Comment Box: Domestic Bliss for Rachael Ray?
I saw Rachel Ray [sic] on the Inquirer [sic] (I think) again. Is her husband still spittin' on girls? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion
You, sir or madam, have a rare ability to communicate much with an economy of words. Hats off. Now to answer your question.
As you so delicately point out, this isn't the first whiff of scandal to swirl around Ray and wannabe rocker husband John Cusimano. Almost exactly a year ago the Enquirer ran a story claiming that Cusimano paid some enterprising young thing $500 a session to have her spit on him and rub her dirty feet on his body. Was EVOO involved? We don't know.
Now the Enquirer is raising the red flag over Ray's marital bliss again, claiming the domestic diva has kicked hubby Cusimano out after he cheated on her (again). And, back in September rumors circulated that Ray was initiating divorce proceedings despite the fact that she stood to lose half her fortune (estimated then as $250 million) due to lack of a pre-nup.
So far, though, Ray and Cusimano have kept their silence and with no overt sign of a split, we can only assume Cusimano is still getting his spit at home.
Why are there so many celebrity DUIs? My guess is because there are too many celebs who own cars rather than ponies. Can you get arrested for riding a pony under the influence? -- ASinMoCo comments on 2007: The Year of the Celeb DUI?
Out of the many comments posted to this timeline of 2007 star-studded DUI arrests, a theme emerged: Were there really more drunk celebs behind the wheel in 2007? Are police simply cracking down more on moving violators? Or are DUI arrests up over all nationwide? Or, as reader LizD ponders, is the uptick "because the bar has been lowered for who to consider newsworthy of reporting a DUI type offense, and because it's so much easier for everyone to get access due to paps, internet and such?"
It's too early to analyze 2007 data (unless some enterprising researcher out there cares to weigh in). It may be worth pointing out, though, that the NHTSA this year implemented a nationwide DUI crackdown with focus on zero tolerance, citing the over 13,000 alcohol-related crash deaths in 2005. Their Stop Impaired Driving program also provides a boiler plate press release template that encourages jurisdictions to publicize "high profile" DUI arrests.
And, lest we forget, 2006 saw Mel Gibson, Nicole Richie, Rip Torn, Haley Joel Osment, Michelle Rodriguez and Tracy Morgan all arrested on charges of driving under the influence.
P.S. Thank you to reader Byoolin, for valuable research into equine-related DUI law: "According to 1800DUILaws.com, riding drunk in Pennsylvania and Utah are not illegal, because DUI laws there are written for people operating vehicles, which a pony is not." Rule of thumb: As long as the pony's sober, we're all good.
Comments of the Week:
"You mean Mickey Rourke and Mickey Rooney aren't the same person?" -- H3 comments on 2007: The Year of the Celeb DUI?
"Fabio sells margarine: George is too cool to sell partically [sic] hydrogenated vegetable oil." -- From last week's Celebritology Live discussion.
| November 12, 2007; 11:01 AM ET
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