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Did Eminem give a fan a $450,000 necklace? He hands a blonde concertgoer a bejeweled crucifix at a performance in England

Eminem | BLING IT Eminem (shown here at a 2002 performance) gave a fan a bejeweled crucifix
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BLING IT Eminem (shown here at a 2002 performance) gave a fan a bejeweled crucifix

Lil' Kim is probably gnashing her teeth that she wasn't at Eminem's concert outside London on Monday, where the Detroit rapper gave away a necklace he said was worth $450,000 to a pretty blond fan at the foot of the stage. ''I'm going to give this to the sexiest woman I see,'' he said, before handing the gem to a stunned fan, the BBC reports. ''It looked like a huge diamond-encrusted crucifix,'' concertgoer Toby Friedner told the BBC. ''The girl he gave it to was blond, pretty, wearing glasses and 18 to 20.''

Performing for 65,000 fans at the Milton Keynes Bowl, Eminem responded to British tabloid reports that he'd gone on a diva-like shopping spree in London and had spent $750,000 on jewelry over the past week. ''I would never spend that much on jewelry,'' he told the crowd, according to British music news website NME.com. Then he said, ''I'm not fronting, but this cost me $450,000,'' before giving the bauble away. An onlooker said of the unidentified fan, ''She almost fainted with disbelief, but her friends held her up. At one point, I thought she was going to puke up over Eminem's shoes.''

Eminem's U.S. reps have not confirmed the value of the necklace -- a report in British tabloid the Sun quotes a spokesman as saying it was worth only about $300 -- but there is confirmation, via paparazzi photos that have been published in papers worldwide, of another headline-grabbing stunt. At a Glasgow hotel on Tuesday, Eminem mocked Michael Jackson by appearing at a window to greet fans waiting on the street below. Wearing a surgical mask, Slim produced a plastic blond baby doll, tossed it in the air and caught it, then ducked back inside his room.

Originally posted Jun 25, 2003
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