson says in the tape. "Ain't nobody had any guns. They're feeling guilty so they're trying to make up something."

Played at the preliminary hearing, these words from OJ contrast markedly to the chaotic bellows, orders and curses heard during a six-minute recording of the confrontation in a room at the Palace Station Hotel that ends with a single voice.

"We were just robbed at gunpoint man," a man says. "We were just robbed at gunpoint by O.J. Simpson!"

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The Boston Globe, citing a report in In Touch Weekly, is reporting that New England Patriots quarterback and certified hunk Tom Brady is being wooed to become the latest celebrity to model for - wait for it - Calvin Klein underwear.

The publication says the football star has been offered $1 million or more to be a CK underwear stud following in the footsteps of others such as Boston's own Mark Wahlberg, whose stint served him (and the ladies) very well.

Tom Brady, who had limited his endorsement deals in past years, is suddenly pitching everything from watches (Movado) to bottled water (Glaceau).

Tom Brady: Underwear Model?

Tom Brady: Undefeated at 9-0... and modeling underwear for $1M? 

While Tom Brady is reportedly undecided on the deal, In Touch says his supermodel sweetie, Victoria Secret goddess Gisele Bundchen, is supportive of it.

No word on how his ex, actress Bridget Moynahan, and their son, John Edward Thomas Moynahan, feel about this potential advertising campaign.

Tom had better act fast, lest Calvin Klein offer this "package" to Dallas' Tony Romo instead. That guy is totally stealing Brady's celebrity QB thunder.

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Police raided Amy Winehouse's London home and later arrested four men - including her husband - in the operation, according to news sources.

The troubled singer was not arrested, and police did not reveal why her house was targeted but noted, "Investigations are ongoing."

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Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service were seen entering the back of Amy Winehouse's residence in northwest London.

Amy Winehouse and her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, were not believed to be in the home at the time the raid went down. However, Fielder-Civil was arrested and led off in handcuffs by plainclothes police later that day.

The four unidentified men ages 19-25 were arrested at addresses in East London on allegations of perverting the course of justice, police said.

A police spokesman would not mention Blake Fielder-Civil by name, and said only: "We arrested four men, two of them 25 years old, one 22 and one 19, in connection with an allegation of perverting the course of justice."

Blake Fielder-Civil goes on trial Monday on charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, over allegations he and another man beat up James King, a bartender. Police did not say why the alleged assault took place.

The Mirror said it had tipped off police after it received evidence there may have been an attempt to pay witnesses to change their stories.

Earlier Thursday evening, police crashed into her North London house with crowbars. A spokesman for Amy Winehouse said the singer had no comment.

Officials say an accusation of perverting the course of justice, like the grievous bodily harm charge itself, could carry a potential life sentence for Blake Fielder-Civil.

Amy Winehouse, who achieved fame last year with the hit single "Rehab" about her own refusing drug and alcohol treatment, has been dogged by allegations of substance abuse, no-shows at concerts and (to say the least) erratic behavior.

She, Blake Fielder-Civil and a mutual friend were arrested just last month in Norway for possessing cannabis and paid a fine

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Hayden Panettiere said Thursday that she might never have been involved in a recent protest in which she tried to save the dolphins in Japan without inspiration and influence she's gotten through her hit TV series, Heroes.

The NBC show "is about being a hero. And you know, Heroes has kinda rubbed off on me," the 18-year-old Panettiere said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Hayden Panettiere Fashion

"I don't think if I was as recognizable in the public eye that it would have made as much of an impact," Hayden told Ellen DeGeneres.

Panettiere took part in an anti-whaling protest in Japan last month with a group called Sea Shepherd. The activists paddled on surfboards to confront fishermen who slaughter dolphins for food but were driven back - and in a video shot by Sky News, Panettiere was seen weeping when she got back to the shore.

Hayden Panettiere said that while she was afraid of the fishermen, and possible sharks in the water, that faded when she saw the dolphins.

"Every ounce of fear disappeared just watching those animals," Hayden said. "They know exactly what is going to happen, and as soon as they felt our presence, and knew that we were coming in peace... All we wanted to do was go and cut them out of [their enclosure], and we couldn't."

