Never Mind the Bollocks, Johnny Rotten Will Lay You Out

  • A rotten b**tard, indeed: a TV assistant is seeking monetary damages from Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten) for alleged “assault, battery, and emotional distress.” Lydon had been working as a celebrity judge on the TV show Bodog Battle of the Bands when the reported abuse occurred. Roxanne Davis “claimed in court papers that Lydon, 52, suddenly went berserk and hit her in the face before screaming a tirade of abuse at her. Miss Davis, who was working on the show, alleged the singer became angry after discovering his hotel room did not have an adjoining door to his own personal assistant’s room. In court papers filed at Los Angeles Superior Court, Miss Davis claimed the I’m a Celebrity… star launched a vile four-letter tirade before describing her as a ‘fat whore’ during the row at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in LA on January 23 last year.”(Daily Mail)
  • It had been rumored for quite some time, but today it became official: Sharon Osbourne has left X Factor. The Daily Mail says Sharon asked producers for a £500,000 pay raise and was rebuffed. There’s also speculation that her seething rivalry with Dannii Minogue has only intensified in recent months. With Sharon gone, many are predicting that Paula Abdul will take her place.
  • Sir Elton John and hubby David Furnish have offered to be Lily Allen‘s, er, fairy godmothers.(Welt)
  • Madonna is reliving her underwear-as-outerwear days – remember the pointy bra? – but this time, she’s rockin’ the granny panties, which is unusually age-appropriate attire for her.(Daily Mail)
  • Sir Ian Blair, head of Britain’s Metropolitan Police Service, has taken a hard line, so to speak, on bringing drug-abusing celebrities to justice: “I was quite clear that I expressed my concern over the Kate Moss story, and we did that same investigation and we hit the same issue. And I think it’s reasonable for a jury to be able to say, beyond reasonable doubt, ‘I can see that behavior, you convince me that you’re taking talcum powder, because that’s an unusual way to take it.’ ” (BBC)
  • Keira Knightley as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady? It could happen.(Guardian)
  • David Schwimmer, former Friends actor and apparent Anglophile, has directed sketches for the U.S. version of Little Britain.(BBC)
  • Joseph Fiennes talks tough about his fellow celebs in today’s Times. “Image-conscious actors should get out of the business.”
  • BBC NEWS offers a track-by-track guide to Coldplay‘s Viva La Vida Or Death and All His Friends album.
  • Chris Martin reveals how he re-invented Coldplay. And his ignorance of The Blue Nile.(Telegraph)
  • Pete Doherty‘s “face of death,” as rendered by a painter, looks a lot like his living face to me. (The Sun)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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