Plus: Snoop Dogg probe, a Harry Potter sweepstakes, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated June 01, 2005 08:00 AM

ADVISED: Kathy Hilton, ready to roll out her NBC summer reality series I Want to Be a Hilton (debuting June 21), says her daughter Paris provided advice on how to “act” on TV. “Paris always said, ‘Mom, forget the camera’s there,’ and I did,” Hilton tells New York’s Daily News. The matriarch’s show is devoted to her guidance of 14 young contestants through the challenges of the New York society scene – with the winner being bankrolled to live like a rich person for a year. “I wanted people who would like the opportunity to be exposed to different challenges and culture,” Hilton said, adding: “I fell in love with each and every one of these candidates. They’re entertaining. They have a lot of heart and a lot of soul.” And as for her upcoming real-life son-in-law, Greek shipping scion Paris Latsis (the two Parises have just announced their engagement), Kathy Hilton said on Wednesday’s Today show: “He is the most gentle, kind, brilliant and very, very low-key. I’ve never seen Paris this happy in her life.” As for her daughter’s steamy burger TV ad, in which Paris washes a car wearing a bikini, Mom said: “What is she supposed to wear, a ballgown?”

PROBED: Police are investigating a Seattle hip-hop fan’s claim that he was beaten by rapper Snoop Dogg and other artists during a weekend concert, Reuters reports. Richard Monroe, 24, said he was invited onstage by Snoop Dogg, The Game and Oowee. “They just beat me, stomping me, and beat me with a microphone,” a battered Monroe told local TV on Tuesday, wincing as he spoke. “They took my diamond earrings off my ear, my jewelry off my fingers, they took my wallet and my cell phone,” Monroe said. In a statement, Snoop Dogg publicist Meredith O’Sullivan said, “Any person who jumps onstage at a concert has to be interpreted as a security threat and an immediate risk to both the performers onstage as well as the fans in the audience. Once a breach of security has been made, authorities are forced to take the proper measures to ensure safety.”

WON: A Manhattan jury awarded Nine Inch Nails rocker Trent Reznor $2.95 million after finding his former manager breached his contract and acted fraudulently, the Associated Press reports. “It’s been a difficult thing for him in a lot of ways. They were very, very close friends,” says Reznor’s lawyer of the singer’s bond with his ex-manager, John Malm. The award likely would top $4 million when interest is added. A lawyer for Malm did not immediately return a call for comment.

OFFERED: One lucky American library is going to be able to display the first American edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, signed by author J.K. Rowling, as the top prize in a sweepstakes from publisher Scholastic, Inc. The contest is open to every public library in all 50 states, with mailed entries due by June 30. The winning library will be selected and notified on July 1, but will have to keep the news quiet for the next two weeks. On July 15, representatives from the library will be presented with the signed book in New York. They will have to wait until 12:01 a.m. on July 16, the official release date of the book (the fifth in the series), to take permanent possession of it, reports Reuters. Prohibited by the contest rules: Selling the volume – or even loaning it out. It’s for display purposes only.