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JonBenet Ramsey Investigator My Theory Burke Did It Is Just That ... Theory

12/2/2016 10:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1006-burke-jonbenet-ramsey-splash-5The famed investigator who strongly suggested JonBenet Ramsey was killed by her older brother ... insists he has every right to say so thanks to the Constitution.

Dr. Werner Spitz filed a response Friday to Burke Ramsey's defamation suit, saying the First Amendment allows him to hypothesize who her killer might have been ... because he's not claiming it's FACT, just his theory. 

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Spitz says defamation claims must be based on a "provably false statement of fact," and insists his statements are not. He even points out the radio show that aired his "opinion" noted Spitz's theory hadn't been proven in court.

As we reported ... Burke Ramsey sued Dr. Spitz for $150 million after openly suggesting Burke killed JonBenet. He made very similar remarks during a CBS special about the unsolved case.

Spitz is asking a judge to dismiss the case.

'Andy Griffith Show' CBS Sues YouTuber for Stealing ... We're No Deputy Fife!

12/1/2016 4:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1201_andy_griffith_show_cbs_compositeA YouTube channel featuring TV classics like "The Andy Griffith Show" is run by a lowdown crook making money off other people's work ... according to CBS.

In a lawsuit, the network says 8thManDVD.com -- run by Edward Heldman III -- has racked up over 2.5 million views, by posting 16 episodes of the beloved sitcom. CBS alerted YouTube to nip it in the bud and remove the vids, which it did. Temporarily.

Heldman fought back and, according to docs, got the episodes reposted by claiming they were in the public domain. CBS says public domain doesn't matter because the shows contain copyrighted characters like Deputy Barney Fife, Sheriff Andy and of course ... Opie.

Heldman insists he's in the clear because he "remastered" the episodes -- which he believes makes them new and available for his use. He also claims CBS is trying to abuse copyright law.

CBS is suing to get the vids taken down for good, and to grab Heldman's profits from them.

Jared Fogle's Ex-Wife I Was Totally in the Dark Until FBI Raid

11/4/2016 9:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jared Fogle was a devious master at keeping his double lives separated ... according to his now ex-wife who's speaking out about his child porn conviction for the first time.

Kathleen McLaughlin says she was completely shocked the day FBI agents barged into their Indiana home with search warrants. She told "CBS This Morning" ... "He had 2 lives going on. He was able to keep those 2 very separate in a way I couldn't even fathom."

TMZ broke the story ... Kathleen sued Subway, accusing the sandwich giant of using him as its pitchman despite knowing he was a pedophile.

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JonBenet Ramsey Murder House Owners Rejected CBS Documentary

9/22/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0921-jonbenet-ramsey-house-splash-getty-01The owners of the Boulder house where JonBenet Ramsey was killed told documentary producers to take a hike when they literally tried to return to the scene of the crime.

Carol Schuller Milner and her husband currently live in the home, and she tells TMZ ... a production company contacted them months ago asking to lease their house. She says they immediately turned them down ... saying they had NO interest in dredging up horrific memories.

If you saw CBS' special, "The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey" ... you noticed producers had to build replica rooms, because they had zero access to the real deal. 

Even if the Milners had played ball ... Carol says they made major renovations 10 years ago, which included the basement. She says it wasn't because they were creeped out -- they'd already been there for 2 years -- it was just time for a makeover.

Carol says they didn't watch the documentary, and they've always separated the JonBenet tragedy from their home.

JonBenet Ramsey Brother's Atty Rips CBS ... Special Was an 'Asinine' Lie

9/21/2016 2:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The lawyer for JonBenet Ramsey's brother laid out exactly why he plans to sue the crap out of CBS for airing "experts" who concluded Burke Ramsey killed his little sister.

Burke's lawyer, L. Lin Wood, came on "TMZ Live" and accused CBS of using "phony experts" on its documentary ... just so it could profit off the impending 20 year anniversary of JonBenet's unsolved murder.

Wood explained why he believe the evidence completely refutes the findings of "The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey." As we reported ... Wood intends to sue CBS for defamation.

CBS Honcho Les Moonves Manny vs. Floyd = Gold Mine! 'Hoping Fight Happens'

1/21/2015 9:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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CBS honcho Les Moonves says he's "hoping" Floyd Mayweather signs the contract to fight Manny Pacquiao ... telling TMZ Sports it would make "a lot of money for everybody."

Of course, CBS owns Showtime -- and Moonves has reportedly been working hard with both Manny's camp and Floyd's camp to lock up a deal for the network. 

FYI -- experts predict the fight would CRUSH every financial record in the history of the sport ... including the all-time pay-per-view record of $150 million, which was set during the Mayweather-Alvarez fight in 2013. 

Moonves also shot down rumors that he threatened to fire the head of Showtime Sports if the fight doesn't come to fruition. 

So where do things stand? Manny says he's signed his side of the contract and is giving Mayweather until the end of the month to sign his ... or else he'll move.

CBS Show 'VEGAS' The Set Was A Death Trap

12/29/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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CBS Vegas LawsuitThe set of former CBS show 'Vegas' was full of dangerous and defective equipment ... according to a lawsuit filed by an outraged crew member who nearly lost a finger.

