- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Mel, Mrs. to part

Mel Gibson’s wife of 28 years filed for divorce Monday, citing irreconcilable differences, Associated Press reports.

Robyn Gibson filed the petition, which offers no details of the breakup, in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The couple have seven children, but only one younger than 18. Mrs. Gibson has requested joint custody of their son who turns 10 today.

Details of how the couple’s assets would be divided were not spelled out in the court filings. Mrs. Gibson is seeking jewelry, earnings and assets she accrued after the couple separated more than 2½ years ago and a share of the money and assets Mr. Gibson, 53, has earned during his nearly three decades as a Hollywood hit maker.

Mrs. Gibson wants the actor-director to pay spousal support and her attorney’s fees.

The couple were married in June 1980, court records show.

The 1979 film “Mad Max” brought Mr. Gibson his first international attention, closely followed by the critically acclaimed “Gallipoli” and the Mad Max sequel “The Road Warrior.” He has since gone on to make a mix of crowd-pleasing shoot-‘em-ups such as the “Lethal Weapon” franchise and also established himself as a director. His 1995 “Braveheart” earned Mr. Gibson two Oscars, for best picture and best director.

He also produced and directed the surprise blockbusters “The Passion of the Christ” and “Apocalypto,” which broke box-office records for foreign-language films in its opening weekend in several countries.

His divorce was first reported by the celebrity gossip site TMZ, which made a splash for its reporting of the actor’s anti-Semitic slurs uttered during a drunken-driving arrest in 2006.

Mr. Gibson pleaded no contest to the charge later that year and was given three years’ probation.

Since then, he has hosted Britney Spears at his home in Costa Rica and continued his acting career. He stars in “Edge of Darkness,” scheduled for release later this year.

Court action for book

The executor of Dee Dee Ramone’s estate has gone to court to stop publication of a book about the late punk rocker by his first wife.

Ira Herzog says Vera Davie of Port St. Lucie, Fla., violated an agreement to let him review and change anything she wrote about the bassist.

Mr. Herzog’s lawsuit in the New York state Supreme Court in Manhattan uses Mr. Ramone’s real name, Douglas Glenn Colvin. Mr. Colvin was with the Ramones from their creation in 1974 until 1989. He died in June 2002 at age 50 in Los Angeles.

Miss Davie’s book is “Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone,” published by Phoenix Books of Beverly Hills under the pen name Vera Ramone King.

Phoenix Books didn’t immediately return a call for comment Monday, Associated Press reports.

Adult star found dead

A friend of adult-film star Marilyn Chambers tells Associated Press the actress has been found dead at her home in northern Los Angeles County.

Peggy McGinn says Miss Chambers, 56, was found by her 17-year-old daughter Sunday night and the cause of death has not been determined.

Miss Chambers starred in the 1972 film “Behind the Green Door,” which was more widely distributed and attracted a more mainstream audience than the usual adult fare.

Born Marilyn Briggs, the adult star was once a model for Ivory Snow.

Baby for Amy’s ex

Amy Winehouse’s estranged husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, reportedly has impregnated a fellow patient attending rehab, Denverpost.com reports.

Gillian Morris, 31, told the News of the World that Mr. Fielder-Civil seduced her at the Phoenix Futures Rehab Centre in Sheffield and “we had a secret fling.”

The mother of two, who was undergoing treatment for heroin addiction, said Mr. Fielder-Civil was shocked when he found out but he “has vowed to stand by me and raise the child” and she is planning to keep the child.

“Initially I was planning to have an abortion, but Blake’s vow has completely thrown me,” Miss Morris was quoted as saying. “I never planned for any more children.”

Miss Morris says Mr. Fielder-Civil will play an active part in her child’s life.

However, the news is likely to have an effect on the ongoing divorce case of Miss Winehouse and Mr. Fielder-Civil, 27 — damaging his attempt to get hold of half of the Grammy-winning Miss Winehouse’s estimated $15 million fortune.

Mr. Fielder-Civil, who was jailed in July for assault and perverting the course of justice — launched divorce proceedings after pictures emerged of Miss Winehouse kissing actor Josh Bowman while vacationing in St Lucia.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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