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Ryan Phillippe Girlfriend Sues Claims He Brutalized and Beat Her

9/18/2017 4:31 PM PDT

5:05 PM PT -- Sources connected with Ryan tell TMZ, Elsie showed up to Ryan's house uninvited and under the influence several days after he broke up with her.  They say she was the one who attacked Ryan and refused to leave his home.  He removed her from the premises and he claims she fell and hurt herself.

Sources close to Ryan say the L.A. City Attorney refused to prosecute after investigating, and they claim she's filed this lawsuit out of revenge. We're told Ryan's side finds it amusing Elsie has sent glamour shots of herself to the media and is out for money and fame.

Ryan Phillippe's girlfriend has just filed a lawsuit against the actor, claiming he abuses cocaine, ecstasy, psychedelic mushrooms and steroids, and has beaten her badly.

Elsie Hewitt claims in the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, on July 4th, she went to pick up things from his house and she realized he was extremely drunk. She says after she tried talking with him he attacked her, grabbed her upper arm so hard it left heavy bruises and violently threw her down the stairs as hard as he could.

She claims he continued his assault and picked her up like a doll and threw her down the stairs again. He then screamed, "Get the f*** out of my house you crazy c**t."

She went to the hospital, cops took a report and she got a protective order.

She suffered chest wall pain, abrasions and severe bruising. 

She wants more than $1 million.

Kevin Hart Deeply Involved in Police Extortion Investigation Talking to Law Enforcement

9/18/2017 3:06 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Hart is aggressively helping authorities nab the people who tried extorting him over that sexually charged video ... and TMZ has learned he's speaking with them today to tell them everything he knows.

Sources connected with Hart tell us Kevin is talking to law enforcement by phone today on a call that is expected to last around an hour and a half. Our sources say he's livid at the culprits and wants them caught so bad he's willing to stop everything else he's doing to help.

We're told this will be the second extended conversation he's had with law enforcement.

As for who the culprits are ... no one knows for sure, although everyone involved has their suspicions. We're told the woman in the photo with Kevin that appears at the beginning of the video has told Kevin's people she knew nothing about the video, suggesting she's a victim, too.

But the woman immediately lawyered up. As we first reported, the lawyer contacted Kevin's people and said his client would take a lie detector test, but only if she was paid 6 figures. We're now told that amount is $420k.  

It appears there's more than one person involved in the extortion plot, and as one person familiar with the investigation tells us, "Sometimes they seem incredibly sophisticated, and other times they just seem downright dumb."

Tesla Ex-Employee Sues Over N-Word, Racial Discrimination

9/18/2017 10:36 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

12:30 PM PT -- Tesla says they've investigated DeWitt Lambert's complaint, and the other employees involved told a much different version of events leading up to the recording showing them using the n-word. In fact, Tesla says they now have personal instant messages where Lambert not only uses the n-word ... but says he was seeking revenge on his co-workers.

Bottom line: Tesla says they've suspended Lambert, with pay, while they reopen the investigation.

An African-American man who worked for Tesla claims he was harassed by other employees and called the n-word.

DeWitt Lambert filed a federal lawsuit, claiming he started working for the car company in 2015 and served as a production associate. He says the harassment began almost immediately. It started with hazing type stuff -- putting stickers on his back, putting nuts and screws in his pocket and hiding his tools.

Lambert says things escalated a few months into the job and he got a menacing recording on his phone ..."N****r, we take your ass home, n****r.  Shred you up in pieces, n****r.  Cut you up n****r, send your ass [to] everyone in yo family so everybody can have a piece of you, n****r.  Straight up, n****r.  We get down like that, n****r."

The lawsuit also claims employees humiliated him, sticking a drill gun in his butt while he was bent over. They also routinely made comments about the size of his penis.

Lambert says after he complained, some of the alleged harassers were actually rewarded with a promotion.

He's claiming discrimination, a hostile work environment and wants an unspecified amount in damages.

We reached out to Tesla ... so far no word back.

'Too Close' Singer Sued Your Rent is Running Real Late You're Makin' It Hard for Me

9/18/2017 10:12 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The singer from Next is being sued for allegedly being a deadbeat tenant.

TMZ has obtained a copy of a lawsuit in which Raphael Brown is being hauled to court by his landlord, claiming the singer is late on 5 months of rent.

To be exact, the landlord says she's owed $48,000 in back rent.

