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Monday night, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky broke his silence on the stunning sexual abuse scandal that has roiled the university.

Facing 40 counts of sexual abuse against eight boys over a 15-year span, the former coach granted an exclusive interview with Bob Costas on NBC's Rock Center.

Despite admitting he showered with boys, Sandusky maintained his innocence and rejected the term "pedophile," amid some intense questioning by Costas:

The scandal led to the firing of Joe Paterno and Penn State's president. But it's Sandusky at the center of the allegations, and in a word, they are disturbing.

Sandusky had to pause and think before answering Costas' question, "Are you sexually attracted to young boys," in his first interview since the scandal broke.

Costas, who was interviewing Sandusky's lawyer, Joseph Amendola, before the coach himself got on the phone, proved he's one of the finest journalists around.

Handling the situation with professionalism, but also with brutal honestly, he succinctly asked the accused very tough questions that are on everyone's mind.

Follow the jump for a transcript of one exchange, in which Bob Costas questions Jerry Sandusky's innocence, citing a conversation with an alleged victim's parent:

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Jerry Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator at Penn State who faces 40 counts of sexual abuse charges against a total of eight young boys, is featured on tonight's Rock Center with Brian Williams.

The man in the middle of that university's scandal speaks to Bob Costas and admits to excerpts from the 23-page grand jury report, specifically that has has showered with youths under the care of his Second Mile charity.

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"I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact," said Sandusky.

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Mel Gibson is totally pulling Justin Bieber duty this week.

Fighting paternity claims of his own, Gibson has "no connection at all" to Laura Bellizzi, a random woman who claims he impregnated her over the summer, his rep said.

Alleged "friends" of hers say that they dated over the summer and frequently attended parties together. Whether or not that's true, Mel's denying he did this ...

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Former reality star Laura Bellizzi says Mel Gibson knocked her up. That old guy creepin' in the pic? We have no idea who that is, but he does not look pleased.

A cast member on the short-lived VH1 show Secrets of Aspen, Laura Bellizzi supposedly told pals she was "super excited to be pregnant with Mel Gibson's baby!"

"She already has three daughters of her own and knows how to be a great mom," said a source last week, noting that "Laura is already five months pregnant."

She hasn't filed a paternity claim, it's worth noting, unlike Bieb's alleged paramour Mariah Yeater, who's also suing the pop singer (who denies ever meeting her).

Meanwhile, Mel does have a female interest ... though it's said to be strictly professional. He was seen out with Alphas star Azita Ghanizada talking business.

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Dana Wilkey is the latest member of the Real Housewives franchise to find herself in a legal mess.

The Beverly Hills socialite and fiance John Flynn are being sued by Mary Painter, a woman who claims they defrauded her out of a $53,000 investment.

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Filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the lawsuit alleges Painter invested money in 2008 with Wilkey, Flynn and another man and was guaranteed a 10% return. When this never materialized, Painter claims her attempts to pull her investment out were denied.

She is now suing for breach of contract and fraud and is seeking her initial capital, plus damages. Flynn denies all charges against himself and Wilkey.

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Presidential hopeful Herman Cain, already facing allegations of sexual harassment from four women, was caught joking about Anita Hill during a campaign stop this week.

A college professor, Hill infamously became the poster woman for such claims when she made them 20 years ago about Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

A Fox News camera caught Cain laughing about Hill during a campaign visit to Kalamazoo, Mich., Thursday, when a supporter brought up the professor's name.

"You hear the latest news today? Anita Hill is going to come …" a man told Cain. "Is she going to endorse me?" Cain joked, as he and the crowd laughed heartily ...

Herman Cain insisted later that he wasn't trying to insult Hill.

"We walked into this room and ... one of my supporters said, 'Anita Hill was trying to contact you' and my response was, 'Is she going to endorse me?'" he said.

"He said it in a humorous way. I gave a humorous response."

The Republican continues to fend off allegations that he sexually harassed four women when he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

Karen Kraushaar allegedly received a settlement to leave the group along with another woman. Sharon Bialek alleges Cain tried to grope her at a later date.

Joking about Hill, while essentially harmless, is not likely to help Cain, who some say has been less than forthcoming, shake the story that has dogged him for weeks.

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Penn State President Rodney Erickson took a new step yesterday to ensure no scandal affects his university ever again.

