Suit says Huffington trashed N.Y. City loft

A lawsuit accuses Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington of trashing a New York City loft that she leased from a documentary filmmaker.

Huffington calls the allegations false.

Filmmaker Eric Steel filed the suit in Manhattan Supreme Court. It asks for $275,000 in damages.

The lawsuit says cabinets were broken and “the walls of the apartment were gouged, stained and otherwise damaged” during the two years Huffington rented the apartment.

In a statement, Huffington says Steel “happily” renewed the lease twice and visited the apartment in Manhattan’s Chelsea section. She says he has refused to return her $93,000 deposit.

John, Taupin honored by Songwriters Hall

Elton John and his longtime songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, will be honored at this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

John and Taupin, who teamed on most of the singer’s best-known hits, will receive the Johnny Mercer Award during the June 13 ceremony in New York.

The award goes to previous inductees — John and Taupin were inducted in 1992 — whose body of work upholds the standards set by Mercer, a co-founder of Capitol Records.

DeGeneres hooked for ‘Nemo’ sequel

Ellen DeGeneres is going fishing again with a sequel to the animated blockbuster “Finding Nemo.”

Disney and its Pixar Animation unit announced that DeGeneres will reprise her “Nemo” voice role for “Finding Dory.” The sequel is due out Nov. 25, 2015, and will be directed by Andrew Stanton, who also made “Finding Nemo.”

“I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” DeGeneres said.

Jackson civil case jury selection begins

Jury selection has begun in a lawsuit that Michael Jackson’s mother has filed against the promoter of his planned comeback concerts.

Potential jurors began filling out questionnaires on Tuesday in advance of the trial, which may last up to three months.

The case centers on Katherine Jackson’s allegations that concert giant AEG Live failed to properly investigate the physician who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after the singer’s 2009 death.

Associated Press