Alec Baldwin racist yoga crisis

Alec Baldwin has a a hare trigger and a big mouth. That’s both an interesting and an unfortunate combo in a celeb. In Baldwin’s case it’s a combustible combo & it  has just landed him in tabloid trouble!

See Alec has this new wife named Hilaria Thomas. She’s a popular NYC yoga instructor. Alec has joked about making her the first billionaire yoga instructor by backing her career. Hilaria is a frequent topic on conversation between Alec & the paps. However when New York Post reporter Tara Palmeri and her partner retired veteran NYC cop G.N. Miller cornered Baldwin out side his East Village home & asked Alec how his wife’s lawsuit was coming, Alec came unglued.

The Big A goes berserk again?

According to Miller, Palmeri, and the Post Baldwin lost it batshit. He grabbed Palmeri and told her that he wanted to ‘strangle‘ her. He actually said that I want to choke you to death. according to Palmeri. After that he turned to Miller and started – according to Miller – using a lot of racist language. For instance he called Miller a “coon“. He also called the former & decorated NYPD officer a “crackhead” & a “drug dealer“. Then according to Miller, Baldwin launched into more racist talk – “He was saying some serious racist stuff. He said some choice words about my mother, and he was telling people in the street that I’m a drug dealer. He could have said a lot of other stuff. But he used all of the stereotypes associated with black people.

As for Baldwin, not surprisingly he has a different version of events.  Earlier he tweeted, then deleted

Thank u 2 NYPD officers who came to my home 2day so that I could file a formal complaint against NY Post “photographer Moments after I tweet about the Post, Ralston, the ex-crackhead ‘photographer’ shows up at my door w 1 of Murdoch’s nieces in tow. Ralston claims he’s ex NYPD!! That can’t be!!! Ex NYPD don’t become crackhead, ex jailhouse paparazzi!

 He goes on to claim that he’s the victim. He claims that the reporter and her partner cornered him coming off of University Place. Then they baited him and tried to get him to lose his temper for a reaction. They did this by pushing, shoving, and bumping into him. Baldwin didn’t appreciate the bullying so he phoned the cops about it. Or as Alec puts it

“This guy was right up in my face as I crossed University Place. I get to the other side of the street, and he bumped into me. He banged into me with his shoulder, because he was right on top of me with the camera. In my mind, it was deliberate. I’ve had that happen before. It happens sometimes, because they want to bait you, they want you to do something.”

Then he took to Twitter to make sure that everyone got the right side of the story with tweets like such as

“My publicist has just informed me that the ‘photographer’ from the Post is claiming I called him a racial epithet, prior to calling the cops. … That’s kind of magical thinking, isn’t it? The Post accusing me of racism” 


“Fox TV reporter followed me down street, walking my dogs. He tripped and fell. My doorman said, ‘I’m your witness! You didn’t push him!'” 

Baldwin also claims that ms Palmeri misquoted him. While she says that he told her that “I want to choke you to death” Baldwin claims what he really said was “I want you to choke to death“.

So this leaves us in one of those “he said, they said” standoffs. On the one hand we have an actor with a well known rep for get streamed up and saying inflammatory stuff. On the other hand we have a couple of tabloid reporters with an incentive for making a story good. Well the latest development in the story has occurred. According to TMZ the audio tapes are surfacing and what Alec said is true. He didn’t tell Ms. Palmeri that “I want you to choke to death” and not “I want you to choke to death“. Also there are no racial slurs, nor even mentions of them, on the tape.

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So there you go – Alec has been vindicated! Lucky for him too, since if this allegation had stuck Baldwin’s career would’ve been dead. It does leave us with another question – “how is Hilaria coming along with her yoga law suit?

As mentioned Hilaria Thomas Baldwin is a popular NYC yoga instructor who teaches to a packed class. In fact that was part of the problem. When Spencer Woolf from the Huffington Post stopped by to try out the class he ran into trouble.

