18 June 2007
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Hasselhoff Wins Full Custody of Daughters
has won sole custody of his teenage daughters after a lengthy battle with his ex-wife Pamela Bach
. The actor/singer celebrated the news with reporters and cameramen after leaving Los Angeles County Superior court on Friday. He revealed he has been granted "sole physical custody" of his kids, despite recent efforts to soil his name. These included the leaking of a home movie featuring a topless, drunk Hasselhoff on the floor of a Las Vegas hotel room, slurring his promises to stop drinking to his eldest daughter, Taylor, who was holding the camera. According to website Tmz.com, Hasselhoff's ex was spotted moments after the actor emerged victorious, sobbing in a courthouse corridor. She was overheard telling her lawyer Debra Opri, "I just lost my kids." While Bach was attempting to prove her husband was a desperate alcoholic and an unfit father, Hasselhoff claimed his ex had a history of drug abuse. Their bitter divorce and custody battle began in 2005. They were divorced last year.
Ellen Steals the Show at Daytime Emmys
stole the show at Friday night's Daytime Emmys, winning the Best Talk Show Host award for the third year running. After picking up her first prize - the comedienne's show also won the Best Talk Show award - DeGeneres praised presenter Rosie O'Donnell
, who quit talk show The View
after a fight with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck
. She said, "I liked what she did. This was the year she should have won. I wanted to acknowledge Rosie because she has done a lot." Other winners included the newly-retired Bob Barker
for Best Game Show Host. The Best Soap Award was split between two nominees for the first time ever - after judges couldn't decide a winner from Guiding Light
and The Young And The Restless
. The Best Performer in a Children's Series category was also split - between Sesame Street
's Oscar the Grouch and Elmo, played by Carroll Spinney
and Kevin Clash
. Friday's ceremony took place at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre - the home of the Academy Awards.
Swanson Arrested Over Fight With Boyfriend's Ex-Wife
Actress Kristy Swanson
was arrested in Canada on Saturday night for the alleged assault of her partner Lloyd Eisler
's ex-wife Marcia O'Brien. The Buffy The Vampire Slayer
star, 37, alleges O'Brien attacked her in front of the latter's children with Eisler in Kingston, Ontario. Swanson says, "I had to go the police station where I had an appointment at 9pm to begin the process of being arrested." Swanson, who has been released on $468 bail, claims police took photographs of her injuries, which she alleges were given to her by O'Brien. The actress plans to press for criminal charges against O'Brien. Professional ice skater Eisler and Swanson caused a scandal when they started dating while co-starring in TV talent show Skating With Celebrities
in late 2005 - while Eisler was still married to O'Brien, who was then pregnant with the couple's second child Seth Keenan. Eisler divorced O'Brien in January - a month before Swanson gave birth to their son Magnus Hart.
Jolie Lawyer Confesses to Censorship Attempt
's lawyer has confessed he banned journalists from asking the actress personal questions at the premiere of her new movie - without her knowledge. The star was criticized after a contract was sent to members of the press ahead of the premiere of A Mighty Heart
last week forbidding them to ask the actress personal questions - despite the event doubling as a freedom of the press benefit. The Tomb Raider
star's lawyer, Robert Offer
, has now issued a statement claiming it was his fault and Jolie didn't know about the contract. She says, "(The contract) was from my representative trying to be protective of me, but it was excessive. I wouldn't have put it out there."
Richie and Madden To Wed?
has ignited reports she is to wed boyfriend Joel Madden
after she was spotted at a Hollywood party wearing a large diamond sparkler on her ring finger. The Simple Life
star has so far refused to confirm or deny recent U.S. reports of a rumored pregnancy, prompted by pictures of the skinny star with a bloated belly. And now the Good Charlotte rocker - who accompanied Richie to the YSL Pool Party at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday night - appears to have proposed to his lover. An eyewitness tells the New York Post's gossip column Page Six, "It was one big rock surrounded by more diamonds. (Madden was) overly attentive to her - keeping his arm around her all night - and repeatedly asked her if she was OK."
