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Juan-Carlos Cruz was the Food Network's Calorie Commando. More recently, he allegedly hatched a plot to recruit homeless guys as commandos to kill his wife.

Santa Monica, Calif., police say Cruz was arrested and booked on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder. Cruz is currently being held on $5 million bail.

The homeless men say they were instructed to "cut [a] woman's throat."

According to one of the men, Little Dave, Cruz said he wanted someone to do "dirty deeds done dirt cheap." He says Cruz told him he'd give him "a grand."

Cruz then gave Little Dave a box which contained a box cutter, a disposable cell phone, gloves, a pocket watch and half of 10 $100 bills. Yup, torn in half.

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Juan-Carlos Cruz: Calorie Commando. Really bad henchman.

Juan-Carlos promised to give him the other halves when the job was done, and Little Dave says Cruz showed him a picture of the other half of the money.

Little Dave says he then told his friend Shane, who called Cruz on the phone and discussed the plan. They got a third dude, named Big Dave, involved too.

Big Dave contacted Cruz, who met all three homeless men in Santa Monica. Cruz went over the plan, showed Big Dave a picture of the alleged female target.

The target was later identified as Cruz's wife.

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British actress Charlotte Lewis has come forward to say legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski, 76, sexually abused her over 25 years ago, when she was only 16.

This was four years after he fled the U.S. to avoid sentencing on charges that he unlawfully had sex with a minor (statutory rape), a legal fight he is still waging.

Lewis, who co-starred with Eddie Murphy in The Golden Child, was front and center at (of course) a Gloria Allred news conference yesterday to tell her story.

Lewis and Allred met with L.A. County Deputy D.A. David Walgren this week to make the allegations, which coincide with decades-old efforts to sentence Polanski. 

It is unclear if Lewis' claims will be used for the extradition or sentencing case involving Roman Polanski, who fled the U.S. in 1977 after bedding a 13-year-old.

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This is the Charlotte Lewis accusing Roman Polanski of sexual abuse, on a 1993 cover of Playboy. Other pictures of a redhead are a Lost character by the same name.

As a French citizen, Polanski has avoided being extradited to the U.S. for decades. He is under house arrest in Switzerland after finally being taken into custody last year.

The law of consent in France is 15, but Allred says that's irrelevant to the allegations made by Charlotte Lewis. So will Polanski ever face the music for either incident?

Polanski's legal team said in a statement:

"We don't have any information about statements at a Gloria Allred press conference today, but we do know the D.A. continues to refuse to provide the Swiss government accurate and complete information relevant to the extradition issue."

Polanski earned Oscar nominations for Best Director for Rosemary's Baby, Tess and The Pianist, winning for the latter. His most recent film is this year's The Ghost Writer.

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Sources claim that Today host and NBC resident sexy beast Matt Lauer's affair has led to the imminent demise of his 11-year marriage to model Annette Roque.

The National Enquirer does not name the alleged Matt Lauer mistress, but says his marriage is ending and that he is in the market for his own NYC apartment.

"I heard he and Annette are breaking up. I was not shocked to hear that but it's very sad," Lauer's ex-wife Nancy Alspaugh tells the celebrity gossip magazine.

Annette Roque and Matt Lauer did file for divorce back in 2006 but later reconciled and have three young children together - Jack, 8, and Romy, 6 and Thijs, 2.

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We'd love to discredit the National Enquirer here, but it's actually more reliable than people give it credit for - at least when it comes to big bombshell scandals.

Bristol Palin's pregnancy, Michael Jackson's health woes, Tiger Woods' affair with Rachel Uchitel and most significantly the Rielle Hunter scandal come to mind.

We would not be surprised if its Matt Lauer affair story were true, but we're holding off judgment for now. What do you think? Did the hunk cheat on Annette?

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In last week's edition of Newsweek, Ramin Setoodeh wrote an article that made one controversial statement and asked one controversial question:

First, he said, gay actors cannot pull of straight roles. Then, he asked: Why is there no A-list gay movie star?

Kristin Chenoweth fired back at the essay, citing Setoodeh's examples of failed straight roles (e.g. Cynthia Nixon as Miranda in Sex and the City) as "sloppy," and referring to the entire piece as "bigoted and factually inaccurate."

Now, Glee creator Ryan Murphy has taken his critique of the article even further: he's written an open letter, asking everyone to boycott Newsweek. In it, he says:

This article is as misguided as it is shocking and hurtful. It shocks me because Mr. Setoodeh is himself gay. But what is the most shocking of all is that Newsweek went ahead and published such a blatantly homophobic article in the first place…and has remained silent in the face of ongoing (and justified) criticism.

