USHER had a bizarre request when performing at the slick Belvedere Vodka Red Special launch in LA this week. My mole at the event tells me: "There were five girls standing by the rope at the entrance and they couldn't get in. Someone then came out and said 'these are Usher's girlfriends you have to let them in or he won't perform'." Fortunately said girls got in and Usher did a blinder of a set.
ELSEWHERE at the Belvedere bash BETH DITTO told my reporter on the red carpet: "I'm wearing VIVIENNE WESTWOOD because it comes in extra large! At least some designers know how to cater for women like me - not just stick insects!" Too right. THE Brit contingency were there in the form of former Pop Idol DARIUS (DANESH) CAMPBELL and rather tipsy former EastEnders hotty SEAN MAGUIRE. My girl revealed: "Sean was drunk off his rocker and slurring." Meanwhile PARIS and NICKY HILTON downed vodka and Paris kept taking pictures of herself on her Blackberry.