Friday, March 25, 2005

Insanity Becomes Her

Paula is no longer crazy cool...she's just crazy.


"No Idol Moment for Paula"

March 25, 2005 -- "AMERICAN Idol" judge Paula Abdul had a meltdown in Malaysia, lashing out at a friend when she found out she might go to jail on a hit-and-run charge back home.

Abdul flew to Kuala Lumpur last Friday for the Force of Nature Tsunami Aid benefit as the guest of the King and Queen of Malaysia. She joined the likes of Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Jackie Chan, Bai Ling, Joey Fatone and the Black Eyed Peas. Abdul introduced Hill at a gala concert.

The next day, however, Abdul was at her suite at the Kuala Lumpur Ritz-Carlton when she learned that Los Angeles authorities planned to file a criminal charge against her for a hit-and-run incident she was involved in last December, which carries a maximum penalty of up to six months in jail.

Abdul was scheduled to have tea with the king and queen at the Malaysian Royal Palace on Saturday but refused to leave her bed, our source reports. A girlfriend who accompanied her on the trip told her she had to pull herself together and attend, since the royals were footing the bill. But when Abdul and her pal returned to the hotel, the pop star flipped out.

Abdul scratched her friend's face and the fracas was seen by a Ritz-Carlton staffer who entered the room. Before long, word of the fisticuffs spread among the other celebs staying at the hotel.

We're told that Abdul finally cooled off, but the next day, she flipped out again during her flight back to California with the friend. She threw a bracelet at her pal and screamed that the friend "owed her money" for a hamburger she'd consumed at the hotel.

Asked about our source's account, Abdul's representative, Joe DePlasco, told PAGE SIX's Jared Paul Stern: "She had a great time in Malaysia and enjoyed her visit to the palace. She was upset when she heard about the stories related to the accident, which was resolved. And she wasn't feeling well because of a bout with the flu. But that's about it."

The hit-and-run matter was settled in court yesterday when Abdul got off with paying for repairs to the other car and a fine.

In the December incident, Abdul was driving her Mercedes when she clipped another car and allegedly fled the scene. Her lawyer said Abdul was unaware any damage had been done at first but "immediately took full responsibility" when she found out otherwise.


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