Amanda Bynes was out of control at her fashion school ... showing up high and offering fellow students money to do her homework ... and we're told it got so bad she was kicked out.
Several classmates at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Irvine say Amanda has shown big signs of trouble for a while ... and various people have told us she often went to class high on weed.
Student Rachel Loritz tells TMZ ... Amanda often ditched classes ... but even when she showed up, she was clearly high, and not good at hiding it ... she almost always wore sunglasses and laughed out loud at inappropriate times.
We're told the pendulum would often swing and she would then get in "horrendous arguments."
Rachel says ... Amanda paid fellow students to do her homework .. and some took her up on it. Rachel says she rejected Amanda's offer.
We're told Amanda was caught cheating off someone during a test ... and when she was called out she threw a fit.
Multiple sources tell us Amanda was kicked out of the school last month.
8-Hour Gambling Session
... Before DUI
10/1/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Phelps had just finished up an 8-hour gambling session at a Baltimore casino before he was popped for DUI early Tuesday morning ... TMZ Sports has learned.
According to our casino sources, Phelps hit up the Horseshoe Casino around 5pm Monday afternoon ... and sat in a private VIP gambling room for hours ... finally leaving around 1am.
We're told Phelps was playing blackjack ... though it's unclear if he also played other card games that night. There have been several reports that he's big into poker.
Clearly, Phelps had been drinking inside the casino ... we're told his booze of choice was beer ... and when he was pulled over around 1:40am, it was just a few miles from the casino.
We're told Phelps is a regular at the casino ... in fact, he was just there last month playing poker.
We reached out to Phelps for comment -- so far, no dice.
'Down Home With The Neelys'
We Hated Each Other
The Entire Show
10/1/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The cooking couple that starred in "Down Home With The Neelys" hated each other FOR YEARS ... enduring 11 seasons of mutual contempt before calling it quits.
Sources close to both Pat and Gina Neely tell TMZ ... the marriage was doomed even before the show fired up in 2009 ... and the pressures of TV made things a lot worse.
We're told the Neelys had no idea the show would endure but they rode the fame train when it became a hit ... with each accusing the other of having an unquenchable thirst for the spotlight.
Now that they've thrown in the towel ... he's splintered off by himself and believes Gina will fail without him. The reason ... his family owns the famous recipes and he's the master chef. As for her ... she thinks she can trump him because she's a bigger TV personality.
They will still be tied at the hip in NYC ... where they co-own Neely's Barbecue Parlor. They have no plans to sell it.
Gina filed the divorce papers earlier this month.
So My Shows Get Rowdy ...
Quit Whining About a Little Slap
10/1/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A$AP Rocky claims he never laid a finger on the ex-fan who's accusing him of smacking her up at a concert -- instead, he's hinting she might have been roughed up by other fans ... and should have expected it.
As we reported ... Lisamarie Wade sued Rocky for $75K ... saying he smacked her in a brutal, unprovoked attack while making his way through the crowd at a Philly music festival last year.
Rocky just fired back in legal docs ... denying he ever touched or attempted to hit Wade. He says a pack of fans "aggressively moved towards" -- insinuating Wade may have been part of that mob scene. But he adds neither he nor his entourage smacked her.
He says Wade knew there could be trouble in such a crowded setting. In other words ... expect some heat when you walk in the kitchen.
Rocky wants the lawsuit thrown out ... A$AP.
Friends Waiting for Something
Really Bad to Happen
9/30/2014 7:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes can't get the help she needs until something really bad happens ... because her parents will not re-establish a conservatorship ... TMZ has learned.
Multiple sources connected with the family tell TMZ ... Amanda's parents do NOT think she has a mental illness. As one source put it, "They think she's a bratty kid who thumbs her nose at them and smokes a lot of pot."
We're told everyone around her parents are urging them to get the conservatorship, but so far no luck. That said, it's impossible to put Amanda on a 5150 psychiatric hold until she creates a substantial risk to herself or others.
We're also told various professionals are trigger ready to get the 5150 if Amanda goes off the rails, and they believe it's only a matter of time.
Dad Sells Leisure Boat
10/1/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker was all about high speed on land, but was all about kicking back when it came to the water ... according to new court docs.
Walker owned a 26-foot Radon boat -- a vessel designed for fishing and diving trips, not racing. He bought it new in 2010 ... just for the halibut.
