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The gender card

Christine O'Donnell is defending her decision to walk off Piers Morgan's CNN show by saying he was asking sexually harassing questions -- including "sex questions that he would not ask of a man."

The former U.S. Senate candidate from Delaware has said that women in politics -- particularly Republican women -- are held to a double standard and suggested that's precisely what happened Wednesday night when she and her staff put a halt to the interview. She said on the "Today" show Friday morning that the public was misled to believe that it was the questions Morgan was asking about her position on gay marriage and the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that drove her off the set.

"It was not about the questions of gay marriages, as the producer very dishonestly tried to portray it. It was the very inappropriate, creepy line of questioning leading up to that. And I think that I was a very good sport for the first 20 minutes," she said. But it was questions that he'd asked just moments before the gay rights issues -- including one about masturbation -- that unnerved her. "Do you still think masturbation is wrong?" he asked, followed by "Have you committed lust in your heart?"

She was so upset from those questions that she realized the interview had little chance of getting back on track.


A rocky past

Acclaimed Broadway actor James Barbour has departed from a starring role in the upcoming production of Richard O'Brien's "The Rocky Horror Show" at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego days after it was revealed locally that he admitted seducing a 15-year-old girl.

Old Globe Executive Producer Lou Spisto said in a news release last week that Barbour is leaving the show, set to open Sept. 23, "due to issues with his wife's pregnancy." Barbour, on his Facebook page, said the same.

Neither statement mentioned the local furor over revelations that in 2001 he seduced a girl who visited him backstage after a performance of "Jane Eyre" on Broadway.

According to the New York Times, Barbour admitted in 2008 that he fondled the girl and that a month later engaged in oral sex with her. In exchange for a guilty plea, prosecutors dropped felony counts.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors. Under a plea bargain, he was required to mention the convictions to any manager, producer or assistant producer of any play, movie or television show that employs him.

The case was mentioned several days ago in the San Diego Union-Tribune. A San Diego radio talk show host picked up the fact and criticized the Old Globe for several days in a row for hiring Barbour.

Barbour, 45, was to play the role of Frank-N-Furter in the sometimes raunchy and daring "Rocky Horror Show."


DeVito gets star

Danny DeVito has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Emmy-winning actor was honored Thursday with star number 2,445 on the famous walkway.

The ceremony was held in connection with the Sept. 13 release of the DVD of the sixth season of the FX comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" in which DeVito stars as the ne'er-do-well owner of a Philadelphia bar.

DeVito played the role of caustic dispatcher Louie De Palma on "Taxi" which ran on ABC from 1978 to 1982 and NBC in the 1982-83 season.

His film credits include "Batman Returns" and "Romancing the Stone." He also directed several films, including "Throw Momma from the Train" and "Hoffa."


DWI was no act

A judge has ordered actress Estella Warren to serve four months in a residential rehab facility after she entered a no-contest plea in a drunken driving case Friday.

Los Angeles city attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan says Warren was also sentenced to serve five years of informal probation.

The "Planet of the Apes" actress had been facing four misdemeanor charges after her arrest earlier this year for crashing into three parked cars and tussling with police. The 32-year-old was previously convicted of drunken driving in 2007.

Mateljan says a hearing will be held Oct. 7 to determine if Warren must pay any restitution.

She starred opposite Mark Wahlberg in Tim Burton's 2001 version of "Planet of the Apes" and has also worked as a fashion model.

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