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Fantasia Barrino is pregnant with her first child. This is exciting for the former American Idol champion, but the blessed event is not without its controversy:

The father is Antwaun Cook, a married man with whom Fantastia carried on a well-publicized affair.

This fact is not sitting well with those behind Mahalia!, the biopic based on the life of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, as producers and members of that artist's family are angry that Fantasia both kept the pregnancy a secret and got involved with Cook in the first place.

Fantasia Barrino in London

“The family thinks if Fantasia plays the role, it’s going to sully the name of Mahalia,” executive producer Adrian Taylor tells Page Six. “They think she’s got the wrong image, having a child out of wedlock.”

Barrino's expecting state has also delayed production and may force directed Euzhan Palcy out of the project due to a scheduling conflict. Producers hope to complete filming by 2012, but may need to find a replacement for Fantasia if she insists on time off to breast feed and take care of her newborn.

The top rumored choice to take over if this happens? Missy Elliott.

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Amanda Brumfield, Billy Bob Thornton's estranged daughter, was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for aggravated manslaughter, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Even worse? The victim was her one-year-old goddaughter.

In October 2008, Brumfield was babysitting Olivia Madison Garcia, who died while in her care. Brumfield, 32, was initially charged with murder, but found not guilty.

The manslaughter charge stuck, however. Big time.

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Amanda's dual entries in our celebrity mugshot gallery.

"I miss Olivia just as much as anybody does," Amanda said at Thursday's sentencing before breaking down, according to the Central Florida newspaper.

Since her arrest, Amanda Brumfield has maintained that the infant hit her head falling, trying to climb out of a playpen. Apparently a jury was unswayed.

Olivia's mother, Heather Murphy, told the newspaper that the sentence was "more than I expected." No word if she will appeal the 20-year-sentence.

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Former NBA player Isaiah "J.R." Rider was arrested in Arizona this week for violating his probation, according to reports. He spends a lot of his time in jail.

Rider played in the NBA from 1993 to 2001. He is currently behind bars in the Maricopa County, Ariz., jail - DMX's stomping grounds!! - on a no-bail hold.

It's unclear why police believe Rider violated his probation. Rider himself said he has no idea, pleading for answers at a hearing shortly after the arrest.

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Rider's probation stems from a 2010 incident in which he fled from the police after they tried to pull the baller over for driving erratically. Usually a bad idea.

He played in college at UNLV and then professionally for the L.A. Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets.

He has had a long history of run-ins with police - fraud, battery, domestic violence, false reporting, kidnapping, possession of narcotic drugs ... you name it.

Basically, almost as many arrests as career points per game (16.7).

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Hank Williams, Jr., has officially been fired by ESPN, ending the country crooner's 22-year run as the singer of the network's Monday Night Football intro theme.

His recent of comparison of President Obama to Hitler was the cause.

ESPN already pulled Hank's song from Monday's game as they mulled Williams' fate, but has now decided to cut ties with him permanently. The network said:

"We appreciate his contributions over the past years, however, the success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue."

Ouch. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Hank also called Obama and Joe Biden "the enemy" and "the three stooges" (he did not reveal the third stooge's identity).

Minutes after getting canned, Williams dubiously tried to claim HE LEFT his easy, famous, high-paying gig at ESPN, saying in a statement, "I have made MY decision."

The irate singer adds, "By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It’s been a great run.”

Like so many, Williams apparently does not understand the First Amendment.

This right allows him to say what he likes without fear of persecution, yes. It does not, however, preclude a private company from firing him for being a dumbass.

Sorry, Hank. Herman Cain would agree with us, here: Blame yourself.

Choose your side:

 

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He may get away with saying almost anything as Captain Jack Sparrow, but Johnny Depp is at the center of a controversy due to remarks he makes in the latest issue of Vanity Fair.

In an interview with the magazine, the actor expresses his disdain for photo shoots by comparing them to rape, actually reiterating that word for emphasis.

Johnny Depp Vanity Fair Cover

In response, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) has issued the statement:

"While photos may feel at times intrusive, being photographed in no way compares to rape - a violent crime which affects another American every 2 minutes. RAINN welcomes the opportunity to speak with Mr. Depp and educate him about the real life experiences faced by survivors every day, and ways that he can work with RAINN to help."

