LIKE A politician who puts his foot in his mouth and then has his "people" try to remove it, Michael Douglas spokesman Allen Burry said Monday that the "Fatal Attraction" star did not blame his throat cancer on oral sex.
This came after Douglas spoke with the Guardian newspaper and did blame his cancer on oral sex.
Asked about his cancer, Douglas told the Guardian that "without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), which actually comes from cunnilingus."
As one might imagine, this TMI may not have sat too well with the lovely Mrs. Douglas (Catherine Zeta-Jones) because it's not too big a leap to suggest that she was the one with the cooties who passed them on to her hubby.
So, out came spokesman Burry to clarify that Douglas never said that that was the cause of his cancer. Burry said that the star of "Behind the Candelabra" was discussing the general causes of oral cancer during the interview.
Well, not exactly.
The Guardian took offense to the notion that it misinterpreted Douglas's comments, so it ran a portion of the transcript:
Guardian: "Do you feel, in hindsight, that you overloaded your system? Overloaded your system with drugs, smoking, drink?"
Douglas: "No. No. Ah, without getting too specific, this particular cancer is caused by something called HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus."
Health officials actually say that smoking and boozing are the main causes of oral cancer. HPV, however, has been linked to one kind of throat cancer, and doctors are concerned about a rise in the disease in men.
Tattle public health service: Hazel Nunn, head of health information at Cancer Research UK, told London's Daily Mail that around 10 percent of men and 3.6 percent of women have oral HPV, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2012.
"We know HPV is found in the mouth, but we do not yet know how it gets there - whether through oral sex or through other skin-to-mouth contact. HPV virus has been found on the fingers and elsewhere on the body. It is possible that oral sex is implicated, but more research needs to be done into behavior that leads to this infection," she said.
Making the matter more difficult to track, there are more than 100 different types of the HPV virus, and approximately 90 percent of sexually active people will have been exposed to some form of the virus by the age of 25.
So, it may not be long until Gardasil commercials are aimed at young boys.
* Soul singer Sharon Jones has stage-one bile-duct cancer and has canceled plans for an album and tour in 2013.
Jones and her band, the Dap-Kings, had planned to release "Give the People What They Want" on Aug. 6 and were already touring. The singer was forced to miss a few shows recently while looking for a cause of her illness. She will undergo immediate surgery.
A statement released yesterday said that doctors caught the tumor early and that the cancer hasn't spread. They expect the 57-year-old to make a full recovery.
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Sixty-one-year-old singer-actress Pia Zadora was arrested at her Las Vegas home over the weekend over a rapidly escalating attempt to impose a bedtime on her 16-year-old teenage son, Jordan.
A police report released yesterday says that the disturbance began with her attempt to hustle the teen to bed so she could get some rest.
(Note: The words "teen," "hustle" and "Las Vegas" should not be used in a sentence although their use will make this story more popular with Google searches.)
The police document says that the petite, onetime blonde bombshell turned a watering hose on Jordan and scratched her husband's face when he tried to stop her. Her husband (No. 3) is police detective Michael Jeffries, whom Pia met years ago when she contacted police to report a stalking incident.
When Jordan (her son with husband No. 2) called 9-1-1, she allegedly tried to rip the phone from his hands.
Pia told police she thought that he was calling the authorities to avoid his bedtime.
* A British judge has limited protests outside Harrods department store in London after management complained that Lady Gaga fans were disturbed by anti-fur campaigners during an appearance last year.
High Court Judge Henry Globe said the singer visited Harrods in October to "advertise some perfumery" - her scent, branded Lady Gaga Fame.
He said that protesters with placards had caused "nuisance, annoyance and harassment" to some people attending the event.
The judge ruled that the protests could not take place in a pedestrianized area in front of the store, which had become a "tourist hot spot."
* A yearlong celebration of Johnny Cash's legacy will come to an end this week with the issuance of a new postal stamp and free public concert.
The new Johnny Cash Forever stamp goes on sale tomorrow, and to celebrate, Cash's son, John Carter Cash, and several friends and family members will gather at Ryman Auditorium. The stamp is based on a promotional shot for the 1963 album "Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash."
* Looking for a high-end apartment in Manhattan?
Amanda Bynes has been evicted.
The place may need a good dusting.
* Kim Kardashian leaked news of the sex of her unborn baby the same way Tattle's mom did - on the debut episode of the eighth season of her E! reality show.
"I'm so excited we're having a girl," Kim said. "Like, who doesn't want a girl? They're the best. And I know that's what Kanye has always wanted. He wanted a little girl."
- Daily News wire services
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