A Tennessee couple says they came to Dolly Parton's Dollywood for entertainment -- what they got was a traumatizing experience that left one of them with lasting brain damage and broken bones.
Tedi and Derryl Brown claim in a new lawsuit ... Tedi went on the Waltzing Swinger ride, which is like a giant, revolving swing. She says she hung on for dear life after slipping from her seat and falling head first onto the hard concrete, 10-ft. below.
They say the park ignored the wet weather ... and the slick conditions turned the ride into a death trap -- resulting in Tedi's extensive, life-changing injuries.
They're demanding the park pay $475K in damages.
Hangs with Friends in Low Places ...
But Not at Lance's Wedding
12/22/2014 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
CNN Fires Back
12/22/2014 1:36 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
CNN has fired back at Bill Cosby's lawyer ... defending it's decision NOT to include accuser Beverly Johnson's live-in boyfriend as part of a network special, calling him a criminal with an ax to grind.
TMZ broke the story ... Cosby's lawyer fired off a nasty letter to the network Friday, claiming it was rigging a story about model Beverly Johnson -- who accused Cosby of drugging her in the mid-80s -- without interviewing the man she lived with from 2006-2009.
The lawyer claimed during that time Johnson never mentioned the drugging and only heaped praise on Cosby.
But in a scathing retort, CNN says the boyfriend -- Mark Burk -- was not around when the alleged drugging occurred. The letter also minimizes the relevance that Johnson said bad things to Burk about Cosby.
What's more ... CNN says Cosby's lawyer, Marty Singer, failed to mention Burk has a criminal history ... multiple restraining orders keeping him away from Johnson and threats to kill her.
And CNN says Burk isn't credible because he filed a bogus lawsuit against Johnson for palimony.
Dies From Lung Cancer
12/22/2014 10:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Joe Cocker -- the gravely-voiced singer known for his version of "With a Little Help From My Friends" -- died today after battling a lung cancer ... according to his agent.
Cocker was reportedly on his ranch in Colorado with his wife when he passed away.
Cocker's cover of the Beatles 'Help From My Friends' made him an international superstar in 1968. He went on to have several other huge hits, like "You are So Beautiful" in 1975 -- and his duet with Jennifer Warnes ... "Up Where We Belong." That song earned him a Grammy in 1983.
Joe's Woodstock performance was legendary. He was 70 years old.
System of a Down
Sony Wasn't Completely Wrong
To Pull 'The Interview'
12/22/2014 8:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Most of Hollywood is ripping Sony Pictures for its decision to pull "The Interview" from theaters -- but 2 guys from System of a Down understand why it had to be done.
Our photog spotted drummer John Dolmayan and bassist Shavo Odadjian in Santa Monica Saturday night -- and the guys stood up for Sony.
System is signed to Columbia Records -- which is owned by Sony -- and while John and Shavo aren't in total agreement with their company's decision ... they think the haters are forgetting one very important factor.
Watch their explanation ... might change your mind about Sony.
Buried in Norway
12/22/2014 10:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Casey Kasem was finally laid to rest ... 6 months after he died.
It's the end of what turned into an international power struggle between Casey's wife, Jean, and his children.
We've learned the famed DJ was buried last Tuesday at the Vestre Gravlund, one of the largest cemeteries in Norway. We're told there was a small ceremony ... we don't know if Jean was there but we're told his kids were not. Casey's children didn't know he was even buried until Monday.
The burial is legally significant. The LAPD has been conducting an elder abuse investigation after Casey's kids filed a police report claiming Jean caused Casey to get a fatal infection during a wild, multi-state car ride.
The body has been rotting away for months -- for a long period of time it wasn't even embalmed. The decay and now the burial in a foreign land will make it virtually impossible for L.A. authorities to make a solid determination on whether the bed sores contributed to Casey's death.
RIP Casey ... finally.
Afraid To Face Ex ...
Fears Violence In Texas
12/22/2014 9:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Iggy Azalea is pleading with a judge to block her ex-BF's attempt to force her back to Texas ... because she says he's violent and she fears for her safety.
Iggy is embroiled in a bitter lawsuit with Hefe Wine -- she sued him for surreptitiously downloading her personal computer and trying to hawk her music.
