For Iverson and His Posse, A Night From the Wild West?
Wouldn't it be great to have a posse -- a cool bunch of buds covering your back at all times? On HBO's "Entourage," it always looks like so much fun! Now, though, a lawsuit seeking $20 million from Allen Iverson makes us think maybe an entourage isn't worth the trouble.
The litigation against the controversial Philadelphia 76er stems from an alleged fracas this summer at D.C. nightspot Eyebar. According to the complaint, Iverson, 30, and his security detail arrived at the club in the wee hours of July 20 and confronted two Maryland men, Marlin Godfrey and David Anthony Kittrell, who dared to be sitting in the VIP section where the former Hoya was wanting to lounge.
When club security staffers tried to defuse things by moving the two men to another table, according to the suit, Iverson's entourage "initiated an unprovoked attack" on both the patrons and the bouncers, Ansley Grant and Curtiss Fitzgerald. The suit claims that Godfrey, a martial-arts instructor, suffered a concussion, perforated eardrum and damaged right eye, while Kittrell and the two bouncers received cuts and bruises.
At a hearing yesterday, a judge set a May date for another hearing. Alan C. Milstein, Iverson's attorney, declined to comment. Stephanie Moran, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said that eventually the entourage could be added as defendants. For now, though, it's just Iverson, who's "responsible for the actions of his employees and agents," she said.
Happy to Be in Philadelphia
A little-known Internet teen hazard: dog shows.
Gaby Gilbeau got hooked after meeting other kids online who show and breed dogs and begged her mother to let her jump into the ring. Tomorrow, you can see the 16-year-old honors student from Centreville and her 2-year-old Bedlington terrier, Vegas, strut their stuff on the National Dog Show, airing at noon on WRC, Channel 4. Gilbeau is the tall blonde; Vegas is the grayish fuzzy one who looks like a lamb.
Most of the people dragging dogs around the ring are professional handlers; Gilbeau is doubly exotic on the American Kennel Club circuit as one of the few teens who own and show their own dogs. She got Vegas (aka Champion Lamz Viva Las Vegas, JE) on her 14th birthday, and now he's the No. 4 Bedlington in the country. "He's really laid back," said Gilbeau. "He's not like the typical terrier. He'd like to lie on the bed all day."
Gilbeau and Vegas won best of breed at the prestigious show, taped Saturday in Philadelphia, and went nose to nose against the other terrier breeds in the group finals. (Spoiler alert: Keep your eyes out for a colored bull terrier named Rufus.) Girl and dog are off to Westminster in February.
As for the future vet's Thanksgiving television debut? "We'll probably have it on," said Gilbeau, "depending on who gets control of the remote."
Oh, we're back in Campaign 2004! As CNN carried Dick Cheney's American Enterprise Institute speech Monday, a large black "X" flashed a few times over the veep's face at split-second intervals for a kind of trippy subliminal effect. (Missed it? That's what Matt Drudge is for!) Conservative bloggers went berserk yesterday, and the news network rushed out a statement citing a "momentary glitch" with a "computer place saver" that "we obviously regret."
Christmas Comes Early, Courtesy of Oprah
Two circ yj/toVirginia women, Sandra Campbell, 56, and Terri Brooks, 42, were in Monday's lucky audience for Oprah's Favorite Things show. Every year, Oprah recommends holiday gifts (talk about product placement!) and then makes like Santa. The 300 Hurricane Katrina volunteers expected to talk about relief work, but were each surprised instead with more than $7,000 worth of goodies, including a Philip Steincirc diamond watch, Burberry coat, video iPod, cashmere sweater, BlackBerry and circ a Sony Notebook computer.
"I almost wet my pants, and I think everyone in the audience did the same thing," said Campbell yesterday, who was back at work at software firm Intuit.
Campbell and Brooks, friends and co-workers, volunteered with the Fredericksburg circ Fredricksburg Red Cross and spent two weeks in Louisiana. Oprah asked relief workers to share their experiences; the two were among those chosen for a trip to Chicago. And then ... Christma$! All taxes were paid by the show.
"It was more fun than I've had in a long, long time," Campbell said.
This Just In
So how excited were you by the buzz all over the Internet yesterday that Brad and Angelina were checking out D.C. real estate? People's Web site even had a photo of the twosome in front of a rowhouse with a for-sale sign! Alas, they were just "admiring the architecture" of the Kalorama home of gallery owner Geoffrey Diner, a gallery rep told us. Even though the four-bedroom house happens to be on the block for $2 mil, the two are not shopping for real estate, assert both the gallery rep and Brad's rep. Perhaps they'll save that for Cambodia, which bestowed citizenship on Jolie, it was revealed yesterday.