(news.sawf.org) - Singer- actress Jennifer Lopez is pushing to enter arbitration with her ex- husband Ojani Noa to stop him from publishing a book about their relationship
According to court papers that were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on December 22 , Noa is bound to arbitration based on the settlement he and Lopez arrived at in October 2005, when he sued her for breach of deal after she fired him in 2002 from a managerial post at her Pasadena restaurant Madre's'.
Their accord called for, among other things, Noa to remain tight-lipped in public about Lopez's private life, and he also received 125,000 dollars in the pact.
Noa is currently restrained from touting his supposedly racy script by a preliminary ruling that was issued on June 30, 2006.
The ruling stops him from profiting from any intimate Lopez details, circulating personal details about her by any means, and criticizing her in public.
Lopez's attorney, Paul Sorrell, has stated that his client could collect 10 million dollars in damages, if the book is published.
Noa told the court on 1 December 2006 that he's sorry; he didn't fight hard against the ruling and would prefer to go to trial.
"I didn't agree to it, my lawyer told me that it was the right thing to do, and I went along with it, Eonline quoted Noa, as telling the LA Superior Court judge..
A court hearing is set for Jan. 29, 2007 on Lopez's motion for adjudication and her request to put her breach of contract court case against Noa on hold, until after they have tried for a consensus .
Noa has time to appoint his new attorney to present his arguments till the scheduled court date The Monster-in-Law' star sued Noa Apr. 10 after he allegedly asked for 5 million dollars in exchange for not publishing his book, which, according to the New York Post, was to be titled The Unknown Truth: A Passionate Portrait of a Serial Thriller'.
Lopez tied the knot with the Cuban-born Noa on Feb. 22, 1997, shortly after meeting him at a Miami restaurant, where he worked as a waiter and after eleven months they separated in March, 1998.