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As a man who spends every night in front of CNN cameras, Larry King knows a thing or two about the power of the media and controlling stories.

But can he use that experience to control his own scandal?

The veteran journalist and talk show host is, as you know, about to divorce Shawn Southwick, who he's accused of cheating on (and vice versa).

With rumors about reconciliation and who's sleeping with who running wild, King put the kibosh on celebrity gossip - at least from Team Larry:

"Out of respect for the parties to discuss several ongoing issues including but certainly not limited to the welfare of the children, no one from the Larry King side is going to make any comment to the press for two weeks about anything."

Larry King's statement comes amid the most salacious report yet.

Yesterday, actor and Beverly Hills Little League coach Hector Penate pulled a Michelle McGee and blatantly bragged about alleged sex romps with Shawn Southwick.

Hector Penate went into real detail about nailing Southwick in Larry's bed, how she slept with him as retaliation for Larry doing her sister Shannon Engemann, etc.

She has denied the affair.

While truth and more gossip will come out (give or take 14 days' time), King's no-comment comment comes as he temporarily halts divorce proceedings.

The two are trying to "resolve some lingering issues," probably involving their two young sons. Or figuring out who exactly has been sleeping with who here.

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Hector Penate admits he totally had an affair Shawn Southwick in the home of her husband Larry King - so often, he says, he felt like it was his own house.

Moreover, the actor and baseball coach says he nailed Larry King's wife right before her divorce filing last week and says she mused about Larry's demise.

In an interview airing tonight on ET, he leaves little doubt over whether he slept with Shawn Southwick, responding to the question with: "Yes I did."

Hector Penate, 31, said Shawn, 50, often spoke to him of her desire to divorce Larry, 76, and wistfully told him, "'Don't worry, he's gonna die soon.'"

That sound you hear is of it being ON at his lawyer's office.

Hector Penate says he first bedded Shawn Southwick-King in 2007.

"We got back in the car and we kind of locked eyes and just started kissing," Penate recalls of the first time he passionately bedded Shawn Southwick.

King and Southwick filed divorce papers minutes apart last week after a fight over Shawn's claim King is having an affair with Shannon Engemann.

That would be her younger sister.

Southwick has denied having an affair with Penate, but he says they so had one, and not only that, it was motivated by King's affair with Engemann.

This is really twisted stuff... and the fact that involves Larry King is hilarious. "I really think she had the affair [with me] because of him," he said.

Not that the young hunk minded ... or it was a one-shot deal by any means.

"We had sex in Larry's bed a lot," he said. "I felt like it was my house."

Larry and Shawn Southwick-King had an interesting marriage.

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Don't write these drama queens life partners off just yet.

Larry King and Shawn Southwick have halted divorce proceedings, King's lawyer confirms, despite reports just yesterday that the divorce was on.

"Larry and Shawn met with a counselor today," Dennis Wasser said. "It was decided mutually that there will be no activity for two weeks' time."

"Several issues need to be discussed and resolved."

Among those unresolved issues? Whether or not King is still (or was ever) boning Shannon Engemann, the younger sister of Shawn Southwick.

Larry King, wife Shawn Southwick, their two cute sons and his hot sister-ln-law / possible mistress Shannon Engemann (right). What a strange story.

Last Wednesday, Larry King and Shawn Southwick, who married back in 1997, separately filed divorce papers, citing irreconcilable differences.

They have two children: Chance, 11, and Cannon, 9. Their baseball coach, Hector Penate, may or may not have been sleeping with Southwick.

Shawn, Larry's seventh wife (and his eighth marriage in all) had asked for primary custody of their two sons, plus spousal and child support.

"My major concern is the welfare of my children," King said.

Rumors began surfacing Monday that the divorce may be on hold while the couple works things out, or at least works out the details of a split.

Which route they take is something we'll have to wait and see. The burning question ... how does freaking Larry King get these hot babes?!

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The divorce rumors have swirled since last week, and been semi-confirmed. But are Larry King and Shawn Southwick still going to make this thing work?

