SHORT TAKES : Barr’s Husband Sues Her Ex

<i> From Times Wire Services </i>

Roseanne Barr’s husband wants a gag to work--one from a court, not from her hit TV show.

Tom Arnold filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Superior Court charging that Barr’s former husband and his attorney violated a court order by discussing the comic’s divorce publicly.

Arnold said ex-husband William Pentland and his attorney, palimony lawyer Marvin Mitchelson, discussed the divorce on the “Donahue” show in November.

Arnold’s lawyer, Martin Singer, asked a judge to sentence Mitchelson to 30 days in jail and Pentland to 15 days for contempt of court. Singer said Mitchelson “has engaged in a widespread publicity campaign to try to maliciously disparage and defame Tom Arnold in direct violation of the order.”


Mitchelson said he would file a countersuit, saying it was Barr who called into “Donahue” and discussed the divorce. She also made disparaging remarks about the divorce on Arsenio Hall’s talk show, he said.

Pentland, who was married for 14 years to Barr, filed a palimony lawsuit in August seeking at least $15 million from her and $3 million from Arnold.