BILLY BOB SHOWS OFF A NEW BEAUTY

Published on: August 22, 2002

Billy Bob Thornton is showing off a new hottie who's less than half his age -- brunette beauty Danielle Dotzenrod. And the pair recently spent a night at the star's cozy Hollywood bungalow!

After the 47-year-old actor's wife Angelina Jolie filed for divorce and Billy Bob's ex-wife Pietra split from her husband David Bryson, it looked like Billy Bob was getting back with Pietra.

But quicker than you can say "The Man Who Wasn't There," the "Man" is squiring knockout Danielle, 23!

"Yes, my daughter knows Billy Bob. I've met him," Danielle's mother Maryern in Spillville, Iowa, confirmed after the couple were seen together the weekend of August 17.

"I'm not saying they're dating but they are friends."

They seemed more than friends to eyewitness David Keeler, who took pictures of the couple Friday night and Sunday.

"On Friday Billy Bob walked out of the Whiskey Bar at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood, where he was staying, with a dark-haired, blue-eyed slim beauty," said Keller. "She looked like a model.

"He posed for pictures and signed autographs for fans with this stunning young woman.

"They were definitely an item.

"When folks good-naturedly yelled to Billy Bob: 'Who's the girl?' he just smiled.

"They walked a few hundred feet to his bungalow holding hands and went inside for the night."

Danielle left Billy Bob's hotel the next day around noon.

On Sunday Billy Bob picked her up at her apartment in West Hollywood at 4:30 p.m. and took her to an organic vegetarian restaurant, Real Food Daily, on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles.

When she emerged from her apartment and got into his black Ford Explorer she was carrying a change of clothes and sucking a lollipop!