The family of the "Cops" crew member who died in a police shootout says the Omaha PD is prolonging their agony ... by refusing to show them video taken during the gun battle.
Sources close to the family tell us ... they had a 1-hour meeting with police Thursday ... to get information -- and some closure -- about how "Cops" sound engineer Bryce Dion died, but they got neither.
Police have released still images from the "Cops" footage of the deadly shootout -- but we're told authorities won't show the family the video because it's now evidence in a criminal case.
Omaha PD confirms the family will not be allowed to see the vid until a grand jury investigation is complete ... standard procedure, we're told.
Cops Plea in Ecstasy Case
Problem with Accuser's Story
8/29/2014 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
CeeLo Green just pled no contest in the case where a woman accused him of slipping her ecstasy ... and the plea allows him to maintain his innocence.
TMZ broke the story ... a woman claimed that she and the singer were at a downtown L.A. bar and the next thing she knew she was naked in his bed. The D.A. filed charges of furnishing ecstasy -- a felony. CeeLo just pled no contest to sharing ecstasy ... the difference being there is no underlying concession he slipped her anything. In other words, it was voluntary sharing.
As we previously reported ... the woman was no stranger to CeeLo ... they had been dating for months and he flew her out to L.A. and Vegas on several occasions to be with him. There were also witnesses in the bar who claimed she walked out looking fine.
The no contest plea is a felony ... but the plea allows him to maintain his innocence. CeeLo must perform 360 hours of community service at the MusiCares Foundation of the Recording Academy and attend 52 AA meetings with a private therapist. He's also on probation for 3 years.
Felony Gun Charge
8/29/2014 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Bobby Shmurda doesn't just rap about guns, he's got 'em in real life ... and got busted for one in NYC recently.
According to court documents, Shmurda was arrested in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn on June 3. The doc says cops spotted Shmurda showing off the weapon in an apartment and when they went to investigate, he tried to hide it in a couch.
Police eventually recovered a 9mm Glock pistol, and a magazine for it which contained 14 rounds.
He was charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon, says the paper, a charge that could land him 15 years in prison.
Shmurda was doing a nightclub appearance Wednesday night in New Jersey when someone fired off two shots in the parking lot. No one was injured.
I'm Not Done
Fighting for My Kids
8/29/2014 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kelly Rutherford plans on doing what you'd hope any mother would do when faced with losing her kids ... she's going to keep fighting.
As TMZ first reported, Rutherford's two children were ordered to live with their father, Daniel Giersh, who happens to live in France. The "Gossip Girl" star has been fighting to have that order overturned, but lost her latest attempt to do so earlier this month.
When our photog spotted Rutherford at LAX Thursday, she was surprisingly upbeat and vowed the battle's not over as far as she's concerned.
Jason London and Wife
Your Beating Ruined Our Marriage!
8/29/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jason London got his ass beaten so badly by bouncers at an Arizona bar that his wife left him -- but they're coming back together to jointly sue the bar.
Jason was unable to perform all sorts of duties around the house after the beating at Martini Ranch in January 2013 ... according to docs obtained by TMZ. Jason and Sofia say they were deprived of companionship and a true marital relationship. Most people spell that ... S-E-X.
They also say Jason couldn't do any household chores. Sofia filed for legal separation earlier this year.
TMZ broke the story ... Jason was beaten to a pulp after allegedly sneezing on a bouncer and punching the guy in the face.
Jason was arrested for disorderly conduct, fighting, and assault ... and allegedly made homophobic slurs before crapping his pants in the back of a cop car. He recently pled guilty for disorderly conduct.
The ex-couple is suing for unspecified damages, but a new pair of pants run at least $50.
Sued Over Unpaid Jewelry Bill
And Some of It Was Fake!
8/28/2014 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sean Kingston is being sued by a NYC jeweler for not paying for several pieces of really, really nice jewelry -- and two pieces of cubic zirconia ... TMZ has learned.
According to the lawsuit, filed in New York, Kingston got more than $200,000 worth of ice from Avi Da Jeweler from 2008-2013 ... but never paid for any of it. In the suit, Avi says Kingston wrote checks seven different times over the years, and they all bounced.
Avi claims the orders throughout the years included watches and chains (two featuring Kingston's initials), a diamond "Jesus piece," a belly button chain (we're guessing not for him) ... and a cubic zirconia necklace and bracelet.
The jeweler also claims Kingston never returned a $12,000 ring he loaned him for a "106 & Park" appearance.
In all, Avi claims he's owed $226,200 and he wants an additional million bucks in punitive damages.
A rep for Kingston tells TMZ, "Mr. Kingston has paid Avi Da Jeweler well over $300,000 for jewelry that was appraised at far less than that and has the cashed checks to prove it. Additionally, no one would continue to supply jewelry to another individual for 5 years without ever receiving payment. Mr. Kingston fully intends to fight this lawsuit in a court of law."
Joseline Was NOT High On Crack
At Reunion Brawl
8/28/2014 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joseline Hernandez was NOT on drugs during that ugly brawl on the set of "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta"... so says her husband Stevie J -- who tells TMZ they're gonna sue the liars who said she was high.
Stevie claims his co-star, Althea Eaton, made up the story about Joseline smoking crack cocaine before attacking her last month at the reunion show. Althea is suing Joseline for assaulting her.
