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July 10, 2010

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Website posts recording of racist Gibson rant

Los Angeles — Mel Gibson is heard using a racial epithet and calling his ex-girlfriend a “whore” in a recording released by a celebrity news website Friday.

The two-minute recording posted by RadarOnline.com includes segments in which a voice sounding distinctively like the Academy Award-winner is heard telling his then-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, that she is dressing too provocatively and that it would be her fault if she were raped. He uses the N-word at one point, and the recording is laced with his profanity.

Grigorieva recorded the actor-director because she was afraid he might harm her, the website reported. The actor is heard on the recording harshly criticizing Grigorieva for the way she dresses. He accuses her of lying to him about having breast implants.

Alan Nierob, a spokesman for Gibson, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A phone message left for Grigorieva’s attorney, Marci Levine, was not immediately returned.

It is unclear when the recording was made or in what context. It opens with Gibson discussing breast feeding of their now 8-month-old daughter. Toward the end, Gibson indicates he is done with the relationship.

Charlie Sheen’s court date postponed

Aspen, Colo. — A court hearing during which actor Charlie Sheen was expected to plead guilty to a charge stemming from a Christmas Day dispute with his wife has been postponed.

Court officials say the hearing has been delayed from Monday to Aug. 2. Yale Galanter, one of Sheen’s attorneys, says the defense needs more time to work out details of an agreement that calls for Sheen to plead guilty to misdemeanor assault in exchange for prosecutors dropping more serious charges.

Galanter previously said the agreement calls for Sheen to serve 30 days in jail.

Sheen, star of “Two and a Half Men” on CBS, is charged with felony menacing, criminal mischief and assault against his wife, Brooke Mueller Sheen.

Case dismissed against ‘Wonder Woman’ star

Washington — The actress who played Wonder Woman on TV in the 1970s has deflected a charge that she allowed her dog’s barking to disturb neighbors in an upscale Maryland community outside Washington.

A Montgomery County District Court judge found Lynda Carter Altman not guilty last week of the municipal infraction.

Neighbor Chrissellene Petropoulos says she was disturbed at all hours by barking from Altman’s Labrador retriever. Petropoulos said she tried calling and e-mailing Altman to ask her to bring her dog inside, and eventually called animal services.

Altman’s attorney said the case was dismissed because there wasn’t sufficient evidence of wrongdoing.

Celine Dion says she’s expecting twin boys

New York — Celine Dion says the twins she’s expecting are boys.

The superstar singer revealed the sex of the babies in a brief statement Friday on her website.

Dion already has a son, Rene Charles, with her husband and manager, Rene Angelil.

The 42-year-old singer had undergone several rounds of in-vitro fertilization to become pregnant again and has spoken openly about her difficulties having children.

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