The personal injury lawyer who just got his ass sued by Judge Judy insists Judy's got her robe in a bunch for no reason -- telling TMZ, he wasn't using her image to promote himself ... he was using it to promote HER.
As we reported, Judy sued attorney John Haymond claiming he stole clips from her show to use in a commercial to promote his law firm -- but Haymond says that's just not the case.
He tells us, the commercial in question is actually for her OWN SHOW.
According to Haymond, the local ABC affiliate in New Haven, CT and NBC affiliate in Springfield recently asked Haymond -- a well-known personal injury lawyer in the area -- and his daughters to appear in the Judge Judy promo ... and he obliged.
Haymond says the promotions actually ran on the station several years ago, but recently stopped, and he's surprised the station isn't owning up. According to Haymond, "If the local affiliates would just release these Judge Judy Show promotions, everyone would see this is much ado about nothing."
What Haymond isn't addressing -- apparently Judy doesn't think he has the right to take old commercials targeted for her show and then slap them on his website long after the fact.
Phoned Lil Boosie in Prison
Day After National Championship
3/13/2014 12:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Boosie got some high-profile support during his stint behind bars ... telling TMZ Sports he got a phone call from Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston the day after FSU won the title.
Here's how it all happened ...
Famous Jameis is a HUGE Boosie fan and during his Freshman year at Florida State, he would often quote Boosie's lyrics to his team, on social media and sometimes during interviews with reporters.
In fact, Jameis said he listened to Boosie in the locker room right before he took the field on Jan. 6.
Word got back to Boosie, who was serving time in Angola State Penitentiary on drug charges, and the rapper tells us he sent a message to JW that he'd love to talk with him when he had the chance.
So ... according to Boosie, Winston phoned the rapper the day after FSU won the National Championship and the two got along like old friends.
"We chopped it up ... I told him I was a fan of his also."
Boosie says he told Jameis to "stay focused" and let him know that he'll be continuing to root for the guy ... even though he's a die-hard LSU fan.
Moral of the story -- win a Heisman and a National Championship ... and you too can meet your hero.
with Los Angeles
3/13/2014 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber has cut his final ties with the city of Los Angeles ... because TMZ has learned he's sold the last piece of property he owns in the area ... leaving him wide open for a permanent move to the ATL.
As TMZ first reported, Bieber sold his Calabasas home to Khloe Kardashian for a cool $7.2 million ... making a little over a million on the sale.
But according to our sources, Bieber also owned the 1.7-acre plot of land next door ... until now. We're told Bieber just sold that for $2.775 million (he bought it for $2.35 mil in 2012) and the deal closes in 30 days.
As for the buyer, our sources say it's nobody famous, but he's about to inherit a slew of famous neighbors.
We're told Bieber had been looking for another home in the Los Angeles, but he's since called off the search.
Atlanta, he's your problem now.
Judge Denies Release
Shoots Down Bid for House Arrest
3/13/2014 10:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Darren Sharper WILL NOT be released from jail today ... and a judge shot down his request for house arrest ... all because L.A. prosecutors got an assist from the Grand Canyon State.
Sharper appeared in L.A. County Superior Court this morning ... and asked the judge to be released from his cell since prosecutors in New Orleans have still not made up their minds about charging Sharper with sexual assault.
FYI -- last week, the judge had said that if N.O. didn't charge, Sharper would be released on bail.
But that was before Arizona stepped in with its own charges ... and today in court, the judge said that since Darren was formally charged in AZ, she could NOT release him because the sexual assault charges in Arizona are "non-bondable."
Sharper's attorneys told the judge that they have an agreement with AZ prosecutors that Sharper will be allowed to turn himself in ... instead of being forcibly extradited ... but the judge didn't budge and ordered Darren to stay behind bars until the next hearing.
Sharper's team asked for Sharper to be released on house arrest -- but the judge rejected that as well.
The next hearing is set for March 24.
Goes After Nightclub ...
Don't Pay that Bitch a Cent!
3/13/2014 9:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown claims an Orange County nightclub is hanging him out to dry by settling up with a woman who sued both Chris and the club ... claiming Chris brutalized her after his performance.
