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Jacob the Jeweler Sues Wyclef Jean for $300,000

Jacob the Jeweler, real name Jacob Arabo, will report to a federal prison in January to begin serving his 30-month sentence for money laundering and other federal offenses. But until then, Jacob is calling in all favors and moneys owed by his celebrities friends.

Jacob doesn’t have much time, so he’s suing customers who fail to ante up the cash they owe for jewels they bought but never paid for. One such customer is rapper/producer Wyclef Jean whom Jacob says owes him approximately $300,000 in unpaid jewelry purchases.

In a lawsuit filed in a Manhattan court Tuesday (7/29), Jacob and Company Incorporated claims between March 2002 and January 2006, the 35-year-old musician purchased $765,100 worth of assorted ornaments, including several watches, but only paid half of the price. Jean apparently still owes the company $319,680 despite “repeated demands for payment.”

At least we know Wyclef’s bling is the real deal.

Paris Hilton’s Cold Reaction to John McCain Commercial

Paris Hilton distanced herself Thursday from John McCain’s campaign commercial likening Barack Obama to the heiress and Britney Spears.

“Miss Hilton was neither asked, nor did she give permission, for the use of her likeness in the ad, and has no further comment,” her rep said in a statement.

In the campaign ad from the Republican presidential hopeful, images of Spears, Hilton and Democratic challenger Obama appear on the screen as a voiceover says, “He’s the biggest celebrity in the world. But is he ready to lead?”

Spears’s rep has declined to comment.

Lawyer: Britney Spears Doesn’t Want Sam Lutfi In Her Life

Britney Spears’s restraining order against one-time pal Sam Lutfi may have been temporary, but their friendship is permanently over.

The pop star’s court-appointed attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, told the Associated Press that he will not seek to extend the restraining order in court on Thursday – because Spears has cut all ties with Lutfi anyway.

“Britney has made clear to everyone,” Ingham said, “that she does not want to be further harassed or contacted in any way by Osama ‘Sam’ Lutfi, now or at anytime in the future.”

Lutfi has been out of Spears’s life since February, when her father, Jamie, was granted legal control of her affairs as temporary conservator. (At the time, Britney’s mother, Lynne, accused Lutfi of drugging the singer.)

According to Ingham, the restraining order is no longer necessary because Jamie can legally control whom Britney, 26, sees: “During the temporary conservatorship, the conservators have the power to insure that Lutfi will not harm Britney anymore.”

Lutfi, it seems, will abide by the Spears family’s wishes. He said in his own statement to the AP, “Mr. Lutfi and Mr. Spears have mutually agreed in private that no hearing or order is necessary at this time.”

Ingham added that once Britney regains control of her life, she will continue to keep Lutfi out of it. “If Mr. Lutfi makes any future attempt to contact Britney after the temporary conservatorship has concluded,” he said, “Britney has made clear she will take all appropriate legal action.”

Lawyers for Jamie Spears are expected in court Thursday for a review of the conservatorship.

Aniston ‘Fits Right In’ with Mayer’s Concert Tour

John Mayer’s newest roadie – Jennifer Aniston – has been a welcome addition on his tour, say his pals.

“John has such an amazing crew of musicians and friends with him. Everyone gets along and is drama free and Jen fits right in – perfectly,” says a Mayer friend. “Everyone really loves her.”

At a recent concert in Chula Vista, Calif., Mayer’s girlfriend continued to be the subject of fans’ anonymous text messages that were displayed on twin screens between acts. One said, “We want Jennifer Aniston to come out now!!!”

Though continuing his less talk, more music approach to his concerts, Mayer rehashed his concerns about recent media coverage of his tour.

“It’s kind of a new thing for me to have my stage banter scrutinized. They have been printing everything I say,” Mayer told his audience.

But even if the media coverage is exhausting, the source says Mayer, 30, is happier than ever with Aniston, 39.

“They are very happy together, it’s working really well and they’re only getting closer,” says the Mayer pal. “His friends think she’s great for him.”

Jermaine Dupri And Daughter Shaniah Cymone Mauldin

Producer and Ceo Jermaine Dupri, who is currently dating singer Janet Jackson,is pictured with his daughter Shaniah Cymone Mauldin(center), 10, at the second annual Show Me the Runway RED celebrity kids fashion show on July 26th.Shaniah was one of the models at the Runway Red Show.

All of the pint-size fashion models wore clothing from Sean John for Kids,Burberry for Kids,Paige Denim,Bo Peep Kids,Lil Miss Muffet and many more. All proceeds from the event went directly to children infected with HIV and AIDS.Shaniah is the offspring of Jermaine and Pam Sweat