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Angelina's Fake Birth and the Curious Case of Her Fake Assistant

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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(Photo: Getty Images) This whole Angelina Jolie-Entertainment Tonight feud, which we're just now taking a close look at, is totally bizarre, even by the admittedly bizarre standards that generally apply to rules of engagement inside the celebrity-industrial complex.

To recap: On May 30, ET, the highest-rated celeb news program on television, reported on its website that Jolie finally gave birth to the twins that she's mostly denied carrying for the past nine months. ET sent out an e-mail to a bunch of media outlets confirming the birth before going to air, but didn't cite the source in the segment. (Host Mary Hart said only that the source was "inside the delivery room.")

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Of course, it turns out Jolie didn't actually pop any kids out, which left the show's producers standing around with egg on their face. When pressed about the erroneous story, ET said the source was Jolie's assistant, Holly Goline, who would appear to be credible. Evidently not: According to a report in the Associated Press today, ET went ahead with the story even after learning that the Holly Goline they talked to wasn't the real Holly Goline ... but rather an imposter.

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