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Just a few months ago, before she got (possibly fake) engaged to Casey Johnson, Tila Tequila was dating San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman.

That relationship ended after an altercation at Merriman's house, in which Tila claims she was assaulted, but Merriman says he was merely protecting her.

She was plastered, he maintains, and he tried to keep a nude Tila Tequila from driving home drunk after turning down his generous offer to join a foursome.

The police did not charge Shawne, due to lack of evidence, which enraged Tila. She's suing Shawne for battery, false imprisonment and emotional distress.

Now the NFL star is suing back, claiming she's lying about what happened just to ruin his career ... and is also infringing upon his trademarked logo. Really.

A Tila Pic

Shawne Merriman says Tila Tequila is defaming him out of spite.

In his lawsuit, Merriman claims Tila lied when she said he "choked and attacked" her, "sleeps with minors and forces them to take drugs," and makes drugs at home.

Shawne claims in court docs that Tila Tequila admitted her lying scheme, even stating, "yes that is why I did a 'spin' now ... cuz now everyone is LOVINGGGG me."

We don't know what happened that night, nor do we necessarily believe Shawne. But Tila Tequila lying to get attention? Not exactly a huge stretch.

Merriman isn't only suing for defamation, either. He says Tila is also guilty of trademark infringement by using his quasi-famous "Lights Out" logo on her website.

The player also claims Tila's accusations screwed up a deal he was about to sign to produce a line of T-shirts for Walmart and says she interfered with his contract.

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Carrie Underwood is flat-out gorgeous.

No matter what she wears or how she does her hair, it seems the country cutie can do no wrong. But are you liking her newer (and shorter) hairstyle?

Carrie Underwood at the Grammys

The star was all about cascading curls at the CMA Awards, but then appeared at the CNN Heroes tribute show with a wavier, new shoulder-length bob.

Which hairstyle looks best on the beauty? Vote below!

Carrie Underwood's hair looks better ...

 

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For no reason other than cute fun, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden posed adorably with their little ones in some snapshots for her official website.

Nicole may not be friends with Paris Hilton, but she's got all the love and support she needs from what one of the cutest celeb families around!

Aren't these pictures of Nicole, Joel, their 23-month-old daughter Harlow and their adorable three-month-old son Sparrow just the sweetest?

Family fun with the Richie-Maddens.

On a side note, Nicole is rocking a new hairstyle that we're a fan of. Harlow's curls and smile just make us melt, too. Sparrow? He was recently born, so he's allowed to look a little confused. Joel? You look tired, man! Get some coffee!

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After rumors swirled earlier this week that they were dating, friends confirm that Jessica Simpson and Billy Corgan are in fact an item – and taking things slow.

"They're getting to know each other," says a source. "He's a nice guy."

Friday, Jessica Simpson and Billy Corgan were spotted together in New York City. She was in town earlier for sister Ashlee Simpson-Wentz's Broadway debut.

Corgan's spirituality may just be what appeals to Simpson. Really.

On September, Jessica Simpson, who has often spoken about how important God is to her and whose father, Joe Simpson, is a former pastor, Tweeted this:

"My friend, Billy Corgan, has a pure, enlightening outlook on faith."

Who knew? Here's a picture of them together taken last Friday ...

Billy Corgan is really dating Jessica Simpson!

No matter where this new romance heads, a friend of Simpson's says she is happy that she is dating again – especially after Tony Romo dumped her this summer.

"She's a great girl," says a friend. "She's really clingy and desperate and has absolutely no talent sweet. She's had a tough year, but she deserves the best."

We can't wait to see where this new romance leads!

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Whether you love or hate her husband's politics, and whether you revere or loathe her celebrity fashion icon status, Michelle Obama is a compelling individual.

Barbara Walters picked the First Lady of the United States as the most fascinating person of 2009, a choice she revealed tonight on her annual ABC special.

Obama bested music stars Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert, political phenom and lightning rod Sarah Palin, Kate Gosselin; and Michael Jackson's three children.

"First lady Michelle Obama is shaping up to be more than the sum of her parts," Walters began her piece, referring to Michelle Obama's famously buff biceps.

Michelle Obama at the recent Kennedy Center Honors.

"My personal routine hasn't changed much in the past 11 years," Michelle said when the veteran journalist asked if she felt pressured to maintain those arms.

"Some of that was, in all honesty, revenge because I'm married to a man who's worked out all his life. No matter how busy he is, he finds time to work out."

Was Michelle a good choice for the year's most fascinating?

 

Fascinating or not, we look forward to the First Lady continuing to showcase her style and grace. Click to enlarge lots more Michelle Obama pictures below ...

