Troubled Celebrity Lawyer Dominic Barbara Arrested For Choking His Girlfriend As He Awaits Trial For Blackmailing His Ex-wife

Stop the Celebrity Twitter Feuds and Speak Directly

Certainly, some of these Twitter “feuds” are heightened by media attention and the public’s rabid appetite for celeb gossip — which can blow a seemingly innocent 140-character message out of proportion. I’m also a proponent of free expression; celebrities should certainly use the power of digital technology to express themselves and respond to attacks if they choose. But public figures need to remember that what they say — whether in traditional or digital media — carries extra interest. If stars have negative feelings about another celebrity, a flight attendant who orders them to turn off a mobile device, or grade-schoolers who bully their daughter, they are entitled to those personal opinions. But before celebs vent on Twitter, they should consider the valor of remaining silent — because the best course of action can often be to not speak at all. And if the desire to speak nevertheless wins out, I wish stars would consider saying something directly to the target of their frustration rather than indirectly through social media. Social networking should be a tool we use to broaden discussion, rather than a crutch we invoke to avoid speaking directly to each other. Sure, after Amanda Bynes tweeted that Rihanna “look so ugly tryin to be white,” it’s probably too optimistic to think the two ladies will have tea to sort through their differences. And some feuding celebrities may have never even met and could have no desire to resolve their Twitter debates. That’s certainly their prerogative. But at some point, it’s better for the soul to make peace, forgive, and move on. Direct communication is the best way to do so. It’s never easy to talk to someone who has upset you, when you have something negative to say or with a fight in the air.

Accused: Barbara is also facing trial for allegedly trying to blackmail his ex-wife Leslie (above) for $200,000

In December, Nassau County District heard how he threatened to expose details of Leslie Barbara’s alleged sexual relationships, disclose compromising photos and videos and hold a press conference about the men he claimed she had slept with. Accused: Barbara is also facing trial for allegedly trying to blackmail his ex-wife Leslie (above) for $200,000 Arrested: Nassau County police assist Barbara into court in December where he was accused of threatening to expose details of his ex-wife’s alleged sexual relationships unless she paid him $200,000 He was also busted earlier this year for allegedly swiping a $1,400 Yves Saint Laurent purse from a Long Island store. That case is also ongoing. In 2011, he was suspended from practising law for failing to properly bill clients and refund their money. A panel of judges said the decision was made also due to his ‘extensive disciplinary history.’ The Daily News says records also show that he has been sued numerous times since by former clients and creditors. At the time, Barbara, who has been photographed in the past wearing $1,000 suits, said he had been sleeping on a friend’s couch. High-profile case: Barbara (left) at a probation hearing in 1995 with his client, Joey Buttafuoco, whose teenage mistress, Amy Fisher, dubbed the Long Island Lolita, shot his wife, Mary Jo, in the face One of Barbara’s most high-profile cases was that of Joey Buttafuoco who found himself at the centre of a national sensation in 1992 when his teenage mistress, Amy Fisher, dubbed the Long Island Lolita, shot his wife, Mary Jo, in the face. Fisher met Joey Buttafuoco after she took her car to his body shop in Long Island and asked him to fix it without her family finding out. She was 16 and an affair ensued. On May 19, 1992, Fisher drove to Mary Jo’s house and confronted her on her doorstep. When Mary Jo turned away, Fisher pulled out a gun, shot her and then fled the scene. After she was arrested, she pleaded guilty to second-degree assault. She served seven years in prison and was released in 1999.

Celebrity chef dabbles in Scotch

Just add items to create a watchlist now: Add The Dalmore Selected by Daniel Boulud The bottle: The Dalmore Selected by Daniel Boulud , $200 The backstory: We have celebrity chef-branded cookware. And celebrity chef-branded frozen pizza. Heck, theres even a celebrity chef-endorsed antacid . So, why not have a single-malt Scotch that bears a celebrity chefs name? That was the thinking when The Dalmore, a whiskey with roots going back to 1839, partnered with French-born, New York-based chef Daniel Boulud on this limited-release bottle (just 1,000 will be made available, sold through high-end wine and liquor stores as well as eventually through the chefs online store ). Even though he keeps busy running 14 restaurants around the globe, serving a $32 braised rib and foie gras burger, among other dishes, Boulud was actively involved in creating the spirit, working with Dalmore master distiller Richard Paterson on selecting specific barrels to create the final blend, which includes whiskies aged up to 18 years. (But its a mistake to call the final product a blend since all the whisky in it originates from a single distillery.) I wanted a generous, full-bodied whisky, but with aromas of caramel and also some candied orange and toasted praline, says Boulud. Um, who says Frenchmen drink only Cognac? Key stat: Click to Play Daniel Boulud tries his hand at Scotch After months of working with the renowned distillers at The Dalmores, chef Daniel Boulud is offering a bespoke single malt based on the cuisine of his restaurants. Charles Passy joins the News Hub for Weekend Sip. (Photo: AP) The Dalmore (and the brand name always has The in front of it) has gained a reputation for offering some of the worlds most expensive and sought-after whiskies. A case in point: The recently released Richard Paterson Collection 12 bottles of whiskies that date as far back as 1926, packaged together for $1.4 million. That makes the $200 Boulud bottle a steal by comparison. Also see: 10 things celebrity chefs wont say What we think about it: Bouluds whiskey lives up to its heavy promise at least on the nose.