Diddy caused chaos when trying to exit 1Oak on Sunday, as a swarm of fans surrounded the club. Then an undercover cop asked him to go back inside and he refused, at which point patrol cars arrived to shut down 17th Street so the rapper could make a safe getaway. And so, a few minutes later when Mickey Rourke ambled down the street toward 1Oak, officers turned him away, telling him the street was off-limits. Jessica Alba and Amanda Bynes just went and got themselves security-guard escorts. Janet Jackson celebrated a successful tribute to her brother by rolling up to the Griffin with a fifteen-person entourage as “Smooth Criminal” blasted in the background. The She-Pratt’s credit card was declined at the 40/40 VMA party, so she left and made Holly Montag pay for her Champagne. Then Pratt started “hysterically crying” at the In Touch party, where Kim Kardashian asked to meet Gerard Butler, but he said “No thank you.” Even though he’s still dating his high-school sweetheart, Rafael Nadal was flirting with Shakira at Nobu Tribeca. And Russell Brand kissed Katy Perry at Lady Gaga’s VMA after-party at Avenue, and, according to an onlooker, “it didn’t look like this was his first time.”
Anna Wintour didn’t move when a ball landed right in front of her during Sunday’s U.S. Open match, despite the crowd screaming, “Anna, get the ball!” Realizing proper sporting etiquette, she eventually fetched the ball and put it in her purse, resulting in cheers from surrounding fans. En route to a gig in Atlantic City, Joan Rivers’s limo sideswiped an MTA bus, causing a traffic tie-up at 40th and Lexington. At a tribute to Bea Arthur yesterday, fellow Golden Girl Rue McClanahan told a heartwarming story of how Arthur once called Betty White a cunt. Jeremy Piven issued the Public Theater a “cease and desist” letter over their latest production, The Piven Monologues, a comedy about his mercury poisoning and subsequent pullout from Speed-the-Plow. Top Model semifinalist Brittany “Bre” Scullark was arrested at an NYC Starbucks yesterday after stealing another woman’s laptop and “cussing her out” when she asked for it back. And Kanye West blames the pain from his mother’s death two years ago for his ambush of Taylor Swift’s VMA speech and plans to take time off to analyze his behavior, admitting, “I am a celebrity, and that’s something I have to deal with.”
Tinsley Mortimer is “not dynamic enough” for her own reality show, so producers have been trying to get other socialites to go on-camera with her, but “no one legitimate wants to do it.” Meanwhile, Topper’s been canoodling around Fashion Week events with Vogue editor Valerie Boster. Cindy Crawford sipped a glass of wine while hubby Randy Gerber downed shots of tequila with Justin Timberlake at Southern Hospitality. Entourage’s Jerry Ferrara and Jamie-Lynn Sigler hung out with Yankee outfielder Nick Swisher and Gossip Girl’s Joanna Garcia at Hi-Life. 50 Cent took the entire studio audience of Rachael Ray’s show to lunch at Palm Too. Sean Penn got cozy with his latest lady, Jessica White, over dinner at Hotel Griffou, then he escorted her up to his room at the Mercer Hotel. Simon Hammerstein and Randy Weiner, the brains behind raunchy Chrystie Street cabaret the Box, are opening Purgatorio, a similarly scandalous venue in the old China Club space at 47th and Eighth. Colin Farrell knocked up his girlfriend. And officials won’t let Elton John adopt a 14-month-old Ukrainian orphan because he’s unmarried and “too old.” But it’s okay for Jon Gosselin to have eight kids?