Brooke Mueller's former assistant has filed a lawsuit against her ... claiming she turned him into a "drug mule" to fuel her out-of-control habit.
Lior Masaphor wants her to pay unpaid wages, but he makes claims going way beyond that. He says he was forced to watch her twins Max and Bob while she got "so high as to be literally wasted" and engage in multiple sex acts with other people while the kids watched.
Lior says he worked for Brooke from December, 2012 to March, 2013 ... during that time she was in and out of rehab.
Pharrell Williams Sued
I Got "The Voice"
You Want Me to Do YouTube? Seriously?
8/20/2014 4:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pharrell Williams' "Voice" could cost him a million dollars.
Mr. Happy is being sued by the producer of his uber-successful YouTube show, "ARTST TLK" .... featuring interviews with big celebs like Spike Lee, Usher and Tony Hawk. The 12 episodes of Season 1 were huge ... scoring a total of more than 1.7 million views.
But the producer says he got big footed when "The Voice" came along and asked Pharrell to join the judge's panel for Season 7. According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Pharrell told him to pound sand, saying "The Voice" made an exclusive deal so he couldn't do the YouTube show.
Pharrell was kind of insulting, writing the YouTube producer, "Holding me to a contract that prohibits 'The Voice' exclusivity requirement? It's 'The Voice!'" Translation, I can't do your stupid little show.
The YouTube producer says he invested a million bucks in the project and wants Pharrell to pay.
Pharrell's rep tells TMZ ... "This is complete nonsense. It's unfortunate when you try to help a friend and they wind up trying to take advantage of you."
Pisses Off Judge
8/20/2014 1:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short -- like the Caribbean island where he's hiding -- is a little beach ... so says the judge in his domestic violence case who just annihilated him in court.
Columbus was a no show in court again Wednesday AM -- and the irate judge has clearly lost his patience, upping his arrest warrant from $40K to $500K ... that means when Columbus is eventually arrested he has to post half a mil before he's set free.
Columbus has been a fugitive from justice after blowing off his domestic violence hearing last month in favor of his extended Barbados vacation.
We're told ... the former "Scandal" star is expected to fly back to the U.S. Wednesday to face the music ... and we're told he will be immediately cuffed and jailed.
Judgment day awaits.
Justin Bieber Sued
Allegedly Ordered Photog Attack
Personally Destroyed Camera
8/20/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber can jump off a cliff ... but he can't order his bodyguard to attack anyone trying to photograph him doing it ... so a paparazzo alleges in a new lawsuit against the singer.
Aja Oxman claims Bieber was behind a brutal attack against him in which he was lifted in a choke hold and slammed onto the hood of a car. According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Justin "enjoyed the beating."
Bieber was in Kauai last November at Shipwreck Beach and decided to cliff jump. Oxman says he took a photo on a public beach and Bieber sicked his bodyguard on him ... ordering, "Go get his memory card and do whatever you have to do to get that card."
Oxman says that's when the bodyguard opened a can of whoopass, took his camera and memory card. The bodyguard, Dwayne Patterson, was booked for 3rd degree assault and 4th degree criminal property damage.
The suit -- filed by attorney Sark Ohanian -- claims Bieber and his hired muscle destroyed the camera together.
We called Bieber's people. So far, no comment.
Half-Brother Jailed in Stabbing
8/19/2014 5:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's so eerie ... Jennifer Hudson's half-brother is in jail ... for allegedly repeatedly stabbing a man in the face ... a man who was involved in a relationship with his estranged wife.
The incident mirrors another tragedy in the Hudson family. William Balfour -- the ex-boyfriend of Jennifer's sister Julia -- murdered her mom, brother and nephew in a jealous rage triggered by what he thought was a gift to Julia from her new boyfriend.
Steven Simpson is now in custody in Paw Paw, Michigan, and he's expected to be charged with home invasion and attempted murder.
Rick Perry Mugshot
8/19/2014 3:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Texas Governor Rick Perry pursed his lips with a faint smile as he posed for his mug shot ... and the pic is a study in politics and spin control.
As you probably know ... Perry has been indicted for felony abuse of power ... trying to coerce a political enemy -- a D.A. who was convicted of drunk driving -- out of office by threatening to veto a law enforcement bill if she didn't resign.
Perry -- who says the charges are BS -- has a lot at stake in this mug shot. He clearly wants to run for President in 2016, so the way he looks and dresses in the pic is critical.
Nice suit, crisp white shirt, appropriate blue tie. The look is confident, defiant but not too smug. It's way better than James Brown's mug and on a par with Armie Hammer and Lindsay's 6th.
I Got Screwed
Buying a Mold-Infested House!
8/19/2014 8:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kourtney Kardashian is crying cover-up ... claiming the house she bought from Keyshawn Johnson is infested with dangerous mold that was masked by a coat of paint ... sending her family fleeing for their safety.
We're told Kourtney's decorator found the mold when he installed some fixtures.
Kourtney and the kids checked into the Montage hotel in Bev Hills Monday. The photo agency didn't get Scott Disick ... but we're told he arrived later. The family just returned from the Hamptons and decided it was too dangerous to move back into the house -- especially since Kourtney is pregnant.
Sources connected with Kourtney say she's on the attack ... ready to sue anyone who's responsible. She believes the fresh paint over what she claims is mold is the smoking gun.
