An ASPCA rep tells us the true reason for Li'Gon's firing will be clear when they respond to the lawsuit. The rep says the ASPCA denies the allegations and maintains a diverse and respectful workplace.An ASPCA employee in NYC says he was treated like a piece of meat, or rather -- a giant piece of chocolate candy by female co-workers who groped him and discriminated against him.
Benjamin Li'Gon is suing the animal rights group where he was the hiring manager up until August ... and in the docs he says he is a gay black man, which is significant since most of his co-workers were white heterosexual women.
Li'Gon describes a sorority girls gone wild atmosphere where one colleague groped him and called him "sexual chocolate" while others watched. It might have been a reference to a hysterical "Coming to America" scene, but Li'Gon wasn't laughing.
He also says another woman called him "sexy Benny boo boo bear" in an elevator. None of those people were disciplined, according to his lawsuit.
Li'Gon says he thinks the head of HR hates gay black men, since his frequent complaints to her fell on deaf ears. He was fired in August, after he says he was accused of "inappropriate horseplay" with his male assistant ... which he denies.
Li'Gon is suing for wrongful termination and discrimination, seeking at least $2 million.
The L.A. County D.A. will NOT charge Caitlyn Jenner with vehicular manslaughter or any other crime in connection with the fatal car crash on PCH.
The D.A. has rejected the case, saying she was not speeding, she hit the brakes though belatedly, and her conduct was not "unreasonable" based on all the facts.
Jenner was driving inattentively when she slammed into a Lexus, sending the car into oncoming traffic where it struck a Hummer. The Lexus driver died at the scene.
The accident was put under a microscope ... the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. investigated the accident for almost 6 months before submitting a 161-page reportto the D.A. The case was reviewed not by the D.A.'s Van Nuys satellite office -- which would normally handle such cases -- but by the Major Crimes Unit at D.A. headquarters in downtown L.A.
Jenner's lawyer, Blair Berk, tells TMZ, 'We believed from the start that a thorough and objective investigation would clear Caitlyn of any criminal wrongdoing." Berk adds, "We are heartened the District Attorney has agreed that even a misdemeanor charge would not be appropriate."
Berk goes on, "A traffic accident, however devastating and heartbreaking when a life is lost, is not necessarily a criminal matter."
Gilbert Arenas caught Laura Govan red-handed leaking their email exchange to a blogger -- and now he's calling her out in front of a judge ... according to court docs.
In the docs filed by the ex-NBA star, he says he has text messages between Laura and the blogger, who last week published details from the emails ... which included allegations of infidelity and domestic violence.
Arenas says Laura violated a court order -- just signed in August -- to keep her mouth shut about him ... when she leaked the email. Specifically, the court order says Laura cannot make "derogatory or disparaging remarks" about Gilbert.
Arenas also accuses Govan of leaking a letter his attorney sent to hers, screwing up their visitation agreement and violating the rules for exchanging their 4 kids.
Gilbert blowing the whistle on Laura could potentially change their current custody arrangement, if a judge agrees she blabbed.
Jax Taylor is in a legal battle with a shoe company he claims agreed to pay him to wear its gear, and now he's taking them to court.
According to legal docs ... the "Vanderpump Rules" star reached an agreement with XCALIBUR SHOES in 2014. The agreement says in exchange for endorsing the shoes, Jax would receive $20 for each pair sold in his collection. He would also be given 10% of the total net sales he generated.
However, according to Jax, XCAL has gone sour on their end of the deal -- failing to pay him at least $25,000. He also says the bum deal has made it hard for him to find similar work ... since XCAL's competitors won't want to work with him now.
NBA superstar Derrick Rose says he and his friends are NO RAPISTS -- claiming the ex-girlfriend accusing them of drugging and gang raping her is LYING because she gave them consent to have sex on the night in question ... this according to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports.
We broke the story ... Rose's ex sued the Chicago Bulls player claiming Rose and his friends broke into her L.A. apartment in 2013 and gang raped her while she was incapacitated.
Rose has now filed docs of his own in which he claims the accuser "consented to sexual interaction with more than one co-defendant on more than one occasion, consented to sexual interactions on the day in question, and invited the defendants to her apartment and buzzed them in."
Rose says things were so cool the following day -- the accuser casually had a cup of coffee with her roommate in the morning after the sex ... and headed into work for a full shift. The implication is that a rape victim would have been way too distraught to have done any of that.
In the docs, Rose says the woman only began to get upset with him a few weeks or months later because she felt she should have been reimbursed for one of the sex toys she bought and used during the night in question.
Rose says the woman got even angrier with him because he started ignoring her texts.
The woman is suing for unspecified damages. This week, Rose said he refuses to let the lawsuit change his lifestyle.
New Jersey's Division of Wage and Hour Compliance filed a lawsuit against Sitch earlier this year because -- as we reported -- he was accused of bouncing multiple checks last year to his workforce at Boca Tanning.
The state won the lawsuit, and on August 31, Mike got hit with the bill for $5,130. We've called his reps to see if he's settled up yet.
We're guessing NJ isn't accepting personal checks from Sitch these days.
