wild allegations

Firm calls Erika Jayne's divorce a 'sham' to steal from plane crash victims

A Chicago law firm is claiming that Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi's divorce is nothing more than "a sham" with the purpose of embezzling money from the families of victims of a deadly plane crash.

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In a class action lawsuit last year, Edelson PC represented the family's of the victims of Lion Air Flight 610, which crashed in 2018 during a flight from Jakarta, Indonesia, to Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia, killing all 189 people aboard. Tom's law firm, Girardi Keese, was also involved in the lawsuit against Boeing, as the fateful plane was a Boeing 737 Max 8.

In early 2020, Boeing quietly reached individual settlements with the families of the crash victims. Now, Edelson claims that Tom has been embezzling money from the settlements to support his and "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star's lifestyle.

The lawsuit, filed in court on Dec. 2 and obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, claims Tom and his law firm "are on the verge of financial collapse and locked in a downward spiral of mounting debts and dwindling funds."

The sudden divorce, the lawsuit alleges, was done so that Tom, 81, and Erika, 49, can "project a public image of obscene wealth at all times, and at whatever the cost."

"While Erika publicly filed for divorce this month, on information and belief, that 'divorce' is simply a sham attempt to fraudulently protect Tom's and Erika's money from those that seek to collect on debts owed by Tom and his law firm GK," the lawsuit continued.

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Erika filed for divorce from Tom on Nov. 3, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple had no prenuptial agreement, but she's asked for spousal support.

Edelson alleges that Tom and Erika "route the money to friends and family and satisfy other outstanding debts." The court filing also brings up Erika's comments in multiple interviews in which she acknowledges that she spends $40,000 a month for her look. It also brings up Tom's daily standing reservation at Morton's The Steakhouse in Los Angeles.

Edelson claims it became aware of potential issues after the firm contacted Tom to check on the status of the Boeing settlements being paid to the families. Tom, the firm says, was less than forthcoming.

"We're doing good on this thing, getting things squared away and sh—," Tom allegedly said in a voicemail attached to the court filing. "Don't be mean to me, be nice to me. I'm doing good. It was because of me that we got this by the way. … I'll be in touch, don't worry about everything, we're friends, things are going to work out good."

In another, Tom allegedly said, "We screwed up here a little bit. … We had three different air crashes and they got a little screwed up. I'll get everything worked out by Thursday. I'm so sorry, this never happened before, anyway, everything will be smoothed over on Thursday."

According to Page Six, the lawsuit asks a judge to create a trust to first benefit Lion Air clients before paying money owed to Edelson.

Divorce

Elliot Page files for divorce from wife of three years

Elliot Page, who starred in "Juno" and recently came out as transgender, has filed for divorce from his wife of three years, Emma Portner. 

TMZ reported that Elliot formally filed legal documents in New York City on Jan. 26. 

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The split comes less than two months after Elliot came out as transgender on Instagram. At the time, Emma tweeted that she was proud of Elliot. "Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world. I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day," Emma wrote. "Elliot's existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much."

Elliot and Emma, a New York-based dancer and choreographer, married in January 2018. 

"Can't believe I get to call this extraordinary woman my wife," the "Umbrella Academy" star said of Emma on Instagram three years ago. 

Prior to coming out as trans in December 2020, Elliot came out as gay in 2014.

Nasty split

'Fantastic Four' actor's wife tweets that he's 'leaving his family'

"The Mentalist" star Alice Evans has announced via Twitter that her husband, "Fantastic Four" actor Ioan Gruffudd, no longer loves her and has decided to "leave his family." However, that's only some of the drama. 

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On Jan. 25, screen grabs published by Page Six show that Alice wrote, "Sad news. My believed husband/soulmate of 20 years, Ioan Gruffudd, has announced he is to leave his family, starting next week. Me and our young daughters girls are very confused and sad. We haven't been given a reason except that he 'no longer loves me.'"

