That’s the Christmas spirit!
Miami Heat superstar LeBron James’ mother has agreed to settle a nasty lawsuit brought against her by a valet she slapped because he didn’t bring her car fast enough, Gossip Extra has learned.
The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, although a source familiar with the case said Gloria James will be paying ex-Fontainebleau Miami Beach valet Rock Feller Sorel for his trouble.
Neither Chris Lyons nor Sandy Becher, Gloria’s attorneys, commented.
A legal source says attorneys are still haggling with LeBron’s publicists over a damage-control statement about the deal.
Bob Stok, Sorel’s attorney, wouldn’t comment on the details but said Sorel’s happy to have the incident behind him.
“He was embarrassed and shamed by what happened,” Stok said.
The lawsuit was filed nearly two years ago in the wake of a fracas that ended with Ms. James arrested on battery and disorderly intoxication charges.
The first charge was dropped, and she was sentenced to community service for the second.
In civil court, things were much more tense. At one point, Gloria James was ordered to return to Miami on a private jet two days before a hearing to make sure she would show up.
The settlement comes as the case was headed for a Jan. 7 trial that threatened to ensnare Heat charity director Steve Stowe. He was the one who got James released to him before she was shipped to the stockade.
Seems reality star Kim Kardashian became pregnant with rap star Kanye West’s baby about the same time her ex-lover, Miami Dolphins star Reggie Bush, announced that he and his Kimmie lookalike gal pal Lilit Avagyan were expecting.
That was in early October. At the time, Kardashian, 32, was filming a new show for E! in and around Miami.
That’s about the time when, on South Beach, West allegedly tried to grab a female paparazzi who asked him if he planned to congratulate Bush on Avagyan’s pregnancy.
“Kim still cares about Reggie,” a Kardashian insider tells Gossip Extra. "She was shocked to hear that he was going to have a baby at the time she has wanted one of own.”
West inadvertently announced Kardashian’s pregnancy Sunday night from an Atlantic City stage.
New year’s report
Thank heavens for Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and her short-tempered boyfriend: They made an otherwise-boring New Year’s Eve in Miami Beach a tad more entertaining.
Vergara followed Nick Loeb to his Delray Beach home for the holidays, and helped him host a Christmas party.
Everything was going swimmingly — until they traveled south to ring in 2013.
According to several published reports, Loeb tried to pick a fight with guests at the new Story nightclub on Collins Avenue after someone spilled Vergara’s drink.
Somehow, the incident degenerated into Loeb and Vergara lobbing four-letter bombs at one another.
Why? Loeb apparently didn’t think Vergara should have tried to calm things down by agreeing to have her picture taken with the dude who spilled her drink.
Beefy bodyguards reportedly escorted Vergara and Loeb back to the street after management decided to kick them out.
Who’s management? Former Vergara boyfriend and convicted-but-sprung mob killer Chris Paciello.