Jon Jones has just pled guilty to one count of leaving the scene of an accident ... stemming from an incident in April ... and was sentenced to 18 months probation.
Jones entered the plea in an Albuquerque courtroom moments ago. As part of the deal, Jones has been ordered to make 72 appearances with kids groups -- to educate children about making good decisions in life.
Jones' lawyer says the fighter takes "full responsibility" for his actions and did everything he possibly could to make things right with the victim. Lawyer calls the incident an "awful, awful mistake."
As we previously reported, Jones struck another vehicle -- injuring a pregnant woman -- and then bolted from the scene on foot.
Jones' lawyer says the victim has fully recovered from her injuries.
The lawyer says the incident was a "wake up call" for Jones.
Jon's lawyer is asking the judge to allow Jones to carry one firearm because he's concerned about his personal safety.
Jones addressed the court personally ... saying, "I am here to accept full responsibility for what happened for my actions ... I'm hoping that you give me an opportunity to redeem myself."
Jones has been granted a conditional discharge, which means if he meets the conditions the judge sets, he will not be convicted of a felony. Translation -- keep your nose clean.
9:25 AM PT -- Jones just issued a statement to TMZ Sports:
"With regards to today's decision made by the court, I am very happy to now be able to put this incident behind me.
My actions have caused pain and inconvenience in the lives of others and for that I am truly sorry and I accept full responsibility. I have been working hard during this time away from my sport to grow and mature as a man and to ensure that nothing like this happens again.
I have learned a great deal from this situation and I am determined to emerge a better person because of it. I apologize to those who were affected by my actions in this incident and I am hopeful that I will be given the opportunity to redeem myself in the eyes of the public, my family and friends as well as my supporters.
I am not sure what the future holds for me but I plan to continue to do the work needed to be productive and successful in every aspect of my life."
Ex-UFC champ Jon Jones has some serious support inside a New Mexico courtroom this morning -- UFC honcho Dana White ... who's waiting for Jones to be arraigned stemming from an alleged hit-and-run crash in April.
As we previously reported, Jones allegedly smashed into another car in Albuquerque -- injuring a pregnant woman -- and then ran from the scene.
Jones was later arrested ... and was stripped of his heavyweight title and suspended from the UFC indefinitely.
Chris Brown is trying to convince the Australian government, he's better suited to teach kids about the horrors of domestic violence than their parents.
As we reported, the Australian government is strongly inclined to deny Brown entry into the country because of the Rihanna beating conviction, but they've invited the singer to make a case for entry.
Brown just tweeted, "The youth don't listen to parents nor do they listen to PSA's. The power that we have as Entertainers can change lives."
The problem ... his tweet is more about him and his right to move past the conviction than it is about domestic violence. He writes, "My life mistakes should be a wake up call for everyone. Showing the world that mistakes don't define you. Trying to prevent spousal abuse."
The man accused of shooting up Lil Wayne's tour bus now says the notion he'd try to off Weezy is as absurd as Drew Brees trying to kill rival QB Matt Ryan.
Lawyers for Jimmy Winfrey -- who's currently behind bars, awaiting trial for the shooting in April -- claim their client did not have a motive to hurt Wayne. The lawyers acknowledge Winfrey was an associate of Young Thug, but they say Y.T. idolizes Wayne.
The lawyers acknowledge there's rivalry in the rap game, but that doesn't mean rappers automatically want to kill each other. Winfrey's lawyers say, "Clearly, the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons are rivals because they are fighting every year to win the same division: the NFC South. Yet, this does not provide a motive for Drew Brees to kill or maim Matt Ryan."
The lawyers say there are indeed actual rap beefs, but the idea that Wayne and Young Thug are the next Tupac and Biggie is absurd.
Paul Walker survived the impact of the crash that took his life but suffered horrifically as he was burned alive ... this according to a wrongful death lawsuit his daughter has filed against Porsche.
According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- lawyers for 16-year-old Meadow Walker claim when the Porsche Carrera GT crashed and broke apart, Paul's seat belt "snapped Walker's torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis," and trapping him in the passenger seat.
The suit claims the fire didn't erupt for 1 minute and 20 seconds after impact, but Paul was helplessly trapped. When the fire broke out, Paul was still alive. The suit alleges, "Paul Walker breathed soot into his trachea while the Porsche Carrera GT burned."
Law enforcement said the cause of the crash was speeding -- 80 to 93 MPH -- at the hands of driver Roger Rodas. But the lawsuit says Rodas was only going between 63 and 71 MPH when it careened out of control. And the suit alleges the car would never have careened if it had a proper stabilization system.
Meadow's lawyers claim Porsche knew the Carrera GT had "a history of instability and control issues."
Meadow's lawyers say the defect could have been corrected with a Porsche Stability Management System (PSM), which prevents swerving. They say the company intentionally decided not to install PSMs in the Carrera GT, even though it was standard in many other models.
The suit raises other issues with the car, including claims there were deficient side door reinforcements and fuel lines that did not adequately protect the car from erupting in flames.
Meadow's lawyer, Jeff Milam, tells TMZ, "The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn't belong on the street. And we shouldn't be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas."
The wrongful death lawsuit does not put a figure on damages.