Friday, October 31, 2008

NICOLE KIDMAN THROUGH HELL AND BACK

Nicole Kidman And Ketih Urban


Hollywood superstar Nicole Kidman's marriage to Country music singer Keith Urban has already faced its ultimate test, his alcohol problems forced the then-newlyweds to go "to hell and back." Only months after her famed 2006 wedding to the Country star, Urban checked himself into rehab to deal with ongoing alcohol issues, and now Kidman reveals she feels as if she and her husband went through 10 years of marriage in just a short few months. She tells Parade magazine, "We were thrown into his alcohol problem three months into the marriage, and that was big. We became the closest we could become, because we had to bare our souls. We did 10 years of marriage in three months. You go to hell and back with this. When the addiction takes control of the life, it's terrifying."Urban spent six months trying to beat alcoholism and now Kidman feels proud of the effort her man made to change his life.She adds, "There is hope, and we work on it every day, and we are in a place of actual peace right now, which is a beautiful place."I love him so deeply, and he has done an amazing amount of work, and he is an amazing husband, and I am just very, very grateful."Kidman also says that motherhood has turned her into a sobbing wreck, she weeps just thinking about her little baby girl.The Aussie actress, gave birth to Sunday Rose last July and she still can't believe she's a mom after a series of false hopes and a horrible miscarriage. She tells Parade magazine, "I'm raw and emotional. I cry even thinking of her, but they are tears of joy."I never thought I would get to have it. To have been given it so late in life I'm so ready for it."And I think giving birth to a child, as a woman, is what we're born to do. I don't mean that to sound sexist, because many women don't get to do it, and I thought I was one of them."If you are given that gift, it's an extraordinary thing."

JIMMY KIMMEL GETS BACK AT EX. GIRLFRIEND

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Sarah Silverman was left very embarrassed on ex-boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show on Thursday, when the television host screened lost footage of his former girlfriend singing in a talent contest when she was just a teen. Silverman and Kimmel pretended to be awkward around each other as their interview started, but things really got uncomfortable when the host revealed he had a clip of his ex performing on a local Massachusetts talent show, called "Community Auditions." Silverman denied all knowledge of the contest and urged her ex to move on with his questions, but Kimmel revealed he had footage and then showed it. The very Stunned Silverman said, "You're a [bleep] [bleep]," after the clip, adding, "I can't believe that exists."The interview continued until the comedienne addressed the real issue, adding, "They wanna know that you and I went out and then we broke up ... Don't you feel like a fraud just talking about just shooting the [bleep]."And when Silverman asked, "When we were split, did you kiss anyone else?" a speechless Kimmel simply showed the footage from the talent contest again.

ASHLEY OLSEN STOPS BY DAVID LETTERMAN

Ashley Olsen


Actress Ashley Olsen stops by The Late Show With David Letterman on in New York City. She is all over town to promote her and her sisters new book.
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THE YOUNG PATRONS OF LINCOLN CENTER

Jason Rogers And Tim Morehouse


Zac Posen And Uma Thurman



Zac Posen and Uma Thurman strike a pose as The Young Patrons of Lincoln Center Honor Zac Posen At the Fall Masquerade Gala at The Allen Room of The Rose Building at The Time Warner Center in New York City.
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THE TODAY SHOW CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN

Meredith Viera


Matt Lauer


Al Roker


Ann Curry


Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoba Kotb



Al Roker With Meredith Viera And Hoba Kotb



The cast of The Today Show unveil a storybook theme "Once Upon A Halloween" with Al Roker as The Gingerbread Man, Matt Lauer as Humpty Dumpty, Anne Curry as Cinderella, Meredith Viera as Pinnochio, Hoba Kotb as Little Red Riding Hood, Amy Robach as Rupunzel, and Kathie Lee Gifford as The Big Bad Wolf, in conjunction with the up-coming movie "The Tale of Despereaux" in Rockerfeller Plaza in New York City today.
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Thursday, October 30, 2008

