Sideshow | Wolfowitz: No job, no girlfriend

The course of true love, which never yet ran smooth, has run straight into a gaping sinkhole for former World Bank prez Paul Wolfowitz.

The New York Post is reporting that Wolfie and Shaha Ali Riza are an item no longer. That would be the same Shaha Ali Riza to whom Wolfowitz has admitted he showed favoritism at the World Bank, arranging a lucrative job and promotions for her.


Sources tell the N.Y. tab that Riza was pretty upset about seeing her name bandied about as the beneficiary of Wolfowitz's influence. Apparently, power isn't always an aphrodisiac. The Post says one source explained that "[Riza] was furious about the embarrassment." She also liked her old job and didn't like the promotion that Wolfowitz had arranged, the Post said.

The Post adds that investigative reporter Wayne Madsen, who has covered the Wolfowitz scandal on, says reliable sources told him "that Wolfie and Shaha are history."

Wolfowitz announced last week that he will resign, effective June 30. The Post says it was unable to get comments from Wolfowitz and his lawyer.

Laurels for Laurie

Versatile British actor Hugh Laurie, equally adept at bringing curmudgeonly American doctors and dithering British wastrels to television life, has become a member of the Order of the British Empire. Queen Elizabeth II bestowed the honor on the 47-year-old Cambridge-educated thesp at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

Laurie, who stars as the acerbic title character in the Fox hit House, rose to fame in England as a member of the Cambridge Footlights comedy troupe with Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry. Laurie and Fry starred in the TV series Jeeves and Wooster, based on the P.G. Wodehouse characters, with Fry playing the cerebral valet Jeeves and Laurie the mentally negligible Bertie Wooster, Jeeves' hapless employer.

Laurie has won two Golden Globe awards for his role on House.

Third time not the charm

Actor Tom Arnold and Wife No. 3, Shelby Roos, are headed for divorce court. The two had been married for five years.

Arnold filed the papers in L.A. on Monday, blaming those "irreconcilable differences." Fortunately, the union had produced no issue, so there won't be any custody quarrel of the sort that has befouled the sundering of some other celeb couples lately.

Arnold and Roos split up briefly last August, but got back together in an attempt to patch up the marriage.

The most famous of Arnold's exes is Roseanne Barr. Their four-year marriage ended in divorce in 1994. To complete the list, Arnold was Julie Lynne Champnella's hubby from 1995 to 1999.

Yo, ho ho

Johnny Depp isn't sure he's ready to give up buccaneering. Captain Jack Sparrow may prance the quarterdeck yet one more time after the third installment of Pirates of the Caribbean.

In Tokyo yesterday for the Japanese premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Depp said he might like one more turn as Captain Jack.

"It's been a great experience," said Depp, who copped an Oscar nomination for the role. "Trying to discover who Captain Jack was, getting slapped around by the Disney people - it was all fun."

But Disney's plans called for a trilogy based on the Disney Land/Disney Word Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer cautioned that no one will be jumping right back into the waters. "This is the end for now," he said. "I think everybody is exhausted and needs some time off. We're all going to take a little break."

Heche seeks custody

Actress Anne Heche, who is in a divorce battle with hub Coleman Lafoon, wants custody of the couple's 5-year-old son, Homer, the syndicated celeb TV show Extra reports on its Web site.

In court papers filed last week in Los Angeles, Heche contends that Lafoon isn't telling the story straight in the brief that he filed in the case.

Opines Anne: "Coley makes numerous false allegations about his own parenting skills and fitness as well as about mine. It is unfortunate that Coley chose to put his lies and distortions in the public record at this time while we are trying to reach an agreement on many of the issues. I am surprised and disappointed that Coley is stooping to this level. My hope was (and is) that our son Homer will come through this with what is best for him - two parents who love him and who treat each other with respect. Nevertheless, I feel it is necessary to briefly respond immediately to a number of the most heinous false statements."

Eve denies guilt

Rapper-actress Eve is pleading not guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving charges filed against her after a traffic accident in Hollywood last month.

Eve, the stage name of Jihan Jeffers, did not attend the arraignment Tuesday. Her lawyer entered the plea for her.

She was charged with driving under the influence, driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or above, and failure to provide proof of insurance, city prosecutors said.

Police stopped Eve long before the sun came up on April 26 after she allegedly hit a raised concrete center median on Hollywood Boulevard with her gold Maserati.

Eve's next court appearance is scheduled for June 28. She faces a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Eve has released several solo albums and won a Grammy in 2001 for the single "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with Gwen Stefani.

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