The cat fights are now spilling into court -- a pair of female producers are suing the people behind "Love & Hip Hop" ... claiming the reality show was their idea first ... and VH1 stole it.
Trisha Lum and Nickie Lum-Davis filed the suit against VH1 and MTV -- claiming they pitched the idea back in 2009 ... and thought they had a deal to make their show, called "Hip Hop Wives."
According to the lawsuit ... the show was supposed to star current and former flames of DMX, Swizz Beatz, Irv Gotti and Jim Jones ... but VH1 honchos cooled on the idea ... saying they didn't want a show that would compete with its other reality series, "Basketball Wives."
The Lums are calling BS ... saying VH1 moguls used "Hip Hop Wives" as the template for "Love and Hip Hop" ... down to the last detail.
Trisha and Nickie want justice ... in the form of money. Their lawyer tells us they're gunning for an 8-figure judgment.
VH1 had no comment.
Dallas Cowboys Star to GF
I'll Pay You DOUBLE
to Quit 'Basketball Wives'
2/27/2014 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Basketball Wives" star Draya Michele says her NFL star boyfriend ain't a fan of the VH1 show -- and he hates it so much, he offered to pay her TWICE HER SALARY to quit.
Draya -- who's dating Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick -- dropped the bombshell on Big Boy's Neighborhood show on L.A.'s Power 106 this week ... admitting the reality show has been "really hard on my boyfriend."
"We watch it together and he’s came to the point already. It’s been episode one, we saw 60 minutes of what is going to be going on for 12 weeks and he’s like ‘You know what? I don’t think you should do this next year How much are they paying you again? I’ll pay you double to sit your ass on the couch.'"
It seems Draya not only turned down the offer ... but said she hopes to have her own reality show in the future.
'Basketball Wives' Star
My Jeweler Jacked My Necklace
And My Insurance Co. Is Screwing Me
2/14/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former NBA megastar Stephon Marbury's wife is at war over nearly a million bucks worth of jewelry which she claims was stolen right out from under her.
Latasha Marbury had a pair of diamond earrings, a diamond pendant and a diamond necklace which she claims she had to sell to reduce the insanely expensive insurance premiums she was paying for her $2.5 mil jewelry collection. Yes, even rich people get cash-strapped.
Latasha claims she took the 3 items -- worth $900,000 -- to an NYC jeweler to sell, but she claims he outright stole them from her.
So Latasha filed a theft claim with her insurance company. Now here's the snag. The insurance company says the only way it would pay on a theft claim is if the jewelry were taken by force or stolen from a safe place.
The insurance company claims in Latasha's case she voluntarily handed the goods over so it's a case of tough luck.
Latasha is now suing the insurance company for a cool mil. The jeweler is nowhere to be found.
'Basketball Wives' Star Eric Williams
New Deadbeat Dad Case
Owes $24k to 2nd Baby Mama
2/12/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Basketball Wives" star Eric Williams -- who spent 12 seasons in the NBA -- is on the hook for more than $24k in unpaid child support ... but his baby mama says the 41-year-old has gone M.I.A.
TMZ Sports has learned ... back in November, a Colorado judge ordered Williams to fork over a total of $24,434.45 to the mother of his 13-year-old son.
Problem is ... no one can find Williams to collect the cash -- so the baby mama has yet to collect.
We contacted to the woman's lawyer who tells us, "Efforts to locate [Williams] have been exhausting."
It seems the woman's legal team is preparing to turn up the heat if she doesn't get paid -- and could move to get Eric locked up if he doesn't pay up.
It's not the first time Williams has had child support issues -- last year a judge issued an arrest warrant for the guy after he blew off a hearing in which he was supposed to submit a DNA test to establish paternity for a different child.
We tried to contact Williams ... but, duh, couldn't find him.
ENGAGED to L.A. Dodgers Star
... And My Ring's Bigger Than Gabrielle Union's!!!
12/25/2013 12:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Evelyn Lozada got a helluva Christmas gift this morning from Dodgers star Carl Crawford ... a 14.5 carat DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING ... and sources tell TMZ the ring's worth $1.4 MILLION!!!
Crawford -- who's in the middle of a $142 million contract -- popped the question this morning ... and the "Basketball Wives" star said YES!
Just like Dwyane Wade, Crawford picked up the ring from go-to celebrity jeweler Jason of Beverly Hills.
For the record, the ring Wade gave to Gabrielle Union was ONLY 8.5 carats ... but size doesn't really matter, right???
Evelyn has been married before -- she tied the knot with Chad Johnson back in 2012 ... but divorced him later that year after the NFL star headbutted her during an argument. Before Johnson, she was engaged to NBA star Antoine Walker (but they never married).
As for her new man, she started dating Crawford earlier this year ... and Evelyn is 7 months pregnant with his child.
Really, Really, Really Pregnant
11/29/2013 10:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Basketball Wives" star Evelyn Lozada isn't just pregnant ... she's bursting ... and we got photos of the enormous baby bump.
The pics were snapped yesterday in Hawaii -- where Evelyn hit the beach with her 20-year-old daughter Shaniece -- and there's no denying ... Evelyn's got one big bun in the oven.
TMZ broke the story, Evelyn is currently 6 months preggers ... and ex-husband Chad Johnson is NOT the baby daddy. We're told the father is a guy Evelyn's been dating for almost a year now and the pregnancy was planned.
'Basketball Wives' Evelyn Lozada
I'm Having a Baby...
And It's Not Chad's
11/29/2013 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Basketball Wives" star Evelyn Lozada has been keeping a big secret -- she's 6-months pregnant -- and TMZ has learned Chad Johnson is NOT the baby daddy.
