Sources say Jessica's manager dad, Joe Simpson, was mighty curious about what his son-in-law was up to during the seven-month separation before the marriage officially ended June 30.
He particularly wanted to know what Lachey was doing on a night last spring when both Nick's soon-to-be girlfriend, Vanessa Minnillo, and Jessica's friend and former assistant CaCee Cobb were all in the same nightclub. "Joe called the club people after hearing Nick was there and demanded to see the security videotape," says an insider.
The club declined to cooperate. According to the source: "Joe was looking to incriminate Nick. He told the club, 'If you ever want to see my daughter there, you'll give me what I want.'"
A rep for the Simpson camp dismissed the story as preposterous.
The East Side neighbors of "ET" presenter Vanessa Minnillo must be Yankee fans, especially the doormen. They far prefer her ex-boyfriend, Derek Jeter, to her current one, Nick Lachey . "They all miss [Jeter] because he was much nicer and a lot more fun - and he didn't mind signing things for the boys," we're told. As for Lachey? Before word got out, he and Minnillo would cross the street and canoodle by the East River. But now the neighbors are exasperated by all the paparazzi camped outside the building.
and a blind-item:
Which blockbusting director with a thing for much much younger boys once dated a 17-year-old who was still living at home? The romance ended when the boy's mother banned her son from seeing him!
Source: nydailynews.com + nypost.com