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.
Released From Hospital ...
Nursing Wounds at Home
8/27/2014 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Suge Knight left an L.A. hospital early Wednesday ... just 3 days after taking SIX gunshots to the gut at a pre-VMA party -- and he's healing amazingly well.
Suge's rep tells TMZ ... the music mogul left Cedars-Sinai around 6 AM, and doctors say he won't need any rehab -- just a few follow up visits.
As we previously reported ... Suge got blasted Saturday night at 1Oak nightclub at a Chris Brown hosted event -- but he's refusing to cooperate with the police investigation.
We're told Suge is already back on a regular diet, and if he keeps his bandages clean ... he'll be good to go.
Only Suge makes getting shot look like it's no big deal.
Surrenders To Cops
Plans to Hit Strip Club
8/27/2014 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
6:23 A.M. PDT -- The D.A. added an additional count of criminal obstruction of breathing ... when Budden was officially charged late Wednesday night. According to the complaint, Budden allegedly grabbed his girlfriend's cellphone from her, then grabbed her by the neck, making it hard for her to breathe.
Rapper Joe Budden -- who is accused of brutalizing his GF -- surrendered to NYC cops Wednesday morning, but arrogantly predicted he'd soon be out on the streets partying it up with strippers.
Budden turned himself in to NYPD's 34th precinct ... where he was charged with robbery and grand larceny -- for allegedly taking his GF's cell phone during a violent assault. While he was still in custody ... Budden tweeted, "I'll be out in time for the strip club later."
As we reported ... sources say Budden became enraged when he saw pics of his girlfriend with other men. He allegedly dragged her out of a NYC restaurant ... and drove her to his home in NJ where she told cops he beat the crap out of her.
NJ cops are still investigating the alleged assault ... so Budden might not want to brag about his freedom just yet.
'Sons of Guns'
On Heels of Hayden Rape Case
8/27/2014 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Discovery is permanently pulling the plug on its hit show "Sons of Guns" ... as the show's star faces child rape charges.
A rep for Discovery tells TMZ ... “Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of Sons of Guns and cancel the series.”
TMZ broke the story ... Hayden was re-arrested Tuesday when cops decided to charge him with child rape. Hayden was first arrested 2 weeks ago for allegedly molesting his 12-year-old daughter.
Hayden is the owner of Red Jacket Firearms ... the gun store featured on Discovery's show, which ran for 5 seasons.
Hayden is still in custody after his arrest.
11:30 AM PT -- Will didn't just lose his TV show ...he lost his company too ... Red Jacket Firearms just announced they've severed all ties with Hayden.
'Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta'
Allegations Crack Cocaine
Triggered Violent Brawl
8/27/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A vicious "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" brawl has triggered a lawsuit ... which now alleges one of the stars was smoking crack cocaine at the reunion show.
Althea Eaton has filed suit against Joseline Hernandez, who is caught on tape punching Althea in the face and dragging her to the ground ... then hitting and scratching her for good measure.
In the suit, Althea claims eyewitnesses allegedly observed Joseline smoking crack cocaine out of a pipe backstage during the show. Althea believes Joseline was high as a kite when she attacked.
It's interesting ... Althea is NOT suing the show or the network, which means one of 2 things:
1. Producers didn't orchestrate the fight
2. They did but she needs the job
I Don't Want to Hurt Paparazzi...
My Father Was One of 'Em
8/27/2014 5:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West played the 'some of my best friends are black' card in his civil lawsuit over the LAX paparazzi attack -- revealing that his dad was once a celebrity photog.
During deposition for the suit filed by Daniel Ramos ... Kanye told Ramos' attorney, "My father was a paparazzo himself." He added that his parents didn't raise him to "be out here wrestling with random paparazzi in front of LAX."
Kanye said he respects some of the paparazzi and gets along with them from time to time, but accused Ramos of asking him about "dumb s**t."
West went on to list a bunch of other jobs his dad did -- marriage counselor, medical illustrator and Black Panther. Maybe explaining why .... as we first told you ... he also declared himself, "the smartest celebrity you've ever f***king dealt with" during the deposition.
Accused of Packing AK-47 on Tour
8/27/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Young Jeezy didn't have just any old weapon when he was busted Sunday ... he was armed with a military style AK-47 ... according to court docs.
We're told Jeezy is one of 6 people who've been charged with possessing the assault rifle ... a felony charge. All of the suspects were on the rapper's tour bus when cops found the weapon, and our sources say they all got charged because no one copped to owning it.
We broke the story ... cops searched the bus while investigating the deadly shooting at Wiz Khalifa and Jeezy's concert last Friday.
Two of Jeezy's entourage members are already convicted felons ... so they got 2 additional charges.
Dave and Busted
8/27/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber is under investigation for allegedly trying to snatch a cell phone from a guy who snapped pics of Biebs and Selena Gomez at a Dave & Buster's.
If Biebs can't keep chill in a freakin' arcade ... it's a bad omen for the next TWO years while he's on probation! Dude's gotta know better.
'Sons of Guns' Will Hayden
Daughter: He Took My Virginity
Child Rape Charge Added (UPDATE)
8/26/2014 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
4:30 PM PT -- TMZ has obtained arrest docs in Hayden's case ... and Hayden's daughter is now backing up the allegations. She told investigators Hayden took her virginity in March, 2013 when she was 11-years-old. She said she was orally and vaginally raped almost daily, but did not report it because he threatened her physically.
According to the docs, the victim says Hayden told her, "Don't tell them nothing, because I'm all you got."
Will Hayden has been arrested again -- this time cops are adding a charge of child rape in the molestation case he's already facing ... TMZ has learned.
TMZ broke the story ... the "Sons of Guns" cast member was busted 2 weeks ago in Louisiana for allegedly molesting his 12-year-old daughter. Hayden was released after posting bail -- but we've learned he was picked up again today.
Law enforcement sources tell us the investigation led the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department to tack on a charge of aggravated rape of a child. An arrest warrant was issued today ... and cops, aided by U.S. Marshals, nabbed Hayden in Livingston, LA.
Hayden told us after the initial arrest that his ex-girlfriend -- and mother of the child -- was making false allegations to get back at him for ending their relationship.
But Your Honor ...
Dude Looks Like Cleveland! No?
8/26/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Marlon Wayans just got sued for cracking a joke on social media that an actor looks just like Cleveland from "Family Guy" -- but he might have the perfect defense.
Ummm ... accuracy has to count for something in court.
Rear-Ended in West Hollywood
8/26/2014 2:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber just got rear-ended ... and it looks like a case of quien es mas macho.
Bieber was driving his red Ferrari in West Hollywood early Tuesday afternoon when he noticed a photog following him in a Prius.
We're told an annoyed Bieber slammed on his brakes and the photog crashed into him.
Bieber wasn't hurt, but he's pissed, tweeting, "We should have learned from the death of Princess Diana."
As for the cars ... the Ferrari was scratched ... nothing major. And let's face it ... who cares about the Prius.