Do you think Depp should apologize for his word choice?

 


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Hank Williams Jr. has issued an apology, brief but apparently sincere, for the absurd comments on Fox News this week that got him kicked off Monday Night Football.

The singer called his Obama-Hitler comparison "misunderstood" in a statement earlier Tuesday, going on to explain more tactfully what he meant but not retracting it.

Now, in a second statement, he admitted it was "dumb" and apologized.

According to Hank Williams, Jr.: "The thought of the leaders of both parties jukin [sic] and high fiven [sic] on the golf course, while so many families are struggling to get by simply made me boil over and make a dumb statement."

That it did.

He adds, in conclusion, that "I am very sorry if it offended anyone. I would like to thank all my supporters. This was not written by some publicist.”

Hopefully this ends Hank's run as a Fox political analyst. As far as we know, no one has asked for his opinions on Chris Christie not running.

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Nancy Grace doesn't hold back.

The news pundit and Dancing With the Stars competitor was not among the many people lauding the Amanda Knox verdict yesterday. Grace's thoughts on Knox's conviction (in the 2007 slaying of Meredith Kercher) being overturned?

"I think that it was a miscarriage of justice," she said.

Amanda Knox, Nancy Grace

Nancy Grace does not hold back when it comes to her favorite cash cows.

"I only hope Ms. Knox makes something of her life because she's certainly been given a second chance. Very few people are given the chance she has been given."

Knox, a University of Washington student who had been studying in Perugia, Italy, faced a sentence of 26 years in prison after being convicted of murder in 2009.

Yesterday, an appeals court overturned the 24-year-old's conviction.

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Diddy claims he "backslid and regressed" when he went on a tirade the other night, shouting racial and homophobic slurs at a clubgoer in Atlanta.

The rap mogul is begging for forgiveness on Twitter for the outburst, which got so bad T.I. had to intervene and tell his boy to calm the heck down.

He threw ice at some guy, threatened to fight him and called him "n**ga" and a "f**got" all for drinking a rival brand of vodka. Seriously.

In his apology today, Diddy writes:

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"I'm sorry for the ignorant way I repesented [SIC] myself ... I have backslid and regressed. Forgive me for my ignorance. Pray for me pls."

"I know better and I am better. I have a responibility [SIC] that I promise I will live up to. And I'm more dissapointed [SIC] in myself than you know."

"I will humble myself and learn."

The man on the receiving end, Ricky Parker, says he feels "humiliated and disrespected" and can't believe this entire fiasco erupted because he was drinking Grey Goose and NOT Ciroc vodka, which Diddy is a spokesperson for.

Neither can we. Watch the incident below if you haven't seen it:

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Kate Major has convinced a Florida judge that Michael Loahn poses such a threat - he has allegedly threatened to "whack" her - that he's been restrained indefinitely.

Major, who used to be engaged to Lohan and has made similar claims about him in the past, only to retract them, says Lindsay Lohan's dad is also harassing her.

Incessant phone calls and texts, threatening to "ruin her career" (whatever that consists of), the works. Michael must now stay at least 500 feet away from Kate.

Kate Major, Michael Lohan

Happier times in between violent, ridiculous fights.

The judge also declared, hilariously, that Michael Lohan can't have Kate or her father followed by hired muscle. He also is prohibited from phoning or texting her.

MiLo, who has TMZ on speed dial we're guessing, quickly responded on the celebrity news site: "This is just another way of Kate trying to make money."

Not sure how that works exactly, but sure thing Mike.

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Brooke Mueller is getting along much better with Charlie Sheen these days.

But the troubled celebrity is still fighting mad, aiming her anger at a treatment facility where she spent time in March of 2010.

B. Mueller

Mueller has filed a lawsuit against The Canyon rehab facility in Malibu because she believes staff members there leaked confidential medical information to the press.

It is true that Brooke's patient admissions forms were submitted to websites such as TMZ last spring, though that celebrity gossip outlet did not publish the documents.

Mueller is suing for undisclosed damages because she believes her privacy was violated.

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