Spencer was instructed to do an advanced pose – the headstand. However since the class was chock-a-block with students, Spencer had to do his headstand over by a window. Now balance can be tricky in inverted poses. When Woolf lost his he went tumbling through the near by window. At that point a student alleged pointed at Hilaria and hollered out – “it’s your fault!” Spencer, who tore his leg open in 5 places during the Jan 15 incident, must’ve figured that was a good idea since he filed a lawsuit over it in Manhattan Supreme Court. That would’ve been sometime after he was carted away from the scene in an ambulance.

Now Woolf claims that Hilaria Thomas created an unreasonably dangerous situation by over crowding her classes. That’s why he can’t move his ankle, his foot points down, and he has to wear a boot. He’s also worried about whether or not he’ll regain the normal use of his injured limb. However Alec, once again on Twitter, claims that Woolf was warned not to do the very posed in which he injured himself. So this case is for the courts to decide. Since Hilaria is currently expecting a baby the lawsuit has come at a very bad time.

So the next time you feel like extending yourself then try reaching for something merely reasonably dangerous, like your friendly neighborhood Wondertrash!


Ann Dexter Jones Broke Up Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson

Advanced Parenting – What would a rock star do?

Ann Dexter Jones admits that she’s the one who broke up Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson. She also swears that she had a good reason to do so. For one thing she’s Sam’s mother, and according to her she did what any sensible mother would do in that situation. That is save her daughter from a potentially dangerous and destructive relationship with a young woman she describes as ‘psychotic’.  Or as she said: ‘I saw how much pain my daughter was in and that she was suffering deeply. She is a very Zen person and not used to the kind of turmoil that Lindsay seems to thrive on. ‘I was seriously anxious about Samantha’s safety and wellbeing. I feared a tragedy. It got to a point that I wasn’t sleeping very well.’ Before we get  into that, let’s spent a little time finding out who Ann Dexter Jones is.

Rock n roll chick is‘rock ’n’ roll-chic

Ann Dexter Jones is more than the mother of Sam Ronson. She’s also some kind of society lady fixture in music circles. Now in her early 60’s she still parties with the likes of P Diddy and Jay Z, if the mail online is to be believed.  She’s also a successful jewelry designer who sells her wares to the likes of Kate Moss  – who’s then friend tycoon Sir Phillip Green bought the model one of Dexter Jones pieces after Moss had admired it on another woman. He then spent another $12 000 buying a duplicate version for his wife. So ADJ got friends with money.

She started out connected. Her great  uncle was Sir Oscar Deutsch founder of the Odeon Cinema chain. She’s also related to former foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind, and former home secretary Leon Brittan. She herself had a cosmopolitan upbringing. When she was ten her family left the UK for Australia (she lost her mother on the journey).  Her family then continued to move on. Ann had attended about 14 different schools until in 1972 sdhe became an assistant to the Aga Khan.

Ann’s 1st marriage was to Sam’s father Laurence Ronson who was the manager of rock band Bucks Fizz (His brother Gerald was a tycoon who got jailed for involvement in the Guinness trading fraud in the 80’s). The couple had some heavy music connections too.She’s had Sir Mick Jagger at dinner in her St John’s Wood home, along with the kid’s school teacher.

Later she married Mark Jones, who wrote Foreigner’sI Want To Know What Love Is” for her. It was the 80’s and she moved with Mark to Manhattan. There they hobnobbed with the likes of Yoko Ono, Michael Douglas, Bruce Willis, and Robin Williams. Sir Paul McCartney was even known to stop by. Keith Richards gave her son guitar lesson’s, and Keith Moon taught him to play the drums.

So Ann Dexter Jones has a pop culture pedigree. However she maintains that she always tried to be an aware and responsible parent. For instance no one dated until 16. She insists that the kids had jobs  – whether interning at magazine, or working at local restaurants and coffee shops. She felt it was important for them to earn their own money. She says of her lids, ‘Considering the temptations they must have been exposed to, they are cool and super-talented, without any hint of drama or scandal.’ That is with one notable exception, Sam’s hi profile relationship with troubled actress Lindsay Lohan.

