The wife of "American Idol" contestant Michael Johns created a lie to cover-up the real cause of death ... alcohol abuse ... this according to his best friend.
Stacey Vuduris filed legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- claiming Torrey Gambill has been on a hate campaign, blaming her for Michael's death in August and sending her abusing texts.
But Torrey has fired off legal docs of his own, claiming Stacey concocted a lie after he found Michael dead in his Orange County apartment.
After Michael died, we reported Stacey's story -- that Michael had an ankle injury that led to a fatal blood clot. But law enforcement told us at the time Michael had engaged in heavy alcohol use prior to death.
Torrey quotes from a text Stacey sent him shortly after Michael died, saying, "I'd rather it be said he died at home if that's ok with u .. he would want that."
Stacey continued, "I rather that then 'alcoholic' stuff ... his good friends would never say anything ... so I don't think that will come out. At least blood clot sounds sudden."
Torrey also says Michael and Stacey were separated, and that Michael "insinuated" she had a boyfriend. He says Stacey put Michael through hell his last year.
According to legal docs ... Stacey and Torrey settled their beef without a judge's order.
'Glee Project' Contestant
Sorry For Racial Rant At Cops
'I Was On Adderall'
9/18/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The ex-"Glee Project" contestant who dared white cops to shoot him -- because he's Black -- now says he only lost it on the officers because he mixed booze and prescription pills that night.
Bryce Ross-Johnson tells TMZ he was jacked up on Adderall and "a few beers" when the run-in with Pittsburgh cops began.
As we previously reported ... Ross-Johnson put up a fight when he got tossed out of a Pittsburgh bar last weekend for violating the dress code. When officers arrived, he screamed, "Why don't you shoot me? That's what you do to black guys, right?"
BRJ says the outburst was completely out of character, and mixing the Adderall with alcohol turned him into someone else. Ross-Johnson added he knows race relations are tense right now (after the Michael Brown shooting) ... so he really regrets playing that card.
Bryce says he'd love the opportunity to apologize to the officers and bouncers involved. There's always court ... where he'll be facing 5 charges related to his arrest that night.
Jonathan Dwyer Arrest
TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS
'Causing a Fracture'
9/17/2014 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer is suspected of assaulting his wife in TWO separate incidents ... and is accused of breaking bones ... cops tell TMZ Sports.
According to police, the 25-year-old allegedly roughed up his wife at their home in Phoenix on July 21st and again on July 22nd.
Shortly after the incidents, cops say, Dwyer's wife left the state with their child.
Cops list 2 victims -- a 27-year-old female (his wife) and their 18-month-old child.
A report was made with cops on September 11, 2014 ... and cops have been investigating ever since.
After investigators found probable cause, they arrested Dwyer on Sept. 17th for domestic violence in Tempe.
Cops say they interviewed Dwyer and he acknowledged the incidents -- but he DENIED any physical assaults.
Dwyer is being booked into the Maricopa County Jail on 1 count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, 1 count of aggravated assault involving a minor, 2 counts of criminal damage, 1 count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault.
The Arizona Cardinals tell TMZ Sports Dwyer has been deactivated from the roster.
ARRESTED FOR Domestic Violence
9/17/2014 3:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
5:00 PM PDT: Cops now tell TMZ Sports, Dwyer was involved in TWO incidents and is accused of "causing a fracture."
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was just arrested for domestic violence over an alleged altercation with his wife.
The 25-year-old NFL player was arrested in Phoenix on suspicion of aggravated assault and preventing someone from calling 911 ... this according to CBS News.
It's unclear when and where the alleged incident took place.
Of course, it's just the latest in a string of domestic violence arrests involving NFL players ... including former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald and NY Jets rookie Quincy Enunwa.
Whatcha gonna do, Roger?
Sues Ex Behind Sex Tape
For Jacking Her Computer Data
9/17/2014 2:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Iggy Azalea was totally taken advantage of by the ex-boyfriend/producer who says he shot a sex tape with her -- because she says the creep also illegally copied data from her laptop.
Iggy filed a federal lawsuit against Hefe Wine ... accusing him of downloading the entire contents of her personal computer back in 2009 while they were living together in Atlanta. She says the data included unreleased master recordings.
In July, Hefe announced he was putting out a new EP from Iggy that will "shock the world." Iggy's lawsuit accuses him of directly using, or at the very least, converting the stolen data to create this new release.
Iggy also accuses her ex of forgery. TMZ broke the story ... Hefe claims he has a document signed by Iggy giving him exclusive rights to her music and music videos. In the suit, she says that doc is a fake -- pasted together from a legit contract she once signed.
The lawsuit makes no mention of the sex tape Hefe claims to have recorded.
'Django' Actress & BF
PG Pics Prove
We Were Frisky ... But Fully Clothed
9/17/2014 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts' BF is sticking to their story -- that they were fully clothed and NOT HAVING SEX -- and he thinks TMZ's pics of the scene prove they were only making out.
Brian Lucas tells us he and Watts found the photos of their front seat romp "quite entertaining and fascinating" -- but says there's nothing in the photos that shows them banging. He also says there are no photos of Watts' breasts exposed because it never happened ... as witnesses claim it did.
Bottom line, Lucas says there's no hard proof sex was involved ... "only assumptions."
We broke the story ... Lucas and Watts were questioned by cops who responded to reports of indecent exposure after people saw the couple going at it. Watts claimed cops were racist and roughed her up.
Lucas tells us they met with the LAPD Tuesday to give them an official statement about the incident.
We Got the Pictures
And It Looks Like Sex
9/17/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The "Django Unchained" actress who cried racism against the LAPD ... claiming they harassed and hurt her because she was just making out with her white boyfriend in a car -- has some explaining to do, because we obtained pictures that seem to show A LOT more than sucking face.
