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>>Britney Spears Associate Takes Stand In Defamation Trial
The man who claims to have been Britney Spears' manager is sticking with his story. Sam Lutfi took the stand Tuesday in his defamation trial against the singer and her family. Lutfi insisted he was in no way responsible for Britney's breakdown several years ago and that he actually tried to help her kick the drug problem he alleges she had. According to E! Online, Lutfi also shared his version of how he initially met Spears back in 2007. He says Britney approached him in a club and started texting and calling him shortly after their meeting. He says the star was "very distraught" over her divorce with Kevin Federline, was struggling with her child custody battle and had cut ties with her longtime manager Larry Rudolph and her parents. Lutfi says it was then that Britney asked him to be her manager, saying she would give him 15 percent of her income. He said he agreed but only if she promised to get off the drugs she was using, adding that he did everything in his power to help her.
Lutfi also acknowledged that he does take Adderall for his attention deficit disorder but denied ever slipping the medication to Britney, as Britney's mother Lynne accused him of doing in her 2008 memoir "Through the Storm." He also testified to his entertainment-industry credentials, saying that he once served as an associate producer on a Ben Affleck project and that worked on videos for Hole and En Vogue. Currently, he says he is co-managing Courtney Love. Britney's parents and her fiancé Jason Trawick are expected to take the stand as the trial continues, but Britney herself was deemed incompetent to testify by a judge.
>>Lifetime's "The Houstons: On Our Own" Debuts Tonight
Lifetime's new docu-series revolving around the family of late singer Whitney Houston premieres tonight. "The Houstons: On Our Own" will follow the lives of Whitney's family and close friends in the months after her shocking death in February. The show's 14 half-hour episodes will largely focus on Whitney's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, who inherited her mother's fortune. Bobbi Kristina's father, singer Bobby Brown; her grandmother Cissy Houston; uncle and aunt Gary and Pat Houston; and her cousin Rayah Houston will also be featured on the series. Pat Houston is Bobbi Kristina's guardian and manager. She is also an executive producer on the docu-series.
Whitney Houston was found dead on February 11th in her hotel room in Beverly Hill, California. The Los Angeles County coroner listed the cause of death as accidental drowning along with heart disease and cocaine use.
>>Trump Promising "Big" Announcement On Obama
Donald Trump is promising to drop a bombshell announcement about President Obama today. Trump, who has notoriously challenged the President on everything from his academic records to his birth certificate, told "Fox & Friends" Tuesday that the nature of his announcement is "very big. Bigger than anybody would know," but wouldn't reveal any more than that. The real estate mogul and "Celebrity Apprentice" boss began teasing his so-called "October Surprise" last Friday via Twitter and followed up with two more tweets Tuesday that read, "Tomorrow I will be tweeting on only one subject" and "My announcement is tomorrow!"
>>Melissa Rycroft Admits Tango Was Tough On "Dancing"
Melissa Rycroft admits she didn't have the easiest dance to perform on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," given the neck injury she suffered on Sunday. On Tuesday the reality TV star danced a tango with partner Tony Dovolani, and gave him the credit for getting her through it. But she made a good impression on the judges, who gave her nines across the board. Melissa was one of four stars who turned in individual routines Tuesday night. Shawn Johnson and Apolo Anton Ohno also earned scores of 27 for their dances. Sabrina Bryan received the highest score of the night, getting a 29 for her waltz. The other four stars -- Gilles Marini, Kelly Monaco, Kirstie Alley, and Emmett Smith -- took part in a team dance to Psy's "Gangnam Style," and were also awarded a 27 for their efforts.
>>Report: Allred Aims To Unseal Romney Court Testimony
Famed civil rights attorney Gloria Allred and "The Boston Globe" newspaper are reportedly seeking to unseal sworn testimony provided by Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. Websites RadarOnline.com and TMZ.com says Allred will be in a Boston area courtroom Wednesday for an emergency hearing. She is reportedly representing one of the parties involved in a prior court case for which the former Massachusetts Governor reportedly testified. Allred is not offering any details about the case. However, as TMZ points out, the court where the hearing is set to take place is known to handle sensitive family law matters.
>>President Obama To Participate In Live MTV Q&A On Friday
President Obama is reaching out to young voters. In the final days of the campaign, the President will be answering the questions of young people in a Q&A session that will be broadcast live on MTV from the White House on Friday at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway will sit down with the Commander in Chief who will be taking questions from voters on a Washington D.C. campus. The special is called "Ask Obama Live" and will air across all MTV platforms live in Eastern times zones and tape delayed until 5:00 pm Pacific. MTV also invited Obama's opponent, Republican nominee Mitt Romney to participate in a live Q&A of his own, but he has yet to accept. President Obama will also be stopping by "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" Wednesday night.
