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Winehouse bloody, bruised in photos

Photos of singer Amy Winehouse bloody and bruised were splashed across a British newspaper yesterday after she allegedly fought with her husband. The photos, taken early Thursday, showed Winehouse wearing blood-soaked ballet shoes, with bruises to her neck, bandages on her arms, and makeup smeared down her face. A gossip website reported that Winehouse had said her injuries were self-inflicted. Police confirmed they had been called to a London hotel but said no charges were filed. The singer announced Tuesday that she was postponing her upcoming US and Canadian tour dates after she canceled August performances because of "severe exhaustion." Britain's Press Association said the couple were staying in the hotel after leaving a drug rehabilitation clinic. The Daily Mail also published photos of Winehouse together with her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, after the alleged fight. His face and neck were covered in scratches. The website said it received text messages from Winehouse explaining the incident and denying Fielder-Civil was responsible for her injuries. "Blake is the best man in the world. We would never ever harm each other," Winehouse was quoted as saying. "I was cutting myself after he found me in our room about to do drugs . . . and rightly said I wasn't good enough for him. I lost it, and he saved my life."

HBO's 'John' arrested

Austin Nichols, who plays the title character in HBO's "John From Cincinnati," was arrested in Michigan early yesterday on suspicion of drunken driving. The 27-year-old actor was stopped by police about 2:40 a.m. after being spotted driving a silver Mercury Mountaineer the wrong way down a one-way street in the city, said police. An officer smelled alcohol and, after conducting sobriety tests, took Nichols into custody. HBO said this month that "John From Cincinnati" will not return for a second season.

Dunst burglarized

Thieves snatched a $13,000 handbag, cellphone, and ID cards from "Spider-Man" star Kirsten Dunst's penthouse suite at a posh Manhattan hotel, court records show. Dunst was in the city to shoot scenes for the upcoming film "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People." She had left her suite at the SoHo Grand Hotel early on Aug. 9, when the thieves slipped in. A surveillance camera showed the burglars leaving the hotel, according to the complaint filed in the case. It said they also got away with $2,500 in cash, credit cards, two digital cameras, and an iPod music player. One suspect, Jarrod Beinerman, 33, was being held on $50,000 bond after being arraigned in a Manhattan court on burglary and grand larceny charges.

'Idol' Lewis nails deal

Blake Lewis has reaped another "American Idol" reward -- a record deal. Lewis, who finished second to Jordin Sparks in the final "Idol" face-off in May, has signed a contract with Arista Records in conjunction with 19Recordings, the label managed by "Idol" creator Simon Fuller, it was announced yesterday. Lewis's debut album is slated for release later this year.

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