Antonella or no, Bobby Brown needs dough and Foxy tells her side
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Ya gotta love all that "Idol" chatter about the latest problem in the search for America's next singing sensation.
The latest, first reported by "Access Hollywood" and later by People magazine, is about "American Idol" contestant Antonella Barba and those alleged racy Internet photos.
Pornographic? No, since she's not actually nude. Revealing, yes.
But People now quotes her friend, Amanda Coluccio, who says the photos aren't even legit. They're "not Antonella," Coluccio told the mag. "It's not the same nose, it's not the same face," she says of the girl in the pictures.
The original take was that the photos were done as a novelty for the 20-year-old Barba's boyfriend and might have been stolen from her computer at Catholic University and distributed online.
Anyway, no one at "Idol" is talking, other than show producer Nigel Lythgoe, who told EW.com last week that he was unaware of the photographs.
Bobby Brown has a problem, too.
On Monday, he was ordered to remain in a Massachusetts county jail until he pays $19,000 in late child support and court fees, his lawyer said.
"We're diligently working on getting those funds available from outside sources," said Phaedra Parks, an attorney in Atlanta, where Brown currently lives. Parks expected Brown to be sprung yesterday.
Parks said the rhythm-and-blues singer has been struggling to meet monthly payments to Kim Ward, of Stoughton, Mass., the mother of his two teenage children.
"Although this agreement was put in place when he was Bobby Brown the star, this agreement is being enforced when he is not always able to find work," Parks said. "He hasn't made an album in quite some years."
Brown is in the midst of a divorce from pop diva Whitney Houston after 14 years of marriage.
In October, Brown paid $11,000 in delinquent child support after being threatened with arrest if he stepped back into Massachusetts. He owed more than two months' worth of payments to Ward.
Brown currently owes child support payments from January, plus late penalties, Ward's attorney fees and constable fees, Parks said.
Foxy Brown has a problem, but she turned up in a Brooklyn church to tell her side of the story of how a visit to a Florida beauty supply store went awry and ended in her arrest.
The 27-year-old rapper said she was dragged half-naked out of the store's restroom and then picked on by police officers because she is black.
"I was exposed from the waist down on the toilet," she said Monday at Brown Memorial Baptist Church in the Clinton Hill neighborhood. "The only crime I'm guilty of is being a young black woman."
Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, could face jail time if a judge decides she violated probation after she got in trouble for hitting two manicurists with a cell phone in 2004. She has to go back in front of the Manhattan judge this week.
Police in Florida have said that Brown spat on the store's owner and then got into a scuffle with an officer in the parking lot. The incident occurred Feb. 15, when Brown and a friend stopped at the shop in Pembroke Pines, Fla.
And let's not forget James Blunt's problems.
According to TMZ.com, the singer has learned that the LAPD has opened an investigation into a late-night car accident involving him and supermodel Petra Nemcova. The words "hit and run" have been applied to the case.
Witnesses, reports TMZ, say James drove their black SUV over the leg of an autograph seeker as the couple slowly pulled away from a Hollywood party last week. While the police have not yet identified the driver of the vehicle, TMZ ran a photo of Blunt in the driver's seat.
A rep for Blunt told TMZ the "victim" was not a fan, per se, but instead fell within the ranks of the paparazzi that were swarming James' car.
TMZ is busy on another front, reporting that Britney Spears' litany of problems has sparked a couple of medical theories: She either suffers from post-partum depression or bipolar disorder.
The celebrity Web site says substance abuse may account for some of the singer's odd behavior of late (remember the shaved head?) but that her "issues" are more medical in nature.
Britney reportedly remains in rehab in Malibu.
At last, we leave the problems behind and settle for warm wishes.
Ludacris has thanked his fans for their support and asked for privacy to grieve following the death of his ailing father.
Wayne Brian Bridges, 52, died Sunday in an Atlanta hospital after a long illness, said Barry Florence, a publicist for the rapper.
At the Grammys earlier this month, Ludacris, 29, dedicated his award for best rap album for "Release Therapy" to his father, saying his dad was in critical condition and fighting for his life.
"Mr. Wayne Bridges, I love you to death," he said at the televised Los Angeles ceremony. Ludacris, whose real name is Chris Bridges, also won a Grammy at this year's awards for best rap song for "Money Maker."
One final item: Various Web sites are reporting that, despite earlier denials, Naomi Watts, who revealed a pronounced bump as she walked the Oscar red carpet this week, is pregnant. Her boyfriend, Liev Schreiber, ended the speculation on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," saying, "I'm going to be a dad."
Schreiber, 39, and Naomi Watts, 38, fell in love while shooting the romantic drama "The Painted Veil" in China in 2005.
First Published February 27, 2007 12:00 am