Pre-nup blues for Douglas and Zeta-Jones A row over a...


June 28, 2000

Pre-nup blues for Douglas and Zeta-Jones

A row over a potential divorce settlement is rocking the pre-wedding plans of Hollywood couple Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas. London's Sun newspaper is reporting that the couple are at odds over how big a slice of Douglas' $224.9 million fortune the Welsh actress would receive if the couple's planned September marriage ended in divorce.

The Sun said Douglas, 54, had rejected Zeta-Jones' request for $4.4 million for every year they are married and a home for life if she splits from the actor. Douglas' lawyers reportedly were offering only $1.4 million a year and a house that would remain a part of the Douglas estate, which already includes homes in New York and Spain.

Zeta-Jones, 30, had already agreed to let Douglas keep all wedding presents worth more than $18,000. A friend of the actress says she's distraught at the financial cloud hanging over both her wedding and the birth of her first child, due in five weeks.

"This is tearing her apart," said the unnamed friend in Monday's paper. "She isn't money-grabbing. She just doesn't want to feel like she's getting a raw deal." The wedding will come five years Douglas split from wife Diandra after 22 years of marriage. Douglas reportedly gave Diandra $60 million and a Santa Barbara mansion as part of the settlement.

Bummed Spice

"Posh Spice" Victoria Adams is depressed by a hate campaign that some English soccer fans have waged against her and her husband, England and Manchester United star David Beckham.

London's Sun said taunts against the couple, who have a baby son, Brooklyn, have included "We hope your kid dies of cancer" and "Your wife's a whore."

Not a loser

Ed Masry, the environmental lawyer whose story was featured in the Julia Roberts movie "Erin Brockovich," is considering a run for City Council in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Masry said he won't announce until today whether he'll run for one of two seats that are up for grabs in November. "Obviously, if I run, I have every intention of winning," Masry said. "I'm not used to losing."

Dutiful son

Actor Woody Harrelson joined his father in court Monday, as the senior Harrelson urged a judge to order a new trial that could overturn his 1982 conviction for the contract killing of a federal judge.

"He's there to support his father," said David Michael, the attorney for Charles Harrelson, who is serving a life sentence in a federal prison for the 1979 murder of U.S. District Judge John Wood Jr. in San Antonio, Texas.

Today's birthdays

Comedian-movie director Mel Brooks is 74.

Actor Pat Morita is 68.

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., is 66.

Former White House chief of staff Leon Panetta is 62.

Rock musician Dave Knights (Procul Harum) is 55.

Actor Bruce Davison is 54.

Actress Kathy Bates is 52.

Actress Alice Krige is 46.

Retired football player John Elway is 40.

Actress Jessica Hecht is 35.

Rock musician Saul Davies (James) is 35.

Actress Mary Stuart Masterson is 34.

Actor John Cusack is 34.

Actor Gil Bellows is 33.

Actress Danielle Brisebois is 31.

Jazz musician Jimmy Sommers is 31.

Actor Alessandro Nivola is 28.

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