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Friday
Feb152013

Cops Probing 911 Calls Made from Katie Couric's Late Husband's Phone

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York City police are investigating 911 calls made from a landline phone in Katie Couric's Manhattan home that is registered to her late husband.

Police sources tell the New York Daily News that the phone has dialed 911 at two in the morning every Tuesday for the past few weeks.  Officers have responded each time by visiting Couric's building.

The talk show host reportedly has reached out to New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who promised her that his department would investigate the matter.

Police are looking into whether the calls are a case of "spoofing," a term used to describe the hijacking of a phone via a special device.

Couric referred to the incidents while taping her talk show Katie on Tuesday, which started late.  She explained to the audience that she'd received a disturbing call from an emergency operator that morning -- a response to an errant 911 call -- and that she couldn't sleep because of it.

Couric's husband, Jay Monahan, died of colon cancer in 1998.

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Tuesday
May012012

Jennifer Hudson Family Murders: 911 Call Released

Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic(CHICAGO) -- The harrowing 911 call that was placed by Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson's sister when she discovered her mother's dead body has been released by the judge overseeing the trial of the man accused of the brutal murder of the actress' mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

On October 24, 2008 Julia Hudson had just discovered their mother's body on the floor of her home when she ran outside in a panic and called 911. The call was released on Monday by the judge overseeing the trial of 30-year-old William Balfour, who is accused of the triple murder, at the request of the media.

"Somebody's killed my mother! Somebody's killed my mother! Please!" Julia Hudson can be heard screaming at her family's home on Chicago's South Side.

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"Please help me! Please … please send an ambulance, yes! Please!" Hudson screams when the dispatcher asks if an ambulance is needed.

William Balfour, the ex-husband of Julia Hudson, is accused of the murder of Darnell Donerson, 57, her brother, Jason Hudson, 29, and 7-year-old Julian King. Prosecutors have said that Balfour killed the three in a jealous rage, believing that his ex-wife was dating another man.

Judge Charles Burns said there's no evidence Balfour's due process rights would be harmed by releasing the tapes to the media. Balfour has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in the killings.

On the anguished call, Julia Hudson's grief and desperation can be heard as she answers the dispatcher's questions about whether her mother had fallen.

"No! I just got home from work and there's a bullet … there's a bullet hole in our front door," she breathlessly says. "I don't know, she's on the floor, I see blood coming from her head … I didn't touch her, I just ran out of the house."

The audio was played in a Chicago court last week when Julia Hudson testified about that horrifying discovery. At the moment when she made the call she still didn't realize that their brother Jason was also dead inside the house. Later in the call, she senses that he and her 7-year old son may also be in danger.

"Where's my brother at? What happened?" she says. "I don't know where Julian is or nothing!"

It isn't until police ask Hudson her name, which then made it clear that these deaths would become not just another sad episode in one of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods, but a high-profile case garnering national attention.

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Wednesday
Apr112012

Whitney Houston’s 911 Call Released

Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The 911 call regarding Whitney Houston’s death was released Wednesday and reveals that Houston “wasn’t breathing” from the moment she was found in the bathroom of her hotel room at the Beverly Hills Hilton.

On the tape obtained by TMZ.com, a member of the hotel’s security team tells the 911 dispatcher that a 46-year-old female might have fallen in the bathroom and “apparently she wasn’t breathing.” The caller also says that people in the room “kept hanging up” on him and that the “person that called me was irate.”

Houston’s assistant, hairdresser, and bodyguard were in her room at the time the 911 call was made.

The call was made public on the same day that Beverly Hills police detectives officially closed the case involving the singer’s Feb. 11 death. Last week, Houston’s full autopsy report was released.

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Friday
Jan272012

Demi Moore 911 Call: Actress 'Convulsing,' 'Smoked Something'

Theo Wargo/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The newly released 911 call placed from Demi Moore's home on Monday night reveals that the 49-year-old actress was smoking something and was "convulsing," "semi conscious," and "burning up" before help arrived.

