Sunday, April 17, 2011

Dogs, Celebrities & Custody Battles III:

Publicity hound Tila Tequila, Singaporean-born American rapper and television personality who starred in men's magazines Stuff, Maxim, and Penthouse, lost an after-death custody battle about her deceased fiance’s dogs. 
          It’s a little complicated, as these things tend to be.
         During happier and perhaps more romantic times, Tila announced her “engagement” to Casey Johnson, a Johnson & Johnson heiress, in a video they posted on line, while in bed and wearing only bras and panties. 
          After Casey suddenly died, Tequila was upset when Nicky Hilton (sister of Paris and “celebutante”) and Bijou Phillips (daughter of a singer in The Mamas & the Papas) arrived at her home to claim Zoey, an 18-year-old sick toy poodle owned by Johnson, who died a week before this incident.  Other reports say Nicky and Bijou were also interested in Casey’s other dogs including Elvis, a Yorkie, and Blackie or Onyx, a black poodle mix).
         Tequila believed that Nicky and Bijou wanted to put Zoey down so that the dog could be buried with Casey, which sounds pretty bizarre even by Hollywood standards. 
Others said that Nicky and Bijou were staging a doggie intervention because Tequila was a bad dog mommy.   Perhaps their first clue about her maternal fitness might be when she changed her name from Nguyen to Tequila. 
           In any case, there was a big hullabaloo, cops were called and eventually Nicky and Bijou were allowed to take the dogs from Casey’s house, which was described as a “rubbish-strewn slum with no electricity, water or gas, and rats in her swimming pool.”

          “Any member introducing a dog into the Society's premises shall be liable to a fine of one pound.  Any animal leading a blind person shall be deemed to be a cat.”   Oxford Union Society, London, Rule 46

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