- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 20, 2007

Ex-hubby blasts Heche

Anne Heche’s divorcing husband wants at least $33,000 a month in support and joint custody of the couple’s 5-year-old son; he says the 37-year-old actress is a bad mother, Associated Press reports.

In Superior Court filings this month, Coleman Laffoon said Miss Heche has refused to allow their son, Homer, to be enrolled in a private kindergarten in Southern California and has said she wants the boy to move to Vancouver, British Columbia, where she spends part of the year filming her ABC-TV show, “Men in Trees.” In Vancouver, Miss Heche leaves their son with a series of nannies or her assistant in her trailer while filming, Mr. Laffoon said.

Miss Heche’s “anger toward me has clouded her ability to think rationally about what is in Homer’s best interest,” Mr. Laffoon said, adding that Miss Heche made some “very poor” parenting decisions in Vancouver, such as failing to provide a car safety seat for Homer and making lunches he didn’t like. After one visit, she forgot to return Homer’s favorite shoes and “his bedtime stuffed animals, which are very important to him and which caused him extreme distress,” Mr. Laffoon said.

Mr. Laffoon and Miss Heche who once dated Ellen DeGeneres were married in September 2001. He filed for divorce in February, citing irreconcilable differences.

Mr. Laffoon, a former freelance videographer who made $6,000 a year, said he didn’t work during the marriage. The couple agreed he would be a stay-at-home father because of his experience as a former nanny and summer camp counselor, his documents contend. He estimated that living expenses for himself and their son, who lives with him, total $37,399 a month.

Paul reads no evil

Paul McCartney avoids reading press coverage of his difficult divorce because he does not want to see the details of his private life on front pages, he said in an interview published Saturday.

Mr. McCartney and his second wife, Heather Mills McCartney, are in the middle of divorce proceedings. According to Associated Press, the former Beatle told the Guardian’s Weekend magazine that the situation has brought him closer to his grown children from his marriage to Linda McCartney.

“I’m going through great struggles, but I’m feeling pretty good,” Mr. McCartney was quoted as saying. “I have a lot of good support, particularly from my family. In difficult moments like this, it’s when a loving family shines through.”

It is estimated that the divorce will cost Mr. McCartney $200 million, reducing his fortune to $1.4 billion, according to the Sunday Times’ annual Rich List.

Pam booed at Cannes

Photographers at the Cannes Film Festival booed Pamela Anderson after she showed up late for a photo session Friday and only stuck around to pose for a few minutes.

Miss Anderson was in town to promote her new movie, “Blonde and Blonder.” Earlier in the day, she had complained to AP Television News about the paparazzi, saying that Cannes was “a frenzy; it’s crazy; it’s silly.”

The 39-year-old former “Baywatch” star had said previously that she would not attend Cannes, where her movie which also stars Denise Richards is screening on the sidelines of the official lineup, but she later changed her mind.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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