The pictures were taken Thursday outside the CBS lot in Studio City. You see Daniele Watts straddling BF Brian -- their hands steadying themselves around the sunroof.
An eyewitness who saw Daniele and Brian as he worked in a nearby office tells TMZ ... Brian was sitting in the passenger seat with his feet on the curb and Daniele was straddling him with her shirt pulled up -- breasts exposed. The eyewitness says she was grinding on top of him, rocking back and forth.
Someone from the office went down and asked Daniele and Brian to stop because everyone in the office could see them but they continued.
The eyewitnesses say Brian then began "horizontally bongoing her boobs back and forth." He says she eventually reached into the center console, grabbed a tissue, wiped him down and then herself and tossed it on the grass.
Someone from the office called the cops and made an indecent exposure complaint. TMZ obtained police audio when the cops came out, and Daniele played the race and fame cards.
NBA Star Paul George
COPS ARREST BURGLARY SUSPECT
Allegedly Jacked Rings, Air Jordans
9/17/2014 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Indiana Pacers superstar Paul George is one step closer to JUSTICE -- after cops say they busted the man who BURGLARIZED his home back in April, taking $15k worth of important stuff.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan PD arrested 43-year-old Michael Lewis -- and claim they were led to the suspect through evidence recovered at the scene of the crime.
As we previously reported, George claimed someone broke into his home on April 28 and stole his platinum All-Star ring, a pair of Air Jordan 4 'Toro' shoes and more.
Cops say they do NOT believe George was specifically targeted -- "detectives believe it was a random act."
The bad news ... officials say none of the stolen property has been recovered.
The PD did issue this statement though -- "Detectives would like to thank the community for providing information and the media for their continued coverage of this case."
Personal Doctor Took Selfie
While She Was Under
9/17/2014 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joan Rivers' personal doctor took a selfie while the comedienne was unconscious during a biopsy ... shortly before her heart stopped beating ... this according to a new report.
The doctor performing the endoscopy had just finished when Joan's personal ear nose and throat doctor began performing a biopsy which was done without her consent -- this according to the CNN report.
A staffer at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic reportedly told investigators Joan's doc stopped to take the selfie.
As we previously reported ... Joan went into respiratory and cardiac arrest and never regained consciousness.
The clinic has denied a biopsy was performed.
Judge Tells Former Stylist
Go Follicle Yourself!
9/17/2014 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj just beat her hairstylist's ass in court after the judge wigged out.
Terrence Davidson had filed a $30 million lawsuit against Nicki ... claiming he helped design her multi-colored wigs and she in turn agreed to partner with him on a new line of the iconic hairpieces but then cut him out.
But the judge sided with Nicki ... dropping some serious wig knowledge in the process. Hizzoner explained there's nothing special about colored wigs ... anyone has a right to make them so Davidson's creative claim is bogus.
The judge called out 3 of Nicki's wigs to illustrate his point ... The Pink Upper Bun Wig, The Fox Fur Wig and the Pink High Top Wig.
The judge also said any so-called deal Davidson made with Nicki was vague -- nothing more than barber shop talk.
So case closed.
'Glee Project' Contestant
Yells at Cops ...
I'm Black, You Want To Shoot Me?!
9/17/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An ex-contestant on "The Glee Project" tried to taunt Pittsburgh cops into shooting him -- and sparking a race riot -- during an arrest he claims ONLY went down because he's Black.
Bryce Ross-Johnson was thrown out of a bar Saturday night after scuffling with a bouncer for wearing a hat -- a violation of the dress code -- according to the criminal complaint, obtained by TMZ.
Police say when they arrived ... Bryce was antagonistic and taunted, "Hey, I'm African-American, you want to shoot me?" -- and, "Why don't you shoot me, that's what you do to black guys, right?"
Cops kept cool, and no shots were fired ... but the 25-year-old former "Glee" wannabe got arrested for public drunkenness, assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and defiant trespass.
Ross-Johnson thinks the white officers and white bouncer targeted him because of race. He admits blurting the racial taunts -- but only because cops were asking him "stupid stuff" like what drugs he was on, and when was he last in prison.
I'm No Einstein
So Stay Away from Me!
9/16/2014 4:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shia LaBeouf lives in fear of a woman who is convinced he discovered the theory of relativity ... a woman so deranged she threatened to blow up his house.
Shia just got a restraining order against Graciela Nahle ... who apparently showed up at his house eating watermelon on the driveway and when the actor asked her to leave she screamed, "I am going to blow up your house! I am going to blow up the world! You are Albert Einstein and we belong together."
According to the docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Nahle showed up at Shia's house 3 times and he fears for his safety.
She's been a thorn in Shia's side for months, once showing up with an infant in her arms ... claiming to have been best buds in a previous incarnation.
She's been previously arrested for making criminal threats against the actor.
Nahle has been ordered to stay 100 yards clear of Shia.
Bobby Womack's Family
If You Think We're Broke Now ...
9/17/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Singer Bobby Womack left behind a massive debt when he died in June -- including a huge child support judgment -- and now his family is trying to figure out how to pay it.
Bobby's widow, Regina, filed court docs in L.A. showing he owed $250K in back child support for two sons living in Ft. Wayne, IN -- one is 14 and the other an adult. He also had an unpaid loan for $400K when he died.
But Womack didn't leave much in the way of assets -- according to the docs he had $52K in cash and $7,250 in personal belongings, which included some jewelry and a 1974 Buick.
Regina says Womack also had music rights and royalties valued around $350K -- which will help pay down the debt -- if she can capitalize on renewed interest in his music since his death.
But Regina's a realist ... admitting the value of Bobby's music could fade quickly. In other words, help a sister out ... buy some Bobby tunes now!