Tattle: Will, Jada still Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Posted: August 24, 2011

NEWS OF Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith separating literally shook the earth yesterday in Philadelphia, but the story, broken "exclusively" by In Touch Weekly, probably isn't true.

Will's son Trey, from a previous marriage, told TMZ.com that his father's marriage is not over, and Jada's rep, Karynne Tencer, told TMZ, "What? In Touch said that? I know nothing about this . . . Lord. I'm going back to bed."

Later in the afternoon, Will and Jada released a statement: "Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumors circulating about our relationship are completely false.

"We are still together, and our marriage is intact."

Nothing illegal here

According to toxicology tests, Amy Winehouse had no illegal drugs in her system when she died. It is still unclear what killed her, her family said yesterday.

The family said in a statement that tests showed "alcohol was present" in the singer's body, but it hasn't yet been determined if it contributed to her death.

The family made no comment about prescription meds.

Still seeking 'Help'

A handwritten letter from author Kathryn Stockett has become the focal point of a lawsuit over her novel The Help, which has been made into a box-office hit.

Ablene Cooper, a housekeeper who reportedly still works for Stockett's brother, claims that her likeness was used in the book without permission. Hinds County, Miss., Circuit Court Judge Tomie Green dismissed Ablene's suit last week, saying that the one-year statute of limitations elapsed between the time Stockett gave Ablene a copy of the book in January 2009 and the suit's filing in February of this year.

Ablene's lawyer, Edward Sanders, filed a motion last week to have the suit reinstated, claiming that the clock should not have started ticking on the statute until Ablene read the book in the summer of 2010. He argued that Ablene didn't read it sooner because Stockett said in the letter that, despite the similarity in names, the character wasn't based on her.

"One of the main characters, and my favorite character, is an African-American child carer named Aibileen," Stockett's letter to Ablene said. "Although the spelling is different from yours, and the character was born in 1911, I felt I needed to reach out and tell you that the character isn't based on you in any way."

Hmmm . . .

"The note makes clear that Ms. Stockett told Mrs. Cooper that a character in the novel was named 'Aibileen.' With note and novel in her possession, Mrs. Cooper knew, or reasonably should have known, of her potential claims in January 2009," Stockett's lawyers wrote in court papers.

If Ablene, 60, really filed too late, the statute is silly, but that's legit. But to claim that she should have known to file earlier is unnecessarily rubbing it in. How could she know that? And for Stockett to say that she met the woman only a few times but still sent her a copy of the book with a note saying that the maid I named after you isn't based on you, is bogus. Especially for the author of a book about a white woman writing a book about empowering black maids in the 1960s South.

Stockett probably has made millions off the book and movie of The Help. Ablene, the actual help, is seeking $75,000.

TATTBITS

* Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are expecting their third child. They're "thrilled."

* There will be one less dolt possibly holding public office.

Bristol Palin babydaddy Levi Johnston says that he won't run for mayor of Wasilla because he's too busy.

Doing what?

Landon Swank is a magician on "America's Got Talent" who hails from Wasilla. Could he please make Levi disappear?

Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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