Nicollette Sheridan vs. ABC: The fighting continues
Plus Lady Gaga, Orlando Bloom, and more celebrities making news the week of June 25, 2010
Surprise! Harrison Ford, 67, and Calista Flockhart, 45, reportedly eloped June 15 in Santa Fe, N.M., after more than eight years of dating. This is the third marriage for Ford and the first for Flockhart.
Orlando Bloom, 33, is engaged to Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr, 27, his rep confirmed June 21. The two have been dating for almost three years…. America Ferrera, 26, will marry longtime boyfriend Ryan Piers Williams. The pair met at USC when Williams cast the actress in his student film…. Megan Fox, 24, and boyfriend Brian Austin Green, 36, are engaged. The pair were betrothed in 2006, before breaking it off in 2009.
Last season’s Bachelor star Jake Pavelka, 32, and Vienna Girardi, 24, the woman he proposed to on the show in March, have broken up.
Fashion designer Stella McCartney, 38 — daughter of Paul McCartney — is reportedly expecting her fourth child with husband Alasdhair Willis.
White Collar‘s Tiffani Thiessen, 36, and her husband, actor Brady Smith, welcomed a daughter, Harper Renn, June 15 in L.A.
Joseph Gannascoli, 51, who portrayed gay mafioso Vito Spatafore on The Sopranos, was arrested June 18 on a DUI charge in Tampa. He posted a $500 bond and was released the same day…. Big Brother season 3 contestant Tonya Paoni (now Tonya Casper), 43, was arrested May 27 in connection with a July 2009 car crash in Springfield, Ill., that killed two people. Casper was allegedly driving under the influence when her automobile collided with an SUV, causing a five-car pileup. She was charged with one count of reckless homicide, two counts of aggravated reckless conduct, two counts of aggravated reckless driving, aggravated DUI, and speeding. She is being held on a $1 million bail and will appear in court July 19. She has pleaded not guilty…. A California man was arrested June 17 for allegedly trying to sneak into the Calabasas, Calif., gated community where pop stars Aly Michalka, 21, and sister AJ, 19, live. Caesar Brantley, who could not be reached for comment, was charged with felony stalking.
Chris Klein, 31, checked into a rehab facility in Utah to seek treatment for alcohol addiction, following a June 16 DUI arrest in L.A. The American Pie actor previously pleaded guilty to a 2005 DUI charge…. Former Party of Five star Jeremy London, 37, claims he was held at gunpoint and forced to use illicit drugs while driving around Palm Springs, Calif., on June 10. London, a recovering addict, escaped the next morning and notified police. Brandon Adams, 26, was arrested June 11 and charged with kidnapping, robbery, possession of stolen property, vehicle theft, and carjacking. Adams has pleaded not guilty…. Michael Jackson‘s youngest brother, Randy, 48, was reportedly hospitalized June 15 in Huntington, Calif., after suffering a mild heart attack. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Filmmaker and cinematographer Ronald Neame, who directed The Poseidon Adventure and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and worked on more than 70 other big-screen projects, died June 16 in Los Angeles. He was 99…. Nobel Prize-winning novelist José Saramago, best known for his 1998 work Blindness, died June 18 at his home in the Canary Islands after suffering multiple-organ failure from a long illness. He was 87. — (With additional reporting by Stewart Allen)
Ricky Gervais, 49
Tobey Maguire, 35
J.J. Abrams, 44
John Cusack, 44
Liv Tyler, 33
Nicollette Sheridan and ABC can’t stop fighting in public
Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan, 46, may have sued ABC and creator Marc Cherry, 48, back in April, but the war of words shows no sign of slowing down — especially now that the network has hired defense lawyer Adam Levin. Here’s a quick refresher on who’s claimed what, and when:
She said In her original $20 million lawsuit, filed on April 5, Sheridan stated that on Sept. 24, 2008, Cherry struck her ”across the head and face.” She claimed her character Edie was killed off as retaliation for complaining about the incident.
They said ABC responded with a terse statement: ”We investigated similar claims last year by Ms. Sheridan and found them to be without merit.”
She said Last week it was revealed that Sheridan filed an amendment to her suit on May 20, saying that while ABC had investigated her complaints, the network ultimately dismissed Cherry’s alleged assault as a ”light tap…for the sole purpose of providing direction for a scene.”
They said On June 16, ABC’s newly hired lawyer, Levin, came out swinging: ”We intend to delve into the merits of her claims, all of which we strenuously dispute. We have served subpoenas and are vigorously moving forward with our defense.”
What’s next? ABC and Cherry have until the end of June to file a formal response, and Sheridan’s team is currently gathering documents and information, as requested by ABC’s defense. — Tanner Stransky
Lady Gaga: baseball’s rowdiest fan?
Strike 2! It seems Lady Gaga can’t just root, root, root for the home team and leave it at that: On June 18, she attended a Yankees game sporting a pin-striped jersey and not much else. Gaga later hit the clubhouse, where she reportedly drank whiskey and massaged her chest. (Team officials denied a report claiming she’s banned from future visits.) A week earlier, Gaga gave the finger to fellow spectators at a Mets game, causing fans to cry foul. — Keith Staskiewicz