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Comments & Curiosities: Celebs causing commotion

August 07, 2010|By Peter Buffa

Since then, you'd need an iPad to keep track of all her misadventures, but one stands out above all the rest. Kitaen entered the Newport-Mesa Bad Girl/Bad Boy Hall of Fame on April 1, 2002, when she and her then-husband, baseball big dog Chuck Finley, were driving home in Newport Beach after a party.

A difference of opinion transpired, and as Finley was driving, Kitaen emphasized her points by jabbing him repeatedly with her high heels and trying to pull off his ear. See? Beautiful people, fancy cars, Manolo Blahnik lacerations — that's what I'm talking about. Watch and learn, Ms. Lohan, watch and learn.

I will say one thing about having someone stab you with their heels and trying to pull your ear off while you're driving — it makes texting seem not so bad. Kitaen has also been a regular on VH-1's "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," which I am proud to say I have never heard of, let alone seen.


Apparently, it is a reality series with celebrities, sort of, who reveal all, or almost all, about their struggles with addiction. Here is the best part: One of the show's "life coaches" is Gary Busey, who is there to help everyone recover. Yeah. That'll help.

And that brings us to the undisputed Bad Boy King of Newport Beach — Dennis Rodman. It's depressing with Dennis gone I tell you. The place just isn't the same without him. Rodman moved to Newport Beach in 2000 and over the years, the Newport Beach police responded to some 70 calls directing them to the Rodman residence, most of them having to do with loud parties, loud being an understatement.

It was hard not to notice Rodman around town, being 6'8", with a selection of hair colors none of which can be found in nature, and roaring around Newport Harbor in a huge powerboat called "Sexual Chocolate."

Rodman memorialized his own remarkably, um, unique life in a number of autobiographical books, "Bad as I Wanna Be," "Walk on the Wild Side," and his most honest title, in 2005, "I Should Be Dead by Now."

During one of his New York book tours, Rodman revealed that he was going to marry a beautiful, intelligent person. The next day, he stepped from a horse-drawn carriage in full-on wedding day drag, white dress, train, veil and bouquet, and announced that he was marrying himself. Did Rodman do reality TV? Absolutely.

He was a featured guest on — wait for it — "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew." Tawny Kitaen, Dennis Rodman and some mentoring from Gary Busey. What could go wrong?

I think that's it. Kickin' it with Tawny and Dennis the Menace. Lindsay, we hardly knew ye'. You would have loved it here, but I'm sure you can turn Westwood on its head within a week. Free your mind, open your heart, and remember, the first step on the road to recovery — try not to pull anyone's ear off while they're driving. I gotta go.

PETER BUFFA is a former Costa Mesa mayor. His column runs Sundays. He may be reached at

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