The Shmooze

Did a Jewish Actor Come Between Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony?

By Nathan Burstein

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Is a Cuban-Jewish actor responsible for breaking up Jennifer Lopez’s marriage?

That’s just one of the rumors swirling around William Levy, a Cuban-born telenovela star currently making a splash in the U.S. as the featured male beefcake in “I’m Into You,” J.Lo’s latest music video (see below).

Speculation about a marriage-ending affair with J.Lo last week inspired Levy to release a statement denying any romantic connection with the singer/actress/producer/entrepreneur/”American Idol” judge, who earlier this month announced the end of her seven-year marriage to singer Marc Anthony.

“My relationship with Jennifer has been strictly professional,” Levy wrote. “These alleged rumors suggesting something more personal are 100% false and inaccurate. My best wishes go out to their family.”

The star of Spanish-language soap operas including “El Triunfo del Amor,” Levy was born in Cuba and raised both there and in the U.S. He told Mexican website OEM that his Jewish grandfather married his non-Jewish grandmother, but that he doesn’t “practice the religion much” because it isn’t observed in Cuba.

The J.Lo rumors aren’t Levy’s only public relations challenge at the moment. The actor was sued last year for allegedly having sexual contact with a minor, who filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against him.


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