Archive for the ‘Celebrity’ category

Lindsay Lohan seeks restraining order against her dad

October 18, 2009

Lindsay Lohan at a screening of “Inglourious Basterds” in New York.
(AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)

Michael Lohan, father of troubled actress, Lindsay Lohan plans to meet with a judge to seek a conservatorship over his daughter. For the court to make Michael a conservator, he would have to establish that Lindsay is no longer able to handle her own affairs. Her father would then be in charge of her finances. But People magazine reports that Lindsay is looking to the courts to protect her from Michael. Linsay plans to obtain a restraining order against her father.



Impeached Ill. Gov. Blagojevich to appear on ‘Apprentice’

October 9, 2009

Rod Blagojevich is currently facing federal corruption charges for trying to sell President Barack Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat.

But that won’t stop the impeached Illinois governor’s pursuit of reality stardom.

Blago has will appear on this season of Donald Trump’s The Celebrity Apprentice and try to avoid being fired from this gig…


Will Jon Gosselin land in jail?

October 4, 2009

Kate Gosselin (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

A top flight Los Angeles lawyer for Kate Gosselin, Marty Singer, has written a hardball letter to Jon Gosselin’s lawyer Mark Heller alleging that Jon withdrew $200,000 from a joint bank account.

According to Singer’s letter, Jon and possibly his attorney have violated a court order.


Michael Jackson’s Children and the Custody Question

July 12, 2009

by James Hirsen

After the touching tribute Paris, daughter of Michael Jackson, gave her daddy at the memorial service, media attention turned to the future of Jackson’s three young children.

Despite the fact that the court gave Michael’s mother, Katherine, guardianship over Prince Michael, Paris and Prince Michael II, the legal tug-of-war over custody continues.

Because the two older children, Prince Michael and Paris, were born to a married couple, under California law there is a presumption that the custody of minors will be granted to the legal parents. That presumption of custody would result in the surviving parent, Debbie Rowe, getting custody.

In the past, pursuant to an arrangement with Jackson, Rowe attempted to give up her status as legal parent, but she later returned to court and had her parental rights restored.

Rowe’s effort to end her parental rights will likely be brought up in the legal discussion, but in the state of California, parents’ rights are not terminated without a judicial investigation and hearing.

Still, the presumption gives Rowe custody of the children, if there is no evidence that refutes the idea the custody is in the best interests of the children. The law allows judges to overrule this presumption based on proof that parental custody would be detrimental to the children.

Everything hinges on the evidence. If evidence is presented that Rowe has little or no relationship with the children, her custody will be denied; if evidence is presented that the children have frequently spent time with her and know her as their mother, she will be given custody.

If Rowe wins custody of the two older children, she may also get custody of the third child, Prince Michael II, despite having no claim as the legal mother, because of the court’s desire to keep all of the siblings together.

Jackson’s will names his mother, Katherine, as guardian and, states that if she were unavailable, the children would go to singer and actress Diana Ross.

However, a will is not normally effective for custody purposes in a case in which one parent’s will deprives another parent of custody.

James Hirsen, J.D., M.A. in media psychology, is a media analyst, teacher of mass media and entertainment law at Biola University, and professor at Trinity Law School.

Supreme Court to Decide on TV F-word

November 3, 2008

Bono uttered the word at the Golden Globes.

Cher and Nicole Richie blurted it out at the Billboard Music Awards.

When the F-word is used on broadcast television, though, public decency laws can be triggered.

The basic idea behind regulations regarding indecent content that is broadcast over the airwaves is that society has an interest in protecting children as it pertains to a medium that belongs to the public.

The daytime and early evening hours (when children are most likely to be watching or listening) have been viewed as traditional time slots, which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is in charge of overseeing.

After the FCC fined TV networks for broadcasting four-letter words, Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS filed suit, claiming that their First Amendment rights had been violated. A New York federal appellate court agreed.

The FCC appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, setting up a definitive adjudication by the High Court on the limits of the FCC’s power to fine networks for indecent speech.

The Supreme Court will have the final say on the issue of profanity on the air.

Directors, writers and producers already have a host of platforms in which profanity is routinely used, including cable, satellite radio and Internet video. Moreover, television and cable networks have available five-second delays and can easily block profane language.

The FCC contends, “Given the core meaning of the ‘F-Word,’ any use of that word or a variation, in any context, inherently has a sexual connotation.”

Arguments will be heard shortly.

Wonder if the lawyers’ comments will be suitable for TV broadcast.

James Hirsen, J.D., M.A. in Media Psychology, is a media analyst, teacher of mass media and entertainment law at Biola University and professor at Trinity Law School.

Phil Spector’s Ex-lawyer Testifies

July 13, 2007

spector.jpgA former attorney for Phil Spector took the witness narrowly avoiding being held in contempt of court for  refusing to testify.

Sara Caplan testified that she saw forensic scientist, Henry Lee, pick up small white object that may have been one of Clarkson’s acrylic fingernails.

Caplan  agreed to testify after an appeals court upheld the ruling from the trial judge that she would go to jail unless she agreed to testify.

She said she saw Lee pick up an item about one inch in circumference and put it in a vial. She said she never saw the item again.

Lee has  denied the allegations.

Paris Hilton’s Sheriff Baca Buddy?

June 10, 2007

Everything has political implications. Or so it seems.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca recently made a decision to release Paris Hilton from jail and place her under house arrest instead.

Hilton’s freedom from a prison cell, however, would be short-lived. The judge who first meted out her punishment would insure that she would return to a penal institution to serve her sentence.

Could it be that in making cushier arrangements for Hilton, Baca had an eye toward his next election?

It turns out that Paris’ billionaire grandfather had in the past coughed up some cash for Baca’s campaign.

Co-chairman of the Hilton Hotel chain, William Barron Hilton, gave the maximum allowed by law, $1,000, to Baca’s re-election campaign, according to financial records and Radar magazine.

“A member of her family has been a contributor to Baca’s campaign and this may have been payback time,” a friend of the Hilton family told the London Telegraph.

Imprisoned Paris has indicated that she will not appeal the order that placed her back in lockup.

“Being in jail is by far the hardest thing I have ever done. During the past several days, I have had a lot of time to think and I believe that I am learning and growing from this experience,” Paris said in a written statement issued by her lawyer, Richard Hutton.

In the meantime, some fellow celebs have commented on the incarcerated socialite’s plight.

“All heiresses should be put in prison on general principle,” actor John Cusack quipped.

Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson focused on the media’s role, stating that “the story is way bigger than what it needs to be.”

Hilton herself took a shot at the media, saying, “I would hope going forward that the public and the media will focus on more important things like the men and women serving our country in Iraq and other places around the world.”

See Paris grow.