Would the magazine have published an article where the author makes a thesis statement that minority actors should only be allowed and encouraged to play domestics? I think not.

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Today, I have asked GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios to stand with me and others and ask for an immediate boycott of Newsweek magazine until an apology is issued to Sean Hayes and other brave out actors who were cruelly singled out in this damaging, needlessly cruel, and mind-blowingly bigoted piece. An apology should also be issued to all gay readers of the magazine…steelworkers, parents, accountants, doctors, etc…proud hardworking Americans who, if this article is to be believed, should only identify themselves as “queeny” people (a word used by Setoodeh in the article) who stand at the back of the bus and embrace an outdated decades old stereotype.

Give me a call, Ramin... I’d love to hear from you. I’ll even give you a free copy of our Madonna CD, on which we cover “Open Your Heart,” a song you should play in your house and car on repeat.

Our take on Setoodeh's viewpoint?

Putting aside homophobic rhetoric and anything of that nature, he's simply incorrect. Off the top of our heads, we can come up with numerous gay actors that are widely accepted in straight roles (Nixon, Neil Patrick Harris on How I Met Your Mother, Cherry Jones on 24, Lily Tomlin on Damages).

It's difficult to make a serious point of any kind when your thesis is misguided. What do you think about gay actors in straight roles? Do you have any problem taking them seriously?

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Did Mel Gibson cheat on baby mama Oksana Grigorieva with Violet Kowal?

That's what the National Enquirer, reigning King of Celebrity Cheating Scandals, alleges in its latest issue. This supposedly happened while Oksana was preggers.

Oh, and Violet Kowal is apparently a "Polish porn queen."

Gibson's camp is adamantly denying the report, which says Oscar winner's sudden split from Oksana was the result of a torrid affair with the Polish porn purveyor.

According to the tabloid, the 54-year-old actor-director and the 39-year-old singer called it quits last month after Oskana learned Mel cheated on her Violet Kowal.

Kowal's manager tells E! News that she's sticking to her story, though she insists that Kowal, now based in Los Angeles, is not a porn star but a "business woman."

Did Mel cheat on his mistress-turned-girlfriend with another mistress?

Whatever the semantics, Gibson's attorney has labeled Kowal's tale "an absurd fabrication." We'd be inclined to believe Mel, although you never know anymore.

Do the words Rielle Hunter ring a bell? Sure, for every Rielle, there's a Vera Baker, but do you put it past Mel Gibson to cheat on a pregnant Oksana Grigorieva?

This was a man who knocked up Oksana while married to his wife of 30 years, Robyn, with whom he has seven children. Does he get the benefit of the doubt?

Moreover, could this be the shocking tell-all detail Oksana promised in April?

Gibson and Grigorieva dated for over a year and have a 6-month-old daughter, Lucia, together. Reps for the baby mama were unavailable for comment on this.

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An 18-year-old who pursued fame on a reality TV show after being prosecuted for her role in the "bling ring" celebrity burglary case was sentenced to six months in jail.

Alexis Neiers was a relatively minor player in the ring - also termed the Burglar Bunch - but took a bigger role when her arrest coincided with production of Pretty Wild.

That E! show depicts Alexis and her two sisters growing up in the fast lane in suburban Los Angeles as aspiring starlets ... and apparently, robbers. Nice work, ladies!

Neiers will be also placed on three years probation and must pay restitution to Orlando Bloom, whose home was burglarized by Neiers and several others, police said.

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PRETTY JAILED: Alexis Neiers is going to prison. Wild!

Dressed in a black blazer, designer jeans and white shoes, Alexis stood with a sullen expression in court. She was given a two-year suspended sentence for the crime.

Bloom was among a dozen high-profile celebrities - including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge and Rachel Bilson - targeted in 2008 and 2009 by the ring.

The troubled teens were somehow able to steal millions in valuables before getting caught. Nick Prugo was the first of the tools to be thrown in the shed.

So to speak.

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The teenage hooker allegedly raped by Lawrence Taylor is opening up about how her pimp forced her to have sex with the NFL legend after she refused.

"I told him I wasn't going to the hotel, and he said, 'You're f*%king this up, it's $300," the frightened Bronx girl, 16, said Rasheed Davis, 36, screamed.

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"He hit me in the face, so I covered my face," the girl told the N.Y. Post.

