Tattle: Tough time$ for Toni Braxton - again

Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton
Posted: October 08, 2010

THE ECONOMIC downturn has hit Toni Braxton. . . . again.

The singer has filed for bankruptcy a second time, citing millions of dollars in debt and financial problems. The filing will likely result in Toni having to sell some of her assets to pay off debts listed in court records as ranging between $10 million and $50 million.

How do you end up owing $50 million?

Toni's attorney, Debra Grassgreen, said in a statement that the filing will allow Toni to pay off tax debts, sell heavily indebted property in Atlanta and still care for her children.

And if Grassgreen is like the attorneys who handled our newspapers' bankruptcy, the filing is also likely to help her care for a small city.

It has been a rough few years for the multiple Grammy winner: In 2008, Toni was forced to cancel a series of Las Vegas shows after experiencing chest pains that were later diagnosed as microvascular angina. Later that year, she performed on "Dancing with the Stars" but missed the finale while recovering from removal of a benign breast tumor.

Grassgreen said that the Vegas show cancellations left her saddled with debts from which she could not recover.

Toni and her company, Liberty Entertainment, filed for bankruptcy Sept. 30, court records show. The filing was first reported by TMZ.com.

"This was a very difficult decision for Ms. Braxton," Grassgreen said. "However, after months of trying to work out an acceptable arrangement with her principal creditors, she determined that the only way to assure that she could meet her tax obligations and provide for her two small children was to commence these bankruptcy cases."

According to her filing, Toni, who previously filed for bankruptcy in 1998 (Note to creditors: You may want to think twice before lending her money) has assets worth up to $10 million.

A 'Jersey Boys' movie?

The Hollywood Reporter says that the Broadway musical "Jersey Boys," about the rise of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, is heading to the big screen thanks to Graham King's GK Films.

Since films often are pitched to a younger audience than are Broadway shows, the film will be called "Jersey Shore Boys."

Tabs not wild about 'Harry' doc

British tabloids expressed outrage yesterday over a new documentary-style film that imagines what would happen if Prince Harry was taken hostage by the Taliban.

"The Taking of Prince Harry" depicts the prince, played by Sebastian Reid, serving in the military in Afghanistan and being kidnapped by insurgents.

Newspapers condemned the film and suggested that it could endanger the prince's safety if he returned to Afghanistan.

Huh? It might be an offensive idea for a movie but how could it endanger the prince?

A spokeswoman at Channel 4, which produced the mock doc, says that there is nothing in the program "that would compromise Harry or any other serving member of the armed forces' safety."

The film focuses on the negotiations that could take place if the prince were taken hostage and held behind enemy lines.

Hamish Mykura, head of documentaries at Channel 4, said that the idea of taking the prince hostage is "clearly not an idea that would be new to the Taliban or al Qaeda or to their supporters."


* NBC hasn't canceled its Jim-

my Smits legal drama, "Outlaw," but it is suspending production on future episodes, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The show's most recent episode drew only 4.7 million viewers.

* The FBI has

seized a set of John Lennon's fingerprints from the Manhattan memorabilia shop Gotta Have It! The New York Times says that the signed fingerprint card was made at a police station on May 8, 1976, and bears the name John Winston Ono Lennon. At the time, Lennon was applying for citizenship.

FBI spokesman James Margolin said that the feds were investigating how the item "came to be up for auction."

Gotta Have It! owner Peter Siegel said that Homeland Security also inquired about the card.

Siegel said that an unidentified concert promoter bought it at a Beatles convention about two decades ago.

Yo, guys, it may be time to take Lennon off the no-fly list.

* Best-selling author Mitch Albom ("Tuesdays With Morrie") has written a play based on the life of the late Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who died in May at age 92.

Albom said in a statement yesterday that "Ernie" will premiere next year at the City Theatre, in Detroit. Casting will begin in November.

Albom says that Harwell's "story transcends sports" and "is a rich and wonderful subject for the stage."

* The Nation magazine is reporting that former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs relied on illegal immigrants to help maintain his homes even as he railed against them on the air.

The Nation said that the article, published online yesterday, was based on a yearlong investigation.

Dobbs said in an interview yesterday that the article was "a political assault" based on what he called "the lie" that he has hired illegal immigrants. He says: "I have never, do not now, and never will."

The other shoe will drop in 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . .

* Justin Timberlake says he thinks that vinyl records "sound warmer" and "more vintage" than digitalized tunes.

And people who remember vinyl think that Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett "sound warmer" and "more vintage" than Justin Timberlake.

Justin, however, does acknowledge that MP3 files are handy for selling his own songs online.

Besides, albums don't fit in the CD-ROM tray.

Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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