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And this time, it's not because of any nude pics.

Rather, it's became Britney Spears, her short-lived BFF Paris Hilton and many others have been hitting the crack pipe pretty hard these days.

Lindsay Lohan Plastic Surgery?

Okay, so they're probably not on crack. Well, Pete Doherty is, but not the lovely ladies listed above. We think. Nonetheless, drug and alcohol abuse have become so commonplace among celebrities that it's almost become publicly accepted.

Just look at Tara Conner or Lindsay Lohan, a couple of cuties who have partied their brains out and weren't even of legal age to drink.

Not to mention all the drugs Lohan takes. Chick is seriously strung out.

An Us Weekly source recalls a wild, crazy New Year's party in Miami, Florida, frequented by more than a few notable celebrities:

"There were lines of coke on the table, weed everywhere. It was insane. It was a very free atmosphere. Coke is so not a big deal for young stars in Hollywood. It's like having a drink."

In short, drug arrests and problems aren't just for Snoop Dogg anymore.

Remember when a trip to rehab used to be a career-threatening PR nightmare? Well, nowadays, celebrities openly disclose their drug use in interviews - and not just the more notable party animals we've already discussed.

Fergie has been candid about her former crystal meth addiction, while John Mayer actually gave Rolling Stone an interview while puffing on a marijuana vaporizer. Justin Timberlake has also been up front about dabbling in many illegal substances.

Who will be the next star busted for drugs (and we're not talking about hGH, Sly Stallone)? What does this suggest about our infatuation with celebrities and their sub-culture? We have no clue. But we can promise you this, Gossip readers:

We will be here, at this address, reporting it ever step of the way.

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A year ago at this time, few people knew who Hayden Panettiere was, let alone how to pronounce her last name (pen-eh-TEER).

Yet the 17-year-old has become a certified Hollywood "it" girl, starring in NBC's smash hit, Heroes, as well as in various films and launching a singing career!

Hayden in Hawaii

She's even been spotted hanging with Paris Hilton - the true sign that you've hit the big time. Or need to check into rehab ASAP. Sorry. We're getting a little ahead of ourselves, we know.

In any event, here's timeline of the brief career of Hayden Panettiere, a star you'll surely be hearing a lot more from in the coming years ...

September 25, 2006: Makes one of the best debuts in TV history �" jumping off a building, snapping her body back together, then doing it all over again! That's right, Hayden Panettiere made heads turn (on many levels) as the indestructible cheerleader Claire Bennet on Heroes.

November 1: As her star rises, Hayden Panettiere officially moves from Palisades, N.Y., to L.A. along with her parents and younger brother.

November 3: Poses for the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Inside, she tells the mag she celebrated her hit show's success by buying a Porsche and nearly running over Kanye West. Now that would have been heroic.

November 14: Photographed at L.A. eatery and mandatory paparazzi stop, Koi, holding hands with J.R. Rotem. Yes, that J.R. Rotem. The music producer whose 15 minutes of fame felt like 15 seconds after he hooked up with Britney Spears one night last fall.

Awesome.

December 4: Hangs out with that skank Paris Hilton at VH1's Big in '06 Awards. Ick. And, in the creepiest pairing of the night, Panettiere presents an award with sleazy 44-year-old Tommy Lee, who tells her (no joke) to call him when she turns 18. The man is a class act.

THG NOTE: That's August 21, 2007.

December: Becomes the new Neutrogena cover girl!

December: Stars with Anthony LaPaglia in The Architect, one of her first dramatic leading roles in a feature film.

December 14: Adopts a cause �" online safety, in the 2 Smart 4U ad campaign. In the ads, Hayden warms teenagers of the dangers lurking on the Internets. Like Perez Hilton, we're guessing.

Jaunary 3, 2007: Photographed at LAX with a mountain of luggage and rocking a sweatshirt that exclaims "Little Miss Bad." We are liking this!

January 9: Celebrates with castmates when Heroes wins for Best New TV Drama at the People's Choice Awards.

February: Poses for Vanity Fair in a white bathing suit reminiscent of a 1950s-era Marilyn Monroe. It's attractive, yet it makes us feel dirty. You know, the usual.

