WEEK IN REVIEW: Brad Ducks Jen Questions
BRAD’S BAN: Brad Pitt, arriving in Tokyo on Wednesday to promote Ocean’s Twelve was asked by a reporter at the airport why the hunk was back on the singles market – prompting George Clooney to butt in and say: “Shame on you!” American reporters were banned from the junket, and those allowed in were banned from asking personal questions. In a statement given exclusively to PEOPLE on Jan. 7, Pitt, 41, and his wife, Jennifer Aniston, 35, announced their separation after 4-1/2 years of marriage saying that they remain “committed and caring friends with great love and admiration for one another.”
HARRY SITUATION: Prince Harry apologized Thursday after he was photographed wearing a Nazi soldier’s uniform with a red and black swastika armband and an army shirt while clutching a drink at a friend’s costume party on Saturday. In his statement, Harry, 20, said: “I am very sorry if I caused any offence or embarrassment to anyone. It was a poor choice of costume and I apologize.” Despite the words, Jewish groups, politicians and royalwatchers have roundly condemned the younger son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana for his insensitivity in the first place.
BY GEORGE: George Clooney and FOX Newsman Bill O’Reilly are now set to join each other as presenters – appearing separately, from different coasts – during NBC’s “Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope” on behalf of the Red Cross on Saturday. The two had re-ignited a long-running feud this week, picking up on O’Reilly’s post-9/11 criticism of celebrities like Clooney who, O’Reilly claimed, don’t follow through on their fundraising efforts. Clooney fired back by asking O’Reilly to join him on the telethon. On his radio show Tuesday, O’Reilly accepted the offer.
JACKSON ALLEGATION: The boy accusing Michael Jackson of child molestation gave grand jurors detailed accounts of his alleged encounters with the star, according to transcripts obtained by ABC’s “Primetime Live,” which quotes the boy, now 15, saying: “We were laying on the bed and he (Jackson) told me that men have to masturbate he told me that he wanted to teach me (to masturbate) he put his hand down my pants and he started rubbing me my private area.” Jackson, 46, has pleaded not guilty to charges of child molestation, conspiracy and administering an intoxicating agent to a minor.
COURTNEY CUSTODY: A California judge returned 12-year-old Frances Bean Cobain to her mother, Courtney Love, this week. The troubled rocker lost custody of her daughter on Oct. 10, 2003, when Los Angeles county officials removed Frances from Love’s care after the musician was arrested for an attempted break-in at her ex-boyfriend’s home, an overdose on painkillers and making a suicide threat. “I’ve chosen to move forward with my life in a healthy and positive way,” Love, 40, said in a statement this week. “Having my daughter back with me is exciting.”