The woman who co-founded Jimmy Choo just scored a legal victory against her famous interior designer, claiming he charged her around $2 MILLION for work that "would not be acceptable in a college frat house."
Tamara Mellon's designer lawsuit against Martyn Lawrence Bullard -- who appeared on Bravo's "Million Dollar Decorators" -- will NOT be dismissed ... so ruled an L.A. judge on Wednesday.
Mellon claims Bullard is a media whore who flaunts his A-list clientele -- including Christina Aguilera, Cher, Aaron Sorkin and Eva Mendes -- and then grossly overcharges and delivers a shoddy product.
Mellon hired Bullard to decorate her swanky NYC apartment and her Hamptons home. She says when he was done, bookshelves were falling apart, a wall speaker was painted over, wallpaper was peeling off walls, the chandelier was dangling like a death trap, and on and on.
To make matters worse, she claims he was grossly over budget for the Hamptons house and when she complained he said, "I cannot possibly work on a limited budget."
Mellon says in her lawsuit -- filed by Eric George -- Bullard had the audacity to charge $35,000 for 8 chairs that he bought from a mall chain store.
And get this ... she says he misjudged the size of a piece of marble he ordered for her NYC apartment, so it had to be lifted by crane. She says he not only charged her to foot the bill for the crane fee, he added a 67% fee for himself.
They appeared together -- huggy huggy and kissy kissy -- back in 2011 on Bullard's Bravo show, "Million Dollar Decorators."
He's NOT Buying
Rancho Mirage House
7/23/2014 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There are lots of reports circulating that President Obama is in escrow to buy a house in the exclusive Rancho Mirage gated community which the likes of Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope called home -- NOT TRUE.
The house in question is listed at $4.25 million and escrow is supposed to close at the end of the month.
Sources close to the President who are familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... he and Michelle have never even seen the house and have definitely not made an offer. What's more ... we're told the Obamas will NOT live in the desert when his presidency ends.
And there's this ... the Obamas have relied heavily on their famed interior decorator Michael S. Smith. We're told 6 months ago someone who was looking at the house asked Smith to come along to give his opinion.
We're told Smith made it clear ... he didn't like the house AT ALL. It's pushed up against the mountain, it doesn't have a lot of light and it's just not that stylish. The buyer passed.
Robin Thicke & Paula Patton
House Up for Sale
Can You Say, Final Nail?
7/22/2014 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If Robin Thicke's begging ever works, and he actually gets back together with Paula Patton -- they'll be living somewhere new -- their Bel Air home is officially on the market.
TMZ has confirmed the 3,158 square foot home was listed Monday with an asking price of $2,985,000.
It was originally purchased by Robin's dad, Alan Thicke back in 1990 for a paltry $910,000 -- though we're told Robin's name is now on the deed.
We're told neither Paula or Robin has officially moved out of the 2-story crib -- with awesome views over Sunset Blvd -- though we know they haven't slept under the same roof since separating in February.
The pad includes a recording studio where Robin may have worked on songs like "Blurred Lines," "Lost Without You," and "Get Her Back" -- which he obviously hasn't.
The question: If you're a newlywed couple looking for a house -- would you dare?
Cops Talk to Condo Residents
About Citizen's Arrest
7/22/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber's trail of liquor and litter at his Beverly Hills condo has set his neighbors off ... and now we know the cops have talked to them about placing the singer under citizen's arrest.
TMZ broke the story ... cops came to the condo 6 TIMES over the weekend -- 4 times for excessive noise in the middle of the night. Bieber partied hard -- 75 guests on Saturday night and 20 on Sunday.
The pictures on the rooftop deck tell only part of the story. People in the building tell TMZ ... the hallways and elevators reeked of pot. And several guests say drug use was obvious.
One person says, "There were bimbos lining up to do drugs in the lobby bathroom."
Law enforcement sources tell us ... cops have spoken to residents, Bieber and his management to resolve the situation.
We're told police informed residents cops can't make an arrest for a misdemeanor if they don't see it happen ... but the residents can take matters into their own hands by placing Bieber under arrest.
Goodbye Job ... So Long House
7/21/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jillian Michaels is a quitter ... after announcing she's leaving "The Biggest Loser" ... she's high-tailing it out of the Hollywood Hills.
Real estate sources tell TMZ ... Michaels just sold her 3-bedroom modern for $2.15M ... her asking price. Her real estate agent was none other than Reza Farahan from "Shahs of Sunset."
Pretty cool pad ... gourmet kitchen and an outdoor pool. A little surprising ... no home gym.
We're told Michaels is headed for the 'Bu -- where gyms are unnecessary because everyone's already skinny and beautiful.
WWE Star Nikki Bella
Showing Off Her Doorknobs
To 'Total Divas' Co-Star
7/20/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
WWE star Nikki Bella is putting her real estate license to work ...she's already hawking houses to "celebrity" clients -- including one of her "Total Divas" co-stars.
WWE diva Cameron -- aka Ariane Andrew -- is looking to buy a place in L.A. with her boyfriend ... so she tasked Nikki with the job of finding her new humble abode.
The duo checked out a bunch of places ... Cameron's leaning towards this pad in Tarzana -- featuring 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a brand new salt water pool.
Inside Rager at Mega-Mansion
7/17/2014 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Drake threw a party after the ESPYs ... with a ton of celebs who drank and ate at one of the most outrageous estate's in L.A.
