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Cam Newton Sued for Allegedly Partying Too Hard

Lawsuit claims the Carolina Panthers QB destroyed a rental mansion

(Newser) - Apparently Cam Newton shied away from that Super Bowl fumble because he was (allegedly) saving his body for partying. TMZ reports a lawsuit filed against the Carolina Panthers quarterback by the manager of a luxury hotel rental company claims he did nearly $100,000 in damage to an $11 million... More »

Saudi Prince, 28, Accused of Sex Assault at LA Mansion

Majed Abdulaziz al-Saud allegedly tried to force a worker to perform oral sex on him

(Newser) - A Saudi prince was arrested Wednesday in Los Angeles for allegedly attempting to force a worker to perform oral sex on him, the Los Angeles Times reports. A neighbor tells the paper that someone described as "a resident" reportedly saw a bloody woman attempting to climb over the 8-foot-high... More »

Crazy Reckless Driving Case in Beverly Hills Gets Weirder

Cars are owned by sheikh who allegedly falsely claimed diplomatic immunity

(Newser) - A case of reckless driving last weekend in Beverly Hills involved a $1.4 million Ferrari, false claims of diplomatic immunity , an alleged death threat, a Middle Eastern sheikh, and zero arrests. The whole thing started Sept. 12 when the swanky Los Angeles neighborhood was terrorized by a yellow Ferrari... More »

Beverly Hills Man Pays $4.8M for 26 Cents in Coins

Kevin Lipton paid the prettiest penny ever for a one-cent piece

(Newser) - One man's cash is another man's treasure. Just ask Kevin Lipton, a Beverly Hills man who placed the winning bid of $2,585,000 for a rare penny last Thursday. Lipton doesn't find anything unusual about paying so much for this rare Birch Cent , one of only... More »

Tech Whiz Snags Beverly Hills' Priciest Home

Markus Persson's new digs include a candy room, iPad-controlled fountains

(Newser) - It's the most expensive home ever sold in Beverly Hills: a 23,000-square-foot mansion with eight bedrooms, 15 bathrooms featuring $5,600 toilets, an 18-seat theater, fountains controlled by iPad, vodka and tequila bars, and something called a "candy room." But the $70 million home wasn't... More »

World's 'Longest Poop' Could Fetch $10K

A Beverly Hills gallery will put fossilized excrement on the auction block

(Newser) - This Saturday, a Beverly Hills gallery plans to auction off a piece of crap—literally. The IM Chait Gallery says it will put a 40-inch-long piece of excrement up for auction, and it hopes to fetch around $10,000, LiveScience reports. Why the big bucks? The "eye-watering" poop "... More »

House That Howard Hughes Crashed Into Back in News

It's going to become historic landmark

(Newser) - A mansion on Linden Drive in Beverly Hills is poised to become an official historic landmark for two good reasons: First, the 6,246-square-foot property was built by renowned architect Wallace Neff in 1926. Second, Howard Hughes smashed his plane into it 20 years later. The local heritage commission plans... More »

3.3 Quake Shakes Los Angeles

Small temblor was centered in Beverly Hills

(Newser) - The US Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake early today in the greater Los Angeles area. The magnitude-3.3 quake was centered in Beverly Hills at 3:26am. There are no immediate reports of damage. A Beverly Hills police watch commander said his station has been getting numerous calls from... More »

Cops: No Charges in Whitney's Death

It's not a 'criminal matter,' says Beverly Hills department

(Newser) - Authorities have officially closed the investigation of Whitney Houston's death and will not be filing any charges, reports E! Online . "We have determined that this is not a criminal matter," the Beverly Hills Police Department said in a statement. That had been a possibility given the traces... More »

TMZ: Houston May Have Drowned in Tub

Houston's daughter confronts police outside hotel room

(Newser) - Specifics are still sketchy in yesterday's sudden death of Whitney Houston . But here's what's beginning to trickle in:
  • Houston was found by a member of her entourage on the floor of her Beverly Hills hotel room around 3:30pm, reports the LA Times . Paramedics were called at
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Luxury Home Sales Surge in Beverly Hills