"There's a 50-50 chance this divorce is not happening," King's lawyer Dennis Wasser says. "It's not clear to me which way he's going to turn on this issue."

Man, this guy changes his mind about getting divorced almost as often as he ... actually gets divorced. That would be seven times, not including this one.

"His focus is on the best interest of his children," Wasser adds, noting that regardless of what they decide about the marriage, they will seek counseling.

Will Shawn Southwick remain Mrs. Larry King?

The revelation comes after Larry and Shawn, who have been married over a decade, were seen arm-in-arm Sunday at their sons' baseball game in L.A.

The pair also embraced at a previous game one day after both filed for divorce, separately, amid rumors of infidelity ... by both parties. It's confusing.

Larry is accused of boning Shawn's younger sister Shannon Engemann.

Shawn has allegedly been doing it with the kids' coach, Hector Penate.

If they can make it past that, more power to 'em.

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Bring on marriage #9.

Despite rumors of a possible reconciliation with his wife, Larry King is holed up in a Beverly Hills hotel and remains "committed to his divorce."

"The divorce is full steam ahead," says a source close to the situation, noting that relations remain amicable, but for the sake of their children.

The source says that Shawn Southwick remains in the family's Beverly Hills home with their two kids while King has been residing in a hotel.

He's staying about a mile away. Reports of the two patching things up arose when they agreed to seek counseling - but not to remain married.

Larry Kind and Shawn Southwick wed in 1996.

"People go to reconciliation to save their marriage or to make sure their actions are in the children's best interest," says his lawyer Dennis Wasser.

"If I were a betting man, it's for the latter."

The insider also confirms that Larry King doesn't have a prenup. "He really thought this was the woman for the rest of his life," the source said.

"He's sad that it turned out differently."

As for rumors that King had an affair with Shawn's younger sister Shannon Engemann, the source confirms that there was a close relationship.

However, "Larry never had sex with her." Hmm. Something of a vague denial if you read between the lines. What about flirting, even kissing?

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Reports that Larry King and Shawn Southwick are having second thoughts about divorcing surfaced on Friday, as did a story about them seeking therapy.

Is there a chance this troubled marriage could still be saved?

Sources are saying that Shawn Southwick, who accuses Larry King of cheating with Shannon Engemann, her sister, remains open to patching things up.

One caveat: She's convinced Larry's still boning Shannon.

Shawn Southwick's little sister has denied doing King. Shawn herself is accused of having an affair with their two kids' Little League coach Hector Penate.

That said, they appeared to be on good terms at their sons' baseball game and reportedly agreed to meet together with a marriage counselor on Monday.

Neither side has withdrawn divorce papers, however, and conflicting reports suggest that the marriage, for which there is no prenup in place, is kaput.

Any sitdown would be part of an effort to maintain stability for their two kids, ages 11 and 9, during a divorce, sources told the New York Daily News.

"I believe there is very little chance for reconciliation," King's lawyer Dennis Wasser said. "My most current information is the divorce is proceeding."

"People either go to reconciliation sessions to save their marriage or just to make sure their actions are in the best interest of the children," he says.

"If I were a betting man, it's for the latter."

King's spokesman, Howard Rubenstein, added this, however: "Don't assume anything. All you can presume is that his major interest is his children."

A friend says neither outcome would surprise him: "Their whole marriage is one big spat. They're both drama queens. They break up to make up."

"Shawn has been important in keeping Larry alive. She helped him lose weight and quit smoking." Well, can his previous six wives can say that?

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Larry King is fighting to keep his Beverly Hills mansion and other homes from estranged wife Shawn Southwick, who he says made him sign the rights away.

Several years ago Shawn accused Larry of having an affair with her sister, Shannon Engemann. Those very same allegations surfaced yet again this week. 

A King source says Shawn threatened to leak the story unless Larry signed a document giving up his interest in their estate, plus two other homes in Utah.

Sources say King took the pact to his attorney, Dennis Wasser, who told him not to sign it. He then sought the advice of her lawyer, who green lighted it.

Wasser was livid. Now, Larry will try to undo the deal in court on the grounds that Shawn Southwick bullied Larry into a bad deal and bad legal advice.

