The Broward County judge assigned to hear the domestic violence case against ex-Miami Dolphins star Chad Johnson is one tough cookie!
Judge Ian Richards, who hails from the Liberty City neighborhood where Johnson grew up, made news in 2009 because of his unorthodox move to restore order in his courtroom.
Clad in his black judge’s robe, Richards, now 37, didn’t hesitate to jump over his bench to tackle a suspect.
The man had attacked his girlfriend during a domestic violence hearing at the Fort Lauderdale courthouse and Richards threw himself between them as the suspect was about to strike.
The incident was caught on a surveillance tape that went viral on the web.
“He’s a no-nonsense guy,” said attorney Paul Molle, who often represents defendants before Richards. “He’s a very fair judge, and he’s actually very patient.”
Johnson, the wide receiver formerly known as Ochocinco, is facing a misdemeanor battery charge after his Aug. 11 arrest for allegedly head-butting his wife of six weeks, reality TV star Evelyn Lozada.
Lozada, 36, who has become famous for her tantrums on VH-1’s Basketball Wives (she once was engaged to retired Miami Heat star Antoine Walker), filed for divorce last week. Johnson, meanwhile, was cut by the Fins on Aug. 12.
Johnson’s first date with Richards is an arraignment scheduled for Sept. 13.
Real estate rap
Rapper/actor Ice-T, whose real name is Tracy Marrow, has just taken a serious hit on the sale of his Sunny Isles Beach condo.
Records show Marrow, one of the stars of Law & Order: SVU, sold his 26th-floor, three-bedroom pad at the Sayan on Collins Avenue last month for $1.29 million.
The buyer is a Canadian trust.
Thing is Marrow, 54, who usually portrays tough guys, bought the 2,000-square-foot joint, with amenities that includes a sauna and a steam room, for $1.53 million in 2007.
At least, according to county papers, Marrow had enough left to pay off his $1.2 million mortgage!
The paparazzi surely will miss Marrow’s wife Coco, whose legendary bikinis made her a favorite of gossip rags.
Miami socialite and prolific Twitter user Loren Ridinger underwent surgery for a brain aneurysm last week in New York.
Ridinger, who runs the direct marketing company Market America with husband James Ridinger, first became aware something was amiss when she started suffering from pesky vertigo, she told the New York Post.
Ridinger tweeted photos and video of herself before and after the procedure.
“Blessed to have found my brain aneurysm due to symptoms I felt and my persistence to get myself checked immediately,” one of her tweets read.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County are already lining up the celebs for the nonprofit’s big Oct. 18 bash, dubbed Hollywood Welcomes the Stars.
This year’s edition is set for Gulfstream Park, with guests of honor Dennis Haysbert (the prez in 24 and AllState Insurance TV spokesman), former Miami Dolphin star Channing Crowder and Miami Heat legend Tim Hardaway.