Celebrity news

February 24, 2005

Campbell talks of drug habit in interview

NEW YORK (AP) - Naomi Campbell says she nearly self-destructed from her use of cocaine.

Campbell tells Diane Sawyer on ABC's "Primetime Live," scheduled to air at 10 p.m. today, that she's glad she recovered, but acknowledges that it's still difficult.

"It was a rebellion in a certain way. You know?" the British supermodel says. "I don't want to be in that pain again. I don't want to be in that place."

Campbell, 34, says she first tried cocaine when she was 24 but stopped before "something would have happened. Some self-destructive thing."


Campbell says she assumes others knew of her addiction at the time. "People aren't stupid. ... you think people don't know, but they know. They know. I mean, that's your mind playing tricks on you."

In 2004, Campbell won her appeal in a privacy case against a London newspaper that published photographs of her leaving a drug counseling meeting in 2001. Her lawyer said Campbell hadn't objected to the Daily Mirror's reporting that she had a drug problem and had misled the media about it, but only to its publication of details of her treatment.

'Simple Life' duo dive into latest assignment

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie spent a day with a suburban Philadelphia plastic surgeon for an episode of "The Simple Life 3: Interns."

Dr. Eric Marchant said the duo initially seemed bored with the work.

"I thought, 'Uh-oh, this was a bad idea,'" he said, but they became more animated as the day wore on. The episode was to air Wednesday night on Fox television.

"What I expected was snobbery and standoffishness ... and they weren't that at all," Marchant said. "They were right in there with you."

Marchant invited the reality TV show, although he wasn't quite sure whether it would help or hurt the image of his practice.

"You have to take risks in life, or you don't experience anything," he said.

Marchant said he hopes the show won't cast plastic surgery in a negative light.

"It's still television," he said. "It's a reality TV show. If people don't get it, come on."

Benet sends musical apology to Berry

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eric Benet is singing an apology to ex-wife Halle Berry.

Benet said lyrics in his upcoming album include an apology - but she's heard it all before.

"I think somewhere along the way, she's heard everything," he told "Access Hollywood" in an interview broadcast Tuesday. "Maybe she hasn't heard the songs, but she's heard everything I have to say."

Berry filed for divorce from the R&B singer last April after about three years of marriage.

Tabloids speculated about Benet's faithfulness.

"Some of it is truth," but the reports also were full of misconceptions, Benet, 34, told the syndicated entertainment TV show.

"I think the biggest misconception is that there is something wrong with me," he said. "It's like the whole picture that was painted was ...'sex addict."'

Benet also denied being a sex addict last year. In a July interview with ABC's "Primetime Thursday," he denied he had ever committed adultery but acknowledged indiscretions that entailed "verbally inappropriate" behavior and "physical contact that was extremely inappropriate and wrong in a marriage."

Stern receives 'renegade' award

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Howard Stern, the acerbic self-described "King of All Media," has received Wired Magazine's Wired Renegade award for his tense battle with the FCC and upcoming switch to Sirius Satellite Radio.

Other recipients of the sixth annual Rave Awards, presented Tuesday, include Brad Bird, who won in the Film Director category for "The Incredibles," the computer-animated story of a family of superheroes.

"I'm very excited to be included in this group of people," said Bird, who dismissed the notion that the popularity of computer-generated blockbuster films might nudge real-life actors out of the business.

He called such concerns those of "backward-thinking actors."

"I think some actors are taking it that way, but I don't think it's a legitimate concern," Bird said.

Kevin Sites, a freelance journalist, took home the first Blogger award, for helping pioneer a new breed of reporting from the war in Iraq. Sites also chronicled the tsunami rescue effort in southeast Asia.

Prince to receive award from NAACP

NEW YORK (AP) - Prince will be honored with the 2005 NAACP Vanguard Award, given to those who have worked to increase understanding and awareness of racial and social issues.

Previous honorees are film director Steven Spielberg and movie producer Stanley Kramer. The award will be presented to the "Purple Rain" singer during the 36th annual NAACP Image Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on March 19. The show will be broadcast March 25 on Fox television.

"During the '80s, Prince emerged as the musical prophet of the era, releasing a series of albums that both define and captured the spirit of the times," the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said in a statement. "His genre-bending songs sent shock waves through the music industry that still reverberate today."

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