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Jennifer Lopez Denies She Got a Maid Fired Over an Autograph Request

Steven Lawton/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- There's been plenty of gossip about Jennifer Lopez over the years, but she took to Twitter on Tuesday to deny a very specific accusation: that she'd gotten a hotel maid fired because the woman dared to ask for her autograph.

The British paper The Daily Mail helped spread the claim by reprinting a story from the German tabloid Bild, which claimed that while J-Lo was staying at a hotel in Dusseldorf, Germany, a maid named Bete Dodaj knocked on her door to ask her for an autograph.  Two assistants turned the maid away, and the next day, she claims, she was fired because the star had complained about being "disturbed."

But Jennifer tweeted on Tuesday, "C'mon thought you knew me better than this... Would never get anyone fired over an autograph. 1st I heard of this was on twitter. #hurtful."

You may recall that Jennifer actually played a hotel maid in the movie Maid in Manhattan, so for all we know, she might treat maids better than other stars.

By the way, things ended up working out for the allegedly fired maid: Bild later reported that she had received two new job offers in one day.

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Hilary Swank Sacks Manager for Chechen PR Debacle

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Back from her widely criticized appearance to celebrate the controversial Chechen president, Hilary Swank has begun to fire those responsible for arranging her visit.

The UK’s Independent newspaper reported that Swank fired her friend and manager of eight years, Jason Weinberg, whom she thanked during her speech after winning the best-actress Oscar for Million Dollar Baby.

Swank’s rep did not respond immediately to ABC News’ requests for comment.

The two-time Oscar-winning actress had accepted a six-figure fee for her gushing happy birthday wish to Chechnya’s autocratic President Ramzan Kadyrov, who is accused of the torture of dissidents, political assassinations and encouraging citizens to abuse immodestly dressed women.

Also in attendance at the Oct. 5 event were Seal, Jean-Claude Van Damme and violinist Vanessa Mae.

After being widely criticized, Swank, 37, pledged to donate her fee to “various charitable organizations,” and said “[she] deeply regrets attending.”

Prior to the event, Weinberg, whose clients include Madonna, Demi Moore and Lindsay Lohan, reportedly told New York-based organization Human Rights Foundation that Hilary “had no plans to attend.”

Creative Arts Agency reps Amie Yavor, Josh Lieberman and Lauren Hale, who traveled with Hilary to the Grozny event, might be next in line for pink slips, according to reports.

But the Independent said Swank, who earns up to $8 million a film, has no plans to end her relationship with CAA, since her partner of five years, John Campisi, works for the agency.

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Megan Fox Axed From 'Transformers' After Hitler Comment?

Michael Buckner/Getty Images For Maui Film Festival(LOS ANGELES) -- When the new Transformers movie opens over the July 4 weekend, Megan Fox will be absent from the cast.

A recent report reveals that the screen siren who got her break on the first two Transformers films was dumped from the franchise after Steven Spielberg ordered director Michael Bay to fire her. According to Britain's Daily Mail, the legendary director was outraged when Fox compared Bay to Hitler in a 2009 interview.

Spielberg is the executive producer of Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Calls to reps for Fox, Bay and Spielberg were not immediately returned.

Fox was replaced by Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntingdon-Whitley.

The 25-year-old Fox had said the reason she left the Transformers series was to pursue other acting opportunities. But Bay recently revealed the real reason. "You know the Hitler thing. Steven (Spielberg) said, fire her right now," he was quoted saying in the Daily Mail.

It all started when Fox gave an interview to London's Wonderland Magazine before filming began on the third installment. "[Bay] wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is," she said. "So he's a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he's not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he's so awkward, so hopelessly awkward."

"He has no social skills at all," she continued. "And it's endearing to watch him. He's vulnerable and fragile in real life and then on set he's a tyrant."

Bay later said that he was not hurt by the Hitler comment.

But apparently the damage had been done.

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Gilbert Gottfried Fired by Aflac over Japan Earthquake Jokes

Shawn Ehlers/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The Aflac duck has lost its voice.

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, who's provided the voice of Aflac's signature duck in its commercials for over a decade, has been fired by the insurance company after he tweeted 12 jokes over the weekend that made light of the devastating earthquake in Japan.

In one tweet, he wrote, "I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'They'll be another one floating by any minute now.'"

In another joke, Gottfried said, "Japan is really advanced.  They don't go to the beach.  The beach comes to them."

In a statement, Aflac senior vice president Michael Zuna said, "Gilbert's recent comments about the crisis in Japan were lacking in humor and certainly do not represent the thoughts and feelings of anyone at Aflac."

Aflac noted that Gottfried did not voice the duck in its Japanese commercials.

Following the announcement, Gottfried removed the tweets in question from his Twitter page.´╗┐ He has a reputation for pushing the envelope of what exactly is "too soon" to joke about a tragedy: days after 9-11 he famously joked about it at a celebrity roast -- to the apparent horror of the assembled crowd. Last year, he tweeted a joke about the untimely death of friend and fellow comic Greg Giraldo shortly after he passed away.

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Charlie Sheen Fired from 'Two and a Half Men'

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Looks like Charlie Sheen isn't "winning" anymore.

Warner Brothers Television announced in a statement on Monday that Sheen has been fired.

“After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen’s services on Two and a Half Men effective immediately," the statement said.

CBS Television said they are declining comment at this time.

"This is very good news," Sheen said in a statement to "They continue to be in breach, like so many whales. It is a big day of gladness at the Sober Valley Lodge because now I can take all of the bazillions, never have to look at whatshis[name] again" -- likely a reference to Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre -- "and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension."

Sheen has consistently petitioned to return to the set of the show in the endless series of interviews he's done in the past week.  On Thursday, he told a Philadelphia radio station that he was confident that the show would resume production, saying, "It feels like we're getting close to feels like all parties, myself excluded, are finally waking up."

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban also told that he was in talks with Sheen about collaborating on some new programming for HDNet, which Cuban owns.

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