The tweet has since been deleted. Afterward, Alice quickly claimed that she didn't take down the tweet, alleged that Ioan, who many know from his bit role in "Titanic," deleted it. 

"I didn't delete the tweet from a few hours ago about him leaving. He did. From my account," she said on Jan. 26. "And hell yes when I am being gaslit and mentally tortured then hell yes I will wash my linen in public."

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Some fans questioned why Alice aired out her diary laundry that way, but one fan understood.  "I did the same when this happened to me. I think it's how one acknowledges there's no returning to what existed before," the fan wrote. "Accepting it by stating it publicly helps you to recognize the impossibility if reconciliation."

Alice agreed, "This is exactly why. And thank you. Six months of harassment: yes/no/maybe. I cannot live anymore like this."

Still Ailing

Hannah Brown is still nursing 'DWTS' injuries

Hannah Brown won "Dancing With The Stars" back in fall 2019, but more than a year later, she's still dealing with injuries sustained during her time on the show.

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"I think this political climate and with COVID has been hard for all of us and me too," she said on her Instagram Stories during a light walk. "Usually when I'm struggling, dealing with my mental health, I can go to working out. Well, for the past five months, maybe almost six, I haven't been able to work out like I used to."

The "Bachelorette" star did note that her physical and mental health are slowly getting better. 

"I am still going to the doctor and trying to figure it out but I think a lot of my body hurting comes from some issues that started on 'Dancing With the Stars' and I just kept going from zero to 100 — I'm either all or nothing — and pushed it too much to where I now have, like, some issues that I am having to deal with physical therapy," she said. "So I've been doing that mostly and then going on some walks and bike rides, but honestly, that's it."

Hannah quickly added, "To clarify, have always had issues and pains but I think 'DWTS' put additional stress on those prior injuries."

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In addition to her injuries, the reality TV star acknowledged that public criticism of her body hasn't been easy to hear or see.

"I'm starting to realize that more people can relate to this girl, the one who is struggling," she shared. "I'm just trying to be more honest about where I'm at. I know we all start in different places so some people stress me, they like to point out that I've gained weight, some people say I look great but I just want to feel good and I haven't felt good because I haven't been able to work out the way that I feel like my body needs."

She continued, "So instead of being zero or 100, I'm going to learn to show up where I can be right now, whether that's 50 percent, 60 percent, 35 percent my best; you've got to start somewhere."

Hannah, 26, also wrote, "My overall health is my #1 priority right now. So I'm going to continue to do all that I can right now — be more about trying new workout methods (I've always been a HIT workout, high cardio balls-to-the-wall athlete), learn to adjust and listen to my body, and continue to see medical advice to hopefully get some clarity soon!"

SB performance

Miley Cyrus to perform for healthcare workers at Super Bowl

Miley Cyrus is putting her game face on for the country's heroes.

The singer announced that she'll perform for 7,500 vaccinated health care workers during the Super Bowl LV pre-game show. It's being dubbed the first-ever TikTok Tailgate.

"SUPER BOWL LV!!! 💗 🏈 I'll be there for TIKTOK TAILGATE!!!" she tweeted. "I can't wait to put on a show for the NFL's honored guests before the game…. Health care workers from Tampa and around the country!"

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Super Bowl LV will take place in Tampa, Florida. Earlier this year, the NFL announced that it will allow 22,000 fans into the stadium, including 7,500 vaccinated health care workers, who will receive free admission.

"These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement earlier this year. "We hope in a small way that this initiative will inspire our country and recognize these true American heroes. This is also an opportunity to promote the importance of vaccination and appropriate health practices, including wearing masks in public settings."

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a handful of NFL teams allowed socially-distanced crowds to attend games during the season. Likewise, the Super Bowl this year is expected to lack the usual in-person fanfare that it usually has. Still, it's not lacking star power, as The Weeknd is set to perform during the Halftime Show, and Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner." On the field, the Kanas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be led by two of biggest names in the NFL: Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady, respectively.

family dynamic

Kate Hudson dishes on raising three kids with three different fathers

Raising children is hard… Try raising three kids from three different fathers. Welcome to Kate Hudson's world.

