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Cars frontman Ric Ocasek cut his estranged wife of 28 years, supermodel Paulina Porizkova, out of his will shortly before his Sept. 15 death. “Even if I should die before our divorce is final,” the new wave legend, 75, wrote in documents made public last week, “Paulina is not entitled to any elective share” because “she has abandoned me.” The couple, who have two sons, announced they were splitting in May 2018 but it was Porizkova, 54, who discovered Ocasek dead from a heart attack upon bringing him a morning coffee. Filings list Ocasek with $5 million in assets from “copyrights” but just $100,000 in “tangible personal property,” though he could have millions more tucked away in trusts.
A former ABC News producer said last week she was wrongly accused and fired over a leaked video regarding a story the network refused to run three years ago about serial predator Jeffrey Epstein. The video showed anchor Amy Robach complaining that she was not allowed to air an interview with one of Epstein’s victims, who claimed she’d been forced to perform sex acts with Prince Andrew; Robach was recorded on a hot mic saying she thought ABC feared losing access to Prince William and Kate Middleton. When the video was leaked to right-wing provocateur James O’Keefe, ABC did an internal investigation and blamed producer Ashley Bianco, who’d since moved to CBS. ABC reportedly called her new bosses at CBS and got her fired. “I’ll never get a job anywhere else—it’s devastating,” Bianco said. She said the video was widely circulated at ABC and whoever leaked it “is still inside” the network.
Self-described “Christian comedian” John Crist canceled his upcoming tour this week after five women accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior. A Netflix special was also shelved after the women said Crist, 35, barters tickets for sexual favors, drunkenly begs for sex, and pursues married women. Crist, the son of a pastor, admitted to “sexual sins” and causing women “hurt and pain,” adding, “I have also hurt the name of Jesus.” ■