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By United Press International   |   Dec. 11, 2012 at 8:40 AM

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ROYAL PHONE PRANK: Mel Greig and Michael Christian, the Australian radio personalities fired for a prank call to a London hospital, say they are sorry the stunt ended in tragedy.

Pretending to be Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Greig called the hospital where pregnant Kate Middleton, Prince William's wife, was being treated for extreme morning sickness and inquired about her condition last Tuesday.

Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who handled the phone call and unwittingly discussed the duchess' health on the radio, was found dead of an apparent suicide Friday.

"Unfortunately, I remember that moment very well because I haven't stopped thinking about it since it happened," Greig tearfully told Channel 7's "Today Tonight" program about when she learned of the death of the nurse and mother of two children. "I remember my first question was, 'Was she a mother?' ... We couldn't believe that it had worked. ... We thought 100 people before us would've tried the same thing. ... We just wanted to be hung up on. We wanted to be hung up on with our silly voices and wanted a 20-second segment to air of us doing stupid voices."

Greig admitted the prank was her idea and told "A Current Affair": "I've thought about this a million times in my head that I've wanted to just reach out to them and just give them a big hug and say, 'Sorry.' And I hope they're OK. I really do."

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. quoted Christian as saying he hopes Saldanha's family is getting "the love, the support, the care that they need."


KEVIN CLASH: A fourth man has claimed he had a sexual relationship with former "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash when he was a minor, court documents in New York show.

Clash, who provided the voice for iconic red monster Elmo for more than 20 years on "Sesame Street," recently resigned from the pre-school television program to focus on his legal troubles.

He has denied any wrongdoing in the three previous cases, but has not responded to requests for comment regarding the latest allegations, TMZ said Monday.

The fourth accuser filed the lawsuit against Clash, now 52, in federal court in Manhattan under the name John Doe.

In the legal papers, he said he met Clash in Miami Beach, Fla., in 1995 or 1996, while Doe was 16 or 17, then traveled to New York where Clash lives and had sex with him on multiple occasions, TMZ said.

This is the third lawsuit brought against Clash this year. The first accuser settled out of court and agreed not to pursue litigation, but has since expressed regret about the decision.


'BROKEN:' "Broken" was named the Best British Independent Film of 2012 and its cast member Rory Kinnear Best Supporting Actor at a ceremony in London.

Peter Strickland took home the Best Director prize for "Berberian Sound Studio" and its star, Toby Jones, was declared Best Actor. The film also earned the accolades for Best Achievement in Production and Best Technical Achievement.

Andrea Riseborough won the Best Actress honor for "Shadow Dancer" and Olivia Colman the Best Supporting Actress prize for "Hyde Park on Hudson" at the 15th Moet British Independent Film Awards.

The ceremony took place Sunday night at Old Billingsgate. Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt, a cast member of "The Hobbit," served as host of the event.

"It is wonderful to see so many films acknowledged by our jury which goes to prove what a strong year 2012 has been for British independent film," directors of the awards, Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, said in a statement.

"We were delighted that so many of the winners were with us tonight to collect their awards and celebrate our 15th birthday, along with a number of previous winners, patrons, and friends of BIFA. We are extremely proud that The Moet British Independent Film Awards continues to highlight the extraordinary talent that is so plentiful within British independent filmmaking today."


BUSY PHILIPPS: Busy Philipps' publicist says the U.S. television actress is pregnant with her second child.

Philipps, 33, is best known for her work on "Dawson's Creek," "Freaks and Geeks" and "Cougar Town." She is married to screenwriter Marc Silverstein, the father of her 4-year-old daughter Birdie Leigh.

Philipps announced her news by posting a photo of a positive pregnancy test on Twitter Monday.

"So this happened ...," she tweeted.

People.com confirmed the actress' pregnancy with her publicist.

The baby's gender and anticipated birth date were not reported.

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