The "C" stands for communication

Ugliness after Pam Anderson's hepatitis revelation; pity, from one Brady brother to another; Britney and Justin's separation "not permanent"; Halle Berry admits to near-suicide attempt.

Published March 22, 2002 10:27PM (EST)

There's nothing pleasant about Pamela Anderson's disclosure on Wednesday that she is sick with hepatitis C or her allegations that she contracted it by sharing a tattoo needle with her ex Tommy Lee.

And there's nothing surprising about Lee's response that Anderson's allegations are just one more sneaky way to get the upper hand in the couple's unusually bitter battle for custody of their sons.

"Hopefully she will realize that she is only doing more harm to her children and herself by trying to use the media as a tool to hurt Tommy and their two boys," sniffed Lee's publicist, Beth Katz.

But what is a bit strange is Anderson's gripe that Lee "never disclosed [the fact that he had the disease] to me during our marriage," particularly in light of Anderson's own apparent decision to keep her new boyfriend, Kid Rock, in the dark.

In an interview with Los Angeles TV station KTLA Thursday morning, Rock said Anderson had not alerted him to her illness -- which is usually passed through blood-to-blood contact, from sharing needles, say, or, in rare cases, from having unprotected sex -- before announcing it to the press.

"I was with her last night and she didn't really release that statement to me or say anything about it," Kid Rock said. "She's fine."

Hope so.

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Crowe-ing it alone

"I am still looking for my life partner. I may or may not be lucky enough to find that person."

-- Russell Crowe on his continuing search for "the one," on "Entertainment Tonight."

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When it's time to change, you have to rearrange

Poor Barry Williams.

Not only did the actor formerly known as Greg Brady take a complete whomping at the hands of Danny "Partridge Family" Bonaduce the other night on Fox's "Celebrity Boxing," now his onscreen little brother is adding insult to injury.

Christopher Knight, who played the middlest Brady boy, Peter, says it was he -- not Williams -- who producers most wanted to display his pugilistic prowess in the ring with Bonaduce.

But Knight says he turned the offer down cold.

"I just couldn't see it working," Knight, now a computer executive, tells Wireless Flash News. What's more, he says he had his dignity to consider.

So -- in true Johnny Bravo, "he fit the suit" fashion -- Fox turned to its second-choice Brady.

But Knight now says he wishes he'd heroically saved Williams from his embarrassing rounds in the ring.

"I don't want to watch people I like fail like that," he says of the Williams-Bonaduce bout. "It gets too brutal."

Yes, those were his exact words.

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The stalker from Stockholm? Not!

"I would never ever want to hurt Britney like these people are claiming I was planning to do, I still respect her as a human being."

-- Swedish Britney Spears fan Ruben Garay denying allegations that he posed a threat to the pop star's safety, on the Spears fan site

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Not together, but not apart

And Justin Timberlake would never ever want to hurt Britney either, at least according to the Spears camp.

Spears and Timberlake's relationship is not over, her people insist.

"They love each other, but demands on their time have created a significant time apart, which could be misconstrued as a more permanent situation," a spokesman for Spears told the press. "As for spottings in clubs, they are both young and like to dance."

And no, I don't think he means that euphemistically.

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Honk if you love your life

That Halle on Wheels label for Halle Berry cuts both ways, apparently.

The actress has admitted that at one point a few years back, she almost used her car to take her own life.

"I was going to sit in the car [and] asphyxiate myself," Berry tells Barbara Walters in an interview set to air before the Oscars on Sunday and excerpted in the New York Daily News.

But, she says, "as I sat there sort of waiting for it to happen, it's almost like I had a flash of that good angel and the bad angel on the shoulder. And something was telling me on the right side of my brain, 'Girl, don't do it.'"

Depressed about her bitter break with her ex-husband David Justice, she still found something to live for. Or rather someone: her mom.

"I thought, 'What is my mother going to think if she finds me dead in this car?'" she says. "I couldn't do that to her. So I got out."

Berry lucky thing she did, too.

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