Will Michael Jackson now become the plaintiff?
Now that the singer has been cleared of all the child molestation charges against him, the word is that he will proceed with a lawsuit against the documentary maker whose footage started the whole case. Martin Bashir’s interviews, broadcast in the UK and in the U.S., caught Jackson on camera admitting that he shared his bed with boys. Jackson is “expected” to sue both Bashir and the U.K. network that did the program, according to This Is London, because they “had broken a promise to allow the star to vet the program.” Although some Jackson watchers believe that he just wants the whole mess behind him, others say it’s a necessary step if he wants to completely clear his name.
Bashir’s office wouldn’t comment on the report and Jackson’s rep couldn’t be reached for comment.
No Tara Reid
Lindsay Lohan has a peculiar defense for her partying ways: at least she’s not like Tara Reid.
While promoting her new flick, “Herbie: Fully Loaded,” Lohan told reporters, “I'm a very honest person and, I feel like I'm very sincere and I don't take anything for granted. I feel blessed, lucky, appreciative and I'm thankful, not some crazy Tara Reid-esque party animal. I wanna be in this for the long run."
And, despite her run-ins with the tabloid press, Lohan admits that her kid sister is a fan of it. “My sister’s 11 and she buys the tabloids,” Lohan told Canada’s National Post. “My sister loves [being photographed by the paparazzi]. She pokes her head out the window and smiles for the cameras.”
Notes from all over
Some Christian Bale fans are wondering why the British born actor is keeping his American “Batman” accent while doing interviews to promote the film. Apparently, he wants to stay in character — although the accent is easy for him because he has spent so much time in the U.S. ... Leonardo DiCaprio is denying buzz that he’ll star in a sequel to “The Aviator.” Howard Hughes’ later life was just too dark and grim, he says. ... Alan Cumming isn’t upset that Bryan Singer won’t be directing the third “X-Men” flick. The director was lured away from the project, but the actor who played Nightcrawler in the comic-book inspired film told the Vancouver Sun, “No, I’m not disappointed. I can’t deny it. I think he’s really talented. I’m very proud of [“X-Men 2”]. I think it’s a great film. I didn’t enjoy working with him.”
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