Saturday, September 20, 2003
Housekeeper suing Smiths
Los Angeles -- Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's former housekeeper is suing the celebrity couple for allegedly failing to pay her about 1,640 hours of overtime pay and firing her after she complained to them.
In a lawsuit filed Sept. 11 in Ventura Superior Court, Marilu Cooley said she worked for the Smiths and lived on their estate for 4 1/2 years.
Starting in March 1999, Cooley alleged the Smiths stopped paying her overtime and instead promised to pay her a $25,000 annual bonus.
Cooley said she never received the bonus and, after she complained about it, the Smiths fired her in October 2001.
Cooley was seeking at least $175,000 in damages, according to the lawsuit.
Beatle scuffles with photographer
London -- Paul McCartney was involved in a scuffle Friday when a photographer tried to take his picture near the site of illusionist David Blaine's latest stunt.
McCartney spokesman Geoff Baker said the former Beatle fired him when he learned that Baker had informed the photographer that McCartney would be visiting the site on the River Thames. Blaine is trying to live there without food for 44 days while suspended from a crane in a plastic box.
Baker later said he'd been reinstated, and described reports of a "fracas" as exaggerated.
London's Metropolitan Police, however, said they were investigating two counter-allegations of common assault after a dispute near Blaine's stunt between a photographer and a group of friends early Friday morning. The police didn't name anyone involved in the incident.
Jagger says house infested
New York -- Bianca Jagger complains in a $20 million lawsuit that her Park Avenue apartment house is not a proper home because it's infested with toxic mold.
Jagger, 58, accused the owner and managing agents of her Manhattan building of negligence, breach of contract and fraud. She said in court papers that she'd been constructively evicted because water leaks and mold contamination made the apartment uninhabitable.
A Sept. 11 New York Times article quoted Jagger as saying she'd endured a "difficult" summer partly because "my apartment has poisonous mold."
The building's owner, Katz Park Avenue Corp., could not be reached by telephone Thursday for comment.
Duvall joins Walk of Fame
Los Angeles -- Robert Duvall has one Oscar, four Golden Globes and now -- a slab of sidewalk.
The star of "The Godfather" and "Tender Mercies" received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday. The ceremony took place in front of the Kodak Theatre, home of the Academy Awards.
"It's a privilege for me to work as a professional actor. I am very proud of that, and I still got a lot in me before they start wiping away the drool," the 72-year-old Duvall said.