Tattle: 'Fear Factor' lives up to its billing

Newlyweds Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars.
Newlyweds Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars. (PASCAL LE SEGRETAIN / GETTY IMAGES)
Posted: August 29, 2011

IN TATTLE'S continuing fascination with reality-TV programming not being satisfied until somebody actually dies on camera, here's another potentially scary scenario from TMZ.com:

On the set of the returning "Fear Factor," a contestant strapped to a truck was taken to the hospital after something got in the driver's eyes and he smashed into another car.

Thankfully, an ambulance was there in less than a minute.

The contestant was released from the hospital with no serious injuries so there's still a chance to win . . . $50,000.

Tattle docket

* After bitterly sparring for more than a year, Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend/babymama, Oksana Grigorieva, have reached a financial and custody settlement.

Terms and conditions were - of course - not announced, but a hearing Wednesday will be held to discuss the dollars. Custody of the couple's toddler daughter will be handled in closed session, the court announced.

* An L.A. jury has ordered film producer/Barbra Streisand ex Jon Peters to pay his former assistant Shelly Morita $822,000 in compensatory damages and $2.5 million in punitive damages after finding that she was subjected to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.

City News Service reports that Peters' attorneys plan to appeal.

Morita sued Peters five years ago, alleging that he fondled her at his Malibu home and climbed into bed with her in an Australian hotel during the 2005 filming of "Superman Returns." She claimed that she couldn't find work in Hollywood after suing Peters because of his pull in the industry.

It seems that Peters wanted Morita to use her pull.


Tom Jones was recovering in a Monaco hospital yesterday, saying that "severe dehydration" forced him to cancel a concert there Saturday night.

Jones emphatically denied British press reports that he had suffered a heart scare.

Jones, 71, blamed his illness on a long, successful tour "where many of the shows were in locations that were in the throes of high summer heat."

See how times change? Back when Jones started it was the women in the audience who fainted from the heat at Jones' shows.

* Filmmaker Sofia Coppola went back to her roots for her wedding Saturday, marrying rocker Thomas Mars in the remote, southern Italian town where her great-grandfather was born.

Sofia's famous filmmaker father, Francis Ford Coppola, escorted her down the aisle to a waiting Mars, lead singer of the French band Phoenix and the father of their two young daughters.

The early-evening ceremony took place in the garden of the palazzo that the elder Coppola renovated in the historic center of Bernalda, according to Mayor Leonardo Chiruzzi, who performed the ceremony.

Sofia wore a sheer, lavender tulle dress and Mars a gray suit with a flower in the lapel.

Jeff Ashton, one of the prosecutors in the Casey Anthony murder trial, is writing a book about the case to be released in November.

Ashton confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel that he is finishing a book entitled Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony.

That sure beats the title, How to Lose a Case When Every Single Person in the World Thinks the Defendant is Guilty.

- Daily News wire services

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