PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Court denies appeal by Gibson's ex

Court denies appeal by Gibson’s ex

LOS ANGELES — A California appeals court has rejected a bid by Mel Gibson’s ex-girlfriend to remove his attorneys from a contentious child custody case because she consulted with one of their law partners.

Court records show the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles rejected an appeal by Oksana Grigorieva last week without hearing oral arguments.

The Russian musician had been trying to disqualify the actor-director’s attorneys because she consulted with their firm in 2008 on a custody issue related to her son with actor Timothy Dalton.

The court refused to overturn a May ruling by a family law judge that Grigorieva waited too long to cite a potential conflict of interest. The former couple have been fighting over custody of their infant daughter for more than a year.

Alicia Keys helping produce Broadway play

NEW YORK — Alicia Keys is following Jay-Z and Will Smith into the world of Broadway producers.

Keys, whose hits include ‘‘Fallin’’’ and ‘‘A Woman’s Worth,’’ will help produce Lydia R. Diamond’s play ‘‘Stick Fly’’ this fall.

The work is a contemporary comedy of manners revolving around an affluent black family whose insecurities gradually reveal themselves during a vacation to Martha’s Vineyard.

The piece has been performed in Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. It’s set to begin performances at the Lyceum Theatre on 45th Street on Nov. 18 and officially opens Dec. 8.

Rubio arrested in Miami after auto crash

MIAMI — Mexican pop singer Paulina Rubio is charged in Miami with refusing to comply with police officers after a traffic accident.

According to an arrest report, Rubio’s BMW collided with another car Saturday near Miami’s Little Havana.

When asked to get out of her car, Rubio allegedly refused, cursed at an officer and said she was nervous and that ‘‘all of you Miami cops are abusive.’’

The officer placed Rubio in handcuffs. The report stated that Rubio screamed for help and threatened to call her attorney.

Police said Rubio eventually calmed down and apologized.