Ellen Degeneres, a noted animal lover, told Panettiere, "I admire and respect you and all the people who do that for a living for being able to witness it."

Hayden Panettiere added that the group's mission extends beyond interfering with the dolphin hunts, and is more educational than known by the public.

"We are trying to educate people that whale and dolphin meat is highly toxic," she said. "They are basically poisoning themselves by eating them."

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You may not have heard of Mickey Rourke if you are under the age of 35, but who doesn't love celebrity mug shots ... and when a guy gets busted for DUI while riding a vespa, well, that kind of humor can bridge a generation gap.

The Palm Beach Post reports that earlier this week, a guy from a celebrity photo agency was trolling South Beach looking for Jennifer Lopez, who was in town for a concert, when he bumped into Rourke and some woman around 2:00 a.m.

"They came back out [of a club] two hours later and then crossed Washington Avenue to go to his scooter," the celebrity picture-taker said.

"They both got on it, and he did a U-turn to go north. He was pulled over within a block. "The cop says to him: 'You swerved right in front of me.'" 

  • Mickey Rourke Mug Shot
  • Mickey Rourke Mug Shot 2

Mickey Rourke's response: "No, no, dude... I'm all right."

According to the police report, Mickey Rourke asked the cop, "What the f**k did I do?!" Cops say the alleged actor's face was flushed, his eyes were bloodshot and watery and his speech was slurred. "I'm not drunk, I didn't even drink that much," Rourke said, according to the report. Sure thing.

He was booked into the Miami-Dade Pre-trial Detention Center around 9:30 a.m. and was held on $1,000 bond. Man, you think you've seen it all.

What's next? Someone getting arrested for DUI while driving a golf cart? Oh, wait... sorry, Bill Murray. That was a low blow. Funny, though, right?

Well, not as funny as this alternate meaning of riding the vespa. Maybe Mickey Rourke should give this a try instead the next time he's drunk.

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Are Rashida Jones and John Krasinski finding new ways to keep each other occupied during their sudden writers' strike-induced downtime?

The pair of cuties â€" who together are responsible for many great quotes from The Office, which halted production Wednesday â€" were spotted canoodling, according to the New York Daily News, at a Saturday Night Live after party November 3.

John Krasinski Photograph

But Rashida Jones, 31 â€" who was previously romantically linked to John Krasinski, 28, back in 2005 â€" doesn't want to set the record straight.

"I don't want to talk about my personal life," the daughter of Quincy Jones told reporters when asked about the rumored romance with her co-star at the DKNY "Delicious Night" fragrance launch in NYC Wednesday night.

You know what they say about Office romances.

Still, Rashida Jones couldn't help but gush a little about him: "He's awesome and more definitely enthusiastic than [his character] Jim," she said. "He's the best."

While many Office fans would likely much rather Krasinski see Jenna Fischer nude, you can't deny that Rashida Jones is a cool gal - and cute, as well.

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Have The Hills stars Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag put their differences aside and ended their oft-discussed, long-running celebrity feud.

According to Star Magazine, Heidi and Lauren, the ex-BFFs and roommates, were seen together the week before Halloween getting into LC's Mercedes.

Playboy Cover Model

The car was parked in front of Lauren's apartment in West Hollywood.

"They were laughing, hugging and being very affectionate with one another," says a Star source. "No MTV cameras around. This seemed like the real deal. I saw Heidi coming to visit Lauren, without her fiancé, Spencer Pratt."

So why the low-key meeting?

"I think LC and Heidi maybe made a secret pact not to tell anyone," the Star informant says. "After all, The Hills thrives on drama from their falling out."

Given the delay between The Hills filming and air time, however, is it possible the hatchet has simply been buried? It looks like things heat up on Monday's brand new episode, when Lauren and Heidi finally have a face-to-face talk.

Considering that Lauren tells Heidi, "I want to forgive you, and I want to forget you," in the MTV previews of the episode, it doesn't seem like an on-screen reconciliation is imminent. However, these two never cease to amaze.

On a side note, how about those Spencer sex tape rumors? Random.

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