Mack Maine, Jessica Alba, Blake Griffin, Johnny Manziel, Colin Kaepernick and others partied at the home of Mohamed Hadid ... an L.A. real estate mogul who was once married to Yolanda Foster from "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."
It's a 50+ million dollar compound that sits on more than 2 acres. The main house -- where Drake threw the party -- is 48,000 square feet.
It's no Versailles ... but close.
Buys $1.4 Mil Pad
... Neighbors Are Pumped!!!
7/16/2014 10:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Finally, Tim Tebow's reputation is paying off -- BIG TIME -- because the neighbors in the FL community where he bought a $1.4 million pad CAN'T WAIT for the guy to move in ... TMZ Sports has learned.
The unemployed NFL quarterback just snatched up a 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home in a private community in Jacksonville ... and he's being welcomed with open arms.
We spoke to several neighbors who were all super-pumped about Tim ... with one telling us, "Everyone's excited for him to move in, he seems like a nice man who will make a great neighbor. Our friends are more excited than anyone else!"
Another neighbor told us, "We've had athletes living in the area before who PARTY ... but I can't envision any parties based on his character."
As for the home, it's nothing too fancy ... 6,500 square feet ... lots of brick features ... and it's right next to one of his favorite golf courses.
Are WAY Smarter than You
7/15/2014 9:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The drunken 'hooligans' who got arrested after throwing beer bottles at Taylor Swift's Rhode Island mansion are anything but slackers ... they are heroes and brainiacs who could shame anyone in an SAT face-off.
You'll recall, the trio was busted when they allegedly flipped off Taylor's security guards after hurling the brewski bottles.
So check out the ne'er-do-wells.
-- Tristan Kading, 28, a master of science in chemical oceanography conferred by MIT. He also received the Richard Montgomery Award for Achievement in Mathematics.
-- Emily Kading, 26, Nuclear Scientist specializing in agriculture and natural resources. She's studying to be a nuclear physicist.
As for Michael Horrigan -- the 29-year-old was working on a ferry crew on the Long Island Sound last May with Tristan ... when a 12-year-old girl's canoe capsized. Both guys helped pull her to safety, and got citations from Connecticut for heroism.
They just pled not guilty to disorderly conduct.
I Need Protection
A Scary Transient is Demanding Rent
7/14/2014 3:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Angie Harmon just got a protective order against a transient lady who is harassing and threatening her and her family ... coming to her gate, claiming to be her landlord and demanding rent ... and the curious thing ... there's no mention in her legal docs of Jason Sehorn.
Angie claims Janice Lee Davis regularly comes to her gate at her Los Angeles home, yelling, demanding entry and rent money. According to legal docs, Davis shows up every Thursday.
It got frightening when Davis gained entry just before July 4. The cops were called but Davis had already left, and Angie says the woman is not scared of police.
Angie says the LAPD has tried to be accommodating, "putting their patrol on notice and making it a priority because of the high profile nature."
Now here's the weird thing. Angie asked for and received the order, protecting herself, her 3 kids, her nanny and a friend who lives in the house. She did not mention her husband, retired NFL star Jason Sehorn.
Lawsuit Is the Code Word
After Allegedly Trashing Home
7/14/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
2:00 PM PT -- Blackmon's rep says the allegations are false ... and he's looking forward to settling it in court.
Cameo front man Larry Blackmon trashed his Atlanta rental home and left it littered with dog poop ... according to a landlord who's going after the singer for back rent and property damage.
Blackmon -- famous singer of the 80s hit "Word Up" -- is about to be sued by National Lender Services for $6K in unpaid rent.
A rep for NLS tells us they slapped him with eviction papers to get Blackmon to leave, and he finally cleared out at the beginning of July.
We're told Larry left the place covered with trash ... along with ruined carpets, holes in walls, damaged appliances ... and dog feces all over the deck.
NLS estimates the damage at $10K ... and they plan on suing him for that too. So far, we haven't heard back from Blackmon's camp.
Now, all you sucker DJs who think you're fly ...
Cash Strapped Rapper Unloads Condos
Heads for the Hills
7/14/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Forget the hos and their area codes ... Ludacris is more into realtors in different zip codes now -- he just ditched a sweet West L.A. penthouse condo to move into the Hollywood Hills.
We got pics inside the 2 bed, 2-bath West L.A. condo he sold for $830K. He paid $669K for the place back in 2002 ... right after "Area Codes" blew up, by the way.
Luda also sold a 2nd unit in the same building ... but lost a couple hundred grand on that one.
If the condos seem like small potatoes for Ludacris ... keep in mind he recently paid $4.8M for a baller pad up in the Hills of Hollywood, and still keeps a $2.8 million crib in Atlanta.
Pretty good for a guy who's pleading poverty in his child support case.
Unloads 'Hangover' Crash Pad
7/12/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bartha will have to nurse any future hangovers somewhere else ... 'cause he just sold his Laurel Canyon crib, TMZ has learned.
Bartha bought the gated 1930s Spanish style home in 2007 for $1.25M ... and sold it this week for $1.385 -- slightly more than he was asking ... according to our real estate source's book of secrets.
Check it out ... the place is charming, but it's no palace -- just 1,416 sq ft with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.
Of course, it might just be a national treasure.