MISCELLANEOUS

Star secrets no longer safe

SYDNEY: Australian model Elle Macpherson and actors Sharon Stone, Courteney Cox, Sean Penn, Halle Berry, Meg Ryan and Drew Barrymore are among the hundreds of celebrities whose profiles have been handed over to the tabloids by local police officers. The Los Angeles Police Department has launched an internal investigation into the use of its computer database by policemen who are on the payroll of America's supermarket tabloids. According to a report in The Courier-Mail, one of the officers, Kelly Chrisman, is believed to have been paid up to $15,000 a year for the information. During testimony in his misconduct case, Chrisman (35) acknowledged tapping databases for information on celebrities and being assigned by LAPD officials to devise a computerised map to alert patrol officers to nearby VIP residences whenever trouble "brewed" near Beverly Hills and Hollywood. — ANI

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