Baldwin’s wife gets 10 days
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — A contrite former model married to actor Daniel Baldwin promised a judge on Wednesday that she would begin Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as soon as she finishes a 10-day sentence for violating probation on a drunken driving conviction.
‘‘Obviously, alcohol has not been your friend,’’ Judge Bruce Shepley told Joanne Baldwin, who was jailed July 13 after her husband reported that she became violent when she drank and had threatened to kill him.
Baldwin, 41, will get credit for time served in jail.
‘‘I’ve been quite broken of late,’’ she said at a 20-minute hearing in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego. ‘‘I’m going to try to fix myself.’’
Baldwin said she has used alcohol to medicate herself from ‘‘internal pain.’’ The judge ordered her to wear an alcohol-monitoring device until he decides she no longer needs it, and said he would jail her again if the device alerted any alcohol use.
‘Idol’ creator sues for stake in ‘X-Factor’
LOS ANGELES — The creator of ‘‘American Idol’’ has sued the show’s broadcaster and producer seeking a stake in a rival musical competition show called ‘‘The X-Factor.’’
Simon Fuller’s lawsuit filed Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif., seeks an executive producer credit and the appropriate fees on ‘‘X-Factor,’’ which was created by former ‘‘Idol’’ judge Simon Cowell.
Fuller’s lawsuit is against Fox Broadcasting Co., which will air both shows, and ‘‘Idol’’ production company Fremantlemedia North America.
In a joint statement, Fox and Fremantle called Fuller’s case meritless and claim he has done nothing to justify either payment or executive producer credit.
Fuller disagrees, stating the companies guaranteed him a stake in ‘‘X-Factor’’ in a 2005 settlement that kept ‘‘X-Factor’’ from airing in the United States until 2011. Both shows originated in England.