The woman who co-founded Jimmy Choo just scored a legal victory against her famous interior designer, claiming he charged her around $2 MILLION for work that "would not be acceptable in a college frat house."
Tamara Mellon's designer lawsuit against Martyn Lawrence Bullard -- who appeared on Bravo's "Million Dollar Decorators" -- will NOT be dismissed ... so ruled an L.A. judge on Wednesday.
Mellon claims Bullard is a media whore who flaunts his A-list clientele -- including Christina Aguilera, Cher, Aaron Sorkin and Eva Mendes -- and then grossly overcharges and delivers a shoddy product.
Mellon hired Bullard to decorate her swanky NYC apartment and her Hamptons home. She says when he was done, bookshelves were falling apart, a wall speaker was painted over, wallpaper was peeling off walls, the chandelier was dangling like a death trap, and on and on.
To make matters worse, she claims he was grossly over budget for the Hamptons house and when she complained he said, "I cannot possibly work on a limited budget."
Mellon says in her lawsuit -- filed by Eric George -- Bullard had the audacity to charge $35,000 for 8 chairs that he bought from a mall chain store.
And get this ... she says he misjudged the size of a piece of marble he ordered for her NYC apartment, so it had to be lifted by crane. She says he not only charged her to foot the bill for the crane fee, he added a 67% fee for himself.
They appeared together -- huggy huggy and kissy kissy -- back in 2011 on Bullard's Bravo show, "Million Dollar Decorators."
Gets Inked for Weinergate Anniversary
7/23/2014 2:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Anthony Weiner scandal just climaxed in the most ridiculous of ways ... Sydney Leathers got a tattoo celebrating the 1st anniversary of her outing the former NY Congressman.
It's the number 23, which ... Sydney tells TMZ ... has a special meaning. It was the 23rd of July when she leaked the Weiner photos to the media ... changing her life and his forever.
Of course, that new life has been dedicated to porn. And now, as all porn stars eventually do, she's going back to college!
A degree in broadcasting you say, Syd? ... Genius.
Naturally, to pay for school she's signed a new 3 skin flick deal.
So it seems the more things change, the more things stay the same.
I believe we can now officially close the book on "As the Leather Turns" for good.
You're welcome America.
Billy Bob Thornton
'Cupcake Wars' Crew Can't Take a Joke
7/23/2014 2:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Billy Bob Thornton pissed off the cast of "Cupcake Wars" when he ripped their show -- and reality TV in general -- for being a waste of airtime, but now that they're fighting back ... he's going soft.
The actor said a mouthful about the cupcake show on his recently aired episode of "Oprah's Master Class" -- such as, "Seriously, it's not that G** damn dangerous to make a cupcake."
But last night when we caught up with Billy Bob he kinda backpedaled, and said the 'Cupcake' peeps need to chill ... he was just trying to be funny. Watch the clip though -- there is one thing he's owning. Fair to say, he won't be tuning in to Food Network anytime soon.
Thing is ... Billy's commentary WAS funny as hell. Too bad he's not standing by it.
Ex-NFL Star Fred Davis
DISSED EX-GF'S FLAT ASS
... Police Report Says
7/23/2014 12:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former NFL tight end Fred Davis attacked his ex-girlfriend by throwing dirt and flowers at her ... after insulting the shape of her ass ... this according to a police report obtained by TMZ Sports.
He's NOT Buying
Rancho Mirage House
7/23/2014 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There are lots of reports circulating that President Obama is in escrow to buy a house in the exclusive Rancho Mirage gated community which the likes of Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope called home -- NOT TRUE.
The house in question is listed at $4.25 million and escrow is supposed to close at the end of the month.
Sources close to the President who are familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... he and Michelle have never even seen the house and have definitely not made an offer. What's more ... we're told the Obamas will NOT live in the desert when his presidency ends.
And there's this ... the Obamas have relied heavily on their famed interior decorator Michael S. Smith. We're told 6 months ago someone who was looking at the house asked Smith to come along to give his opinion.
We're told Smith made it clear ... he didn't like the house AT ALL. It's pushed up against the mountain, it doesn't have a lot of light and it's just not that stylish. The buyer passed.
Nico & Vinz
'Am I Wrong' Singers ...
Yes, We're Black AND Norwegian
7/23/2014 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nico & Vinz have one of the hottest songs this summer with "Am I Wrong" ... but most of their fans are probably DEAD wrong -- 'cause they don't realize the guys are from Norway, and they're Black!
We ran into the duo in NYC yesterday, and they said they get double-takes all the time -- but the guys (both born in Oslo) want America to know ... it's okay ... there REALLY are black people in Norway. Lots of 'em.
Nico and Vinz are pretty charismatic in this clip, but what's disappointing is their taste in summer anthems. We asked 'em to name their faves -- and one of 'em is ... well, let's just say their hit is MUCH better.
In other news...
No longer skin & bones, LeAnn Rimes showed off her amazing bikini body in this skimpy two piece down in Miami.
Ariana Grande Hides Grandpa's Death
From Brother Frankie
7/23/2014 9:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Brother" is now keeping a deep secret -- something that could derail the show if revealed too soon -- and it involves the death of one of Ariana Grande's relatives.
