Apple is about to get sued by a model who claims her nude pictures are now on public display thanks to the company's crappy security, and she's rounding up others to join her in court.
Joy Corrigan says she was hacked months before Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and others who suffered the same fate.
Joy says she reached out to Apple in early July ... but the company blew her off, saying she was simply a victim of phishing, so she needed to change her password. She followed orders, but days later she was hacked again. Apple gave her the same song and dance.
After the story broke late last month Apple contacted her and again denied any responsibility.
Joy's now lawyered up and plans to round up other victims for a class action lawsuit against Apple.
TMZ has also reached out to Apple, but so far no word back.
My Apt Turned Into Noah's Ark
9/14/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shoddy roof work caused Jennifer Connelly's NYC loft to leak like a sieve during a big rainstorm -- according to a new lawsuit -- but the roofers say Connelly's to blame.
Connelly hired a construction company to make repairs to the roof of a loft apartment building she owns -- a refurbished 1860s warehouse. But according to the suit ... when a big storm hit in Oct. 2010, water from the rain started pouring into the building.
It cost $262K to repair the damage ... money her insurance company shelled out.
The roofing company has fired back by suing Connelly ... saying she let the roof fall into disrepair. The roofers say if a jury orders them to pay the insurance company $262K, they want the judge to order Connelly to pay them back.
Ex-NFL Star Marion Barber
Former Teammates Concerned
'He Needs Help'
9/14/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Marion Barber's former NFL teammates tell TMZ Sports they're "shocked" by the details of the former superstar's handgun-in-a-church arrest ... and are hoping he gets the help he needs.
We broke the story ... Barber was taken into police custody in June after allegedly taking a loaded gun into a Texas church and flashing it at the congregation. He was held for mental evaluation.
One former NFL teammate -- a fellow superstar who didn't want to be named because he maintains a close friendship with Barber -- says, "He needs help, I care about him."
We also spoke with former Cowboys cornerback Brian McCann -- who played with Barber in 2010 -- who says the Marion he knew was a "fun-loving guy."
"[The Marion described in the police report] doesn't sound like him at all. He never seemed like a troubled guy."
"He was the team jokester. He showed me you can still have fun at this level."
We've tried contacting Barber to no avail -- and his neighbors say he hasn't been seen at his home since the arrest.
Dad Sues Russell Simmons
9/14/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Frank Ocean's father just slapped hip hop mogul Russell Simmons with a $142 million lawsuit for calling him a deadbeat dad.
Calvin Cooksey -- who hasn't been part of Ocean's life since his son was 5 -- says he's been unfairly portrayed as a horrible father on Simmons' website, Global Grind.
In his lawsuit, Cooksey goes on the attack -- saying he wasn't allowed to be a father to Frank because his "Money Grubbing mother" moved, and hid the boy from him.
Cooksey says Simmons published lies about him without checking facts -- and worst of all ... never bothered to use his actual name in the posts about Ocean's father. Translation: at least defame me by using my proper name!
Cooksey is suing for loss of future income -- he describes himself as a singer, writer and inventor -- and thinks the $142 million should just about cover it.
We reached out to Russell, but no word back yet.
Ray Rice Prosecutors
Our Boss Handled Criminal Case 'Shamefully'
9/13/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice's criminal case was handled "outrageously" and "shamefully" ... this according to numerous prosecutors in the office ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Multiple prosecutors in the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office have spoken with TMZ -- on condition of anonymity -- and they say it is "virtually unheard of" for their office to allow someone like Ray Rice to avoid felony charges. What's more ... they say it all happened behind closed doors ... behind their backs.
We previously reported ... the grand jury indicted Rice for felony abuse after viewing the elevator video posted on TMZ Sports. Rice's lawyer then petitioned for something called PTI -- Pre-trial Intervention -- which gives first time offenders a break ... reducing the charge to a minor offense.
As one prosecutor said, "If there is violence or even a threat of violence by the perpetrator, prosecutors almost always object to a PTI and judges always follow the prosecutor's wishes" ... meaning the case gets tried as a felony.
Not so with Rice. We're told the case did NOT go to the Domestic Violence Unit ... which is where it should have gone. Instead, it was micromanaged by Jim McClain, the prosecutor who runs the office and his number 2 prosecutor, Diane Ruberton. The Domestic Violence Unit was in the dark.
Another prosecutor said, "Never did I see a case this violent get PTI. It's off the charts abnormal."
The prosecutors say virtually everyone in the office was outraged when the case was closed on May 20. As one prosecutor said, "The video is disgusting. He [Rice] treated her like a pile of s***, human garbage, dragging her out of the elevator."
And it gets worse. We're told either on June 17 or 18 ... Jim McClain called all of the prosecutors into the conference room and said he would no longer use the Domestic Violence Unit to process cases where the grand jury indicts abusers. We're told McClain said it was just a matter of resources.
But our sources say McClain's decision is a disaster. They say the cases are now handled by overworked prosecutors who handle general crimes and don't have the time or training to handle DV cases. They have no time to help the victims through the process. Our sources say McClain has "all but obliterated the DV Unit."
As for why McClain handled the Rice case the way he did and then emasculated the DV unit ... none of the prosecutors have a clue.
McClain tells TMZ Sports Diane Ruberton is "one of our most experienced attorneys," adding she was assisted by a Victim Witness Coordinator. McClain also said he consulted with Ruberton and another prosecutor who handles PTI domestic violence applications, before deciding not to object to Rice's PTI bid.
