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Alleged Teen Burglars Target The Stars
STEAL THIS LOOK!
The latest scandal gripping Young Hollywood doesn’t involve a DUI arrest or a salacious nightclub hookup. Instead stars including Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Audrina Patridge, Rachel Bilson and Orlando Bloom are the victims—allegedly singled out for their designer duds and jewelry by a group of L.A.-area teens suspected of burglary. On Oct. 22 police arrested Rachel Lee, 19, Diana Tamayo, 19, Courtney Ames, 18, Alexis Neiers, 18, as well as Roy Lopez Jr., 27, in a sting operation. All but Tamayo posted bail and were released (Tamayo may be in the country illegally and remains in custody). A sixth suspect, Nicholas Prugo, 18, was arrested Sept. 17 and is out on $20,000 bail awaiting arraignment on Nov. 12. Lee is being described as the ringleader, having a fascination with celebrity fashion, sources say. The teens located the addresses of celebrities using Hollywood star maps and the Internet and calculated when the stars wouldn’t be home based on their appearance schedules, says a source close to the investigation. They reportedly stole at least $2.8 million in clothes and jewelry, some of which, according to the LAPD, has been retrieved. But there’s another Hollywood twist: Neiers was filming an E! reality show pilot when she was arrested. Her lawyer maintains her innocence, and her dad, Emmy-nominated director of photography Mikel Neiers, tells Scoop, “She was in the wrong place at the wrong time, associating with the wrong people.” Meanwhile a source says the investigation is far from over and additional suspects may soon be arrested.
OTHER POSSIBLE TARGETS
These stars were also recently burgled. Could the same group be responsible?
ARE THEY REALLY DATING?
GERARD BUTLER & JESSICA SIMPSON
Despite a report of a “date” Oct. 20 at N.Y.C.’s Soho House, a source says, “They have a mutual friend, and they all went out together.”
JOHN MAYER & RASHIDA JONES
An online report claims they had a romantic dinner at L.A.’s Chateau Marmont Oct. 23, but a rep for Jones insists “it’s not true.”
Should Melrose Have Ditched Ashlee?
Melrose Place producers have evicted Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, writing her character out of the show.
YES…STICK TO SINGING!
NO…BRING HER BACK!
Taylor Swift & Taylor Lautner
It’s Taylor—times two! Country’s hottest teen star and New Moon‘s hunkiest werewolf were all smiles Oct. 25 as they caught an L.A. Kings hockey game together. Swift, 19, and Lautner, 17, then headed to a Beverly Hills hotel (a source says he left after midnight). Reps wouldn’t comment, but a witness says Swift looked “excited” and Lautner seemed “very protective” of his date.
After the game they went to a hotel—but didn’t have a sleepover, says a source.
COSTUME OR PLAIN CLOTHES?
Who’s dressed up for Halloween and who’s just being themselves? The answers are spooky!
2 HELENA CHRISTENSEN
3 DREW BARRYMORE (WITH JUSTIN LONG)
1. Halloween costume 2. Halloween costume 3. Plain clothes 4. Plain clothes
Jonas Brothers’ mom: KEVIN’S FIANCEE IS ‘THE RIGHT GIRL!’
Kevin Jonas’s fiancée, Danielle Deleasa, has received the stamp of approval from his other leading lady: his mom, Denise Jonas. “I really think she’s the right girl,” the Jonas Brothers’ matriarch tells Scoop of Danielle, 23, who got engaged to Kevin, 22, in July. “I tease him that ‘you’re marrying your mother, but she’s just thinner and prettier!'” Still Denise, an ambassador for iMom.com, which encourages moms to get involved in their kids’ lives, admits it’ll be tough when he leaves the nest. “It is a little hard to adjust,” she says. “I’ve never stopped being [his] mom…. But he’s ready!”
CAUGHT IN THE ACT!
• 10/22, L.A.: It was guys’ night out for Owen Wilson (inset) and David Spade, who hit the scene at Voyeur nightclub. There was no lack of ladies, but the men kept to themselves, chatting intently.
• 10/24, L.A.: Demi Moore and hubby Ashton Kutcher hit the Ultimate Fighting Championship with Kutcher’s That 70’s Show costar Wilmer Valderrama. The trio sat front row and Demi snapped pics with her phone.
• 10/23, Las Vegas: The City‘s Whitney Port hosted at the Mirage’s JET nightclub, where she danced until the wee hours.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“I like to sing, but when I try to sing some of her songs, she just laughs!”
—Carrie Underwood‘s hockey player beau Mike Fisher, on his failed attempts at wooing the singer by serenading her
PARTY OF THE WEEK!
U2: SEEING STARS!
The hottest ticket in town Oct. 25 was the Pasadena stop of U2’s 360 tour at the Rose Bowl. The legendary band jammed while celeb fans Ben Stiller, Ryan Phillippe and Hilary Swank went wild in the crowd. Before the show, stars hung in the BlackBerry VIP Lounge. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy were in PDA mode as were newlyweds Alyssa Milano and David Bugliari. Orlando Bloom hung with the boys.