Erickson announced the appointment of an "Ethics Officer," telling the Penn State community via email that the goal is to "revisit all standards, policies and programs to ensure they meet not only the law, but Penn State's standard."

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No individual has been named to the position yet, but Erickson says this officer will oversee all officials and report back to him.

"Never again should anyone at Penn State feel scared to do the right thing," Erickson said, clearly referring to Joe Paterno, Mike McQueary and others associated with the football program who failed to report child abuse allegations to the police, a development that resulted in Paterno's firing.

Penn State takes the field at home today against Nebraska.

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Whitney Duncan's Survivor bio says the country music singer is 27, lives in Nashville, and is an outgoing, happy, honest. It's the honest part being questioned.

The blonde, who portrays herself as single on the show, has in fact been married since August 1, 2010, to Donny Fallgatter, 32. They wed in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

She was also runner-up for Country Weekly's "Hottest Bachelorette" this year.

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The reason this is significant? Because Whitney Duncan has been part of a relationship with Survivor co-star Keith Tollefson (pictured) playing out on TV.

Fallgatter, from Bismark, N.D., is lead singer for the band KingBilly. Their paths crossed in June 2010 and their romance heated up quickly after that.

Whitney Duncan soon moved in with Fallgatter. Before she left to compete on Survivor in May, the couple announced their engagement to family and friends.

"Donny was totally faithful while she was gone," says a close friend. "He even went to help out at her parents' house in West Tennessee a couple times."

As for Whitney's faithfulness ...

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A new twist has been added to the ongoing Justin Bieber baby mama drama, although this one has nothing to do with the singer himself.

Radar Online has obtained a police report that proves Michelle Yeater - the mother of the girl who claims Justin knocked her up last October - was convicted of battery with serious bodily injury following an incident on 11/7/07.

Records show that Michelle attacked Dominique Ross, a thrift store clerk, and sent him to the hospital with a serious eye injury after an argument between the pair broke out over money.

“It was a violent attack and I had to have an operation on my eye and hand,” Ross told the website. “She called me n*gger and b*tch and I believe it was a hate crime.”

Mariah Yeater herself has also had at least one run-in with the police. She was arrested about a year ago for slapping an ex-boyfriend that she originally cited as the father of her unborn child.

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Penn State wide receivers coach Mike McQueary, who witnessed Jerry Sandusky allegedly rape a boy in the team's locker room in 2002, won't coach this weekend.

Out of fear for McQueary's safety, the coach, who somehow still has a job, will not be on the field when the embattled Nittany Lions take on Nebraska tomorrow.

The university released a statement reading, "Due to multiple threats made against assistant coach Mike McQueary, the university has decided it would be in the best interest of all for assistant coach McQueary not to be in attendance."

Mike McQueary and Joe Paterno

McQueary has been under fire for not doing anything to stop the alleged rape, and then going to Joe Paterno, the legendary head coach, instead of the police.

Penn State fired Joe Paterno abruptly Wednesday night.

Despite the fact that he didn't stop Sandusky, the team's former defensive coordinator, who was just indicted on 40 counts of child sex abuse, his job is safe for now.

According to Pennsylvania's Morning Call newspaper, the board, which was decisive in axing Paterno, does not plan to fire McQueary or ask him to step down.

But he won't be on the field tomorrow.

The Penn State board of trustees have reportedly asked new interim coach Tom Bradley to keep Mike McQueary from coaching from the sidelines Saturday.

As the sex scandal at the storied college football program continues to unravel, no word on whether Ashton Kutcher's Twitter editors will weigh in on the latest.

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Wilson Ramos, a 24-year old who played in 113 games last season as a rookie for the Washington Nationals, has been abducted.

Early yesterday, the professional ballplayer was reportedly taken by four armed men in his native country of Venezuela, according to The Associated Press. He has not been heard from since.

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"We are still waiting for any news about Wilson Ramos ... all the authorities are working in the case ... We need to be patience and pray," Tweeted Kathe Vilera, a spokeswoman for the Venezuelan League team where Ramos has been playing during the offseason.

Ramos, who batted .267 in 2011, is the first Major Leaguer to be suffer such a fate in Venezuela. Kidnappers in that nation, however, have been known to hold the kin of wealthy families hostage in exchange for ransom.

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