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Anderson, Lee feud over her hepatitis charge

Pamela Anderson says she contracted hepatitis C by sharing a tattoo needle with ex-husband Tommy Lee, but the former Motley Crue drummer insists he's never had the disease.

"Tommy has the disease and never disclosed it to me during our marriage," Anderson said in a statement Wednesday. She said she is being treated at the UCLA Medical Center.

Lee told Entertainment Tonight he tested negative for the virus this week.

Anderson, 34, and Lee, 39, are fighting in court over custody of their two young sons, Brandon and Dylan. Anderson said Lee leaked the hepatitis story to the media "in a pathetic attempt to discredit me," Anderson said.

Lee publicist Beth Katz released a statement Thursday saying that because of the legal issues pending over custody, "further comment is not appropriate at this time. (Anderson's) actions today are a clear attack on Tommy, and hopefully she will realize that she is only doing more harm to her children and herself by trying to use the media as a tool to hurt Tommy and their two boys."

Anderson's boyfriend, Kid Rock, said Thursday he didn't know she had hepatitis C. "I was with her last night and she didn't really release that statement to me or say anything about it. She's fine," the rapper-rocker said during an appearance on Los Angeles' KTLA Morning News.

Hepatitis C is spread through blood-to-blood contact, most commonly through sharing needles or unprotected sex, the Centers for Disease Control says. It can lead to fatal liver damage.

O'Donnell hot about film

Rosie O'Donnell wants her name and voice removed from an Oscar-nominated documentary after learning the filmmakers are involved in a group that has been described as a homophobic cult.

O'Donnell narrated Artists and Orphans: A True Drama, about a New York theater group that travels to the former Soviet republic of Georgia to help orphaned and abandoned children.

O'Donnell publicist Cindi Berger said O'Donnell found out this week the filmmakers are involved with the Fourth Way School. The group emphasizes personal development and, according to various newspaper reports, bans homosexuals and believes gays shouldn't be parents.

David Goldstein, a lawyer representing the film, told New York's Daily News that it's "completely baseless" to say the film is the work of a cult.

Meanwhile, O'Donnell bought full-page ads in four Florida newspapers Thursday urging the Legislature to repeal a law that bans gays from adopting children. The ads appeared in the Miami Herald, the Tallahassee Democrat, the Orlando Sentinel and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The Herald ad alone cost more than $35,000. The Legislature concludes its 60-day regular session today, and there are no bills addressing the issue.

Music notes

Alicia Keys took home three trophies from the 16th annual Soul Train Music Awards. Keys won the best R&B/soul or rap new artist for Fallin', and her Songs in A Minor took the best R&B/soul female album honor. She also was named female Entertainer of the Year. . . . While veteran Australian rock act INXS gears up for its first North American tour since the 1997 death of original lead singer Michael Hutchence, Rhino Records is excavating portions of the group's catalog for June 4 release, set to coincide with the tour.