Lawyer says Dwyane Wade’s divorce legal bills could hit $10 million
08/08/2013 12:00 AM
08/07/2013 6:38 PM
Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade could end up paying $10 million in legal bills for his divorce.
Two of the dozen or so lawyers in two states involved with Wade’s split from high school sweetheart Siohvaughn Funches tell Gossip Extra that the past few months in the six-year battle would undoubtedly make the meter reach that figure.
“We were at about $8 million last year,” said one lawyer who asked not to be named. “He’s paying more for lawyers than what he is paying his wife for the settlement.
“It was a complicated case, but it may have become personal.”
Gossip Extra was told that D Wade has been paying for his and Funches’ attorneys from a special bank account funded partly with a small portion of his Heat salary, and partly with endorsements.
There have been several appeals in the case, and Wade’s pending defamation lawsuit against Funches, which also ran up the tab.
James Pritikin, Wade’s main attorney in Chicago, did not respond to a request for comment.
Peter Rosello, son of The Real Housewives of Miami star Alexia Echevarria, was arrested again recently — but managed again to stay out of jail.
Rosello, 20, was picked up by the North Miami PD and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Rosello made national news last year when he was nabbed after posting on Facebook a video of himself violently hitting a homeless man sound asleep on a Miami Beach street.
At the time, prosecutors allowed Rosello, powerful Miami lobbyist Herman Echevarria’s stepson, to enter a first offender program that included community service but no jail time.
Here’s how his latest arrest went down: According to records, Rosello was a passenger in a Fiat that hit an unmarked North Miami police car on Biscayne Boulevard — then fled.
When cops caught up with the Fiat and searched it, they found a backpack with marijuana in a jar and a pipe and, according to the arrest papers, Rosello admitted it was his.
Prosecutors agreed to drop the misdemeanor charges after Rosello agreed to extend his intervention program for another six months.
Said Rosello’s attorney, Richard Sharpstein: “It wasn’t really his bag.”
RHOM kicks off its third season Monday on Bravo.
Now that socialite Lauren Silverman has been outed as the married woman impregnated by X Factor judge Simon Cowell, stories about the 36-year-old Silverman’s early days in South Florida are bubbling up.
Here’s the latest, related to the British press by Miami paparazzo Charlie Ans, 36.
Ans and his then-high school sweetheart Lauren were engaged in a steamy teenage sex session at his mother’s house back in 1994 when his aunt came home.
“We were making out in the shower,” Ans told the Daily Mail about his dating Silverman when both were 17-year-old students at Davie’s University School. “I spotted her car pulling up in the driveway and told Lauren she needed to disappear immediately.
“She was very slim, so she managed to squeeze through my bathroom window. But she was totally naked and had to crouch down and hide in the yard until I could get a towel out to her.
“I had to look twice when I saw Lauren’s picture in the papers. It’s not every day you wake up to see your ex-girlfriend from high school plastered all over the media.”
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