JAMES EDSTROM GETS SURPRISE BIRTHDAY

James Edstrom With Silvia Miles And Barroness Sherry


Claire O'Connor With Rita Cosby,James Edstrom,Tomaczek Bednarek And Ian Miller


April Sandmeyer With Steve Wilkos, Rita Cosby,Claire O'Connor,James Edstrom And Sean Paul Ayala


Last week was a huge surprise. Publicist Linda Shafran from The Jerry Springer Show and the new hit The Steve Wilkos Show, called me and asked me to do some photos of Wilkos while he was in New York City last week to appear on the WB Network. Even know I was in a bad mood because I was turning 49 years old, I told her to have Steve to pick me up at the Times Square Gossip offices and we could do some press photos and then go for dinner and drinks at The Waverly Inn in the West Village. I then called public relations bigwig Claire O'Connor and asked her if she would like to join us. She hesitated, but then said she would come and to pick her up at her apartment and we all could all go out on the town. So, we limo it down to the Waverly Inn and we are having a few drinks and Claire comes running up and say's Angelina Jolie is at the Cutting Room on West 24th street and we should head over there. So we get into the Limo, I quickly call my Buzz Foto photographer Justin Campbell and TMZ's Vincent Vilela to tip them off, not knowing that they were waiting at the Cutting Room for me to arrive. We get to the club, I walk in the club, everyone starts taking photos of me and singing Happy Birthday and all I could think was I just walked in on Angelina's party or something. I tried to leave the club and Claire O'Connor shoved me back in the door. Then I looked around and saw all my friends. I was in shock. Rita Cosby along with Tomaczek Bednarek and longtime friends April Sandmeyer, W, and Ian Miller and Claire O'Connor had worked with Linda Shafran and Steve Wilkos to throw a surprise bash for me at the famed Cutting Room. I could not believe they were able to pull it off without me knowing anything. They worked with Cutting Room owner Steve Walter and they threw a bash like I never saw. My friends were all there, including Silvia Miles, Alistair Duncan, Vinny Parco, Robin Byrd, The Pascha David Salidor and many more. The club was packed. I never knew so many people cared. It was really a night I will never forget. Thanks to all who attended and thanks to Gypsy Impalla and Charlie Ruppman from the New York Daily News who had famed sports artist Bill Gallo draw a painting of me that was incredible. There are two many people to mention, but thank you to everyone !





Rita Cosby With James Edstrom And Bill Gallo Print



Tomaczek Bednarek With Steve Wilkos, James Edstrom And Rita Cosby

IT'S THRILLER IN TIMES SQUARE NYC TODAY

The Michael Jackson mega hit album Thriller shattered records, and now it's going for one more.To get an early start celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Michael Jackson video (which debuted on MTV in December 1983), Jackson fans and impersonators will gather at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York City today to try to break the Guinness Book record of most people doing a simultaneous "Thriller" dance. Jackson, himself, won't make an appearance, but in a statement to PEOPLE he gives the Halloween eve event his stamp of approval: "I always thought Halloween and 'Thriller' fit each other like a glove."

IDOL'S SIMON COWELL HONORED IN LONDON

American Idol judge Simon Cowell was honored at the National TV Awards in London on Wednesday night with a lifetime achievement award. The music icon was presented with the accolade by theatre impresario Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber during the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall. Cowell has amassed a multi-million dollar personal fortune from the success of his music publishing and television production company Syco, which is behind TV hits such as American Idol, America’s Got Talent and The X Factor. There seems to be no end to Cowell's huge talent in the music business.

