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May 21, 2006

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Tommy Hilfiger goes 'Crazy' on Axl Rose at N.Y.C. bar

New York - It was a one-two encounter between Axl Rose and Tommy Hilfiger.

The rocker and designer capped a Thursday evening out at a new club called The Plumm in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood with midnight fisticuffs.

"There was an issue between the two of them," Plumm owner Noel Ashman said.

The scuffle reportedly started after the Guns N' Roses front man moved the drink of Hilfiger's girlfriend, Dee Ocleppo.

"I moved his girlfriend's drink so it wouldn't spill," Rose told the Los Angeles radio station KROQ on Friday. "It was the most surreal thing, I think, that's ever happened to me in my life."

According to the 44-year-old singer, Hilfiger, 55, smacked him in the arm and told him to put the drink back.

"He just kept smacking me," Rose said.

Rose was there to play a surprise set for "Rent" actress Rosario Dawson for her 27th birthday party. Rose did perform, and dedicated the song "You're Crazy" to "my good friend Tommy Hilfiger."

Elvis big top in the works

Memphis, Tenn. - Some biographers say Elvis Presley's life was like a circus.

Now it is - literally.

CKX, which owns Elvis Presley Enterprises, has made a deal with Cirque du Soleil to create a series of performances based on the King. The Canada-based troupe also will create a bunch of interactive multimedia museums called Elvis Experiences.

The Cirque shows will take about 18 months to develop. The circus is also set to debut its Beatles show next month in Las Vegas.

PETA files lawsuit seeking records of Horn tiger attack

Las Vegas - An animal-rights group has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the U.S. Department of Agriculture of improperly withholding information gathered during its investigation into the near-fatal tiger attack on illusionist Roy Horn.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is challenging the USDA's decision to withhold affidavits of the agency's employees and witnesses collected while it investigated alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act and other laws.

The USDA said disclosing the affidavits would violate the witnesses' privacy, according to the complaint, which was filed last week in Washington, D.C.

Horn was performing with Siegfried Fischbacher in the "Siegfried & Roy" show at The Mirage hotel-casino in October 2003 when he was mauled by a white Bengal tiger named Montecore. The attack left Horn, now 61, partially paralyzed and ended the long-running Las Vegas Strip production.

$9 million turkey for sale

New York - Grand dame of American Domesticity Martha Stewart is not big on sentiment: she plans to sell her four-acre Turkey Hill farm (with 1805 farmhouse) in Westport, Conn., even though it was the elysian locale of the Domestic Diva's 5 1/2-month post-prison house arrest.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Stewart, 64, who founded her original catering empire at the house, wants $9 million for it.

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