"I've got multiple dads. I've got kids all over the place," she joked during an appearance on the "Today" show on Jan. 24. 

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Kate shares son Ryder, 17, with ex-husband Chris Robinson, son Bingham, 9, with ex-fiancé Matt Bellamy and daughter Rani Rose, 2, with boyfriend Danny Fujikawa.

"The only expectations I really have that are really high on my life is with my kids and with family stuff," she said. "Other than that, it's like, I just let it go, I do it, work my a— off, and then I walk away, and I hope for the best."

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Kate's family dynamic certainly seems to work for her. Growing up, that wasn't the case — she's famously estranged from her birth father, Bill Hudson, and several of her siblings. 

"I think that estrangement is unfortunately quite common," she said. "I think it's important for people to talk about that. Sometimes we need a little bit of talk and humor to move us into places where we can heal some of the wounds that have affected us from our families. If they can't reconnect or if it's too challenging, that it's okay, right?"

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The estrangement from her dad, she said, is a "41-year-old issue." The actress, who's 41, then praised the family she has now, including her mother, Goldie Hawn, and Goldie's longtime partner Kurt Russell.

"I have a beautiful mother. I have a stepfather who stepped in and played a huge, huge part in sharing what it is to have a dependable father figure in our life," she said. "But it doesn't take away from the fact that we didn't know our dad. People sometimes need to hear they're not alone in that."

Pardon change

Kodak Black seemingly reneges on $1M charity offer after pardon

While pleading for a Presidential pardon during Donald Trump's final months in the Oval Office, Kodak Black made a bit of a quid pro quo offer — the rapper promised to give $1 million to charity if he was pardoned.

"If The President Them Free Me, I'm Gonna Spend 1 million on Charity within The First Year I'm Out. That's on Everything," he tweeted on Nov. 27.

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He officially received a pardon on Trump's last day in office. Not long after, several bloggers noticed that Kodak's promissory tweet had suddenly disappeared.

Kodak had served nearly half of his 48-month prison sentence before the pardon. The rapper had pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge following an incident in May 2019. He also admitted to lying about his criminal history while acquiring firearms. 

Since the pardon, social media has been reminding Kodak of his promise. His attorney, though, tells TMZ that he constantly donates to various charities and doesn't need to prove himself. He also questioned the charitableness of those questioning his intent.

"A statement promising something for something in exchange is not appropriate and although Kodak has always given to charity his whole career and will continue to do charity, not in exchange for anything. Some think this is a story. It isn't," his attorney said. "Instead of harping on a young Black man and how much charity he does, why don't we take a look at the amount of charity the writers of these articles do? Last week, Kodak pledged $100k to setting up a scholarship fund in the name of Meadow Pollack. The week before he donated $50k to barstool fund to help small businesses. That's $150k and he's been out 5 days."

Animal issue

PETA upset with 'Tiger King' star following Larsa Pippen visit

"Tiger King" star Doc Antle has once again angered the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and this time, their anger is linked to Larsa Pippen.

On Jan. 17, the socialite posted photos from Doc's zoo that show her in a pool with several tigers. Other photos show her kids playing with the animals at Myrtle Beach Safari.

PETA was not pleased. They sent a three-page letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture requesting an investigation into the "Tiger King" star for alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act, TMZ reported, while also publishing a copy of the complaint.

"PETA has repeatedly reported Antle's dangerous stunts to the USDA… And yet, the USDA has apparently refused to take any meaningful action to prevent Antle from allowing these types of dangerous, direct contact stunts," the letter says.

PETA's biggest complaint is that Larsa and her kids had direct contact with the animals. In the letter, PETA also says the close contact put the animals at risk for COVID-19.

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Doc told TMZ that Larsa took a tour of his property before shooting footage for a PSA on wild tiger conservation. Part of the tour included playing around with tiger cubs and primates. Doc added that he was compliant with USDA guidelines and recommendations.