February 6: While shopping, bumps into Kristin Cavallari, who used to date Stephen Colletti, who's reportedly dating Panettiere. DRAMA!

May: Her debut album, still untitled, is slated to hit stores. The producer? J.R. Rotem. We don't have high hopes for the record, but we guarantee it's better than anything Sanjaya Malakar will ever produce.

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Apparently Mario Vazquez doesn't have a monopoly on being accused of bizarre, sexually-based crimes this week.

A celebrity fashion designer to the stars, Anand Jon, was arrested and jailed after cops say he raped two people, TMZ reports this morning.

According to the felony complaint, Jon allegedly committed a variety of despicable acts on four separate victims between October of 2004 and March 5, 2007.

Along with two counts of forcible rape, Anand Jon is also facing charges of "sexual battery by restraint, attempted forcible oral copulation and two counts of committing a lewd act upon a child."

In the document, police claim that Anand, 30, used an accomplice during the alleged sexual battery and forcible copulation. The investigation into that person is ongoing.

Jon, who has been featured on MTV and is known for hanging out with Paris Hilton, American Idol judge Paula Abdul (pictured with Jon) and Michelle Rodriguez, was arrested by Beverly Hills Police on March 6.

The arrest came after one of his accusers came forward to authorities. An investigation uncovered three other potential victims, the youngest of whom is 15.

Jon is currently behind bars in Los Angeles County Jail, as reported earlier by New York Daily News, with bail set at $1,365,000. Jon is due back in court April 4.

His pal Paris Hilton was scheduled to attend a major launch of Anand Jon's new line in India in Fall 2007, where Jon was born. The New York based designer has appeared on America's Next Top Model. AJ Jeans were unveiled on Valentine's Day at MAGIC, a huge fashion industry convention in Las Vegas.

In 2004, Anand was featured in the "Power & Influence" list in Newsweek. He was also selected by then NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani for a 2000 showcase as one of the top seventy-five designers in the world.

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It's fitting that Heather Mills took this bicycle for a serious spin in Brighton, England, Tuesday. After all, she used to be a neighborhood bicycle herself, if you know what me mean.

We're saying the gold-digging ho was also once a high-priced, one-legged call girl. Or is. At least the latter. She still has one prosthetic leg.

Ugly Hair

In any case, Mills and estranged husband Paul McCartney have reportedly agreed to a settlement in their divorce case. The terms: Mills gets between $56-63M, various reports say, and joint custody of daughter Beatrice, 3, if she'll go the hell away.

Needless to say, she won't be giving back this hot 18-speed ...

 

That's a lot of money for someone so undeserving, but it's not too bad of a deal for Sir Paul, a billionaire who didn't think to make the gal sign a pre-nup.

Come on, Paul. We know you stand for peace, love, all of that. But that doesn't mean you should be so careless with your fortune. Britney Spears wouldn't be.

Okay, bad example. We mean, Tom Cruise wouldn't be!!!

Regardless, Mills has been prepping for her upcoming stint on ABC's Dancing With the Stars, which premieres March 19. The Gossip hopes you'll join it in hoping Mills' strap on (you know, for the fake leg) comes flying off during the season premiere.

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Paris Hilton likes to go doggy style. That we know.

But for some other stars, canine love doesn't necessarily translate into being a dirty slut. Which is good to see. Check out the cute pictures of stars and dogs below!

Plunging Neckline

TOP ROW: Former American Idol finalist Katharine McPhee (left) cradles her chihuahua, Nina, at The Grove in L.A., while Zodiac star and certified hottie Jake Gyllenhaal takes a wander with his pups - Atticus and Boo Radley - on the beach. Jake may not be a fan of boxers or briefs, but apparently, he is a fan of To Kill a Mockingbird!

BOTTOM ROW: Her workouts in West Hollywood are strenuous, but that doesn't mean Fergie (left) can't paws (eh?) to play with a furry friend. Meanwhile, Jessica Simpson goes for an afternoon ride with her bitch in L.A. No, not John Mayer. At least he's not in the picture. We're talking about adorable little Daisy! Aww.

