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Nigella Lawson: I'm 'Ashamed' About Drug Use but Wanted to Be Honest

Nigella Lawson: I'm 'Ashamed' About Drug Use but Wanted to Be Honest

Originally posted 12/05/2013 12:25PM

A day after admitting in court that she had used cocaine and marijuana in the past, Nigella Lawson said Thursday that she was embarrassed but wanted to come clean about the drug use.

"I would rather be honest, if ashamed, and explain the drug usage, but I wanted to make sure that I wasn't going to be bullied [with] lies," the celebrity chef, 53, said at the fraud trial of two former assistants, according to the Telegraph.

"I am not proud of the fact that I have taken drugs, but that does not make me a drug addict or a habitual drug user," she added.

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Nigella Lawson Admits in Court She Used Cocaine and Cannabis

UpdatePosted 12/04/2013 01:00PM

Nigella Lawson Testifies About Cocaine Use

Originally posted 12/04/2013 12:40PM

Nigella Lawson admitted to occasional drug use while testifying in the fraud trial against two former personal assistants in a West London courtroom Wednesday.

The celebrity chef, 53, said she had used cocaine a handful of times in her life, including when her late husband John Diamond was nearing the end of his life, as well in July 2010, when she said she was "subjected to intimate terrorism" by her now ex-husband Charles Saatchi.

She also admitted to smoking cannabis – at times, in front of her children – but denied being an addict.

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Alec Baldwin's MSNBC Show Suspended After Gay Slur Controversy | Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Thomas

Alec Baldwin's MSNBC Show Suspended After Gay Slur Controversy

Originally posted 11/16/2013 10:30AM

Alec Baldwin's new weekly MSNBC talk show was suspended for two episodes after the actor was videotaped using an anti-gay epithet against a photographer during a New York street encounter.

The cable channel didn't specify the reason it yanked Friday night's Up Late with Alec Baldwin from its schedule this week and next, but the decision came the day after the Thursday run-in.

In a statement on MSNBC's website, Baldwin wrote that he "did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry."

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Toronto Mayor Admits He Smoked Crack

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Admits He Smoked Crack

Originally posted 11/05/2013 01:50PM

The mayor of Toronto is saying he smoked crack "probably a year ago" when he was in a "drunken stupor."

Rob Ford's admission to reporters Tuesday follows months of accusations during which the embattled mayor refused to step down. The allegations that he had been caught on video smoking crack surfaced in May.

"Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine," Ford told reporters Tuesday outside his office. "There have been times when I've been in a drunken stupor. That's why I want to see the tape. I want everyone in the city to see this tape. I don't even recall there being a tape or video. I want to see the state that I was in."

Police said last week they had obtained a copy of the video.

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Katharine McPhee 'Didn't Mean to Hurt Anyone' by Kissing Married Director | Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee 'Didn't Mean for Anyone to Be Hurt' by Kissing Married Director

Originally posted 10/29/2013 03:10PM

Ever since photos of her kissing married Smash director Michael Morris hit the Internet, things have been difficult for Katharine McPhee.

"This is a very hard time for her," a pal of the actress tells PEOPLE. "She's very upset."

Morris has three children with his wife, Welcome to the Family actress Mary McCormack. And McPhee has been separated from her husband Nick Cokas for six months.

Now that the news of her relationship has been made public, the former American Idol sweetheart appears to be at a crossroads.

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Mia Farrow's Remark About Son Ronan Gets Readers Roarin'

Mia Farrow's Remark About Son Ronan Gets Readers Roarin'

Originally posted 10/06/2013 09:00AM

Paternity was a much-discussed topic among PEOPLE.com readers this week, with few lacking for a strong opinion.

At the same time, a certain already controversial young pop star further raised blood pressures with her latest remarks.

Here are the five stories that sparked the strongest reactions this week, from happy, sad, laugh out loud, angry and wow.

To tell us what you think of what's going on in the news, click on the appropriate icon appearing at the bottom of every story.

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Mia Farrow: Son Ronan 'Possibly' Fathered by Frank Sinatra (& Not Woody Allen)

Mia Farrow: Son Ronan 'Possibly' Fathered by Frank Sinatra (& Not Woody Allen)

Originally posted 10/02/2013 09:45AM

Could Frank Sinatra actually be the biological father of Mia Farrow's handsome son Ronan – whose father was always said to be Woody Allen?

Although no DNA tests were ever done, Ronan, a 25-year-old former Rhodes scholar who bears a striking resemblance to Ol' Blue Eyes, remains close to the late crooner's family, as does Farrow, Vanity Fair reports in its November issue, in an interview with the actress.

Farrow, 68, who was married to Sinatra from 1966 to 1968, admittedly continued a relationship with the music legend while she was involved in a longtime relationship with filmmaker Allen.

Sinatra, who died in 1998, would have been about 72 when Ronan, born in 1987, was conceived.

Asked point blank by Vanity Fair's Maureen Orth whether Ronan could be Sinatra's son, Farrow responds with one word: "Possibly."

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Teresa & Joe Giudice: We Have Never Lived Beyond Our Means | Joe Giudice, Teresa Giudice

Teresa & Joe Giudice Tell Andy Cohen: We Have Never Lived Beyond Our Means

Originally posted 09/29/2013 10:00PM

Teresa and Joe Giudice have broken their silence.

Following a fraud indictment last month that left the couple facing fifty years in jail, the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars, who have stayed mum since, opened up to Andy Cohen on Sunday night's episode of Watch What Happens Live.   

"It's devastating," Teresa, 41, said in the interview. "I have anxiety and sleepless nights. I used to sleep like a baby, now I get up."  

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Lance Armstrong Returns His Olympic Medal

Lance Armstrong Returns His Olympic Medal

Originally posted 09/13/2013 07:05AM

Lance Armstrong has returned his Olympic bronze cycling medal, the latest fallout from his confession to using performance-enhancing drugs.

Armstrong won the medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. The International Olympic Committee in January vacated the medal Armstrong won in the road time trial. Armstrong Tweeted Thursday that he gave it back and a U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman released a statement confirming its return.

Armstrong's Tweet included a photo of the medal and its blue ribbon along with the message: "The 2000 Bronze is back in possession of @usolympics and will be in Switzerland asap."

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Miley Cyrus: I Wanted to 'Make History' at the VMAs (VIDEO) | Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus: I Wanted to 'Make History' at the VMAs

Originally posted 09/03/2013 10:00AM

So, what was she thinking?

In her first video interview since her notorious twerking routine at MTV's Video Music Awards on Aug. 25, Miley Cyrus says she wanted to do something people would talk about – not just for days but for years to come.

"Me and Robin [Thicke] the whole time said, 'You know we're about to make history right now,' " Cyrus, 20, says in a video clip recorded last week and obtained by MTV.

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