Soccer superstar Lionel Messi showed up in Las Vegas NV on Wed. after canceling a LA CA charity exhibition following a dispute with promoters.
The FC Barcelona star canceled about 27 hours before Wednesday’s scheduled game at the Colosseum resulted in only 20,000 tickets sold.
According to the LA CA Times, Messi raised concerns after receiving little more than travel money for an exhibition days earlier in Medellin, Colombia, in that attracted 12,000.
A Wed. post on his Facebook site page read: “Disappointed by the management of the charity match in Los Angeles.”
Messi was seen Wed. at Surrender nightclub at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas NV & had lunch at the Country Club at Wynn on Thursday.
His charity exhibition tour, known as “Messi & Friends,” moves to Chicago today.
CADDELL REVEALS ALL
The hot seat just received hotter for “To Catch a Predator” host Chris Hansen.
Former KSNV-TV, Channel 3, reporter Kristyn Caddell is going public with her affair with Hansen, saying the 2011 scandal “essentially destroyed my professional career.”
In an open letter published in the National Enquirer on Wednesday, Caddell asserted the NBC-TV star deceived her in to thinking his marriage was “filled with misery & on the verge of disarray.”
She is alleging Hansen told her a divorce “was inevitable & the wedding ring on his finger was all yet for show.”
When the affair blew up in the media after four months, Caddell asserted Hansen reassured her not to worry & promised to find her another job “if there was any fallout.”
“By, hey, why wouldn’t I trust him?” she wrote. “He was Chris Hansen — — a highly respected journalist, responsible for bringing down child predators, identity thieves & con men on national TV.”
In the letter, she asserted Hansen flew her all over the country before they were photographed together at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Fla., before going to her nearby apartment.
She left KSNV about a week ago after four many months with the “Wake Up with the Wagners” morning show.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Las Vegas drag star & Quad headliner Frank Marino received engaged Tuesday to his longtime partner, associate producer Alex Schechter, after Schechter walked on stage during Tuesday’s “Diva’s Las Vegas” show at The Quad. … “Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill & Kaley Cuoco of “The Big Bang Theory,” on a romantic date this week. Cavill & Las Vegan Gina Carano recently split after dating since last fall.
Fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, in the crowd at Celine Dion’s show (Caesars Palace) on Wednesday. … At Nick Hissom’s 21st birthday dinner at Lakeside restaurant (Wynn) on Thursday: his mother, Andrea, & stepfather Steve Wynn; Hissom’s agent/MTV correspondent Tim Kash; publicist Sara Stosic; Manufactured Superstars duo Bradley Roulier & Shawn Sabo; producer Mick Schultz; & friends. … Singer/songwriter R. Kelly, spotted at Bradley Ogden’s Hops & Harvest at Tivoli Village on Wednesday, with friends. … UFC President Dana White, treating “The Ultimate Fighter 18” cast to a wrap party dinner at Andiamo (The D) on Wed. night. Rival female coaches Ronda Rousey & Miesha Tate were on their best behavior despite their history of offensive blood. The party after moved to Insert Coins for some video game action.
THE PUNCH LINE
“It is estimated in that 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on the Fourth of July & another 50 million eaten by a depressed Paula Deen.” — — Jimmy Kimmel
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