Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is facing more legal woes - for attending a party.

The US PROBATION DEPARTMENT is looking into whether the domestic diva - currently under house arrest as part of her sentence for having lied to federal investigators about a stock sale - violated the terms of her punishment by attending a TIME magazine dinner last week (ends22APR05).

CHRIS STANTON, chief federal probation officer for the Southern District of New York, says, "We're going to do some investigating to see if this event was directly related to her employment."

Stanton reportedly granted an initial request by Stewart, 63, to attend the star-studded gala, which celebrated Time's 100 Most Influential People issue - one of them being Stewart.

Investigators wish to review the nature of and the activities at the affair, and compare them to Stewart's written request to attend the party, which included the likes of Nicole Kidman, Barbara Walters, Donald Trump and Melissa Etheridge as guests.

Stanton says Stewart's attendance required a "specific and concrete" link to her employment and added that going to a high profile party simply for publicity or to raise her profile in the business community is "not good enough" a reason.

Martha Stewart spokeswoman ELIZABETH ESTROFF says in a statement, "When Time Magazine recognises Martha Stewart, (MARTHA STEWART LIVING OMNIMEDIA's founder) as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, our company benefits from that honour.

Having Martha present at industry events where she is honoured and recognised for her achievements - whether or not they hand out awards - is valuable to us."

26/04/2005 09:09