29 June 2005
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Hotel Porter to Sue Crowe
is facing a lawsuit from the hotel porter he injured at New York City's Mercer Hotel during a telephone rage assault earlier this month, after settlement talks collapsed. The suit alleges the Gladiator
star threw a ceramic bowl at Nestor Estrada after he had hit the clerk in the face with the telephone from his hotel room, and the prosecution will present witnesses to the attack as well as CCTV footage of Crowe's actions. The New York Daily News
reports the bowl shattered against the wall by the 28-year-old's head and Crowe then bowed and assumed a martial arts stance to further intimidate Estrada. Crowe has already been charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon - and faces a maximum sentence of seven years - and this personal lawsuit will seek punitive and compensatory damages when it is filed at Manhattan Supreme Court. Estrada sustained a gash to his face in the attack - and Crowe's numerous apologies during a series TV interviews have failed to appease Estrada.
American Psychiatric Association Criticizes Cruise
has been further criticised for slamming the consumption of drugs used to treat depression during a recent TV interview - by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The mental health organization has accused the War Of The Worlds
star of behaving irresponsibly for labeling anti-depressant drugs a "pseudo science" during a chat with American TV newsman Matt Lauer
on the Today
show last week. In a statement, the APA says: "It was irresponsible for Mr. Cruise to use his movie publicity tour to promote his own ideological views... (and) deter people with mental illness from getting the help they need. Rigorous, published, peer-reviewed research clearly demonstrates that treatment (of mental illness) works. It is unfortunate that in the face of this remarkable scientific and clinical progress that a small number of individuals and groups persist in questioning its legitimacy." Cruise has also recently blasted actress Brooke Shields
for using anti-depressants.
Model-Turned-Bounty Hunter Domino Found Dead in Bath
Former supermodel-turned-bounty hunter Domino Harvey was found dead in a bathtub in her West Hollywood home on Monday night. She was 35. The daughter of late English actor Laurence Harvey
- who starred in the original 1962 The Manchurian Candidate
- and model Paulene Stone
, was facing a possible life jail sentence over drug charges filed last year. Domino quit modeling 12 years ago to capture fugitives and criminals who had jumped bail. Police Lieutenant Don Mauldin says, "We got a call at 10:30 last night, saying that possibly a person had drowned in a bathtub. A friend or relative had called 911 from the house for paramedics. She was found in the bathtub." Mauldin denied rumors a gun was involved in the demise, saying, "If it was a gunshot wound or a suicide, then we would have sent investigators to the scene - that did not happen." The Los Angeles coroner is set to perform toxicology tests to see if drugs were involved. Domino's life story has recently been the subject of Keira Knightley
's new movie Domino
, which is scheduled to hit cinema screens in the UK in August, although it may now be delayed to incorporate the former model's death into the storyline.
Allen Not Interested in September 11
Director Woody Allen
has dismissed the September 11th attacks as a negligible historical event not worthy of the silver screen. The Melinda And Melinda
filmmaker regards the al-Qaeda attacks on America's east coast as a minor disaster compared to other historical events. Allen tells Pagesix.Com, "As a filmmaker, I'm not interested in 9/11 - it's too small, history overwhelms it. The history of the world is like: He kills me, I kill him, only with different cosmetics and different castings. So in 2001, some fanatics killed some Americans, and now some Americans are killing some Iraqis. And in my childhood, some Nazis killed Jews. And now, some Jewish people and some Palestinians are killing each other. Political questions, if you go back thousands of years, are ephemeral - not important. History is the same thing over and over again."
Bobby Brown: "Reality Show Helped Whitney and I"
insists shooting his upcoming reality TV show has helped him and his wife, Whitney Houston
, overcome their drug demons because the series showed them both how normal, but troubled their lives were. Being Bobby Brown
, which doesn't feature any drug abuse, had led Brown to suggest it may have been just what his wife needed to show her she still had a problem. She checked into a rehabilitation facility after the series was filmed. Brown says, "I think it (the show) brought us closer together because it showed us that we're just normal." But the My Prerogative
singer insists the rumored alcohol and drugs hell he and his wife went through is now in the past and he and Houston are sober and well. He adds, "The smell, the look in her eyes right now... just everything about her is what I met and I'm hoping that everything about me is what she met, and we're working hard at keeping our relationship maintained - and clean and sober." Brown insists it's time fans got behind the couple and stopped criticizing them for living a life they read about in tabloids. He explains, "If you love us and you like what we do as artists please just give us that, because that's what we give the most of, that's what we concentrate on, we concentrate on being the best singers and entertainers for you. When you try to break us down with our personal lives that really effects us. So, if I could say anything to people right now that's be to pray for us to be better."
