Wheaton Professor Hit with Child Porn Charges and Divorce Papers

A Wheaton College professor has been charged with seven counts of child pornography.

Donald Ratcliff was arrested on March 1st and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography. The professor was subsequently indicted with five additional charges and could face up to 49 years in prison if convicted.

Ratcliff’s wife Brenda filed for divorce earlier this month and is seeking spousal support and also wants to her maiden name to be restored. The couple has been married for 33 years.

Source: Chicago Sun Times, “Wheaton College prof hit with 5 more child porn charges, divorce papers,” Dan Rozek, March 28, 2012

Jennie Garth’s Husband Files for Divorce

Peter Facinelli filed for divorce from Jennie Garth in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday.

Facinelli’s court papers indicate that the couple separated on January 1st, although they did not announce their plans to split until March.

Facinelli and Garth married in 2001 and have two daughters from their marriage. Facinelli is seeking joint custody of Luca (age 14), Lola (age 9), and Fiona (age 5).

Source: People.com, “Peter Facinelli Files for Divorce from Jennie Garth,” Elizabeth Leonard, March 28, 2012

Former NFL Player Arrested for Failing to Pay Child Support

Former Philadelphia Eagle Freddie Mitchell was arrested on an Indiana warrant for failing to pay child support.

The former wide receiver is already in legal hot water over tax-fraud charges and surrendered to authorities in Orlando, Florida on March 12th in connection with those charges.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, “Child support a catch; Freddie Mitchell jailed,” Phillip Lucas, March 23, 2012

Comedian Eddie Griffin’s Divorce Finalized

Eddie Griffin’s divorce from his wife Nia Rivers has been finalized.

The couple married last September in Las Vegas. One month later, they filed a joint petition for divorce in Nevada but unsuccessfully tried to reconcile.

Griffin and Rivers have a two year old son (King Edward Griffin). The couple agreed to share joint child custody and Nia will receive $2,500 per month in child support.

Source: TMZ.com, “Eddie Griffin – Finally Divorced After 6 Months of Marriage,” March 24, 2012

Actress Penelope Ann Miller Files for Legal Separation

Penelope Ann Miller has filed for legal separation from her husband James Huggins.

The couple married in 2000 and has two children. Miller was previously married to “Arrested Development” actor Will Arnett from 1994 to 1995.

Miller starred in the films “The Artist,” “Carlito’s Way,” and “Kindergarten Cop.”

Source: TMZ.com, “ ‘The Artist’ Star Files for Separation,” March 20, 2012

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries Discuss Annulment, Deadlock Over Who Will Admit Fraud

TMZ reports that Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are both willing to annul their marriage, but neither of them is willing to admit to fraud.

In California, a person seeking an annulment must prove that the marriage was procured through fraud or that one of the parties lacked the physical or mental capacity to enter into the marriage. Annulments based on fraud usually must relate in some way to the sexual, procreative, or child-rearing aspects of marriage.

According to TMZ, Kardashian wants Humphries to admit that he promised to live with her in Hollywood but never intended to do and instead planned on living in Minnesota. As part of his fraud claim, Humphries wants Kardashian to admit that she never intended for them to have a real marriage.

It is also rumored that Humphries has demanded that Kardashian pay him $7 million to settle their divorce. Kardashian has reportedly refused on the grounds that Humphries made money off their wedding and signed a prenuptial agreement.

Source: TMZ.com, “Kim K and Kris Humphries – Annulment is the Sticking Point,” March 17, 2012

Michael Madsen Cleared of Child Endangerment Charges

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has decided not to pursue charges against Michael Madsen for child endangerment due to insufficient evidence.

The “Kill Bill” star was arrested on Friday after he allegedly got into fight with one of his sons after he caught him smoking marijuana at their home in Malibu.

Madsen’s attorney Perry Wander said that “Michael is grateful that this unfortunate family incident is now closed and thanks those that thoroughly investigated this matter.”

Source:  TMZ.com, “Michael Madsen Off the Hook in Child Endangerment Case,” March 15, 2012

Former NBA Player Charlie Bell Files for Divorce from “Basketball Wives” Star Wife

Charlie Bell has filed for divorce against his wife Kenya.

Kenya is one of the stars of the “Basketball Wives” reality show. She made headlines in May 2011 when she was arrested for breaking into the couple’s home and attacking Charlie with a box cutter in front of their children. Kenya pled guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence.

Bell played in the NBA and is now playing for Otto Caserta in Italy.

Source:  TMZ.com, “ ‘Basketball Wives’ Star – Baller Hubby Files for Divorce,” March 12, 2012