Day: April 19, 2019

Premiere of Aquaman

Premiere of Aquaman

Amber Heard has been dragged into her ex-husband Johnny Depp’s legal battle with his former lawyers.

The Aquaman actress has been served with a deposition notice by Jacob Bloom and partners at his law firm, Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, LLP, as part of their upcoming trial against Depp, who has accused them of “professional malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment.”

The Pirates of the Caribbean star sued for $30 million in late 2017, claiming they mismanaged his funds and gave him bad advice in his divorce battle with Heard, but Bloom and his fellow defendants hit back, insisting Depp is solely to blame for his financial woes.

Now lawyers representing Bloom and co. have issued paperwork to question a number of people in Depp’s life, including Heard, her ex-boyfriend Elon Musk, and the actor’s divorce attorney Blair Berk.

Also served on Wednesday were top Hollywood attorney Marty Singer, and former Warner Bros. boss Kevin Tsujihara, who Depp allegedly tried to convince to drop Heard from the studio’s movies, including DC Comics blockbusters Justice League and Aquaman, according to

They are all potential witnesses for Bloom’s side when the case goes to trial in September.

Depp sat for a lengthy deposition as part of the ongoing legal dispute in December.

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NEW YORK — A college philosophy teacher arrested after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters had also been arrested at a New Jersey cathedral this week and had booked a Thursday flight to Rome, the New York Police Department said.

Marc Lamparello, 37, is facing charges including attempted arson and reckless endangerment after his arrest Wednesday night at the New York City landmark, said John Miller, the New York Police Department’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism.

It happened just days after Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was ravaged by a fire that investigators said Thursday was most likely electrical. Miller would not discuss anything Lamparello told investigators after his arrest but stressed that there “doesn’t appear to be any connection to any terrorist group or any terrorist-related intent here.”

Before going to St. Patrick’s on Wednesday, Miller said, Lamparello booked a $2,800 ticket on a 5:20 p.m. Thursday flight to Italy. Asked if Lamparello indicated what he planned to do in Rome, Miller said, “I’m not going to get into that right now.”

Lamparello remained in police custody Thursday and had not been arraigned.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Lamparello had a lawyer who could speak for him. A man leaving his parents’ house Thursday in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, close to New York City, had no comment for a reporter when asked about Lamparello.

Lamparello “wasn’t weird,” said a neighbour, Salvatore Altomare, adding that he “seemed like … a nice guy, walked a straight line.”

Altomare described the family as “very good people. … They’re real Americans — try to do the right thing.”

Two nights before his arrest in New York — and hours after footage of Notre Dame burning was shown around the world — police in Newark arrested Lamparello after he wouldn’t leave the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart at closing time after a late Mass. Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura said Thursday that Lamparello was calm and respectful to the officers but was adamant about not leaving.

“He said, ’This is a house of God, it should be open, I’m not leaving. You’ll have to lock me up,”’ Fontoura said.

After he was charged with three minor offences including defiant trespass, emergency medical services personnel examined Lamparello and determined he wasn’t a threat. Lamparello’s mother arrived and the two drove back to Hasbrouck Heights in his van, according to Fontoura.

“There was no reason to check the van at that point,” he said.

Lamparello is a philosophy instructor who has taught at New York City’s Lehman and Brooklyn colleges and Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Lehman’s website listed him as a Ph.D. candidate at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.

In a statement, Lehman College spokesperson Sarah Ramsey said, “We are aware that an individual was arrested last night after an incident at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The individual was hired at Lehman College during this academic year, and was a part-time, online instructor this semester. We are taking the appropriate steps to terminate the individual’s employment with the college.”

A page on describes Lamparello’s 2016 book, “Reason and Counterpoint,” as offering “ambitious and highly creative answers to some of the most vexing philosophical questions.” The same page says Lamparello has been working on another book project described as “a witty dialogue on arguments for and against the existence of God.”

Miller said surveillance camera footage showed Lamparello circling St. Patrick’s several times in a minivan well over an hour before he parked outside the cathedral on Fifth Avenue, walked around the area, returned to his vehicle, and retrieved the gasoline and lighter fluid.

When he entered the church, he was confronted by a security officer, who notified counterterrorism officers standing outside. Lamparello told the officers his car was out of gas and headed in a direction away from where he was parked, Miller said.

Officers found his vehicle and determined it was not out of gas, Miller said.

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The reverend who officiated Nicolas Cage’s bizarre four-day marriage to his fourth wife has been left “dumbfounded, upset and shocked” after the actor filed for an annulment, can exclusively reveal.

The Oscar-winning actor, 55, and his girlfriend Erika Koike, 34, grabbed headlines around the world after they tied the knot at the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas last month.

Four days later, Nic claimed he was too intoxicated to understand what he was doing.

Reverend Phil York, 75, who has 25 years of experience marrying couples in Sin City, disputes that Nic or Erika were too drunk to get married when they said “I do” to an empty chapel with no friends or family present on March 23.

He revealed that the actor appeared “quiet and serious” during the no-frills 10-minute ceremony, which cost the notoriously free-spending Cage around USD $1,500 to $2,500.

Reverend York says he would like to look the actor in the eye again and ask him: “What happened, you told me you wanted to get married?”

Speaking exclusively to Radar, Phil said: “I recognized Nic straight away when I came into the chapel. I’ve seen many of his movies and I think he’s a great actor. He was very quiet and serious but when I looked them in the eye and asked the question they both said ‘I do’. There was no hesitation. I always look for slurred speech or if people are wobbling around, but I didn’t see anything untoward.”

Reverend York adds: “By license, if we think that they’re too drunk or drugged we can’t go through with the ceremony. I was just dumbfounded when I heard that he had got an annulment. I was surprised and shocked to hear that. I was kind of upset by the whole situation. The young lady said she had known him for four years.”

Despite Erika being close with her family and Nic’s son Kal-El, 13, also living in Vegas with his mom Alice Kim, neither one of them had any guests at the ceremony.

“It was just the two of them. It was kind of strange because usually when people get married they have a couple of close family there or friends,” says Reverend York. “They didn’t have anyone. I really felt kind of bad I didn’t have time to talk to them before because I had just finished another ceremony. The guy who does video at the Bellagio had to stand in to be their witness. We usually shoot a video but they didn’t want one. It’s too bad we didn’t because you would have seen they both looked at me and said ‘I do’.”

Nicolas and Erika were first spotted on vacation together in Puerto Rico in April last year.

They were photographed together the following month leaving a restaurant in Los Angeles but had kept their relationship low key since then.

In his request for an annulment, Cage claims both he and Koike had both been drinking “to the point of intoxication” on the day they got married.

He also claimed that Erika did not tell him “the full nature and extent of her relationship with another person”.

To top it all off he said she had not disclosed “the full nature and extent of her criminal history,” which allegedly includes “additional active criminal proceedings.”

Video footage of the moment the couple went to apply for their marriage license showed Nicolas screaming “She is going to take all my money” and “Her ex is a druggy”.

Erika can be heard saying: “Baby, I am not asking you to do this.”

Photographs also emerged of the pair apparently having an argument outside the Bellagio just hours after their ceremony.

Nic is asking for a divorce if an annulment is not possible. It is understood Erika is not challenging the annulment.

Reverend York said: “I would really like to go talk to him but I’m guessing with all the notoriety around it he probably wouldn’t want to talk. I imagine he is quite embarrassed by the whole thing. I would say to him: ‘Nic, what happened? You both told me you wanted to get married. I’d like to listen to him and find out what happened.”

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