It's a weird lawsuit ... Deanna Gines claims as Chris was leaving Heat Ultralounge last June in Anaheim, he bulldozed through her path, knocking her to the ground and injuring her leg.
Chris calls BS on her story, and frankly he's got a point. In the surveillance video, she limps on one leg and when she appeared on TMZ Live she had a cast on the other leg.
Nonetheless ... Heat Ultralounge settled with Deanna for $15K, which means the only defendant left in the suit is Chris.
Chris' lawyer, Mark Geragos, thinks the settlement is grossly unfair to his client, because it will leave Brown holding the bag. So Geragos has filed documents asking the judge to block the settlement.
Now this is true love ... Karrueche filed a declaration standing by her man, saying that Chris never touched the broad.
Halle Berry's Still
Wrapped Around My Finger
3/13/2014 8:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Halle Berry's husband Olivier Martinez hasn't given up on his marriage -- despite rumors the couple has separated -- venturing out in L.A. last night ... with his wedding ring still sitting snug on his finger.
There are reports Halle and Olivier are on the outs -- having drifted apart because of their hectic work schedules -- and are now living separate lives. Halle even appeared at a post-Oscars party on March 2nd, alone without her wedding ring. They haven't been seen together in public since December.
But it's clear -- Olivier hasn't quit ... at least, on keeping up appearances.
Halle and Olivier were married in July 2013 and have one son together (born last October).
New Found Glory Guitarist
Accused of Online Sex Chatting with Underage Women
3/13/2014 8:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
New Found Glory guitar player Steve Klein is being accused of video chatting with a minor on an adult website ... but the guitarist says he's totally innocent.
Klein pled not guilty to multiple felony charges back in December ... 2 counts of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 14, 3 counts of lewd conduct with a minor 14 or 15, 1 count of intent to commit lewd acts with a minor, and 1 count of possession of child pornography -- according to Alternative Press.
Details of the arraignment were just made public ... but on the day it happened, NFG released a shocking statement ousting Steve from the band -- with no explanation about why.
Now, the band says Steve told them about the allegations when they returned home from a tour in Australia ... and they decided to part ways at that point.
Steve's lawyer released a statement saying ALL charges are "derived solely from online consensual video chats" ... he didn't own any child porn ... and Steve believed the girls were older than 18.
The guitar player also says that no one actually knows who the alleged minors are -- including the prosecution, police and defense -- so it's possible they were of age.
Klein is due in court next week.
Manchester United Legend
ARRESTED for Assault
3/13/2014 8:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former Manchester United superstar Eric Cantona was arrested in London Wednesday after cops say he attacked a man at lunch.
According to local reports, Cantona was arrested in the super-swanky Primrose Hill area (a ton of celebs live in that area).
Cops are not saying what allegedly set Eric off ... but they confirm the alleged victim did not require medical assistance.
FYI -- Cantona is the guy who created the famous quote, "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea."
The quote was recently used by Shia LaBeouf ... who also seems to have an issue with fighting in London.
RELEASED FROM PRISON
... Vows Rap Comeback
3/13/2014 7:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Petey Pablo -- the rapper behind the mega-hits "Raise Up" and "Freek-a-Leek" -- has been RELEASED FROM PRISON ... after doing 2 years for gun-smuggling ... TMZ has learned.
Petey was arrested at Raleigh Durham Airport on SEPTEMBER 11, 2010 ... after cops say he tried to take a stolen gun through airport security.
Pablo was sentenced to 35 months behind bars at a federal prison ... but was released today, 4 months ahead of schedule.
Pablo now says he wants to return to hip-hop ... and has already hooked up with Timbaland.
"I'm now headed to the work shop," Pablo says ... "To begin what will be noted as my best work ever with one of the greatest producers of all time."
"See ya in a few, shirt still spinning!"
Darren Sproles' Wife
STOP ATTACKING ME
I Didn't Curse the Saints!
