Amid reports that former basketball star Lamar Odom continues to improve as he rehabilitates from a near-death incident in a Nevada brothel, TMZ.com reports that Odom and his estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian, have called off their divorce and are giving marriage a second chance.
“Khloe’s lawyer Laura Wasser went before a judge Wednesday morning, asking a judge to withdraw the papers they both signed to end their marriage. The file was sitting in a pile waiting to be processed and signed by a judge,” TMZ reports. “The judge granted Wasser’s request and the file is now dead.”
The pair reportedly agreed a few days ago to give their marriage another try. TMZ says Odom signed the official request for dismissal Tuesday while in the hospital.
“Khloe filed for divorce in December 2013, but sat on it for a year and a half because she tried to save her marriage by trying to get Lamar into rehab,” TMZ notes. “She finally gave up this summer.”
Meanwhile, the New York Daily News reports that the owner of the Love Ranch, the brothel where Odom was found unconscious, is demanding that Kardashian pay Odom’s alleged $75,000 tab.
“Love Ranch owner Dennis Hof said he’s getting ‘a lot of questions’ from Lamar Odom’s accounting firm over the former Laker’s eye-popping bill, and he’s ready to sue both Odom and his socialite spouse if they cry foul,” the Daily News reports.
Hof is quoted telling the paper: “They’re requesting the credit card slips and asking, ‘Did he sign them?’ I sent them his driver’s license, the slips, some other stuff. I have no problem filing against her or him. Khloe, she’s the wife. They’re responsible for their debts. Why are they calling me? They need to do the right thing and pay.”
The Sacramento Bee reports that Odom’s speech is improving as he continues therapy in Los Angeles.
The paper quotes a statement from from Alvina Alston, publicist for Odom’s aunt JaNean Mercer, that says: “He is beginning to gradually flourish both mentally and physically. His use of speech has increased and he’s more cognitively responsive.”
The Bee adds: “Test results from blood samples obtained through a warrant still are pending, and authorities have not ruled out the possibility of taking action against the brothel or Odom.”
TV’s Dr. Phil, Phil McGraw, also offered an opinion on the Odom situation, suggesting that people withhold judgment on Odom. McGraw talked about Odom during an appearance at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards Tuesday in New York.
Us magazine quotes McGraw saying: “I truly hope that he gets through this acute crisis right now. And I hope that everybody around him — friends and family — focus on that recovery right now.”
Commenting on Odom’s being found in a brothel, McGraw said: “This is not a time to be judging how he got there or any of those circumstances. This is a time to be focused on getting a complete physical recovery, physiological recovery. … He’ll take that momentum of getting through that acute crisis — take that momentum into every area of his life with that.”