Dennis Rodman was seen holding court Wednesday night at the bar at Joe's Stone Crab, where our source tells us he was "slapping everyone on their back as hard as he could, screaming in a loud voice, totally wasted." After that, not even a North Korean dictator could command the beleaguered baller a table as he was overheard telling his group--a male friend and his parents--they'd have to leave and go to Prime 112 instead, saying he can always get a table there. Police approached and Rodman was overheard apologizing, saying he understood, whispering to the cop that he was "very sorry and respected the decision to kick him out." Was quite the scene, says our source, who says "he looked truly remorseful." Meanwhile, over at Prime 112, Rodman ended up happily nestled at an outdoor table on the restaurant's terrace and, at one point, smoking a cigar inside. "He's such a mess," said our Prime mole. And all was well again in his world. Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Pyongyang anymore.
January 28, 2013
Real Housewives of Miami's Lisa Hochstein experienced little controversy during her freshman season on the Bravo franchise other than some pesky preservation issues involving her cavernous Star Island estate. Only now that the show has ended is Hochstein in the news, this time sharpening her legal claws and suing a woman who made a comment about her on a reality TV blog.
Hochstein claims that Jessica Lederman's comments that she "was an escort who also did soft porn in Vegas," caused her severe emotional distress and has damaged and threatened her employment and social life. She is suing Lederman for over $15,000, says TMZ. We spoke to Hochstein, who admitted that the controversy over the lawsuit, filed quietly a few months ago has taken her by surprise.
"This was filed a while ago and somehow it surfaced. This isn't something I was going to publicize. It's not the kind of exposure I was looking to get. I do want to put out there that I get it, that I'm out there on TV and there's gonna be anonymous bloggers and posters who will say what they want about me," Hochstein said.
"This person is an acquaintance we've invited in our home and who has smiled in our faces. She had no shame in saying these horrible things. If you are going to put something that nasty, saying someone's an escort, a porn star, that's a big deal to me I want to have a family. The fact that she knows me and I've seen her in my home, well, it just sits the wrong way . I'm not going to go after every blogger and commenter out there. Trust me, I've been called way worse. I have thick skin as part of this whole show, but this really struck a chord. I didn't want it to get out of hand and I'm all for freedom of speech, but when you know someone personally and act like you're friendly with them and then go making an accusation like that, it's a big deal. What have I done to her? "
When we asked her how, exactly, the comments affect her employment, the former model turned housewife explained that "People are still looking to use me as brand ambassador and people who think I am a hooker, an escort . . .it's a bad look....I don't go patrolling for these things. I don't take myself that seriously, but it just rubbed us the wrong way. Maybe [the lawsuit] could have been a little extreme, but at the time we felt it was something we needed to do."