- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 24, 2008

Report: Bale fracas over wife

Don’t mess with his Batgirl.

Christian Bale reportedly went batty on his mom because she insulted his wife, Sandra “Sibi” Blazic, says the New York Daily News, quoting a friend of “The Dark Knight” star.

“Christian was stressed, but he didn’t lay a finger on anyone. Instead, he flew off the handle and cussed his mother. He just got very loud because his mother was saying some very outrageous things about him, and his wife,” the friend told London’s Mail Online.

Scotland Yard detectives arrested the actor Tuesday after his mother and sister claimed he assaulted them in a posh London hotel suite. Mr. Bale, 34, denied the claims that painted him as a villain in the Sunday-night fracas. His mother, Jenny, 61, and sister, Sharon, 40, filed a complaint with cops on Monday.

Mr. Bale had invited his mother and sister to attend the premiere, but the two bolted for their London suburban homes immediately after the feud at London’s Dorchester Hotel. Jenny Bale, a former circus clown, apparently picked the worst time to trash talk her son’s wife, the Daily News says. The actor and Miss Blazic — an ex-model, makeup artist and one-time assistant to actress Winona Ryder — have been going through a rough patch in their marriage, the friend told the London papers.

“His marriage is not perfect, but his relationship with his mother is in much more trouble.”

Mr. Bale and his wife have a 3-year-old daughter, Emmeline.

Adding to Mr. Bale’s woes has been his deep depression over the loss of his close friend Heath Ledger, who died in January from a prescription drug overdose. Mr. Ledger co-stars in “The Dark Knight” as an over-the-top, psychotic Joker.

“The Dark Knight” earned a record $158.4 million in its opening weekend. Mr. Bale was scheduled to appear Wednesday at promotional events for the film in Barcelona.

Sales ooh la-la for Bruni CD

France’s first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy shot to the top of the charts with her latest album in its first full week on sale, according to rankings by France’s National Union of Phonographic Edition, a music industry group.

The album has generated massive interest because it is the first by the Italian-born former model turned pop star since her whirlwind romance with President Nicolas Sarkozy, whom she married in February less than three months after they met.

The new CD — titled “Comme si de rien n’etait” (As if nothing had happened) and released under the first lady’s maiden name, Carla Bruni — hit store shelves July 11 in a blaze of publicity. According to her record label, Naive, the album sold 14,130 copies in its first two days, Associated Press reports.

The new album is being released around Europe this month and is slated to the hit U.S. on Aug. 5.

Shepherd spews on ‘The View’

“The View’s” Barbara Walters must miss the days of Star Jones and Rosie O’Donnell.

The latest embarrassment on the ABC chatfest? Sherri Shepherd.

The comic actress and “View” co-host — who once said she thinks the world is flat — spoke to the Christian magazine Precious Times about her past, notes the New York Post.

“I was sleeping with a lot of guys and had more abortions than I would like to count,” the magazine quotes Miss Shepherd as saying.

Miss Shepherd, a born-again Christian, also thinks Miss Walters, who is Jewish, needs saving. “Oh, sometimes I say, ‘Lord, [evangelists] Juanita Bynumor Joyce Meyer would be so good at this table. They could lay hands on Barbara and get her saved.’”

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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