HARVEY WEINSTEIN SUES OVER ATTORNEY’S FEES
NEW YORK (AP) – Harvey Weinstein is trying to get back the money he paid to one of his attorneys. And it isn’t because he was convicted of rape and is currently in prison. In a lawsuit, the disgraced Hollywood producer is demanding his ex-lawyer Jose Baez give back the $1 million he paid him. In his suit, Weinstein complains Baez passed off some of the work to other attorneys, that he was hard to get in touch with – or too busy to care for his case. For his part, Baez bailed on Weinstein six months after joining the defense. Baez said Weinstein damaged their working relationship by communicating with him only through other lawyers – and by not abiding by their fee agreement.
JOSH DUGGAR RELEASED
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Former reality TV star Josh Duggar has been released from custody. But he’s hardly a free man. A judge released him to family friends yesterday after his arrest on child pornography charges last week. He faces trial in July. Under terms of his release, Duggar can’t leave the house of those who are keeping him. The judge who granted the release says she’ll have the U.S. Marshals on Duggar’s case if he breaks any of rules under which he’s been released. Duggar and other members of his family were in the TLC show “19 Kids and Counting.” It was canceled in 2015 when it came out that Duggar had molested four of his sisters – and a babysitter.
CELEBRITY PIZZA CHEF SENTENCED TO PRISON
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) – A celebrity pizza chef is going to prison for trying to hide his dough from the IRS. Bruno DiFabio has a 30-day term on tax evasion. The man known as “Lord of the Pies” was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Connecticut – after admitting to trying to beat the Feds out of taxes. He won’t have to report to prison until July 12. Until then, he’s free on $100,000 bond. DIFabio was in “Chopped” and other food-based TV shows.
“PIANO PAT” DIES
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) – Patricia Sponheim never won an Oscar or a Grammy – or any other major award, for that matter. But she is being mourned because of her long career as the entertainer at a Tiki bar in Great Falls, Montana. Known as “Piano Pat,” she played and sang with guests at the Sip ‘n Dip Lounge. The bar is famous because patrons sip drinks out of fish bowls while watching women dressed as mermaids swim in a pool through a glass wall behind the bar, which is on the second floor of the O’Haire Motor Inn. “Piano Pat” died Tuesday. She was 86.