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MAN SUES OPRAH FOR $180-MILLION

Keifer Bonvillain, a Louisiana man who allegedly recorded telephone conversations with an employee of Oprah Winfrey's production company to write a book about them, is suing Oprah for $180-million, blaming her and an attorney for making false statements that led to his arrest. The FBI said Bonvillain claimed to have offers from publishers and tabloids ranging from $500,000 to $3-million for the recorded calls. The feds arrested him in December 2006 when another company associate agreed to pay him $1.5-million, wired him $3,000 and arranged to meet him, the AP reports. Bonvillain claims in the lawsuit that he did everything he could to avoid doing anything illegal. Federal officials dismissed the charges when Bonvillain agreed to perform 50 hours of community service, undergo drug testing and pay $3,000 in restitution. Chip Babcock, a lawyer for Winfrey's Harpo Productions, denied the allegations. "And we know that this whole episode started when the plaintiff wiretapped a Harpo employee in California," he said. "We advised (Bonvillain) that we believe that wiretapping was illegal, and this case will give us an opportunity to determine whether we were right about that."

Hayes left nothing to Scientology

Isaac Hayes cared enough about the Church of Scientology to quit South Park, but it seems now that he's dead he can't scrape up anything. Fox News' Roger Friedman says Hayes' will left nothing to CoS, even though well-known adherents went to as many as four memorial services after his death in August. Sources in the know tell Friedman that the will was divided into thirds: part to his 11 oldest children, part to his widow and young son, and a part to his charitable foundation. And since Fox News says his oldest daughter, Jacqueline, is trying to settle the distribution of cash, we've got to wonder if she's been contacted by the folks in Clearwater.

Lohan's TV stint is cut short

Lindsay Lohan may be finding steady work with her stint on Ugly Betty, but the New York Post's Page Six says it hasn't been a delight to have her on board. In fact, she's been such a handful, her run has supposedly been cut from six episodes to four. Aw, that's too bad. "It was a mess. Lindsay would show up every day with an entourage of people," a production source told the tabloid. "She smoked 24/7, and after she left, they had to repaint her dressing room it was such a mess." Lohan also "would obsessively cut pictures of herself out of the tabloids like she was creating some sort of scrapbook and refused to go on set until America was there - it was a power play."

From the editors of tbt* - Tampa Bay Times

Edited by Joshua Gillin, jgillin@tampabay.com

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