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Nicole Richie stubs out smoking rumors

She says it’s ‘sad and hurtful that journalists don’t believe in checking facts’
/ Source: Access Hollywood

Mommy-to-be Nicole Richie is stubbing out media reports that claim she was seen smoking while pregnant.

“It’s really very sad and hurtful that journalists don’t believe in checking facts before writing false and unsubstantiated stories about my health and my pregnancy,” Richie wrote in a statement released to “Access Hollywood.” “The healthy birth of my child is my number one priority.”

A report that Richie was smoking while pregnant first surfaced in Cindy Adams’ gossip column in the New York Post on Monday.

Adams’ article claimed Richie lit up on two occasions on the same day — outside DaSilvano and again outside of Nobu. No specific date was given for the incident.

Richie has not been in New York since early September, “Access” has learned.