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Madonna adoptee's dad not sure what adoption means. Heather Mills has abuse tapes? Plus: Keith Urban checks into rehab.

Published October 23, 2006 1:30PM (EDT)

Morning Briefing:
Adoptee's dad unhappy: The story of Madonna's African adoption has gone from surreal to disturbing to, now, seeming just plain cruel: Yohane Banda, father of the 13-month-old boy Madonna brought to the U.K. last week, now says he would never have willingly gone along with the adoption if he'd known he was giving away his son forever. "Had they told us that Madonna wanted to adopt my son and make him her own son, we would not have agreed to that," he told reporters on Sunday. Though it's unclear how much say he would have had one way or the other, Banda indicated he didn't understand the full consequences of his actions, saying, "I am just realizing now the meaning of adoption." (Daily Mail)

Heather has tapes? Friends of Heather Mills say the soon-to-be ex of Paul McCartney has tapes that back the allegations in her divorce filings -- leaked to newspapers last week -- that McCartney was an abusive husband. A source tells the Daily Mail, "It has never been Heather's intention to use the tapes, which she feels prove that Paul raised his hands to her, but if she has to, she will." (Page Six, Daily Mail)

Snipes in Africa: Wesley Snipes, whose whereabouts have been unknown since he was indicted last week in the United States for claiming $12 million worth of illegal tax refunds and forgetting to file a tax return for six years in a row, has been found in the most popular celebrity hide-out of the year: Namibia. He's reportedly shooting a movie near Swakopmund, the same seaside town where Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt went to have their first child back in May. "It is confirmed. He is definitely here," Edwin Kanguatjivi of the Namibia Film Commission told reporters. "He has been in Namibia since the end of August." (Reuters via Yahoo News)

Country singer Keith Urban, who married Nicole Kidman in June, checked himself into rehab on Oct. 19. "I deeply regret the hurt this has caused Nicole and the ones that love and support me," Urban said in a statement. "One can never let one's guard down on recovery and I'm afraid that I have." (People) ... Janet Jackson's boyfriend, producer Jermaine Dupri, quit his position as head of urban music at Virgin last week after Jackson's album "20 Y.O." -- released by Virgin -- met with disappointing sales. (Fox 411) ... Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige" opened at No. 1 at the box office this weekend, bringing in $14.8 million, with Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" coming in second at $13.7 million. (Associated Press) ... Oddly, Britney Spears' newest baby with Kevin Federline may not be named Sutton Pierce after all -- the couple has never confirmed the name, and a friend of Kevin's mom tells Gatecrasher, "Grandma Federline calls the child Jayden." (Gatecrasher) ... A lawyer for Anna Nicole Smith says she's not planning to submit to the paternity test her ex Larry Birkhead has asked for -- he claims he's the father of Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern. "Why should she accommodate him at all?" attorney Wayne Munroe said on Oct. 20. "I don't think she's going to run her life according to his wishes." (Fox News)

Money Quote:
Roseanne Barr says she won't be getting any more plastic surgery done: "I'm all over it now ... It doesn't do anything or change anything. It's just buying into something that really isn't that good." (ContactMusic)

Turn On:
"Scrubs" star Sarah Chalke plays a young breast cancer survivor in "Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy" (Lifetime, 9 p.m. EDT) on Monday night. Plus, "Prison Break" (Fox, 8 p.m. EDT) returns from hiatus, and "The Dog Whisperer" (NGC, 9 p.m. EDT) has its season premiere.

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT): Gangs in the U.S.
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Tom Arnold, Brian Regan, the latest "Survivor: Cook Islands" castaways
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): Jessica Simpson, D.L. Hughley, the Roots (repeat)
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Martha Stewart, Macaulay Culkin, Billy Bragg (repeat)
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Maria Bello, Derek Luke, Frankie J featuring Chamillionaire
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT): Tyra Banks, Jason Statham, Papa Roach (repeat)
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT): David Cross (repeat)
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Ariel Levy (repeat)

-- Scott Lamb

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