Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner are wrapping up their divorce out of court, presumably seeking to protect their 6-year-old son from an embarrassing public separation.
The agreement between the top aide to Hillary Clinton and the convicted former lawmaker (and apparent sex addict) came the same day their case was slated to be heard by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Katz, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.
“In order to ensure the proceedings have a minimal impact on their child, the parties have decided to finalize their divorce swiftly and privately,” Abedin attorney Charles Miller and Weiner’s lawyer Margaret Donohoe said in separate statements.
The judge confirmed the case had been discontinued.
As Weiner continues to serve a 21-month sentence for infamously sexting a teen girl, observers including Hollywood conservatives James Woods and Chuck Woolery think the couple is putting up a shield from a potential federal probe — advocated by President Donald Trump — of classified emails from Abedin discovered on Weiner’s computer.
Attorneys Michael Stutman and Suzanne Bracker speculated that the couple might want to stay married to invoke spousal immunity; people who are married cannot be compelled to testify against each other.
PERVERSE PAY GAP
Michelle Williams reportedly earned about 1 percent of Mark Wahlberg’s salary during reshoots for “All the Money in the World.”
The actress was paid about $80 per day to reshoot scenes including Kevin Spacey, totaling less than $1,000, according to USA Today.
Wahlberg, meanwhile, earned $1.5 million, the New York Daily News reports.
“All the Money in the World,” about the kidnapping of the 16-year-old son of oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty, was reshot with Christopher Plummer replacing Spacey after he was accused of sexual assault by multiple men.
Director Ridley Scott told USA Today he “refused to get paid” and that “everyone did it for nothing,” but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
The large pay gap between Williams and Wahlberg drew the attention of many online, including comments on Twitter from Jessica Chastain, Busy Phillips and Judd Apatow, who called it “so messed up that it is almost hard to believe.”
GIVE ARTISTS A HAND
Kate Patterson-Murphy of the San Francisco Arts Commission shares that conceptual artists Alison Pebworth and Hannah Ireland are setting up shop at the information kiosk on Van Ness Avenue entrance of San Francisco’s City Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday through Feb. 2, with “The Unofficial Department of Handshakes,” in which they will “observe, collect and analyze” handshakes shared under the dome; the public is invited to participate,
Singer Cody Simpson is 21. … Actress Amanda Peet is 46. … Singer Mary J. Blige is 47. … Singer Naomi Judd is 72.
— Staff, wire reports