BELIEVED HUDSON MURDER WEAPON FOUND

Jennifer Hudson



Chicago Police investigating the murders of Hollywood star Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew have discovered the gun believed to have been used in the Chicago, Illinois killings. Officers are quizzing "person of interest" William Balfour after the Oscar winner’s mother Darnell Donerson, brother Jason Hudson, and seven-year-old nephew Julian King were shot dead over the weekend. The bodies of Donerson and Hudson were found at the family home on the day of the shooting last Friday, while King’s remains were discovered three days later in an abandoned car in the windy city. According to local news station CBS 2, officers have now found what they think is the murder weapon used in the horrible crime. The firearm was uncovered in an abandoned alley on yesterday close to where King’s body was discovered. Investigators were spotted placing a weapon in a cardboard box before putting it into a police car.
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DENISE RICHARDS GETS SECOND SEASON

Hollywood star Denise Richards is going to begin filming a second season of her reality television show It's Complicated after network bosses gave her the green-light for another season. The actresses TV return had previously been in doubt amid reports the show had been cancelled after receiving very poor ratings. Richards hit back at the claims by insisting TV executives at E! had picked up a second season, more than a month before an official decision had been made. The news was confirmed early yesterday afternoon.

TARA REID DESPERATE TO HAVE CHILDREN

Hollywood star Tara Reid is very desperate to start a family, hinting that she is trying for kids with her current boyfriend Julien Jarmoune. The couple began dating after setting up Reid’s new clothing line together. And she doesn’t want to wait to settle down and start a family, telling People magazine, "I’m ready to make a family. I want two children, a boy and a girl. And a traditional wedding, the big dress, the princess thing. What every little girl dreams of." We at Times Square Gossip wish you the best of luck.
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ANGELINA JOLIE HUMBLED BY AFGHANISTAN

Angelina Jolie



Good hearted Angelina Jolie was humbled by her recent trip to Afghanistan, because experiencing the strife in the war-torn country has shown her what "real suffering" really is. The Hollywood actress flew to Afghanistan last week as part of her role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). During her visit, she met refugees who had just returned to their homeland to rebuild their lives following the downfall of the Taliban regime in 2001. And the trip has left a lasting impression on the superstar. She says, "After seeing real suffering, you never complain anymore."

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BRITNEY SPEARS STILL UNDER CONTROL

Britney Spears


Toxic singer Britney Spears will remain under her father's conservatorship on a permanent basis, a Los Angeles California judge has ruled. Jamie Spears was put in charge of the pop stars estate and personal affairs in February following her very public meltdown.The conservatorship was originally due to end on December 31st, but Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz ruled on Tuesday that Jamie will stay on indefinitely as co-conservator, with attorney Andrew Wallet.The decision comes after Spears' lawyers put forward the court motion. Her court-appointed attorney Samuel Ingham told the judge: "I've met several times with (Britney) and she requested that I not object to the permanent conservatorship."Goetz concluded that the permanent conservatorship was "necessary and appropriate for the complexity of financial and business entities and her being susceptible to undue influence."It is claimed that Spears hopes the move will help her to regain custody of her two children with ex-husband Kevin Federline.

MADONNA EX. REFUSES 31 MILLION PAYOUT

Pop singing superstar Madonna's estranged husband Guy Ritchie has reportedly refused a $31 million offer from the icon to settle their divorce out of court. The couple announced earlier this month that they are to divorce following over seven years of marriage. They have been locked down in divorce negotiations ever since, but director Ritchie is allegedly refusing to settle without a huge fight. A source says, "Guy is certainly not going to accept the first offer, $31 million is a lot of cash, but not in their world." Madonna's fortune is estimated at around $468 million. The former happy couple is also at odds over their custody plans. Madonna is said to be planning to move to New York City with their son Rocco, 8, adopted son David, and Lourdes, 12, the singer's daughter from a previous relationship, while Ritchie wants them to remain close to his London England home.
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PHOENIX HOUSE O' WORDS THAT FREE US

Wyeclef Jean And Niia


Wyclef Jean and Niia attended the Phoenix House Ã’Words That Free Us: Voices of Recovery" book Launch at Theory on 40 Gansevoort Street in New York City last night.
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CELINE DION TO TRY FOR SECOND CHILD

Superstar Celine Dion wants to try for a second child when she completes her world wide tour.The singer and her husband Rene Angelil welcomed son Rene-Charles in 2001 after undergoing fertility treatments. Dion wants to attempt the process again, but she won't be too disappointed if she fails to conceive the second time around.The star, who is currently on her Taking Chances World Tour, tells talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, "We are going to give it a try after my tour. Hopefully we are pregnant again."I have a small window of hope. But we have been so blessed already. We tried six years for Rene Charles. We have our miracle baby."

