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Jun 10, 2008

R. Kelly Declines to Testify

It’s one of the biggest court cases to hit the R&B music world in quite awhile, and R. Kelly’s child pornography trial is almost over.

In a massive development in the case, the “World’s Greatest” singer announced to the judge that he would decline to take the stand, saying simply, “I decided not to testify.”

Perhaps it’s because there’s nothing left to say… after all, Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan made it clear that jurors will be able to review the sex tape once they begin deliberations.

Yesterday, Kelly’s legal team abruptly rested their case, leaving it up to the prosecution to call two rebuttal witnesses prior to Thursday’s closing arguments.

Jessica Simpson: Country Girl in the Big City

Following a late night arrival in the Big Apple, Jessica Simpson and her mother Tina were spotted up bright and early on Tuesday morning (June 10).

And the rising country starlet looked cute in a white top, black jacket and a pair of black short shorts as she exited her hotel.

Regarding her foray into country music, Jessica recently told press, “It’s a spiritual thing for me, like ‘I know God has a plan and a purpose.’ For the first time in my life, I take a lot of pride in my talent and in the record I was able to put together.”

She continued, “With the writers, I felt comfortable opening up, because the only way this opportunity was going to be a great one was to be honest with myself and with them. If I want to be singing it for the rest of my life onstage, I want it to be honest.”

As for her naysayers, Miss Simpson commented, “Maybe they thought that I was just trying to stomp on their ground for a little bit and see what I could do, and then just go back and make another pop record. But I’m planning on making country for the rest of my life, and I don’t want to go back to that other world.”

Bad News for Amy Winehouse’s Hubby

She just might be one of the most accessible celebrities in the entertainment industry. And earlier today, Amy Winehouse was at it again, signing autographs and posing for pics with fans.

The “Rehab” singer seemed happy enough to indulge her adoring admirers, as she took her cat in as it was returned to her.

And while things for Amy look to be going okay, her hubby’s predicament is quite a different story. It seems that Blake Fielder-Civil, as well ahs his cronies have all pled guilty to assault and perverting the course of justice.

Today the Snaresbrook Crown Court was presented with the evidence that Fielder-Civil attempted to bribe the man he helped assault, James King, with a £200,000 lump sum to leave the country.

This case is far from over, so stay linked to the Gossip Girls for all the latest updates on Blake Fielder-Civil, as well as Amy Winehouse.


Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt’s NYC Night Out

Maintaining a bicoastal celebrity status isn’t easy, but then again when you’re as dedicated to self-promotion as Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, it’s all part of the game.

The peroxide princess was spotted grabbing some cash from an ATM yesterday (she withdrew $60) as the paparazzi swarmed around her. Not to worry, though…she was looking fine in a white jacket with a pair of designer jeans and heels.

Miss Montag also stopped by the Ed Sullivan Theatre for an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. And afterwards, this girl was hungry.

But never fear- Spencer, sporting a gallant dark pinstripe suit with a bold red tie, treated his future wife to a romantic dinner out at the exclusive Waverly Inn.


Tori Spelling Welcomes Baby Stella!

Former “Beverly Hills 90210” star Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott welcomed a baby daughter into the world on Monday (June 9).

Stella Doreen McDermott was born at 3:13 p.m. at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles via C-section - weighing a healthy 6 lbs., 8 oz., a rep for Spelling told press.

Tori, who also has a 1-year-old son named Liam Aaron with Dean, told press prior to her baby’s arrival: “I’ve always wanted a little girl since I’m such a girly girly. I immediately started crying. I couldn’t believe it. I have my beautiful little boy and now I’ll have my little girl! It’s amazing.”

“This is a dream come true for Tori and Dean,” a friend told Star. “They were blessed with a son last year and will now have double the love and joy in their life with a new baby girl.”

Kim Kardashian and Family Go To France

Following a Sunday afternoon television appearance, Kim Kardashian and her co-star family jetted out of Los Angeles - landing in Nice, France on Monday (June 9).

During their Sunday afternoon appearance on Celebrity Family Feud, the Kardashian/Jenner clan found themselves matched up against NFL showman Deion Sanders.

Kim recently posted about the experience in her personal blog, but refused to shed any light on who came out on top, writing:

“When we got to the studio, we finally found out that we were going to play against NFL superstar Deion Sanders’ family. It was quite a contentious match, bringing out Bruce’s famous competitive side! We all got really into it. You will have to tune into NBC to see who won, because I will never tell.”