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Associated Press / October 28, 2009

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Eric Clapton has pulled out of Friday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert in New York after undergoing gallstone surgery. The guitarist’s publicist said yesterday that Clapton was doing well and recuperating in England. The hall said Jeff Beck will replace Clapton for the show to be held at Madison Square Garden.

Mistrial apology
A Bahamas lawmaker apologized yesterday for remarks that caused a mistrial in the John Travolta extortion case, but he did not reveal who told him that a defendant had been acquitted before a verdict was announced. Picewell Forbes said his televised assertion that the still-deliberating jury had cleared one of the two defendants, a former Bahamas senator from his party, was “not true.’’ The defendants are accused of plotting to extort $25 million from the movie star following the death of his son, Jett, in January.

Supermodel sued
A cosmetics-marketing company is suing Naomi Campbell, accusing the supermodel of cutting longtime associates out of their share of profits from her lucrative fragrance lines. The lawsuit says Campbell violated a contract with Moodform Mission by signing a new agreement, costing the company a portion of the proceeds from such scents as Naomi Campbell, Cat Deluxe, and Seductive Elixir. Campbell denied the claims through a spokesman.

Madonna at orphanage
Madonna and her four children yesterday visited the orphanage that kept one of her sons before his 2008 adoption from the impoverished southern African country of Malawi. Home of Hope Child Care Center director Lucy Chipeta said she showed Madonna and her son David his crib during their visit. Siblings Lourdes, Rocco, and Mercy - who was adopted from Malawi this year - joined their mother on the tour. On Monday the pop star broke ground at her charity’s new school for girls.

Post production
"Official album date: December 15. Graffiti. Now blog about this. Lol." -- Chris Brown, tweeting about his new album

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