Knock us over with a feather: The domestic violence arrest of Hayden Panettiere’s father, Alan, for allegedly assaulting his wife followed a night of drinking, TMZ reports.
Law enforcement sources reportedly told the Web site that when the police arrived at the “Heroes” star’s family home, her class-act papa told them, “Yeah, I just got into an argument with my drunk wife.”
Not that he was exactly sober, the site notes. The night preceding the confrontation, Alan arrived — independently of wife Lesley — extremely early to an event Hayden hosted, and proceeded to get his cocktail on. When Lesley spent much of the evening “chatting up” a male fellow guest, Alan apparently got angry.
“The victim did have visible injuries and we also believe alcohol was involved,” a sheriff’s department rep told OK!, adding that Lesley declined to file a restraining order, and “we don’t know if the victim is going to pursue [the charges].”
Let’s hope she doesn’t drop them — this dude needs to learn that violence against women has consequences.
Next up on “When Celebrities’ Dads Attack”: After a July 29 airport brawl, Carl Blonsky, the father of “Hairspray” star Nikki, has finally been released on bail from a Turks and Caicos Islands’ jail. After initially being denied bail, his lawyer explained to People on Tuesday, “we [successfully] appealed on the grounds that Mr. Blonsky has some health problems.” Carl still has to return to the tropical not-quite-paradise to face charges of “grievous bodily harm.”
The incident involved a dispute over seating between the Blonsky bunch and the family of “America’s Next Top Model” wannabe Bianca Golden — whose mother was allegedly airlifted to a Miami hospital with a cracked skull, hence the severe charges against Carl.
“I want to clear Nikki’s name. All her father did was step into the fight to try to break it up,” another lawyer for the Blonskys told the New York Post — adding that he suspects Bianca initiated the whole incident to get press.
Uh, we know aspiring reality stars will do almost anything for fame — but getting your mom’s head split open doesn’t sound like our idea of a publicity stunt.
Did Gwyneth Paltrow blow off her own benefit event? A report in the New York Daily News claims the “Iron Man” actress opted not to mingle with guests who had paid $2,500 a pop to attend an event she hosted Saturday in New York’s Hamptons — even having security bar the door to keep them away.
At the party on photographer Steven Klein’s farm, which was to benefit a horse rescue organization, Gwyneth “stayed in the house from the beginning” while guests milled around outside, an attendee complained. “She was hanging inside the house with Steven and with Kelly Klein nearly the entire time. Nobody could go inside the house — they had security blocking the way. It was so rude.”
Sorry, but — worthy cause though it may have been — we just can’t bring ourselves to feel that sorry for people who paid $2,500 just to attend a party with Gwyneth.
Kitty Raymond is an entertainment writer and astrologer.