LOS ANGELES - Anne Heche's divorcing husband wants at least $33,000 a month in support and joint custody of the couple's 5-year-old son, saying the 37-year-old actress is a bad mother.
In Superior Court filings this month, Coleman Laffoon says Heche has refused to allow their son, Homer, to be enrolled in a private kindergarten in Southern California and has said she wants the boy to move to Vancouver, Canada, where she spends part of the year filming her ABC-TV show, "Men in Trees."
In Vancouver, Heche leaves their son with a series of different nannies or her assistant in her trailer while filming, Laffoon said.
Heche's "anger toward me has clouded her ability to think rationally about what is in Homer's best interest," said Laffoon, who wants Heche ordered to sign their son's school paperwork.
Laffoon said Heche made some "very poor" parenting decisions in Vancouver, such as failing to provide a car safety seat for Homer and making lunches he didn't like. After one visit, she forgot to return Homer's favorite shoes and "his bedtime stuffed animals, which are very important to him and which caused him extreme distress," Laffoon said. Laffoon and Heche were married in September 2001. He filed for divorce in February, citing irreconcilable differences.
"It is disappointing that Coley Laffoon has resorted to filing lies with the court because Anne would not cave in to his astronomical monetary demands, including his demand for $45,000 a month in support," Heche's publicist, Lisa Kasteler, said in a statement Friday. "For the past several years, the child's father has refused to get a job in order to contribute financially to the child's care."
Laffoon, a former freelance videographer who made $6,000 a year, said he didn't work during the marriage.
WASHINGTON - Nick Carter of the pop band Backstreet Boys has been appointed as a U.N. special ambassador of the Year of the Dolphin.
"I was shocked. And happy at the exact same time because I really felt like it was an honor," he told AP Radio News on Thursday.
The Year of the Dolphin campaign is aimed at raising awareness of dolphins in the wild, the threats they face to their survival and the actions that could help their wild conservation.
Carter, who starred on the E! Entertainment reality show "House of Carters" with his siblings, said he's still a student of the campaign.
"The issues involved with the dolphins are things that I am learning," the 27-year-old singer said. "I don't want to be this person to come across and say, â€˜Why, I know what's going on' and shove it down people's throats. (Because) I don't know everything."
Carter said he'll expand on the same feelings he expressed in a song he wrote called "Believe" in order to write a new anthem about the plight of dolphins.
"I am probably going to go back to the drawing board and try to outdo myself and write an even better song," Carter said.