- The Washington Times - Monday, November 17, 2008

Detained, released

Britain’s Press Association news agency and others reported Friday that rapper Kanye West was detained early that day after an incident involving a photographer outside the Tup Tup Palace bar in Newcastle in northern England.

Police said only that a 31-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of assault after an incident at a nightclub. They said he was released without charge, according to Associated Press.

The Tup Tup Palace said Mr. West visited the club after his gig in Newcastle Thursday but could not confirm the arrest. The rapper is playing dates around Britain as part of his Glow in the Dark tour. Mr. West was arrested last month at Los Angeles International Airport after he was filmed struggling with a paparazzo. He was not charged.

Timberlake sued

Pop star Justin Timberlake and two of his business partners in the Southern Hospitality BBQ restaurant in Manhattan have been sued by a former busboy.

The lawsuit, filed Friday by Felipe Ramales, 26, in federal court, claims the three cheated staff out of tips, proper pay and overtime. Mr. Ramales, who worked at the restaurant for a year from June 2007 filed the suit on behalf of 50 other employees.

Versatile fellow

Pianist-composer Dan Tepfer, 26, called his appearances Saturday at the KC Jazz Club “an honor, a really nice step, and a feeling of having come to a kind of maturity with my own music.” He appeared as a Discovery Artist in the two sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center venue with Jorge Roeder on bass and Richie Barshay on drums.

Based in New York City, Mr. Tepfer at age 6 attended the Paris Conservatoire Paul Dukas; he earned a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics at Edinburgh University in Scotland and a master’s degree with honors from the New England Conservatory. Mr. Tepfer was named the 2007 Cole Porter Fellow by the American Pianists Association. Besides jazz, he has been an opera conductor.

Heiress strips for mag

Model-heiress Lydia Hearst is more often nude than not lately.

She recently bared her breasts in a racy spread in French fashion magazine Self Service, and this month she takes it all off for French Playboy, the New York Daily News reports.

A nude Miss Hearst is featured on the cover, the magazine’s 50th-anniversary issue, smiling coyly at the camera overtop a pair of sunglasses. Though her legs are crossed strategically, a nipple is visible beneath a lipstick scrawl of “Happy Birthday Playboy.”

The issue includes a fully nude spread inside of Miss Hearst shot by French photographer Alexis Dahan.

French Playboy is better known for its artsy fashion spreads than its American counterpart. Runway models who have graced its cover recently include Lily Cole, Helena Christensen and Lou Doillon.

Miss Hearst told the Daily News that she doesn’t plan on buttoning up anytime soon. “I’m not a teenager anymore, and this is the transition of going into adulthood,” she says.

— Compiled from staff and wire reports

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