Former Top 20 tennis player Lisa Bonder's child support case just got a bit trashier—literally. In January, Bonder, 36, sued her exhusband, billionaire financier Kirk Kerkorian, for $3.8 million a year in child support (SCORECARD, Jan. 28). The request was made on behalf of Bonder's four-year-old daughter, Kira. Last week Kerkorian, 84, filed court papers that said he had DNA evidence that proves he isn't Kira's father. Kerkorian hired a private eye to rummage through Hollywood producer Steve Bing's garbage, where the gumshoe dug up a piece of used dental floss. According to Kerkorian, lab tests showed that Bing, who is also involved in a paternity dispute over Elizabeth Hurley's six-week-old son, is a genetic match with Kira. Bing responded by filing a $1 billion invasion of privacy lawsuit against Kerkorian. "One of the richest men in the world...schemed to steal [Bing's] DNA from the garbage...in a disgusting effort to publicly smear and disparage his ex-wife," reads Bing's complaint, which goes on to say that Kerkorian is simply trying to "avoid his financial obligations to an innocent little girl." In response Kerkorian's lawyer Terry Christensen said, "Instead of doing the right thing, Mr. Bing has chosen to unleash a series of outrageously false statements to serve his own interests." Christensen also said that it was Bing who was being "a deadbeat dad." Undoubtedly the trash talk will continue.
?Shortly after The Sum of All Fears, Paramount's upcoming film based on the best-selling Tom Clancy novel, began shooting in Montreal in the spring of 2001, some residents of that embattled sports town saw promise in the storyline. "People heard that we were filming scenes at Olympic Stadium and that the plot involved a bomb," says Fears director Phil Alden Robinson. "A lot of them were very disappointed to find out that we didn't actually plan to blow the place up." Robinson, best known for directing Field of Dreams, was surprised when Fears star Ben Affleck approached him and said, "It's great working with you again." Turns out that Affleck and Matt Damon were extras in 1989's Dreams: "They were in the scene we shot at Fenway Park with James Earl Jones and Kevin Costner. They were out there in the centerfield stands firing it up." Making cameos in Fears are a couple of familiar sports figures: Longtime NFL official Jerry Markbreit referees a CFL game in the movie, while former Bears and Raiders wide receiver Willie Gault portrays the game's color commentator.
?Sports wedding of the week: Redskins cornerback Champ Bailey married longtime girlfriend Hanady Aboneaaj on Saturday in Atlanta. The newlyweds, who met while they were undergraduates at Georgia, invited 240 people to the ceremony at Dean Gardens, a privately owned mansion where Toni Braxton was wed last summer. Irving Fryar, an ordained Pentecostal minister, performed the ceremony in front of a crowd that was packed with NFLers, including Deion Sanders, Troy Vincent, Steven Davis and Larry Centers.