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Posted on: Friday, January 1, 2010

Morrison blames hacker for false report


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Reclusive Irish singer Van Morrison said yesterday that a computer hacker planted a false report on his Web site claiming he had fathered a fourth child at the age of 64 with a new partner.

The false report was disseminated Monday by a Los Angeles-based publicist for Morrison, Phil Lobel. The publicist was quoted by an unidentified associate yesterday as getting the report from the Morrison site.

The false report was picked up by several news agencies. The false report on the Morrison Web site claimed that a woman identified as Gigi had just borne a son with Morrison.

The singer issued a statement yesterday through an international public-relations agency stressing that the report was false and the malicious product of a hacker's attack on his official site, www.vanmorrison.com.

NO CHARGES IN TYSON AIRPORT SCUFFLE

Mike Tyson and a photographer won't face charges after their scuffle last month at Los Angeles International Airport, city prosecutors said yesterday.

The decision prompted authorities in Arizona to say they won't pursue any probation violations against Tyson in a 2007 drug case.

Los Angeles prosecutors found insufficient evidence to charge Tyson or photographer Tony Echeverria after they were arrested on Nov. 11, spokesman Frank Mateljan said. Tyson was traveling with his family when he was mobbed by photographers. His attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, said that Tyson was protecting his infant daughter after Echeverria collided with her stroller.

U2 TOP GROSSING ACT IN NORTH AMERICA

In just 20 beautiful days on the concert trail last year, U2 racked up the highest grossing North American tour of 2009, pulling in $123 million at the box office.

The Irish quartet's 360 Tour of sports stadiums, which visited 16 cities, sold more than 1.3 million tickets, translating to a nightly average of about 82,000 fans, according to Pollstar, the concert-industry tracking publication. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, which tallied nearly $95 million from 58 shows, follows U2 at No. 2 in Pollstar's ranking. Elton John and Billy Joel's joint tour was No. 3.

CAMILLA NOW A GRANDMUM TO TWINS

Prince Charles' London office says his wife has become a grandmother for the third and fourth time.

Clarence House says Laura Lopes, the daughter of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, gave birth Wednesday to twin boys, named Louis and Gus.