BYNES HITS NJ MALL
Amanda Bynes brought her brand of crazy to a mall in New Jersey over the weekend. Celebuzz reports that the What A Girl Wants star was spotted wearing a blond wig and oversized sunglasses at the Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus Saturday and she was obviously not happy about the attention she received. “Someone took a picture of her and she got mad,” eyewitness Josh Freeman tells the site. “So she took the phone from the kid and literally deleted the picture off of it. She gave it back, she just deleted the picture.” Soon a crowd began forming around Amanda, who quickly headed for an exit. Two fans even started singing the theme to her Nickelodeon program The Amanda Show. “She was kinda embarrassed,” said Freeman. “She kept like yelling ‘no, no pictures.’ Her hair was an absolute mess. It was just like a mess, all knotty and stuff.”
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS DID NOT USE “N-WORD” DURING TONYS
Neil Patrick Harris is denying a report that questioned whether he used the N-word when Mike Tyson came out during the Tony’s opening number Sunday. Although NPH clearly says the word “bigger,” TMZ ran a story in which they said, “We’ve played it back dozens of times, and can’t come up with another explanation [than Harris using the N-word].” But the How I Met Your Mother star took to Twitter to vehemently deny the accusation writing, “Really …The N-word? That’s your story?!? I would NEVER be so disrespectful and frankly, neither should you.” Meanwhile, NPH should be happy because ratings for Sunday’s Tony telecast were up this year. The 67th Annual Tony Awards saw a 20 percent increase in viewers from last year, although it still wasn’t enough to beat the NBA Finals which aired on ABC.
CHAD JOHNSON JAILED AFTER BUTT SLAPPING INCIDENT
NFL star, and Dancing with the Stars competitor, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson was hauled off to jail yesterday and sentenced to 30 days behind bars for a probation violation in his domestic violence case. Johnson was in court to finalize a deal that would have given him no jail time when things went horribly wrong. Just as the judge and Chad’s lawyer were about to finalize terms of the agreement, the judge asked Chad if he was happy with his lawyer, and Chad playfully slapped the lawyer’s butt. While many in the courtroom laughed, the judge sure wasn’t happy. She questioned whether Chad thought the whole thing was a “joke” and kicked him out of the courtroom. She then threw out the deal and Chad was placed in handcuffs and ordered to spend 30 days behind bars. In addition, his probation was extended until December, 2013, and he must complete 25 hours of community service and extra therapy sessions.
JANE LYNCH SPLITS FROM WIFE
Glee’s Jane Lynch announced yesterday that she’s splitting from her wife, Lara Embry. “Lara and I have decided to end our marriage. This has been a difficult decision for us as we care very deeply about one another. We ask for privacy as we deal with this family matter,” Lynch tells People. The couple met in 2009 and tied the knot in May, 2010 in Massachusetts, where same sex marriage is legal.
PHOTOGRAPHER SUES BIEBER
Justin Bieber is being sued by a photographer who claims the teen star directed his security to attack him and steal his memory card during an incident in Miami last week. Photographer Jeffrey Binion filed suit against Bieber and bodyguard Hugo Hesny, claiming Hesny threw him against the wall and grabbed his throat on the orders of Bieber. Binion also claims Hesny “displayed a gun” during the attack, while other bodyguards took his camera. He says he incurred medical expenses and suffered bodily injury, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. Binion’s lawyer adds that Hesny is not licensed to work as a bodyguard in Florida, nor does he have a permit to carry a gun there.
SKARSGARD & PAGE GO PUBLIC WITH RELATIONSHIP
True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard and Juno’s Ellen Page have reportedly been dating about a year and took their relationship public over the weekend. The couple met on the set of their film The East, and was first seen together at the Stanley Cup finals in June 2012. Over the weekend the pair got cuddly at a San Francisco park, prompting The East’s director Zal Batmanglij to snap a photo of the Swedish actor planting a kiss on Page’s cheek.
SEGEL PICTURED WITH NEW GAL
Last week it was reported that Michelle Williams had moved on from Jason Segel and is now dating artist Dustin Yellin, but apparently she isn’t the only one to find love again. The How I Met Your Mother star was photographed in West Hollywood Sunday with his arm around a mystery woman. The couple looked very comfortable with each other as they enjoyed lunch and did a bit of shopping. So far the mystery blond hasn’t been identified. Jason and Michelle split up in February after dating almost a year.
KATIE’S TALK SHOW MAY NOT SEE SEASON THREE
Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show may not last much longer. Sources tell the New York Post the program may not be renewed for a third season. Behind the scenes, things have reportedly been “very stressful” since the departure of executive producer Jeff Zucker. The insiders say that since Zucker left to head CNN, Katie has become “s--t show.” “Jeff’s departure left a void,” said a source. “Katie was left vulnerable. There wasn’t a figure who could keep control. It became challenging because of the way that Jeff left. There’s been creative tension.” But it doesn’t sound like Couric will be out of a job for long. Said the insider, “Now everyone at ABC is gossiping that Katie will end up at CNN with Jeff.”
JOHANSSON UPSET HER NAME IS IN FRENCH BOOK
Scarlett Johansson is suing the publisher of a bestselling French novel for using her name without permission. The book, The First Thing We Look At, centers around a mechanic who meets a woman who he believes is Johansson, but is really someone who just looks identical. Johansson is not happy about the use of her name and is seeking compensation and damages for “breach and fraudulent use of personal rights,” and wants a ban on “future transfer of rights and adaptations of the book.” The author Gregoire Delacourt is “stunned” by the lawsuit, telling French radio, “it’s a bit silly to say that if you talk about a person, the courts have to get involved. That’s quite sad.”
LINDA CARDELLINI ENGAGED
Mad Men’s Linda Cardellini is engaged to boyfriend Steven Rodriguez, and found a very cute way to announce the happy news. The former Freaks and Geeks star posted a picture of her 15-month-old daughter’s hand adorned with mommy’s engagement ring, alongside the caption, “My daughter Lilah Rose wants everyone to know that her mommy and daddy are getting married.”
BROCKOVICH APOLOGIZES AFTER DUI ARREST
Erin Brockovich has apologized for her drunk driving arrest over the weekend. The 53-year-old, played by Julia Roberts on the big screen, was busted Friday in Nevada for driving her boat under the influence, although she insists no one was in danger because she didn’t take it out in open water and was just moving it “within its own slip.” She then added, “That being said, I take drunk driving very seriously, this was clearly a big mistake, I know better and I am very sorry.”