Palm Beach troubadour Jimmy Buffett is facing Paris Hilton-esque embarrassment.
No, not the sex tapes. In Buffett's case, it's the cellphone, silly!
According to a police report, a busboy in a Delray Beach eatery found Buffett's cell and kept it for a week. After coaxing by Buffett's staff and even wife, Jane Buffett, went awry, it took a visit from Lake Worth cops and a U.S. Secret Service agent to the home of busboy Jason Martin on June 4 for Buffett to get the phone back.
Problem is: The fancy Ericsson's memory card with the names, phone numbers and some addresses of dozens of big-deal Buffett buds is missing.
It may be time for Democratic giants Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Jimmy Carter; country music stars Clint Black, George Strait and Alan Jackson; rap-reggae star Cam'ron; actors George Clooney, Michael Douglas and Harrison Ford; and Microsoft supergeek Bill Gates to change their numbers. Martin says all their info is on the microchip.
"We were sitting around smoking weed and strolling down the list on Jimmy's phone, going 'Wow!' " Martin told Page Two. He said he didn't call anyone on the list. But according to the police report, Martin said some of his friends may have crank-called former President Clinton.
Martin, 22, said he found the $500 phone at 4 a.m. May 29 outside the Cuban joint Brisa Atlantica. Buffett was spotted going wild on the dance floor earlier that morning. No one seemed to miss the phone until May 30, when a Buffett minion dialed the cellphone's number, and Martin answered.
"He said I was a thief and a liar," Martin said. "Then I called Jane's number, and she was nasty to me. So I told them I wouldn't give it back."
When a $200 reward didn't help, the country cross-over singer of It's Five O'Clock Somewhere called the restaurant for help, he told Page Two Monday. Brisa owner Israel Torres then fired Martin and called the cops. Because of the Clinton and Carter entries in the memory, WPB-based Secret Service agent Tim Sturgell also responded. Martin gave the cell back, sans SIM card.
Secret Service spokesman Steve Caruso said there is no active investigation involving Buffett. Lake Worth police didn't return calls for comment, and neither did staff for Clinton, Carter, Clooney and Black. Martin, whose criminal record includes a marijuana-related conviction, wasn't arrested.
"It's a person's worst nightmare," Buffett said. "I had probably left the phone on the restaurant table, but I got it back."
The chip? "There wasn't much on it," he said. "Although whoever had the phone may have called a couple of my contacts." He didn't elaborate, then claimed to have locked the phone's keyboard with a password.
"Not true," Martin said. "I wonder if Jimmy really knows how these things work."