When Kelsey Grammer took his baby daughter to a Playboy Halloween party last fall, he took a lot of heat. One of the playmates who attended the party tweeted, ""Why the f*** does Kelsey Grammer have a newborn baby at the Mansion Party!?" It didn't help that a photo surfaced on the Internet showing the cherubic infant on a red velvet sofa surrounded by plastic cocktail cups.
The "Cheers" alum, who attended the party with his wife Kayte, had a wholesome explanation. "Kayte is breast-feeding and we do not have a nanny or a trusted baby-sitter at this time, so Faith goes everywhere with us," he said.
The "Frasier" star was not the only famous pop to find himself in a pickle this past year. In honor of Father's Day this Sunday, June 15, test your knowledge of these recent controversies involving celebrity dads.
1. Which celebrity dad sued a tabloid for suggesting that he had abandoned his daughter?
2. Which reality TV show pop was accused by a male model of possibly not being his son's biological father?
3. Which celebrity's daughter publicly forgave her father six years after he called her a "a rude, thoughtless little pig" on a voicemail message that went viral?
4. Which celebrity father angered environmentalists when he took his sons joy riding on the beach?
5. Which rich rapper announced he is setting up a college scholarship 10 months after defending his son's full-ride scholarship to play football for UCLA?
1. Tom Cruise -- The "Mission Impossible" star sued a media company whose Life & Style and In Touch magazines implied he had abandoned his daughter Suri while filming a movie in London. The tabloid used sensational headlines like "Suri in Tears: Abandoned by Her Dad" and "Abandoned by Daddy" to suggest that the scientologist had ditched his daughter after his divorce from Katie Holmes. In March a court ordered Cruise to go into mediation with Bauer Publishing, but if the two sides can't reach an agreement the case will go to trial in 2014. Cruise's lawyer claims his client is a "very caring father" who speaks to his daughter on the phone at least once a day.
2. Scott Disick -- In what has become the second paternity scandal in the Kardashian family, the partner of Kourtney Kardashian may not be the father of his son Mason, a Los Angeles model claimed in March. Michael Girgenti told a reporter for In Touch that he was intimate with the oldest Kardashian sister, with whom he did a magazine shoot. After doing the math, the buff model said, "(When Mason) was born and I saw photos of him, I began to wonder." Though Kourtney's lawyer called the claim "preposterous and an outrageous lie," momager Kris Jenner could do a "Who's Your Daddy" episode on her new talk show premiering July 15. Kris herself was twisted in a paternity pretzel when the two women who married Robert Kardashian after her stated Khloe was not his child.
3. Ireland Baldwin -- The daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger finally spoke out on the voicemail scandal that has plagued the "30 Rock" star for six years. Commenting on his calling her a "pig" when she failed to answer her cell phone, she told the New York Post last fall, "The only problem with that voicemail was that people made it out to be a way bigger deal than it was. He's said stuff like that before just because he's frustrated. For me it was like, 'OK, whatever.' I called him back, I was like, 'Sorry, Dad, I didn't have my phone.' That was it.'" Her forgiveness seems more than a publicity stunt: The recently signed supermodel is often photographed hanging with her dad. She even gave him away at his wedding last summer to yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas.
4. Brad Pitt -- What he may have thought was a wonderful father-son bonding activity gave the "World War Z" actor a black eye in the green community. The father of six was burning rubber on motocross bikes and a gas powered ATV on the beach near his Santa Barbara home on Easter Sunday this year. An anonymous local citizen criticized the actor for his alleged crime against the planet. "I am not sure if it is illegal to drive on the beach in Santa Barbara County but it is certainly reprehensible," he told Radar online. "It is massively damaging to the environment and we'd hope the people who own houses on the shoreline acted more responsibly."
5. Sean "Diddy" Combs -- While most parents would be bursting with pride if their kid won a college scholarship, the $54,000 football scholarship Justin Combs received from UCLA last June put his pops in a tough spot. TV pundit Bill O'Reilly called on the millionaire to give the money back so another college student could afford to go to school. "He's a big Obama guy," said the Fox commentator." He's down, as they say in the hood, with all of the income redistribution. Okay, so let's redistribute it Diddy. You pay and let some other kid have his scholarship." At the time, the music mogul defended his son's right to keep the grant money, but this past April he scored points by announcing plans to create his own college scholarship program.
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