J.Lo in Court to Stop Ex-Husband's Book
The star seeks to bar Ojani Noa from peddling his tell-all about her
Jennifer Lopez’s first husband, Ojani Noa, will publish a book about her sex life unless a judge prevents the tell-all from being permitted to move ahead, Lopez’s lawyer claims in court documents.
“Sadly, no personal detail is too sacred to be sold by Noa for profit,” state the papers filed by Lopez’s attorney, Paul N. Sorrell, according to the Associated Press. “Noa will do anything within his power to make money off his ex-wife. He is out of control.”
Noa and his lawyer, Robert Vasquez, filed a six-page document last week denying Lopez’s allegations. Attorneys for both sides are due to argue Lopez’s request for a preliminary injunction before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Yaffe.
The proposed book – reportedly to be titled The Unknown Truth: A Passionate Portrait of a Serial Thriller, with chapters named after each of Lopez’s films – contain disparaging remarks about Lopez, her court papers state, based on an article about the book that appeared in the New York Post last January.
Last October, Noa and Lopez settled a lawsuit he brought against her, alleging he was illegally fired as manager of her Pasadena restaurant, Madre’s. In exchange for a $125,000 payment, Noa agreed not to disparage her or make money off disclosure of his relationship with her, according to her court papers.
However, Noa now proposes to tell about Lopez having “multiple duplicitous sexual affairs” with a fellow cast member on the set of the movie Anaconda; with Miami Beach nightclub impresario Chris Paciello; with singer Sean Combs, whom she later dated; and with singer Marc Anthony, to whom she is now married, her court papers state.
Noa alleges Lopez was having an affair with Anthony at the same time she was involved with Combs and while Anthony was still married to former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres.
Asked during the deposition if he believes he is free to discuss anything about Lopez that he wants, Noa replied, “Basically, yes. I mean, I live in a free country. No? I can express myself. I can talk and say whatever I want to,” according to Lopez’s court papers.
Lopez met the Cuban-born Noa while he worked as a waiter at a Miami restaurant. The two married in 1997 and divorced 11 months later.