She crouched down on the ground to avoid Rasheed Davis' blows, but "[he] was kicking and stomping on me" before "dragging" her to the Holiday Inn.

"He told me to tell him my name is Carmen and I'm 19 years old," she recalled. "He told me repeatedly and I had to repeat it back to him."

Lawrence Taylor was arrested last week and charged with rape.

When she arrived at hotel in Suffern, N.Y., "the lights were off and [Lawrence Taylor] didn't see that my face was bruised," the girl recounted.

"Lawrence asked me my age and I told him I was 19," she said, noting that she feared for her life if she didn't have sex with the Hall of Famer.

"If I didn't go through with it, [Lawrence Taylor] would've called Rasheed and there would have been severe consequences," she said.

"God knows what would've happened if I didn't go through with it."

On the drive back to The Bronx, the girl frantically text messaged her uncle about the alleged assault and prostitution that had just taken place.

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NFL legend Lawrence Taylor is no stranger to legal problems, but this is far worse than his usual alcohol or drug woes. He's been arrested on suspicion of rape.

Shattering Joe Theisman's leg may no longer be the most gruesome thing he's done.

Officials released a statement confirming that the 51-year-old football great was taken into custody by police after someone accused him of the despicable act.

It supposedly went down early this morning at a Holiday Inn in Suffern, N.Y.

The Town of Ramapo (N.J.) Police Department is currently investigating the situation, with a news conference scheduled to take place in the next few hours.

Lawrence Taylor, who won two Super Bowl rings in a 13-season Hall of Fame career with the New York Giants, recently performed a stint on Dancing with the Stars.

The original LT has a lengthy history with the law - he's been arrested multiple times on drug charges, and back in November, he was arrested for hit-and-run.

More details to follow as the story develops ...

UPDATE: The supposed victim is just 16, according to ESPN.

Ramapo police supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence told the Westchester (N.Y.) Journal News that the victim is a runaway from the Bronx who was assaulted.

"She was a runaway since March and there was a pimp involved," St. Lawrence told the newspaper. "She got punched in the face. We're not sure who did it."

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Before there was Tiger Woods, there was David Boreanaz.

Indeed, while Rachel Uchitel has made a name - and a lot of money - for herself by sleeping with the golfing great, she actually rose to infamy in October 2009 when THG reported Uchitel boned this Fox star.

Since then, Boreanaz has remained mum on the topic... until now. In a statement to People magazine this week, the Bones star writes about cheating on wife Jaime Bergman. Because he feels guilty and must repent? No.

Because he wants to get out in front of an alleged blackmail scheme. He says:

“Our marriage has been tainted with my infidelities. I was associated with a woman who I was involved with and had a relationship with. She asked for money. I felt as though I was being blackmailed or there was some sort of extortion.

“I just want to be open and honest. I was irresponsible. We’re working on our marriage. We’re working on repairing what has been damaged so badly.”

We don't know for a fact that Boreanaz is referring to Uchitel. Sources actually say he is NOT. But that just means the actor has more than one woman in his sordid past.

Consider this a Bones spoilers alert, readers: that show's star is a dog!

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Jason Pfeiffer, a former dermatologist's assistant and current CEO of a medical company, tells Extra that he had an affair with the late Michael Jackson.

Moreover, he was his boyfriend right up until the King of Pop died.

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Pfeiffer claims he had a very "passionate and sexual" relationship with Jackson, and has kept several messages that the music superstar left for him.

"We definitely hit it off the first time we met," Pfeiffer says, claiming they met in 2008 at the office of Jackson's famed dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein.

Klein is a longtime friend of Jackson's and, as you may know, is rumored to be the biological father of the singer's two older children, Prince and Paris.

In any case, Dr. Klein backs up Pfeiffer's account, saying that he knew Jackson and Pfeiffer were together when he once walked in on them shirtless.

Jason Pfeiffer: Dr. Arnold Klein's former office manager.

"When you see two people looking at each other you know what's happening. I was just very happy for both of them," Arnold Klein said of the discovery.

Pfeiffer says he and Jackson connected because of their childhoods.

"We were just sitting there and we both started to cry and I got up and went over to him and said it's going to be okay Michael... We hugged," he says.

"It was kind of then that the hug was a little bit more ... It wasn't until a few months later that it was obvious that Michael had feelings for me as well."

Their friendship soon blossomed into something more, according to Pfeiffer, even though Jackson emphatically denied throughout life that he was gay.

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