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Nigella Lawson's Coke Problem

By Reuters

Two kitchen assistants who used to work for British Jewish celebrity chef Nigella Lawson have alleged that she was a regular user of cocaine and other drugs, according to reports of a court hearing published by several national British media on Tuesday.

The two women are being prosecuted for fraud and the allegation against Lawson forms part of their defence. The media reports said the allegation had been described in court by a prosecution lawyer as untrue and “totally scurrilous”.

Contacted by Reuters, Lawson’s publicist Mark Hutchinson said: “As proceedings are live we can’t comment at the moment.” Under British law, it is legally risky to comment publicly about what is said during criminal court proceedings.

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Lea Michele's Tearful Tribute to Cory

By Anne Cohen

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During her first major public appearance since the death of boyfriend Cory Monteith, Lea Michele used her acceptance speech at the Teen Choice Awards to thank fans for being so supportive of her in this difficult time.

Wearing a necklace that spelled out the actor’s name, Michele fought back tears as she accepted the award for Choice TV Actress — Comedy.

“I wanted to dedicate this award to Cory,” she said. “For all of you out there who loved and admired Cory as much as I did, I promise that, with your love, we’re going to get through this together.

“He was very special to me, and also to the world, and we were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile, and his beautiful, beautiful heart,” she added. “So whether you knew him personally or just as Finn Hudson, Cory reached out and he became a part of all of our hearts — and that’s where he’ll stay forever, so thank you guys so much.”

Prior to the speech, the whole “Glee” cast came onstage to accept the Choice Comedy award, and paid their own tribute to their departed co-star.

The fifth season of “Glee” premieres on Fox on Thursday, September 26. A tribute to Monteith is planned for the third episode.

Watch the emotional speech below:

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Lea Michele Sings a Song for Cory

By Anne Cohen

Less than three weeks after Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room, girlfriend Lea Michele is back at work.

US Weekly reported that the “Glee” star was in the studio on Monday to record a song which will play in the hit show’s tribute episode to Monteith planned for the third episode of the season, which premieres on September 26.

Executive music procer Alex Anders tweeted back, saying he admired the actress’ strength:

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Cops Find Drugs On Justin Bieber's Tour Bus

By Anne Cohen

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Justin Bieber

Gasp! Bieber? Drugs? Say it ain’t so!

Cops standing around the blonde hearthrob’s tour bus outside the Globe Arena in Stockholm, apparently detected a “strong smell” coming from inside the vehicle, People Magazine reported.

According to Swedish newspaper Afonbladet, that smell was marijuana.

Police spokesman Lars Bystrom told the AP that a stun gun was also found at the scene. The “substance,” as pot is apparently called in Sweden, has been sent to a laboratory for analysis.

The Biebz, who arrived in Finland Thursday, was unfazed.

After all this controversy over his entry into the guestbook of the Anne Frank museum, maybe he just needs to unwind.

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The Drugs Made Me Say It: John Galliano’s Hate Speech Defense

By Nathan Burstein

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It was the alcohol and drugs talking, not John Galliano.

That’s the defense being used, predictably, by the English fashion designer, who went on trial in Paris today for anti-Semitic rants made at a restaurant in the French capital in October and February. The comments qualify as criminal hate speech in France, where Galliano faces up to six months in prison and a fine of roughly $32,400.

Galliano, who was fired as the creative director at Christian Dior in March, has repeatedly apologized for the comments, and reportedly entered rehab after being caught on camera declaring, “I love Hitler.” He described himself in court as “a recovering alcoholic, a recovering addict,” and hopes, in his lawyer’s words, to “rebuild himself professionally and personally.” The designer, who is gay, denied being a bigot, telling the court, “I do not have these [anti-Semitic] views, and I have never held them.”

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Marijuana Kingpin Lived With His Orthodox Parents

By Michael Kaminer

Looks like we’ve got true-life sequel material for “Holy Rollers,” the just-released film in which a young Orthodox Jew gets lured into drug running.

Bail was denied Thursday for Jonathan Braun, the 27-year-old Staten Island boychik accused of smuggling more than 100,000 kilos of marijuana from Canada into the U.S. — all while living with his Orthodox parents and a 90-year-old grandparent on quiet Buchanan Avenue in Staten Island, according to the New York Daily News. “Before Thursday’s bail hearing, defense lawyer Ross Kramer handed a black yarmulke for Braun to a deputy U.S. marshal, who checked it for contraband,” the News wrote.

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