Larry King Photo

Making matters worse for Larry King? He has no prenuptial agreement.

Despite being married seven times before, King did not demand a prenup. Says a source: "She is a tall, good-looking blonde and that pretty much explains it."

It explains so many things, really.

Larry's net worth is reportedly estimated at $144 million. In California, earnings accumulated during a marriage (theirs is the 13-year mark) are split 50/50. 

That's gotta hurt.

Fortunately, the two put aside their differences yesterday, at least for a few minutes, at their sons' baseball game, even exchanging a hug and kind words.

No word if Hector Penate, Shawn's alleged boy toy, was coaching, or whether Shannon Engemann was in the stands. Damn, Larry. Your wife's sister? Dude ...

A cute photo of Shawn Southwick, the eighth wife of Larry King, with younger sister Shannon Engemann, the alleged mistress of Larry King. We don't get it either.

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Shawn Southwick alleges Larry King cheated on her with her sister.

That would make the CNN fossil a dirty, dirty individual if so. Their marriage imploded yesterday, with both filing for divorce ... but is there more to it?

Just a few months ago, it was Shawn Southwick facing such allegations with a little league coach and D-list actor who admits "mistakes" were made."

Hector Penate, who coached the Kings' two sons when he wasn't trying to make it as an actor, cryptically said "one thing led to another" with Shawn.

Southwick denies anything went down, but the above quotes are Hector Penate's own, and The National Enquirer says King caught her red-handed.

Hector Penate: Shawn Southwick's alleged mistress.

According to the celebrity gossip tabloid, Shawn King had been carrying on a steamy, year-long extramarital affair right under Larry's nose with Hector.

King supposedly carried on an affair for five years with her sister Shannon Engemann, but she was returning the favor and then some ... on his desk!

Shawn and Hector were so brazen in their adulterous tryst, they did the nasty where King works. We can't decide if that's hot, hilarious or nauseating.

Sources say the illicit affair unraveled when Shawn' dependence on the painkiller Vicodin deepened, but didn't end until livid Larry confronted Hector.

No clue how those things are related at all, but this is getting nastier by the minute. A King source insists, "Larry is no doubt the victim in all of this."

We'll see how the courts - and public - rule on that.

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Larry King is divorcing his eighth (!) wife Shawn Southwick amid rumors that the CNN personality had an affair with Shannon Engemann, her own sister.

This has the makings of a nasty Hollywood divorce scandal.

Sources directly connected with Larry King and Shawn Southwick say that his alleged infidelity is the cause of the breakup, and not just any infidelity.

Shawn believes Larry has been having an affair with her sister for five years ... and the cover was blown when Shawn checked his Visa statement!

A source says Larry bought expensive gifts for Shannon Engemann - we're taking real expensive, like a $160,000 car and "tons of gifts from Cartier." 

The credit card bills were paid by Larry's business manager, but when Shawn starting looking at the statements, she saw a Cartier diamond necklace.

Her classic response? "He never gave me a diamond necklace."

Larry King with wife Shawn Southwick, left, and her sister Shannon Engemann.

Engemann denies anything inappropriate took place, although she did admit to receiving the above gifts from King. "This is so ludicrous," she said.

"Shawn has left me threatening messages ... She's singling me out, but Larry has been nothing but generous to our entire family, including me."

Apparently over the past five years, there were numerous instances where the couple was fighting over the alleged relationship, sometimes physically. 

A friend recalls an incident where they were "punching each other." But at least to a degree, they made it work, which may come back to bite King.

Several years ago Larry attempted to save the marriage by transferring three homes into Shawn's name, including the Beverly Hills house they live in.

Shawn is seeking primary custody of their two kids and claiming much of the real estate as her own property, including the Beverly Hills house. Ouch.

Larry, 76, and Shawn, 50, were married back in 1997 and have two sons together. Both cite "irreconcilable differences" in separate divorce filings.

THG TIP FOR THE LADIES: When you're wife #8, don't expect the guy is going to be much good at marriage. And hide your younger siblings.

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