I know stuff, but I don’t want to go into it. I just knew that it was not a good place for my child to be, but sometimes a parent’s objection only makes it more exciting. ‘When I saw for myself just how volatile Lohan was, I realised that the relationship was not healthy.” Lindsay presented a challenge to Ann Dexter Jones parenting style. Ann says that she always raised her kids to be independent from an early age. However Lindsay cause ADJ to revise her non interference policy. She says that her daughter’s relationship with Lohan was mutually toxic. ‘But after the incident in Dubai I knew it was time for me to take a stand and not act as an enabler. I’m a pretty blunt person and like to shoot from the hip, so to speak. So, I told them straight – to their faces. I said I didn’t want to create a social veneer; pretending everything was fine when it clearly wasn’t.

The Dubai Incident was a big party that Lohan and Sam attended together with ADJ. Now this was an all star event at Dubai’s Atlantis. Oprah Winfrey had a seven room suite booked where  who’s who  attendees like Mischa Barton and Mary Kate Olson could sip champagne and snack on elegant hors d’oeuvres. It was a big deal and Sam was DJing. According to Dexter Jones Lindsay became upset because she wasn’t getting enough attention. So she threw herself into the middle of the room, hurled herself onto the carpet, and then began rolling around in some kind of fit. Though ADJ calls it a tantrum, the description she gives in her interview makes it sounds like Lindz was having a seizure!

Suddenly, without any warning, Lindsay flung herself on to the thick carpet and started to roll around screaming like a child,’ said Ann, as she recalled the bizarre scene that so shocked her four years ago. ‘It seemed she was upset that people, including Samantha, were not paying her enough attention. ‘To my mind, it was classic psychotic behaviour. I took Lindsay aside and told her not to make a spectacle of herself. She was clearly out of control and spoiling for a fight.’ 

 If ADJ had doubts about Lindsay before the bizarre spectacle at Dubai’s Atlantis sealed the deal. That’s when Dexter Jones finally worked up the nerve to confront her daughter about what she considered to be a potentially dangerous relationship. ‘When I saw for myself just how volatile Lohan was, I realised that the relationship was not healthy. The morning after her tantrum – and believe me, that was not the worst of it – I told them both that I could no longer support them as a couple, that I no longer approved of them being together and that Lindsay was no longer welcome in my home. Naturally, Samantha did not take it very well, but as a parent I’ve never tried to win any popularity contest with my kids.’Dexter Jones calls the approach ‘tough love’ but feels that it was justified.

Besides it’s worked out, sort of. Sam is currently in a relationship with Erin Foster, daughter of mega producer David Foster. Lindsay Lohan has continued her downward spiral. Since then the struggling actress has had 6 arrests, 5 rehab admissions, 536 hours of community service, plus numerous and ongoing court appearances. Ann Dexter Jones is relieved that the Lindsay Lohan relationship is a part of her family’s past, and eager to move forward. ‘I’ve not come across her since I backed off,’ says Ann, doing nothing to hide her relief. ‘All I shall say is that I wish her well, because I have no problems with her any more.

So was Ann Dexter Jones justified? Intervening in your children’s lives is the kind of judgement call that takes a very fine line. On the one hand you don’t want to stunt your children’s development by imposing your own decisions on them. On the the other if you see some one wandering out in front of a runaway train then you might feel the need to grab them and pull them out of the way. Clearly Dexter Jones feels that this was more a matter of the second case than the first.The whole Dubai Atlantis incident only confirmed it for her. Besides, that wasn’t the only strained relationship that went sour during a party. If you’ve ever seen an old episode of Dallas featuring either the Oil Barons’ Ball or the annual Southfork Barbeque, then you know that alcohol, frayed nerves, and strained personal relationships area recipe for trouble! Not everyeon can conduct themselves like boy scouts while having a good time!