McClain says, "Any allegation or intimation that this matter was handled by persons who were inexperienced or unqualified is baseless."
Paris Hilton's Family
We're Not Coke Smugglers!
9/13/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paris Hilton's family is breaking bad -- if you believe a Costa Rican newspaper ... which reported cops had seized 400-kilos of cocaine and $1.5M in cash at a Costa Rican ranch owned by the Hiltons.
But the family tells TMZ ... the story -- which has now gone viral -- just ain't true.
The newspaper, Diario Extra, reported cops found the coke and cash during the search of a plane at the ranch's private airstrip. Some reports said Rick and Kathy Hilton were actually at the compound during the raid.
But a rep for the Hiltons tells us ... they're shocked by the story because they don't even own a ranch in Costa Rica, adding they have "absolutely nothing to do with this."
Besides, who's got money for coke ... when you're shelling out $13K for a dog?
Sued For $10 Mil
Accused Of Beating Pap
9/12/2014 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sam Worthington and his girlfriend are now facing a $10 million lawsuit ... stemming from their violent run-in with a paparazzo in NYC earlier this year.
According to the docs ... Sheng Li accuses Sam and GF Lara Bingle of viciously assaulting him in February outside a bar where he was snapping photos.
Both are also being accused of slander and libel ... for allegedly making false statements about him to the NYPD.
Li says he suffered a torn shoulder, facial contusions, injuries to his thumb and wrist, and adds he might need surgery ... according to the docs.
Questioned by Cops
In Alleged Road Rage Incident
9/12/2014 1:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
George Zimmerman allegedly threatened to kill a man in Florida earlier this week during a road rage incident ... and cops pulled over Zimmerman to grill him about it.
According to the Lake Mary PD, a man named Matthew Apperson called 911 on September 9 and told the operator Zimmerman had pulled up next to him and began yelling, "Why are you pointing your finger at me? I'll f***ing kill you. Do you know who I am?"
Apperson says he drove away to a store where Zimmerman followed him to continue the verbal barrage. Apperson called 911 from inside the store, but according to cops ... Zimmerman was gone when they arrived.
Apperson claims 2 days later, he saw Zimmerman parked outside his work, and called police again. Cops responded and pulled Zimmerman over near the office. After questioning him, police decided not to press charges -- mainly because there was no independent witness.
For what it's worth ... Apperson is white. Also, he was carrying a gun at the time of the alleged run-in, but he has a permit for it.
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Daughter & Grandkids In Serious Car Crash
9/12/2014 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lyssa Chapman -- who starred with her dad on "Dog The Bounty Hunter" -- was just involved in a serious car crash in Honolulu where she lives, TMZ has learned.
Her mother, Beth Chapman, tells TMZ ... Baby Lyssa was in an accident and had "all our kids in the car." Lyssa has two daughters.
Emergency crews were called to the scene ... it's unclear if there were any injuries or what caused the crash. But pieces of the car were strewn all over the road and the vehicle's airbags were deployed.
We're contacting Honolulu PD for more info ....
Story developing ...
Doctor Who Performed Throat Procedure Fired
9/12/2014 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The doctor who performed the endoscopy on Joan Rivers has been fired by the clinic's board.
Sources at Yorkville Endoscopy tell us Dr. Lawrence Cohen stepped down after the board asked him to do so -- however the board isn't directly blaming him for Joan's death.
A rep for the clinic confirmed he was ousted from his position as medical director.
According to our sources ... the board's issue with Cohen is that he allowed Joan's ENT doc to step in and perform an unauthorized procedure. Reportedly, that procedure was a biopsy ... and Joan went into respiratory and cardiac arrest while it was being done.
Cohen is a world renowned gastroenterologist ... and also co-owner of Yorkville. He's been on administrative leave since Joan's procedure on August 28.
Robert Downey Jr.
Shows Up for Son's Drug Plea
9/12/2014 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robert Downey Jr. showed up in court today to support his son Indio who pled guilty to drug charges -- but he could have a clean record in no time at all ... and the judge used Iron Man as inspiration.
Indio clearly impressed the judge with a glowing letter from his rehab facility -- where Indio has been since his arrest 2 months ago.
Judge Keith Schwartz made a point of acknowledging Indio's famous dad by saying, "I know in life people always look up to superheroes, but I think you might have contact or an inside as to one superhero -- that's Iron Man."
Indio pled guilty to felony cocaine possession -- but the judge said the conviction will be wiped clean if Indio stays clean and sober for 18 months and finishes his program.
Indio is prohibited from being around anyone who sells, buys or uses drugs.
The courtroom scene was moving ... As Indio and his lawyer, Blair Berk, faced the judge, Robert -- who has his own history with drug addiction which he has kicked in breathtaking form -- watched attentively.
Advises Ray Rice ...
Control Yourself and Don't F-Up
9/12/2014 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mug Shot Shockface!
70s Singer Popped for DUI
9/12/2014 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Grammy winner Lynn Anderson -- who had a string of hits in the 70s and 80s -- was arrested early Friday morning for DUI after a car accident in Nashville.
According to cops ... Anderson said she'd mixed alcohol and Rx meds before crashing her car.
The 66-year-old singer -- most famous for "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden" in 1971 -- has had a couple of previous DUI arrests ... and spent some time at the Betty Ford Center.
She was released on $5,000 bond.