Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris angrily denied reports last week that she was hospitalized following an attempted suicide. Citing police sources, TMZ.com said Paris Jackson slit her wrists in response to fallout over the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, which depicts her father as a serial child sex abuser. In response, the 20-year-old model said on Twitter, “f--- you you f---ing liars.” Yet the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that authorities responded to an early-morning attempted suicide on her block, and People also reported that she had been hospitalized. The second child of Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe, Paris attempted suicide several times as a teenager. Last week, she was attacked on social media by Jackson fans for not aggressively defending her father against pedophilia charges; she had said in a tweet that it was “not her role” to do so.
Adult film star Stormy Daniels announced last week that she’s no longer being represented by Michael Avenatti, prompting the brash attorney to say, “I terminated the relationship, NOT the other way around.” Daniels hired Tulsa-based attorney Clark Brewster to replace Avenatti. The two suffered a falling-out last year after Avenatti filed a defamation suit against Trump without Daniels’ consent. The suit was dismissed, and Daniels was ordered to pay Trump $293,000 in legal fees.
Disney reinstalled James Gunn last week as director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3, bowing to intense blowback from fans and Gunn’s colleagues after he was fired last July for old tweets making light of rape and pedophilia. Gunn immediately apologized when the decade-old tweets resurfaced, and Disney reportedly never pursued a replacement writer or director for the third Guardians film, slated for a 2020 release. Neil deGrasse Tyson also returned to work last week. National Geographic and Fox, the TV networks that broadcast his shows StarTalk and Cosmos, said they had completed an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct against the astrophysicist by four women. The networks did not disclose the results of their investigation. ■