October 03, 2003 10:00 AM

JUSTIN TIME: With five nominations, Justin Timberlake, 22, leads the pack of nominees for the 10th annual MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Nov. 6, reported Reuters. His “Stripped & Justified” tour partner, Christina Aguilera, also 22, followed with four nods and will host the MTV event. Also tied with four nominations is the Detroit duo the White Stripes. New York rapper 50 Cent, who last week won three MOBO (Music of Black Origin) awards in London, is in the running for three MTV awards, as are Evanescence and Sean Paul.

PITT STOP: Six security guards hired to protect the Cabo San Lucas set of “Troy,” the epic currently shooting with Brad Pitt, 39, have been arrested and charged with stealing, police told the Associated Press. The alleged booty reportedly consisted of a 2003 Honda four-wheel all-terrain vehicle (designed for use on sand dunes), a chainsaw and an air compressor, all of which belonged to the production crew and were stolen from the set. There reportedly had been complaints that some crew members hadn’t been paid since Hurricane Marty blew through the set the week before.

LEGAL STANCE: Madonna is being sued by the son of a fashion photographer who claims that the star copied his late father’s images in a set of videos for her song “Hollywood,” reported AP. In his suit, Samuel Bourdin maintains that he holds the rights to the images created by his father, Guy Bourdin, whose influential fashion photos (famed for their composition and lighting) were published in French Vogue from the mid-1950s through the late 1980s. (He died in 1991.) The younger Bourdin accused Madonna, 45, of copyright infringement for allegedly imitating poses and images from at least 11 works by the elder Bourdin. The suit seeks unspecified damages.

STAR DEATHS: “Addicted to Love” singer Robert Palmer, who died of a heart attack on Sept. 26, is to be buried in his adopted Swiss hometown of Lugano, his manager, Nic Cater, told the Associated Press. Palmer, 54, collapsed at the Warwick Hotel, just off the Champs-Elysees in Paris, after a relaxed night of dinner and a movie with his companion of 20 years, Mary Ambrose. Other deaths reported last weekend include literary lion George Plimpton, director Elia Kazan and entertainer Donald O’Connor.

CLEAN ‘SEX’: TBS will air an edited version of HBO’s “Sex and the City” starting next June, AP reported. The Superstation (which, like PEOPLE and HBO, is part of Time Warner) is buying syndication rights to air episodes exclusively for 15 months. “Sex,” the first cable show to win an Emmy for best comedy series, debuted on HBO in 1998 and stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis.

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