Paul Walker wasn't the first to allegedly experience mechanical issues inside a Porsche Carrera GT -- TMZ has learned, the car company was sued over a deadly 2005 crash involving the same vehicle ... and it paid dearly in a massive settlement.
According to the lawsuit, two men (a driver and his passenger) were killed on a California race track while driving a 2005 Carrera GT ... hitting a wall at over 100 MPH while trying to avoid another car on the track.
The family of the passenger sued practically everyone involved in the accident for gross negligence -- and won $4.5 million in a giant settlement ... $350,000 of which was paid by Porsche.
The lawsuit alleged the GT didn't handle correctly on the track -- and according to the attorney for the victim's family, Craig McClellan ... sworn testimony from several Porsche experts confirmed a major design flaw with the GT is it doesn't have a Porsche Stability Management system.
We're told the PSMS uses a computer to correct the car if the rear end loses control -- and it is now required by law.
For Porsche's part, the company denied liability -- saying the car fully met federal safety standards at the time -- but it still paid its portion of the settlement to avoid further litigation.
It's unclear if Roger Rodas' Carrera GT had been fitted with a PSMS -- but McClellan says ZERO 2005 Carrera GTs (like Roger's) came off the assembly line with the system.
PSMS or not, it's worth noting the car has been a HUGE legal pain in the ass for Porsche. So far, Paul's family hasn't filed a lawsuit.
THREATENED BY AUSTRALIAN MAYOR
Clean Up Your Graffiti, OR ELSE!
12/4/2013 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber picked the wrong city to spray tag, 'cause the mayor of Gold Coast, Australia just issued an ultimatum to the "pop princess" -- clean up your mess ... OR SING FOR ME!!!!!
Mayor Tom Tate just issued a video message to Bieber after the singer went graffiti crazy all over a hotel wall during a visit to the city last week.
"I've got a message for pop princess Justin Beaver," Tate said ... "We love your music but we hate your graffiti and your vandalism here in our city."
He continued ... "Mate, you've got two choices -- come back and clean up your mess or come back and sing at the [Mayor's Christmas Carols event] on the 7th of December."
It's unclear what will happen if Bieber ignores both requests ... but here's our advice for Mayor Tate: Don't hold your breath.
Paul Walker's Father
'Fast & Furious' Was Just a Role...
My Son Was NO Street Racer
12/4/2013 5:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker would NOT have been cool with Roger Rodas pushing the Porsche Carrerra GT to dangerous speeds the day they died ... that according to Paul's father.
Paul Walker Sr. says he's heard all the rumors about his son being into street racing -- but insists that's simply not true, because ... "He did not ever want to hurt anybody."
In the clip, Paul Sr. does admit his son loved going fast in cars, but only under specific conditions .. which he describes.
As for what went wrong Saturday afternoon? Paul's dad sounds as puzzled as the rest of us at this point.
You're a Deadbeat
... Baby Mama Alleges
12/4/2013 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce's father is a DEADBEAT DAD ... at least according to the mother of his 3-year-old son who claims Mathew Knowles has stiffed her out of $24k in child support, TMZ has learned.
According to California State records obtained by TMZ, Mathew missed TWO of the $12k monthly payments he's been ordered to pay to Alexsandra Wright.
Sources close to Wright says she's in a financial bind and needs the cash asap -- we're told she's even had to pull her son from school because she can't afford to pay for it.
As we've reported ... the legal battles between Knowles and Wright have been ugly. She claims Knowles sent a threatening email to her in 2011 ... warning "there's a price to pay" for hurting his family.
We reached out to Mathew for comment -- so far, no word back.
Brutal Girl on Girl Beat Down [Video]
12/4/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Nothing new in West Virginia -- just a couple of cousin/sisters beating the bejesus out of each other on a front lawn, while the rest of the family cheers them on ... and TMZ has the footage.
The brawlers are both stars on the TLC show "Gypsy Sisters" (which airs it's season 2 premiere on Thursday) and features a woman named Nettie beating the living crap out of a woman named Kayla.
It's unclear what they were fighting over ... but who cares -- it's got punches, slaps, hair pulling, humiliating face squeezing ... and some serious smack talk.
Shockingly, the police were not involved ... and the family insists violence is just how they work out their problems.
Guess Who This Teen
12/4/2013 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Before this fluffy teen turned into the world's most stylish rocker -- he was just another kid going his own way and picking out his fro in New York City! Can you guess who he is?
