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HOUSTON SUFFERS FACIAL CUTS

Singer-actress Whitney Houston suffered a cut on her face while vacationing off the island of Capri, and police said today they were investigating.

Houston was brought to Capri's Capilupi hospital on Monday with a small but deep cut on her left cheek, police said. The Milan daily Corriere della Sera said she was crying, and received two stitches.

Houston is touring the Mediterranean on a yacht with her husband, singer Bobby Brown, and friends.

Police said conflicting accounts of how Houston was cut prompted them to investigate.

Houston told them she hurt herself by hitting a rock while swimming, while a member of the yacht's crew reported Houston was cut while on the boat, according to a paramilitary police officer.

While the couple was in Honolulu last June, witnesses said Brown slapped Houston during an argument in a shopping mall. Houston refused to cooperate with an investigation, police said, and her publicist later said it was a case of mistaken identity.

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