Celebrity Roundup: May 18, 2012

By Sam Lansky 05/18/12

The newly-sober "Situation" returns to Jersey Shore, Rachel Uchitel gives birth, and hanger-on sues over Whitney Houston coke-dealer claims.

A sober summer beckons for The Situation. Photo via

After heading to rehab, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino seems to have cleaned up his hard-partying ways. But now the Jersey Shore star is going to have to find a way to stir up drama without imbibing. New court documents suggest that the show will begin shooting its sixth season later this month—the timing was previously up in the air given his, er, situation. Good to hear that MTV is taking a shot on Mike. Now he's not drinking, it'll be interesting to see what he's gonna do all summer.

From mistress to mama, Celebrity Rehab alumna Rachel Uchitel—best known for being Tiger Woods’ mistress—gave birth this week. The child, a baby girl named Wyatt Lily, was her first with former Penn State football player Matt Hahn; the couple tied the knot last October. Sounds like the former bad girl is settling down—or at least saving the Ambien sex for nights when the baby’s with the in-laws.

News broke yesterday that Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s estranged wife Mary Kennedy, who struggled with substance abuse for many years, was found dead in their Bedford, New York home. More details have now trickled out, including her cause of death: asphyxiation by hanging, which leads to the probable assumption that Kennedy committed suicide. The Bedford Police Department reports that it was an “unattended death,” meaning there were no other witnesses.

A beauty queen with the pageant-friendly name of Tori Vance, who holds the tiara for Miss Arizona Teen USA 2010, was arrested for driving under the influence after making an illegal U-turn in Los Angeles; she later failed the field sobriety test. Vance reportedly had plans to compete for Miss California 2013.

The name Raffles Van Exel has been making the rounds lately; he’s a celebrity hanger-on who was known to party with the likes of Whitney Houston and Natalie Cole. Some sources even allege that Van Exel was supplying Houston with cocaine in the days before her death; now, he’s gearing up to begin suing the outlets making those allegations. While Van Exel describes himself as “a private consultant to the stars,” TMZ declares, “No one really knows who he is or what he does.”

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