Sly Sues Back
Rambo is fighting back. Sylvester Stallone and his wife, Jennifer Flavin, are suing two of their former household workers for slander and invasion of privacy, three days after the employees sued them, charging all manner of mistreatment during their short tenure at the couple's Miami mansion.
"Mr. and Mrs. Stallone have filed this lawsuit to clear their name," said their attorney, Martin Singer. The suit, filed Thursday, seeks at least $1 million in damages; the Stallones say they'll give any court award to charity.
The workers named in the suit are Maria Vivanco and Cristian Sandoval, who, along with three other former employees, are seeking $1.5 million in damages from the actor and his wife. The workers, who were employed by the Stallones for just six days in 1995, say the couple fired them for no reason and also caused them distress by subjecting them to ridiculous rules, including not speaking to Stallone's mother, Jackie, not looking Stallone directly in the eyes, and leaving the room immediately if he entered. The Stallones counter that they never abused anyone, and furthermore, the workers were fired because they were clueless.
Celebrity Crime Report
Rapper Jay-Z was released on $50,000 bail yesterday after being accused of stabbing a record executive at a Manhattan nightclub. An attorney for the Grammy winner, whose real name is Shawn Carter, denied that his client was involved in the Wednesday night stabbing of Untertainment Records founder Lance Rivera, who was treated and released for wounds to his back and stomach. Police said Jay-Z and Rivera were fighting over the bootlegging of the rapper's newest album, "Volume 3: The Life and Times of S. Carter," due out Dec. 28. Police have charged Jay-Z, 29, with two counts of first-degree assault, each punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
In other celebrity crime news, former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star Jason Priestley was arrested yesterday on suspicion of drunken driving after he rammed his Porsche into a utility pole and a parked car on a Hollywood street. Priestley was not injured, but his passenger broke an arm.
Starr's Counsel for Clinton
Former independent counsel Kenneth Starr urged President Clinton to fess up that he lied under oath about his relationship with infamous intern Monica Lewinsky. "Far be it from me to suggest a specific avenue of redress, but in some way, through some manifestation of genuine sorrow and acceptance of responsibility, the president should get himself right with the law," Starr told newspaper reporters at a breakfast meeting in Washington yesterday. The White House scoffed at Starr's suggestion. "I will put that advice in the same file as much of the unsolicited advice we get here," spokesman Joe Lockhart said, pointing to a trash can. Clinton has denied that he lied under oath, although earlier this year U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright found him in contempt of court--and fined him $90,000--for giving "false, evasive and misleading answers" in the Paula Jones deposition.
Singer Stevie Wonder, who'll be feted this weekend at the Kennedy Center Honors, has met with a Johns Hopkins Hospital eye specialist about an experimental surgery to restore his sight, but alas, the doc told him that the operation probably wouldn't help him because his eye damage is too severe . . . Lots of Aussies are in a lather over a new calendar featuring an Australian women's soccer team, the Matildas. In an attention-getting scheme, the players decided to pose nude . . . Ladies, here's your chance: "I'm looking forward to meeting the lovely lady who bids on the date. I know there is a woman out there who is looking for a true gentleman like myself." So says former "Diff'rent Strokes" star Gary Coleman on the "all-expense paid" date with him that's up for auction on ugo.com.