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Lunch w/Greg: Lance Bass and a shirtless Maksim Chmerkovskiy; Tom Cruise is being sued!

Good afternoon!

My schedule is a little wacky right now so I’m posting when I can. But I am posting and will be through the holidays. Starting after Christmas will be the annual Greg’s List feature naming my top stories, movies, out stars,TV shows etc. for the year (I’m staying way from the decade in review stuff!).

I found these pics of a shirtless Maksim Chmerkovskiy of Dancing With the Stars fame and had to run them. He’s a real dreamboat and completely charming. I’ve interviewed him a few times and he is very appreciative of his gay fans – like Lance Bass!

Maksim is performing on Broadway in Burn the Floor, an electrifying Latin and Ballroom dance spectacular which opened this summer at Broadway’s intimate Longacre Theatre. Lance and his great friend Joey Fatone caught a performance recently and got to hang out with a shirtless Maksim.

The show has been extended through February 24 2010 before embarking on Australian, Asian and U.S. tours.’ FOR A SUING: Usually it’s Tom Cruise who is doing the suing so this is a real switch.

According to the American Lawyer’s blog, Cruise and his longtime attorney Bert Fields sued Michael Davis Sapir, the editor of Bold Magazine, in 2001 for defamation after Bold advertised a $500,000 reward for anyone who could provide evidence that Cruise is gay. Bold followed the ad up with a press release saying someone had leaked the magazine a videotape proving it,

Now it is Sapir who is suing Cruise and Fields for $5 million.


Because he alleges that Fields and Cruise hired convicted wiretapper Anthony Pellicano to wiretap conversations between Sapir and his attorney and that the information the Cruise team gleaned from those conversations gave them a strategic edge that led Sapir to enter into an unfavorable settlement.

Under the terms of that settlement, Sapir stipulated that Cruise did not appear on the leaked tape and that Cruise “is not, and has never been, homosexual and has never had a homosexual affair.”

Pellicano is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence on charges of unlawful wiretapping linked to the divorce case of billionaire Kirk Kerkorian.

We’ll see if this suit goes anywhere!

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