Stevie tells TMZ ... the suit is BS because Althea and her fiance Benzino started the fight by talking crap in the first place. He claims Althea's lawsuit is a smokescreen ... to hide the fact Benzino slugged Joseline during the tussle.
Stevie says he and Joseline have lawyered up ... and plan to countersue because "no grown man should hit a woman."
We called Benzino who told us, "It's clear that him and his whore jumped off the couch and attacked us and whatever happened from there was merely self-defense."
Arrested for DUI
Following Gnarly Car Crash
8/28/2014 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The good news: Nick Gordon walked away from a terrible car accident Thursday morning with no major injures. The bad news is ... he got arrested for DUI.
Law enforcement sources in Roswell, GA tell TMZ ... Gordon (who is married to Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina) lost control of his BMW, hit a curb, took out a fire hydrant and flipped his car upside down. We're told it finally came to a rest after sliding around 200 feet.
When cops arrived on scene, we're told they discovered Nick was driving on a suspended license and cops felt Gordon's behavior gave them probable cause to arrest him for DUI.
We're told police did not conduct a breathalyzer test, but they are seeking a warrant for a blood test.
Robert Downey Jr.'s Son
While He Gets Drug Treatment
8/28/2014 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robert Downey Jr.'s son Indio won't have his day in court just yet ... TMZ has learned his arraignment scheduled for Thursday was pushed back because the 20-year-old is still getting treatment in rehab.
As TMZ first reported, Indio was arrested in West Hollywood back on June 29 after cops observed him smoking something out of a pipe while riding in the passenger seat of a car.
Indio is facing charges of felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Thursday in court, his attorney, Blair Berk, told the judge Indio is doing well in his live-in treatment facility.
He's due back in court next month.
Cops Sweet Plea Deal in Bev Hills Arrest
8/28/2014 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray J's sexual battery and assault case in Beverly Hills will be wiped away -- for the most part -- after his attorney struck an amazing plea deal ... TMZ has learned.
Honestly, Houdini's got nothing on Ray J ... who is pleading no contest to misdemeanor trespassing. Ready for the Houdini part? The other charges for sexual battery, assault on a police officer, and resisting arrest ... will all be dismissed.
TMZ broke the story when Ray was busted at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel back in May for allegedly grabbing a woman's breast, and then getting into a violent altercation with arresting officers. He kicked out the window of a BH PD patrol car.
The plea deal requires Ray to be on probation for 3 years, do 50 hours of community service, 12 anger management counseling sessions, and 12 alcohol therapy sessions.
He will have to stay away from the hotel and pay back Bev Hills PD for the car window.
'Cops' Shootout Suspect
Family Compares Omaha to Ferguson
Police Were Showing Off
8/28/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Omaha police officers were running and gunning to make compelling TV when they sprayed bullets at an armed robbery suspect, killing him and a 'Cops' crewman ... so claims the dead suspect's family.
TMZ spoke with one of Cortez Washington's relatives ... who believes the officers used excessive force Tuesday night -- and were "hyped up" to put on a good show when they responded to the Wendy's.
As we reported ... 'Cops' sound supervisor Bryce Dion died after getting hit by friendly fire from Omaha PD during the shootout with Washington -- who was holding a Wendy's employee at gun point.
Washington's firearm turned out to be a pellet gun -- modeled after a real semi-automatic pistol -- and his family thinks officers should have recognized it wasn't a lethal weapon before they unloaded more than 20 rounds. One family member told us, "With everything going on in Ferguson, you think they would use other options."
The relative also said they don't buy Omaha PD's claim Cortez started the shootout by firing two rounds.
Omaha cops say they were not grandstanding for cameras ... maintaining they responded to the robbery with proper protocol ... and engaged Cortez because he pointed and fired his weapon at them.
Those Aren't Playmates ...
They're Trashy Escorts!!
8/28/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Playboy is trying to shut down a Canadian escort service for calling their chicks-for-hire "Playmates" -- a term Playboy says is legally reserved for its "girl next door" types ... not hookers.
Playboy blasts PleasurePlaymates.com in a new lawsuit, claiming the bunny brand is being tarnished because Hef's girls have a more wholesome appeal ... according to court docs obtained by TMZ.
Playboy wants the escort company to turn over the URL.
In the docs, Playboy says escort services are known for "illicit activity" -- a pretty strong insinuation Pleasure Playmates hires prostitutes -- while its centerfolds are "classy and sophisticated."
We've reached out to Pleasure Playmates several times ... strictly professionally ... but haven't been able to get through to anyone.
Bargain Basement Celeb Divorce
Just $750/Month for Kid
8/28/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Congratulations, Corey Feldman -- you're the winner of the smallest celebrity divorce settlement we've seen this year.
According to court docs, Corey and his ex, Susannah -- who've been legally separated since 2009 -- just finalized their divorce ... and he'll be paying her $750 a month in child support for their 10-year-old son.
By comparison ... Charlie Sheen pays more than $100K a month to Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller -- and Eddie Murphy reportedly shells out $60K per month.
Also by comparison ... Corey Feldman hasn't had the success of Charlie or Eddie.
Susannah also gets the couple's 2002 Hyundai ... while he gets their 2001 Mercedes.
In the docs, Susannah agrees to give back the Feldman name, and return to her maiden name ... Sprague. We're guessing she agreed to that pretty quickly.