Paul's father ... who took control of Walker's estate after his death ... filed court docs in Santa Barbara to sell the boat and its trailer to a private buyer for $120K.
Just to compare, a brand new model would cost about $135K -- but Paul Walker never dripped dry on that one.
Guess Who This
BRAIDED LITTLE LADY
10/1/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Before this '70s kid was on Hollywood lockdown she was just a cute little kid rockin' a sweet side pony in Watchung, New Jersey. Can you guess who she is?!
Oh, This Old Thing?
It's Just My $15 Million Violin!!!
10/1/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Violinist Joshua Bell was a sweaty, disgusting mess when we spotted him following a performance at Union Station in Washington, DC ... but he was a sweaty, disgusting mess with a $15 million violin in his hands!!!
Bell explained to our photog that the violin -- a 301-year-old Stradivarius violin called the Gibson ex Huberman -- was now worth eight figures after he bought it for about $4 million. Bell says he takes the instrument with him everywhere he goes ... and calls it his "musical wife." Totally normal.
Fun fact: Tuesday marked Bell's first show in a D.C. Metro station since his infamous video in 2007 ... where he played anonymously in a subway station for 45 minutes and pocketed a measly $32.17 from passersby and only got recognized once.
Makes It Big in Paris ...
Gisele & Tom Hear Footsteps
10/1/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kendall Jenner is officially on the A list of models after waking the Chanel runway in Paris alongside none other than Gisele Bundchen.
Yeah, looks like the young'uns are gunning for GB and TB -- 'cause Tom Brady's suddenly NOT the biggest hunk QB in the NFL ... or even in New England! Hope their finances are in order.
In other news...
It appears as though Kendall Jenner chopped off ALL her hair and even got some questionably-cut bangs, leaving her looking a hot frizzy mess.SEE MORE »
NAILED For $10 MIL
in 'NCIS' Death Lawsuit
9/30/2014 5:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The family of a security guard who was killed on the set of "NCIS" just won a $10.4 million judgment against CBS ... TMZ has learned.
A CBS production van that was transporting "NCIS" crew members crashed into 52-year old security guard Julio Villamariona after the driver had a medical emergency and lost control. The guard died in an ambulance en route to the hospital.
CBS admitted during the lawsuit the driver had a medical condition it should have known about, so the trial was really about the amount of damages the family would collect.
Tuesday afternoon a jury decided ... and gave Julio's widow and 3 adult children a total of $10.4 million.
The family's lawyer, Brian Panish, says, "I am so proud of the surviving family members and the jury for standing up to a powerful entity like CBS."
Back in the Danger Zone
9/30/2014 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tossed Out of Nightclub Party
For Jermaine Dupri [UPDATE]
9/30/2014 5:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jagged Edge got bounced from Jermaine Dupri's birthday bash at a swanky Atlanta club ... because the guys refused to ditch their ball caps at the door.
Gold Room host Kenny Burns tells TMZ ... the R&B duo showed up under-dressed -- hoodies and caps -- for the exclusive event. Owner Alex Gidewon tried to compromise -- since it was Jermaine's party ... agreeing to let the guys in IF they lost the hats.
We're told when Jagged Edge refused, they got the boot -- which pissed off Jermaine BIG time ... and all 3 guys started cussing out security. Eventually they all got the heave ho.
JD tells us he and his crew, including Jagged Edge, were in the club for 35 minutes -- without any problems -- before management ever complained. He feels the club was very disrespectful.
The club seems willing to forgive and forget with Jermaine ... but we're told Jagged Edge has been banned from the Gold Room.
Dodging Miranda Kerr in Paris!
9/30/2014 3:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber just left a big fashion party in Paris that was filled with celebs ... and we're told the Biebs made sure he didn't cross paths with the modern version of Helen of Troy -- Miranda Kerr!
Justin hit up the CR Fashion Book Party and mingled with Kim Kardashian, Kendall, Kris, Paris Hilton and Selena Gomez. Our spies say Justin was gushing about Selena, telling people how beautiful she is and how they're really tight now. So the whole champagne dinner with Kendall was innocent.
But our spies say Justin very consciously stayed clear of Miranda Kerr, who triggered the war between Justin and ex-hubby Orlando Bloom.