Amy Winehouse’s Alleged Crack Video Under Investigation; Plus Pink, Paris Hilton, ‘American Idol’ & More, In For The Record

Pink urges boycott of carriage-horse rides in NYC; footwear line lets you walk in Paris' shoes; 'Idol' contestant has criminal past.

Officers from Scotland Yard have confirmed that they will investigate the video footage of Amy Winehouse apparently smoking drugs from a glass pipe, according to BBC News. “We will assess the footage to ascertain whether any action needs to be taken,” a police official said of the disturbing footage, which was reportedly shot recently. …

Ardent animal activist Pink, along with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is setting her sights on New York carriage horses. The singer has launched a new campaign that urges people to boycott the rides and that supports a recently introduced bill to ban the carriages in the city. “New York should follow the lead of London, Paris, Toronto, Beijing and progressive U.S. cities that have decided horse-drawn carriages and big city traffic don’t mix,” Pink recently told MTV News in exclusive comments about the campaign. “Manhattan’s carriage horses suffer a miserable, solitary life shackled to a carriage and pulling load after heavy load of tourists, many of whom look like they could use the exercise themselves.” … Paris Hilton wants you to walk in her shoes — the heiress will debut her new line of footwear at Macy’s in Costa Mesa, California, on February 8 from 3-6 p.m. The Paris Hilton Footwear Collection will also be available at Kitson, Lord & Taylor and other boutiques, with suggested retail prices ranging from around $60 to $200 per pair. …

“American Idol” got its edge back on Tuesday night, but viewers probably weren’t aware that one of the contestants has a criminal history, according to TMZ.com. Singer Perrie Cataldo — who shared some details about his gritty past with the judges on Tuesday — was reportedly arrested in 2006 for carrying a concealed weapon into a bar in Arizona. He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon and was slapped with a $568 fine, TMZ says. … Jermaine Dupri‘s father, Michael Mauldin, announced Wednesday (January 23) his plans to launch a label based on the popular Scream Tour, which was headed up by T.I. and Ciara last year under the banner “Screamfest ’07.” The Atlantic Records-distributed Scream Star Entertainment will also feature a revamped Web site, ScreamStar.com, which is set to include video highlights from each Scream tour, featuring the likes of Omarion, Ne-Yo and Bow Wow. Last year’s monumental New York stop — which saw Jay-Z, Diddy and Kanye West join T.I. onstage — will also be included in the Scream Tour Anthology that’s scheduled to go live on the site later this week. …

Dr. Jan Adams, the plastic surgeon who operated on Kanye West‘s mother, Donda West, returned to CNN’s “Larry King Live” on Tuesday to discuss the case more than two months after abruptly walking off the set of the show. According to The Associated Press, Adams said the fallout from West’s death has impacted his medical practice “horribly … it’s almost destroyed [it].” West, 58, died at a Los Angeles-area hospital on November 10, a day after Adams performed plastic surgery on her, including a tummy tuck, breast reduction and liposuction. A coroner’s autopsy report found that West most likely died of heart disease coupled with complications after plastic surgery, though an exact cause of death couldn’t be confirmed. “The autopsy said what I expected,” Adams told King, though he would not go into detail, citing patient-doctor privilege. … The wife of Britney Spearspaparazzo pal Adnan Ghalib has reportedly filed for a legal separation from the photographer. People reports that Azlynn Elizabeth Berry cited irreconcilable differences in the papers filed on Friday and is asking for Ghalib to pay spousal support and her attorney’s fees. According to documents, the pair were married on December 18, 2003. The couple have no children. Ghalib’s photo agency, Finalpixx, has said Ghalib has been separated from his wife for more than a year. …

Last.fm has some big news: On Wednesday, the site started offering free streams of full-length tracks and full albums. The site also announced that it will pay artists directly for music it streams. Last.fm claims it got the blessing of the four major labels and now has the biggest collection of music that can be played online for free — legally, of course. … Murs is gathering the masses for the third installment in his underground hip-hop fest, Paid Dues, which will go down March 22 in San Bernardino, California. This year’s roster includes Dilated Peoples, Boot Camp Clik, Living Legends, Sage Francis and Jedi Mind Tricks. … Here’s a blast from the past: Vince Clarke of Depeche Mode and Erasure note has ganged up again with Alison Moyet to perform the first shows by their long-dormant electro-pop group Yaz — or Yazoo, as they are known in the States — in 25 years. In Your Room, a box set with three CDs and one DVD, will drop in May. …

Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr walked off the set of “Live With Regis and Kelly” on Tuesday after being informed he would have to cut in half a performance of the five-minute title track from his new album, Liverpool 8. AP reports that Starr was going to perform the song with friend and former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart. A spokesperson for the show claimed the booking had been made in November and that Starr’s reps agreed at that time to the length of the segment. … Just a week after the Mars Volta release their new album, The Bedlam in Goliath, on Tuesday, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez will drop a solo album called Calibration. Among the guests on the record are fellow MV members Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Juan Alderete and Thomas Pridgen, as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and keyboardist Money Mark. The album is due out February 5 on N20 Records.

