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Stop the presses! A couple was acting like a couple!

Perhaps in an attempt to prove his non-wussiness, Nick Lachey brought babe friend, Vanessa Minnillo, to the New York City club Butter Monday night, where they partied with fellow celebrities, danced, kissed and partied throughout the evening.

Jessica Simpson was nowhere to be found this time, as Lachey – looking sharp as ever in jeans and a button-down shirt – and Minnillo, in a red dress, began the night chatting in their booth with Russell Simmons before Minnillo danced on the banquet to “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira.

Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd

The Gossip wil need a second after hearing that … okay …

When Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” came on at around 12:45 a.m., Minnillo indulged Lachey in what would be the first of several lap dances. Yes, SEVERAL.

The MTV VJ wasn’t done yet, however. She was up on the dance floor again soon after giving Lachey 98 degrees of fun, dancing with Jamie-Lynn Sigler to the Jackson 5’s “Want You Back” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”

From there, the night simply rolled – and grinded – on. “SexyBack,” by Justin Timerbake, came on and Minnillo settled into Lachey’s lap and sang it to him.

But the song that Lachey enjoyed the most was the Rocky theme, “Eye of the Tiger,” which got him waving his arms and moving his head to the beat.

Reports didn’t state whether or not he hugged Apolla Creed on the beach.

Later, Lachey did shots with Wilmer Valderrama, who was holding court with friends including Erika Christensen. Finally, the pair left at 3 a.m., holding hands.

A rep for Lachey had no comment. Perhaps because there wasn’t any real news – except for, you know, those scorching hot lap dances. Yowza!