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Paris Hilton pelted with flour. Michael Jackson may lose sole custody of children. Plus: Buy Jackson's "visually stained" garment!


Salon Staff
February 16, 2006 7:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
Paris pelted by PETA: Paris Hilton was in the U.K. for London Fashion Week when she became the latest celebrity victim of PETA's high-profile antifur campaign. As she escorted designer Julien Macdonald down the red carpet to an after-party following Macdonald's fashion show, a PETA protester hurled flour at the pair. (To be fair, the focus of the flour bombing was Macdonald, whose collection features the use of fur. A PETA spokeswoman said afterward: "Julien Macdonald may have been able to ignore images of bloody skinned animals gasping for breath in the past, but hopefully a dash of flour will help him forsake fur once and for all.") Hilton was unfazed, though, according to a witness, "Paris was lucky and was only hit a little bit. She couldn't stop laughing." See photos of the attack and its aftermath. (This Is London, The Sun via Infoblink, Evening Standard)

Jackson's white glove on eBay? Michael Jackson's white glove -- or at least one of the many he has had over the years -- is up for sale on eBay. Listed as having been a part of David Gest's extensive Jackson-memorabilia collection, the glove has a buy-it-now price of $250,000. "This is specifically a glove to be worn in concert as there are no stones on the palm side, so holding the microphone and manipulating the fedora hat is easier," reads the seller's description. "The palm side is visually stained through use." (The Daily Dish, eBay)

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Court takes Debbie Rowe's side: In other Michael Jackson news, an appeals court in California decided on Wednesday not to reinstate the order granting him full custody of his two oldest children, siding instead with his ex-wife Debbie Rowe. Rowe signed an agreement essentially giving up her parental rights to her children with Jackson, Michael Jr. and Paris, in 2001, but sought to overturn the agreement in 2004, based in part on the various child molestation accusations against Jackson that were then still pending trial. The new ruling puts the children's future in question, as it means Rowe and Jackson will eventually have to work out some sort of custody agreement. As Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson said on Wednesday, "No court has ever really figured out what would be best for these kids." (Reuters and Associated Press via Yahoo! News)

Also:
The big winners from the Brit awards (the U.K.'s Grammys): James Blunt for best pop act, Kaiser Chiefs for best British group, Coldplay's "X&Y" for best British album, and Kanye West for best international male solo artist. (Associated Press) ... Page Six is reporting that the new Bond girl, who'll appear in "Casino Royale" with new 007 Daniel Craig, is the French actress Eva Green ("The Dreamers," "Kingdom of Heaven"). (Page Six) ... On Tuesday, "American Idol" beat the Olympics in the ratings by more than 6 million viewers. (Hollywood Reporter) ... Tired of following the lives of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan? OK magazine, via USA Today, introduces you to the global celebs "you've probably never heard of": Meet Delta Goodrem (Australia's version of Hilary Duff), Jordan (the U.K.'s Pamela Anderson) and Mah Ornnapa Krissadee (from Thailand, and described as "Simon Cowell crossed with RuPaul"). (USA Today) ... The odd (and sad) People headline of the day: "Teen's Prosthetic Leg Stolen -- Again." (People)

Money Quote:
Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir on those who might not like his flamboyant style: "I know that a lot of people, especially the more Republican-style people, are very afraid of what I mean to the sport and what I'm going to say, what kind of revolutionary, crazy things are going to come out of my mouth. Good for them, they should be scared." (Deadspin)

Turn On:
George Clooney spends an hour on "Larry King Live" (CNN, 9 p.m. EST), while the "Winter Olympics" (NBC, 8 p.m. EST) offers the men's free skate, men's snowboarding cross, women's and men's team speed skating, and women's skeleton final.

-- Scott Lamb

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