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Bert Fields ‘dead at 93’: Lawyer defended Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise

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Famed celebrity attorney Bert Fields has died at the age of 93.

The Los Angeles based attorney passed away late Sunday night at his Malibu home with his wife Barbara Guggenheim by his side, a spokesperson for his law firm, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger Llp., shared with DailyMail.com on Monday.

Fields was famous for representing several high-profile clients such as The Beatles, Madonna and Warren Beatty.

But he was best known for defending Michael Jackson when the King Of Pop was hit with molestation accusations and for working with Tom Cruise when a tabloid accused him of being gay and another claimed that the mega star had ‘abandoned’ the daughter he had with Katie Holmes, Suri Cruise.

Gone! Famed celebrity attorney Bert Fields has reportedly died at the age of 93. The Los Angeles based attorney passed away late Sunday night at his Malibu home, a spokesperson for his law firm, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger Llp., announced on Monday. Seen in 2011

Quality clients: The attorney worked with Tom Cruise when tabloids accused him of being gay

Tough times: He repped Michael Jackson when the pop star was accused of being a child molester

Quality clients: The attorney worked with Tom Cruise, left, when tabloids accused him of being gay and also said he had ‘abandoned’ Suri Cruise, and Michael Jackson, right, when the pop star was accused of being a child molester

Cruise said in a statement: ‘Bert Fields was a gentleman; an extraordinary human being. He had a powerful intellect, a keen wit and charm that made one enjoy every minute of his company. I loved him dearly and always will. It was a privilege to be his friend.’

Fields also worked with Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen, James Cameron, Dustin Hoffman, Mike Nichols, Jerry Bruckheimer, Joel Silver, and writers Mario Puzo, James Clavell, Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler. 

Fields did not only represent artists, he often worked with movie studios such as DreamWorks, MGM and United Artists.

His worked with Jackson was legendary. Fields represented the pop singer when he was accused of molesting children.

Ver close: Fields with  Jeffrey Katzenberg at the American Cinematheque Award Show, Los Angeles in 2015. He represented Katzenberg in an action against Disney, and also obtained a multimillion-dollar judgement for George Harrison against his former business manager

Ver close: Fields with  Jeffrey Katzenberg at the American Cinematheque Award Show, Los Angeles in 2015. He represented Katzenberg in an action against Disney, and also obtained a multimillion-dollar judgement for George Harrison against his former business manager

Per the LA Times, in 1993, Evan Chandler accused the American Jackson of sexually abusing his 13-year-old son, Jordan Chandler.  Jackson had befriended Jordan after renting a vehicle from Jordan’s stepfather. 

And he also held a press meeting where he said that the crooner was addicted to drugs and was getting held.

As far as Cruise, Fields represented the Top Gun star in two notable cases.

One was when a tabloid accused the movie star of being gay, something Cruise strongly denied.

And Fields also worked with the Jerry Maguire actor when Bauer Publishing accused Cruise of abandoning Suri as he had not been photographed with the child in years. Cruise argued he had not abandoned his child emotionally. Bert handled his divorce from Holmes as well. 

He hung out with some big names: See with director Roland Emmerich in 2011

He hung out with some big names: See with director Roland Emmerich in 2011

He was linked to Anthony Pellicano. The private detective was plagued with scandal. He was known for being rough spent 10 years in prison for wiretapping, racketeering and weapons possession.

‘Scores of people retained [Pellicano’s eponymous agency] for its often illegal services,’ a federal appeals court wrote. Fields used the unsavory detective over a 20 year period but Bert was never accused of a crime.

Fields represented George Lucas in contract negotiations with The Walt Disney Company regarding Disney theme parks. 

He also represented Paramount Pictures in its appeal of the Buchwald v. Paramount case over Coming To America

The star attorney represented Jeffrey Katzenberg in a landmark action against Disney, and also obtained a multimillion-dollar judgement for George Harrison against his former business manager, per his company’s press release.

His top client: The lawyer worked with pop star Madonna for decades; seen in 2021

His top client: The lawyer worked with pop star Madonna for decades; seen in 2021

Another top client: Representing DreamWorks SKG and Steven Spielberg, he defeated an application for an injunction against exhibition of AMISTAD; seen in April

Another top client: Representing DreamWorks SKG and Steven Spielberg, he defeated an application for an injunction against exhibition of AMISTAD; seen in April

Representing DreamWorks SKG and Steven Spielberg, he defeated an application for an injunction against exhibition of AMISTAD. 

Fields also taught law as well as Stanford University and Harvard University.

According to Green Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger, ‘Bert has represented virtually every major Hollywood studio and talent agency, and he has tried many of the landmark cases in the entertainment and communications industries over the past 30 years.’

And he worked with Arizona cotton farmers, Las Vegas hotels and casinos, real estate developers.

Fields attended Harvard Law School (1952) and University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 1949). He passed the bar in both New York and California.

