Lawsuits against celebrities can’t be brought immediately after a crime. They must simmer and age until everyone has almost forgotten about the incident in question. Remember when Morgan Freeman got in a car crash last August, and the lady with him wasn’t his wife? That woman, Demaris Meyer, is suing Freeeman for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, permanent disability and property damage. She’s also complaining that people assume she’s the cause of the actor’s divorce, when she never redeemed his Shawshank in the first place.
I have been labeled as the other woman and have been accused of having caused the breakup of Mr. Freeman’s marriage. Nothing could be further from the truth. I had hoped and prayed that Mr. Freeman or his representatives would have set the record straight and cleared my name, but they have not done so and that is why I have chosen to come forward to tell the truth about our relationship.
According to TMZ, Meyer says she and Freeman drank at two separate locations before she let him drive her (in her car) to his estate, where he promised she could sleep in one of the three houses on his property and “would have an easier drive to work the next morning.” He lost control on a Mississippi Delta highway during the 40-mile trip to his estate. “The accident and its aftermath has literally changed my life in every respect…I have not been able to go back to work and still am suffering both physically and emotionally as a result of the accident.” Freeman has yet to comment.
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Ilya Dall is suing baseball star Roberto Alomar for $15 million, claiming the legendary second baseman had unprotected sex with her throughout their relationship despite knowing that he may be suffering from AIDS. Alomar allegedly swore he was disease free when they began their relationship in 2002. He was diagnosed with a blood disorder linked to HIV infection three years later, but Alomar refused to be tested for AIDS. As his health worsened—forcing Alomar to quit baseball in 2005—he continued to tell Dall he was not infected. Dall claims she stopped having sex with Alomar once he tested positive in 2006, and the pair broke up late last year.
“He jeopardized the health, well-being and life of the plaintiff, which caused her to have a fear of contracting AIDS, often referred to as AIDS phobia,” said Dall’s lawyer. The mother of two claims he risked also risked her children’s lives by exposing them to the virus.
“We believe this is a totally frivolous lawsuit. These allegations are baseless,” said Alomar’s lawyer. “He’s healthy and would like to keep his health status private. We’ll do our talking in court.” The lawyer would not confirm whether or not Alomar has the life-threatening disease.
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Ever ignore calls from work, show up five hours late and blame the flu? Of course you haven’t—you’re not an idiot who wants to get fired. Now imagine using that excuse in court. Judge S. James Otero issued arrest warrant for Joe Francis when he failed to show up in court yesterday morning, and the Girls Gone Wild-man blamed the flu when he finally appeared on the steps five hours later. “He’s been as sick as can be,” said Melissa Weinberger, a lawyer who has yet to drop Francis over “strategic differences of opinion.”
Despite Francis’ sniffles, the arrest warrant stood and the porn entrepreneur was dragged away by U.S. Marshals. If found guilty at his tax evasion trial (scheduled for March), the porn merchant could face up to ten years in prison.
When we last saw Joe Francis, he was making an unwelcome ass out of himself at Sundance. As hard as it is to believe, someone would actually like to see him again. U.S. District Judge S. James Otero issued a warrant for the Girls Gone Wild creator’s arrest today after he failed to show up in court and could not be reached by telephone.
Francis was needed for a hearing to decide whether his lawyers could remove themselves from his tax evasion case, due to “strategic differences of opinion” (maybe they didn’t like the idea of teaming up with Larry Flynt to ask for a government bailout). Francis’ trial, which concerns his decision to make $20-30 million in phony deductions from 2002 to 2003, is scheduled to to begin on March 31st. Hopefully he’ll find a law firm that can stand him by then. Or not. We’re psyched either way.
Sam Lufti, Britney Spears‘ sleazy ex-manager, and Adnan Ghalib, Spears’ skeevy ex-boyfriend, have been served restraining orders to keep them from trying to reach the singer. According to the suit, the pair are “working in concert to disrupt [father Jamie's] conservatorship, with an utter disregard for Ms. Spears’ health and well being.” Lufti is also accused of trying to send Spears’ message via her hairdresser, while Ghalib continues to orchestrate paparazzi stakeouts based on info Britney gives him about her schedule.
With arrangements for Britney’s upcoming tour becoming a major hassle for the family, it’s no surprise they’d want to make sure the goateed ghosts of meltdowns past can’t get near the fragile star. K-Fed’s enough hanger-on for anyone.
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The New York Knicks are equal opportunity sexual harassers. Sure, the coach may hit on a female exec and call her a “ho,” but the team’s star center will also stand naked in front of his male chauffeur, saying “come and touch it, Dave” and threatening him with a gun (“I’ve got one in the chamber!”).
