Vanessa Williams dredges up painful past

07/17/2014 1:55 PM

07/17/2014 3:54 PM

Vanessa Williams wrote about being molested as a child in her 2012 memoir, You Have No Idea, but decided to share more details on Oprah’s Master Class, which aired Sunday on OWN. “I think it made me more sexually promiscuous and more sexually curious at a younger age than I should have been,” said the twice-divorced mother of four about the incident, in which an 18-year-old female family friend initiated oral sex with the then 10-year-old. Williams, who lost her 1983 Miss America crown after photos of her in lesbian poses were sold to Penthouse, said the shame of the incident always haunted her.

WEIRD SCIENCE

Jennifer Lopez may be thinking life is funny after a group of scientists named a water mite in her honor after discovering a new species near Puerto Rico. The reason behind the unusual choice of name? “J.Lo’s songs and videos kept the team in a continuous good mood when writing the manuscript and watching World Cup Soccer 2014,” said biologist Vladimir Pesic, who works at the University of Montenegro. Scientists collected the newly baptized Litarachna lopezae mite from a coral reef in Mona Passage, a treacherous body of water; the species was found at a depth of almost 230 feet, the greatest depth that pontarachnid mites have been found.

BEATLEMANIA!

Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the Beatles that focuses on the band’s touring years during the early 1960s. The film is being made with the cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono. The Beatles company, Apple Corps, is co-producing the film. The film will run up to the Beatles’ final concert in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1966. Much footage has already been gathered.

SEXY MAMA

Colombian news show Noticias Caracol reports that Shakira is pregnant again with soccer star Gerard Pique’s baby. Hips don’t lie and neither does a telltale bump, which she’s apparently trying to hide.

MARRIED...WITH ISSUES

Kendra Wilkinson has kept the details surrounding her husband Hank Baskett’s alleged affair with transsexual escort Ava London under wraps — but Life & Style reveals that financial struggles have forced her to cash in on the scandal in front of cameras for her show, Kendra on Top. “[Kendra’s] management team told her she needs the money and it could hurt her career if she isn’t truthful about what’s going on,” an insider tells L&S. The estranged couple have no prenup.

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Madeleine Marr

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Former fashion and food writer Madeleine Marr joined the Miami Herald in 2003. The native New Yorker's celebrity coverage includes features, interviews, events, red carpets, premieres, award ceremonies, style, news and gossip in the South Florida area and beyond.

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