Marriage was NOT as good as it gets for Cuba Gooding Jr.'s wife -- she just filed for separation from the Oscar-winning actor after 20 years of marriage, TMZ has learned.
Sara Kapfer filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. She and Cuba were high school sweethearts and got married in 1994. They have 3 children, 2 of whom are minors.
Sara wants joint legal and physical custody. According to the docs, child support will be determined later.
It's surprising -- just last year, Cuba gushed about his wife on "The View," talking about how wonderful it is to be married to someone for so long.
Former Villa Blanca Waitress Makes Absurd Settlement Offer
4/22/2014 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This is one for the books. The woman who was suing Lisa Vanderpump for $5 million alleging sexual harassment at her Villa Blanca restaurant -- among other things, is now willing to settle for $40K if the restaurant acknowledges some ridiculous things.
Karina Bustillos -- who claimed a Villa Blanca manager sexually harassed her in all sorts of ways -- says she'll drop the suit if she gets $40K and the following promises from Villa Blanca:
-- not to serve catfish and claim it's the more expensive tilapia
-- not to serve canned fruits and veggies and call them fresh
-- teach employees not to eat food off customers' plates
-- order kitchen staff to wash their hands frequently
And there's other stuff too, which seems like it's designed to embarrass.
Lisa Vanderpump tells TMZ ... the lawsuit is "frivolous and a clear case of malicious prosecution."
Talks Dirty to Us
About Small Penises
4/22/2014 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Boxer Kassim Ouma
HIT WITH COKE CHARGES
Stemming From L.A. Fight
4/22/2014 4:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-boxing champ Kassim Ouma has been charged with felony cocaine possession stemming from an incident where he allegedly K,.O.'d a guy who made gay advances toward him ... TMZ Sports has learned.
The L.A. County District Attorney filed the charge against the 35-year-old boxer Tuesday -- stemming from the April 18th incident.
We broke the story ... Ouma told investigators he struck up a convo with a guy he just met in L.A., went back to the guy's home and then got violent when the guy made multiple sexual advances toward him.
Ouma was arrested for battery ... but we're told prosecutors did not file any charges against Ouma for the fight. It's unclear why.
If convicted on the coke charge, Ouma faces up to 3 years behind bars.
We're told Ouma is still in custody and is being held on $10k bail.
Strip Club Lawsuit
Doctor Accused of Trying to Weasel Out On
4/22/2014 3:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Scores -- a famous NYC strip club is going after a customer in court because he allegedly weaseled out of a HUGE tab ... claiming he was drugged by Scores employees.
Scores claims Dr. Zyad Younan ran up a $135,303 bill last year on his American Express card during FOUR visits to the club.
The gentleman's establishment says Dr. Younan was not a gentleman when it came time to pay ... challenging the charges by claiming he was not in his right mind when he racked up the bill.
According to the lawsuit, Dr. Younan told the credit card company he was drugged by club employees. The doctor also claimed he wasn't even there on the dates in question ... although the club claims it has him on video.
Scores is suing for what it is owed, plus interest.
Calls to Dr. Younan were not returned. He's in surgery ... which will probably pay for numerous lap dances.
Salma Hayek's Brother
Cops May Recommend Manslaughter Prosecution
Over Car Crash
4/22/2014 1:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Salma Hayek's brother Sami may have gunned his muscle car just before getting into a fatal car crash, and cops are thinking of referring the case to the D.A. for manslaughter prosecution.
LAPD got a search warrant -- obtained by TMZ -- which allowed them to root through the car Sami was driving -- a 2006 Ford GT. Cops were zeroing in on a device called an RCM -- restraint control module, which is like a black box for cars.
Cops believe the RCM will confirm the stories of some eyewitnesses ... that Sami gunned his car and lost control, which then caused him to fishtail over the center line and hit a car coming in the opposite direction.
According to the search warrant, cops reveal they anticipate sending the case to the L.A. County D.A. for possible felony vehicular manslaughter prosecution.
The legal docs don't reveal the results of the RCM analysis.
And, according to the search warrant, Salma and her husband OWN the car and he often drove it when they were out of town. Under California law, if the victim's family sues, the registered owners could also be on the hook.
