- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Carey’s double trouble

Some days must be harder than others for Mariah Carey.

First, the pop star experienced her own version of a “wardrobe malfunction” when her dress fell apart, leaving her breasts exposed as stunned fans looked on during a television appearance in Germany. Miss Carey soon regrouped and continued the show, her clothes intact, Contactmusic.com reported.

On top of that fiasco comes word of her older sister’s arrests for prostitution.

Alison Carey Scott, 44, is accused of offering to have sex with an undercover police officer for $250. She has denied the charge.

Miss Scott, who is HIV-positive and the mother of four, has been arrested twice in the past 10 weeks, United Press International reports. The most recent arrests have occurred since May, though Miss Scott has worked as a prostitute since the late 1980s to support a drug habit, according to UPI.

Miss Carey, 35, who has financially and emotionally supported Miss Scott, is said to be devastated by the news. The sisters were separated when their parents split up, with Miss Carey staying with her mother and Miss Scott being brought up by their father, Contactmusic.com reported.

“When Mariah learned of her sister’s arrest, she was absolutely devastated,” an unnamed source told London’s Daily Mirror.

Pitt hospitalized

Associated Press

Actor Brad Pitt has been hospitalized with a flulike illness.

Mr. Pitt, 41, checked himself into an undisclosed Los Angeles area hospital Monday night complaining of flulike symptoms, his publicist, Cindy Guagenti, said yesterday. No other details were available, and the name of the hospital wasn’t disclosed for security reasons.

Mr. Pitt was in Ethiopia last week with his “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” co-star, Angelina Jolie, to pick up the actress’s newly adopted baby girl, the second child she has adopted. Miss Guagenti said it wasn’t known whether he contracted the illness while in Africa.

The actor, who also starred in the films “Troy” and “Fight Club,” separated from “Friends” actress Jennifer Aniston in January after 4 years of marriage. Miss Aniston filed for divorce in March, citing irreconcilable differences.

Going out with a bang

New York Post

Johnny Depp has planned a doozy of a farewell for his pal Hunter S. Thompson — he’s paying to have the late gonzo journalist’s ashes shot out of a cannon behind Mr. Thompson’s Colorado compound.

Mr. Depp, who played Mr. Thompson in the 1998 film “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” has hired a Beverly Hills event planner to orchestrate the happening on Aug. 20, six months after Mr. Thompson’s suicide, the New York Post reports.

The actor’s latest film, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” opens nationwide Friday.

Hill disses Fugees

Associated Press

Singer Lauryn Hill’s long freeze-out of the public is beginning to thaw.

Miss Hill, whose 1998 solo debut, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” sold millions and won her five Grammys, has been largely MIA ever since. However, in the new issue of Trace magazine — her first interview in years — Miss Hill discusses her self-imposed exile, the Fugees and her future.

“If I make music now, it will only be to provide information to my own children,” the mother of four says in the magazine interview, due on newsstands tomorrow.

Miss Hill has continued making music, and her long-awaited follow-up to “Miseducation” is soon to be released, though an exact date has not been set. Her last recording was 2001’s “MTV Unplugged.”

Miss Hill, along with her old Fugees band mates, Wyclef Jean and Pras, reunited recently for a few sporadic concerts, including a surprise performance at the BET Awards.

In the Trace interview, however, Miss Hill had few kind words about the group.

“The Fugees was a conspiracy to control, to manipulate and to encourage dependence,” Miss Hill says. “I took a lot of abuse that many people would not have taken in these circumstances.”

The 30-year-old singer, who dated Mr. Jean when the group was together, says she saw a “spark” in him. Although she’s married to Rohan Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley and the father of her children, Miss Hill claims to be disillusioned with men.

“As a young woman, I saw the best in everyone, but I did not see the lust and insecurities of men,” she says.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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