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The 9 0'Clock News – Fri 31 Jul

The 9 0'Clock News – Fri 31 Jul

Jude's lovechild mum is US model:
The woman who had a fling with Jude Law and is now expecting his child has been revealed as 24-year-old aspiring model and actress Samantha Burke. The US socialite, who Jude had a fling with at Christmas, is said to be naming the child – a girl – Sophia. Yesterday, Samantha's lawyer spoke about Jude in glowing terms, saying, "Mr Law has been nothing but supportive of Ms Burke and the pregnancy." It is thought that Samantha offered to move over to London so Jude could be close to his new child, but they have since agreed it will be better if she stays in the US and he visits regularly. One friend of the actor said last night, "He wants to play an active part. He's delighted he's going to be a father again."

Mischa given her own "sober coach"
Mischa Barton has been given her very own "sober coach" by the execs of her new comeback series The Beautiful Life, who will stay by her side at all times while she's on set. The actress, who was sectioned after allegedly telling the police she could "see tree people", left rehab early because she didn't want to lose her role on the show. Friends of the actress have apparently begged her to go back, but Mischa is contractually obliged to keep working. The so-called "sobriety counselor" will support her while she's working. One friend said, "She thinks it’s silly, but she doesn’t have a choice. The producers have put on probation. Any more missteps won’t be tolerated." The cast of The Beautiful Life are also rallying round the star,  with co-star Nico Tortorella saying, "Everybody wants to see her get better and I think she will. I'm here for her, I think we all are."

Jacko's dad: 'Omer IS Michael's son'
Michael Jackosn's dad Joe yesterday stated that Omer Bhatti really is the pop star's biological son, despite claims from other close friends that Jacko would never have kept it a secret. Talking about Omer during a TV interview, Joe Jackson said, "Yes, I knew Michael had another son – yes, I did. He looks like a Jackson, he acts like a Jackson, and he can dance like a Jackson." Omer himself is currently thought to be staying with the Jackson family while he awaits the results of a DNA test. Meanwhile, a court ruled yesterday that mum Jacko's mum Katherine will maintain custody of the children, but that biological mum Debbie will still be permitted to see them. A source said afterwards, "It was all very amicable and it's an agreement for the best interests of the children."

Katie Holmes for SATC?
Katie Holmes has been offered a part in the new Sex And The City movie, it was revealed today. It is thought that the former Dawson's Creek star will play a no-nonsense business woman who has a run-in with Samantha. An insider explains, "The character they want her to play is a really ballsy, high-powered company executive who tangles with Samantha." Katie has shied away from any movie roles since the birth of daughter Suri two years ago, but we really hope she takes this role. Go on Katie, you'd be great – and think of the wardrobe...

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