JOE FRANCIS LASHES OUT AT LESBIAN RONSON

"Girls Gone Wild" icon Joe Francis is launching a bitter attack against licking Lindsay Lohan's DJ girlfriend Samantha Ronson, branding her a "disgusting human being." A war of words erupted between the couple after Ronson slammed Francis for allegedly ignoring her while chatting to her partner at the MTV Video Music Awards last month. Ronson claims that when Francis approached Lohan at the Los Angeles California event he looked at her "as if I wasn't a human being" -- insisting Francis has "no manners."And Francis has hit back against the star during an appearance on "The Tyra Banks Show," insisting he didn't understand why the pair were together and alleging Lohan isn't even "gay." He told host Tyra Banks, "(Ronson is) very jealous. Samantha tried to start a fight with me. I care about Lindsay, she's not gay. She's being controlled by this, wretched woman, this Samantha."But the actress has now hit back in the fight. She wrote on her official blog, "Joe Francis has no place in saying anything about Samantha ... especially after all the [bleep] he has done."

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

DENIS LEARY SORRY FOR AUTISM REMARKS

Comic Denis Leary has apologized for his very mean remarks against children suffering with autism, insisting his quotes were taken out of context by the press. The actor sparked outrage among activists for young autism sufferers when an excerpt from his book "Why We Suck: A Feel-Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid" was printed in a newspaper earlier this month. In the book, Leary claims some parents use the brain development disorder as an excuse to explain their children's "laziness," and blames the surge in autism on "inattentive mothers and competitive dads." But Leary has taken a step back since landing in hot water over the remarks. He tells the Boston Herald, "I apologize for any pain the out-of-context quotes from my book may have caused."

JOAQUIN PHOENIX RETIRING FROM ACTING

Award winning actor Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly retiring from Hollywood at the young age of 34. The star announced his plans to move away from acting at a fundraiser for late actor Paul Newman's children's charity on Monday. Phoenix will instead focus on his growing music career. He told the television show "Extra," "I want to take this opportunity also to give you the exclusive and just talk a little bit about the fact that this will be my last performance as an actor... I'm not doing films anymore. "I'm working on my music. I'm done. I've been through that." And the news has been confirmed by his representative, who says, "That is what he told me." Phoenix's brother-in-law Casey Affleck, who is married to Summer Phoenix, insists the star is for real: "I don't think he's kidding. He's got music and stuff."Phoenix has made just one movie this year, the romantic drama "Two Lovers" with Gwyneth Paltrow. His vocal skills were applauded in 2005 when he recorded the soundtrack for the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk The tine." His efforts won him a Grammy award, and he is now working on an album with British rocker Tim Burgess from The Charlatans.

THE VIEW DENIES PRESIDENTIAL FIGHTS

A press representative for the morning show "The View" has been forced to deny media rumors that of an off-set feud between co-hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar. The relationship between the couple, famed for their heated on-air debates over their political views, has reportedly become so strained that they have been involved in screaming matches backstage.According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the animosity between the pair "has gotten so ugly, they only speak on air or when a camera is anywhere in their vicinity." The rumors stem from the pair's angry conversations about the forthcoming presidential elections. Hasselbeck is a staunch Republican and John McCain supporter, while Behar is backing Democratic candidate Barack Obama. But a spokesperson for the popular ABC program refutes the claims, insisting rumors of a feud between the two hosts have been around since they started the show.The representative tells Usmagazine.com, "These fabricated rumors about alleged dissension between Elisabeth and Joy are as untrue today as they were yesterday, a week ago and when the rumor(s) first started." The denial comes just days after fellow co-host Whoopi Goldberg revealed Hasselbeck receives death threats from angry anti-Republican viewers.


SAMUEL JACKSON'S SOUL MEN PREMIERE

Samuel L Jackson

Samuel L Jackson was at the World Premiere of SOUL MEN in which he starred with Bernie Mac at the Apollo Theater in New York City.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. SIGNS NEW MOVIE DEAL

Robert Downey Jr.

