Brooke Mueller's former assistant has filed a lawsuit against her ... claiming she turned him into a "drug mule" to fuel her out-of-control habit.
Lior Masaphor wants her to pay unpaid wages, but he makes claims going way beyond that. He says he was forced to watch her twins Max and Bob while she got "so high as to be literally wasted" and engage in multiple sex acts with other people while the kids watched.
Lior says he worked for Brooke from December, 2012 to March, 2013 ... during that time she was in and out of rehab.
Rescue Kitten Trapped In Car Engine!!
4 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Cat-astrophe avoided at "Dancing With the Stars" -- when a stowaway kitten that had been stuck inside a car's motor was rescued by two PAs -- who heard the engine purring -- literally.
Production sources tell us ... the PAs heard noises from a random vehicle on the lot. They walked up to the car and heard the meows ... then discovered a kitten trapped under the hood.
Interesting Fact: Cats are known to climb near car engines to stay warm at night.
Back to the story ... The PAs tried luring the critter out with tuna ... when that didn't work, one of them crawled under the car, reached into the engine compartment and snatched the kitty.
The most amazing part ... the heroes believe the stray was inside the engine when the driver took the car from the San Fernando Valley to Hollywood.
The DWTS wardrobe dept. is now caring for the cat ... which they've named Steve ... and he's feel-ine fine.
Solo Goes Yolo
Plunges Down 2,500 Ft. Slide
14 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
J.J. Abrams ain't gonna like this ... 'cause Harrison Ford put his recently broken leg at risk this week when he went barreling down a 2,500 foot mega-slide -- just days before he's due back on the "Star Wars" set.
Ford -- whose Han Solo scenes were pushed back when he broke his leg on the set in June -- hit up the Alpine Slide in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on Tuesday to take the 2,500 foot plunge with his family.
The slide is no joke -- with riders sometimes reaching speeds of 30 miles per hour. And we're told Ford was FLYING down the chute ... and screaming to the rider in front of him to speed up!!!
We're told Harrison is a regular on the Alpine Slide -- and often rides with his grandkids -- but when you're nursing a broken ankle (and you're 72) and an entire production revolves around YOU, maybe find a less dangerous hobby??
Fortunately, the force was strong with Harrison -- no injuries, no accidents, no problems. He's reportedly due back on the "Star Wars" set by the end of the month to finish shooting.
You're 3 Times a Douchebag
24 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
The Commodores -- who famously and shockingly survived Lionel Richie's departure back in the 80s -- are now suing an ex-member ... accusing him of jacking the group's name.
According to the lawsuit ... Thomas McClary ditched the Commodores 30 years ago -- shortly after Richie did -- to pursue a solo career ... but is now performing again using the Commodores name.
The Commodores -- who still perform 30 to 50 shows a year -- claim McClary is confusing people by calling his group "The Commodores featuring Thomas McClary" -- and by singing all their old hits, including "Brick House" and "Easy."
The group claims McClary even had the gall to send a legal letter to the real Commodores -- warning them to stop trashing him by warning venues where McClary was booked to perform.
The lawsuit wants a judge to disgorge money he made from his deception.
"Total Eclipse of the Heart"
SINGER NICKI FRENCH
34 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
English singer Nicki French is best known for her 1995 euro-dance rendition of the Bonnie Tyler song "Total Eclipse of the Heart." Guess what she looks like now!
Hits His Son With
A Verbal Beatdown
43 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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Ashes Scattered At Sea
8/20/2014 6:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Williams' body was cremated the day after he died ... and his ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay ... this according to the official death certificate.
The document -- issued in Marin County where he died -- does not list an immediate cause of death ... instead it merely says, "pending investigation."
Williams committed suicide August 11th ... after hanging himself with a belt at his home in Tiburon, CA. As we reported, he had been severely depressed.
The coroner is still waiting for the results of toxicology tests ... to see if Williams had any chemicals in his body when he died. Those results will be available in the next few weeks.
