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Michael Jackson’s father alleged Friday that “foul play” led to his son’s death on June 25.

Joe Jackson’s comments to ABC News came amid growing indications that the criminal abuse of prescription drugs killed Jackson, and as celebrity news Web site tmz.com reported that at least two of Jackson’s doctors were not cooperating with the coroner’s request for the pop icon’s medical records.

Also Friday the custody hearing to determine the guardianship of Michael Jackson’s three children was postponed from today to July 20, according to Los Angeles Superior Court. The postponement was made at the request of the musician’s mother, Katherine Jackson, who has temporary guardianship of Jackson’s three children, and the musician’s ex-wife, Debbie Rowe.

Los Angeles police chief William Bratton said Thursday the case could be probed as a criminal one, and not a death investigation. “We are still awaiting corroboration from the coroner’s office as to cause of death. That is going to be very dependent on the toxicology reports that are due to come back,” Bratton told broadcaster CNN.

“And based on those, we will have an idea of what it is we are dealing with: Are we dealing with a homicide or are we dealing with accidental overdose?”

Jackson’s father backed up those assertions: “I do believe it was foul play.”

The Jackson family is still waiting for the results of the pop star’s official autopsy and the independent autopsy.

Jim Carrey is going to be a grandfather.

Carrey’s spokeswoman, Marleah Leslie, says his 21-year-old daughter, Jane Carrey, is expecting her first child.

The father is her fiance, rock musician Alex Santana. Leslie had no details on when the Los Angeles-based singer — who fronts the Jane Carrey Band — is expected to give birth.

In a statement issued by Leslie, Jim Carrey says he’s “very excited” and “Jane is going to be a great mom.” She is the 47-year-old actor’s daughter with his first wife, Melissa.

Carrey’s longtime partner is Jenny McCarthy, who has a son, Evan, from a previous marriage.

Actress Kate Beckinsale accepted £20,000 (US$32,400) in libel damages at the High Court on Thursday over a story in the Daily Express newspaper that she was set to miss out on her dream role as Barbarella.

The 35-year-old star of films like Pearl Harbor, Underworld and Van Helsing was not in court for the settlement of her action against Express Newspapers, the Press Association reported.

Her solicitor said that the story in the Express last month was entirely false and had caused considerable embarrassment and harm. Beckinsale was never in discussions about the film role and there was never a possibility she would be part of the project.

It followed that she had not been passed over in favor of rival Hollywood actress Rose McGowan, as the story claimed.

Robert Plant received a royal honor from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on Friday, putting the former Led Zeppelin front man one notch above his old bandmate Jimmy Page.

But, Plant joked he and Page would not be fighting over rank, even though Plant’s new Commander of the British Empire is a higher honor than Page’s Order of the British Empire.

“If we can remember each other’s phone number at this time in life it’s a miracle,” he joked. “We’re still good friends, we both enjoy a rather dark sense of humor that comes, I think, from being from rather the wrong side of the tracks for all those wild years.”

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