Teenage Girl Tendencies
12/4/2013 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Eddie Murphy's Ex
Producers Stole My Idea for 'Hollywood Exes'
12/3/2013 6:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
One of Eddie Murphy's baby mamas is now suing over "Hollywood Exes" -- claiming she came up with the idea for the reality show back in 2008 and producers STOLE it from her ... then cast one of Eddie's OTHER exes in her place.
Tamara Johnson filed the lawsuit against producers Lynch-Dyson Entertainment, claiming she pitched an idea to Vernon Lynch in 2008 called "The Hollywood ExClub" about a group of celebrity baby mamas ... inspired by her own relationship with Eddie Murphy ... but the discussions went nowhere.
Then in 2011, Tamara says she got wind VH1 was making a show called "Hollywood Exes" -- produced by Lynch-Dyson -- which she claims was a complete rip-off of her idea.
The show eventually premiered in 2012, starring girls Tamara had in mind for her own show ... like Andrea Kelly. But the biggest slap in the face ... Eddie Murphy's other ex Nicole Murphy was cast instead of Tamara.
Tamara claims she contacted Lynch-Dyson many times about getting credit -- and money -- for her role in creating the show ... but she's been nothing but rebuffed.
She's now suing for at least $1 million. Calls to Lynch-Dyson weren't returned.
Jada Pinkett Smith
12/3/2013 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sued by Frank Ocean's Cousin for
$3 Million Ass-Whupping
12/3/2013 4:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is responsible for more than $3 million dollars in pain and suffering ... according to legal docs filed by Frank Ocean's cousin over that massive brawl outside a recording studio.
The docs were filed by Sha'Keir Duarte ... who claims one of Chris' goons put the hurtin' on him during the melee between Chris, Frank, and their posses in West Hollywood last January.
Duarte claims Brown's bodyguard brutalized him ... and in his court docs he itemizes his list of damages complete with price tags:
-$1,000,000 for pain, suffering and inconvenience
-$1,000,000 for emotional distress
-$1,000,000 for punitive damages
-plus, another $60K for medical expenses
As we previously reported ... Chris has filed a counter lawsuit against Duarte, accusing him of provoking the fight and attacking him with kicks and punches.
I Want Another Shot at AEG
12/3/2013 3:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katherine Jackson wants a do-over in her fight against AEG -- TMZ has learned, she just filed docs asking for a new trial ... after the jury ruled in favor of the concert promoters back in October.
As we reported, AEG emerged victorious after Katherine sued the company for wrongful death, claiming AEG negligently hired Dr. Conrad Murray to care for Michael Jackson before his "This Is It" concert tour ... the same doctor who was ultimately convicted of killing the singer with a fatal dose of Propofol.
Katherine has now filed legal docs looking for a second chance to convince a jury AEG is to blame for MJ's death ... claiming she didn't get a fair shot the first time around.
Katherine lists a bunch of reasons for her claim in the docs ... including jury misconduct, new evidence, and general procedural errors.
A judge has yet to rule on Katherine's request ... but she's definitely facing an uphill battle.
Paul Walker Crash
Coroner Completes Autopsy
12/3/2013 2:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
2:35 P.M. PT -- The coroner tells us the autopsies on both bodies are now complete ... but we're still waiting to find out the exact cause of death. The findings could be announced later today. Story developing ...
We may soon know the exact cause of Paul Walker's death ... TMZ has learned the coroner's office will begin the autopsy shortly.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... the autopsies on Walker and Roger Rodas will be completed today. We're told the coroner also hopes to make positive ID on both bodies ... which was delayed because dental records were needed.
Walker and his racing partner Rodas were killed Saturday when the Porsche Carrera GT they were driving in crashed into a pole. Witnesses on the scene say it appeared both men burned to death when the car exploded in a fireball.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Feeling Good About Ecstasy Case
'The Darkest Part Is Over'
12/3/2013 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
CeeLo Green sounds optimistic about the felony drug case he's currently facing ... telling TMZ, "The darkest part is over."
"The Voice" judge -- who stands accused of giving a woman ecstasy last year -- was rolling out of LAX when he gave us the lowdown on his court case.
Green's got a preliminary hearing scheduled for next month, but he says it's pretty much all formalities from here out ... and he's hoping things will work out in the end.