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Has anyone checked down the back of the Osbournes to see if they have invisible lightning rods coming out of their heads? Surely one family can’t be as prone to disastrous circumstance as they are?
I mean, take this current tax situation. Having lead quite a bizarre life in and out of the spotlight, for many, many years, and survived, you’d think the Osbournes would have been protected by the best accountancy practise in the world. And clearly so did they.
So a bill for $1.7 million that arrived from out of the blue, resulting in a risk to their family home, has to be the act of cruel fate. Or bad karma. Or capricious tax pixies.
As far as Sharon Osbourne is concerned, there should be no bill at all. She wrote, in a statement to Perez Hilton: “At 4:00 pm on Friday afternoon I received a phone call from my publicist who had a reporter on the other line informing her that the IRS had just put a lien on one of our properties.”
“I then contacted my accountant who said they knew nothing about any lien. The lien has been paid. I do intend to find out how this lien happened without the knowledge of myself or my accountants.
“I hope none of this reflects negatively on mine and Ozzy’s moral character.”
Uh… given what we know about Ozzy’s wild past, is there anything that could reflect negatively on his moral character?
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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