3/13/2014 7:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Darren Sproles' wife tells TMZ Sports ... she's under attack online over the way she publicly trashed the New Orleans Saints -- but she wants the fans to know her beef is ONLY with management.
After Michel Sproles learned that N.O. was planning to trade her running back husband, she went to Instagram and said the situation was "f**ked up." She also said that God would "get u back."
We spoke with Michel ... who tells us she's been hammered by angry Saints fans who have been blasting her online -- calling her a "golddigger," a "bitch" and worse ... and she wants it to stop.
"I started out just jokingly expressing myself," Michel says ... "It's gotten misconstrued. I wasn't attacking the Saints FANS." Michel says her beef is only with the front office.
Still, Michel says she doesn't regret posting the message ... but notes, "I maybe should have delivered it differently."
"When you're sad, you express yourself as you normally wouldn't."
As for Darren, Michel says he predicted that her post would "blow up" before she put it online ... she disagreed.
"He was right, I was wrong," Michel says. Though she says he hasn't commented about the situation since the post went up.
Michel says she's now trying to move forward and focus on Darren's new team -- the Philadelphia Eagles.
As for the haters, Michel says ... "These people don't have to follow me, they can voluntarily exit my Instagram."
WIFE BLASTS SAINTS
You're Screwing My Husband!!
3/13/2014 6:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hell hath no fury like the wife of a Saints player scorned ... just ask Darren Sproles, whose wife BLASTED the team after reading reports that N.O. is planning to trade him.
Darren's wife, Michel, UNLOADED on the Saints on Instagram yesterday ... saying by trading the running back, they're robbing him of the opportunity to play for a team of his choosing ... a right she believes he's earned.
"I am so disappointed in the Saints organization & the way they are treating my husband," Michel wrote.
"I understand this is a brutal business but when u have a good guy who works hard & does a lot for the community u would think they would show a little more respect."
"To verbalize to him that they will release him so at least he can choose the team he wants to spend his last few years left in the NFL on & then take it back without a word & try to trade him is f**ked up."
She then says God will take revenge on the team for her -- explaining, "The way my God is set up he gets the last say & can get u back better than the Compton Curse out I wanna give these muthaf**kas!"
She concluded with a couple of hashtags ... #YesICurseAndPraiseGod #OnlyGodCanJudgeMe #IPutHisChargerPicsUpBecauseTheSaintsAintSh*tForWhatTheyDoin
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE ... A short time later, Michel posted a follow-up on Instagram saying her initial post was an "experiment" to expose her husband's "real fans."
Ha. Yeah, right ...
[H/T to our friends at BlackSportsOnline, who broke this story]
L.A. Prosecutors Will Attack
With Out-Of-State Accusers
3/13/2014 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Darren Sharper's multiple accusers may unite in California ... because prosecutors want to expose what they believe is Sharper's M.O. from alleged victims in 5 states
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports ... the L.A. County D.A. wants to show the jury all these women -- most of whom never met -- have stories that line up with the rape and drug allegations.
You can expect Sharper's attorney to fight like hell to convince the judge it would be grossly unfair to poison the jury with unverified allegations.
Besides the 2 accusers in L.A., Sharper is also facing allegations he drugged and raped at least 7 women in 4 other states.
And the accusers could get to know each other pretty well, because we've also learned the D.A. in New Orleans plans to use the same tactic if they file rape charges. We're told no decision has been made yet, but we're told prosecutors are leaning in the direction of charging the NFL star.
Officials in NV and FL are also noodling over rape allegations against Sharper in their states.
Miley Cyrus Sued
Her Tongue Nearly Killed Me
3/12/2014 5:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus' tongue has finally pissed off the wrong person -- and now he's filed a lawsuit.
Charles Nicholas Sarris filed his lawsuit against ShowFx Inc. -- an L.A. equipment supply company that was hired to make the giant novelty tongue slide for Miley's new Bangerz tour.
Sarris says he was hired to assist in the slide construction, and last month, he was badly injured on the job -- after the equipment and tools provided to him failed, causing him to fall and hurt himself bad.
Sarris claims ShowFx failed to warn him about the potential dangers involved. He wants unspecified damages.