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Posted at 7:59 AM ET, 09/ 7/2010

Charges dismissed in John Travolta extortion case; Paris Hilton spends Labor Day in Hawaii; Kara DioGuardi leaves 'American Idol'

By Sarah Anne Hughes

John Travolta and Kelly Preston. (Getty Images)


Celebrity Beat: Charges were dismissed Monday against two people accused of trying to extort money from John Travolta after the actor decided not to testify in the retrial stemming from the death of his 16-year-old son in the Bahamas; "The Travolta family has said that this matter has caused them unbelievable stress and pain and they wish to put this whole thing behind them," prosecutor Neil Braithwaite said; Travolta and wife Kelly Preston are expecting a baby... Jessica Simpson commemorates the one-year anniversary of her Maltipoo's death via Twitter... If you want see British singer Lily Allen's baby bump, have at it... Felony schmelony! Paris Hilton spends Labor Day in Hawaii, according to this grocery store photo and a Twitpic of Hilton in Maui. At least this Twitter picture isn't possibly incriminating...Kanye West takes to Twitter to apologize to Taylor Swift for VMA incident; "I wish I could talk to every hater face to face and change there a opinion of me one conversation at a time," West tweeted... Taylor Lautner settles suit against RV dealership that failed to deliver $300,000 trailer to a movie set on time, reportedly donates winnings to charity... Rodney King, the victim in the beating case that sparked race riots in Los Angeles, will marry one of the jurors in his multimillion-dollar settlement case, according to Comedian Robert Schimmel, who frequently appeared on Howard Stern's radio show, died Friday evening after a car accident.

Pop Culture: Kara DioGuardi will leave "American Idol," according to a statement released by Fox; "I felt like I won the lottery when I joined 'American Idol' two years ago, but I feel like now is the best time to leave `Idol,'" DioGuardi said in the statement... David Westin announced Monday night that he is resigning as president of ABC News... Jean-Luc Godard will not attend Oscars... Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon raises $58.9 million... John Woo was awarded Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival... "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast member Danielle Staub, who was once called a "prostitution whore" by fellow housewife Teresa Guidice, will not return to the Bravo show... Jonathan Rhys-Meyers of "The Tudors" will star in the French love story "Belle Du Seigneur," a film adaptation of the best-selling book... Kristen Bell wants to make "Veronica Mars" movie... Terry Gilliam's "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," starring Robert Duval as Quixote and Ewan McGregor, is looking for new financing... New Spider-Man Andrew Garfield is pretty excited about playing Peter Parker; the 27-year-old- actor told the Hollywood Reporter:

I have been waiting for this phone call for 24 years, for someone to call me up and say, "Hey, we want you to pretend to be a character that you’ve always wanted to be all your life... “Let me just consult with my seven-year old self and see what he thinks...” So my seven-year-old self started screaming in my soul and saying, This is what we’ve been waiting for.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  | September 7, 2010; 7:59 AM ET
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Kanye West also apologized to Taylor Lautner for stealing his trailer because Beyonce has a much better trunk.

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