Those are just some claims being made against Eddy Curry in a new sexual harassment suit filed by David Kuchinsky. The “around-the-clock” chauffeur (who worked for Curry from October ’05 until October ’08) also says the 6′ 11″ father of three called him a “white slave” and “grandmaster of the KKK,” making him clean towels covered in the athlete’s ejaculate. “Imagine going into your boss’s office…and he stands up and drops his pants and he asks you take care of him,” said the chauffeur’s lawyer. “Those actions are unacceptable whether it’s in a corporate office or a private home.”
Curry’s lawyer says Kuchinsky, a convicted felon, made increasing claims of unpaid wages for the last few months. “The entire thing is preposterous.” Ironically, the alleged victim is only seeking $98,000 plus compensatory damages. Curry makes $9.4 million a year, but played for less than three minutes this season, thanks to a knee injury.
Lost star Naveen Andrews has gained sole custody of his three-year-old son, Naveen Jr, after a brutal court battle. According to TMZ, Elena Eustache, the child’s mother, took Naveen Jr. out of Los Angeles without permission. She also accused Andrews’ girlfriend, Barbara Hershey, of performing witchcraft and poisoning the child. Andrews’ lawyer has asked that Eustache undergo psychiatric testing.
Andrews conceived the child with Eustache during his brief separation from Beaches star in 2005. Hershey and Andrews have been dating over a decade, despite their 21 year age difference.
Eustache, an actress and stand-up comedienne, appears in the upcoming Matt Damon film, The Informant. Check out a video made by Eustache after the jump.
A month has passed since the planned sale of Fantasia Barrino‘s $1.3 million North Carolina home was announced, and the singer/actress has done absolutely nothing to stop it. Mecklenberg County sheriffs have tried repeatedly to contact her about the January 12th auction, but have yet to get past her mom(!). Ironically, the lien on the property stems from her refusal to pay a mere $55,000 she owes to a Florida credit company. Barrino has never responded to any documents related to the debt, nor has anyone ever appeared for her in court. “My client has continuously asked me why they won’t just pay it,” said the lawyer. “I just don’t have an answer.”
It might seem odd that Barrino would be willing to part with a mansion rather than pay the bill, but this isn’t the first time she’s walked away from a bill. She was sued last year over an unpaid promissory note and almost lost another Charlotte home in 2005. Fantasia, get new handlers! You can’t do worse than what you’ve got.
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In August ’08, someone created a page on Blogger called Skanks In NYC, posting candid photos and slanderous comments about model Liskula Cohen. “How old is this skank? 40 something? She’s a psychotic, lying, whoring, still going to clubs at her age, skank.” If that wasn’t crazy enough, a commenter named “liveandlove” offered colorful retorts two months later:
After finding your blog I stopped to think about what kind of monster you must really be. To target a woman so aggressively to attack even the stupidest of ill facts. I feel sorry for you “anonymous little blogger”. Why do you hide behind that anonymous title? Are you afraid of what Liskula can do to you? She is a very powerful woman, as I am sure you know. What exactly has she done to you? Does your boyfriend want her? Probably, most men and women want her. She is tall, thin, beautiful, super kind and generous to a fault. Is it her success? Is it the fact that everybody loves her and she gets respect everywhere she goes? Are you one of those little dumpy girls who hang off her every word? Or do you wait three hours in line at a club, when she breezes right in?
Zing. Now Cohen is suing Google, which owns Blogger, to find out who started the site. “I’m tall, I’m blond, I’ve been modeling for many years, and people get jealous,” said Cohen. “If I had to deal with everyone who is jealous, I wouldn’t have time to do anything else.” Will Google fight to protect the identity of anonymous haters, or will they toss the name to Cohen and wash their hands of this ridiculous debacle?
Heather Mills has refused to settle a lawsuit issued by her former nanny, who claims she was made to work unreasonable hours and give the ex-wife of Paul McCartney weekly fake tans. Zzz, right? What makes it interesting is that a video of the nanny, Sarah Trumble, complimenting Mills, was put online soon after the suit. According to a source for The Daily Mail, the clip was recorded months ago and may have been leaked by Mills.
Sara is absolutely fuming about that video, but it’s just the sort of stunt her ladyship pulls. All Heather’s staff are ordered to film a 15-minute interview when they join, saying what a wonderful woman she is and how evil the newspapers are. She has chosen a few seconds of footage from Sara’s interview and stuck them together with pictures of the story about her court case, to make it look like she’s being interviewed today.
Mills’ rep denied the accusation, but you have to love that the lady forces her staff to give her compliments on film when they’re hired. Is she planning a documentary? To Heather Mills, Thanks For Everything. Love, Domestic Servants? Check out the video after the jump.