One of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assault victims recently got out of prison for, among other things, fraud ... and Cosby is now lashing out at her.
Linda Joy Traitz claims Cosby tried to drug and assault her more than 40 years ago. Traitz came forward with her allegations in the last few days. In a Facebook post, she claims, "He drove out to the beach and opened a briefcase filled with assorted drugs and kept offering me pills..."
Turns out she has a long criminal history. Traitz got out of prison in 2012 after serving more than 3 years for trafficking Oxycodone, possession of a controlled substance and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
She's been arrested and/or charged with various other crimes, including ID fraud, battery, theft and various drug offenses.
Cosby's lawyer, Marty Singer, tells TMZ, Traitz is "the latest example of people coming out of the woodwork with unsubstantiated or fabricated stories about my client."
Singer adds, "There was no briefcase of drugs and the story is absurd."
Weed Smoking Granny
Viral Video Sesh Was Fun
But I'm Done Taking Bong Rips!
11/20/2014 11:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The video of 3 grannys getting stoned for the first time is blazing up the Internet ... but sorry pot enthusiasts -- one of the women in the video says she'll NEVER GET HIGH AGAIN!
Dorothea -- the most timid granny in the video -- says she won't try wacky tobacky again because she didn't like the way it made her totally lose control.
However, the Internet star tells us she now understands why there's a big fight to legalize it -- and she hopes it's decriminalized ... adding, "I don't understand what the big deal is about being high on marijuana."
Not surprising ... the director of the video says Paula (granny on the left) told producers she was down to smoke again after they were done toking up.
Bet she'll make awesome Christmas cookies this year.
With Disturbing 'Baywatch' Star's Peace
11/20/2014 8:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"The Bachelor" creator Mike Fleiss has been criminally charged for harassing "Baywatch" star David Charvet and his famous wife Brooke Burke ... an arrest warrant was issued, and it has to do with fake barking dogs.
The L.A. County D.A. has charged Fleiss with the crime of disturbing the peace by loud noise. As we previously reported ... Charvet and Burke complained Fleiss initiated a campaign of terror and harassment against them, making physical threats and blaring barking dog sounds at all hours from huge speakers pointing at their property.
We're told Fleiss -- who also produced "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" -- was uncooperative with police during the investigation.
Charvet and Burke tried unsuccessfully last month to get a restraining order but, presumably, the arrest should do the trick.
We reached out to Mike ... so far no word back.
How Dare You Ask Rape Questions
BURY THE TAPE!
11/20/2014 6:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bill Cosby tried to shame a reporter who dared to ask about the rape allegations swirling around the comedian ... and then successfully strong-armed the news agency into burying the video -- watching the AP reporter and his team fold like a cheap suit is shocking.
Cosby was incredulous when an AP reporter gently asked about the series of allegations. He seemed shocked someone had the balls to raise the issue.
Although Cosby was mum on the subject ... he later tried to badger the reporter, telling him the AP had too much integrity to allow that portion of the interview to circulate. Cosby, with wife Camille by his side, then made a full-court press to 86 the interview.
You even hear someone from the AP behind the camera agreeing with Cosby that the line of questioning had no value. And then it comes out someone from the AP had made a deal with Cosby's team in advance not to ask questions about the allegations.
HERE'S THE THING. It seems like the AP caved to Cosby and buried the interview, because the interview was shot November 6 and wasn't released until Wednesday, Nov. 19th, after other outlets made the allegations a national story.
You gotta see it.
Dead at 83
11/20/2014 5:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mike Nichols -- the legendary director who won the Oscar in 1968 for the classic film "The Graduate" -- died suddenly on Wednesday night. He was 83.
Nichols -- who was married to Diane Sawyer for the last 26 years -- is one of the few people to have won an Emmy, a Tony, a Grammy and an Oscar. His best known films include "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "Working Girl," "Silkwood" and "The Birdcage."
Nichols was also a prolific stage director, having helmed Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park," "The Odd Couple," and Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" ... just two years ago. He also directed the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries "Angels in America."
Nichols is survived by three children and four grandchildren.
Iggy & J.Lo
Scare the Crap out of ABC's AMAs
With Their Booty
11/20/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Lopez have created excruciating stress on several ABC staffers -- the censors who will have their hot little fingers on the button during Sunday's American Music Awards.
Our spies tell us ... Iggy and J.Lo will perform "Booty" ... and network honchos are nervous ... real nervous. The execs have set the ground rules ... no cracks, no rubbing. There will be a 3-4 second delay, but these shows have a rich history of raunchy performances slipping through ... the cracks.