>>Axl Rose Appearing On "Jimmy Kimmel Live"
Axl Rose is making his appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday night. It's a rare occurrence for the rocker, who hasn't taken part in a live, broadcast TV interview in more than 20 years. The Guns N' Roses frontman is expected to discuss the group's upcoming residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. With the engagement, dubbed "Appetite For Democracy," the band is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 1987 debut album, "Appetite for Destruction," along with the fourth anniversary of their most recent release, "Chinese Democracy." The long-awaited 2008 disc was Guns N' Roses' first studio album in 15 years. The group will launch "Appetite For Democracy" on Halloween, and wrap up the 12-concert run on November 24th.
>>Man Sues Justin Bieber, Claims Singer Stole Credit Card,
A man claiming to be the father of Justin Bieber's girlfriend, Selena Gomez, is suing the pop star. According to the lawsuit obtained by TMZ.com, among other wild claims, the Michigan man claims Bieber got his "daughter" Selena pregnant and that Bieber owes him 426-dollars for a follow up abortion. He also claims Bieber has been cheating on Selena with other stars like Kesha [[keh-sha]], Rihanna and Penelope Cruz and that the pop star stole his credit card to get a penile enlargement and buy cocaine for himself and "Sean P-Ditty Combs" "to use in a drug-free school zone." The man ends his inflammatory list of alleged Bieber offenses saying, "I'm an emotional mess... America must boycott biebers music!"
>>"Iron Man 3" Trailer Makes Debut Online
Nightmares are keeping Tony Stark up at night and a shadowy villain named The Mandarin might be reason for his insomnia. The action-packed trailer for "Iron Man 3" is now online with Robert Downey, Jr. and Ben Kingsley clashing over good and evil. Downey, as Stark and Iron Man, appears beaten and exhausted at the start of the trailer. He offers regrets via voice over, saying, "I've got a lot of apologies to make." Kingsley as The Mandarin, meantime, suggests the world give up its ideas of the existence of heroes. The trailer also offers quick glimpses of Gwyneth Paltrow who reprises her role as Tony Stark's girlfriend and assistant Pepper Potts. The film, the third in the "Iron Man" franchise, was directed by Shane Black, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Drew Pearce. "Iron Man 3" will arrive in U.S. theaters on May 3rd.
>>Prince Charles, Camilla Attend James Bond "Skyfall" Premiere
Members of Britain's Royal Family are among those getting a first look at the highly-anticipated new James Bond film. According to the BBC, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla joined star Daniel Craig and other cast members at the world premiere of "Skyfall" at the Royal Albert Hall in London Tuesday. The Royal Family has been active in promoting the Bond franchise over the years. Many of its members, including Charles' sons Princes William and Harry, have helped to use the premieres to support charities. The Queen herself even participated in a video with Craig for the opening ceremony for the Olympic games earlier this year.
"Skyfall" is the 23rd film in the James Bond franchise, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The movie also stars Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes. "Skyfall" arrives in U.S. theaters on November 9th.
>>"House of Lies" Adds Larenz Tate And Nia Long
Larenz Tate and Nia Long will join Emmy nominee Don Cheadle on the set of Showtime's "House of Lies." According to "The Hollywood Reporter," Long will play a former classmate and consulting adversary to Cheadle's character, Marty. Meanwhile, Tate comes in as Marty's unassuming younger brother. Their appearance on the workplace drama will not be the first time Long and Tate have shared the screen. The two co-starred in the 1997 film "Love Jones." Cheadle and Tate have also had screen time together. In 2004 the two appeared in the Oscar winning movie "Crash." The second season of "House of Lies" premieres on January 13th on Showtime.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle is 86.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bill Wyman is 76. He was a member of the group The Rolling Stones.
Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham is 73. He won the Oscar for his role in "Amadeus." His other credits include the movies "Scarface," "The Last Action Hero," and "The Bonfires of the Vanities."
Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Kline is 65. He won the Oscar for his role in "A Fish Called Wanda." His other credits include the movies "Definitely Maybe," "A Prairie Home Companion," "The Pink Panther," "De-Lovely," "The Emperor's Club," "Life as a House," "Wild Wild West," "Dave," and "In and Out."
TV producer James Whitmore Jr. is 64. His numerous credits include the shows "Cold Case," "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service," "24," "Dawson's Creek," "Roswell," "JAG," and "Melrose Place." He is the son of actor James Whitmore.
Former NAACP President and U.S. Congressman Kweisi Mfume (kwah-EE'-see oom-FOO'-may) is 64.
Actor B.D. Wong is 52. His credits include the TV series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Oz," and "All-American Girl" and the "Father of the Bride" movies.
Congresswoman Mary Bono is 51. She's a representative in the U.S. Congress from California.
R&B singer Monica is 32.
Pop singer Adrienne Bailon is 29. She was a member of the group 3LW and Chanel in "The Cheetah Girls."
NASCAR champ Brian Vickers is 29.
Hip-hop star Drake is 26.