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Solange Knowles cancels European tour

 

We’re getting an inkling as to why Solange Knowles canceled her concert at the Arsht earlier this month. After calling off her entire European tour dates, the singer wrote on her website. “I wish I could put in words how much of a difficult decision this was, but between moving part time to a new city, starting my son in a new school, and writing/recording my new record ... I really had to make the best decision for my mental/physical health and provide some stability for my family.”

Trial drama

A spectator attending the civil trial over Michael Jackson’s death was banned by a judge after he took a photo in a courthouse hallway that included jurors hearing the case. William Wagener, 67, said he posts updates on the trial on Facebook and YouTube and has sold rights to videos he made during Jackson’s 2005 criminal trial. He said if he’s banned from the trial, it will hurt his ability to cover the case.

Earlier, in a videotaped testimony, one of Jackson’s former physicians described how in 2002 he placed an implant in Jackson’s abdomen to block the effects of opioid medications such as Demerol.

Dr. Alimorad Farschcian said Jackson told him that he wanted to stop taking Demerol for the sake of his children. The Miami-based physician became close to the entertainer after treating him for a sprained ankle. Farschcian said the implant kept the singer off of Demerol for at least nine months. Katherine Jackson testified that she never saw the device and could never prove her son abused prescription medications. No trace of Demerol was found in Jackson’s system when he died.

Paula’s world

Good news and bad news for Paula Deen. The North Carolina-based home furnishings company that markets her furniture line, Universal Furniture International, is sticking with the embattled celebrity chef. But Deen’s former cook of 22 years, Dora Charles, told The New York Times that her employer didn’t treat her fairly. She said Deen promised her riches, but Charles currently lives in a trailer home. Charles also alleges racism. Deen’s statement: “Fundamentally Dora’s complaint is not about race but about money. It is about an employee that despite over 20 years of generosity feels that she still deserves yet even more financial support from Paula Deen.”

Family first

Former Facts of Life star Kim Fields, 44, is in a similar boat. After years of trying she and her husband, Broadway actor Christopher Morgan, are expecting a boy, she announced on The Real. The couple also has a 6-year-old son.

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