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Originally posted 07/25/2012 03:05PM
Michael Jackson's nephew TJ Jackson – the son of Tito – was named temporary guardian of the late singer's three children Wednesday amid allegations family matriarch Katherine is being held against her will.
"This is not a power play by TJ Jackson," L.A. Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff said at an emergency hearing. "This is based on the allegation that Katherine Jackson is being prevented from acting as guardian."
The hearing is the latest dramatic development in the recent family crisis enveloping the famous musical clan.
Originally posted 07/23/2012 02:05PM
Don't accuse Fred Willard of being humorless: the comic actor is (sort of) speaking out about his recent arrest for allegedly committing a lewd act in an adult movie theater in Hollywood.
"Wait til u hear my version; much more PG," he Tweeted on Monday morning. "& my review, lousy film, but theater would make a terrific racquetball court. Full story 2 follow."
The actor, who was also fired by PBS as the voice of Market Warriors after the alleged incident, also took to Twitter to promote the ABC improv comedy show Trust Us with Your Life, which he currently hosts.
"I was not fired from TUWYL," he writes, "so B sure 2 watch."
Originally posted 07/16/2012 09:15PM
Alexa Vega is a single lady.
The former Spy Kids star, 23, filed for divorce from Napoleon Dynamite producer Sean Covel, 36, on June 28, after less than two years of marriage, according to documents filed in L.A. Superior Court.
Citing irreconcilable differences, Vega and her ex already have a division of property based upon a "written agreement."
Originally posted 07/13/2012 08:00AM
As details of the split between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes continue to emerge, PEOPLE will take you to the day the actor got shocking phone call on the set of his movie in the latest cover story.
"Behind the scenes, intense negotiations have been going on, and PEOPLE magazine has been talking to lawyers every step of the way," senior writer Jennifer Garcia says.
While last week's cover story focused on Cruise being blindsided by his wife's sudden decision to file for divorce less than two weeks ago, "This week's cover story delves into the secrets behind the split," Garcia adds.
For much more on why the marriage crumbled and what role Scientology will play in Suri's life, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now
Originally posted 07/07/2012 07:30PM
For much of the past few days, lawyers for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have been working behind closed doors to iron out an agreement between the two stars that would avoid a long, public divorce fight.
Cruise "doesn't want his family dragged through the mud," says one source. "They both love their daughter."
One crucial issue: where Suri, 6, will live and who will raise her.
Holmes, 33, who filed for sole legal custody, would like to bring up her daughter in New York City. Cruise, 50, lives primarily in Los Angeles, although he owns properties in Manhattan.
Originally posted 06/25/2012 04:00PM
A former Royal Caribbean cruise room attendant accuses John Travolta in a federal lawsuit of stripping off a robe and pushing against him, then offering him $12,000 to keep quiet.
Fabian Zanzi alleges the actor said, "Take me, I will take care of you, please," during a food delivery to his cabin in June 2009, according to the U.S. District Court lawsuit filed June 21 in Los Angeles.
Zanzi, who first made these allegations to the Spanish-language news outlet 24 Horas, is seeking unspecified damages for assault and battery and emotional distress.
This is the latest legal action against Travolta filed by a man alleging improper sexual conduct. Travolta's attorney has fiercely denied all the allegations.
Originally posted 06/13/2012 04:50PM
John Edwards will not face another trial.
On Wednesday, government lawyers asked Judge Catherine Eagles to dismiss their case with prejudice and will not attempt to resurrect their case against the former North Carolina senator.
Two weeks ago, a federal jury in Greensboro, N.C., found Edwards, 59, not guilty on one campaign finance charge, but they couldn't reach a decision on five other counts.
A mistrial was declared on the outstanding charges.
Originally posted 06/12/2012 03:20PM
David Arquette and Courteney Cox's marriage is one step closer to being over.
The actor, 40, has filed for divorce from Cox, 47, in Los Angeles Superior Court. The couple announced their separation in Oct. 2010.
Arquette – who cites irreconcilable differences in court documents filed on June 8 and obtained by PEOPLE – is asking for joint legal and physical custody of their daughter Coco, who turns 8 on Wednesday.
Originally posted 06/01/2012 04:50PM
The woman who allegedly married Reese Witherspoon's father while he was still wed to the actress's mother is denying claims in an emotionally charged conservatorship case.
Tricianne Taylor is accused in Tennessee of changing John Witherspoon's will and taking out loans as Mrs. John Witherspoon, according to court papers filed by Betty Witherspoon, who has been married to John for 42 years.
Saying that the 70-year-old John may have dementia and other problems, including alcoholism, Betty is seeking to annul an apparent January wedding between John and Taylor.
"She vehemently denies those allegations," Taylor's attorney, Joe Brandon Jr., tells the Associated Press. "She's devastated, and we don't have any further comment."
Originally posted 06/01/2012 10:00AM
No charges will be filed against the polygamous family featured on the TLC reality show Sister Wives.
Before the show premiered in 2010, Utah authorities had begun investigating charges of bigamy against Kody Brown, 44, and his four wives – Meri, 41, Janelle, 43, Christine, 40, and Robyn, 33 – who have 17 children among them, but the case is now closed, reports the Associated Press.
Brown moved his wives and children to Las Vegas in the wake of the investigation and sued Utah County, as well as the state governor and attorney general.
The state lawsuits were later dropped, and on Thursday, Utah County prosecutor Jeff Buhman filed a motion seeking to have the case against the county dismissed.
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