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ABC Newswoman Elizabeth Vargas in Rehab For Alcoholism

One of the country’s top newswomen, ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas has entered a rehabilitation facility to battle alcoholism, the New York Daily News reported.

The former World News Tonight presenter-turned-20/20 co-anchor checked into treatment at the end of last month, according to the New York Daily News.

A statement from the revered TV personality reads: “I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. And I feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming… Like so many others, I will deal with this challenge one day at a time.”

Vargas, who is married to singer/songwriter Marc Cohn, will return to Friday night news show 20/20 when she has completed her time in rehab.

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Model to Sue Justin Bieber Over Brawl

Justin Bieber is facing the prospect of legal action from a male model who alleges the pop superstar kicked him during a brawl in New York last weekend.

Wayne Rennalls, 22, claims he was caught up in an alleged altercation with the singer’s entourage outside a nightclub in the Hamptons and was later hospitalised to treat injuries including a black eye and a chipped tooth.

He also filed a police report which prompted an investigation, and now he has revealed he is planning to sue the star and his entourage over the incident.

Rennalls alleges Bieber, 19, who was standing on the roof of a car throughout most of the dispute, approached him and kicked during the fracas.

He tells the New York Daily News, “(Bieber yelled) ‘You f**king p**sy, do something!’… Justin Bieber (was) still running his mouth and I took my shirt off to fight. That’s when they all hopped out of the truck and bum-rushed me. They said, ‘That’s your f**king a**,’ and the first one came to me, and I put my hands up to fight, to protect myself… He (Bieber) got around and kicked me.”

Rennalls claims the argument started inside the nightclub and then turned nasty outside, saying, “Honestly, it was like jealousy in the club. I got a group of females, like seven on this (left) side and three on this side (right) and one standing behind me. The girls I was with, none of them ran to him… He’s a kid! He wasn’t even allowed in the club. It’s not a teenage party.”

Rennalls’ attorney Mark Rudner also reveals a legal summons and official complaint were drafted Friday and they plan to file suit against the star and his bodyguards, as well as the nightclub in Southampton.

The news comes as video footage from the incident has emerged online. The clip shows Bieber standing on top of a car before running down the hood and moving towards the trouble.

A spokesperson for Bieber has previously insisted the young singer was not involved in the alleged altercation.

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Lady Gaga Sued For $10 million

Bosses of a toy manufacturer licensed to make a doll of Lady Gaga have filed a lawsuit against the star.

The singer and her management and licensing companies are being sued for $10 million by executives at MGA Entertainment for an alleged breach of contract, according to the New York Daily News.

It is claimed Gaga requested the removal of a voice sound chip from the doll which put the company under pressure to meet their deadline for retailers.

Company bosses had hoped to ship the figure to shops in time for Christmas but they allege the singer and her team “engaged in intentional and deliberate delays” to stop the toy reaching shelves until 2013, so it coincides with the release of her new album and perfume.

Chiefs at MGA Entertainment paid Gaga’s licensing company Bravado International Group a $1 million advance but they are now petitioning to release the doll as soon as possible.

A spokesman for the pop star tells the New York Daily News, “Lady Gaga will vigorously defend MGA’s ill-conceived lawsuit and is confident that she will prevail… There was no legitimate reason for dragging Lady Gaga into that dispute.”

Beyonce Debuts Post Baby Body At Jay Z Concert

Beyonce stepped out for husband Jay-Z’s concert at Carnegie Hall Monday night, marking the her first public appearance since giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter on January 7. The new mom displayed her slim post-baby body in a form fitting Alice Temperly dress, Christian Louboutin heels and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Jay-Z performed with Alicia Keys and Nas, but the most special moment of the show was when the rapper sang “Glory,” which he wrote about Blue Ivy. The track features Blue’s cry. Before heading to an afterparty at the 40/40 nightclub, Beyonce told New York Daily News the concert “was amazing.”

Blue is the first child for the couple, who tied the knot in 2008. Beyonce and Jay-Z described her birth as “emotional and extremely peaceful.” “It was the best experience of both of our lives. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support,” they said in a statement.