On Friday, the United States Court of Appeals upheld a $7 million judgment against her, holding her personally liable for fraudulent conduct.
The original ruling came last year after Hannibal Pictures and its owner Richard Rionda del Castro sued Sonja for reneging on a deal she signed. Sonja had agreed to fund the movie “Fast Flash to Bang Time” (yes that’s the actual name of the movie) which was to feature John Travolta, only to pull out of the financing deal causing the movie not to be made.
“With the confirmation by one of the highest Courts of our country, the masks are falling and there is no longer any doubt that we were defrauded and severely damaged. We are now going to collect to the fullest extent of the law,” said Hannibal’s Rionda del Castro in a statement.
Sonja filed for bankruptcy last November, claiming the movie was never made because its planned star, Travolta, needed “various conditions” that her company, Sonja Productions, couldn’t provide.
In the Chapter 11 filing, Sonja listed her debt at $19.8 million with over $13.5 million in assets.
Leading that pack is NFL player Hines Ward who earned the highest score of the night, a 27, for his smooth rumba set to “Proud to be an American.” Judge Len Goodman told Hines his rumba was his “best dance so far,” while Bruno Tonioli complimented him on producing “just the right amount of sensuality to make the ladies swoon. ” Hine’s score of 27 is the highest of the season so far.
And in what is emerging as one of the strongest seasons to date, three different stars tied for second place, each receiving a score of 26. Chelsea Kane, who led the leaderboard last week, received praises for her upbeat samba dance. “You have the energy of America but the sizzle of Brazil,” said Bruno. Romeo continued to show growth with his fox-trot and wrestler Chris Jericho impressed with his Viennese waltz. “I feel like we’ve underestimated you,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba told Chris.
Kirstie Alley remains in the middle of the pack with her score of 23 for her foxy foxtrot to “American Woman.” Luckily for Kirstie, the performance went off without any mishaps. And during rehearsals, Kirstie’s pal actor John Travolta aka ‘The Dance Doctor’ paid her and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy a visit, giving them some playful words of advice.
As for Kendra Wilkinson, she tied for last place with two others after earning a score of 22 for her foxtrot to “Yankee Doodle” which also marked the show’s 1,000th dance. Following Kendra’s comments stating that she felt “belittled and embarrassed” after Carrie Ann told her she lacked elegance, her partner Louis van Amstel advised her to view the comments as constructive criticism and not an attack. Louis’ words of wisdom seemed to help with Kendra giving her best performance of the season. “This is the most confident I’ve ever seen you,” said Carrie Ann.
The scores from last night below –
Hines Ward & Kym Johnson: 27 Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas: 26 Romeo & Chelsie Hightower: 26 Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke: 26 Kirstie Alley & Maks: 23 Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff: 22 Petra Nemcova & Dmitry Chaplin: 22 Kendra Wilkinson & Louis van Amstel: 22
And on tonight’s results show, airing at 9/8c, another star will be sent packing.
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The song, titled “Jam” was produced by mega hit producer The Dream, who has worked with the likes of Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Rihanna. The song appears to be about going out to the clubs and picking up guys. And umm, we’ll let you be the judge and jury. The song is below.
The E! network will premiere the song’s music video on March 6.
In other Kim news, according to reports by various media outlets, she is now “in talks” to snag herself a movie role in the upcoming movie about infamous New York mafia don John Gotti.
Kim is apparently in the running to star as Kim Gotti, daughter-in-law of the late John Gotti. Famed actor John Travolta has already been cast as the real-life godfather in the upcoming biopic, which will reportedly be produced by Gotti’s son, John Gotti Jr. “Kim is in talks to do the movie,” reveals a source close to Kim to UsWeekly.
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UPDATE – According to Kim’s blog, Jam will be available for purchase on iTunes at 12 p.m. today. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the song will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
UPDATE #2 – It seems the servers from the audio are crashing. We will try to find another audio source.
Sonja listed her debt at $19.8 million with over $13.5 million in assets on the bankruptcy petition. “The decision to seek bankruptcy relief was not an easy one, but unfortunately, I am at a crossroads in my life,” said Sonja in the court papers.
But perhaps this situation is a bit different than that of NJ Housewife Teresa Giudice as Sonja blames her financial troubles on a failed business venture, an unresolved bitter divorce with her ex-husband, and also losing a major lawsuit.
Sonja states in the court papers that her production company, Sonja Productions, was all set to collaborate with Hannibal Pictures Inc. to make a movie starring John Travolta. However, things went awry due to various demands by Travolta which her production company could not meet. Hannibal Pictures then filed a lawsuit against Sonja Productions and won a $7 million judgment.
Sonja is reportedly planning to appeal the ruling. Also, the reason Sonja’s filing is a tad shocking all has to do with her last name, as Sonja used to be married to and has a daughter by John Adams Morgan, a descendant of J.P. Morgan and John Adams. Sonja blames her “bitter” and unresolved divorce from her husband as part of the reason she is broke. Apparently their divorce is yet to be finalized.
According to WSJ, Sonja is working to resolve these disputes and formulate a plan of reorganization. She also hopes to preserve the value of her assets and continue her career as a television personality.
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