Embattled rap mogul Damon Dash is reportedly facing a legal battle over outstanding child support with one of the mothers of his kids. Jay Z's former business partner blasted a lawyer named Donnell Suares on Instagram.com on Sunday (22Feb15), accusing the legal professional of taking "advantage of weak women".
Suares has since responded to Dash's social media attack, explaining to AllHipHop.com that the hip-hop industry veteran's outburst was in regards to a pending child support case.
He does not identify the name of his client, but Dash has a son named Damon Jr. with his ex-girlfriend Linda Williams and two kids, daughters Ava, 15, and six-year-old Tallulah, with his ex-wife, fashion designer Rachel Roy, who he divorced in 2009.
In a statement, Suares writes in part, "I represent the mother of Damon Dash's children. She retained me to represent her in seeking back child support from Mr. Dash. Mr. Dash described the mother of his children as 'weak'. My client is a strong and intelligent woman seeking to recover what she is rightfully and legally owed according to the law."
Further details about the case were unavailable as WENN went to press, but Williams accused Dash of falling behind on child support payments in 2011.
Dash has been struggling with financial issues in recent years. The former Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder was evicted from his New York home in 2013 after allegedly falling behind on his rent, while he was also previously slapped with a $2.8 million (£1.65 million) federal tax bill relating to earnings dating back to 2005.
He is currently suing director Lee Daniels for $25 million (£14.7 million) over allegations the filmmaker reneged on the terms of an investment deal for a string of film projects, including movies Precious, The Paper Boy and The Butler.
Bosses at movie streaming service Netflix have snapped up the new Pee-Wee Herman film. Pee-wee's Big Holiday will be a collaboration from moviemaker Judd Apatow and Paul Reubens, who created the beloved man-child character in the late 1970s, and production is scheduled to start next month (Mar15).
John Lee will direct the film from a script co-written by Reubens.
Co-producer Apatow, a longtime fan of the Pee-wee Herman films, says, "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the brilliant Paul Reubens on this film. It is a dream come true."
Reubens launched his zany character on TV in America in 1980, and he took Herman to the big screen for 1985's Pee-wee's Big Adventure, and Big Top Pee-wee in 1988. He resurrected his Pee-wee character In 2010 for a critically-acclaimed live show in Los Angeles and New York.
The new film will air exclusively on Netflix.
Pamela Anderson received a visit from police at her Los Angeles home on Thursday night (19Feb15) after she refused entry to her estranged husband Rick Salomon's daughter. The Baywatch star is currently locked in a bitter fight with her ex after he filed papers in a California court challenging her divorce petition by seeking an annulment on the grounds of fraud.
The fall-out escalated on Thursday night, when Salomon's child, Tyson, stopped by the pad the film producer and poker player had shared with Anderson to collect some of her belongings.
The actress denied her stepdaughter access to the property, prompting the youngster to call the cops.
Officers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department arrived on the scene to investigate the complaint, but Anderson turned them away too, forcing Tyson to leave without her possessions.
The incident occurred amid allegations Anderson had been holding the family's pet pooch Bumblebee hostage after the dog reportedly went missing - but the actress has dismissed the claims, telling TMZ.com, "Bumblebee's at the groomers."
Anderson and Salomon first wed in 2007, but the marriage was annulled two months later.
They tied the knot again at the start of 2014, but Anderson filed for divorce last week (11Feb15), just months after previously seeking to end the union last summer (14).
The busty blonde was also previously married to rockers Tommy Lee and Kid Rock.
Lee Daniels was left in tears after shooting the pilot episode of his new hip-hop drama Empire after watching actor Terrence Howard dump his onscreen son in a trash can - because it was exactly what his own father had done to the director as a child. The first episode of the series featured Howard as a conniving music mogul who refuses to accept his young son is gay, and the Oscar nominee admits he found it tough to play such a cold-hearted man, but his feelings were nothing compared to what Daniels went through as he watched a brutal incident from his childhood unfold onscreen.
Howard recalls, "When we were doing the scene in the pilot, where I take my son Jamal, who's dressed up in high heels and a scarf... at five years old, and I take him and I put him inside the trash can... when we shot that, I was trying to be nice a little bit and Lee was like, 'No, don't do it the nice way because that's not how it was done, that's not how it was done for me.'
"And then when I finally did it without any compassion and without any remorse, Lee was in the background, he couldn't even watch the camera any more, he was just in tears... absolute tears (because) that's exactly what his father did to him."
Daniels has previously spoken at length about his police officer father William, who used to abuse him as a kid because of his sexuality, revealing he 'came out' as a gay man because he "loathed" his dad so much.
He added, "I couldn't understand how you could, with an extension cord, beat a 45-pound kid just because he's aware of his femininity."