Such a lucky lady! Fields and his wife attend the grand opening of Indiana Jones Adventure In Adventureland in 1995

Such a lucky lady! Fields and his wife attend the grand opening of Indiana Jones Adventure In Adventureland in 1995

Bert was also an author, under a pseudonym, of two novels, per his company’s website.

The first published by Simon and Schuster and the second by Random House.

His third book is a biographical work on Richard III published by ReganBooks/HarperCollins under his own name. 

His fourth book is an analysis of the Shakespeare authorship question, also published by ReganBooks/HarperCollins.

He also penned Destiny about Napoleon and Josephine, and Shylock a short novel about Shakespeare and Gloriana, a biography of Elizabeth I. 

These books were published by Marmont Lane Books.

Fields is survived by his wife, Barbara Guggenheim, a nationally known art consultant; his son, James Elder; his grandson, Michael Lane; and his granddaughter, Annabelle. 

Tarnished image: He was linked to Anthony Pellicano. The private detective was plagued with scandal. He was known for being rough spent 10 years in prison for wiretapping, racketeering and weapons possession

Tarnished image: He was linked to Anthony Pellicano. The private detective was plagued with scandal. He was known for being rough spent 10 years in prison for wiretapping, racketeering and weapons possession

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This Off-the-Shoulder Sequin Top Is Perfect for New Year’s Eve — On Sale Now!

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Our closet is like a New Year’s Eve graveyard, filled with the sequined skeletons of past holiday outfits we’ve since discarded. That’s the thing about New Year’s — it often feels like a waste of money for just a few hours of fun. Rather than splurge on a sparkly dress you’ll only wear once, we recommend buying a staple piece you can style over and over again. Our top choice? This off-the-shoulder shirt that’s currently on sale from Amazon.

Adorned with sequins and available in 12 different colors, this trendy top features a flattering silhouette that complements all figures. The drapey style shows off a little skin while still covering trouble areas on arms, and the relaxed fit skims curves nicely. You can mix and match this statement shirt with a variety of bottoms, from high-waisted pants to a mini skirt. Since the options are endless, you’re getting more bang for your buck.

Read on to find out why this sequin shirt is a New Year’s Eve necessity!

Get the Anna-Kaci Women’s Short Sleeve One Shoulder Sequin Top for just $36 (originally $45) at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, December 23, 2022, but are subject to change.

The Anna-Kaci Women’s Short Sleeve One Shoulder Sequin Top is perfect for a New Year’s Eve party! The unofficial dress code of the holiday is sequins, so you’ll fit right in. Bonus: this top is surprisingly comfortable.

We also love the versatility of this sparkly shirt. As everyone else around you is freezing in frocks, you can choose to complete your ensemble with warm pants or a blazer on top. Pair this shirt with faux leather pants in the winter or shorts in the summer! Stick with a solid shade, or go all out with a multicolored or ombré option.

Get the Anna-Kaci Women’s Short Sleeve One Shoulder Sequin Top for just $36 (originally $45) at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, December 23, 2022, but are subject to change.

Take this sparkly shirt from a holiday party to a concert! Stand out on any special occasion in this fun top that will earn you all the compliments. As one shopper said, “This shirt was perfect for attending a bling Christmas party. It fit well and shined brightly. It’s perfect for events.” Another customer gushed, “This shirt is everything! Comfy, flattering and makes this boxy girl have a waist!” And if you’re worried about this top feeling less than luxe, just read this rave review: “Many sequined tops and dresses look more like a costume to me, but this one doesn’t. I ordered for a concert but feel like it is something I will also wear on other occasions.”

On New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, rock this one-shoulder sequin shirt, on sale now at Amazon!

See It! Get the Anna-Kaci Women’s Short Sleeve One Shoulder Sequin Top for just $36 (originally $45) at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, December 23, 2022, but are subject to change.

Not your style? Shop more from Anna-Kaci here and explore more tops here! Don’t forget to check out all of Amazon’s Daily Deals for more great finds!

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‘Babylon’ stars Margot Robbie, Jean Smart fear deepfakes: ‘Year 3000 porn’

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Jean Smart and Margot Robbie aren’t so fond of advanced technology in Hollywood.

During promotion for the film “Babylon” — which documents the rise and fall of characters in 1920s Hollywood — the cast of the movie was asked what they believe will be the next big shift in Tinseltown.

In Entertainment Weekly’s “Around the Table” video series, almost all the actors who joined — including Robbie, Smart, Brad Pitt, Diego Calva, Jovan Adepo and Li Jun Li — agreed they were concerned about deepfakes.

Deepfakes use artificial intelligence to manipulate videos and replace the likeness of one person with another.

Margot Robbie and Diego Calva in “Babylon.”
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“Are they just going to take our faces, and we won’t even be going to work anymore?” Robbie, 32, said.

“So creepy,” Pitt, 59, chimed in.

