What a scary time.
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As the inevitable hocking of Whitney Houston's estate draws near, the singer had several pieces of memorabilia from classic films.
In particular, a
Back in 2004, Liza Minnelli's ex-chauffeur M'Hammed Soumayah filed a lawsuit against his former employer for sexual harassment and asking for $100 million. He claimed that years back when Liza was drunk she would beat him and demand he have sex with her.
According to Soumayah, Liza even went so far as to threaten to fire him from his lucrative job, so the married father of two eventually relented to stay employed.
After a long 10-year-battle, a deal was reached between both parties last month and is now finalized.
No word on how much money was paid out.
Liza settled another heated lawsuit back in 2007 with ex-husband David Gest and his abuse claims against her.
We love us some Liza, but it sounds like she's a terror to live with — and a horny one at that!
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“The Michael Jackson I will remember was smart, articulate and made me laugh. His death was a huge shock but it brought back so many happy memories."
Such are thoughts of David Gest, the sexually ambiguous ex-husband of Liza Minnelli turned British reality TV "star". Like many of Michael's famous comrades, Gest has come out in support of his friend, revering the man he once knew and openly discussing the musician as he once knew him.
Their life-long friendship, starting in their young teens, resulted in Gest getting to know a side of Jackson rarely seen and reveals some interesting facts about the artist.
For example, Gest recalls that out of his magnificent body of work, Michael's favorite songs were Man In The Mirror and Heal The World. He also reveals that some of Michael's favorite contemporary artists were Beyonce, Eminem and Dr Dre,.
But his biggest reveal was the pairs shared passion for plastic surgery, beginning in the early 80s. While Gest grew out of the fascination, he explains that Michael did not, always insisting he could look better and falling prey to the sales pitches of a plastic surgeon.
“I begged him not to have any more, I said, ‘Your nose is perfect’, but the plastic surgeon we were using kept encouraging him to have more procedures. I believe he was just trying to keep the relationship going with Michael, but he wasn’t being honest with him. Even his family tried to say enough is enough. This guy made a fortune on my nose, Michael’s nose, Janet’s nose and La Toya’s nose. Tito and Jackie were smart, they left their noses alone.”
Gest also recalls the troubled relationship between Michael and his father, Joe Jackson:
“Michael was scared of Joe. Michael and I would take trips just to get away from him. Joe was always demanding but he wasn’t a bad man — he perhaps went about things the wrong way but what he truly wanted was more for his kids than he had. Joe eventually mellowed and Michael didn’t resent him like people think he did. Later in life, they got to know each other and made peace.”
But what Gest mostly remembers is a caring and giving man he was privileged enough to call his friend:
“There will never be another Michael Jackson — he was a musical innovator, a great dancer and you know what else? He was one hell of a friend."
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We knew there was something extremely odd about this!
A Perezcious reader just wrote in with a very peculiar SIGHting of David Gest at Amy Winehouse's favorite bar.
I went to the Hawley Arms in Camden last thursday and ran into David Gest. It was definitely strange and even stranger that that he was surrounded by about 7 or 8 extremely gorgeous guys - and one really annoying girl. But it all became clearer when they kept running off into the single stall bathroom. Anyway, couldn't resist asking him for a picture - defo a very, very, friendly guy - but very bizarre. The girl chatted with me for about 10 min - had no idea what she was talking about but all of a sudden she realized that i wasn't david gest. then she continued her mission to find some more coke.
anyway, after seeing your post and David's quote, I really had to send you an email because I think I was there that night. I do go there quite a bit and never saw him there before. So, I've attached the pic."
Now we know why David and Liza had so much in common!