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Beverly Hills

Chin up, Andrew Mitchell, chauffeur's aren't all they're cracked up to

Status symbols don't come much bolder than being ferried around in a chauffeur-driven car. It's a sure-fire way to let everybody know that you are somebody. Just ask Andrew Mitchell who, before resigning last week for "swearing" at Downing Street police, had put in an order for a chauffeur-driven Jaguar XF, despite most ministers making do with a Toyota Prius. His replacement Chief Whip, Sir George Young, promptly cancelled the flash car, saving the taxpayer an estimated £100,000. Mitchell never got the driver he longed for, but he should take comfort from the fact that chauffeurs, while being an enviable perk of any job, can often be more trouble than they're worth.

Travolta hit by second sex assault claim

A second unidentified masseur has joined a $2m lawsuit against John Travolta claiming the actor sexually assaulted the men in two separate incidents during private massages, according to amended court documents filed on Tuesday.

'Thriller' jacket sells for £1.1m

A famed black-and-red calfskin jacket that Michael Jackson wore in the "Thriller" music video has sold at auction for $1.8m (£1.1m). Darren Julien, the president of Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, said Milton Verret, a commodities trader from Austin, Texas, bought the jacket on Sunday.

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Publicist buried amid rumours of contract killing

As Hollywood said its farewells to Ronni Chasen, the popular publicist who was gunned down at the wheel of her Mercedes as she drove home a week ago from a glitzy premiere party, sombre speculation continued as to whether she was the victim of a random shooting or a contract killing by professional assassins.

Hollywood publicist gunned down off Sunset Boulevard

She was beloved by all of Hollywood and had just taken her leave from the kind of evening she loved: schmoozing the stars and the media poolside on the roof of a swanky Beverly Hills hotel. Then, on the way home in her new Mercedes-Benz, veteran film publicist Ronni Chasen was shot dead.

Driven to distraction in California

The wild and wacky sights along the Californian coast are best seen from behind the wheel of a convertible Mustang, says Mark C O'Flaherty