Tattle: 'EV & OCHO' ARE NO MO

Marvin Hamlisch's funeral was held in Manhattan on Tuesday.
Marvin Hamlisch's funeral was held in Manhattan on Tuesday.
Posted: August 16, 2012

LIKE A PASS from Tom Brady, Chad Johnson has let marriage slip through his fingers.

And now Ochocinco (Chad's ex- nom de plume) may be changing his name to Cuarenta y uno. After 41 days, his marriage is over.

Wife Evelyn Lozada has ended it with the former football star after he was arrested for allegedly head-butting her over the weekend, after she had the temerity to question him about a condom purchase.

Danika Berry, a rep for Lozada (known as a wackadoodle on VH1's "Basketball Wives"), confirmed reports that Lozada filed for divorce Tuesday.

Earlier, Evelyn issued a statement saying Chad "needs help" and also said that he was lying when he told police she head-butted him. Chad was quickly cut by the Miami Dolphins after the Saturday arrest, but at least they didn't leave him hanging like other Chads in Florida.

Lozada says she's "deeply disappointed" that Johnson hasn't taken responsibility for his actions and she hopes that by taking a stand, she will encourage other women to "break their silence" on the issue of domestic violence.

Johnson released his own statement - the first since his arrest - on his official website, OCNNreport.com, and reaffirmed his love for Lozada.

"I am going to let the legal process run its course," he said. "I wish Evelyn nothing but the best. I have no negative words to say about her; the only thing I can say is I love her very much."

"I will continue to be positive and stay training hard for another opportunity in the NFL. I appreciate all my fans and supporters and if I have disappointed you in any way, you have my sincerest apologies. Once again I will continue to stay positive and appreciate all the support during this tough period in my life."

Chad and Evelyn were wed July 4 after their courtship was detailed on VH1's "Basketball Wives." Their nuptials were to be part of the VH1 reality show "Ev & Ocho," but it's now been shelved.

Compounding Evelyn's tough week, TMZ.com reports that her brother-in-law Anthony Ochoa, who escorted Evelyn down the aisle for her wedding to Chad, has died of cancer in New York.

He had also made several appearances on "Basketball Wives."

The way he was

Friends and admirers of Marvin Hamlisch, including former President Bill Clinton and Liza Minnelli, gathered Tuesday to bid farewell to the celebrated songwriter hailed as "the people's composer."

Clinton called Hamlisch, whose casket was covered in his favorite yellow freesias, a "great, giving genius." Sir Howard Stringer, chairman of Sony Corp., called him "the merriest of minstrels."

Hamlisch died Aug. 6 in L.A. after a short illness. He was 68.

Other guests included ex-Yankee manager Joe Torre, Kelli O'Hara, Ann-Margret, Raul Esparza, Robert Klein, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Leslie Uggams, Richard Gere, Tony Danza, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Diane Sawyer and her husband, Mike Nichols (in Hamlisch's world, Sawyer is known as Nichols' wife). Idina Menzel sang "At the Ballet" from Hamlisch's "A Chorus Lines."

"Genius is rare enough, but a good-hearted genius is rarer still. A good-hearted, humble and hilarious genius is almost unheard of," said Clinton.

Hamlisch's funeral was at Congregation Emanu-El in Manhattan. George Gershwin's funeral was held there in 1937.

Speakers included composer Richard Kagan, cosmetics exec Leonard Lauder and socialite Lily Safra.

A choir that included fellow composers, lyricists and musicians such as Lucie Arnaz, Rupert Holmes and Sheldon Harnick, sang "The Way We Were" and "What I Did for Love." Statements of mourning were read from President Obama and former first lady Nancy Reagan.


Scott A. Smith, the Ohioan

arrested with a loaded gun, ammo and knives at a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," has been indicted on three weapons counts.

Bond was set earlier at $250,000. Arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 27.

Smith's attorney says his client had the weapons for protection in case someone tried to copy the Colorado theater shooting that left 12 dead.

* Country-music icon George

Jones says he's ready for one last go-round on tour before retiring from the road.

Jones said in a statement Tuesday that 2013's The Grand Tour will be his last after more than 50 years on the road. He plans approximately 60 dates and says it's hard to quit doing what he loves, "but the time has come."

* Hip-hop pioneer DJ Afrika

Bambaataa has been appointed to a three-year term as a visiting scholar at Cornell University.

The appointment was made by Cornell University Library's Hip Hop Collection in conjunction with the Ivy League school's music department.

And now a word from ...

Rashida Jones ("Parks and Recreation," daughter of Quincy) knows how to promote her small indie movie "Celeste and Jesse Forever."

Say something outrageous in a Monday interview, hope it goes viral then apologize for it in a Tuesday tweet.

In showing her admiration for singer Frank Ocean coming out, Rashida said it's time a movie star came out. "Like John Travolta? Come out! Come on. How many masseurs have to come forward? Let's do this."

The next day she tweeted: "Made a thoughtless comment about John Travolta. I sincerely apologize. Nobody's personal life is my business."

But remember, "Celeste and Jesse Forever" opens in select theaters this Friday.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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