Thinks Penis-Cutting Rapper's Future
Up in the Air
4/22/2014 1:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A penis might not be the only thing Christ Bearer lost in the last week ... because RZA -- who discovered CB's group Killa Beez -- was noncommittal about CB's return.
Our photog caught up with the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan on the streets of NYC Tuesday. RZA said he hasn't spoken to CB yet, but said CB's family has reached out to him.
Watch RZA when our photog asks about CB's future in the rap game. Fact is ... CB has issues way bigger than rapping.
GET-OUT-OF-PRISON PARTY PICS
I'm Free ... And Hot As Ever
4/22/2014 12:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pink is the new orange -- ex-Playboy Playmate Colleen Shannon is back on the party scene after her recent prison stint ... celebrating her release with a weekend full of champagne-fueled ragers ... and we got pics.
TMZ broke the story ... Shannon was sentenced to 4 months in federal prison after trying to sneak her BF across the Canadian border last year. She pled guilty to transporting an alien.
But last weekend, Shannon made up for lost time -- partying 3 DAYS STRAIGHT -- Thursday at 340 Nightclub in Pomona, Friday at The Attic in Hollywood, and Saturday at Industry Nightclub in the City of Industry.
Shannon was officially released from prison on March 31, but since her birthday is April 14 ... we're told she postponed her release parties in order to celebrate both occasions.
Shocker ... her boyfriend was not present.
In other news...
Rachel Bilson stepped out sans the face paint and ... well ... you wouldn't have noticed her if you were standing right next to her.SEE MORE »
TV Exec Garth Ancier
I Didn't Rape That Kid
4/22/2014 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Garth Ancier -- who produced and/or developed an endless list of TV shows like "21 Jump Street," "Married ... with Children," "The Simpsons" and "In Living Color" -- adamantly denies laying a finger on the man who claims Ancier raped him as a boy.
Ancier's attorney tells TMZ, "All of the allegations made by [Michael Egan] against Garth Ancier are demonstrably untrue, and we are confident the courts will agree when the evidence is presented."
The lawyer adds, "As just one of many examples, Mr. Ancier has never even visited the estate in Hawaii where the plaintiff claims to have encountered him. Mr. Ancier is grateful to his friends, family and colleagues for their support."
As we reported, Egan has sued Ancier -- as well as "X-Men" director Bryan Singer and showbiz honchos David Neuman and Gary Goddard -- claiming they sexually abused him as a 15-year-old at various Hollywood parties.
Egan claims Ancier abused Egan numerous times by sodomizing him, forcing oral sex and fondling him at an Encino estate when Egan was just 15. Egan also claims Ancier sexually abused him in Hawaii 2 years later.
So ... Did She Buy
4/22/2014 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Imagine for a second that you are LeToya Luckett. You were kicked out of Destiny's Child right when the group took off. You sued (not once, but twice) Beyonce, her father and Kelly Rowland.
It's been over 10 years since all that went down. Bey has gone out to become HUGE and last December she famously dropped her latest album with zero promotion and EVERYBODY was talking about it.
The question ... did you put aside your differences and fork over your hard-earned cash for a copy? Did you ignore it all together? Or did you download it illegally off a friend?
What would you do? What do you think she did ...
Lindsay Lohan Miscarriage
Somehow Things Get Even Worse for LiLo
4/21/2014 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Drops MISCARRIAGE JOKES On Lindsay
4/22/2014 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The only thing more offensive than this video of Joan Rivers cracking Lindsay Lohan miscarriage jokes ... is the fact that it's only a minute-and-a-half long.
The look on Melissa Rivers' face says it all.
When Joan is on ... ain't no one better.
'Meet the Parents' Star
Meets the Bankruptcy
4/22/2014 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Meet the Parents" star Teri Polo has royally Focked herself -- at least in the money department -- because TMZ has learned ... she just went belly up.
Teri filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week, claiming she's buried in nearly a million dollars of debt -- most of which she owes to the IRS.
Teri claims she owes roughly $772,000 in back taxes and more than $36,000 in credit card debt.
She also says her landlord's going after her for $30,000 after she allegedly left an old apartment covered in dog crap and urine.
Bankruptcy ... you can't milk a cat, but you can milk the system.