Here's Why You Won't See Some Celebrities at the Inaugural Balls

Entertainment advocacy group tells its celebrities not to attend other events.

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Television personality Chelsea Handler, left, and Chelsea Clinton attend Glamour Magazine's 22nd annual "Women of the Year Awards" at Carnegie Hall on Monday Nov. 12, 2012 in New York.
Television personality Chelsea Handler, left, and Chelsea Clinton attend Glamour Magazine's 22nd annual "Women of the Year Awards" at Carnegie Hall on Monday Nov. 12, 2012 in New York.

Those hoping to spot a star inauguration weekend may come away with nothing, as far fewer celebrities are expected to be in D.C. for Obama's second time around. And to make matters worse, Whispers hears that one entertainment advocacy group is keeping the talent it's bringing to town on lockdown.

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The Creative Coalition, which has raised millions for past presidential elections and pushes for greater funding of the arts in Washington, is bringing Kirsten Dunst, Chelsea Handler, Paula Abdul, John Leguizamo, Evan Handler, Omar Epps, David Arquette, and a number of other A-listers to town. But those celebrities have been told they can't attend outside events, including the two official inaugural balls, a plethora of state society balls, the Kennedy Center's Latino Inaugural Performance Gala, the Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball hosted by Russell Simmons, and the Generation Now Party hosted by Jessica Alba.

Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk confirmed to Whispers that the stars aren't allowed to attend outside events, even though the entertainment nonprofit's ball is on a different night than many of the other galas.

"We're bringing them for our event, and our celebrities have a very full schedule," Bronk says. "You can't be in two places at the same time."

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Some stars may try, as Whispers hears that one celebrity with the Creative Coalition told another nonprofit hosting an event that he may be a rebel and attend.

Most ordinary folk have little hope of attending the Creative Coalition ball, where tickets for a couple start at $10,000 and where VIP admission for a group of 50 can cost as much as $100,000.

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  • Elizabeth Flock is a staff writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook or reach her at eflock@usnews.com.