August 24, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 8/24NEW GOTTI LOW?
VICTORIA Gotti never had breast cancer, as the Daily News claimed on its front page last Sunday — nor did she ever suffer a heart attack or earn a law degree.
Matthew Rich, her publicist of seven years, quit in disgust on Monday because his best friend's mother had died of breast cancer, a source told PAGE SIX. Rich was said to be revolted that Victoria would promote the third season of "Growing Up Gotti" by making up such a tearful tall tale.
When we called for comment, Rich would only say, "I no longer work for Victoria Gotti." Asked if she had ever suffered from cancer, he replied, "No comment."
The daughter of legendary Gambino crime boss John "Dapper Don" Gotti was quoted in the News as saying: "The day I got my mammogram and the doctor told me I had breast cancer, it was in mid-November. I had a little pity party for myself and I cried all day . . . I lost 25 pounds . . . I was so exhausted, I could barely lift my arms."
But Gotti backed away from the story Monday night on CNBC's "The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch."
The 42-year-old mother-of-three said she was not diagnosed with breast cancer as reported in the News, but with pre-cancerous cells she chose to treat aggressively before it became cancer. "What I had can be described as a scare," she said on the show.
She told us yesterday: "I could leave it alone and watch it, or get surgery. I chose to be aggressive and get the surgery." The surgically-enhanced blonde describes herself now as "100 percent well."
News columnist Joanna Molloy said: "Don't tell me Victoria is shape-shifting the truth again. She told us in January she had breast cancer, and that's the reason she took a leave of absence from Star magazine. She told us again last week, and we recorded it."
It might not be the first time Gotti has made a bogus bid for sympathy. A former friend said Victoria confided four years ago she had breast cancer, "but then she went into work the next day as if nothing had happened. I didn't believe it then, and I don't believe it now."
The News also goofed in reporting that Victoria suffered a "heart attack" a few years ago at one of her sons' basketball games. "The original story said 'heart incident.' An editor changed it to 'heart attack,' " Victoria told us yesterday.
In another howler, the News stated, "She got a law degree." At St. John's University, the only college Gotti has ever been known to attend, spokeswoman Suzi Halpin told us, "We have no record that she graduated from St. John's."
Gotti told us: "I have no law degree. I never had a law degree. I don't know where that got started."
RAY CHARLES II
WILL Jamie Foxx channel Ray Charles once again? That's the buzz out of South Beach, where Foxx is co-hosting Ocean Drive magazine's pre-"Video Music Awards" bash at the Loews Hotel on Saturday night. Not only has the singing Oscar-winner requested a piano onstage, he also designed a party-style deejay booth on the center of the stage with seating for 40 and six microphones for friends like Kanye West, Common and Snoop Dogg (who all appear on his new album, due out on J Records in November).
R.KELLY JUST ADDED TO VMA PERFORMANCES
The MTV Video Music Awards have been defined by stirring performances, shocking surprises and sexual shenanigans. Now the network has booked an act that might provide all three elements in one performance R. Kelly.
The chart-topping R&B singer was named Tuesday as one of the performers at Sunday's awards show in Miami. Kelly, whose latest album, "TP.3 Reloaded," has sold more than 1 million copies, created buzz this summer with his five-part song, "Trapped in the Closet," a mini soap opera about infidelity.
The 38-year-old singer, known for his sexually charged material, also faces multiple child pornography charges in his native Chicago stemming from a three-year-old case that allegedly involves a teenage girl. The case, which has yet to go to trial, hasn't hurt Kelly's recording career: In the interim, he has released four albums that have sold more than 1 million copies each and charted several hits.
FLOETRY SET TO RELEASE 3RD ALBUM
Floetry will drop their third album “Flo’Ology” on Nov. 8 via Geffen Records. The duo – consisting of Marsha Ambrosius (the Songstress) and Natalie Stewart (the Floacist) – say this set explores the spectrum of romantic relationships.
"Flo'Ology is about women taking more responsibility for what goes on in our lives," explains Stewart. "Now that Marsha and I are more mature, we've come to a better understanding of ourselves, and naturally that's reflected on the album."
DESTINY'S ORIGINAL CHILDREN ARE READY FOR DEBUT
Booted out of the singing squad in 2000 by their manager (and Beyonce’s daddy) Mathew Knowles following a seven-year run, LaToya and her fellow bootee, LaTavia Roberson, formed the duo Angel, which never quite took flight.
But during Luckett’s rocky road, she never took her eyes off the prize. The singer is now signed with Capitol Records and will release her self-titled solo album in February, reports MTV.com. Before its release, Luckett will drop two singles, "All Eyes on Me" in August, followed by the Scott Storch-produced "I'm Good."
"I still love all of those girls and wish them the best of luck," she said of current D-Child members Beyonce, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland. "And I know they are all going to do well solo. I'm sure they're growing apart and going through things, but God is with them and they have a strong bond."
CAN YOU SAY BOOMERANG?
Eddie Murphy didn't waste much time getting over his soon-to-be-ex-wife Nicole Murphy. On Aug. 20, just two weeks after former model Nicole, 38, filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences, Eddie, 44, was spotted flirting up a storm with actress Robin Givens — Mike Tyson's former wife — at Hollywood's hot Cabana Club. Onlookers tells Star that Givens, 40, looking sensational in a tight black skirt, entered the club shortly after Eddie, greeted him with a hug, and launched into an intimate chat, at one point stroking his face and kissing his ear. "She was practically sitting on his lap!" said one eyewitness. "Robin was giggling like a school girl and flirtatiously batting her eyes. Eddie was clearly interested in every word Robin uttered, but it was she who did most of the overt flirting, rubbing his leg or occasionally touching his face. The only time the pair tore away from each other was to sip on their Skyy vodka and cranberry cocktails."