We've made multiple calls to Keyshawn ... but haven't heard back.
Walmart Heiress' Hubby
Screw Saving Money
I Want to Live Better!
8/19/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Walmart heiress Paige Laurie Dubbert is in a Catch 22 -- she's fighting her husband's bid in divorce court for half her fortune, but the longer she fights him ... the more she'll have to pay.
Patrick Dubbert is trying to invalidate their prenup ... claiming he was defrauded. He says Paige's lawyer went around his lawyer's back and contacted him directly, promising a "side deal" if he signed the prenup.
Now here's the problem. If the prenup is invalidated, Patrick can get half of what Paige earned for the 6 years of their marriage -- A FORTUNE.
Paige is waging legal war to enforce the prenup, which gives Patrick a fat $30,000 a month check for half the amount of time they were married -- right now that would be 3 years. But the longer the divorce drags on, the longer she'll have to pay him $30K a month.
In other words, RPP.
Screw Your Movie
I'm Partying My Ass Off!
8/19/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mischa Barton is one step away from being featured on a milk carton ... which makes it especially stunning she blew off a movie role because she thought it would be more fun to party in Europe.
Mischa hasn't had a hit since "The O.C." wrapped in 2006 ... but she got a huge break when she was hired to star in the movie, "Promoted."
Producers claim in a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- they attempted to contact Mischa about the March 4 start date and also about sizing her costumes ... but got no response.
On March 3 ... producers got an email from Mischa's mom, saying, "Mischa is still in Europe and won't be available until the 20th of this month."
The producers -- furious -- went on Mischa's social media accounts to find she was actually partying in Europe ... on vacation and "enjoying tourist excursions with friends."
Mischa's absence created a snowball effect ... the lead actor didn't want to work with another actress, and so on and so on.
The "actress" is now being sued for the $20,000 advance she got, $200,000 in marketing expenses, and $100,000 which they say they will lose because Mischa's not attached anymore.
Rapper Kid Ink
Pizza Delivery Man Sues Over Dog Attack
Damages Have Mushroomed
8/18/2014 5:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kid Ink's dog viciously attacked a pizza delivery guy and now the victim is suing for a piece of the pie.
Garnik Nazarian claims Kid ordered a pie delivered to his Granada Hills home ... and when he showed up at the front door, Kid's dog -- Louie -- attacked him ... chomping down on his hands, arms, legs, face and other body parts.
Nazarian -- claims Kid should've known Louie was "unusually dangerous" and prone to attack ... and should've kept the animal locked up.
According to the lawsuit ... Nazarian's injuries are so bad, he won't be able to deliver pizzas for a long time to come. So, in addition to medical bills and pain and suffering, he wants lost profits.
BTW ... the lawsuit is a little wonky. In California and most states, a dog bite victim doesn't have to prove the pooch was unusually dangerous or prone to attack. When dog bites a person ... owner pays -- period.
R. Kelly Lawsuit
I Made You a Star
And You Pissed on Me
8/18/2014 2:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
R. Kelly is an ungrateful tightwad who screwed over the guy who made him a star ... at least according to a new lawsuit.
Derrel McDavid says he's managed R. Kelly for decades and helped him navigate from a nobody to a superstar.
Things soured last year ... and Kelly and McDavid parted company. According to the lawsuit they made a deal ... Kelly would give McDavid $1.3 million and they'd walk their separate ways.
McDavid says Kelly made the initial $300K payment, but the deal called for additional $40K a month payments for 18 months and he hasn't received a cent.
McDavid's suing for the $1M balance.
Here's Kelly's big problem. We're told McDavid was deeply involved in Kelly's professional and personal life, and knows everything about the various disputes he's had with women and others going back 20 years. Sources connected with the case say Kelly could be playing with fire by stiffing McDavid.
We reached out to Kelly ... but we haven't heard back.
'Sons of Anarchy' Star Chuck Zito
If War Machine's GF Cheated
She Deserved Beating
8/18/2014 12:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chuck Zito says he would beat the crap out of his girlfriend if he ever caught her cheating.
The "Sons of Anarchy" actor was leaving Coogies restaurant in Malibu when our photog asked about War Machine's brutal assault on his GF, porn star Christy Mack. His reaction was loud and clear ... if she cheated, she deserved everything she got.
You gotta see his gestures as he describes the plan of action.
Apparently cops disagree ... War Machine is now in custody and faces 7 criminal charges in connection with the beating.
'Big Brother' Voting
One Thing CBS Didn't Count On
... A Lawsuit
8/18/2014 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The biggest backstabbing villain at "Big Brother" isn't Ariana Grande's brother, Frankie -- or any of the other contestants -- it's the CBS honchos who run the voting ... according to a new lawsuit.
A guy named Edwin Lyda claims he invented the system for text message voting and says he holds the patents to that system. He claims CBS jacked his invention and uses it each week on BB.
On the show, viewers vote in various ways -- by telephone, online, with a phone app or text messaging. The votes don't determine who stays or goes ... it's for things like who should win bonus prizes or who should get special perks in the house.
Lyda says his system for text voting is a big part of the show ... he wants a court to decide how much of BB's millions he's entitled to get ... then again, he could get nothing.
We called CBS for comment ... so far no word back.