- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Selective truth

Princess Diana’s butler Paul Burrell reportedly has been caught on tape saying he “didn’t tell the whole truth” at the inquest into the princess’s death, ABCNews.com reports.

“I told the truth as far as I could — but I didn’t tell the whole truth,” Mr. Burrell apparently says on the grainy tape, Britain’s Sun newspaper reported. “Perjury is not a nice thing to have to contemplate.” At other times in the secretly taped three-hour video, Mr. Burrell is heard saying, “I was very naughty, and I made a couple of red herrings, and I couldn’t help doing it.

“I know you shouldn’t play with justice, and I know it’s illegal and I realize how serious it is,” Mr. Burrell concedes on the tape.

ABC News said it was not able to reach Mr. Burrell immediately for comment.

The video reportedly was shot in a New York hotel room while Mr. Burrell was negotiating deals for new lines of jewelry and table linen. Mr. Burrell came to London last month for three days of grilling at the inquest.

Regarding a conversation Mr. Burrell claims he had with Queen Elizabeth II shortly after Princess Diana’s death, he says: “The conversation with the queen was three hours long. And I wasn’t about to sit there and divulge everything she said to me.”

Mr. Burrell has said in the past that the queen told him there were “dark forces” at work in Britain.

Judge to decide

In other news from across the pond, Paul McCartney and Heather Mills’ weeklong divorce hearing has ended without a deal, and a judge will impose a settlement on the warring couple, Associated Press reports.

As legal teams left court yesterday, Mr. McCartney’s lawyer Nicholas Mostyn told reporters that judge Hugh Bennett had reserved his ruling. The judge will spend several weeks working out a settlement.

Miss Mills and Mr. McCartney separated in 2006 after four years of marriage. The couple went to court to decide on Miss Mills’ share of the former Beatle’s fortune, estimated at $1.6 billion.

Filling in for Heath

Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” has been saved from cinematic doom, Variety reports, citing a story by Ain’t It Cool News.

Following the tragic death of star Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell all have signed on to play Mr. Ledger’s character, Tony, in the film.

“Parnassus” was shooting in London when Mr. Ledger died from an accidental medicine overdose on Jan. 22. His character is transported into three separate dimensions in the fantasy film. These new worlds, which Mr. Ledger accesses via a paranormal mirror, will be inhabited by Messrs. Depp, Law and Farrell.

Other cast members include Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits, Lily Cole, Andrew Garfield and Verne Troyer.

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

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