A judge came down hard on Dennis Rodman on Tuesday. An Orange County judge held the former basketball star in contempt for getting behind almost a million dollars in unpaid child support for his 9- and 10-year-old children and an additional $51,441 in unpaid spousal support. Rodman was placed on 3 years probation and ordered to perform 104 hours of community service. While on probation, Rodman is required to stay current with child support and cover alimony. Dennis has argued saying he couldn’t pay because he’s broke. According to Dennis, Michelle’s [his ex-wife] six-figure child support bill is based on a $50,000-a-month child support order she obtained behind his back. Rodman’s been fighting it since 2010.
Phillip Phillips had to postpone his kidney surgery originally scheduled for Tuesday because he has developed a high fever brought on by a sinus infection. His surgery to repair his right kidney has been rescheduled for early next week.
Justin Bieber’s brawl with a photog over the weekend isn’t going to just disappear. TMZ has learned the case WILL be referred to the L.A. County D.A. for possible criminal prosecution. Cops have already decided to refer the case to prosecutors, even though the investigation is far from complete. They have requested to interview the Biebs, but he’s in Norway now. It’s pretty typical for police to refer high-profile cases to prosecutors. TMZ broke the story … Bieber’s a suspect for allegedly committing criminal battery against a photog in Calabasas Sunday afternoon. The photog called 911 after the scuffle, but by the time cops arrived, the singer had split. The ’victim’ was taken to a nearby hospital in an ambulance. He then filed a police report naming Bieber as the culprit. If Bieber is charged and convicted, he’d face 6 months in jail.
Kim Kardashian reportedly banned Rihanna from going into boyfriend Kanye West’s dressing room alone. The reality star has been dating the rapper for a short time but she is apparently already keeping him on a very short leash. Britain’s “The Sun” newspaper claims that during his recent concerts in London, Kim made sure that Kanye did not spend any alone time with Rihanna. ‘Kim is incredibly protective of Kanye and doesn’t want any women near him unless she is there, even his friends,’ a source told the publication. ‘Rihanna wasn’t even allowed to go into his dressing room without Kim being there. The fact she was linked to Kim’s brother probably doesn’t help. It’s crazy but Kim knows the attention Kanye gets when he’s on tour and she doesn’t want any competition.’ Rihanna was reportedly seen out with Kim’s brother Rob in February.
And speaking of Kim, what happened to her pal Paris Hilton? Kim is EVERYWHERE . . . and Paris is NOWHERE. Kim has a successful TV empire . . . while Paris can’t keep a show on the air. Kim has a HUGE A-list boyfriend . . . while Paris dates some unknown club DJ. And the list goes on. Anybody think there’s a chance this DOESN’T bother Paris? Of course it does. In fact, Paris is LIVID about it. A source says, quote, “Kim will always be a sore spot for Paris, because she believes that without her Kim wouldn’t have the success she has in her life.” Paris thinks Kim wasn’t a loyal friend to her and only used her to gain fame, and that she is ungrateful for everything Paris claimed to do for her. “Paris looks at Kim’s life, and the fact that she is constantly featured on the cover of entertainment and fashion magazines while she isn’t . . . and well, that stings.” Another source says Paris is working her tail off to make her upcoming album a success. Quote, “Paris knows she has a lot riding on this project because her last reality show was canceled, and she needs to do something to re-invent herself. Paris is hoping to appeal to a broader fan base, and would love to use the album as a platform for a possible project with MTV.”
How will Jessica Biels’ life change when she marries Justin Timberlake? Not at all. At least that’s what she thinks. She says, quote, “I don’t think marriage will change anything. I may be wrong, but I just think it will be a challenge to find balance between my private life, family, and work . . . and I’m ready. For me, getting married does not mean we should be limited to a predefined plan. Rather, it is an opening to explore new things in life.” Jessica’s also not in a rush to have kids. She says, quote, “I am a person who [lets] things happen naturally. I was told that after [turning] 30, a woman begins to hear the ticking of her biological clock. I have not had that feeling.”
Donald Trump is still beating the drum about President Obama’s birth certificate being a fraud. He was on with Wolf Blitzer on CNN yesterday. Blitzer told Trump he’s beginning to sound ridiculous. Trump said Blitzer is the ridiculous one. Then Blitzer asked Trump if the conspiracy goes all the way back to 1961, when two different Honolulu newspapers published independent notices of Obama’s birth? And Trump said that’s where it began.
Prince William did an interview with Katie Couric that aired last night on ABC. And he talked about how hard it was for him to get married without his mother there. Princess Diana died in 1997. William says he prepared ahead of time for what he knew would be a difficult ceremony to go through. And he’s sad that his mother never got to meet Kate Middleton.
Trista Sutter, the very first “Bachelorette” has just signed a deal to write a book called, “Happily Ever After: The Life Changing Power of a Grateful Heart.” She’ll write about her secrets of finding happiness in love, family, work and overall life. Trista met her husband, Ryan, on the show and they married in 2003 and have added two children to their family. The book is expected to be on shelves in 2013 in conjunction with the couple’s tenth wedding anniversary.
Laverne Everett became an Internet sensation last weekend when she nearly slipped out of her skydiving harness and fell to her death. Her instructor held onto her through the whole freefall, as another instructor filmed the whole thing. Yesterday she talked about her experience with Matt Lauer on “Today”. She says she didn’t scream, and wasn’t hurt except for a few bruises.
President Barack Obama gave the United States’ top civilian honor Tuesday to musician Bob Dylan, novelist Toni Morrison and 11 other people he described as his heroes because of their powerful words, songs and actions. “They have enriched our lives and they have changed our lives for the better,” he said. Some of the other honorees included William Foege, who led the successful battle to eradicate smallpox disease, Gordon Hirabayashi, who fought Japanese-American internment during World War Two, astronaut and former Senator John Glenn, and retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Obama also gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to two people who have died - Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low and Jan Karski, an officer in the Polish underground who carried his eyewitness account of Nazi atrocities to the outside world. Past recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom include former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, South African anti-apartheid leader and former President Nelson Mandela, and slain civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. The president chooses the honorees.
“Diff’rent Strokes” actor Todd Bridges and his wife of 14 years Dori are getting a divorce. The couple have a 13-year-old son. Bridges tweeted about the news, saying,” Life is full of changes,” and, “She’s a great mother…I’m glad to have had the years to know her and have a great kid with her as we know, people grow apart and we did.” Bridges will been seen next in Adam Sandler’s new film “That’s My Boy.”
The ladies of “The View” asked Michelle Obama on Tuesday if she would, after she and Barak left the White House, run for political office. “Absolutely not,” she replied. “I am not interested in politics, never have been.” Michelle did says she’s interested in other kinds of public service including being a voice for military families.
Do we really need another singing competition? NBC has reportedly just given the green-light to a show from the producers of “The Voice”. Singers, vying for a million dollar prize, will be judged by an in-house panel. The show’s big twist is besides the head-to-head battles, before the results are revealed, singers will be able to negotiate deals with their opponents, choosing to exit the show in exchange for a pre-determined cash prize or continue on in the game. The amount of money each duel is worth will increase with every round, right up until the finale in which eight acts will duel and negotiate. According to NBC, “The Winner Is” will feature soloists and groups that include adults, kids, teens, seniors, families and professionals.
Jim Paratore, founder of TMZ and its TV show, and creator of other hit shows including “Ellen” and “Rosie” died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday during a bike trip in France. Shows created under his watch included “The People’s Court,” “The Bachelor,” “Extra,” “Judge Mathis” and many more. Jim is survived by his wife, Jill Wickert, and his daughter, Martinique Paratore.