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December 12, 2006

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Richie arrested for DUI

Burbank, Calif. - Nicole Richie was arrested early Monday for investigation of driving under the influence after her car was reported headed the wrong way on a freeway.

Richie, 25, star of "The Simple Life" reality series and daughter of pop singer Lionel Richie, was arrested without incident at 1:45 a.m. PST after she failed a field sobriety test given by California Highway Patrol officers, CHP Officer Todd Workman said.

Richie's 2005 black Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle was stopped in the car pool lane of State Highway 134 in Burbank.

Other motorists had placed 911 emergency calls around 12:30 a.m. about a car headed against traffic on the freeway, Workman said. Descriptions of the vehicle matched Richie's. When officers arrived, they found her car facing the right direction.

"She volunteered the information that she had smoked marijuana and taken Vicodin," a prescription painkiller, Workman said. No drugs were found on her or in the car.

Richie told officers she weighed 85 pounds and was 5-foot-1, Workman said. Her driver's license listed her weight as 100 pounds.

Courtney Love goes free

Los Angeles - Courtney Love cried tears of joy Monday after a judge terminated her probation and dismissed three misdemeanor cases, including two drug-related charges.

"Thank you for not taking me into custody," Love told Superior Court Judge Rand Rubin. "Thank you for giving me an opportunity. You've been a good, fair judge. Sorry for crying."

In September 2005, the former frontwoman of rock band Hole and widow of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain was sentenced to 180 days at a drug treatment facility for violating probation in the cases - one for illegal possession of painkillers, one for being under the influence of a controlled substance in public, and another for assault and battery.

"Early on in this case, Ms. Love, I think you came very close to coming into custody," Rubin said. "I think you've done very well. You've shown to me you are interested in a much less destructive lifestyle."

Fame wasn't name of game

New York - Her on-off relationship with Jude Law made her an overnight celebrity, but Sienna Miller says that wasn't her goal.

"I was just never desperate to be famous, which I know sounds cliched and probably like a lie, but it is, in my case, very true," the 24-year-old actress says in the January issue of W magazine. "And that's the irony of my situation.

"It was always about acting, and now it's all about everything but that. I fell in love with someone very, very famous, and that's beyond all of our control. Strategically I probably could have analyzed it at the time and thought, 'This could potentially be very damaging,' but that was a very beautiful period of my life."

Miller, a fashion icon and Hollywood It Girl, reportedly broke off her engagement to Law last year after he publicly apologized for cheating on her following reports that he had a fling with the nanny of his three children from his marriage to fashion designer-actress Sadie Frost.

She says the 33-year-old actor remains "a very close person in my life."

"It just becomes this soap opera," she says, recalling the media attention. "And I guess I had a pretty good few episodes."

Miller stars as Andy Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick in the upcoming movie "Factory Girl."

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