Hollywood superstar Robert Downey Jr. has signed a hugh new deal with Marvel Studios to reprise his role in The Avengers. The actor will also appear in two more Iron Man movies as part of the contract, reports industry magazine Variety. Iron Man 2 is due for release in 2010 while the next installment of The Avengers will hit cinemas in 2011.

VICTORIA BECKHAM WILL STRIP FOR ARMANI

Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham is going to follow in the footsteps of her soccer star hubby David, when she strips down to her underwear to model for Italian fashion house Armani. The singer will debut as the "worldwide testimonial" for Emporio Armani Women’s underwear in the Spring/Summer 2009 fashion campaign.The collaboration comes months after David Beckham stopped traffic by posing scantily clad for the Italian designer, which was unveiled on a massive billboard unveiled in California last June. In a statement, Giorgio Armani said: "Who better than Victoria Beckham to launch our new global Emporio Armani underwear campaign? Victoria is a style icon, a dynamic lady whose influence and recognition will add great excitement to the continued international growth of our Emporio Armani women’s underwear business."

SELENA GOMEZ THINKS SHE WILL FAIL TEST

Selena Gomez

Teen icon Selena Gomez does not think she can drive, and she is predicting that it will be another 14 years before she gets her driving license. The Disney Channel star began the application process for a California driving license after turning 16 last July, but she is admitting she is put off getting behind the wheel by all the bureaucracy. And although she's booked to take her driving test next week, she doubts she will pass the first time. She tells People.com, "I had to take 19 tests in California! It's the weirdest thing ever. I have to take, like, an online course, and then I have to go take my actual permit test at the DMV. So I will take that November 4th, but I don't know. "I'm not feeling that confident about it. I'm assuming I'll be 30 before I get my license!"

KATE HUDSON'S HALLOWEEN PARTY BUSTED

Kate Hudson

Superstar Kate Hudson's Halloween party attracted alot of attention. The Los Angeles California police reportedly swooped on the bash and ordered revelers keep it quiet. The actress was dressed as a 1960s flight attendant when LAPD officers arrived at her Brentwood, California home at 1 a.m. Sunday morning to move revellers inside the property and warn them to keep the party noise down. Courtney Cox, was dressed as a witch, and hubby David Arquette as a warlock also attended the hit party. Actress Winona Ryder went as a mouse and former supermodel Cindy Crawford turned up as rehab singer Amy Winehouse. But it was "300" star Gerard Butler who was the biggest hit at the bash. A source adds, "All the girls at the party were lining up to talk to Gerard. He left with two very sexy vampires."

THE AVON FOUNDATION AT CIPRIANI'S NYC

Gillian Dempsey With Andrea Jung And Patrick Dempsey

Lauren Conrad


Suze Orman


Gillian Dempsey along with Andrea Jung and Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey were at The Hope Honors hosted by The Avon Foundation at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on yesterday. Money queen Suze Orman was also there and she looked great. We wish Suze would have us at some of her parties in New York. And the Hills Star Lauren Conrad was also there glowing for our Retna Photographers.

LESLEY GORE VISITS BROADWAY'S STARDUST

Lesley Gore And Ellen Sturm

Lesley Gore and former Miss New York City Subway Queen Ellen Sturm posed for photos as the waitstaff wearing 1960's costumes sings Lesley Gore's signature song, "It's My Party" at Ellen's Stardust Diner in New York City today. Ellen is one of New York City's icons having owned many Big Apple hot spots including Iridium Jazz Club on Broadway which still packs the crowds in every night.