Smart echoed the concern but pointed out that their likeness can be used even after they’re gone.

“Or after you’re dead, they’ll go, ‘Oh, let’s put Margot Robbie in that movie’ — a hundred years from now, having her doing God knows what. And your estate will have to sue them. It’ll be horrible, Margot,” the 71-year-old actress said.

Margot Robbie, left, and Li Jun Li in "Babylon."
Margot Robbie and Li Jun Li in “Babylon.”
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The “Hacks” star continued saying that she’s troubled by seeing Marilyn Monroe in TV commercials and Fred Astaire in Coke commercials due to the technology in Hollywood — and said she will not be OK with her likeness being used after she’s dead.

“Unless my kids are getting rich off it. Of course. In that case, then it’s all right,” Smart quipped.

But there’s one thing that is absolutely off the table for Smart’s likeness.

“I don’t want to be in a year-3000 porn,” she added.

Jean Smart in "Babylon."
Jean Smart said she will not be OK with her likeness being used after she’s dead.
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Meanwhile, some celebrities are already using deepfakes for projects.

Back in September, it was reported that an AI platform created a “digital twin” of Bruce Willis, who was diagnosed with aphasia — a brain disorder that affects his ability to communicate, which will allow him to appear on screen after his retirement from acting.

The “Die Hard” actor’s deepfake already made its debut in August 2021 when his face was “grafted” onto Konstantin Solovyov for a commercial for MegaFon, a Russian telecommunications company.

His estate has the final say on what’s created with his face.

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Erika Jayne is spotted in LA as she sports a pale blue sweatsuit and sunglasses during shopping trip

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Make-up free Erika Jayne shops for expensive Christmas gifts at luxury store Hermès in LA – amid the RHOBH star’s money woes

Erika Jayne went without makeup as she shopped in Los Angeles days before Christmas.

The fashionista was low-key as she wore a pair of oversized glossy black rectangle-shaped sunglasses. 

The 51-year-old Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star – who has been battling money woes ever since her ex husband was declared bankrupt – was dressed expensively in a pale blue Alexander Wang sweatsuit and sneakers.

Bare face: Erika Jayne went without makeup as she shopped in Los Angeles days before Christmas

The platinum blonde beauty wore her locks bone straight, styled in an undefined part as they cascaded over her shoulders.

She looked cozy in her crew neck top and matching loose-fitting sweats, which she coordinated with pale pink and blue sneakers. 

Erika carried an Hermès bag on her arm as she carried a small, bottled water with pristinely manicured hands.

She was out and about by herself as she fit in some retail therapy two days before Christmas.

Under the radar: The fashionista was low-key as she wore a pair of oversized glossy black rectangle-shaped sunglasses

Under the radar: The fashionista was low-key as she wore a pair of oversized glossy black rectangle-shaped sunglasses

Last weekend Erika got into the holiday spirit as she attended a Christmas party with friend and costar Lisa Rinna.

Both women flaunted their long, toned legs as they wore dresses to the event hosted by friend Sanela Diana Jenkins.

Jayne took to Instagram to share a snapshot from the gathering in which she and Lisa kicked their legs up.

‘This was the BEST Christmas party EVER!!!’ she wrote in the caption as the photo showed her in a luxe white fur coat.

Season's greetings: Last weekend Erika got into the holiday spirit as she attended a Christmas party with friend and costar Lisa Rinna

Season’s greetings: Last weekend Erika got into the holiday spirit as she attended a Christmas party with friend and costar Lisa Rinna

The fashion-forward socialite donned a pair of pointy-toe metallic purple heels as she sat in a chair designed to look like a sleigh.

Rinna was equally stylish in a cream blazer dress with a black satin collar and gold accoutrements set in a pattern.

She added a pair of knee-high black leather boots and carried a metallic gold clutch.

Erika finished her caption with a shoutout to Lisa as she wrote: ‘thanks for babysitting me and telling me what happened at the party.’

Looking great: The two gal pals were also spotted together earlier this month as they attended the 2022 People's Choice Awards with their Bravo TV castmates

Looking great: The two gal pals were also spotted together earlier this month as they attended the 2022 People’s Choice Awards with their Bravo TV castmates

The two gal pals were also spotted together earlier this month as they attended the 2022 People’s Choice Awards with their Bravo TV castmates. 

For her part, Erika wore a long, mock neck bodycon dress with a trendy, nude silhouette graphic design.

Rinna, who’s feuding with Kathy Hilton amid the RHOBH hiatus, donned a long black dress with a plunging neckline. 

Engaging with her 2.5 million followers on Instagram, Jayne shared photos and wrote in a caption: ‘I had fun last night.’

Hot! Erika wore a long, mock neck bodycon dress with a trendy, nude silhouette graphic design

Hot! Erika wore a long, mock neck bodycon dress with a trendy, nude silhouette graphic design

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