The family of a security guard who was killed on the set of "NCIS" just 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.
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."
Machine Gun Kelly
Thanks, Judge ...
For Hiding My Boozy Past
9/30/2014 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Machine Gun Kelly parties HARD ... but his legendary tales of getting wasted can't be used against him when he goes to court for allegedly slicing open a guy's finger during a nasty bar brawl.
Kelly's being sued by a bouncer who claims the rapper nearly took his digit off cleanly ... when he fired a liquor bottle at him during a massive fight at a St. Petersburg, FL tavern in 2012.
In new court docs, MGK says his drug-and-booze fueled past should be excluded from the trial because it would taint the jury by making him look like an out-of-control party animal.
A judge agreed ... ruling the jury can only hear about any drinking connected to the bottle that was allegedly thrown the night of the fight. So, jurors will never get to see a "Rager Shot" in progress. Sad.
'I'm Deeply Sorry'
... For DUI Arrest
9/30/2014 12:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Phelps just issued a statement on his DUI arrest in Baltimore this morning ... saying he takes "full responsibility" and is sorry he let everyone down.
Here's the statement Phelps just issued on Twitter:
"Earlier this morning, I was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines."
"I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility."
"I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down."
TMZ Sports broke the story ... Phelps was pulled over around 1:40 AM for going 84 in a 45 ... and during the stop, the officer noticed the Olympic legend was hammered.
He was charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lanes.
I'm Being Forced Out ...
For Being SOBER!
9/30/2014 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mega-popular EDM group Krewella has no place for people who don't party ... because a former member claims he was kicked out for being too clean.
Kristopher Trindl says he formed Krewella back in 2010 with former girlfriend Jahan Yousaf and her sister, Yasmine ... but now says the women want to morph the group into a duo. In a new lawsuit, Trindl says the girls came up with a lame reason for kicking him out ... that he acts too depressed.
Trindl partied plenty before he went to rehab last year. After rehab, he says the women started treating him differently ... and he believes it's because he became a teetotaler.
He does admit relapsing twice and missing a major event -- the Electric Daisy Carnival. Hmmm.
Trindl says to add insult to injury, the girls put up a billboard of themselves on the Sunset Strip.
Trindl says when he came back from rehab, the sisters didn't like the new, sober Kris ... because he no longer drank and partied. He claims they even staged an intervention -- to try to force him into rehab again -- because they thought he was depressed and needed treatment.
He says it's clear ... they just want him gone so they can take his one-third share of Krewella's earnings. He is suing the sisters for more than $7M in damages.
Parents Knew Nothing of Arrest
No Idea Where She Is Now
9/30/2014 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The parents of Amanda Bynes are in the dark about their daughter's arrest and have no idea where she is or what she's been doing since her conservatorship ended.
Bynes' father Rick said he and his wife learned about Amanda's arrest from the media ... they weren't the ones who bailed her out. Rick repeatedly said, "We don't know," when asked about Amanda.
It's interesting … Rick said he thought his daughter might be in New York, but TMZ has learned she's staying in the Hollywood area right now.
As TMZ first reported, Amanda moved out of her parents' house once the conservatorship ended earlier this month … but many people close to Amanda feel it was a terrible mistake not to extend it.
We're told Amanda is smoking a lot of weed and is off her anti-psychotic meds for Schizophrenia and bipolarity.
We're also told she was busted for DUI because she was under the influence of Adderall.
Driving Under the Influence of ADDERALL
9/30/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes was under the influence of Adderall when she was arrested for DUI ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... but her problems go much deeper than a criminal case.
We've learned the Adderall was prescribed by a doctor and she had taken the drug before getting stopped in Van Nuys Sunday and failing multiple field sobriety tests. She was arrested for DUI.
Adderall is a stimulant and we're told Amanda was "out of it" when she was stopped.
Fact is ... it's no defense to DUI that the drug in question was prescribed -- it's still operating a vehicle while impaired. But Amanda now faces a probation violation -- she's on probation for reckless driving -- and the fact that the drug was prescribed may help her there.
The deeper problem is this ... As TMZ first reported, Amanda has moved out of her parents house and is now living in Orange County. We're told she's smoking a lot of weed and is off her anti-psychotic meds for Schizophrenia and bipolarity.
Amanda's conservatorship ended earlier this month and we're told her parents saw no need to extend it because they believe she's better now, but everyone else in her life feels it was a horrible mistake to let the conservatorship lapse and they fear for Amanda.
My Ex-Friend Is an Ungrateful Bastard ...
Who Ruined My Hummer!
9/30/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jermaine Dupri lavished his friend with a free place to live, a free car, free studio time and several other gifts ... and the guy repaid him by trashing his hummer and then having the audacity to sue him.
Dupri says Taddrick Mingo is a leach who did nothing but take, take take:
-- free recording studio time
-- 4 years free rent in a 2 bedroom condo
-- use of Dupri's Hummer
-- free computer
-- referrals so Mingo could get studio work
Jermaine says Mingo then turned around and sued him ... claiming he worked as Dupri's assistant but never got paid.
So now Dupri has fired back with his own lawsuit, claiming Mingo was NEVER his assistant. And Jermaine wants money for the financial beating he took when he sold the whip at a loss.
