Names and Faces: Nicolas Cage, Lohan, Fred Durst, Leona Lewis, Judy Tenuta

Cage: Upset about finances.
Cage: Upset about finances. (Frank Gunn - AP)
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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cage Sues Ex-Manager

A cautionary accounting tale: Nicolas Cage is suing his former business manager, Samuel Levin, alleging "gross misconduct," speculative investing -- and failure to file Cage's tax returns.

According to court documents obtained by, Cage is suing Levin for a minimum of $20 million, claiming he "lined his pockets with several million dollars in business management fees while sending Cage down a path toward financial ruin." Cage says he didn't know just how bad things were until he fired Levin and hired a new accountant.

The court papers say one of Levin's duties was timely and accurate preparation of Cage's income tax returns. Earlier this month, TMZ revealed that Cage owes more than $6.6 million in unpaid back taxes since 2002. Cage hired Levin in 2001. Kids: Don't let this happen to you.

Lohan's Longer Probation

Lindsay Lohan -- whose attorney says she's been too busy working to complete her court-ordered substance-abuse treatment program -- is getting another chance.

On Friday, a judge in Los Angeles granted the 23-year-old starlet's request for a one-year extension of her three-year probation, the Associated Press reports. Lohan was placed on probation after her second DUI conviction in August 2007.

Lohan's attorney said the actress has been busy, but has completed 15 of 26 individual alcohol classes, 13 of 26 group alcohol classes, 13 of 28 self-help sessions and six other prescribed classes. According to People magazine, Judge Marsha Revel was nonplussed by Lohan's late arrival to court -- nearly 90 minutes behind schedule -- but did express support, telling Lohan she is rooting for her successful completion of probation.

However, Lohan was warned she could face jail time if she continues to miss classes, as she did earlier this year while traveling out of the country. Revel sternly ordered Lohan to get prior court approval before leaving Los Angeles: "I'm going to know about it," she said, "because your whole life is followed."

Recipe for Disaster

Forget the frying pan and the rolling pin -- they are so 1954. The former fiancee of celebrity chef Todd English -- of "Top Chef" and Olives restaurant fame -- has been charged with assault for allegedly whacking him with a metal wristwatch. Erica Wang pleaded not guilty Friday to second-degree assault.

English claims the two were fighting Sept. 14 when she came from behind and popped him on the side of the head with the watch. He had to get seven stitches to close a cut on his face and he had a black eye.

The couple was supposed to be married last week, but English called off the wedding days before, claiming Wang was abusive. She denied that to the New York Post.

Wang's lawyer didn't return a call; English's rep wouldn't comment.

End Notes

Divorcing: Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst and wife Esther Nazarov, People reports, after three months of marriage. The couple wed in Las Vegas in July; a little more than a month later, Durst announced via Twitter that they were separating. Marriage: not for everyone.

Charged: Peter Kowalczyk, 29, who allegedly punched British singer Leona Lewis in the head while she was signing copies of her autobiography at a London bookstore on Wednesday. Lewis did not require hospitalization; Kowalczyk was charged Thursday with assault and detained for psychiatric assessment, Reuters reports.

Spotted: Comedian Judy Tenuta (red and black boa, glittery green shoes, shiny gold jacket) having breakfast at Greenberry's on Wilson Boulevard Friday morning. She's in town to perform at the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse.

Quoted: "Just say no. I'm about to retire from my retirement." -- Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's advice to Debbie Dingell on the perils of overcommitment. O'Connor made the remarks Friday at a luncheon honoring Dingell -- wife of Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) -- who is leaving General Motors after 32 years.

-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports

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