Eavesdropping In: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin To Sing At Whitney Houston's Funeral; Anthony Shadid Dies Of Asthma Attack In Syria; LA Sheriff's Deputy Arrested For Lewd Acts On Child; Late Bijan Sued For Sexual Harassment; Amanda Knox $4 Million Book Deal

by Emily Green · February 17, 2012

Both Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin are expected to sing at Whitney Houston's invite-only funeral in Newark, New Jersey tomorrow which will be streamed live online for all to see. [KTLA]

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times journalist who bravely covered stories of conflict in the Middle East, Anthony Shadid dies of an apparent asthma attack at age 43 in Syria while on a trip to report the uprising against the president. [HuffPo]

Oscar Rodriguez, a 10-year veteran deputy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, is arrested for allegedly committing lewd acts on a child while off duty, is being held on $100k bail. [KABC]

Former assistant to Bijan, the late fashion designer of the "most expensive store in the world" in Beverly Hills who died suddenly last April, is suing him (his estate?) for sexual harassment. [TMZ]

Amanda Knox has reportedly signed a $4 million book deal with HarperCollins for a tell-all about her murder conviction in Italy, imprisonment and subsequent acquittal. [KTLA]