- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Amy’s marriage kaput

Amy Winehouse says her 17-month marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil is over, the New York Post reports, citing a story in Britain’s News of the World.

The troubled Grammy winner says her husband left her for a blond German model, Sophie Schandorff.

“It’s over,” the tabloid quoted Miss Winehouse as saying. “There’s no way back for us now. It was never going to last. We were only together for sex.”

According to one of her pals, also quoted by the newspaper, it wasn’t ordinary sex. “Just like they were with drugs, they pushed themselves to the limit,” the unnamed friend said.

Man says Boy ‘hit me’

Pop star Boy George handcuffed a male escort to the wall and beat him with a metal chain as the man tried to flee from a nude photo shoot, a London court heard Monday.

According to Agence France-Presse, the former Culture Club frontman — on trial under his real name, George O’Dowd — chained up Audun Carlsen on April 28, 2007, Snaresbrook Crown Court was told at the start of the trial on assault and false imprisonment charges.

Mr, O’Dowd, 47, screamed “whore” as he and another man pinned the 29-year-old Norwegian to the floor in the singer’s East London home, the court heard.

“I was so scared,” Mr. Carlsen said. “He had a metal chain that he was hitting me with.”

The case is expected to last five days. Mr. O’Dowd, who sang lead on Culture Club’s 1982 hit “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” denies all charges.

Work eases woes

Madonna’s marital breakup is tough, but she says she’s grateful that her heavy workload “provides a distraction that keeps me going.”

“I’m sad about my personal life, but I feel very blessed and very lucky that I have the opportunity to do what I do in my professional life,” Madonna told Associated Press Sunday. “It would be horrible if I was just thinking about getting a divorce and had nothing to do.” She and her second husband, Guy Ritchie, were granted a preliminary divorce Friday.

Among her current projects is promoting her documentary “I Am Because We Are,” which explores the impoverished African nation of Malawi, where more than 1 million children are orphaned by AIDS. The film premieres Monday on the Sundance Channel.

Hope stamp coming

Linda Hope joined U.S. Postal Service Gov. Katherine C. Tobin on Monday to preview the stamp image depicting her father, iconic entertainer Bob Hope. The ceremony took place during festivities to rename the Ellis Island Research Library the Bob Hope Memorial Library.

The stamp dedication ceremony to commemorate Mr. Hope — born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, England — on a first-class commemorative stamp will take place May 29 in California on what would have been his 106th birthday. The stamp will be available nationwide that day.

Legends Ball planned

Grammy-winning singer and former Psychic Friends infomercial host Dionne Warwick will headline the Legends Ball during the Jan. 20 presidential inaugural festivities at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, according to a post on the Web site friendsofdionne.org. Also on the bill: The TemptationsDennis Edwards; Chaka Kahn; George Clinton; Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes; gospel music stars Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp and Kirk Franklin; Jason Taylor; Jalen Rose; and H.B. Barnum’s 30 piece orchestra.

Proceeds from tickets, priced at $450, will benefit the Dionne & Friends Foundation Inc., the Web site said. Up to 5,000 guests are expected to attend, Washingtonian.com reports.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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