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Note to Spencer Pratt: If we ever see you at Hyde, we might just have to beat the living crap out of you. Which shouldn't be that hard. So consider yourself warned.

This is not because The Hollywood Gossip is out to get people or enjoys violent conflict. It's simply because Spencer Pratt fills us with blinding, unrelenting rage. Basically, watching him on The Hills makes us want to channel our inner Jason Wahler and go postal.

Laker Love

It was probably during last night's clothing-store scene â€" when Spencer was asking Heidi Montag to move in with him while constantly pawing at her â€" that we realized how bad this guy needs a boot to the f*%king skull.

Of course, as Entertainment Weekly wryly notes, the way he so selflessly dedicates himself to being creepily manipulative for our viewing pleasure is nothing short of miraculous.

Taking a break from Spencer for a second, the gang starts off the episode gearing up for the best New Year's Eve ever. We're also informed that the lovely Whitney Port, LC's fellow intern, is also a decent softball player.

Seriously, she can really drive the ball!

In addition to planning a hot NYE at the nightclub Area, everyone was also acting determined to make amends after the great Heidi-Lauren rift.

"I feel like, 2006 was a hard year on our friendship, and I want to spend New Year's with her," Heidi tells Spencer.

On the big night, he kept repeating how much he despised her friends and the fact that she "chooses them" over him. As if a girl can't have both a boyfriend as well as female friends. That'd just be too f*%ked up.

So it goes in the mind of Spencer Pratt, however. Why is Brody Jenner even friends with this tool again? At dinner, before they met up with the group at Area, Spencer told Heidi:

"I don't even want to go to the club. I just want to take you home right now. But you have another boyfriend named Lauren Conrad."

Blinding, unfocused and unrelenting rage
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Things were much cheerier on Lauren's side, thankfully, where her big plan for self-improvement in 2007 was to take kickboxing with Audrina Patridge.

Hey, every girl's gotta have a New Year's resolution. Lauren's pal from Laguna Beach, Lo, also paid a nice visit. Moreover, Lauren met a pal of a pal of Audrina's (vacationing from Colorado) who she could smooch on New Year's, too!

We've loving Lauren's newfound interest in regular guys, by the way. Maybe it's just that Heidi dates Spencer. But it shows LC's not as superficial as may of her peers.

Heidi, meanwhile, seemed intent on her underlying goal to destroy her friendship with Lauren (or what's left of it) by blabbing to Lo about Spencer suggesting they move in together - without mentioning it to her roomie. WTF!

Then, taking a page str8 outta Spencer's playbook, she got all pensive and pouty at midnight when no one, like, was paying attention to her. Absolutely classic Heidi.

Days later, Spencer was still at it.

"I've been thinking a lot," he told Heidi. "I think it's really rude that you've chosen Lauren over me."

And our blood pressure keeps on rising.

NEXT WEEK: The return of Brody Jenner (amazing how he keeps turning up) as well as that girl Jen. Plus, Lauren Conrad's big 21st birthday!

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Things just go from bad to worse in the life of Britney Spears these days.

While the beleaguered pop princess is holed up in rehab, celebrity snipers are reportedly gearing up to bid on nude pictures of the fading star's bare ass and more.

Pretty Brit

You know, standard. Nothing that we haven't seen before. But still.

The asking price for the shots - which show Britney partying with two dancers (and swapping clothes with each) at New York's nightclub One on February 12 - currently hovers at $150,000.

But even more damaging is video footage that may follow.

Britney's dancer buddies are supposedly telling friends that the club let them go when management discovered an incriminating security video of them doing some serious partying with the mother of Jayden James and Sean P.

"The manager said there was a tape of them," said an inside source.

"Both the girls cried about it when they got fired, but they didn't deny it."

A rep for the club claims the dancers were "absolutely not fired" and that there weren't any cameras in the area behind the coat check where Spears and her new friends went to change into fishnets and bikinis, right around the time she was getting dumped by Isaac Cohen over the phone.

