George Foreman denies he's woman's father
George Foreman denieshe's woman's father
HOUSTON -- Boxing legend George Foreman is fighting the allegations of a 22-year-old woman who says she is his daughter.
Foreman, who retired from boxing and has gone on to sell food grills and car mufflers, said he took a blood test that proved he is not the father of Jasmine Christina Foreman. He says the allegation is years old, and stems from his previous marriage to Cynthia Lewis. They divorced in 1978.
The former heavyweight champion says he has fathered 10 children, including five sons named George.
"I have looked and made sure I could keep all my dear children together for years, so as they would always know each other," Foreman told the Houston Chronicle in Friday's editions. "Believe me, this could not be true. ... I have been hit a few times, but not hard enough to lose a child."
Foreman said his children are Michi, George Foreman Jr., Freeda George, Georgetta L. Foreman, Natalie A. Foreman, George III, Leola, George IV, George V and George VI.
"It is hard enough to keep up with these names as it is," the 53-year-old joked.
Jasmine Foreman's lawsuit against the former boxer seeks her recognition as his child. No monetary award is requested, the newspaper reported.
IRS tells rap mogul to pay $6M back taxes
LOS ANGELES -- Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was slapped with a $6 million income tax bill that racked up while he was behind bars.
An attorney for Knight, owner of Tha Row Records, formerly known as Death Row Records, said the Internal Revenue Service sent a collection notice this week regarding taxes owed in 1997.
At that time, Knight was serving a five-year sentence for violating his probation after getting involved in a fight the night Death Row Records rapper Tupac Shakur was killed in Las Vegas.
Knight "is a hard-working citizen and meets all his responsibilities," lawyer Arthur Barens said Friday. "He plans to pay it."
IRS spokesman Victor Omelczenko declined to comment.
The collection notice arrived just a few months after Knight's former attorney, David E. Kenner, 60, of Los Angeles, was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading guilty to tax evasion charges.
Malaysia bans Minogue,'Ally McBeal,' 'Friends'
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Australian pop star Kylie Minogue's music video and episodes of the TV series "Ally McBeal" and "Friends" have been censored in Malaysia, a Home Ministry official said.
The Film Censorship Board, which is under the authority of the Home Ministry, assigns viewer ratings -- or bans -- entertainment fare before it is released to theaters and TV networks.
The official, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said Friday that 195 items have failed to make the cut under censorship laws passed April 1 tightening rules against overt violence, sex and obscenity.
Minogue's "Live in Sydney" music video was judged "too hot," The Star newspaper reported Friday. Other snipped titles were an episode each of "Friends" and "Ally McBeal."
Censorship Board Chairman Shaari Mohamad Noor was quoted by The Star as saying strict monitoring of foreign entertainment shows helps protect family values.
"In order for us to instill good morals and values in our people, we have to stop importing films that are not appropriate for our country," Shaari said.
Possession, distribution or selling the banned titles in the form of videodiscs or tapes is punishable by a maximum $7,900 fine and a three-year jail term.
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