NAMES & FACES

Friday, December 29, 2006

Donald & Rosie, Still Dukin'

Thought the war between Donald Trump and Rosie O'Donnell had finally ended? Think again.

The real estate mogul and "The View" co-host broke their holiday truce this week, with O'Donnell comparing Trump to a "pimp" and he calling her a "degenerate." The back-and-forth started again Wednesday when O'Donnell posted a message on her blog that criticized beauty pageants and Trump's appearance on "Larry King Live" last week on which he called her a "terrible person."

"So what happens /when u say the emperor has no clothes /the comb over goes ballistic /via phone to [Larry] king," she wrote, referring to her criticism of Trump and his handling of the recent Miss USA controversy. She later added, "Remember the seventies /a young girl in nyc /meets a pimp /he cons her into a life of illusion /she works for him."

Trump fired back yesterday from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. "Rosie is a loser, she's a degenerate," he told us. "She said things about me and now she calls me a pimp? You're not allowed to use that kind of language when you're talking about people such as myself."

Trump traced the feud's origins to his decision to allow Miss USA Tara Conner to keep her crown despite reports of her misconduct and underage drinking in New York bars: "This all began with me saving a young woman and not firing her as everyone wanted me to do. I didn't feel like destroying her life. Rosie went crazy about this."

The Donald also had some choice words for O'Donnell, calling her a "crude, ignorant, pushy and unattractive woman" with a "low level of intelligence" and added that he thinks "the saddest thing in America is that her nice girlfriend [partner Kelli Carpenter] has to be with someone like her."

And, for those of you wondering, Trump said he doesn't know when this feud will end: "I don't call truces. . . . When people criticize me, I fight back."

O'Donnell's rep said the talk show host is on vacation with her family and unavailable for comment.

Arresting Development

The sheriff's deputy who arrested Mel Gibson six months ago for drunk driving says he has been harassed by his superiors since the actor's arrest report was leaked to the media.

James Mee was transferred to another assignment, interrogated for several hours and had his computer and phone records seized by investigators during a search of his home, his attorney Richard Shinee told the Los Angeles Times in an article published yesterday.

"His life and career would be a lot different had he not made that arrest," Shinee said.

Neal Tyler, the division chief who oversees the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department station in Malibu where Gibson was booked, said he didn't know of any problems with Mee's treatment after the arrest and did not think the officer was being singled out.

Mee arrested the "Apocalypto" director on July 29 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The arrest report Mee signed was later posted on the celebrity gossip Web site TMZ.com. The report said Gibson was belligerent and quoted him as saying, "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."

"My client has denied he gave that report to anyone," Shinee said.

Update

The sale of John Edwards's Georgetown home closed on schedule Wednesday afternoon with a final sale price of $5.2 million -- almost half a million less than the family was asking for. An insider says the four-story residence was purchased by a corporation.

-- Korin Miller

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