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  • Michelle in the Garden
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Michael Jackson's brothers are often at each other's throats, or in recent months, assigning blame for the demise of their superstar sibling, Michael.

But Tito, Jermaine, Jackie and Marlon are keeping the speculation under wraps - at least for a brief period - as they promote their new reality show.

It's "premature to point fingers and say who did what," Tito told reporters at an event for their upcoming A&E show, The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty.

This from the brother of the late music icon who said in July that "something has gone on and we need to get to the bottom" of MJ's fatal collapse.

Perhaps it's good they cooled off a bit. After all, there probably wouldn't be a reality show if Michael were alive. They surely wish he were, but still.

The surviving Jacksons are coming to reality TV.

Jackie Jackson also said that he didn't want to comment while the police are still investigating - which they're going to be doing for months to come.

The foursome has had no shortage of words when singing Michael Jackson's praises (or accepting his awards), but that's all they had to say this time.

Recently, Janet Jackson said she thinks Dr. Conrad Murray is responsible for Michael's death, while La Toya Jackson has even thrown "murder" around.

Patriarch Joe Jackson? He always wants someone to pay ... but he may not know where he is right now, so you can't really put a lot of stock in that.

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George Clooney is the anti-Tiger Woods. While he was once married to Talia Balsam from 1989-1993, he vowed never to tie the knot again after it ended.

Why bother if you're gonna sleep with eight women (and counting)?

Somehow, though, George found himself tangled in Tiger's web of women this morning after a report in Us Weekly linked him to Woods' lover Jaimee Grubbs.

Yes, the VH1 Tool Academy chick who leaked the Tiger Woods voicemail. Clooney adamantly denies he hooked up with her, despite what Us is claiming today.

The magazine claims Grubbs had a concurrent, clandestine relationship with Clooney, most recently hooking up with him two months ago, a source dishes.

Grubbs herself was less forthcoming, only saying, "I know him." George, who's dating Elisabetta Canalis now, tells a different story in a response to E! News:

"He has never met her," Clooney's rep said.

Woods, Grubbs, Clooney

Could Jaimee Grubbs have been sleeping with both of these fellas?

Looks like a case of he said, sleaze said. So who's lying here?

E! says it's highly unlikely they haven't met, as Grubbs previously worked a cocktail waitress at L.A.'s Stone Rose Lounge. Clooney's best friend Rande Gerber owns the celebrity hot spot, and Clooney is a frequent guest there.

According to a source, Jaimee Grubbs' relationship with George Clooney was not only real, it was well-known and not exactly a secret around town:

"The two had been seen out together in public long before the Tiger Woods scandal went down, but because nobody knew who Jaimee was at the time, nobody really made a note of it. All of her friends knew they were hooking up."

"She's shown her friends texts from his number," the source adds. "It didn't matter what Jaimee was doing. When George called, she came running."

Again, even if that were true, at least George isn't married with two little kids. It's not a stretch to say that makes it considerably worse for Woods.

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Gary Busey and girlfriend Steffanie Sampson are expecting a new baby!

Busey's agent and longtime attorney, Vicki Roberts, confirmed that the oddball actor's partner is seven months pregnant with a boy named Luke.

"He feels awesome about it, he's excited and thrilled and can't wait," Roberts says of Busey, 65, who is already dad to a son, actor Jake Busey.

He also has a daughter, Alectra, a from previous relationship.

Congratulations to Gary Busey and girlfriend Steffanie Sampson!

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Monica Danger, a.k.a. Danger from VH1's For the Love of Ray J, was taken in on a 5150 psychiatric hold after an incident involving her newborn daughter.

Danger's rep said the reality star had some personal issues as a result of postpartum depression and spent a week in a psychiatric hospital in California.

People close to Danger became concerned when she suddenly shaved off her hair - a la Britney Spears - after a big argument with her baby's father.

She initially accused Ray J of knocking her up, but later recanted that rumor, and wasn't even pregnant at the time. They she got knocked up for real.

But Danger's rep tells us she's now out of the hospital and doing "fine" adding, "At this time we ask all of Danger's fans for support and prayer."

Danger Mug Shot

Looks like Ray J made the right choice opting for Cocktail over Danger.

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One's a fake-tanned, drunk-driving sister of Spencer Pratt.

The other a world-renowned pop star and gossip staple.

Both look fab in flowing, similarly-patterned dresses! But there can be only one winner of THG's celebrity fashion showdowns, so who will it be this week?

Stephanie Pratt went shopping in L.A. in her French Connection dress, while Britney Spears hit the stores Down Under in a blue version of the same thing.

Who rocked it best? You tell us by voting below!

Stephanie and Britney

Who looked better in their frock?

 

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