Diana's Secretary Slams "JFK Jr. Fling" Claims
Diana, Princess Of Wales
' former private secretary Patrick Jephson and ex-butler Paul Burrell
have slammed claims the late British royal enjoyed a sexual tryst with John F. Kennedy Jr
. Diana's friend and clairvoyant Simone Simmons alleged the tragic royal had a fling with the handsome son of the late president John F. Kennedy
in New York City's Carlyle Hotel in 1995, in Simmons' forthcoming tell-all Diana
: The Last Word
. Simmons claims Diana enthused about Kennedy Jr.'s bedroom skills, calling him "an amazing lover - a ten, the tops" after an interview proposal by the American turned into a hotel liaison. However, Jephson says he was present when Kennedy Jr. approached Diana for an interview for his magazine George
. Jephson says, "Mr. Kennedy wanted the princess to become involved with his new magazine George
. While the princess was flattered and said she would consider it, she chose not to get involved. This story is testing the boundaries of credulity." Meanwhile, Burrell adds, "Simone has concocted a fantastical story of nonsense in much the same vein as the mystical rubbish she used to feed the princess."
Jackson Will Stay at Neverland
has changed his mind about leaving America and is determined to "bounce back", following his acquittal on child molestation charges. The pop superstar contemplated selling his Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara during the height of the 14 week trial, when public opinion seemed to be against him. He was reported to be planning to emigrate to Europe if found not guilty. By Jackson's father Joe says, "He did have difficult moments during the trial and talked that way. But I don't think he is leaving Neverland anytime soon." Jackson Sr. also rejects claims his superstar son will give a TV interview, insisting the Thriller
star wants to concentrate on rebuilding his health and spending time with his family. He tells the New York Daily News
, "He is working to get his health better. I don't see Michael doing any TV anytime soon. He wants to spend time with his kids." Joe Jackson also denies he and wife Katherine are planning a reality show about their own lives: "Katherine wants to take a vacation, and I am going soon to Germany for my birthday party."
Abdul Begs Lawmakers To Crack Down on Unclean Nail Salons
Pop star-turned-American Idol
judge Paula Abdul
is begging California legislators to clean up the state's nail salons after an unsanitary manicure left her with a year-long infection. The singer took her cause to the state capital Monday, hoping to convince lawmakers on the California Senate Business and Professions Committee in Sacramento to crack down on salon bosses who don't take cleanliness seriously. Abdul told the legislators she was "publicly humiliated" when a manicure she had at a Studio City, Los Angeles salon in April 2004 left her with an infection that led to a year-long health crisis. She said, "I'm no stranger to pain, but this time the pain was so excruciating that even my hair touching my thumb caused me to scream." A bill Abdul was supporting is expected to pass in committee and then become a hot issue before the full Senate next month.
Smith Urges Rappers To Be Better Role Models
is urging rappers to be better role models prior to hosting the Black Entertainment Television Awards (BET) with actress wife Jada Pinkett Smith
. Family man Smith wants hip-hop stars to realize how widespread and literal their influence is on youths across the globe. The hitmaker says, "The kids that are making these trends, making these songs, don't understand the level of effect that black Americans have around the world. It's real important to have balance of the imagery. The dude that sells the drugs, or has the guns, or is most willing to kill somebody is the dude that has the greatest potential for survival, or at least that's the perception. So that's what people strive for. We want a more long-term approach based on intellect and skills that can't be taken away from you - the smartest dude survives the best."
De Palma To Retouch 'The Untouchables'
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Movie mogul Brian De Palma
is revisiting his epic gangster film The Untouchables
almost 20 years after it became a huge hit. The filmmaker is keen to make prequel The Untouchables: Capone Rising
in time for the 20th anniversary of the 1987 original. The story will focus upon the young Al Capone
as he rises to become a Chicago, Illinois criminal kingpin. The original film centered upon lawmaker Eliot Ness
' efforts to arrest the infamous gangster, played by Robert De Niro