Ariana's grandfather died Tuesday. He's also the grandpa of Ariana's brother, Frankie Grande, who's a contestant on "Big Brother."
It seems just before he died the grandfather knew Frankie might bail from the show if he found out, so one of grandpa's last wishes was to keep his death a secret from Frankie.
Ariana was chronicling her grandpa's illness ... recently posting pictures with him in the hospital. But Frankie never saw them per the rules of the show.
Ariana made her grandfather's wishes clear, tweeting, "asked grandps last week if he wanted us to pull frankie off bb & he said "no way! he's gotta play the game even tho i don't understand it"
It seems from the "Big Bro" live feeds ... Frankie is still in the dark over his grandpa's death.
Anything But a Hunka Hunka Junk
7/23/2014 9:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If you want to ride around like a king ... or rather THE KING ... then you need to scrape together $300,000 and buy Elvis Presley's sick ride.
The King's Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine will be sold at auction by Bonhams at the Quail Lodge Auction in California on August 15.
Elvis had the car souped up by adding a telephone, a state-of-the-art radio and air-conditioning. Wait, how the hell was there a car phone in 1963?
Whoa ... creepy.
Quickie Wedding Reeks of Ex-Fiancé
7/23/2014 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Naya Rivera's marriage to actor Ryan Dorsey came out of nowhere for everyone, except Naya -- who actually co-opted a lot of the ceremony from her planned wedding to Big Sean ... including the date.
Rivera and Dorsey tied the knot in Cabo San Lucas over the weekend. The longtime friends began dating right after Rivera broke off her engagement to rapper Big Sean in April.
According to our sources, the wedding date -- July 19 -- was the exact same date Naya and Sean were supposed to tie the knot. We're told Naya picked the date back in October when she and Sean got engaged.
The similarities don't end there ... according to reports, Rivera was married in a Monique Lhuillier gown -- which our sources say is the same designer of the dress Sean bought for Rivera for their wedding.
One more thing -- Rivera never gave back Sean's engagement ring, according to our sources. However, we don't know if she found a way to re-purpose that.
Ryan Dorsey's dad, Arnold, tells TMZ ... the date of the wedding might have been the same as the Rivera/Big Sean wedding ... but it also happens to be Dorsey's birthday.
Arnold says he found out about the wedding six weeks ago and while he was initially surprised, he said, "We didn’t question him. We are very happy for him. We trusted them and want what they wanted."
Arnold also said the wedding was small, about 12 people total, and consisted of Naya’s family and Ryan’s family.
I Don't Do Lines
Wheelchairs it at Disneyland
7/23/2014 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber + wheelchair + Disneyland = I get to cut to the front of the line! Or at least that's how it looks.
Justin was at the happiest place on earth in Anaheim Sunday and posed with a fan while in a wheelchair. The girl posted the photo with the caption ... "I love how he just pretended to be a normal person on a wheelchair."
Of course, the immediate reaction online was that Justin was a line scofflaw ... but Justin's camp tells TMZ that wasn't the case. We're told Bieber was nursing a knee injury from basketball and only sat in the wheelchair to rest for a few moments.
Even more interesting ... we're told Justin wouldn't need the wheelchair to cut lines, because Disney already escorts him in and out of rides to avoid huge crowds gathering when he's in the park.
Throws Bikini B-Day Bash for Selena Gomez
7/22/2014 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'Troubled' Dog Attacks
During Walk with Dog Whisperer
7/23/2014 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cesar Millan couldn't stop one of his gigantic clients -- a Great Dane -- from attacking a neighbor during a training session yesterday ... TMZ has learned.
Sources tell us the 'Dog Whisperer' star was walking a group of dogs, including the Great Dane, near his home in Studio City, CA -- and none of the dogs were leashed.
We're told one of Millan's neighbors was out walking his own dog ... and when the neighbor reached out to let the Great Dane sniff his palm ... the dog suddenly bit the man's hand and forearm.
We're told Cesar followed the man to the hospital where he was treated and released. Unclear, at this point, how badly he was injured.
A rep for Millan confirmed the attack, and says Cesar was walking a "troubled dog" as part of its training, when it got "spooked by a neighbor." The rep added, Cesar is still caring for the dog.
We don't know yet how big this dog was -- but adult Great Danes range from 100 to 120 pounds.
A source close to the victim tells us "he's healing," and is following up with a physician today.
1-Year-Old Son Wins Major Cash
In Paparazzi Lawsuit
7/23/2014 8:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Adele's 1-year-old son Angelo will get a 5-figure settlement from paparazzi ... after the singer sued a British photo agency for ruining her son's "milestone moments."
Adele sued Corbis Images UK ... accusing the agency's photogs of illegally taking and posting pics of her little boy during his first family outings -- which she calls his milestone moments.
Adele claimed celeb kids aren't public property ... so paps have no right to invade their privacy. Fact is ... the privacy laws in England -- where the pics were taken -- are way stronger than in the U.S.
We're told Corbis has settled up by paying a 5-figure sum.