The heavily redacted tape reveals mass confusion at Moore's household on Monday night. "Sir, this is an emergency," a female caller says, before giving the dispatcher Moore's Beverly Hills address. She becomes increasingly panicked, saying, "We need an ambulance here as soon as possible, please."

"She smoked something, it's not marijuana, but it's similar to ... it's similar to incense and she seems to be having convulsions of some sort," the woman says, who identifies herself as a "friend" of the actress. She also says that Moore had been taking some "other stuff" recently but didn't know what it was and mentions that Moore has been having "issues."

Another woman tells the dispatcher that Moore is "burning up" and not breathing regularly but is able to squeeze her hand. At the end of the call, a man takes the phone to give the dispatcher directions to Moore's home and says that she's calmed down. "Now she's breathing fine and she's not convulsing," he says.

On Thursday, Moore reportedly returned home from the hospital. Multiple reports have stated that Moore's hospitalization was prompted by a seizure she suffered after inhaling nitrus oxide. Her rep has thus far declined to comment beyond her Tuesday statement that Moore is seeking treatment for stress and exhaustion.

The release of the 911 call is the latest setback for Moore. On Thursday night, her estranged husband Ashton Kutcher returned to L.A. from Brazil, where he had been shooting a fashion campaign. While Moore was being rushed to the hospital after suffering a reported seizure, Kutcher was out partying with Brazilian supermodels.

The difference in how they've handled their breakup couldn't be starker.

"What we see is Ashton moving on in his life. Demi? She's gone down, down, down," clinical psychologist Judy Kuriansky, better known from her radio show as Dr. Judy, told ABC News.

For Kuriansky, the difference is not surprising. "Women are the ones who suffer the most when there is a breakup. Men do suffer too, no question. But on balance, women end up suffering emotionally for longer, especially when there have been affairs," she said.

Kutcher, 33, has thus far remained mum -- including on his Twitter account -- about the plight of his ex. His rep did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Instead the images of him in Brazil -- leaving nightclubs late in the night, hanging with gorgeous Brazilian supermodels and "surfing" in the streets during a downpour -- speak louder than any words.

"It's shocking," Huffington Post entertainment columnist Rob Shuter told ABC News. "You don't need to run back, but you certainly don't need to be out drinking and partying. This is just a PR nightmare. At worse, it's heartless."

Since November, when Moore announced she was divorcing Kutcher amid reports of his infidelities, their paths have diverged. During red carpet appearances for the Lifetime movie Five, which she helped direct, and Margin Call, a small indie in which she has a juicy role, Moore appeared gaunt. Even she acknowledged the concerns about her weight in a recent interview for Harper's Bazaar, where she revealed having a love-hate relationship with her body as well as a fear of not being worthy of love.

"I would say what scares me is that I'm going to ultimately find out at the end of my life that I'm really not lovable, that I'm not worthy of being loved. That there's something fundamentally wrong with me," she said.

While she headed to Hawaii for some solo soul-searching after her divorce announcement, Kutcher traipsed through Italy with two friends, including an attractive brunette he claimed was just a friend. Before that, he got cozy on the red carpet with co-star Lea Michele at the New York premiere of New Year's Eve. And, later, he revealed a new clean-cut look to TV critics, while promoting the new season of Two and Half Men. (He also played with his wedding ring throughout the news conference.)

Moore, on the other hand, just dropped out of her latest project, Lovelace, the Linda Lovelace biopic in which she had been cast as Gloria Steinem.

"She's the wronged woman, he's a young guy," Us Weekly senior editor Justin Ravitz told ABC News. "She's having a bit of crisis, not sure where to go from here, she's not at the top of her game, no tons of projects. He replaced Charlie Sheen in one of the most popular scripted shows in an almost seamless transition. He's still young and hot."