It's interesting ... we're told ABC has not put the kibosh on spanking ... something fairly prominent in the music video. But that's as sexual as execs will allow.
The question ... will Iggy and/or J.Lo cross the line?
He'll Always Get
A Chili Reception in D.C.
11/20/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bill Cosby has been taken off Netflix, TV Land and NBC ... but he's still top dog at Ben's Chili
Bowl in Washington, D.C.
The landmark restaurant has 2 favorite sons who can come in anytime they want and eat for free -- Cosby and Prez Obama.
Colin, our photog, paid a visit to Ben's Wednesday and the cashier made it clear ... the restaurant is undeterred by the recent rape allegations ... Cosby gets grub gratis.
BTW Cosby's fav is the 1/4 lb. half pork and beef smoked sausage on a warm steamed bun, topped with mustard, onions and spicy homemade chili sauce. Good comfort food.
'Gangster Squad' Star
Now That I'm Famous ...
My High School BF Is Stalking Me
11/20/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Gangster Squad" star Haley Strode claims she's being cyber-stalked by an ex-BF she hasn't seen since high school ... who's on a mission from God to help her win an Oscar.
Strode claims in court docs ... Brent Jones recently started harassing her online ... creeping her out with messages of love and saying God has directed him to be with her -- even though she hasn't laid eyes on him for 13 years.
One message reads, "As long as I help you get your dream of winning an Oscar, I don't care how my story plays out!!"
Strode says she didn't reply at first ... but eventually sent him a message begging him to stop: "To me, not responding signified that I didn't reciprocate, nor do I want to be friends with you." She added, "My 'liking' a post that you shared about my film, does not equate to a subliminal message that you need to 'decode.'"
Strode got a restraining order ... but says she's still scared because Jones claims to be on his way to L.A. so he can be with her.
'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta'
After Alleged Death Threats
11/20/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Death threats from "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" star Benzino triggered his firing ... so claims Stevie J, but the guy who got the boot says it's a crock.
TMZ broke the story ... Benzino got the ax right after the brawl on the reunion taping, which sent people to the hospital and resulted in criminal charges filed against Joseline Hernandez.
Stevie J tells TMZ ... Benzino wouldn't let it go ... he went on a campaign of terror, threatening the lives of him and Joseline, producers and other staffers. Stevie tells us, "He said flat out he was going to kill us."
The threats were too much for VH1 and we're told that's why Benzino was banished.
But Benzino tells us, "Stevie J is a habitual liar and VH1 has never given me a reason for being fired."
Benzino thinks this is all about star power and he's the scapegoat because "They wanted to keep the crackhead whore."
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My Finger Didn't Fall Off ...
It Was A PRANK!!
11/20/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The mangled finger that "fell off" Jose Canseco's hand during a poker game WILL NOT be popping up on eBay -- 'cause the whole thing was a giant prank ... TMZ Sports has learned.
As we previously reported ... the former baseball star blew off part of his finger last month while cleaning a gun -- but got it reconnected in surgery.
Last week, Jose claimed the reattached digit went rogue ... tweeting, "I was playing in a poker tournament last night and my finger fell off."
Disgusting. Funny. And totally untrue. Jose now admits it was a HOAX.
We contacted Canseco about video he says he shot of the finger fail -- and when push came to shove ... he had to cop to the prank. Jose says he cooked up the plan when he came across the fake finger in a Halloween store.
As for the eBay auction he was pimping on Twitter -- sorry, sickos ... the real deal's still attached.
Guess Who This
11/20/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Before this young man left the Lone Star State to become an A-list actor in Hollywood he was just another cool little kid l-i-v-i-n' in Uvalde, Texas. Can you guess who he is?!
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My Husband is Rotting
Because Of His Kid
11/20/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Casey Kasem is rotting in Norway because of his own flesh and blood -- his daughter -- so claims Casey's widow, who has gone to court so she can put Casey in his place for good.
TMZ first reported ... Casey's remains have been stagnating in Oslo for 3 months, and he's been dead for 5. Kerri filed legal docs recently asking for an order allowing her to bring the body of her father back to the U.S. for an autopsy -- something the LAPD wants for its elder abuse probe targeting Jean.
Now Jean has fired back saying Kerri is the obstructionist that is preventing a proper burial.
Problem is ... Jean's argument makes no sense. She's fighting Kerri on the one hand, saying Kerri's U.S. lawsuit is BS because our courts can't force Norway to do anything, yet on the other hand she seems to be saying Kerri's lawsuit is preventing Casey's burial. She can't have it both ways.
Kerri thinks Jean is full of it and the reason she's dragging her feet is so the body decays to the point the Coroner won't be able to pin the blame on her for the infection that led to his death.