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Hayek touts pride in roots

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Salma Hayek says she is proud to be Mexican and that comments suggesting otherwise were “lost in translation.”

The 45-year-old actress issued a statement Thursday after German Vogue magazine quoted her as saying she “hardly had any memories of what it is to be Mexican.”

“I have never denied my background or my culture,” Hayek says in the statement released by publicist Cari Ross. “I have taught my child to embrace her Mexican heritage, to love my first language, Spanish, to learn about Mexican history, music, folk art, food, and even the Mexican candy I grew up with. I have always been an active part of my community. I have tried my whole life to represent my Mexican roots with honor and pride. It saddens me when my words are lost in translation and taken out of context to hurt the people of Mexico, whom I love.”

Charges filed

Prosecutors say a homeless man has been charged with burglary for allegedly breaking into the California home of LL Cool J, where the actor-rapper subdued him.

Jonathan Kirby was charged Thursday with first-degree burglary with a person present and faces a maximum of 38 years to life in prison if convicted. Los Angeles County prosecutors are asking bail be set at $1.1 million for the 56-year-old, who has been convicted of at least two serious crimes.

Prosecutors say Kirby remains in a hospital with a broken nose, jaw and ribs.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Kenny Baker (R2-D2 in “Star Wars”) is 78. Actor Steve Guttenberg is 54. Talk-show host Craig Kilborn is 50. Singer John Bush is 49. Actress Marlee Matlin is 47. Actor-comedian Dave Chappelle is 39. Actor Carmine Giovinazzo is 39. Actor Chad Michael Murray is 31. Actor Rupert Grint is 24.

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