Omaha police officers were running and gunning to make compelling TV when they sprayed bullets at an armed robbery suspect, killing him and a 'Cops' crewman ... so claims the dead suspect's family.
TMZ spoke with one of Cortez Washington's relatives ... who believes the officers used excessive force Tuesday night -- and were "hyped up" to put on a good show when they responded to the Wendy's.
As we reported ... 'Cops' sound supervisor Bryce Dion died after getting hit by friendly fire from Omaha PD during the shootout with Washington -- who was holding a Wendy's employee at gun point.
Washington's firearm turned out to be a pellet gun -- modeled after a real semi-automatic pistol -- and his family thinks officers should have recognized it wasn't a lethal weapon before they unloaded more than 20 rounds. One family member told us, "With everything going on in Ferguson, you think they would use other options."
The relative also said they don't buy Omaha PD's claim Cortez started the shootout by firing two rounds.
Omaha cops say they were not grandstanding for cameras ... maintaining they responded to the robbery with proper protocol ... and engaged Cortez because he pointed and fired his weapon at them.
Gabrielle Union & D-Wade
Welcome To Our Wedding
Now Forget You Saw Anything!!
8/28/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are sealing the deal on their super secret wedding with a contract that demands everyone remain totally silent about what they see that day... and violators will be dealt with harshly!
We've obtained a copy of the confidentiality agreement drawn up for D-Wade and Gabby -- we're told relatives, guests, vendors, caterers ... in short, everybody ... will have to sign it before setting foot in the wedding.
TMZ Sports broke the story ... guests have already been told not to bring cell phones or cameras to the wedding this Saturday in South Florida.
The doc goes even further ... warning that ANYTHING seen or heard at the wedding is confidential information that must be kept secret -- including any personal info or financial details.
According to the agreement, violators will pay a hefty cash fine for unspecified damages.
Hmm ... a room full of Hollywood celebs and superstar athletes -- who would ever talk?
Mariah & Adele
Top Colosseum Wish List
As Celine Bows Out
8/28/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mariah Carey could pull a Britney Spears by taking her kids to Vegas and pulling down a huge paycheck to do shows there -- as Caesars Palace eyes huge new names to put on its marquee.
TMZ has learned the Colosseum -- where Celine Dion has had a residency for years -- would love to sign soon-to-be single Mariah for a very lucrative weekend engagement. Our sources say the offer that went out was $750k for two shows!
We're told the Colosseum's operator, AEG is targeting a bunch of other heavy hitters too, including ... Adele, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Prince, and Bruce Springsteen.
Comedians Chris Rock and Chelsea Handler -- who both sell out bigger arenas than the Colosseum which seats about 4,300 -- are also wanted.
We're told this dream list was put together long before Celine's recent announcement she was taking a leave of absence until next spring to be with her ailing husband.
As it turns out, there will be plenty of open dates to fill. So far no one's signed on the dotted line.
Those Aren't Playmates ...
They're Trashy Escorts!!
8/28/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Playboy is trying to shut down a Canadian escort service for calling their chicks-for-hire "Playmates" -- a term Playboy says is legally reserved for its "girl next door" types ... not hookers.
Playboy blasts PleasurePlaymates.com in a new lawsuit, claiming the bunny brand is being tarnished because Hef's girls have a more wholesome appeal ... according to court docs obtained by TMZ.
Playboy wants the escort company to turn over the URL.
In the docs, Playboy says escort services are known for "illicit activity" -- a pretty strong insinuation Pleasure Playmates hires prostitutes -- while its centerfolds are "classy and sophisticated."
We've reached out to Pleasure Playmates several times ... strictly professionally ... but haven't been able to get through to anyone.
Surrenders To Cops
Plans to Hit Strip Club
8/27/2014 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Joe Budden -- who is accused of brutalizing his GF -- surrendered to NYC cops Wednesday morning, but arrogantly predicted he'd soon be out on the streets partying it up with strippers.
Budden turned himself in to NYPD's 34th precinct ... where he was charged with robbery and grand larceny -- for allegedly taking his GF's cell phone during a violent assault. While he was still in custody ... Budden tweeted, "I'll be out in time for the strip club later."
As we reported ... sources say Budden became enraged when he saw pics of his girlfriend with other men. He allegedly dragged her out of a NYC restaurant ... and drove her to his home in NJ where she told cops he beat the crap out of her.