Steelers Running Backs
ARRESTED FOR POT
8/20/2014 5:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pittsburgh Steelers RB's Le'Veon Bell & LaGarette Blount were arrested in Pennsylvania this afternoon for marijuana possession ... officials tell TMZ Sports.
According to Ross Township Police ... the two were pulled over around 1:30 PM after a motorcycle cop smelled pot coming from a black Camaro on a busy highway near Pittsburgh.
Police say when they stopped to question the pair they discovered 20 grams of marijuana inside the vehicle.
Bell was busted for misdemeanor DUI and possession of marijuana. Blount was popped for misdemeanor possession.
Officials tell us both men were cited and released.
Story developing ...
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Pharrell Williams Sued
I Got "The Voice"
You Want Me to Do YouTube? Seriously?
8/20/2014 4:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pharrell Williams' "Voice" could cost him a million dollars.
Mr. Happy is being sued by the producer of his uber-successful YouTube show, "ARTST TLK" .... featuring interviews with big celebs like Spike Lee, Usher and Tony Hawk. The 12 episodes of Season 1 were huge ... scoring a total of more than 1.7 million views.
But the producer says he got big footed when "The Voice" came along and asked Pharrell to join the judge's panel for Season 7. According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Pharrell told him to pound sand, saying "The Voice" made an exclusive deal so he couldn't do the YouTube show.
Pharrell was kind of insulting, writing the YouTube producer, "Holding me to a contract that prohibits 'The Voice' exclusivity requirement? It's 'The Voice!'" Translation, I can't do your stupid little show.
The YouTube producer says he invested a million bucks in the project and wants Pharrell to pay.
Pharrell's rep tells TMZ ... "This is complete nonsense. It's unfortunate when you try to help a friend and they wind up trying to take advantage of you."
When a Man
Loves 'Office Space'
8/20/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Hart's Ex-Wife
I Don't Care What He Does
With His Money
8/20/2014 2:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Hart's ex-wife Torrei has her own life, her own money, her own career ... and she's OVER Kevin Hart ... so she says.
Our photog got the "Atlanta Exes" star at LAX Wednesday ... as she pimped her new line of mixers, she insisted she was not bent out of shape when Kevin and his freshly-minted fiancee came face-to-face with her at Magic City strip club in ATL Monday ... where Kev dropped $40K.
Good Q by our photog -- If Kevin invites her to the wedding, would she go?
Also, check out the 2 people flanking Torrei during the conversation. Pretty funny.
Jermaine Jackson to NFL:
GET OVER NIPPLEGATE
Janet Jackson Ban Is 'Crazy'
8/20/2014 1:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
How does Jermaine Jackson feel about the NFL blacklisting his sister from performing at the Super Bowl halftime show?
Simple -- "That sucks."
Jermaine was out in L.A. when we broke the news to him that the NFL has only ruled out one person from performing at Super Bowl XLIX ... Janet Jackson.
"Who cares about Nipplegate?" Jermaine said ... calling the league "crazy" for holding a grudge ten years after the infamous wardrobe malfunction.
Jermaine cautioned that the league should be careful about pissing off Janet nowadays -- since she's married to a BILLIONAIRE and has become more powerful than ever!
Check out the clip.
Pisses Off Judge
8/20/2014 1:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short -- like the Caribbean island where he's hiding -- is a little beach ... so says the judge in his domestic violence case who just annihilated him in court.
Columbus was a no show in court again Wednesday AM -- and the irate judge has clearly lost his patience, upping his arrest warrant from $40K to $500K ... that means when Columbus is eventually arrested he has to post half a mil before he's set free.
Columbus has been a fugitive from justice after blowing off his domestic violence hearing last month in favor of his extended Barbados vacation.
We're told ... the former "Scandal" star is expected to fly back to the U.S. Wednesday to face the music ... and we're told he will be immediately cuffed and jailed.
Judgment day awaits.