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The National Enquirer claims Mel Gibson is drinking again.
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updated 10/4/2006 1:53:18 AM ET 2006-10-04T05:53:18

Has Mel Gibson fallen off the wagon?

The star — who publicly sought help for his alcoholism less than two months ago — was spotted drinking beer in Austin, Texas, according to the upcoming issue of the National Enquirer.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes. Mel Gibson was swigging a Bud with two adoring young women hanging on his every word,” the tab quotes a musician named Steven Smith as saying. Smith claims that the alleged incident occurred at Stubb's Bar-B-Q on Sept. 22 at around 1:15 a.m. According to Smith, about 75 people were at the bar, but Gibson and his group were in an area that was “cordoned off so no one could bother him.”

Another unnamed source backs up the claim, telling the Enquirer “He definitely was drinking Budweiser. I saw him.”

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Gibson was arrested on a drunk-driving charge on July 28 and erupted in an anti-Semitic tirade. On Aug. 17, he pleaded no contest; he was sentenced to three years probation and went into an out-patient treatment for his alcoholism.

Gibson was in Austin for the screening of his new movie, “Apocalypto,” but his rep insists that he drank no alcohol during the trip.

“The story’s not true,” spokesman Alan Neirob told The Scoop. “He wasn’t drinking anything alcoholic.

Torn between two lovers
Looks like Nick Lachey’s sweetie and his ex are battling for his attention.

Vanessa Minnillo’s romance with Lachey is getting serious, but the buzz is that he’s feeling the tension between her and his former wife Jessica Simpson.

Minnillo is eager to move forward with the romance, but “Jess can’t seem to move on,” an “insider close to Nick” told Life & Style Weekly. “She’s clinging to Nick for dear life.”

Simpson has been calling Lachey “repeatedly” according to the mag, and his attention to Simpson is making Minnillo insecure.

“Nick’s getting it from all sides,” the source told L&S. “He’s trying to keep both women happy, but he’s stretching himself too thin.”

Notes from all over
Will Paris Hilton start raising a racket with Andy Roddick? The partying heiress and the tennis star were “inseparable” during a party at Tao’s in Las Vegas, according to In Touch Weekly. They reportedly were later spotted smooching at the nightclub Pure. . . . Meanwhile, Kevin Connolly wants to marry Paris’ kid sister, Nicky Hilton, according to Star. Hilton’s supposedly a little altar-shy, however, because her marriage to money manager Todd Meister lasted only six weeks. . . Martha Stewart says she still doesn’t quite understand why she was put in jail. “When I say I really don’t know what I was accused of, I mean that,” Stewart tells Life magazine. “It was a very difficult time in American business. The clamping down on business behavior, the intense scrutiny on very visible figures in America — I was one of them, because I was the first woman to make a billion dollars in America, herself. So I sold some stock, and I was accused of doing something around that sale that really didn’t make too much sense, and I had to go to jail because I defended myself.”

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