Last Year, Tom Cruise filed a lawsuit against Bauer Media Group over a cover story on Life & Style magazine which purported that after his divorce with Katie Holmes, he had “abandoned” his daughter Suri.
This week, that libel lawsuit, which sought damages of $50 million, was settled. Though the full details of the settlement have been sealed, we do know that the settlement sought a specifically worded apology to Cruise from Bauer Media Group. That apology is:
“Bauer Publishing, ‘In Touch’ and ‘Life and Style’ never intended to communicate that Tom Cruise had cut off all ties and abandoned his daughter Suri and regret if anyone drew that inference from anything they published.”
Do you think Bauer has learned their lesson? Probably not.
This week comedian Steve Harvey had allegations of child abuse against his 11-year old son dropped by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
The allegations arose when Harvey’s ex-wife filed a police report stating that Harvey had beaten his son – including use of a belt and a paddle – for lying about turning in homework.
Harvey’s rep stated “Based on the information obtained, the child does not appear to be at risk … the case is closed without further investigation.”
As for Mary Harvey, Steve’s ex-wife, a judge found her in contempt of court and sentenced her to jail for 30 days for leaking information to the press, thus violating the protective order around the case.
Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife of seventeen years Tish filed for divorce in Tennessee Court on October 26th. The couple, who have five children including Miley Cyrus, cite irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce.
The pair released a statement saying:
As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family. We are trying to work through some personal matters. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.
In the divorce papers, Billy Ray is seeking shared custody of their three minor children. Additionally, Billy Ray is seeking “equitable distribution of the marital estate” and for the court to approve a “parenting plan” that would need to be signed by both Tish and Billy Ray.
Juan-Carlos Cruz, who once hosted Calorie Commando on the Food Network, has cut a deal with prosecutors and pleaded no contest to charges of solicitation of murder.
Cruz was arrested back in May 2010 on charges that he hired three homeless men to murder his wife Jennifer Campbell.
In the plea, Cruz agreed to spend nine years in prison. Sentencing has been set for December 13th, which will be decided by a judge.
Jennifer Campbell has requested to address the court prior to the sentencing date.
Jennifer Mee, who became known as the Hiccup Girl back in 2007 after an appearance on the Today Show, has been charged with 1st Degree Murder.
Mee, along with two male suspects, were part of an attempted robbery on Saturday night. Mee lured their targeted robbery victim into an ambush, and during the robbery struggle one of the robber’s guns went off, killing the victim.
All three have “admitted to their involvement” in the crime. If convicted of 1st Degree Murder, they could face the death penalty.
Mee was fifteen when she appeared on The Today Show.
UFC fighter Chris Leben, who starred in the first season of the television show The Ultimate Fighter, was arrested earlier this week in Hawaii on suspicion of DUI.
Local cops report that Leben lost control of his truck while driving on a highway and crashed into a wall. Officers arriving on the scene suspected Leben was intoxicated and charged him with driving under the influence. Chris Leben’s mugshot, above, was taken after being brought to the station.
Leben will appear in November in a Honolulu court to face the charges.
Yesterday, the family of Gabriela Cedillo, filed a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures for an injury that she sustained on the set during a stunt that went wrong.
The paper work filed by Cedillo’s attorney Todd A. Smith, a Chicago car accident lawyer with Power Rogers and Smith, described that the accident involved a broken towing cable snapping through the car Cedillo was driving and hitting her in the head. On Tuesday Smth said that Cedillo is “unable to speak and is paralyzed on her left side… It looks like she has vision loss in the left eye, which is sewn shut because there’s a paralysis associated with that and they don’t want her eye to dry out.”
Paramount, which did not directly respond to the lawsuit stated that their “thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with Gabriela, her family and loved ones. The production will continue to provide all the help we can to Gabriela and her family during this difficult time.”
Smith is seeking money in excess of $50,000 for Cedillo.
In a deal announced on June 21st, rapper Lil Wayne has plead guilty to a drug charge in Arizona, which may help him avoid jail time. The deal was made via video from New York where Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, is serving a year for gun possession.
The charge stems from a bust on his tour bus back in January 2008, where ecstasy was allegedly found in his backpack. Lil Wayne could face three years in prison for drug possession, but the plea deal could have him serve 36 months of probation instead.
The plea deal currently is only a recommendation, and will be confirmed at a later date when Lil Wayne goes in front of the judge.
The trustees for Dennis Hopper, who have control over his estate and property, are currently trying to reach an amicable agreement with Hopper’s wife Victoria Hopper and the division their property.
Back in March 2010, Dennis Hopper filed an amendment to his estate plan that would cut Victoria’s share from 40% to 25%. This amendment may not be valid, however, because the couple were pending divorce, which would severely limit Hopper’s ability to change his estate plan under California law.
Victoria contends that she is entitled to at least 25% of the estate.
This is a good example of why you should always have your estate planning, including wills and trusts, up to date and following the laws of your state.
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James Farentino, who played Saint Peter in the 1970 mini-series Jesus of Nazareth and Dr. Amerigo Nicholas Francesco Toscanni in the early seasons of Dynasty, was arrested in his Los Angeles home on June 13th for battery. The arrest came after a woman complained to cops that Farentino had become physical with her during an argument.
Farentino was later released from custody on his own recognizance.