Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today:T.I.'s back in custody, Oscar De La Hoya comes clean and loses an endorsement, and Boss Scarlett Johannson gives New York City politics a try.
- Rapper T.I. is back in federal custody "because of an issue involving the rapper's 375-mile trip Wednesday from the Arkansas lockup to Atlanta in a gleaming motor coach," reports the Associated Press. T.I. served seven months stemming from a 2010 probation violation at the Forrest City Correctional Facility in Arkansas before being released Wednesday, and was supposed to report to a halfway house in Georgia to serve out the final four months of his 11-month sentence. It's unclear where exactly the rapper is now. His lawyer tells the AP that that the Federal Bureau of Prisons "has moved T.I. to a different facility," adding that there "appears to be confusion surrounding the method of transportation" for the 375 mile journey from Foorest City to Atlanta. The AP notes that as of last night, the Federal Bureau of Prisons listed T.I. as "in transit," but didn't say to where. [Associated Press]
- In an interview with Univision, former six-time world champion boxer and Golden Boy promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya says he's three months sober after a two-and-a-half year struggle with "alcohol and cocaine" that had him considering suicide He admitted to being under the influence of both in 2007 when he he allowed a stripper named Milana Dravnel to photograph him wearing "fishnet stockings, high heels and a tutu" in a Philadelphia hotel room. The photos leaked, but until now De La Hoya and his attorneys have challenged their legitimacy. "Let me tell you, yes, it was me," said De La Hoya. "I'm tired of lying, lying to people, lying to myself." (The New York Post is now reporting that De La Hoya "shelled out a whopping $20 million to Dravnel to go away" after the scandal broke. In addition to the money, "[t]he deal also called for her to give back the heels, lingerie and fishnets that she kept after their kinky photo session." De La Hoya today tells Yahoo Sports that story is "baloney.") Also in the Univision interview, he confirmed that his infidelities during this period prompted his separation from wife Millie. "We are obviously not talking a Tiger Woods here," he cautioned, "but I was unfaithful." The Post reported early Friday morning that De La Hoya was being dropped as brand ambassador for tequila Tres Generaciones. A representative from parent company Beam Global Spirits & Wine says it had no idea De La Hoya had a drinking problem when they signed him in May, the same month he began a two-month stay in rehab. [Univision via Boxing Experts Blog]
- There are rumors circulating that Rihanna has dropped Jay-Z and Roc Nation from her management team, a story the singer appeared to deny on Twitter last night, proclaiming "ROCNATION til I die!!. [Media Take Out via Jezebel and Twitter]
- Scarlett Johannson wants Scott Stringer to be New York City's next mayor, and she's willing to organize two fundraisers in the same night to get it done.On Oct. 3, from 5:30 p.m., ScarJo will host a fete at the Plaza Hotel apartments, with tickets ranging from $2,500 to $10,000," reports the New York Post. "Then, at 7 p.m., the Lost in Translation star will spearhead a party at Sean MacPherson’s hipster-favorite Jane Ballroom in the West Village, where tickets will go for $50 to $1,000." [Page Six]
- Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown has given birth to a baby girl. It's the first child for Brown and husband Stephen Belafonte, who have three children from their previous marriages. [US]