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Although the flamboyant and now-imprisoned Joe Exotic got the bevy of attention on Netflix's "Tiger King," Doc was also heavily featured in the series. Over the years, he's had a bevy of celebrity connections and was even on stage with Britney Spears during her iconic 2001 MTV VMAs performance of "I'm a Slave For You." 

'Jeopardy!' Backlash?

Why Katie Couric's Trump comments could affect her future on 'Jeopardy!'

Producers at "Jeopardy!" are reportedly worried Katie Couric's recent remarks about Donald Trump and his supporters will turn off the show's largely conservative audience.

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The former "Today" host — who's set to take over as a guest presenter on the trivia show in the wake of Alex Trebek's death — joined Bill Maher for a discussion about Donald Trump's legacy on the Jan. 15 edition of "Real Time."

During her appearance, Couric expressed frustration with congressional Republicans whom she said seem to be "believing the garbage that they are being fed 24/7 on the internet, by their constituents, and they bought into this big lie."

Couric added, "And the question is how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

She also expressed support for the outgoing president's second impeachment as well as his ban from Twitter, both of which came as Trump's comments at a MAGA rally were tied to the violent insurrection his supporters staged at the U.S. Capitol.

Speaking to Page Six in a report published late on Friday, Jan. 22, a "TV insider" said the veteran journalist's comments "immediately worried" "Jeopardy!" producers.

That's apparently because the show's demographic is older — the median age of its viewers is 64.2 — and "very conservative," according to the source.

"And the show has always steered clear of politics," the insider continued, noting that producers are concerned about the timing of her comments, which could spark "a backlash against her" from its key viewers.

"'Jeopardy!' viewers are quite a traditional bunch, and there's fears she might be too polarizing after this," the source said. "At the very least, she already appears to have ruled herself out of becoming the permanent host of the show."

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Couric's comments have already come under fire from conservative pundits including Fox News contributor Joe Concha.

A second insider suggested similar concerns likely influenced the apology Ken Jennings gave in December for anti-Trump tweets he posted years earlier. That mea culpa came less than a month before he guest hosted the show.

"Katie will be under huge pressure to apologize also," the source predicted.

Alex Trebek, who died in November following a battle with pancreatic cancer, pre-taped a handful of "Jeopardy!" episodes shortly before his death. The final one aired on Jan. 8.

Couric will be the first woman to ever host the show. Actress Mayim Bialik and NFL star Aaron Rodgers are also on tap to serve as upcoming guest hosts.

Music and memories

Adele celebrates the 10-year anniversary of "21"

It's been 10 years since Adele dropped "21," and she's now reflecting back on the life-changing album. 

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"21" was released on Jan. 24, 2011, as a followup to her 2008 album "19." The album was a smash success, winning Adele Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, as well as Guinness World Records in 2012 for digital sales in the U.K. and US, as well as consecutive and cumulative weeks in the No. 1 spot on U.K. charts by a solo female artist. Among the timeless singles from the album, which went many, many times platinum, were "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone like You." 

To celebrate the momentous occasion, Adele shared a photo of the album cover on Instagram. "Well I never! Happy 10 years old friend! It's crazy how little I remember of what it was like and how I felt a decade ago," she wrote in the caption. "But Thank You from the bottom of my heart for letting us into your lives and letting me be a soundtrack to some of it x."

Adele, who hasn't dropped new music since 2015's "25" — the followup to "21" — has left fans clamoring for more. Rumors are flying she could release new music sooner rather than later — perhaps as soon as February.

The singer's pal Alan Carr spoke to Grazia earlier this month about her new music. "I've actually heard some tracks on it. Oh my God, it's amazing – so amazing," he gushed. "I said to her, I said that voice is like an old friend, because there are some people in the charts who sound a bit like Adele and then when you hear Adele's voice, you go, 'Oh no, there's only one.'"