Veteran actress Goldie Hawn falsely accused American chat show host STAR JONES yesterday (04MAY05) of spreading rumours live on air that the PRIVATE BENJAMIN star had split from longterm lover Kurt Russell last year (04).

The incident occurred when Hawn appeared on ABC show The View to promote her autobiography A LOTUS GROWS IN THE MUD, but Jones strongly denied the accusation as producers scrambled to uncover the archived footage.

After Jones' denial, Hawn snapped, "Yes you did. I know you did it."

But when the original footage rolled, it was clear TV veteran BARBARA WALTERS was responsible for wrongly claiming Hawn and Russell had split up.

Hawn's spokesman tells New York website PAGESIX.COM his client will personally telephone Jones today (05MAY05) to apologise for the false accusation.

05/05/2005 17:26