BTW ... the crib is a palatial estate in Encino, which vaguely resembles a castle ... although it's not in the Alps. It's in the San Fernando Valley.

Brown is still living in the house. The landlord is also trying to get a court order to evict him.

David Hasselhoff I'm Done Supporting My Ex ... Pamela Needs to Get a Job!!

9/18/2017 9:21 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

David Hasselhoff's had enough of writing $10,000 checks to his ex-wife every month -- and says it's high time she find a way to support herself.

David filed docs requesting an immediate end to his alimony payments to Pamela Bach. The couple divorced in 2006, and for a long time he was paying her $21k per month. Last year he got that cut in half -- saying he was too broke to shell out so much -- and now he wants the amount cut to zilch.

In his docs, the Hoff points out Pamela's shown a "failure to make any efforts to become self supporting, contribute to her own support, or even make any efforts to gain job skills." Translation: she's sitting on her ass living off my money!

David says the fact she's not even trying to help herself ... justifies terminating the spousal support.

According to the docs, David's paid more than $2.5 million to Pamela in spousal support.

Harry Styles Bootleggers Have It Out for Me ... Live Nation Ain't Having It!

9/18/2017 8:56 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Harry Styles is taking a stand against Nashville bootleggers ahead of 2 big concerts he has coming up in Music City.

Live Nation, Harry's tour promoter, just filed a lawsuit against anonymous makers of unauthorized Styles concert merch. Harry's playing at the legendary Grand Ole Opry next week ... and then he'll be back at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena next June.

Live Nation says it has knowledge the bootleggers are licking their chops for these gigs, and it's suing to get a court order for cops to seize all the counterfeit merch and destroy it.

Kesha Trashes Dr. Luke Without Mentioning Dr. Luke

9/18/2017 7:40 AM PDT

Kesha held no punches against Dr. Luke ... just his name.

The singer was performing Saturday night in Las Vegas when, in the middle of performing "You Don't Own Me," stopped the show and delivered an emotional message -- NOBODY OWNS YOU!!!

Check it out ... she got more hardcore than that, and it's pretty clear we know who she's talking about. You'll recall she's in the middle of an ongoing legal war with her famous producer alleging he raped her.

She's bounced back strong, in more ways than one.

Kevin Hart Extortion Vid Person of Interest Will Take Lie Detector Test ... For a Price

9/17/2017 3:38 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

One of the people who could be the extortionist behind the Kevin Hart sexually explicit video contacted his lawyer and offered to take a lie detector test ... but the comedian would have to write a huge check to make that happen.

Sources familiar with the case tell TMZ ... the bizarre call was made recently by a person who apparently has some connection to the encounter between Kevin and the woman pictured above.

The person who called Hart's lawyer did not say what they would answer while hooked up to the polygraph, but said they would only sit for a 6-figure amount -- we're told somewhere around $500,000.

The crazy thing is this ... if the person is the extortionist, they're essentially saying they would go to prison for $500k. If they're not the extortionist, then they're a scam artist. 

Our sources say Kevin's attorney did not bite. 

As we reported, the FBI is on the case and is honing in on a suspect

Kevin Hart Video is Graphic Extortionist Admits Money Grab

9/17/2017 10:36 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

This is the woman at the center of the Kevin Hart video that triggered a multi-million dollar extortion demand, and the extortionist freely admits money is the end game.

The 4 minute and 47 second video is highly produced, with audio from Kevin on various radio shows as the video rolls.  The video cuts to a bedroom scene where it appears 2 people are having sex on a bed.  You can't see the people in the bed, but afterward you see a naked man walking in the room and it definitely looks like Kevin.

Now here's what's shocking ... the extortionist who made the video says the point is 2-fold ... to expose Kevin and to get money.    

"The real reason Kevin Hart orchestrated the Texas Hurricane Relief Fund, this so-called good deed was done to get ahead as he knew this damaging footage was one click away from being exposed as the liar and cheater he is.  Kevin Hart was privy to me wanting to expose him as I have made countless attempts to expose this information to various blogs, in an attempt to also get paid."

Sources connected to Kevin tell TMZ, whatever happened on the video, Kevin's hurricane relief efforts had nothing to do with the extortion attempt.

During the video you hear Kevin in interviews talking about being young and unfaithful in his first marriage but now that he's 36 he's learned to handle things differently, especially since it's so easy to get caught.