Veteran Brit comedic actor Richard Briers has died at age 79 in his London home after suffering from emphysema. He was best known for his role as tom Good in the Brit TV sit com The Good Life, which was about a man who gives up his place in the rat race for a life of suburban self sufficiency. Paul Eddington from Yes Minister played his tolerant but condescending neighbor. So for the Britcom fans out there let’s have a look at episode three from season one of The Good Life as husband and wife try to readjust t o their new life of voluntary simplicity.


Mindy McCready Suicide

Country singer Malinda Gayle “Mindy” McCready. 37, has committed suicide. Her body was found in her Heber Springs, Ark., home. Neighbors called police after hearing gunshots coming from the home. It was then discovered that she’d shot herself and her dog. It had been a rough month for McCready. On Jan 11 her boyfriend David Wilson died also by gun. His death is still under investigation.

McCready had spiraled downward after that. According to her father she stayed in bed all day, drank all night, and popped a lot of RX. She didn’t wash herself and wasn’t helping care for her children. Eventually McCreeady’s children were taken by family services for 3 wks, and McCready agreed to enter rehab. However with in about a day she left rehab for an outpatients program.

Mindy was born in Fort Meyers, Florida. She began singing in her lodal Pentecostal church at the age of 3. By 18 she moved to Nashville to peruse her career in country singing. Her debut album 10 000 Angels went double platinum. The album produced the hit single: “Guys Do It All The Time“. The following year she released “What If I Don’t Stay The Night” which sold almost 900 000 copies.  In 1999 she released “I’m Not So Tough” which was a commercial failure. Her struggles with substance addiction eventually got her on Dr Drew’s Celebrity Rehab. She also appeared on Celebrity Close Calls and Celebrity Ghost Stories.

McCready has had a  long history of substance abuse.  In Aug 2004 she was arrest for using a fake oxycotin prescription. In May 2005 she was charged with DUI and driving on a suspended license. The jury acquitted her on DUI but convicted her on the suspended license change. By July of that year she’d been arrested for “unidentified theft”, plus unlawful use of transportation, unlawful imprisonment, and hindering prosecution. Another arrest warrant was issued when McCready violated her parole by leaving the state of Tennessee without permission. IN 2007 she was arrested in Fort Meyers for an altercation with her mother. She was charged with battery and resisting arrest. The following week she was again taken into custody at Nashville International Airport and charged with violating probation.

McCready had be involved in a ten year relationship which she described as “sexual” with baseball star Roger Clements. This allegedly began when McCready was 15, although both McCready and Clements deny that. McCready later stated that they met when she was 15 and didn’t become sexual until several years alter. Clements himself has been de3fensive about the affair, even threatening defamation suits through his attorney Rusty Hardin. Hardin has described McCready as a close family friend.  He did admit that McCready traveled on Clements personal jet, and said that Clements’ wife was aware of the relationship. Clements later released a statement that “I have made mistakes in my personal life for which I am sorry.” McCready was more open about the affair. In 2008 she told Inside Edition that the relationship fell apart after Clements refused to leave his wife for her.

In addition to Clements McCready also dated former Princeton football player and TV Superman Dean Cain. Theyh met in ’97 and dated for about a year. She also dated singer Patrick “Billy” McKnight. McKnight was arrested for attempted murder n May 8, 2005 after beating and choking McCready. McCready alos made 2 suicide attempts during that time. She was found unconscious in an Indian Rocks Beach Florida hotel lobby after one attempt. Later that year  She also attempted suicide by taking an overdose of anti depressants. On December 17, 2008, McCready attempted to slash her wrists. On May 25, 2010, McCready was hospitalized with a drug overdose.

People who knew McCready sometimes described her as having an attitude of infectious confidence that masked deep inner insecurities.  A collegues commented that no one was as good at appearing together on the outside while battling furiously with their demons on the inside. So let’s wish the troubled performer peace. Mindy McCready RIP.