Marc Anthony to Pay Up $20,000 Debt
Shimmy McHugh, owner of Club Babylon at El San Juan Hotel & Casino, sued Anthony in a Puerto Rican court last week over a 2-year-old bill for a private party. The event, held for some 500 people on May 29, 2002, was thrown after the 2002 Miss Universe pageant by Anthony and his then-wife, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres.
McHugh, in his legal papers, alleged Anthony "had indicated that due to personal problems" he declined to pay the bill of $21,067, the Puerto Rican newspaper Primera Hora reported.
Anthony, 34, has now offered to pay the full amount by Thursday, said his New York spokeswoman, Holly Taylor.
"We do expect this matter to actually be settled quite shortly," Taylor said. "We are making every effort to resolve this, and we have not heard back from them on an acceptance yet."
She said Anthony's reps had been "trying to resolve this for the last several months." The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday.
Taylor was also asked about Anthony's apparent June 5 wedding to Jennifer Lopez, since neither party has confirmed the union. Said Taylor: "He chooses not to comment on his personal life."