People: Palin claims comedian duped her for talk

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Palin claims comedian duped her for talk

Sarah Palin says she was "duped."

The former Republican vice presidential candidate says she fell victim to British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen during an interview for his upcoming Showtime series, "Who Is America?"

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the former Alaska governor wrote she and a daughter traveled across the country for what she thought was a legitimate interview. But she says Cohen had "heavily disguised himself" as a disabled U.S. veteran in a wheelchair.

Palin says she sat through what she called a long interview full of "Hollywoodism's disrespect and sarcasm" before she walked out.

She is challenging Cohen and Showtime to donate proceeds from the show to a veterans' charity.

Showtime has no comment. An email seeking comment from Cohen has not been returned.

The show premieres Sunday.



'60s styles up for auction from Tate estate

Mini-dresses and a wedding dress are among the items from estate of actress Sharon Tate are going up for auction.

Tate starred in the 1967 film "Valley of the Dolls" and was the toast of the swinging '60s social scene. She was murdered in Los Angeles by the notorious Charles Manson cult in 1969.

Los Angeles-based Julien's Auctions said Wednesday the sale is set to begin Nov. 17.

A silk mini-wedding dress that Tate wore for her marriage to director Roman Polanski could draw up to $50,000, according to auction-house estimates. A two-toned mini-dress that Tate wore to the 1968 Cannes Film Festival is expected to fetch up to $7,000.

The collection also includes "ST" monogrammed luggage.

Online: www.juliensauctions.com



Houston's mom: Abuse claims ' unfathomable'

Whitney Houston's mother says allegations that her superstar daughter and her son were molested by her niece are "unfathomable."

In a statement to People magazine on behalf of herself and sister, singer Dionne Warwick, Cissy Houston revealed they first learned of the claims two days before the documentary "Whitney" premiered in May.

In the film, Whitney Houston's longtime assistant said the singer told her that cousin Dee Dee Warwick molested her as a child and Whitney's oldest brother also claimed he, too, was molested.

In the statement, Cissy Houston says Dee Dee Warwick may have had her "personal challenges," but the idea that she would have molested her children is "overwhelming and unfathomable."

Dee Dee Warwick died in 2008. Whitney Houston died in 2012.

The magazine hits newsstands on Friday.



Today's birthdays: Actor Patrick Stewart is 78. Country singer Louise Mandrell is 64. Actor Michael Jace ("The Shield") is 56. Actor Ken Jeong ("Dr. Ken," ''Community") is 49. Actor Steven R. McQueen ("The Vampire Diaries") is 30. Singer Leon Bridges is 29. Actor Kyle Harrison Breitkopf ("The Whispers") is 13.



— The Associated Press








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