New Natalie Wood Case Witness Says She Heard Star Drowning

A new witness in the Natalie Wood case has come forward to say she heard the star drowning in the water the night she died. Natalie Wood died mysteriously in 1981 after she supposedly fell into the water while boating with husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken.

Natalie Wood, who was married to actor Robert Wagner at the time of her death, starred in such films as Miracle on 34th Street, Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story and Gypsy. She was nominated for Academy Awards for her performances in Splendor in the Grass and Love with the Proper Stranger.

Wood died during production of her last movie, Brainstorm, co-starring Christopher Walken. Wood and Wagner were out on their yacht Splendour near Catalina Island in Southern California with Walken when the actress allegedly fell into the water and drowned. Her death was ruled an accident but the case has now been re-opened due to new witness statements.

One new witness that has come forward is former stockbroker Marilyn Wayne, who was sailing near Wood and Wagner’s boat the night the star died. According to Wayne, she heard a woman crying out for rescue in the darkness saying: “Help me, someone please help me, I’m drowning.”

“A woman’s voice, crying for help from drowning awakened John [Wayne’s boyfriend], and he awakened me,” Wayne said in a sworn statement to Natalie Wood case investigators. “Alarmed, I called out to my son, who also heard the cries, and looked at his new digital watch: it was just minutes after 11:00 P.M.”

“While listening to the cries, we called the harbor patrol but no one answered,” Wayne said in her statement. “Then we called the sheriff’s office in Avalon, 12 miles away, and whoever answered told us a helicopter would be sent, but it did not come. We heard loud music coming from somewhere, so thought there was a party on a nearby boat. Then I heard a man’s voice, slurred, and in aggravated tone, say something to the effect of, “Oh, hold on, we’re coming to get you,” and not long after, the cries for help subsided, but we heard the cries for up to 15 minutes. We returned to bed, terribly disturbed.”

Natalie Wood’s body was found the next morning floating in water about a mile away from the couple’s yacht. The actress had injuries to her face and arms and dozens of bruises, according to her autopsy report.

Things Could Get Dicey with Gervais at Golden Globes

Ricky Gervais will be making a repeat performance as the host of the Golden Globes and while fans are thrilled, there’s some concern he may not … toe the line. Gervais hosted the event last year and his appearance has been called “lightening in a bottle.” Even he’s been quoted as saying there’s no way he could pull off a repeat performance. He managed to say what millions were thinking, offend people who greenlit many of the project, and generally bit the hand the fed him. No wonder he’s nervous he won’t be able to do it again.

He did say he’d like to improve on his 2011 performance – by making is 2012 appearance more outrageous than before. Said Gervais: “Not sure if I’m flattered that they trust me or insulted that they trust me. Either way…they shouldn’t trust me.”

It could really go either way. On the one hand, this has the potentially to go so horribly wrong and blow up in the producers’ faces … on the other hand it could be a huge viewership boost for NBC as people tune in to see what Gervais will do or say next.

The timing also will be good publicity for the comedian’s new TV venture, “Life’s Too Short” which will make its U.S. debut on HBO in early 2012.

 

 

American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard Divorces Wife Of Three Years

American Idol winner Ruben Studdard has filed for divorce from his wife of three years, former flight attendant Surata Zuri McCants. The “Velvet Teddy Bear” of American Idol season two said in the divorce filing that he has not lived with wife Zuri Studdard since last year.

“Ruben and Zuri have gone their seperate ways,” Studdard’s publicist told E! News. The couple reportedly met in Atlanta while he was signing autographs at a Wal-Mart in 2006. Studdard thought McCants was beautiful and followed her through the store to get her phone number. Some sources allegedly close to the couple have claimed McCants was just a gold digger out to latch on to Studdard’s fame and fortune.

According to court records, Ruben Studdard divorce papers from wife Zuri Studdard were filed in Shelby County, Alabama. The American Idol season two winner lives in a suburb of Birmingham. According to the filing, Zuri Studdard now lives in Smyrna, Georgia near Atlanta.

