- The Washington Times - Monday, December 1, 2008

Rumors denied

Whitney Houston has issued a statement denying the rumors of a reunion with Bobby Brown. The singer’s publicist, Nancy Seltzer, calls speculation that the exes are getting back together “a complete fabrication.”

Miss Seltzer pinpoints the rumors to a report in Wednesday’s Chicago Sun-Times that said Miss Houston and Mr. Brown had been spotted out and about in Georgia looking romantic.

The two divorced in April 2007 after 14 years of marriage, much of it tumultuous. Miss Houston has custody of their teenage daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

Elvis top draw at ball

Elvis Costello will headline the Creative Coalition’s Inaugural Ball Jan. 20 at the Harman Center for the Arts in Northwest, event officials said Monday. Among the confirmed celebrity guests:Tim Daly and Tony Goldwyn, Anne Hathaway, Spike Lee, Tim Robbins, Kerry Washington, Susan Sarandon, Jane Krakowski, Alfre Woodard, Barry Levinson, Dana Delany, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Wendie Malick, Josh Lucas, Matthew Modine, Rachael Leigh Cook, Alan Cumming, Connie Britton, Richard Schiff, Ellen Burstyn, Giancarlo Esposito, Gloria Reuben, Lynn Whitfield, Tamara Tunie, Tom Fontana, Sue Kramer, Kim Raver, Maura Tierney and many more.

Seats guaranteed

Someone giving $100 million can get the best pair of seats, any night he wants them, for the rest of his life. That’s what New York City Ballet chief Peter Martins offered David H. Koch on Tuesday night as he toasted the oil billionaire, one of the world’s richest men, sitting with his wife in the first ring, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Koch’s gift, pledged in the summer, will help renovate Lincoln Center’s formerly named New York State Theater - now named after Mr. Koch - home to both the ballet troupe and New York City Opera.

If times weren’t so hard, Mr. Martins told Mr. Koch from the stage, the entire audience would have gotten some vodka, as they did in January 2004, on what would have been George Balanchine’s 100th birthday. In this economy, only Mr. Martins and Mr. and Mrs. Koch got the booze.

Helping out

Rapper T.I. offers iced Patron tequila and stacks of money to the lady in his life in his hit “Whatever You Like,” but on Thursday at Atlanta’s Turner Field, he was offering steaming spoonfuls of corn. The occasion was the city’s largest Thanksgiving dinner, which was organized by the Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless.

“It’s a pleasure for me to help service those who are definitely in need of the service,” T.I. said before taking his spot on the serving line. He raised nearly $100,000 within two hours on a local radio show Wednesday. Meanwhile, another Atlanta rapper, Young Jeezy, was donating $5,000, his manager said.

The latest

The lawyer for Boy George said on Wednesday the man who has accused the British singer of tying him up and beating him with a chain last year “sexed up” his story to sell it to the press, Reuters news agency reports.

Lawyer Adrian Waterman told Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London that Norwegian male escort Audun Carlsen had lied about his meetings with the 47-year-old, best known for fronting the band Culture Club in the 1980s.

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