Ex-Hubby Sues J.Lo Over Eatery Job Firing

Ex-Hubby Sues J.Lo Over Eatery Job Firing
Jennifer Lopez
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updated 12/23/2004 at 07:00 AM EST

originally published 12/23/2004 07:00AM

Jennifer Lopez is being sued for unspecified damages by one of her ex-husbands, who claims he was wrongly pink-slipped as the manager of her Pasadena, Calif., restaurant.

Ojani Noa, a waiter who wed the singer-actress in 1997 after the two met while he was on the job in Miami (the union lasted about a year), filed his lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, reports the Associated Press.

According to legal papers, Noa left his position as manager of the Conga Room in Los Angeles in 2002 in order to run Lopez's new restaurant, Madres, at a salary of $1,000 a week – with the expectation that his paycheck would increase as the eatery became more successful.

The terms of Noa’s verbal agreement with Lopez, the suit states, included a stipulation that she would not fire him "without good cause or reason."

For reasons not specified, Noa was let go six months after he started at Madres, which opened in April 2002. "Mr. Noa tried to call Ms. Lopez to find out what prompted this sudden change of events. His calls went unreturned," claim his papers, which go on to say: "She didn't even have the decency to explain why she had lied to lure him to accept a job that she did not plan on letting him keep in the first place."

A phone call from AP to Lopez's publicist was not returned.

Noa’s papers quote Lopez as insisting that her ex was "family" and that she would take care of him.

After her marriage to Noa crumbled, Lopez, now 35, married backup dancer Chris Judd in 2001 but separated from him less than a year later. This year she married singer Marc Anthony.
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