WHILE NICK'S AWAY JESSICA PLAYS... BUT WITH WHO?
By RICHARD MORIARTY
Just when Jessica Simpson's marriage looked back on track, she's been caught out leaving a Hollywood eatery following a dinner date with a mystery man.
Husband Nick Lachey was nowhere in sight — and if that's not enough, the Dukes Of Hazzard beauty wasn't wearing her wedding ring.
Pictures show Jessica, 24, leaving in her date's SUV after spending more than an hour at LaPoubelle, an intimate French restaurant in Hollywood on Sept. 2.
Sources said Jessica appeared to be in quite a partying mood — and she was wearing a sexy above-the-knee little black dress and matching shoes.
Said the witness: "They had left the restaurant at about 11pm and were the last ones to leave. They looked like they were enjoying themselves and Jessica seemed pretty loaded.
"After realizing the game was up, Jessica began playing up to the camera and mischievously stuck out her tongue."
The couple then raced off with the hunk at the wheel of a Mercedes G Wagon with a Louis Vuitton overnight bag visible on the back seat.
Jessica and Nick's relationship first came under the spotlight when they appeared in MTV's reality show Newlyweds. Since then the couple have been dogged with break-up rumors.