As for why Dupri showered Mingo with gifts over a period of years ... he never says.
Dirty Birds Terrorizing Ex-Girlfriend
9/30/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Heidi Fleiss turned her birds loose on her ex-girlfriend's house in a way that would have made Alfred Hitchcock gasp.
Heidi -- who was famously the Hollywood madam of choice for Charlie Sheen and a bunch of other celebs -- hooked up with Judy Bailey-Savage and lived with her at her home in Temecula, CA.
Judy claims Heidi's pet parrots destroyed the house by ripping wood and drywall from the walls and eating the doors and hinges of kitchen and bathroom cabinets. They also pooped like CRAZY.
And this is the best part ... Judy claims in legal docs, "I am unable to enter the residence to have a contractor give me an estimate because I am attacked by birds. I have been bitten on several occasions."
And to add insult to injury ... Judy claims she caught Heidi stealing plants from her medical marijuana garden in the middle of the night.
Judy scored a restraining order keeping Heidi 100 yards at bay for the next 2 years.
Problem is ... the restraining order is NOT for the birds.
Goodie Mob Rapper Khujo
Bank Wants Me Out Of My House
And My Four Kids Too
9/30/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Goodie Mob rapper Khujo, his wife, and 4 sons are on the verge of homelessness ... after the bank filed papers to foreclose on his Georgia house.
According to the docs ... the bank claims Khujo's missed 3 mortgage payments in a row and remains on the hook for more than $200K ... so now they're looking to take it back.
Khujo filed for bankruptcy 2 years ago, claiming he had just $300 in cash ... and was drowning in $170K in debt.
He earns just over a grand a month from royalties and the occasional performances ... in addition to disability checks ... he lost a leg in a 2002 car accident.
LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian
They Called Me Fat Old Bitch, Then 86'd Me
... Claims Housekeeper
9/29/2014 5:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
One of LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian's ex-housekeepers doesn't take kindly to being called a fat old lady, or being fired just for being from El Salvador ... so she's suing the couple.
Gloria Cevallos says things started to go South in the Rimes-Cibrian household when 2 other female employees started beefing with her. According to Gloria's lawsuit, the women called her a vieja gorda (fat old lady) ... and a pinche vieja salvadorena (old Salvadoran bitch).
Gloria cops to being Salvadoran ... not the other stuff.
Cevallos says she overheard Eddie's mom bitching about problems around the house ... and demanding he fire someone over it. She says Eddie's madre eventually showed her la puerta.
We've called Eddie and LeAnn's camp for comment ... so far no word back.
Their ex-maid is suing for back pay, and this is kinda unique ... she also wants "front pay." Basically, she wants them to pay her until she finds another job.
Rich Homie Quan
Father Gunned Down
Hospitalized in Atlanta
9/29/2014 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rich Homie Quan's father got shot multiple times this morning, and the rapper is by his side in an Atlanta hospital ... TMZ has learned.
Quan's dad, Corey Lamar, was in the barber shop he owns this morning when a man ... or men ... came in and attempted to rob the place -- and during the hold up they opened fire ... according to Quan's rep.
We're told Lamar -- who is Quan's manager -- was hit 4 times. He was rushed to a hospital and taken into surgery. We're told he is in critical condition, but expected to survive.
RHQ was at the hospital when his father got out of surgery. Police are investigating the shooting. So far, they know the suspect fled the barber shop in a black Honda.
ARRESTED FOR Driving Under Influence of STIMULANT
Weed Problem Resurfaces
9/29/2014 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes was arrested in Los Angeles Sunday after cops determined she was driving under the influence ... and our law enforcement sources say she was on a STIMULANT ... but we're told she has also developed a serious weed problem ... again.
Here's what we know -- Bynes was driving a Mercedes in the San Fernando Valley when she stopped in the middle of an intersection on Van Nuys Blvd.
A CHP officer spotted her and determined she was under the influence. She was taken to the LAPD Van Nuys division where a drug recognition officer determined she was under the influence of a stimulant. Toxicology tests are being performed now to determine the exact drug or drugs.
According to the incident report ... Amanda had a "disheveled" appearance.
Amanda was then booked for DUI. She posted $15,000 bail.
Amanda has had trouble with mental problems for years now. Her parents had a conservatorship which ended earlier this month and as one source says, "Things started going haywire."
We're told Amanda has moved out of her parents home and is now living in an Orange County apartment. We're told she has been smoking weed for weeks and things are bad again.
The arrest triggers a legal problem. Amanda is on probation for a reckless driving conviction last February.
Tracy Morgan Accident
Walmart Blames Him for Not Wearing Seat Belt
9/29/2014 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tracy Morgan has only himself to blame for the horrific injuries he suffered in the accident with a Walmart truck ... because he wasn't wearing a seatbelt ... Walmart is now claiming.
According to new legal docs ... Walmart is laying blame on Tracy for NOT strapping in while riding home in a limo van in NJ back in June. The company says that's what caused most, if not all, of Tracy's injuries.
As for any responsibility falling on the driver of the Walmart tractor trailer -- the company says it can't comment because of the "ongoing investigation." Walmart won't even confirm the driver, Kevin Roper, was an employee.
Tracy sued Walmart for that accident that left him seriously injured, and killed his friend Jimmy Mack.