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After a tumultuous three-year celebrity marriage, actress and singer Jessica Simpson filed for divorce on Friday from her husband, former pop star Nick Lachey, citing irreconcilable differences. The 25-year-old Dukes of Hazzard star, whose split with Lachey, 32, late last month triggered a tabloid frenzy, filed divorce papers in Los Angeles Superior Court under her married name, Jessica Simpson Lachey, and asked that her name be changed back to Simpson.

Grammy-winning singer Lou Rawls has been diagnosed with cancer and was being treated at a Los Angeles hospital, his spokesman said on Friday. "He was diagnosed with cancer a while back and he's undergone various treatments," Paul Shefrin said, adding that the illness became public in an Arizona court where the 70-year-old crooner was seeking an annulment of his marriage.

Actress Teri Hatcher won substantial libel damages on Friday from a British newspaper that alleged she used a camper van outside her home to have sex with a series of men. The Desperate Housewives star, 41, who first found fame as Lois Lane in the 1990s television show The New Adventures of Superman, will also receive a public apology from Britain's Daily Sport tabloid which published the story.

Echoing their song You Never Give Me Your Money, The Beatles have sued record company EMI Group, claiming that they are owed $53.1 million in royalties after negotiations broke down. Apple, the company owned by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison, said on Friday that an audit determined that EMI had not been fulfilling the terms of its contract.

Rock 'n' roll iconoclast Prince, who spent years clashing with the music establishment, has signed a recording deal with the world's largest record company, proudly noting last week that he wrote up his own agreement without legal advice. Universal Music Group will release his next album, 3121, sometime next year through its Universal Records imprint, the parties said.

Celebrity hotel heiress Paris Hilton has won the worst-dressed woman of the year award given out annually to fur-loving celebrities by the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

"Now we know what happens to all of Paris Hilton's cast-off pets," the animal-rights group said of the fur-wearing, partying heiress in its annual worst-dressed list.

Hilton's little dog, a Chihuahua called Tinkerbell, went missing last year for a week.

Other celebrities on the list included Kimberly Stewart, Tara Reid and reality-show stars Lisa Gastineau and Victoria Gotti.

George Michael said Thursday he will attend next week's wedding of fellow gay pop icon Elton John and will probably tie the knot himself in June under Britain's new civil partnership law.

In a new gesture of conciliation since a public spat, the British singer said he and his fiance Kenny Goss will take part in Wednesday's small wedding reception in Windsor, west of London, between John and David Furnish.

As for his own marriage plans, Michael said he and Goss had not set a date.

"I don't want a wedding as such but I think we will probably sign the papers on our 10th anniversary which is in June," Michael, 42, told a news conference in Tokyo with Goss watching on.

John last year openly criticized Michael for not performing more, leading to a testy feud between two of the world's most prominent gay entertainers.

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