Melissa Rivers has just filed a huge lawsuit against the clinic where Joan Rivers' heart stopped beating ... and Melissa's lawyer says the doctors acted like a bunch of groupies and not medical professionals.
The lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- claims gross medical malpractice, alleging during the 20 minutes doctors tried to bring Joan back to life, they didn't think to perform a tracheotomy, which facilitates breathing.
Melissa says, "The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible," adding, "Not only did my mother deserve better, every patient deserves better."
In addition to suing the clinic, Melissa has sued Joan's personal doctor, Gwen Korovin. According to the lawsuit, she should not have been permitted in the room where the procedure was being performed, yet she jumped in and announced, "I'll go first."
The suit claims another doctor took cellphone pics of Rivers before the emergency, while she was under sedation, with Korovin in the photos, saying Joan "will like to see these in the recovery area."
According to the lawsuit, Korovin left the room in the middle of the emergency and the allegation is that she left because she knew she wasn't supposed to be there in the first place and "wanted to avoid getting caught." The suit says Korovin simply abandoned Joan.
And get this. According to the suit, in the middle of the emergency, another doctor took issue with a colleague who wanted to scope the affected area, saying, "Renuka, you're such a curious cat. You always want to know what's going on." The suit says the doctor refused to authorize the scope.
Melissa's lawyer spoke to The NY Daily News, which broke the story, and quotes lawyer Jeffrey Bloom who says, "Had doctors acted as physicians for Joan Rivers instead of groupies, Joan Rivers would have been doing 'Fashion Police' last week."
Yorkville Endoscopy has been under intense scrutiny and they are set to lose their accreditation at the end of the month.
So Damn Cool ...
Uncool Ride Gets a Pass
41 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Every chick already wants him, and now Jared Leto's gonna have every guy jonesin' ... for his truck.
The Oscar winner blazed into a SAG Awards party at the Sunset Tower in a suped up, look-at-me Ford Bronco ... covered in flames!
Fact is ... anyone else driving this Matchbox-wannabe whip would get ripped for being a tool -- but Jared is one of only 2 guys who can make it look good.
Check out the vid for the Bronc ... and for Jared's beard-off with our photog.
Oh, the other qualified driver is the Joker -- who Jared's playing in the upcoming, "Suicide Squad." Everything burns ... especially this ride.
There's Something Fishy About this Photo
I'm Eating Tuna!
1/26/2015 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Papa John says the photo taken over the weekend is NOT what it seems, because he was forking a tuna ... not a pizza.
We got this pic of PJ -- aka John Schnatter -- dining at the uber-fancy St. Regis hotel at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. You see pizza on a plate and a fork in his hand.
But John's people tell us, "what you caught was Papa eating tuna, not pizza. John did have a slice of someone else's pizza as an appetizer before you took that picture ... but hands only, and no fork -- never!"
Miss USA Contestant
My Bikini Can't Take The Pressure
1/26/2015 12:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Miss Beverly Hills Chanelle Riggan got something very important off her chest at the Miss California USA finals ... her top.
Depending how you look at it, Riggan suffered a major wardrobe malfunction during the bikini portion of the contest Jan. 11th, when her eager assets popped out.
That's one way to win, but the judges weren't as impressed ... after showing off those talents, she only managed to grab 4th runner up.
There are two reasons we're demanding a recount.
I Want to be Gone, Gone, Gone
From My 'Idol' Contract
1/26/2015 10:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Phillip Phillips says "American Idol" producers are ruining his career ... and he wants out of his contract with them before he goes in the dumper.
Phillips claims 19 Entertainment has held him down since he won the competition in 2012. Phillips claims 19 controls every aspect of his career and has made decisions that only benefit them and actually hurt him.
Phillips mentions one concert -- where he was forced to perform a free show for a JetBlue ad, and 19 flat out told him he had to do it because it benefited the "American Idol" live concert tour.
He also says they have kept him in the dark to the point he wasn't even consulted about the title to one of his albums and only found out when he heard about it in the media.
Phillips goes on and on, claiming it's typical "in the life of a rising star" for the record company to give him a better deal, yet 19 never asked Interscope to cut him a break. As you know, Jimmy Iovine who ran Interscope until recently was also a mentor on "Idol."
Phillip says the 19 contract is so one-sided it's illegal, and he's asking for the Labor Commission to let him out.
The story broke in the Hollywood Reporter.
The rep for 19 Entertainment tells TMZ, "We have always acted in the best interest of Phillip. We ill vigorously defend outselves from any baseless claims to the contrary and from any attempt to interfere with our rights and relationships." Translation ... they're gonna fight him.
'Monday Night RAW'
BLIZZARD CAN'T STOP US
... Show Will Go On!
1/26/2015 11:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The massive blizzard in the Northeast will NOT stop "Monday Night Raw" -- despite the fact it was scheduled to go down in Connecticut ... with WWE telling us they have a Plan B!!
