Former MELROSE PLACE star Lisa Rinna tore into Britney Spears' position as a role model at a Hollywood charity event last week (ends07MAY04).

TV host Rinna, who is married to Harry Hamlin and has two young children Delilah and AMELIA, spoke at a luncheon to raise money for the Peace4KIDS organisation, which provides support and entertainment for foster children.

At the bash PEOPLE magazine's managing editor MARTHA NELSON, TV producer CARYN MANDABACH and Malcolm In The Middle actress Jane Kaczmarek were honoured for their work.

Rinna pinpointed Spears as a bad role model for young girls, ranting, "It scares me to death having two young daughters, that Britney Spears is one of the world's role models."

The Days Of Our Lives actress went on to praise Madonna's work over her recent, more modest years - despite the MATERIAL GIRL's early stage performances and image shocking parents in the '80s and '90s.

Rinna enthuses, "I love what she's putting out there now. I also study Kabbalah and I think her message is right on the money. I think it's brilliant."

11/05/2004 17:36