VIGIL AT JENNIFER HUDSON FAMILY HOME

Fans of Hollywood star Jennifer Hudson gathered outside her family home in Chicago on Monday evening to hold a candlelight vigil following this weekend's brutal murder of her mother, brother and little nephew. Chicago police discovered the body of Hudson's nephew, 7-year-old Julian King, in the back of an abandoned car in the city on early Monday morning. Julian, the son of Hudson's sister Julia, went missing from the family's home in the windy city on Friday, following the murder of Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson.The star reportedly identified the Family friends joined the group of fans and strangers outside the makeshift memorial on South Yale Avenue, where people had left cards, balloons, stuffed animals and photos of the victims.They showed their support for the actress through prayers and songs, including a rendition of Hudson's song "Spotlight."Hudson's estranged brother-in-law William Balfour is currently being questioned by police in connection with the murders. He has yet to be charged with any crime. Meanwhile, bosses at Fox Studios, who are behind Hudson's latest movie, "The Secret Life of Bees," issued a statement addressing the tragic deaths. It reads: "Everyone at Fox Searchlight and Twentieth Century Fox wishes to extend our deepest condolences to Jennifer and her family. Our thoughts are with them in this time of profound sadness."

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY FILMS IN NEW YORK CITY

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley And Guillaume Canet


British actress Keira Knightley tearfully kisses French actor Guillaume Canet goodbye as the both depart Soho House Hotel where they were filming a scene from their movie Last Night yesterday in New York City. It's the tragic moment of feeling absolute love but knowing deep down it must be let go.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

DINA LOHAN TO DAUGHTER LINDSAY'S RESCUE

Dina Lohan

Licking Lindsay Lohans mom Dina, is blasting media rumors of trouble between her daughter and Ugly Betty Star America Ferrera on the New York City set of the hit show. Recent reports suggested Lohan’s guest role in the series had been cut short because of tension between the pair. Sources told the New York Post Lohan brought an entourage onto the New York set with her, and that the actresses engaged in a power struggle over who was the biggest star. But Dina Lohan insists the gossip is untrue, telling People.com, "It was just silly. America’s a doll. And they said (Lindsay) brought a posse. It was my mother and myself, and (sister) Ali. It was not a posse." Knowing Dina, she tells it like it is so we at Times Square Gossip believe her.

HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA

Danny Elfman

Dina And Clint Eastwood


Ernest Borgnine


Diane Lane And Josh Brolin



Josh Brolin and Diane Lane were at the 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival Awards Gala in the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Blast from the past Ernest Borgnine star of stage and screen as well as the hit television show McHales Navy also showed up for all the glamor. Clint and Dina Eastwood and music icon Danny Elfman were also on hand to party the night away.

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MARY KATE AND ASHLEY OLSEN SIGNING

Mary Kate And Ashley Olsen

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen at their book signing today. Copies of there new book "INFLUENCES" were autographed by the twins at Barnes & Noble bookstore in New York City. We are also being told that the press was made to check their coats and any sweaters they were wearing so security could check for weapons. There was also a huge protest outside by animal rights group PETA.

RUSSELL CROWE TO PLAY WEREWOLF

Superstar Russell Crowe is going to play a werewolf in a new movie to be directed by his friend Ridley Scott. Scott has the script written by Ian Jeffers, and is planning to take it to the big screen, starring regular collaborator Crowe, reports Bloody-disgusting.com. The couple has worked together on a number of projects, including Academy Award-winning epic Gladiator; and they are currently preparing to shoot a Robin Hood movie, in which Crowe will play the famous outlaw as well as his nemesis the Sheriff of Nottingham.

KEANU REEVES JURY SELECTION BEGINS

Jury selection has begun in the trial of Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves after a paparazzo accused him of negligence behind the wheel of his expensive car. Celebrity Photographer Alison Silva filed a suit against Reeves claiming the Speed actor knocked him to the ground in March 2007 with his black Porsche car. Silva alleges the ordeal left him out of work for several months and cost him $40,000 in medical bills to treat his injuries, and also claims he now needs $50,000 of bone graft surgery on his left wrist. Reeves’ lawyer, Alfred Gerisch, insists the photographer tripped over his own feet, telling the court the case is one of "overly aggressive paparazzi bent on getting a photograph of a celebrity at any cost, even if it puts the paparazzo’s own safety at risk". Both Reeves and Silva are expected to testify in the estimated five-day trial.


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