Singer Lee Greenwood has written a patriotic book for children. Greenwood, best known for his popular track God Bless the USA, has featured lyrics from the song in the book, titled Proud to Be an American, and detailed the story of his childhood with his World War II veteran father.
He says, "As you sit reading the words of my song to your child or grandchild in my new book, it is my hope that young and old alike will feel tremendous pride in being citizens of the United States of America."
The book, which also includes a free download of his famous song, will hit book stores in America on 23 May (15), which is also Memorial Day Weekend in the U.S.
Country star Luke Bryan has taken in his late sister's youngest child following the tragic death of his brother-in-law last year (14). The singer cancelled a string of shows and appearances in November (14) after 46-year-old Ben Lee Cheshire's passed, seven years after his wife Kelly - Bryan's only sister - died unexpectedly, aged 39.
The couple left behind three teenage children and now the That's My Kind of Night hitmaker has informally adopted the Cheshires' youngest kid, 13-year-old Til, who has moved from Georgia to live with the Bryans in Nashville, Tennessee.
The star admits he and his wife Caroline, who have two young sons of their own, are exhausted at the end of each day, but they are determined to do the best they can.
He tells America's ABC News, "As a family, we shake our heads, and we just can't believe it, but with me, I just have to chalk it up to, 'Well, this is God's plan...' You just have to plow on and play the hand that's dealt."
Bryan reveals Til's two older sisters are also regular visitors and he is grateful to have the funds to take care of them all, even though it's "tough stuff" to deal with.
He adds, "You know, we just stay positive. I think people expect that from me. I have to pray that people that have had similar situations can maybe look at my family and see me positively dealing with it. I'm not saying it's easy."
Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins has become a first-time mother after welcoming a son. The Scar hitmaker gave birth to a little boy named Samuel Arrow Lee, her first child with fiance Dan Lee, on Monday (05Jan15).
She posted a picture of the new arrival on her Instagram.com page and added in a caption, "Our little boy Samuel Arrow Lee arrived yesterday. Not sure how we managed it but he seems perfect. And we're besotted! Let the adventures begin..."
Higgins is reportedly planning to take a year-long break from music to focus on motherhood.
Comedian Will Arnett has reportedly struck up a new romance with actress Arielle Vandenberg. The Lego Movie star was spotted out with his new lady at a Christmas concert in Los Angeles last month (Dec14), following his recent split from producer Erin David, who he had been dating on and off since 2013.
A source tells UsMagazine.com of the budding relationship, "She (Vandenberg) loves to laugh. The past few girls haven't been fun enough for him (Arnett). He's a child at heart."
Arnett was previously linked to Billy Joel's ex-wife, celebrity chef Katie Lee.
The funnyman separated from Amy Poehler, the mother of his two sons, in 2012 after nine years of marriage.
Poehler has since moved on to date comedian Nick Kroll.
Terrence Howard's third ex-wife has filed a subpoena to gain access to his contract for new TV series Empire in a bid to force him to pay up in their ongoing spousal support battle. Michelle Ghent claims the actor owes her $500,000 (£312,500) for missed payments and late fees after he failed to keep up with his responsibilities, outlined in their acrimonious divorce settlement last year (13).
Howard responded to the action in July (14) by asking a judge to throw their settlement deal out of court, insisting he was struggling to stay on top of his support responsibilities because he pays a large chunk of money to his first ex, Lori McCommas, who he was married to twice, from 1989 to 2003, and again from 2005 to 2007.
He also alleges he has been working hard to settle a huge U.S. tax debt, which amounts to over $1 million (£625,000).
However, Ghent is convinced her former husband is simply lying about his financial issues and has now taken steps to prove he earns enough from Empire to afford to pay what he owes her in spousal support, according to TMZ.com.
She did some research online and alleges Howard earns $125,000 (£78,125) per episode on the hip-hop drama and has filmed three instalments so far, meaning he has banked more than enough to cut her a cheque to reduce his outstanding debt with her by at least half.
Ghent alleges the last payment she received was only for $2,000 (£1,250).
Empire, directed by Lee Daniels, is due to premiere on U.S. TV in early 2015.
Howard has since moved on to his fourth wife, Miranda, who he wed last year (13). The couple is rumoured to be expecting its first child together.
In a world where celebrities are constantly bombarded with paparazzi and where every detail of their life is public information, it seems very difficult for many to keep a long-term relationship. These twelve couples are among some of the most stable and enduring celebrity pairs of our time. They defy the odds by sticking through it and often, by keeping their lives as private as they possibly can.
1. Meryl Streep and Don Gummer: 36 years
Meryl Streep opted out of marrying someone famous and married this friend of her brother. Because Meryl wanted to keep her marriage out of the spotlight, it is still very impressive how little the world knows about him. The couple have four children together, and when Meryl finally did mention him in her 2012 Oscars' acceptance speech it was adorable. "“I’m going to thank Don because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech they play him out with the music and I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives you’ve given me," she said.
2. Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne: 32 years
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This couple has had their fair share of ups and downs, but have remained together nonetheless. They met in England when Sharon's father, a music manager and concert producer, managed Black Sabbath, the band Ozzy was the lead singer of. Ozzy was kicked out of the band because of drug abuse and Sharon ended up taking him on as a client. Ozzy continued to struggle with substance abuse and was even arrested for attempting to strangle Sharon while under the influence.
3. Denzel Washington and Pauletta Washington: 31 years
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According to HelloBeautiful, this couple met while co-starring in the film Wilma in 1977. Five years later, they were married and now have four children together. According to the site, Pauletta told Oprah that she fell in love with his personality first. “I thought he was cute, but I fell in love with his spirit. And then I thought, ‘Hmm, not a bad package,'" she said.
4. Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest: 29 years
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According to People, Jamie first saw Christopher in a magazine when he was an actor in the spoof The is Spinal Tap. She felt an immediate connection to him. "That's why I developed my smirk—which is why, when I looked at Chris's smirk in the picture, I basically saw myself. I saw a kindred spirit," she says of seeing his photo. Jamie gave him her number through an agent and the two became bicoastal lovers soon after. They married in 1984 and have adopted two kids, Annie and Thomas.
5. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: 26 years
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The pair originally met while Tom was still married to his college sweetheart on the set of ABC sitcom, Blossoming Buddies, when Rita guest starred for an episode. They didn't get together despite the chemistry they both felt, until after Tom's divorce in 1987. In 1988, they married and have since had two children together. "Literally, a wave of — if love is a feeling, or a cellular thing that happens to your body, it went through me, and that’s pretty much who he is, and how he’s been," Rita said of their relationship to Piers Morgan in 2012.
6. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick: 26 years
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Interestingly enough, the couple first met when Kyra was 12, at a viewing of a matinee play Kevin starred in. He was 19 at the time and nothing came of the meeting, except Kyra's brother urging her to tell him how much she enjoyed the play. Their relationship started several years later when they worked on the set of Lemon Sky together.
7. Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan: 26 years
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This pair is especially inspirational as they have continually supported each other through a chronic illness. They met while working on Family Ties in 1985, but didn't start dating until two years later. Early on in their marriage, Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but the couple have remained stable. "When we married, we married--and that was it. We were in love then, as we are now, and we planned to stay married," Michael told O Magazine in 2002.
8. John Travolta and Kelly Preston: 23 years
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Despite losing their 16-year-old son, Jett, in 2009, the pair have stayed strong. They first met while filming The Experts, but nothing formed except for a friendship, because Kelly was married at the time. John told Redbook what he thought of her initially: "I had interest in her because even in spite of the trouble that she was having in her marriage, she was willing to stick through tough times with him, which really showed character. I just remember thinking, God, if we're ever single at the same time, I think this is really the one."
9. David Bowie and Iman: 22 years
According to Huffington Post, the rockstar and supermodel fell in love on a blind date in 1990 and were married two years later. The couple are very quiet about their life and their love story, but do have two children, Zulekha (Iman's child from a previous marriage) and Alexandria. Iman told The Independent that though David knew it was love at first sight, she was a little overwhelmed at first. “I was not ready for a relationship. Definitely, I didn't want to get into a relationship with somebody like him," she said.
10. Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos: 18 years
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This beautiful couple met on the set of All My Children where they were onscreen lovers. According to People, they dated secretly for a year and then eloped in Las Vegas. In fact this photo is from their onscreen marriage, because much of their offscreen romance has been kept secret. "It just happened. The next thing you know, we're married, and then four months later we were pregnant," Consuelos told Redbook. The couple have three children.
11. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness: 18 years
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The couple first met in 1995 in Melbourne, Australia on the set of the TV drama Correlli. They both felt initial attraction and though Hugh hesitated to propose, he overcame it and they were married a year later. "I decided, I won't ask her to marry me for six months," Jackman told Town and Country magazine. "Then after four months I thought, that's the most ridiculous rule!" The couple have two children, Oscar and Ava. "It gets better every year," Furness said.
12. Sarah Jessica Parker and Mathew Broderick: 17 years
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Another couple that have successfully kept their relationship under wraps, Sarah and Matthew refuse to say much about the secrets to their success. In last year's Harper's Bazaar, Sarah did gush about him shorthly. “There’s also the reality of your life,” she said. “I love Matthew Broderick. Call me crazy, but I love him. We can only be in the marriage we are. We’re very devoted to our family and our lives. I love our life. I love that he’s the father of my children, and it’s because of him that there’s this whole other world that I love.”