As we reported, the FBI is on the case and have a suspect.  It's unclear if they're looking at the woman who was with Kevin in the video or whether it's someone who either secretly recorded the encounter or gained access to the iPhone that captured it.

Kevin Hart Multi-Million Dollar Extortion Demand FBI Has Suspect

9/17/2017 8:58 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Hart was the victim in an extortion attempt to the tune of millions of dollars, and we're told the FBI is on the case and has a suspect.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... an anonymous person contacted Kevin's camp and provided the video TMZ described Saturday ... showing Kevin and a woman in a sexually provocative situation.  The video then cuts to a bedroom where there appears to be sexual activity on a bed, although you don't see who is in the bed.

We're told the person demanded a multi-million dollar amount in return for keeping the video private.   There were actually several demands, and at one point the amount hit 8 figures.

Our sources say The FBI knows who the woman is who interacted with Kevin, and they either believe she is the one who made the money demand ... or someone who got hold of the iPhone that recorded the encounter made the demand.  Either way, FBI agents think they know the identity of the culprit.

Sources close to Kevin will not say if he's the one in the bedroom, although they do say the woman who is on the various videos has had sexual relations with another celebrity -- a TV star -- and they believe he might be the one in the bedroom videos.

Our Kevin sources also say the videos were recorded on an iPhone that was propped against an object in the room and such recording without consent is illegal.

Kevin Hart Swore Off Cheating Too Risky I'd Get Caught

9/17/2017 8:07 AM PDT

Kevin Hart opened up about cheating last year, and said he wouldn't do it ... not because it's wrong, but because the chances are he'd get caught.

It's pretty stunning in the wake of Kevin's claim he's being extorted over video showing him and a woman getting super cozy and another video which makes it appear a sexual encounter is about to go down.  Quick to point out ... in the prelude to sex video you don't see Kevin.

Hart told The Breakfast Club in January, 2016, social media combined with thots makes cheating a sexual form of Russian Roulette.  

As we reported, Kevin has contacted cops claiming someone has tried to extort him with the video.  He's not denying its him in some of the various clips.

Kevin apologized to his wife and kids Saturday, in a preemptive move. 

Burning Man Lawsuit My Camp Leader Torched Me!!!

9/17/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

One of the camps at Burning Man was the scene of a tragedy ... a financial one for a guy who says his hired gun in the desert made off with $15k in camp dues.

Leon Feingold runs the New York Dangerous camp, and says he hired Adam Librot in 2016 to be one of his camp's leaders. If ya haven't been to BM, here's how it works. People set up theme camps -- you pay the camp and it provides shelter, maybe food, water ... depends on how much ya pay.

In a lawsuit, Feingold says Librot went rogue ... set up 4 new websites to collect dues ranging from $100-$500 a head, and got a total of $20k. Feingold says he agreed Librot could use $5k for camp expenses, but claims the other $15k went straight into his camp leader's pocket.

Feingold's suing to get back the dues, plus additional damages.

Kevin Hart I'm Being Extorted Over a Sexually Suggestive Video

9/16/2017 5:33 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

6:39 PM PT -- Sources who have seen the video tell TMZ there are several clips. The first appears to show a woman and Kevin in a club getting cozy. The tape then cuts to a bed, where you don't see the people in the bed ... but hear creaking and  what could be people having sex. You never see Kevin in the 2nd clip. The 3rd clip shows 2 people milling around a room, one of them looks vaguely like Kevin.

We're told the person allegedly extorting Kevin has demanded payment from him to avoid the tape's release. 

Kevin Hart is getting out in front of a messy situation by apologizing publicly to his wife and kids, and TMZ has learned it's all over a video that looks like he's cheating.

Kevin profusely apologized to his pregnant wife, Eniko Parrish, and his kids on Instagram Saturday ... saying he recently made some mistakes he deeply regrets. 

Sources tell TMZ a woman has allegedly demanded money from Kevin after shooting a video with him in which Kevin and the woman are engaged in "sexually suggestive" conduct. We are told it is NOT a sex tape, but looks like it is a prelude to sex. We're told that at a point in the tape when the action is the heaviest, you cannot actually see Kevin. 

A rep for Kevin tells us ... "Someone tried to set Kevin up in a failed extortion attempt. As law enforcement is involved, we cannot comment further as it could affect the investigation." 

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