Since their breakup, the former couple has collided at least three times at Hollywood parties in December and January, including most recently during the Golden Globes' weekend. "They exchanged pleasantries but it was awkward," Ravitz said. "I wouldn't say they were catching up like old lovers."

In recent weeks, Moore has been seen out partying, including with eldest daughter Rumer Willis, Ravitz said. At Hollywood hot spot Beacher's Madhouse, she was seen dancing on a table surrounded by three guys, a source told Us Weekly.

"She's obviously acting out, dealing with insecurity and depression. She's almost regressing," Ravitz said.

"It requires a lot of self-care after a breakup," said psychiatrist Dr. Reef Karim, director of the Control Center in Beverly Hills. "If you're out partying and doing drugs, you're not taking care of your body that well. And someone who is 30 and partying can get away with it a little better than someone in their late 40s."

Psychologist Kuriansky is concerned Moore could be battling old demons.

"When you start out with major self-esteem issues, it can be very hard to overcome. Some big blow happens and you fall back to ground zero," she said.

But Huff Po's Shuter is optimistic Moore will be back on top. "Demi is Hollywood royalty," he said, adding that Kutcher would be smart to remember that. "In Hollywood, it's all team Demi."

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Friday
Jan272012

Report: Demi Moore Leaves Hospital; Edited 911 Call to Be Released

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Demi Moore has been released from a California hospital after reportedly suffering a seizure on Monday.

E! News says it has confirmed that the 49-year-old actress is no longer receiving treatment at Sherman Oaks Hospital, though it's unclear when she was released.

There have been numerous reports that Moore was hospitalized Monday after suffering an apparent seizure, and that she has had problems with substance abuse and/or anorexia.  The official word from her rep has been that the Ghost star is seeking treatment for exhaustion due to the, "stresses in her life right now."

A recording of the 911 call that was placed prior to Moore's hospitalization will be released sometime Friday, according to the Los Angeles City Fire Department.  However, a Los Angeles City Attorney spokesperson says a "very specific but limited" segment of the call, pertaining to Moore's medical history as well as information regarding any substances she may have used, will be redacted.

TMZ.com has reported that she inhaled a dangerous amount of nitrous oxide referred to colloquially as a "whip-it."

A source tells E! News that Moore had been hosting a birthday party for a friend on Monday night and was acting "pretty hyper" before she suffered an apparent seizure.

Moore's estranged husband, Ashton Kutcher, has not publicly commented on her condition, but according to a People magazine source, he "is deeply concerned for Demi."  He has been in Brazil this week for a photo shoot, but he was expected to return to Los Angeles on Thursday.

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Wednesday
Aug312011

Russell Amstrong 911 Call: 'My Friend Just Hanged Himself'

Michael Kovac/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- A 911 call made by an unidentified friend of Real Housewives star Russell Armstrong has been released.

Armstrong had been staying at a friend’s home when he was found dead — a suicide — on Aug. 15.  During the call, the shaken friend tells the 911 operator, “My friend just hanged himself...do you understand? Come over here.”

The friend also reveals that Armstrong’s five-year-old daughter is in the house at the time, and can be heard telling Armstrong’s wife, Taylor Armstrong, “Have your daughter go away, please.”

Taylor Armstrong is crying during the call, and the friend attempts to calm her down. Taylor can be heard uttering, “I need my psychiatrist.”

The release of the 911 call comes a week after Armstrong’s funeral and word of another mystery. One day after Russell Armstrong was found hanging in a Beverly Hills home, Armstrong’s friend and business partner committed suicide.

Alan Schram was found dead outside his car on Mulholland Drive on Aug. 16.  The L.A. County coroner ruled the death a suicide. He died from a gunshot to the head.

The two men met when they joined the high net-worth investment group Tiger 21. According to TMZ, Schram and Armstrong developed a close friendship after joining the elite group.

Unlike Armstrong, who was $1.5 million in debt, Schram’s financial situation remains unknown. He did not leave a suicide note.

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