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Lily Allen is returning to work after suffering a miscarriage last week, Us Weekly reports. The British songstress will begin shooting her upcoming TV show, “Lily Allen and Friends,” on Wednesday. The show will air on the U.K.’s BBC3. “She has insisted on coming back to work,” a BBC insider told Us. “Obviously it’s tough for her right now, but she is a professional and sees going back to work as a way to focus on something else.” Allen was four months along with her first child with boyfriend Ed Simons, one-half of the Chemical Brothers, when she had the miscarriage. …

Pinhead Gunpowder, a side project for Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, will be playing two very rare shows next month. The band is booked to perform February 3 at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California, and on February 4 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. The last time the band performed live was back in 2001. …

Four eyewitnesses have reportedly stepped forward to support a claim from real-estate agent Gerard Rechnitzer that he was assaulted by Sean “Diddy” Combs at an Oscar party last year. The Associated Press reports that papers filed by Rechnitzer’s attorney contain a witness report from Marianna Ruiz, who said in papers filed last week that Combs struck Rechnitzer unprovoked. “I just kind of remember seeing him go flying, not flying as in like feet off the ground, but he went back significantly,” said Ruiz, who was part of a group at the club with the Rechnitzer. “I was just in shock that somebody would … just kind of strike somebody out of nowhere.” A second witness, Michael Sherman, reportedly said that, “all of a sudden, he hit him. And there was a taxi behind Gerard. Gerard got knocked into the taxi.” Sherman added that Combs then allegedly tried to spit on Ruiz, who was standing nearby. Rechnitzer is seeking unspecified damages in the suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last year over the incident, which took place on February 25, 2007. The suit, which Combs’ attorneys have called “completely baseless,” also claims that the rap impresario pushed Rechnitzer’s girlfriend. …

Paris Hilton had a rather uncomfortable experience the last time she appeared on David Letterman‘s talk show — but not uncomfortable enough to keep her from coming back. Hilton will appear on “The Late Show With David Letterman” on February 1, according to TMZ. During Hilton’s September 28 visit, Letterman asked questions about the heiress’ stint in prison and wouldn’t let up. It will be Hilton’s sixth appearance on the show. In other Hilton news, Us Weekly caught up with the celeb at Sundance to ask about her on-and-off friend Britney Spears. “She’s such a sweet girl when I’m alone with her; she’s a completely different person than she’s made out to be,” Hilton told Us. “And I love her. I think she’s very sweet and has a big heart. She’s amazing.” The “Simple Life” star wished the best for the troubled pop star. “I just want her to be happy,” she said. “I think everything’s going to be OK.” …

Kiefer Sutherland was released from jail early Monday morning after serving 48 days on a drunken driving charge. According to The Associated Press, the “24″ actor was quickly ushered out of a back door of the Glendale, California, jail to avoid the crush of press. Sutherland, who had his own cell and ate alone, reportedly spent most of his jail sentence apart from other inmates, interacting with fellow prisoners only when he was on the way to the laundry room where he worked cleaning sheets, pillowcases and blankets. The actor pleaded no contest in October to driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit of 0.08 percent and was sentenced to 30 days, as well as 18 days for violating probation stemming from a 2004 drunken-driving arrest. …

AFI plan on returning to the same studio where they recorded most of their earliest albums, to begin work on what will be their next LP. Guitarist Jade Puget wrote on the band’s MySpace blog, “We’re currently working on new songs,” and noted that being in the old studio has the band feeling “very nostalgic.” … Why was Gwyneth Paltrow hospitalized last week? Her chef pal Mario Batali says the actress’ trip to New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital was due to “a little gastrointestinal situation,” according to UsMagazine.com. “It’s now been straightened out,” said Batali, who is traveling with Paltrow to Spain in three weeks to shoot a PBS cooking show, set to air in October. Paltrow’s rep issued a statement on Tuesday (January 22), saying, “She is at home and OK.” …

The original lineup of New York hardcore legends Biohazard will reunite for a series of performances this summer in commemoration of the band’s 20th anniversary. Bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld, guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei, drummer Danny Schuler, and guitarist Bobby Hambel have not performed together publicly since 1995. “Biohazard was the single most important chapter in our lives,” Seinfeld said. “Our music brought us together and helped us rise up out of the streets of Brooklyn. Our journey has been an amazing one, and for me, it’s all about my brothers Billy, Bobby and Danny, and of course the fans, whose undying support has never given up on the hopes of a reunion of the original band.” …

Christian metalcore outfit Norma Jean have tapped Spitfire‘s Chris Raines as their new drummer. The announcement ends months of auditions to find a replacement for Daniel Davison, who left in September.