A rep for WWE tells us ... they will not tape the show from the XL Center in Hartford -- instead, "the WWE will emanate live tonight from its studios in the Stamford world headquarters."
The WWE has not said if there will be any live matches -- but it's not out of the question.
Earlier today, the Governor of Connecticut said the roads will be closed after 9 PM ... which would be in the middle of RAW's telecast ... and leave everyone in the XL Center stranded.
The WWE says it's not leaving Hartford out in the cold -- and will push the scheduled event to Thursday.
'OITNB' Star Lea DeLaria
Papa John's No Italian
1/26/2015 10:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Orange Is the New Black" star Lea DeLaria is more likely to order a hit on Papa John founder John Schnatter than pizza from him.
"Big Boo" came out to greet some fans at L.A.'s Sunset Tower after the SAG Awards and our pherless photog asked if she'd ever eat pizza with utensils.
When we told Lea that Schnatter was spotted out cutting up his pizza and eating it like a foppish dandy she instantly had him pegged as someone who should be sleeping with the fishes.
Watch and learn.
Files for Divorce From Wife Linda
... for the Third Time
1/26/2015 9:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
James Caan has filed for divorce from his wife Linda and if you think you've heard that before, it's because you have ... it's the THIRD time!
Caan filed papers on January 8 to divorce from wife Linda after 18 years of marriage. The couple has two sons together -- James, 19, and Jacob, 16. Caan is asking for joint custody of Jacob.
We're told there is NOT a prenup.
The "Godfather" star filed for divorce from Linda twice before -- once in 2005 and again in 2009. Each time the case was dismissed.
Caan was married and divorced three times before he and Linda tied the knot.
Allegedly Strikes Photog
But Something's Weird
1/26/2015 6:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Martin allegedly hit a photog with his jeep as he left a fancy Santa Monica restaurant, but there's something really odd about this one.
Chris and Gwyneth Paltrow went to Giorgio Baldi Restaurant with their 2 kids and all was fine, but on the way out a photog runs up to take their photo and says he was struck by their jeep. An ambulance was called and the pap was taken to the hospital.
Here's the weird thing. The photog who took pics of the accident was standing across the street. It's unclear why a cameraman would be so far away, because there was a clear shot of the family from the restaurant side ... right on the sidewalk. In fact, 3 other photogs were perched right there.
We've never seen a photog take pics from across that street ... so, as we said, it's weird he's the one who got shots of the accident. Also, he and the guy who allegedly got hit have worked together.
And as the injured photog is taken away on a stretcher, he's looking directly into the camera.
I'm Entering WWE Hall of Fame, Baby
1/26/2015 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Arnold Schwarzenegger is going into the Hall of Fame ... not for acting or bodybuilding ... the former governor is being inducted for his contributions to wrestling.
TMZ has learned Arnold will be the next inductee WWE announces for their HoF's celeb wing -- featuring the likes of Mike Tyson, Pete Rose and Donald Trump.
Schwarzenegger is a long time wrestling fan whose appeared at many Monday Night RAW and Smackdown events. He also inducted legendary wrestler Bruno Sammartino into the Hall in 2013.
As we previously reported ... "Macho Man" Randy Savage will also be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 31 weekend.
Haven't You Heard
I'm Really Big in Japan
1/26/2015 6:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Johnny Depp put hundreds of screaming mustached women on their knees ... just by showing up.
No, it's not a kinky Hollywood sex party ... hundreds of excited Japanese fans greeted Depp and fiancee Amber Heard at the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo Monday morning after arriving in town to promote his latest film, "Mortdecai."
The screaming fans let him know how glad they were to see him by sporting the same mustache he dons in the film ... but turns out they were just as pumped for him as they were for Heard.
The two did their duty by signing a few autographs, leaving dozens in happy tears.
Check out the trailer ... maybe they should save a few for the movie.
New Mistake Could Send LiLo to the Clink
1/23/2015 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
To Complete Community Service
1/26/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan is scrambling to finish her community service by Wednesday ... because jail is on the line.
We're told Lindsay went to the Community Service Volunteers in London Friday and Saturday, and her plan was to go Sunday ... and Monday and Tuesday. She's been delinquent 15 days and MUST finish them by court Wednesday morning. She says she'll get it done.
As TMZ reported ... Lindsay was supposed to do 30 days community service by November 6 but only finished half. The judge cut her a break and ordered her to finish by Wednesday. Lindsay has lots of excuses for not finishing up to now. CSV was closed for 2 weeks, she was in Bora Bora, and on and on.
And we reported she was in the hospital last week ... she told her people she contracted Chikungunya in Bora Bora, but even some of them think she checked herself in just to create an excuse.
She's now acting like she'll log in the necessary hours, but stay tuned. She has a rich history of violating probation. And she'll face a new judge Wednesday and it's likely if she's delinquent the prosecutor will recommend jail.
Lindsay is on probation for her 2012 reckless driving case when she slammed into an 18-wheeler.
Give her this ... she's reliable.