WEEK IN REVIEW: Lindsay Lohan in Car Suit
Plus: The Apprentice Martha-ized, Rowling warns fans, and more
LEGAL LOHAN: Two people are suing actress Lindsay Lohan in a personal injury claim, while her estranged father is threatening to fight for what he insists is his share of her earnings. In court papers, Eddie Pamilton and Ilex Harris claim Lohan was driving in Studio City, Calif., on Aug. 3 when she struck Pamilton’s vehicle, leaving the pair with continuing “pain, discomfort and physical disability.” They seek unspecified damages. Back on the East Coast, Michael Lohan is suing Lindsay’s mother, his estranged wife Dina Lohan, for half of her stake in Lindsay’s annual earnings. He estimates his cut to be $3 million, the New York Post reported. The actress’s reps have not commented on either case.
STEWART SHOW: Martha Stewart has been hired to star in an Apprentice spinoff, Donald Trump and show creator Mark Burnett announced, saying the new show will be called The Apprentice: Martha Stewart and will focus on hiring someone to work at her media company. No premiere date has been announced. Trump said Stewart, who is set to leave prison next month, has “gone through a tough time and she’s done it admirably and very bravely.” Also in the works for the domestic diva, 63, is a daily syndicated homemaking show on NBC to start next September and feature a live audience and celebrity guests.
‘HARRY’ SITUATION: J.K. Rowling alerted fans about Internet hucksters who claim to be selling electronic copies of her upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – when, in fact, they are trying to steal credit card numbers and bank information. “Please, please protect yourselves, your computers and your credit cards and do not fall for these scams,” the writer warned after her legal team closed down a fraudulent Web site supposedly offering e-book copies of the book, due t go on sale July 16. Despite her lawyers’ success, Rowling fears that the thieves will resurface. Police suspect organized crime gangs from Eastern Europe, reported Reuters.
MARRIED MET: New York Mets baseball star Mike Piazza, 36, married former Playboy Playmate and Baywatch costar Alicia Rickter, 32, before 120 people at a candlelight church ceremony in Miami on Saturday, the Associated Press reported. With former Mets pitcher Al Leiter and Detroit Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez among the baseball stars in attendance, Piazza and Rickter took their vows at St. Jude’s Catholic Church before boarding a yacht to a lavish reception at nearby Fisher Island. Auxiliary Bishop Ignatius Catanello of the Diocese of Brooklyn performed the ceremony and said the Mets catcher was nervous “like a regular groom, but he’s OK.”
LOVIN’ BLOOM: Hollywood sweethearts Orlando Bloom, 28, and Kate Bosworth, 22, split up after more than two years together, their publicist, Robin Baum, confirmed to PEOPLE. “They did decide to take some time apart due to their upcoming work schedule, and they remain very close,” she said. “It was a mutual decision.” Baum declined to elaborate on when the split occurred, or the reasons, but the two were spotted together as recently as Jan. 21 at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont, where Bloom was staying during the Golden Globes.