Just ask Jennifer Aniston's accountant

(Newser) - Luxury real estate in and around Beverly Hills is selling at a hot pace despite a swell in foreclosures on high-end homes elsewhere in the US, reports the Wall Street Journal . One high-profile example: Jennifer Aniston sold her mansion last summer for $36 million—nearly triple the $13.5 million... More »

America's 5 Priciest Zip Codes

New Jersey, California, and New York neighborhoods top the list

(Newser) - 90210's claim to fame extends beyond Tori Spelling and Shannen Doherty. The zip code is also one of the five priciest in America. With the help of Altos Research, Forbes crunched 20,000 zip codes' worth of real estate listings to zero in on the poshest geographic areas in... More »

Writer Leaves Script for Agent—and Cops Blow It Up

Writer left briefcase at talent agency

(Newser) - Rejections are a fact of life for aspiring screenwriters. Rejections involving explosives, not so much. Beverly Hills cops blew up a briefcase containing a writer's script after a talent agent refused to read it, AP reports. The writer, who had been pestering the agency to read his script, left... More »

Ronni Chasen Murder Was a Botched Robbery: Cops

They believe the man who killed himself was her killer

(Newser) - After all kinds of Hollywood-esque twists and turns, police think they've settled the murder of publicist Ronni Sue Chasen . It wasn't a professional hit, just a robbery gone awry. And despite their earlier view to the contrary, they think her killer is Harold Martin Smith, the man who shot himself... More »

Publicist Murder Suspect Kills Self

Suspect shot himself after police arrived at Hollywood hotel

(Newser) - A suspect in the murder of publicist Ronni Chasen killed himself as police served a search warrant at a Hollywood apartment house. The suspect—whose name and exact connection to the killing haven't been disclosed—pulled out a pistol and shot himself in the head when confronted by police in... More »

Hollywood Offers Up Ronni Chasen Murder Theories

And they are pretty wild, to say the least

(Newser) - Ronni Chasen's Beverly Hills murder continues to stump detectives , but Hollywood is offering up some pretty crazy ideas about what happened to the famed publicist. "One theory is that somebody close to Ronni had substantial gambling debts of up to half a million dollars, and she was being chased... More »

Publicist's Murder Was Planned

Police reviewing security footage from Buddy Hackett estate

(Newser) - Police probing the mysterious murder of movie publicist Ronni Chasen now believe the killing was planned, and not the result of road rage or a carjacking, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter . Beverly Hills police suspect Chasen was killed by shots fired from a vehicle that pulled up beside her Mercedes... More »

Hollywood Publicist Gunned Down in Beverly Hills

Police baffled by Ronni Chasen's murder

(Newser) - A real-life murder mystery is stumping police in Beverly Hills. Longtime Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, 64, was found in her Mercedes with five gunshot wounds early yesterday morning. She died shortly afterward. Chasen was apparently driving when she was shot, and her car crashed into a light pole on Sunset... More »

Frustrated Lawyer Can't Quit LiLo—Yet

LiLo "doesn't follow advice'

(Newser) - Seems the frustrated attorney eager to dump Lindsay Lohan has to hang on to her troubled star client a bit longer. Shawn Chapman Holley announced last week she was exiting the case as she blasted LiLo's 90-day sentence for breaking DUI probation orders as "harsh." But Beverly Hills... More »

Anti-Gay 'Miss Beverly Hills' Roils City

Bible touts death penalty for gay sex, Lauren Ashley tells Fox

(Newser) - Beverly Hills residents are incensed that a Miss California USA contestant who touts the biblical death penalty for gay sex is claiming she represents the ritzy nabe. A statement issued by the city said Beverly Hills officials were "shocked" when they learned that Lauren Ashley was calling herself "... More »

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