- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 11, 2006

J-Lo in beef over book

Jennifer Lopez is suing ex-husband Ojani Noa, claiming he demanded $5 million to stop plans to publish a book containing private details about the star and their relationship, Associated Press reports.

In the lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Miss Lopez accuses Mr. Noa of violating a confidentiality agreement by distributing the manuscript of his book to publishers, the syndicated television show “The Insider” reports. She is seeking a restraining order to keep the manuscript from becoming public.

Among its juicier tidbits, the New York Post reports, are Mr. Noa’s claims that Miss Lopez cheated on former main squeeze Sean “Diddy” Combs in 1999 with her current husband, singer Marc Anthony — who, at the time, was married to former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres Delgado.

A description of the manuscript appeared Jan. 11 in the New York Post. Miss Lopez’s lawyers contacted Mr. Noa’s attorney, and Mr. Noa replied in a letter that he would continue to shop his book, the lawsuit says.

In another letter, Mr. Noa said “that he would not agree to refrain from marketing his book unless [Miss Lopez] paid him the sum of $5 million,” according to the complaint. Mr. Noa’s attorney, David DeRubertis, did not immediately respond to inquiries from Associated Press after business hours.

The confidentiality agreement stemmed from a settlement in October, when Mr. Noa dropped his lawsuit claiming Miss Lopez fired him as manager of her Pasadena, Calif., restaurant without cause. He agreed not to disparage Miss Lopez or make money off disclosure of details of their relationship, the lawsuit says.

Miss Lopez met Mr. Noa while he worked as a waiter at a Miami restaurant. The two married in 1997 and divorced a year later. Her second marriage was to choreographer Cris Judd in 2001. She tied the knot with Mr. Anthony in 2004.

Pavarotti regroups

Luciano Pavarotti has postponed eight concerts on his world farewell tour because of back pain, Associated Press reported yesterday.

The 70-year-old tenor has been advised not to travel or perform while he’s being treated in New York for a “painful condition in his lower back,” says Terri Robson, Mr. Pavarotti’s London-based spokeswoman.

After his treatment ends in late May, Mr. Pavarotti will resume his concert tour in Canada on June 3, she adds. He is scheduled to perform June 21 at the Verizon Center.

Baby, beau for Maggie

Good news apparently comes in twos for Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Not only is the indie movie queen expecting her first child with longtime boyfriend Peter Sarsgaard, but they also are engaged, People magazine reports. It will be the first marriage for both actors.

The twosome have been together for an impressive-by-Hollywood-standards four years after meeting on the set of Steven Soderbergh’s 2003 low-budget and never-released drama “In God’s Hands,” E! Online reports.

Working it out

Madonna and Guy Ritchie have retreated to Los Angeles, where they are patching things up after a bumpy period in their marriage, her father-in-law says in a magazine interview released yesterday.

“L.A. seems to have helped them. It’s easier out there because there is less pressure. They seem to have left the bumps they were having over here behind them,” John Ritchie is quoted as saying in an interview with Closer magazine.

According to Associated Press, reports of a rift in the marriage circulated recently, especially after the 47-year-old pop star didn’t thank her film director-husband after winning a Brit Award in February.

“You can never know that things will work, but they do seem to be fitting into each other more,” John Ritchie was quoted as saying.

Guy Ritchie, 37, and Madonna have a son, Rocco, 5, and the singer also has a daughter, Lourdes, 9. The couple were married Dec. 22, 2000.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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