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'Whitney Houston was murdered'

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Monday, December 31, 2012    

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Whitney Houston was murdered by drug dealers and a new surveillance video proves it, a Hollywood private investigator is claiming. Paul Huebl says he has turned over evidence to the FBI that shows the 48-year-old singer was killed over a drug debt in February.

The medical examiner ruled that she drowned in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel after taking a cocktail of cocaine, marijuana and several legal drugs.

The National Enquirer is reporting that Huebl believes the troubled star was targeted by several "high-powered drug dealers who sent thugs to collect a huge debt she owed for drugs". She owed $1.5 million to dealers, according to some reports. However, Huebl told MailOnline that he doesn't know for certain that Houston was killed — only that evidence he collected could point in that direction. He says that the star received a delivery of cocaine to her room the day before her death and could be heard saying, "I'm tired of this sh*t." He says Houston had previously been subjected to harassment by dealers trying to collect on her debt. Huebl says he obtained surveillance video that shows two unknown men who repeatedly went to the Beverly Hilton and integrated themselves into Houston's entourage. The private investigator claims these are the men who may have slipped into Houston's hotel room and killed her. He also disagrees with the Los Angeles County Coroner's ruling that the star's death was 'accidental' "Whitney's body shows classic defence wounds that would have occurred while she was battling for her life," he said.

However, Huebl conceded that the marks on her hands and fingernails could have been obtained in some other ways and that they were only 'suspected' defensive wounds.

The private investigator said he also has evidence that Houston's hotel room was ransacked, showing further hints of a violent struggle. Huebl says he gave his evidence to the Chicago field office of the FBI in the hopes that the agency will open a criminal investigation. "I think that if you put all these things together, they do kind of spell homicide, with a big, red capital 'H',"he told MailOnline.

The FBI did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A message left with Beverley Hills police was not immediately returned. Heubl, a former Chicago police officer who became an actor after he retired, says he conducted the investigation after being hired by a client who did not believe the official reports on Houston's death.

He believes Beverley Hills police did not fully investigate Houston's death because they did not want to bring the negative attention to Beverly Hills or to the Beverly Hilton.

Huebl would not say who hired him.

— Daily Mail

Kate Moss as stylist for next year's X Factor

There were some style successes and a whole load of fashion faux pas on the last series of The X Factor. Clearly in need of a little expert advice when it comes to the judges' and contestants' fashion choices, Simon Cowell is allegedly set to hire Kate Moss as a style consultant for next year's show. Universally acknowledged as one of the best dressed women in the world, the British supermodel could join the show as a stylist in a bid to shake things up and attract more fashion-conscious viewers. Speaking to The Daily Mirror, a show insider said: "Simon is looking at ways of refreshing the show and one idea he will bring to the table is getting Kate Moss on board. He knows how important the styling of the contestants is and having a supermodel and a world-famous name on board would certainly raise the bar," added the source.

While judges Nicole Scherzinger and Tulisa tried to keep things interesting in the style stakes during the last series, it seems that Simon was not impressed with their sartorial choices. The famously private supermodel, who has admitted to being a fan of TV reality and talent shows in the past, could be set to inject some of her trademark edgy style to the flagging ITV series.

"Kate could give the contestants advice and ideas on how they want to look and also how to look after themselves and still look great in the years ahead," said the source.

Tulisa's fashion choices hitting a bum note with viewers this year, and her future on the show is hanging in the balance after viewing figures plummeted during the last series. It seems that boss Simon could be trying to make some significant changes for next year, and is due to meet with the show's executive producer Richard Holloway when he returns from holiday.

But while no firm plans have yet been made, Simon will have to move fast if he's going to secure Kate in time for next year, as the model is in demand as ever.

— Daily Mail

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