Sources close to Lozada tell us ... she's been seeing a guy for almost a year now and the relationship has gotten serious.
We're told ... the pregnancy was planned -- it's not a case of the whoops! And until now only a small number of relatives were privy to the news.
Lozada famously divorced Chad Johnson in Sept. 2012 ... after an explosive domestic dispute ended their 2-month-old marriage.
BTW ... Evelyn already has a 20-year-old daughter, Shaniece ....born when Lozada was 17.
'Basketball Wives' Star
11/13/2013 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Basketball Wives LA" star Draya Michele has had just about her fill of the show -- after cast tensions culminated in an all-out brawl last month inside an L.A. nightclub, leaving one girl with a black eye.
Sources close to production tell us, the fight broke out after co-star Sundy Carter badmouthed Draya's new boyfriend Dallas Cowboys star Orlando Scandrick -- and Draya snapped.
We're told it got so bad, the girls had to be physically pulled apart, and Sundy walked away with a black eye.
We're told the trash talking has been a huge issue the last few weeks, with cast members maligning Scandrick, basically calling him a philandering scumbag ... among other things .. and Draya simply reached a breaking point.
It's unclear if it's related to the fight, but we're told Draya bailed on the cast trip to Paris last week, where they were supposed to film the finale.
Sounds like trouble in paradise. Calls to Draya and VH1 were not returned.
10/23/2013 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Don't count on seeing a new "Basketball Wives" reunion show any time soon ... the Season 5 reunion special has been canceled because Evelyn Lozada pulled out.
The show was supposed to tape earlier this month -- but sources close to production tell us, Evelyn bailed, forcing producers to pull the plug on the entire thing. We're told the taping will not be rescheduled.
According to sources, Evelyn jumped ship because she's sick and tired of talking about her split from ex-husband Chad Johnson. We're told she knew the break-up would be the biggest topic on the reunion show, so she refused to participate.
Apparently, the other 'Wives' (specifically Tami, Tasha, and Suzie) have zilch to talk about -- we're told producers felt the girls didn't have enough material for the hour-long episode sans Ev.
Sources tell us, Evelyn has grown tired of the cattiness on 'BW' and wants to move on with her life.
Calls to VH1 weren't returned.
'Basketball Wives' Star
Laura Govan is Bitter
Hos Didn't Ruin the Show
10/7/2013 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Basketball Wives" star Draya Michele says ex-cast member Laura Govan only ranted against the VH1 show out of spite ... 'cause she's still pissed about being kicked off.
Draya was scramming from a sushi spot in West Hollywood last night ... and dissed Laura hard for telling us the show's creator Shaunie O'Neal ruined BB wives by keying in on "hos" who aren't even married to basketball players.
Govan never mentioned Draya by name -- but it was pretty clear she was throwing shade at Michele and co-star Sunday Carter.
Draya also pokes a major hole in Laura's rant -- check out
the video and see if you agree.
Ex-Basketball Wives Star
'Hos' Are RUINING the Show!
10/5/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Basketball Wives" should only feature the WIVES of basketball players ... and NOT random "hos" ... so says former cast member Laura Govan who says the recent crop of women are ruining the reality show.
Govan -- who was axed from the show after Season 2 -- tells us she's got a serious beef with show creator Shaunie O'Neal ... explaining, "I feel like she didn't keep [the show] in the basketball creed."
"She shoulda kept 'Basketball Wives,' basketball wives" ... adding, "There coulda been a 'Housewives or a Ho' show for everybody else later."
Clearly, Laura is talking about cast members like Draya Michele (ex-GF of football player Orlando Scandrick) and Sunday Carter (who reportedly had a daughter with married ex-NBA star Larry Hughes.)
FYI -- Laura doesn't exactly fit the mold herself ... 'cause she ain't a basketball "wife" either -- even though she's been engaged to Gilbert Arenas off and on for years.
'Basketball Wives' Star
Dwight Howard's Putting Our Kid in Danger!
8/3/2013 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Basketball Wives" star Royce Reed claims Dwight Howard took off with their son and won't tell her where he is ... a perilous problem because the tyke doesn't have his meds.
Royce went to court asking for an emergency hearing ... claiming their 6-year-old son Braylon went to California to visit Dwight, and that's the last she heard from her baby daddy or the boy. Dwight's parents eventually called her to say the kid was in Colorado.
Royce says her son needs his meds for an undisclosed medical condition and the Rx bottle is now empty -- Dwight never bothered to get it refilled.
She says without the meds, their son's health is in danger.
Royce doesn't have a problem with Dwight taking care of the boy for a while, but she wants the judge to order him to refill the prescription and give Braylon his meds. She also wants to know exactly where her boy is and how she can get in touch.
A hearing date has not been set.
'Basketball Wives' Star
After Bitch-Slap Attack
7/1/2013 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shank ... fish ... yard-out ... all words Nia Crooks doesn't need to learn -- the "Basketball Wives" star copped a plea deal for her insane bitch-slap-case ... and won't spend a day behind bars.
TMZ broke the story ... Nia was charged with misdemeanor battery by the Broward County State Attorney's Office after she pimp slapped the S**t out of co-star Jennifer Williams -- and it was all caught by VH1's cameras.
Nia faced up to a year in jail, but decided to strike a deal with prosecutors (good idea considering the whole "on tape" thing) ... and pled no contest.
In exchange she was sentenced to the following: 1-year probation, $645 fine, and ordered to write a letter of apology, stay away from Jennifer and undergo 13 weeks of anger management.
Now, let's learn from Nia's mistakes -- by watching the slap: