J.Lo's Ex Snuffs Suit

Ojani Noa drops his breach-of-contract lawsuit, claiming Lopez fired him from her restaurant without cause

By Josh Grossberg Nov 01, 2005 3:00 PMTags

For Jennifer Lopez, apparently love didn't cost a thing after all.

J.Lo's first husband, Ojani Noa, has dropped his breach-of-contract lawsuit against her.

Noa sued the former missus last December for unspecified damages, alleging that she hired him to run Madre's, her Cuban restaurant in Pasadena, for $1,000 a week and then, six weeks later, she inexplicably fired him and refused to take his phone calls.

The suit claimed that Lopez violated her contract with Noa in which she purportedly promised not to fire him without "good cause or reason." Additionally, per court papers, she failed to explain why she "had lied to lure him to accept a job that she did not plan on letting him keep in the first place."

Last week, however, Noa's attorney, David deRubertis, asked a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice, meaning his client would not be able to file the same claims again in the future.

No reason was given for the request--it was unclear whether a settlement had been reached or Noa simply had a change of heart. Neither deRubertis nor Lopez's lawyer, Barry Hirsch, have returned calls seeking comment.

Lopez was also unavailable. She was in Puerto Rico last week with current husband Marc Anthony to raise funds for local charities.

Noa and Lopez first met a decade ago. She had just finished filming her breakout role in Selena and was attending a post-production party at a Miami restaurant, where the Cuban-born Noa was working as a waiter. The two hit it off and wed Feb. 22, 1997. A year later, with her star on the rise and his modeling career idling, their marriage was over.

Despite their breakup, the two remained friendly. After he moved to Los Angeles, Lopez invited him to manage the Conga Room, where she was an investor until 2002. Lopez then offered him the Madre's gig.