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Twerking ‘accident’ was YouTube prank

Host Jimmy Kimmel with guest Daphne the “twerk girl” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Sept. 9. (Associated Press)
Host Jimmy Kimmel with guest Daphne the “twerk girl” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Sept. 9. (Associated Press)

Jimmy Kimmel confessed to being the prankster behind a staged twerking accident video, saying his revelation might bring an end to the suggestive move.

Maybe, maybe not. It also remains to be seen whether the clip of a woman apparently set afire while twerking causes TV news programs and other shows to be more cautious about airing unverified videos.

Kimmel admitted on his ABC late-night show Monday that he had created the YouTube clip that drew more than 9 million views in less than a week. He introduced stuntwoman Daphne Avalon, who played fictional, ill-fated twerker Caitlin Heller.

“To the conspiracy theorists on the Internet who thought the video was fake, you’re right: The video was fake, we made it up,” Kimmel said.

Hundreds of news outlets were punked into showing it, he said.

Court lets suit proceed against Gaga

A onetime roommate and friend of Lady Gaga who claimed after serving as her personal assistant for more than a year that the pop singer cheated her out of overtime wages can tell her story to a jury in November, a judge said Tuesday.

A jury can decide whether Gaga’s demands left Jennifer O’Neill any personal time or whether she was on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as she claimed in her lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe said. A trial is set for Nov. 4.

O’Neill worked for the singer for one to two months in early 2009 and for 13 months beginning in February 2010, and the judge said both sides agree she was expected to be available as needed throughout each hour of each day.

Gardephe ruled that O’Neill’s “on-call” time potentially qualifies for overtime compensation.

O’Neill said she was paid at a flat rate of about $50,000 annually when she was first hired and $75,000 annually the second time by the pop singer, who is estimated in a list published by Forbes magazine to have earned $80 million in the first six months of this year.

The birthday bunch

Comedian Tom Dreesen is 74. Singer-musician Jack Ely (The Kingsmen) is 70. Rock musician Mickey Hart (The Grateful Dead) is 70. Singer-musician Leo Kottke is 68. Actress Amy Madigan is 63. Actress Virginia Madsen is 52. Musician-composer Moby is 48. Musician Harry Connick Jr. is 46. Country singer Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum) is 32.


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