Wine is asking the judge to move the case from L.A. to Houston, where he lives, but Iggy is panicked. She says that's his turf and he's "vindictive and violent." It seems she's saying Wine has more access to her if she comes to him.
There's another reason why she feels safer in L.A. -- boyfriend/Lakers' guard/6'7" Nick Young.
The Lakers may suck this year, but a big guy is a big guy.
Taps 'Project Runway' Designer
... For Xmas Card Dress
12/22/2014 9:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Vanessa Bryant takes her Christmas card photo VERY SERIOUSLY -- so seriously in fact that Mrs. Mamba tapped one of the top designers from "Project Runway" to make her dress.
Kobe Bryant's wife called upon MTCostello -- who has designed clothes for huge stars like Beyonce and Ariana Grande.
They got together and picked out MTCostello's signature "Black Widow" gown -- which comes with a $6,500 price tag!!
Vanessa had flirted with a bronze version of the dress during an earlier fitting ... but ultimately, decided to go with black.
Sources close to the situation tell us ... Vanessa has always been passionate about Xmas cards. As one person put it, "She takes great pride and puts great thought into celebrating because she's very religious."
Roaring to the Finish
In Probation Case
12/22/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown has made community service his full-time job for the last 6 weeks ... and his goal is to get it all done within weeks.
We've learned, since November 13, Chris has been doing physical labor 6 hours a day, 5 days a week to complete his 1,000 hours by the next court hearing in mid-January. There have been a few weeks where work has gotten in the way, but the drill is 6/5.
Chris' community service in the Rihanna case requires hard labor, and we're told he's working at a facility approved by the Probation Dept., painting, cleaning, trash removal, moving furniture ... stuff like that.
Last Friday Chris put his 6 hours in and then jumped on a plane to Jacksonville, FL where he performed that night at the Memorial Arena. He then flew to Columbia, South Carolina for a Saturday show, then on to Birmingham, AL for a Sunday performance. He took a private jet back to L.A. for hard labor Monday.
And we're told ... he hasn't complained or acted up.
Our sources say he's on track to tell the judge during the next court appearance ... mission accomplished.
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LeBron James Jr.
At 4th Grade Hoops Tourney
12/22/2014 7:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James' kid is gooooood.
10-year-old LeBron James Jr. -- aka Bronny -- made some INSANE highlight reel shots at the 2014 Ronald Searles Holiday Classic in Houston.
Bronny is one of the top ranked 4th graders in the country (yes, they rank 4th graders) ... and it's obvious why -- the kid can shoot, dribble and pass like ... well, like his dad.
LeBron tweeted about his son's performance after the game ... saying, "Proud of you son! Great job in Houston and congrats on bringing home 1st place."
The Only Man with Guts in Hollywood
12/19/2014 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Blac Chyna's a Bad Mom
I Want Custody!
12/22/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tyga thinks Blac Chyna is unfit to properly care for their child because she twerks and parties too much ... seriously.
Tyga is alarmed that Blac Chyna seems more interested in hitting the clubs than parenting their 2-year-old son King Cairo, so we've learned he will file legal docs asking for primary custody.
The rapper thinks his baby mama has lost her focus on caring for the little boy ... she's more interested in making a spectacle of herself ... twerking day and night when there's a camera in sight.
He lost it when he saw the double twerk featuring Blac Chyna and Amber Rose. And when she went out later that same night and partied at a club, he decided he was going to take her to court. He says he does not want his son raised by nannies.
The former couple does not have a custody order, but currently she has the kid more than him. He wants to change that.
We reached out to Blac Chyna ... so far no word back.
Nicki Minaj's Ex
Break-ups Are Hard
When Your Ex Is Everywhere!
12/22/2014 6:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Safaree Samuels is having a hard time dealing with his break-up with Nicki Minaj -- and it doesn't help that everywhere he turns ... there she is.
Samuels told our photog Sunday night ... his little Twitter fight with Minaj over the weekend was no big deal and that he will always have love for her.
But Samuels said the break-up has been particularly hard on him since Nicki is so famous ... saying he can't turn on the TV or the radio without hearing her voice.
Now might be a good time to get into "Serial" -- she wasn't on that and it was amazing.