Saturday, January 12, 2008

It's a Girl!

Famous-for-being-famous Nicole Richie gave birth yesterday to a 6-pound 7-ounce girl with the 10-pound name of Harlow Winter Kate Madden.

"The beautiful healthy baby girl left the hospital with her ecstatic parents," the couple's representative told People magazine. That's almost quicker than the 82 minutes Richie served last August for a DUI conviction.

Daddy is Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden, 28. He and the 26-year-old Richie haven't set a wedding date yet.

The Huffington Post reported that new grandfather Lionel Richie and other family members were at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for the delivery.

Just down the hall from Richie, pop singer Christina Aguilera, 27, and husband Jordan Bratman reportedly were awaiting the arrival of their first child.

DMX Ordered to Pay $1.5 Million

Rapper DMX is still in the legal doghouse -- and racking up quite a tab.

Yesterday, a Prince George's County Circuit Court judge awarded $518,400 in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages to Monique Wayne, the Maryland woman who sued DMX (real name: Earl Simmons) in October 2006. She claimed defamation, false statements and "unreasonable publicity" about her private life after the rapper told Sister 2 Sister magazine that she "raped" him while he slept, after they'd met at D.C.'s Dream nightclub in 2003.

Wayne, who gave birth to Simmons's child in 2004 and won a subsequent paternity suit to secure child support, testified yesterday that Simmons admitted to her he made the rape claim in efforts to placate his wife.

The missing link was DMX: Official court documents state that Simmons, 37, was not present at yesterday's proceedings, and no attorney is listed as being named to the case on his behalf. Attempts to contact Simmons's reps and determine whether he retained an attorney in connection with the suit were unsuccessful.

"Obviously we'll start the process to represent her and collect the money," said Wayne's attorney, Stephanie Moran. "The court award speaks to the outrageousness of Mr. Simmons's comments. It's shameful that he would state he was raped in an attempt to conceal his adulterous behavior."

The Book on Sarkozy

If only American presidential politics were this juicy: Just days after French President Nicolas Sarkozy hinted at plans to wed model and pop singer Carla Bruni, Sarkozy's ex-wife, C¿cilia, was yesterday rebuffed by a Paris court in her bid to block publication of a book that says she called her former husband "cheap" and "ridiculous."

Lawyers for the former first lady argued that the book -- "C¿cilia, a Portrait" by journalist Anna Bitton-- violated her private life, and asked the court to ban it, the Associated Press reports. In the book, C¿cilia Sarkozy is quoted as calling the president a "womanizer," "cheap" and "ridiculous" in private meetings with the author, according to excerpts published this week.

The court threw out the complaint, ruling that a ban "would be totally disproportionate, all the more so because the book is already on sale" (it appeared in bookstores Thursday). C¿cilia Sarkozy's lawyer said she would appeal the decision.

End Notes

Celebrating: Aussie actress Toni Collette, 35, and husband Dave Galafassi welcomed their first child on Wednesday, a baby girl named Sage Florence Galafassi, the AP reports. "Both mother and baby are very well and very happy," a spokeswoman said.

Quoted: "Nowadays it would be impossible to do that. You really have to satisfy the needs of television stations, which carry out audience surveys before they commission shows." -- former "Monty Python's Flying Circus" cast member Terry Jones, 65, telling Reuters why the Monty Python troupe would never be allowed on present-day television.

-- Marissa Newhall, from staff and wire reports

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