NJ cops are still investigating the alleged assault ... so Budden might not want to brag about his freedom just yet.
Guess Who This
EXCITED LITTLE LADY
8/28/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Before this jazzy little kid had the television scene on lockdown she was just another pigtailed little kid growing up in Phoenix, Arizona. Can you guess who she is?
Bargain Basement Celeb Divorce
Just $750/Month for Kid
8/28/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Congratulations, Corey Feldman -- you're the winner of the smallest celebrity divorce settlement we've seen this year.
According to court docs, Corey and his ex, Susannah -- who've been legally separated since 2009 -- just finalized their divorce ... and he'll be paying her $750 a month in child support for their 10-year-old son.
By comparison ... Charlie Sheen pays more than $100K a month to Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller -- and Eddie Murphy reportedly shells out $60K per month.
Also by comparison ... Corey Feldman hasn't had the success of Charlie or Eddie.
Susannah also gets the couple's 2002 Hyundai ... while he gets their 2001 Mercedes.
In the docs, Susannah agrees to give back the Feldman name, and return to her maiden name ... Sprague. We're guessing she agreed to that pretty quickly.
J.Lo & Iggy
Cheek to Cheek ...
A Heavyweight Battle
8/28/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea teamed up for a remix ... which is totally irrelevant when compared to the amazing photo that has ass aficionados stacking the vintage model against the new one.
So, who would you rather -- dream about? 'Cause realistically, ya got no shot.
USC's Josh Shaw
Heated Locker Room Confrontation
Teammate Screamed to 'Come Clean'
8/27/2014 8:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Josh Shaw was aggressively confronted by a teammate in the USC locker Monday morning -- with the player screaming at Shaw to "come clean" about the false hero story ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Released From Hospital ...
Nursing Wounds at Home
8/27/2014 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Suge Knight left an L.A. hospital early Wednesday ... just 3 days after taking SIX gunshots to the gut at a pre-VMA party -- and he's healing amazingly well.
Suge's rep tells TMZ ... the music mogul left Cedars-Sinai around 6 AM, and doctors say he won't need any rehab -- just a few follow up visits.
As we previously reported ... Suge got blasted Saturday night at 1Oak nightclub at a Chris Brown hosted event -- but he's refusing to cooperate with the police investigation.
We're told Suge is already back on a regular diet, and if he keeps his bandages clean ... he'll be good to go.
Only Suge makes getting shot look like it's no big deal.
Mayweather & Buffett
The Make More Money Team
Holds First Meeting
8/27/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mega billionaire guy Warren Buffett went to Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr.'s Vegas boxing gym to put in a some work … on Floyd's financial situation.
Only problem is the boxer kept the billionaire waiting for a while. Risky biz move, Money.
'Cops' Crew Member
Killed By 'Friendly Fire' ...
Shot by Omaha Cop
8/27/2014 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Omaha police say the "Cops" crew member who was shot and killed during a police shootout with an armed robbery suspect was hit by gunfire from police ... NOT from the suspect's weapon.
Omaha PD just held a news conference to discuss the details surrounding the death of Bryce Dion -- a sound supervisor who was part of a 2-person "Cops" camera crew. They called it a tragic case of "friendly fire."
According to police ... Dion and his partner were riding with a patrol unit that responded to the armed robbery call at a Wendy's. Police say Dion was in the entryway of the restaurant when the suspect fired shots ... and police returned fire with multiple rounds.
Investigators say Dion was caught in the crossfire ... hit by a bullet or bullets from a police weapon. They say Dion was wearing an armored vest, but the bullet went through the arm hole of the vest.
Omaha PD was also adamant -- the officers were NOT showing off for the camera when they opened fire on the suspect -- who also died from gunshot wounds.
Police say the suspect was firing an Airsoft pellet gun ... something the responding officers didn't know at the time.
'Cops' creator John Langley was at the news conference and said other crew members -- who've been taping in Omaha for 2 months -- are getting counseling. Police released still images from the 'Cops' camera footage.
(The Fart Remix)
8/27/2014 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" music video is filled with ass -- but now, thanks to the glorious power of the Internet (and some editing software) ... it's also got a lot of gas.
A comedy duo out of South Africa named Derick Watts and the Sunday Blues released the flatulent remix late Tuesday night.
The concept might be is definitely juvenile ... but we dare you to watch it without cracking a smile.
For those who haven't seen Nicki's original -- SHAME ON YOU!!