Charlie Sheen suffered a hiatal hernia and was treated and released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills Thursday after someone in his house called 911 to say he was suffering what his rep, Stan Rosenfield, says were "severe abdominal pains." A hiatal hernia, in which the upper part of the stomach protrudes through an opening in the diaphragm, causes food and acid to back up into the esophagus, causing severe pain.
TMZ reports that before the ambulance was called, Sheen went on a 36-hour drug and alcohol bender that included the delivery of a "briefcase full of cocaine" to his home. Quoting a source inside the house, TMZ says two porn stars, including 22-year-old Kacey Jordan, up to two other women and a business associate were also at the house with Sheen during the party. TMZ says a person arrived with a designer briefcase packed with multiple "bricks" of cocaine, and Sheen used the drug for several hours, watching and critiquing porn films with one of the actresses. Sheen's rep, Stan Rosenfield, tells TMZ, "I can't comment because I have no idea if it's true. You choose to believe your source. I don't." People.com reported that Sheen's parents, actor Martin Sheen and wife Janet, were at the hospital and "are very concerned," a source says, and TMZ says his ex, Denise Richards, was also at the hospital.
This is the latest troubling episode for Sheen, 45, who was arrested for attacking then-wife Brooke Mueller and trashed a Plaza Hotel suite when he suspected a paid escort of stealing his watch. Earlier this month, CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler said she had a "high level of concern" about Sheen's personal life but was happy with his professional conduct on the hit show, "Two and a Half Men." The show is on hiatus this week but will resume production Monday; friends of Sheen say he will be on the set starting Tuesday and does not plan to go to rehab.
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In her new tell-all autobiography, two-time "Dancing with the Stars" winner Cheryl Burke reveals some painful episodes from her past. The first happened when she was just 5, when she was repeatedly molested by a trusted family friend and testified against him in court, sending him to prison for nearly 20 years. In the book, "Dancing Lessons," coauthored by People senior writer Monica Rizzo, "I'm telling my story," says Burke. She describes incidents of physical abuse by two former boyfriends, and says, "They're not secrets. There's no shame." Burke also admits that her confidence was severely shaken in July 2008 when a tabloid published photos of her looking heavier. "One night I was supposed to go out with my friends but I couldn't do it. Every time someone looked at me I was like, 'That person thinks I'm fat,' " recalls Burke, who estimates she had gained 5 to 10 lbs. while on hiatus from the show. Although she said publicly, "You don't have to be anorexic to be beautiful," Burke now says the criticism devastated her and she tried starving herself ("Couldn't do it") and diet pills ("Nasty -– I felt anxious and shaky") to drop the pounds. Gradually, she says, vigorous dancing and healthier eating helped her slim down.
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Former "American Idol" finalist Chikezie Eze is a wanted man after a judge issued a bench warrant for him when he failed to show up in court Jan. 14 for a probation hearing. Eze, who was a crowd-pleaser in the show's seventh season, in which he finished 10th, was on probation for misdemeanor identity theft for using a phony credit card to buy two bottles of cologne at Neiman Marcus -- totaling $1,289.57. He pleaded no contest and was ordered to serve three years probation and do 45 days of community service labor.
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"Sister Wives" polygamous husband Kody Brown moved his first wife, Meri, second from right, into one of the three neighboring houses the 24-member family is renting in a Las Vegas community. The first season of the reality show revealed Brown's life with three wives in a large house in Lehi, Utah, and his courtship and marriage of a fourth wife. Police in Lehi began to investigate Brown for felony bigamy, but no charges were filed before the family picked up and moved to Las Vegas. Two of the four wives will share one house, with Kody Brown dividing his time among them. The Brown family reportedly relocated to "explore new job opportunities," although the details of the new careers are not known. The family has been taping a second season of the show, which will debut on TLC in March.
-- Anne Neville
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