Baldwin Custody Hearing "A Waste of Time"
Actor Alec Baldwin
and his ex-wife Kim Basinger
are no closer to resolving their bitter custody battle, after The Departed
star branded Thursday's court appearance "a waste of time". The former couple have been locked in a legal fight to determine custody of their 11-year-old daughter Ireland since their divorce in 2002, but five years later, there is still no resolution in sight. The proceedings have also been hampered by the leaking of an angry voicemail message Baldwin left for his daughter on his ex's answering machine earlier this year, in which the actor verbally chastises Ireland and calls his Basinger "a thoughtless pain in the ass." He has since apologised for the "improper" message. Appearing at the closed hearing at Los Angeles Superior court on Friday, Baldwin and Basinger sat far apart from one another, leaving their lawyers to battle it out. Baldwin was seen leaving the courtroom on two occasions during the four-hour hearing, and later emerged saying, "This is a waste of my f**king time." Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Maren Nelson had previously expressed her determination to discover who released the answer phone rant to the media, but no further light was shed on the matter on Thursday. Baldwin and Basinger are due back in court for another hearing on June 25.
Chaos As Britney Stages Hotel Drive-By
caused chaos in Santa Monica, California on Friday in what appeared to be a desperate attempt to get a little paparazzi attention. Photographers camped outside celebrity hotspot the Casa Del Mar hotel, hoping for the chance to shoot Britney's one-time pop rival Mandy Moore
- who was conducting press interviews inside, were stunned when the singer slowly drove by. One bystander says, "It seemed obvious that Britney wanted to get noticed and photographed - why else would you show up at one of California's paparazzi hang-outs. She drove really slowly and doubled back on herself to make sure that everyone who wanted to get a shot, got a shot." But Britney's afternoon out turned ugly when her security guard, who was with her for the drive, had to fight off one snapper who got too close to his charge. The onlooker says, "Britney had to make a run for it in the end. She and her bodyguard ended up hanging out by the hotel pool - in full view of everyone."
Kidman Celebrates 40th Birthday Early With Friends
celebrated her 40th birthday on the beach in Sydney, Australia on Saturday with a party thrown by her friends. With husband Keith Urban
expected to join the actress for her actual birthday date on Wednesday, it was left to family and friends to help The Hours
star celebrate her last weekend as a 30-something on Bondi Beach. It was largely an all-girl's affair as Kidman's sister Antonia and their mum Janelle invited 30 of the star's closest pals from Australia and Hollywood to join them at Bondi Icebergs for a pre-birthday dinner. And Kidman, who will also celebrate the first anniversary of her marriage to Urban later this summer, certainly isn't feeling sore about hitting 40. In a recent interview, she said, "It feels just right. I don't feel what I thought that wretched age was going to be like. I have done a lot of things and it has been full up to this point, especially the past few years, so I am grateful for that."
Stewart and Lancaster Marry
and Penny Lancaster
have tied the knot in a low-key civil ceremony in Italy. The rocker, 62, wed his long-term girlfriend, 36, on a yacht off the Italian Riviera resort of Portofino on Saturday. After the ceremony, the couple, who have been dating for eight years, headed to a stunning converted abbey for a blessing in front of close family and friends. One of Stewart's bodyguards told journalists, "It was just a family thing." The couple have a 18-month-old son Alastair. It was Stewart's third marriage - he was previously wed to Alana Hamilton and model Rachel Hunter.
Cryer Weds in Mexico
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star Jon Cryer
wed TV presenter Lisa Joyner
in a romantic ceremony in Mexico on Saturday. The happy couple married at the Chapel at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with the 40-year-old bride dressed in a champagne satin Monique Lhuillier
gown. The 41-year-old actor's rep says, "They're very, very happy." The couple started dating in late 2005 - a year after Cryer divorced his first wife Sarah Trigger, mother of his six-year-old son Charlie.