LiLo has a friend in LaLaLand
Lindsay Lohan has at least one sympathetic friend in Hollywood: TV personality Pat O'Brien, who wrote a letter to the troubled actress encouraging her to change her ways. Radar Online says O'Brien's letter, published in the Hollywood Reporter Friday, tells the Mean Girls star that she's full of "beauty, happiness, confidence, youth and that 'have it all' look." O'Brien goes on to explain that he's an alcoholic and understands her situation. "I've been through it, Lindsay," he wrote. "For me, there has been no jail, no courtroom antics, no ankle bracelet and, thankfully, I don't have the paparazzi snapping my every move. But I, too, have the same demons you have, and it's no fun." O'Brien finishes by warning Lohan that the consequence waiting for her if she doesn't straighten out "could be death." Some pen pal!
Being a mistress pays
Tiger Woods' mistress Rachel Uchitel is enjoying the payoff from her time with the golfer. TMZ reports that Uchitel has just purchased a $2 million apartment in a swanky area of Manhattan. The unit has 3 bathrooms, a fireplace and "white-glove service" (that means a doorman and security, for our regular Joes who will never afford it) — the whole nine yards. TMZ said there were rumors that the homeowners association didn't want the tabloid attraction to move into the building, but no issues came up during the sale. We're assuming it was an all-cash deal since Uchitel scored $10 million from Tiger when things went public.
Jesse and Kat are together
Kat Von D and Jesse James are officially together and have been doing the requisite public displays of affection to prove it. The pair was spotted Thursday, holding hands at the opening of her Wonderland gallery in West Hollywood. And don't give the 28-year-old star of LA Ink any guff over James' divorce from Sandra Bullock after he admitted to his cheating ways. "I think I learned a long time ago, even before the show, that it really doesn't matter in the big picture [what anyone thinks]," she told UsMagazine.com. "All that stuff isn't important. I want to lead by example and do my best." She said she met James a few years ago when he had a program on the Discovery Channel, but things got romantic this summer. She's been to his new Austin home and met his children.
Pay your taxes, mate
Actor Paul Hogan, star of the Crocodile Dundee movie trilogy, has been cleared to return home to the United States after he was barred last month from leaving Australia because of a disputed tax bill, his lawyer said Friday. The 70-year-old Australian-born actor, who currently lives in Los Angeles, arrived in Sydney on Aug. 20 to attend his mother's funeral and was served with an Australian Taxation Office order barring him from leaving Australia until he settles a multimillion dollar tax bill, lawyer Andrew Robinson said last week. On Friday, Robinson said after a "cordial and cooperative" meeting between Hogan's lawyers and tax officials, an agreement was reached that will allow Hogan to return to the United States. Australian tax and crime investigators have fought Hogan in a five-year legal battle in Australian and U.S. courts to investigate evidence he used offshore bank accounts to conceal earnings.