Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch, has been forced to postpone plans to set up a charity foundation in his late daughter's name because of a quarrel over the organisation's name. Mitch first announced that he was to establish The Amy Winehouse Foundation (with the late singer's Camden, North London home acting as its HQ) in the days immediately following Winehouse's death on July 24. Many fans have since sent checks made out to the foundation, but due to the fact that an outside party has registered the company name, without Mitch's knowledge, they are unable to be cashed.
"We all have to bombard the tabloids websites to put pressure on this dick head who stole our foundation name," said Mitch this weekend, via his official Twitter feed (@mitchwinehouse). "Instead of concentrating on allocating funding I am having to send checks back [because] we don't haven't got bank [account] in that name," he went on to say, later adding, "Our solicitors are all over this, but it takes time. Meanwhile we can't get on with [the] foundation."
Legal matters of a less sympathetic nature are also at the heart of the latest in the never ending list of disputes, grievances and spats between former Oasis members Liam and Noel Gallagher. According to reports in U.K. tabloid newspaper The Sun, Liam has filed a high court action over Noel's claim that he cancelled a 2009 headline performance at the U.K.'s V Festival due to a "hangover". Liam has also disputed Noel's claim that one of the reasons that Oasis broke up in 2009 was due to Liam's insistence on advertising his "Pretty Green" clothing range in the Oasis tour program.
"I have taken legal action against Noel Gallagher for statements he made claiming Oasis pulled out of the 2009 V Festival Chelmsford gig because I had a hangover. That is a lie and I want Oasis fans and others who were at V to know the truth," Liam is reported to have told The Sun. "I was gutted when I couldn't play the gig because I didn't want to let the fans down. But the truth is I had laryngitis, which Noel was made fully aware of that morning, diagnosed by a doctor," the younger Gallagher brother went on to say.
Responding to Noel's recent claim that the Manchester-based siblings had fought about including adverts for "Pretty Green" in touring programs, Liam said, "The truth is there was no such discussion or row between us."
"I am used to being called all sorts of things by Noel and I have in the past said things about him. But what Noel has alleged this time went way beyond rock-and-roll banter and questioned my professionalism. I tried to resolve this amicably but have been left with no choice but legal action," continued Gallagher, who now fronts Beady Eye, adding, "All I want is an apology."
Unfortunately for Liam, photographs have since emerged, also published in The Sun, which allegedly show Liam drinking from a can of Guinness, which, it is claimed, was taken only hours before Oasis cancelled their 2009 V Festival slot. Noel is yet to comment.
The past weekend also saw the much-hyped return of TV music talent show "The X-Factor" - minus Simon Cowell, as he oversees the show's U.S. bow. The new judging panel comprised of Kelly Rowland, Take That's Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos from hip-hop outfit N-Dubz and long term panel member Louis Walsh.
Despite the absence of Cowell, the show's return was a big hit with U.K. viewers, peaking at 12.6 million people for the August 20 series 8 opener, which was broadcast on ITV1. "I am thrilled with the numbers. The new judging team are doing a brilliant job and I think the show feels even better this year," said Cowell in a statement.