Rubben Studdard filed for a ‘contested’ divorce citing “complete incompatibility of temperament” and “irreconcilable differences” with his separated wife. He has also asked the judge in the case to enforce a prenuptial agreement with Zuri McCants that she reportedly signed when they got married in 2008.

Demi and Ashton Officially Call it Quits

After weeks of neither party confirming nor denying the allegations of infidelity, it appears that there really was enough wrong with Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore’s relationship to call for a divorce. The 49-year-old actress announced to the Associated Press today that she would be divorcing her husband of six years:

“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton. As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life.”

When their relationship started, it received much attention for the pair’s 16 year age difference and was recently back in the spotlight when allegations arose about Ashton having an affair with a young woman on the same weekend as his wedding anniversary. He has never confirmed or denied this accusation but responded via tweet to Demi’s announcement saying: “I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi. Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail.”

Six years is almost a record in Hollywood; still, we were hoping this one would go the distance!

Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian Divorce Real But Marriage Fake?

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries will soon be divorced for real, but their sudden split after only 72 days of wedded bliss have left many wondering if their marriage was ever real in the first place. The two dated for only six months before getting hitched in a lavish, over-the-top wedding filmed for reality TV. The couple reportedly earned ridiculous amounts of money for TV and print photo rights to their wedding and received a horde of luxurious gifts. Certainly a terrific reason to get married to me!

According to Kim Kardashian’s lawyer, celebrity attorney Laura Wasser, her client’s marriage to Kris Humpries was as real as it gets though and not about raking in the dough and presents. She says the proof is in the prenup. “Our office did indeed negotiate and prepare a prenup for Ms. Kardashian,” Wasser told TMZ.com. “Given what I know regarding that document, it is not plausible that this marriage was a sham.”

The prenup allegedly included documentation that dealt with possible issues far into the future, something people planning only a short marriage wouldn’t do, according to Wasser. “Why on earth would they [Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries] create a document which looks far into the future if they planned a marriage that would only last a few months,” Wasser said.

While Kris Humpries claims his split from Kim Kardashian ‘devastated’ him,” he is reportedly ready and willing to sign divorce papers. Despite an earlier rumor Kris was refusing to sign, a source allegedly close to Humpries told People that was not true.

Ironically enough, an interview with Kim Kardashian published in the December issue of Marie Claire features the reality TV star proclaiming that Kris Humphries was the “partner who understands your life and lets you be you.” She also said she and Humphries “have a lot of trust, and I don’t think either of us would do anything to break that.”

Justin Bieber Agrees to Paternity Test

In two interesting turns of events, Justin Bieber agrees to take a paternity test, meanwhile suing the woman who claims to be his baby momma.

Papers filed by the mother of the child, 20-year-old Mariah Yeater, claim that the two met backstage after a concert in LA and, ahem, hooked up in a bathroom. Justin says that’s a lie and he’s never even met Andrea.

Until the DNA test is conducted, it’ll be his word against her word. Oh, and her word against his lawsuit. After he returns from Europe in two weeks, does the whole DNA thing and is exonerated, he plans to file a suit against Andrea. Justin and his team thinks the suit is important in order to show people can’t get away with slandering him.

 

 

Lindsay’s Playboy Pics not up to Par

This is quite the juxtaposition: prior to heading off for her stint in jail, Lindsay Lohan had a week to finish a nude photoshoot for Playboy, much of which will be re-shoots of earlier photos. Turns out Playboy was unhappy with the first batch of pics which have already been shot and wants to start over.

They haven’t said specifically if there was anything wrong with the images, just that “Playboy executives wanted to go another direction with her shoot so they asked her to come back for a second time,” a source told RadarOnline.com.

Of course, this all adds up to more cash in Lindsay’s pocket – she’s reportedly getting $1 million to take it all off for Playboy. Maybe that will help soften the blow of her recent jail sentence: 30 days. In jail. No option for house arrest. This is her fifth jail sentence since being arrested twice for drunken driving in 2007. Twenty-five-year-old Lindsay last served 35 days on house arrest on a four month jail sentence.