Date: 22nd December 2000
Hollywood hunk RUSSELL CROWE had a near run-in with his girlfriend's enraged husband - and only escaped thanks to pal JIM BELUSHI.
The GLADIATOR heart-throb and lover MEG RYAN insist the breakup of Meg's marriage to DENNIS QUAID had nothing to do with her romance with Russell, but friends fear a meeting between the two love rivals would be disastrous.
So when Antipodean beefcake Russell decided to pop into LA's HOUSE OF BLUES for a drink, Belushi - the club's part-owner - was quick to warn him INNER SPACE star Quaid was already inside. Russell took the hint - and left in a hurry. (NFA/NE/KW)