*Kenya Bell, former Miss Michigan USA and wife of NBA star Charlie Bell, released a statement today through her lawyers addressing domestic violence charges filed against her this week, reports the Flint Journal.
Kenya Bell is accused of attacking the Golden State Warriors guard with a box cutter Sunday in his Grand Blanc Township home, according to the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office.
She released the following statement through lawyers Jeremy Piper and Matthew Norwood:
“It is with regret that I have to issue a public statement regarding my marriage. For some time now my husband and I have been going through the process of getting a divorce. Like many couples, our relationship has deteriorated over time. Throughout this process I have always considered the interests of our children to be front and center. Unfortunately this private matter has spilled from one court to another, where I expect to be vindicated. For my family’s sake I would ask that our privacy be respected. Thank-you, Kenya Bell”
Norwood said Kenya Bell is denying the incident occurred as portrayed in reports on the charges.
“She’s looking forward to vindicating herself,” he said. “It’s sad. If anybody knows Mrs. Bell, they know that this isn’t who she is. …It’s not the way it’s been portrayed.”
Kenya Bell was arraigned in Genesee District Court on Monday on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic violence, according to court records. She was released on $5,000 bond.
Charlie and Kenya Bell
Charlie Bell, a Flint native and former Michigan State University basketball star, on Tuesday commented via Twitter: “I’m fine. I didn’t get stabbed. LOL.”
The Flint Southwestern Academy graduate, along with fellow “Flintstones” Mateen Cleaves of Flint Northern and Morris Peterson of Flint Northwestern led the 2000 Spartans team that captured the school’s first national basketball championship since 1979.
Kenya Bell, 35, was crowned Miss Michigan USA in 2001.
The couple appeared last year in an episode of VH1’s “Basketball Wives.” Kenya said at the time that she and her husband worked hard to build “family respect and trust for each other.”
*Gabriel Aubry’s reps at Wilhelmina Models have released a statement on his behalf in the wake of Halle Berry’s announcement that she was pulling out of a movie to focus on “custody issues” related to their two-year-old daughter Nahla.
“While Gabriel is disappointed in Halle’s decision to falsely malign him publicly and for her own purposes, he refuses to be pulled into her dispute over a canceled film production,” his rep told Access Hollywood. “Gabriel also refuses to air their issues in the press as he believes this may ultimately harm their daughter. The fact is that Gabriel is a caring father who shares custody of Nahla.”
“Gabriel fully believes that a consistent and balanced living situation and two loving parents are crucial for their child even if Ms. Berry feels otherwise,” his rep continued. “He will always defend his rights as a father and will always consider Nahla’s best interest. Halle’s continuing allegations in the press are untrue and irresponsible.”
Berry’s rep previously stated the actress had “attempted to resolve these custody issues amicably with her daughter’s father…but given his lack of cooperation, Halle has no choice but to seek swift judicial intervention.”
On Dec. 30, Aubry asked the courts to be formally recognized as Nahla’s father and to establish shared custody.
*Naomi Campbell has released a statement denying any wrongdoing in the incident in which she was accused of beating up her driver.
“I was accused of unacceptable behavior towards a driver in New York,” said the supermodel, according to People.com. “I have worked very hard on correcting my previous wrongdoings and I will not be held hostage to my past.”
Miodrag Mejdina had originally told police Campbell hit him from the backseat of the luxury SUV, then jumped out of the vehicle and ran off. He said he suffered bruising under his eye when his head was shoved into the steering wheel.
But Mejdina backpedaled yesterday. Speaking through his lawyer, he told the Associated Press Thursday that he “got angry and overreacted,” and that the incident was “blown out of proportion.” He declined to press charges and even apologized to Campbell.
“I try to treat everyone with respect and I am pleased the driver has apologized,” Campbell stated. “I would like to put the last few days behind me and move on.”
*A very emotional and contrite Tiger Woods faced a room full of his family, friends, business associates and strategically-chosen press members Friday to apologize for his marital transgressions and announce his eventual return to golf following more sex rehab.
“Many of you in this room are my friends, many of you in this room know me. Many of you have cheered for me or you’ve worked with me or you’ve supported me. Now every one of you has good reason to be critical of me,” the golfer said in his first public remarks since the sex scandal begain in November. “I want to say to each of you simply and directly I am deeply sorry for the irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in.”
In his 13-minute speech, carried live across cable news channels and ESPN, Woods also praised his wife Elin and cleared up reports that she attacked him with a golf club during a Thanksgiving blowup.
“Elin never hit me that night or any other night,” Woods said. “There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage, ever. Elin has shown enormous grace and poise throughout this ordeal. Elin deserves praise, not blame. The issue involved here was my repeated irresponsible behavior. I was unfaithful, I had affairs. I cheated. What I did was unacceptable and I am the only person to blame.”
Of his multiple infidelities, Tiger said: “I knew my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself that normal rules don’t apply. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I thought I worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all of the temptations around me.
“I brought this shame on myself. I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife’s family, my friends, my foundation and kids all around the world who admire me. My failure has made me look at myself in a way I never wanted to before. It’s now up to me to make amends, and that starts by never repeating the mistakes I made.
“I recognize I have brought this on myself, and I know above all I am the one who needs to change. I owe it to my family to become a better person. I owe it to those close to me to become a better man. That’s what my focus will be. I have a lot of work to do.”
Woods had not been heard in the 78 days since a magazine released a voicemail he allegedly left one of the women to whom he has been romantically linked, warning that Woods’ wife Elin might be calling. “My real apology to her will not come in the form of words,” Tiger said of Elin. “It will come in my behavior over time. We have a lot to discuss. What we say to each other will remain between the two of us.”
Woods’ speech took place in the Sunset Room on the second floor of the TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA Tour. Two pool video cameras broadcast Woods’ statement, which comes during the Match Play Championship, sponsored by Accenture, the first company to drop Woods as a pitchman.
Tiger took time to offer an apology to employees of his foundation, and vowed that its work would continue on. “To those of you who work for me, I have let you down personally and professionally,” he stated. “My behavior has caused considerable worry to my business partners. To everyone involved in my foundation, our work is more important than ever.”
Tiger also denied reports that he had used performance enhancing drugs and reaffirmed his devotion to Buddhism, saying his mother raised him as a Buddhist and he had strayed in recent years. “Buddhism teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint,” he said. “Obviously, I lost track of what I was taught.” In a direct message to the paparazzi, Tiger begged them to stop harassing his mother, his wife and small children. “My behavior doesn’t make it right to follow my 2 ½ year old daughter” and stake out her school and location,” he said with steel in his voice.
The athlete announced he will eventually return to golf. “I just don’t know when that day will be,” he said. “I don’t rule out that it will be this year. When I do return, I need to make my behavior more respectful of the game.” In closing, Tiger thanked friends and fans who have encouraged him. “Today I want to ask for your help,” he said, looking directly into the audience. “I ask you to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again. Thank you.”
With that, he shared an emotional hug with his mom, who sat directly in front of him. He also gave quick hugs to other close friends in the front row before making his exit. Woods will now return to the clinic where he has been undergoing treatment for sexual addiction.