|Clockwise from top left: Chilli Thomas & son Tron; Katie Holmes, Tom & Suri Cruise; Mueller &Charlie Sheen, Bob Sheen w/bruise and Denise Richards|
Today, veteran film star Tom Cruise filed court documents in a case in California where the Top Gun star defends accusations that he had abandoned his daughter, Suri, after the split from his wife, Katie Holmes.
In a document submitted to a Los Angeles, California federal court, Cruise says he never cut his daughter “out of” his life” — whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise.”
The statements were presented as part of a $50 million dollar law suit the Vanilla Sky actor filed in October against Bauer Publishing Company for two 2012 tabloid stories alleging that the Mission Impossible star dumped his daughter too after the split from Holmes.
Cruise isn’t taking deadbeat dad allegations laying down!
Last week, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, member of the 90s chart-topping group TLC, found herself in the position of having to defend her 16-year old son Tron from what has been described as Internet bullying.
Photos of Chili and her son attending the screening of the VH1 TLC biopic Crazy Sexy Cool were published widely on the gossip site Media Take Out and other sites. Thomas was the executive producer of the show which chronicled the meteoric rise of the highest grossing female group and their sharp fall from grace when bad financial deals landed them in bankruptcy.
MTO’s article about the event and photos suggested that Tron was bisexual or gay. Members of the site commenting on the article picked up on the website’s cues and lobbed several salacious jabs at and about Tron in the comment section of the piece.
To fight the site in the only way she knew how, the multi-Grammy-winning singer created a Change.org petition asking others to help her petition the site to remove the article and apologize. To date, she had gotten over 4,000 signatures from supporters.
Media Take Out eventually apologized for the article and took it down, promising to keep children of celebrities off its site going forward.
Tron’s dad is Atalanta mega producer and hit maker Dallas Austin.
Score one for parents
Finally, in an ongoing 3-way celebrity battle, Charlie Sheen has been fighting his ex-wife Brook Mueller over the way he says she has been raising the couple’s twin sons, Bob and Max. Despite a court-appointed gag order forbidding Sheen from speaking with the media about their ongoing custody battle, the Three and A Half Men alum shared with TMZ and other media outlets photos of bruising on Bob’s face after the 4-year old spent time with his mom, who has been in and out of rehab. Mueller has allegedly developed a new fascination with wild and domesticated animals and reportedly has been keeping several as pets in their home.
Sheen’s other ex-wife Denise Richards got dragged in the battle because she had been awarded temporary custody of the twins while Sheen and Mueller battled things out. The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services placed the twins in Richards’ care after a finding that Mueller was not fit to parent them.
Yet, when DCFS permitted visitation, Sheen lashed out saying the government office was not doing its job by placing the children in the care of an allegedly unfit mother.
Meanwhile, Richards has asked the DCFS to remove the kids from her home. She says the boys return from visits to Mueller’s home behaving savagely and that they had attacked her son and family pet. The said they’d come from Mueller’s care and behave in a Zombie-like fashion in their assaults.
When the Twisted actress attempted to get an extensive evaluation done on the boys, Richards said Mueller blocked the attempt.
Unfortunate! Hopefully it resolves itself soon and the boys get proper care, treatment and evaluations for the better.
photos: NYDaily News, Starcast, TMZ, RadarOnline