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Buzz Briefs: 50 Cent, John Cusack

Rapper 50 Cent, formerly known as Curtis Jackson, performs with G-Unit at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Mass., Monday, August 22, 2005, as part of his Massacre Tour 2005 to promote his new album and up coming movie. (AP Photo/Robert E. Klein)[Click image for details ]
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50 Cent Sued By His Son's Mama

Grammy-nominated rapper 50 Cent is being sued by a former girlfriend who says the hip-hop superstar is trying to evict her and their 10-year-old son from their multimillion-dollar home.

The single-page notice filed by Shaniqua Tompkins accuses 50 Cent of breach of contract and unjust enrichment. Her lawyer says this means he broke a promise to give Tompkins and son Marquise a home.

"This was a house that was promised to Shaniqua up until the closing," said Tompkins' lawyer Paul Catsandonis. "Then he decided not to put it in her name. Now he's trying to put her out of the house. This would mean evicting his own son."

Catsandonis said the 32-year-old rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, paid about $2.4 million for the house, one of the largest in the Long Island neighborhood of Dix Hills. He said 50 Cent, who was shot outside his grandmother's Queens home in 2000, had told Tompkins, 32, he wanted her and their son in a safe and secure place.

The rapper's lawyer, Bret Kimmel, did not immediately return calls for comment Thursday.

John Cusack's Stalker Charged

2A woman who was ordered to stay away from John Cusack has been charged with a felony count of stalking.

Emily Leatherman also is charged with misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court restraining order and petty theft.

Those are in connection with her arrest outside Cusack's beachside house over the weekend.

Sheriff's deputies were called to Cusack's home Sunday after a cab driver reported that a passenger refused to pay for the ride to get there. As the deputies showed up, Cusack flagged them down. He told them he recognized the woman and that she had been stalking him.

Leatherman was taken to the local jail after her arrest. She's still there in lieu of $500,000 bail.

UCLA Medical Center Employee Snoops In Farrah Fawcett's Records

UCLA Medical Center says it has disciplined an employee for snooping in Farrah Fawcett's medical records.

A UCLA spokeswoman won't say if that means "fired" but the Los Angeles Times says the worker was canned.

The spokeswoman says Fawcett told a doctor last May that she was concerned details of her fight against cancer were being leaked to tabloids, so he reported it to hospital executives.

The news about Fawcett comes a few weeks after the hospital announced that several employees were fired for peeking at Britney Spears' files.

Don Cheadle: Poker Faced

3Sure he looks pretty hot in a dress. But how does Don Cheadle do with a poker hand?

We'll get to find out when Cheadle takes part in a TV poker tournament.

He will be part of NBC's 4th National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

It will air on six straight Sundays in April and May, starting on April 13th.

The Championship features 64 of the world's best poker players competing in a series of one-on-one games of Texas Hold'em to see who's the best.

Other celebrities include Jason Alexander and Orel Hershiser.

April 2, 2008

High Blood Pressure Sends David Cook To Hospital

4A producer for "American Idol" says contestant David Cook took a trip to the hospital because of heart palpitations after appearing on the show.

Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe said Wednesday that the 25-year-old from Oklahoma had heart palpitations and high blood pressure near the end of Tuesday night's show.

Lythgoe says Cook was treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and did not require continued care.

Cook is due back for Wednesday night's castoff show.

He received good reviews Tuesday night for his version of Dolly Parton's "Little Sparrow."

Nicole Richie To Launch Maternity Clothing Line

5Nicole Richie now knows what it's like to be pregnant and not have anything to wear.

So, the reality TV star will take on the fashion industry in support of all mommies-to-be out there.

According to People, Richie, who is the mother of Harlow Winter, attended a Balenciaga party in L.A. and said that she was inspired by creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere to create her own line.

"I wore so much Balenciaga during my pregnancy," Richie said.

Her new clothing line will fill a void for many mommies-to-be.

"When my shirts got too short, I wore Joel's (Madden) with a jacket on top," she revealed. "My line will be about making women look and feel good at a really emotional time. It's about showing your best self, not your tired, worn-down self."