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Britney Spears sued by dancer over broken nose

Britney Spears is being sued by a dancer who claims the Baby One More Time singer broke her nose during a rehearsal then refused to pay her medical bills, NBC News reported.

Britney Spears, pictured in March, is being sued by a dancer who says the singer broke her nose. Credit: Reuters

Dawn Noel filed the lawsuit in in Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday, claiming she was injured in August last year during a rehearsal for Spears' video for her single Work Bitch.

Noel claims the 32-year-old singer arrived "in a disheveled and confused state" and had difficulty with "fairly basic" dance moves.

The complaint alleges: "Britney twirled in an unbalanced and reckless manner, arms extended out to her sides, and forcefully backhanded (Noel) in the face."

According to the complaint, Spears and her management firm Reign Deer Entertainment initially agreed to pay the dancer's medical bills but later advised her that they would not pay for her treatment, the suit alleges.

Britney Spears' hits used in fight against Somali pirates

Britney Spears has been revealed as the navy's secret weapon in their fight against Somali pirates.

Hits from Britney Spears are played at full volume to deter pirates. Credit: Lionel Hahn/ABACA USA

The US popstar's hits, including Oops! I Did It Again and Baby One More Time, are blasted out at full volume to deter kidnap attacks from pirates who "can't stand Western culture or music".

Merchant navy officer Rachel Owens, who works on supertankers off the east coast of Africa, told the Metro: "Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most. These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect."

"It’s so effective the ship’s security rarely needs to resort to firing guns. As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can," she added.

The navy's ships are in constant danger from pirates and in 2011 there were 176 attacks from bandits off the coast of Africa, according to the newspaper.

However, some methods to deter the pirates have been ruled out as being too extreme, with Steven Jones of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry telling the paper: "I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention."

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'Think before you ink' tattoo vetting service launched

A "think before you ink" vetting service has been launched by a university translator for people who want a tattoo of foreign words or symbols on their bodies but are wary of misspelt body art, according to The Times (£).

David Beckham had a misspelt tattoo on his left forearm. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

David Beckham and Britney Spears have been previous victims of the misspelt tattoo, with the football star having the word "Vihctoria" in Sanskrit inked on his forearm.

The US popstar wanted a Chinese symbol tattoo that meant "mysterious" but ended up with the word "strange".

Sharon Stephens, who set up Veritas Language Solutions, told the newspaper that one client turned up with a Chinese tattoo that said "sweet and sour chicken" instead of his request "live and let live".

She added that another example of a misspelt tattoo was a woman who wanted an "I love David" tattoo in Hebrew on her back but after using an internet translation tool she ended up with: "Babylon is the world’s leading dictionary and translation software".

Miley Cyrus 'wanted to make history' in performance

Miley Cyrus has broken her silence over her controversial performance at the MTV Video Music Awards when her twerking dance moves caused uproar.

Cyrus reportedly said: "I don't pay attention to the negative because I've seen this play out so many times.

"How many times have we seen this play out in pop music? Madonna's done it. Britney's done it. Every VMA performance, that's what you're looking for; you're wanting to make history."

Miley Cyrus twerks during her performance with Robin Thicke at the VMA Awards. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The 20-year-old singer was speaking in a video on MTV.com, cannot be viewed in the UK.

Cyrus did not take home any awards on the night but almost stole the show with her raunchy duet alongside Robin Thicke, who was performing his hit "Blurred Lines".

Britney Spears splits from fiance Jason Trawick

Britney Spears has confirmed she has split from her fiance Jason Trawick, her former agent.

Spears, 31, said in a statement, "Jason and I have decided to call off our engagement. I'll always adore him and we will remain great friends".

The couple began dating in May 2010, and got engaged in December 2011.

Britney Spears and Jason Trawick got engaged in December 2011 Credit: PA Wire

Trawick, 41, said of their break-up, "As this chapter ends for us a new one begins. I love and cherish her and her boys and we will be close forever".

They announced their split the same day that Spears confirmed she would not be a judge on the next season of "The X Factor" in the US.

The singer said of her departure, "I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens, but it's time for me to get back in the studio".

Britney Spears sets up Twitter page for her new puppy

Britney Spears has set up a new Twitter page - for her dog Hannah.

The puppy is proving popular and already has over 6,000 followers.

Hannah started tweeting immediately after the account was set up.

The page started with a simple tweet - "woof" but Hannah soon found much more to say.

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Lawsuit dismissed against Britney Spears and parents

Pop star Britney Spears. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A Los Angeles judge dismissed a lawsuit by the one-time confidante of pop star Britney Spears, ruling that there was not enough evidence to go forward with the trial on allegations of defamation, assault and breach of contract.

It is "the right thing to do," Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bruguera said after hearing two weeks of evidence in the civil trial, which has lifted the lid on the singer's controversial career and personal meltdown five years ago, Reuters reports.

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