But a spy insists, "Yes there are. There's a camera above the office back there that can see that whole room."

Said another source:

"If that thing goes on the Internet, there's going to be big trouble. It might be what they need to take [Spears'] kids away from her."

After suffering a complete nervous breakdown, Cue Ball was nearly sued for sole custody by estranged husband Kevin Federline before getting her crazy ass into rehab for the third time.

However, if these nude pics of Britney are real, it's hard to see how that hurts Spears' custody claim at this point. After all, FedEx has been supportive, by and large - and what about her really comes as a shock anymore?

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Okay, so that story yesterday about Snoop Dogg getting arrested on drug charges in Sweden was bulls$h!t. Fo' shizzle.

But come on. The guy isn't running at 2:1 in our Jason Wahler jailbird sweepstakes for nothing. This Dogg practically has his own column in the local police blotter. When you hear Snoop gets nailed for drugs, one's first inclination is not to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Doggy Dogg

Nevertheless, we apologize to The Doggfather and his family for perpetuating what turned out to be a false rumor.

It turns out the 35-year-old was indeed questioned by Swedish authorities, but was later released.

Repeat: Unlike Pete Doherty, he was not jailed.

"Contrary to erroneous press reports, Snoop was not arrested in Sweden," a representative of the D-O-Double-G's confirms. "He was questioned and released with no charges filed."

Snoop's rep also says that the chronic-puffing star is excited to continue his successful co-headlining European tour with another star who's had some legal woes of late, Diddy.

All we need is Bobby Brown to join these two and we can start printing up the first batch of "Locked the F*%k Up: European Tour 2007" t-shirts.

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Ana Ortiz, who plays fiery sister Hilda Suarez on Ugly Betty, will marry musician Noah Lebenzon in June in her native Puerto Rico.

"I'm really thrilled and my cheeks are hurting from smiling," she says. "He's a California boy so it's a nice balance for my crazy New Yorker."

Ortiz, 36, says the 36-year-old Lebenzon proposed in August on one knee after calling her father to ask for his blessing, according to People.

"That was adorable and now my father is completely in love with him too," says the Ugly Betty star, who is not actually ugly at all - amazing!

Among the confirmed guests for the June 9 wedding is Ugly Betty heroine America Ferrera. She also got engaged recently, and we're assuming her fiance, Ryan Piers Williams, will also be invited to the affair.

It's been a busy year off the set for the Ugly Betty team.

In addition to Ferrera's awesome news, executive producer Salma Hayek announced her engagement (and pregnancy) to François-Henri Pinault last week, while co-star Ashley Jensen eloped in January.

Congratulations to Ortiz from all of us at the Gossip. Among the other celebrity weddings we have to look forward to are Eva Longoria and Tony Parker, along with Prince William and Kate Middleton!

Okay, so the latter is mostly wishful thinking. We just love them.

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Will Rocky be stripped of his many titles?

Sylvester Stallone was officially charged with importing performance and image enhancing drugs in a Sydney, Australia courtroom, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

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According to Australian authorities, the 60-year-old action star, who did not appear in court, was caught at Sydney Airport with several vials of a steroid known as hGH (human growth hormone), during a random baggage check.

Customs officials claim they found a total of 48 vials of the steroids after they raided Stallone's Sydney hotel room, limo and private jet.

Maybe Stallone started the felching rumor about his former acting rival, Richard Gere, to distract the media from his own steroid use. Something to think about.

Stallone will be required to enter a plea on April 24. If found guilty, he faces a fine of up to $22,000. That's less than Britney Spears drops per month to her rehab clinic of choice.

According to a popular steroids website, "Body builders may illicitly self-administer hGH to improve size and strength, usually by subcutaneous injection into the lower abdomen." HGH has also "become a popular but expensive medication prescribed in anti-aging therapies."

It's only a matter of time before Pete Doherty discovers this stuff!

Stallone was visiting Australia in February to promote his latest film, Rocky Balboa. Who knew he would go down under drug suspicion.

Reps for Stallone had no comment. No word on whether the home of Stallone look-alike Brandon Davis has been raided as part of the steroid probe.

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