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Idris Elba a new dad

 
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Idris Elba just got a change in his schedule. The British actor, 41, welcomed a son with makeup artist girlfriend Naiyana Garth, he announced on Twitter with a pic of Winston’s little fingers.

The former The Wire star also has a daughter, 11, with his ex-wife, African actress Dormowa Sherman.

Health matters

Debbie Gibson doesn’t have an eating disorder, the ’80s pop singer writes in her blog; her weight loss can be attributed to Lyme disease. “It is an elusive disease that . . creates a lot of pain and discomfort,” Gibson posted. “The first symptoms came in the form of food sensitivities. I found I could not touch sugar, starch, caffeine, certain oils, etc. without having a severe reaction that felt like electricity running through my body.” Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is spread through the bite of one of several types of ticks. There is no cure. Other celebrities who have been treated for the condition are Parker Posey, Thalia and Christy Turlington.

‘X-Men’ scandal

A man who claims he was sexually abused by X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer said at a news conference that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and he does not know why charges were never pursued. Michael Egan III described abuse he said began when he was 15 at the hands of Singer and others. He told of being plied with drugs and promises of fame while also enduring threats and sexual abuse over several years. Egan sued Singer in Hawaii earlier this week and is seeking more than $75,000 on each of four accusations: intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, assault and invasion of privacy. Singer’s attorney has called the suit’s claims absurd and defamatory.

Starry night

Near the end of the first half of Thursday’s 25th Anniversary Rain Forest benefit concert at Carnegie Hall, former President Bill Clinton took the opportunity to take a few shots at Kevin Spacey. “I was always accused of getting away with murder, but Spacey actually does it in 15 minutes,” Clinton joked, referring to a scene in the first episode of the second season of House of Cards, in which the Oscar winner plays the president.

Speaking out

Kim Novak says that cruel jabs after the Oscars left her crushed at first, but then determined to speak out. “It really did throw me into a tailspin, and it hit me hard,” Novak, 81, told The AP, after she released an open letter condemning remarks by Donald Trump (who tweeted she should “sue her plastic surgeon”) and others. The Vertigo star did admit to fat injections but not a fact lift in her letter, adding, “In my opinion, a person has a right to look as good as they can, and I feel better when I look better.” As for her halting speech, Novak said it was the result of a pill she had taken to relax and a three-day fast.

That’s settled

Rihanna has agreed to settle a lawsuit with her former accountants accusing them of mismanaging her finances and costing her millions of dollars, lawyers for the parties told a federal judge. The terms of the deal were not disclosed during a brief hearing before U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in New York. Lawyers for the pop star and for the defendants, accounting firm Berdon and former employees Michael Mitnick and Peter Gounis, declined to comment.

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