Andrea Krout is rolling the dice and suing the drama's crane manufacturer and distributor -- Technovision and Crane Shot -- after having her thumb crushed and nearly torn off during a horrific crane accident last year while she worked as a dolly grip.

Krout says both companies are responsible for the faulty equipment and putting her life at risk -- she's demanding they pick up the tab for her medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Vegas ... definitely risky.

'Beverly Hillbillies' Jethro Sues CBS You Broke My Rib Deal

12/9/2014 6:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Come and listen to a story 'bout a man named Jethro ... 

Max Baer, Jr. -- who played Jethro in "The Beverly Hillbillies" -- has a bone to pick with CBS for undermining his plan to create a restaurant empire ... all because of a rib joint in Des Moines.

According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Max cut a deal with CBS that allowed him to develop a chain of "Beverly Hillbillies" themed restaurants, casinos and hotels. Max claims he had the exclusive right to use the Jethro character and other themes from the show.

So imagine his dismay when he found out about Jethro's BBQ in Iowa. Max says CBS cut a secret side deal with the owners, allowing them to use the Jethro character that Max says was his and his alone. 

When you look at the mission statement from Jethro's ... it's pretty clear ... they're taking a bite out of the same rib to which Max laid claim.

Then again ... the people who eat at Jethro's may simply be poor mountaineers who barely kept their family fed.

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CBS NAILED For $10 MIL in 'NCIS' Death Lawsuit

9/30/2014 5:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The family of a security guard who was killed on the set of "NCIS" 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.

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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."

CBS Honcho Les Moonves Hey Rihanna, No Hard Feelings

9/24/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Les Moonves isn't fretting over the blow back he got by pulling the plug on a segment featuring Rihanna for the opening of Thursday night football ... because he scored where it counts. 

The CBS Prez crowed over ratings for both Thursday and Sunday night football as he left Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood Tuesday.

As for Rihanna ... the most powerful man in Hollywood said she's the one who exercised power by telling the network to go f itself.  

CBS pulled "Run This Town" -- the Jay Z song featuring Rihanna -- presumably because it would strike a raw nerve to see the woman who was beaten by Chris Brown in the wake of the Ray Rice video. Rihanna has never viewed herself as a "victim" and felt CBS unfairly resurrected the past.

Rihanna NFL/CBS Deceived Everyone I NEVER Signed on for Football

9/16/2014 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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is livid at the NFL and CBS  ...  claiming the league and the network had no right to make it look like she was part of the Ravens/Steelers Thursday night pre-game show ... and had no right to single her out when it was scrapped.

Sources connected with Rihanna tell TMZ ... the singer was pissed when someone sent her the joint NFL/CBS press release last week, with the headline, "CBS & NFL Network 'Run This Town' for Thursday Night Football Open with Music Featuring Rihanna & Narration by Don Cheadle."

In fact Rihanna never did anything special for the game ... all CBS/NFL did was license a Jay Z song that featured Rihanna.

Rihanna's rep tells TMZ, "Due to the misuse and misrepresentation of Rihanna's name and participation in connection to CBS TNF, CBS was not allowed to license and utilize the song 'Run This Town.' Roc Nation made the decision to not grant the song’s usage."

Translation: Because her name was used to promote the show, she felt she then had the right to block the production.

Rihanna also made it clear on social media Tuesday ... she is also angry that CBS yanked the production and insinuated it was because she was the victim of domestic violence. 

CBS's plan was to use the Jay Z song along with a voiceover by Don Cheadle that would be customized for each match up -- but CBS said today the song will NOT be used.

We called CBS and the NFL ... so far, no comment.

Rihanna Slams CBS for Pulling Her from Ravens Game

9/16/2014 5:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News
0911-rihanna-tmz-football-02update_graphic_red_bar7:53 AM PT -- CBS released a statement saying they will NOT use Rihanna's performance going forward, saying, "Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our Thursday Night Football open. We will be using our newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open our game broadcast."
update_grey_gray_barIt took a few days, but Rihanna is finally lashing out about CBS' decision to yank her musical opening from "Thursday Night Football" last week and air it this week instead ... and let's just say she's not happy.

With the Ray Rice scandal still fresh, and the Ravens set to play the Steelers, CBS opted not to run a taped musical segment featuring Rihanna ... seeing as she had been the victim of high-profile domestic violence.

But with the segment now set to air this week, Rihanna took to Twitter to blast CBS, writing, "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F*** you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this." 

As for what she means by "penalizing" ... it's pretty clear she feels CBS will not allow her to move on from getting beaten by Chris Brown 5 years ago.  

She followed that up by writing, "The audacity ..."

Rihanna was in Barbados Monday ... looking extremely good.

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CBS Pulls the Plug on Rihanna For Ravens/Steelers Game

9/11/2014 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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CBS has pulled the plug on the musical opening of tonight's "Thursday Night Football" -- and it's very clear it's because they don't want to feature Rihanna in the midst of the Ray Rice scandal. 

The opening features Rihanna performing a version of "Run This Town" -- while Don Cheadle introduces the teams and dramatically asks who will "run this town" when the game is over. 

But with the Ray Rice scandal in full swing, it's clear CBS didn't want to feature another celebrity who was involved in a high-profile domestic violence incident. 

CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus says, "We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone coverage."

The musical opening will be replaced by a discussion of Roger Goodell's recent comments about the Ray Rice incident.

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