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Dwight Howard is suing the mother of his child for the Dr. Evil like amount of $500 million. Why? Because he claims that she won't stop yapping about him in the media.
TMZ reports that Royce Reed, star of VH1's Basketball Wives and Dwight Howard, an Orlando Magic NBA star, entered into a court settlement whereby they agreed not to trash each other in the media. Howard apparently claims that Reed leaked information about him a minimum of 11 times. Reed counters that the supposedly leaked information came from legal documents which are immune to any agreement made by the parties.
According to TMZ, if Royce Reed leaked information to the press, it would be a violation of a 2009 gag order. However, I suspect that TMZ may actually mean a confidentiality agreement or settlement agreement instead. Let's briefly look at the difference between the two:
A gag order is either a court order to gag an unruly defendant or bar them from the courtroom in order to prevent interruptions in a trial, or a court order directed to attorneys and witnesses not to discuss the case with the media. Judges sometimes issue gag orders when they believe it is necessary to assure the defendant a fair trial.
By contrast, a settlement agreement or confidentiality agreement is a contract entered into by two or more parties whereby they agree not to disclose certain information. As long as the agreement complies with other areas of law, it can be fairly broad in scope. For example, Tiger Woods allegedly paid Rachel Uchitel a seven figure sum as part of a settlement agreement. In exchange, Uchitel allegedly agreed not to release hundreds of emails and text messages, as well as not admitting to their alleged affair publicly.
No matter what you call it, for the sake of the kids, b-ballers and their wives should leave the trash talking on the court.
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