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.
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.
An arrest warrant was issued against Lindsey Lohan May 20th, and her probation was revoked, when she failed to appear at a hearing in a Los Angeles court.
Judge Marsha Revel ruled there was “probable cause to believe (Lohan) is in violation of probation” from a drunk driving conviction back in 2007.
Lohan’s Attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, said that Lohan had lost her passport and was unable to fly back to the United States for the hearing. Lohan is currently in France to promote her newest movie that features her in the role of Linda Lovelace, a porn star from the 1970s.
Holley also stated that a temporary passport has been issued to Lohan, and could appear in court as early as Friday.
Today news broke of a nude video that has been leaked featuring Eric Dane of “Gray’s Anatomy”, his wife Rebecca Gayheart and former beauty queen Kari Ann Peniche.
The tape purportedly shows the trio in various states of undress hanging out at Peniche’s Southern California apartment, with the trio taking turn filming each other hanging out.
Mere hours after the story broke a legal representative for Dane and Gayheart, Marty Singer, made a statement that the video is “a private, confidential tape” and is ready to sue anyone who published the video.
There is currently no word on how the video was leaked, and if anyone is seeking to publicize the tape.
When Michael Jackson died on June 25th in California, Dr. Conrad Murray was by his side.
Today, Dr. Murray’s office in Houston TX was searched by Los Angeles Police detectives and federal Drug Enforcement Agency agents using a search warrant.
Ed Chernoff, a lawyer in Houston hired by Murray shortly after Michael Jackson’s death stated that “the search warrant authorized law enforcement to search for and seize items, including documents, they believed constituted evidence of the offense of manslaughter.” He also added that the detectives “left with a forensic image of a business computer hard drive and 21 documents” when they concluded their search in the early afternoon.
No notice has been given as of this writing as to what those documents were.
Last week on July 16th, a video was posted on an adult-oriented website that was filmed through a hotel door peephole and showing a nude woman. Although not specifically named, the video description hinted that it was a “blonde who looks a lot like a sports blogger favorite in her hotel room.”
In less than twenty four hours after posting, the website received the following statement from ESPN.
I am the General Counsel of ESPN, Inc. It has come to my attention that you have posted on your site pictures of a young, blonde woman at [redacted]. These pictures were obviously taken through a peephole or otherwise in a fashion constituting a trespass/assault on the rights of the woman involved. Your continued posting of these pictures are highly likely to render you an accessory after the fact to a criminal act. We hereby demand that you (i) immediately remove these pictures from your site and (ii) disclose to us the source of the pictures. We intend to hold you fully responsible for further display of material that so obviously violates the law.
Please confirm by return e-mail that you intend to comply with these demands. In the absence of such confirmation we will assume you are an active and willing participant in these acts.
The video was taken down, though the blog’s proprietor Doug Sheckler has stated will not name the original source of the video.
Andrews’ lawyer later made a statement via a Newswire press release:
“While alone in the privacy of her hotel room, Erin Andrews was surreptitiously videotaped without her knowledge or consent. She was the victim of a crime and is taking action to protect herself and help ensure that others are not similarly violated in the future. Although the perpetrator or perpetrators of this criminal act have not yet been identified, when they are identified she intends to bring both civil and criminal charges against them and against anyone who has published the material. We request respect of Erin’s privacy at this time, while she and her representatives are working with the authorities.”
We’ll have more on this story as it continues, and provide information if and when the culprits have been identified.
Christine Kim has filed for divorce from David Alan Grier due to irreconcilable differences according documents filed with Los Angeles County Superior Court on July 8th.
The pair were married two years ago, and have a one-year old daughter.