Celebrity News 05-26-11

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By Associated Press

Football star is new ‘Dancing’ champ 

LOS ANGELES — Hines Ward added a disco-ball trophy to his Super Bowl shelf Tuesday night after he samba-ed his way to the “Dancing With the Stars” championship.
The Steelers wide receiver and former Super Bowl MVP won the title, besting actresses Kirstie Alley and Chelsea Kane to become the season 12 champ.
“You are the MVP of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ season 12,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba said after Ward and professional partner Kym Johnson finished their last dance. “You learned how to lead the dancing, not only in the dance, but you led your partner out of injury. You dance with heart and it shows.”
Ward said after the show that he owes the victory to his partner, hard work and the fans.
Judge Bruno Tonioli said Ward “really is like a ray of sunshine when he enters the arena.”

‘Planet of Apes’ actress arrested
LOS ANGELES — “Planet of the Apes” actress and former model Estella Warren was arrested after a late-night crash that led to her allegedly assaulting a police officer then trying to flee from custody, officials said Tuesday.
Warren was driving down Harper Avenue near West Hollywood when she crashed into three parked cars, Los Angeles police Officer Sarah Faden said.
Someone heard the noise of the crashes and came to see what was going on. That person called police then pursued Warren when it was clear she wasn’t going to stop and leave her information, Faden said.
The person then forced Warren to stop, though it was unclear how. Police arrived and arrested Warren on suspicion of driving under the influence, but she assaulted one of the officers, Faden said.

Lil Jon receives honor for earnings 

DECATUR, Ga. — When Lil Jon was fired from Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” the rapper-producer fell short of the amount of money he wanted to raise for his charity.
That charity thought his efforts were just enough, though. On Tuesday, he was honored by the United Methodist Children’s Home for raising $80,000.
The proceeds will be placed in an endowment fund to help educational opportunities and refurbish buildings at the sprawling 99-acre campus in suburban Atlanta. There will also be multimedia studio named after Lil Jon to help launch a music and performing arts program.