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September 4, 2006

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Daughter allegedly abused

London - Geri Halliwell has complained to police that her 3-month-old daughter was physically abused, the singer's assistant said.

The singer's complaint was about "an incident concerning her daughter Bluebell whilst in the care of a temporary member of staff," Antony Read said Saturday. Halliwell made the complaint Aug. 18 at a London police station, Read said.

"Bluebell is now happy and well, and there are no further concerns for her welfare," he added in a statement.

London's Metropolitan Police confirmed the force was investigating an allegation of physical abuse involving a 3-month-old. No one has been arrested.

Halliwell - Ginger Spice of '90s "girl power" group the Spice Girls - gave birth to Bluebell Madonna, her first child, in May.

Basinger ordered to court

Los Angeles - Kim Basinger has been ordered to appear in court to explain why she should not be held in contempt for allegedly disobeying a judge's orders concerning ex-husband Alec Baldwin's visitation time with their daughter.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert A. Schnider ordered the Academy Award-winning actress to appear in court Oct. 4.

Court papers filed by Baldwin allege that in 2005 Basinger ignored court orders and did not let Baldwin know she would be out of town working so that he could take care of 10-year-old Ireland until the actress returned.

On one occasion, Basinger also did not tell Baldwin that their daughter was injured and required medical help, according to the actor's court papers. The girl's injuries were not specified.

"This is nothing more than continued harassment," said Basinger's attorney Neal Hersh. "These allegations are specious and Kim looks forward to her vindication."

Baldwin, 48, and Basinger, 52, separated in 2000 after seven years of marriage.

Beer date Down Under

Dave Grohl has made a solemn vow on Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio that when he visits Australia in October, he will follow through with his offer to buy a beer for Brant Webb, 37, and Todd Russell, 34, the two miners who said they had listened to Grohl's band, Foo Fighters, during the two weeks they were trapped when their mine in Tasmania, an island state off the southeastern corner of Australia, collapsed in May.

"You know what? I'm not just having one beer with those dudes - we're going for it," said Grohl, 37. "This is going to be a big night."

Aniston will just do it

Jennifer Aniston, 37, is about to sign an endorsement deal with Nike, which will pay her the largest sum the company's ever paid to a celebrity, according to Adrants.com. The global ad blitz also may include a spot during the Super Bowl in February.

Aniston reportedly has vowed to donate a large chunk of the Nike money to cancer charities.

Meanwhile, the sportswear goliath, which has been embroiled in controversies stemming from charges it uses sweatshops, has a design deal with Motor City rapper Eminem, who is designing an autographed line of Air Max training shoes, with proceeds from the sales going to charities in Michigan.

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