Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand has been left baffled after fans accused her of rigging a "cute pet" competition so her friend could win a prize to watch her in concert.

cute pet competition so her friend could win a prize to watch her in concert

The veteran singer is due to play at notorious jazz venue Village Vanguard in New York on 26 September (09) - 48 years after she appeared there to open for legendary musician Miles Davis.

Two tickets for the gig were put up as top prize in a dog contest - which Streisand's friend Marilyn Smart's pooch Dina won on Monday (14Sep09).

Smart boasted about her win on her online blog, telling readers she scooped a "round-trip airfare for two, hotel accommodations, and two ticketsto attend Barbra Streisand's concert".

But fans of Streisand were outraged when it emerged Smart is also a dogbreeder who supplied the singer with her pet, Sammy.

They bombarded Streisand's website with complaints alleging it was "a scam", according to New York Post gossip column PageSix - and competition organisers have now selected a new winner, after Streisand's spokesperson admitted the choice was "inappropriate".

The star's representative, Dick Guttman, says, "Barbra does know Marilyn Smart. Barbra did not participate in the selection because she has beenaway on a boat in Europe. She knows nothing about this. "This was an inappropriate selection and arrangements are being made torectify the situation.

The tickets will be given to the next runner-up". A spokesman from Columbia Records added, "This is a complete accident which I cannot quite believe happened.

We had no idea that the winner was Sammy's breeder until it was pointed out to us by fans.

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