Deion Sanders' ex-wife was sentenced to seven days behind bars today for failing to return their kids in a timely manner ... as they agreed to do in their divorce agreement.
Pilar Sanders was found in contempt, and immediately taken into custody. The judge ruled she did not bring their 3 children back to do Deion on time after a visit last July -- and also took them when it wasn't her turn.
According to local reports, Pilar did not have an attorney with her ... and at one point told the court, “I am not a part of the United States corporation." As we first told you ... Pilar now believes she can only be judged by the Moroccan Empire (which does not exist).
Deion is also suing her for defamation and the judge ordered Pilar to delete any disparaging social media comments about Deion.
Clinic Overhauls Procedures
To Avoid Repeat Tragedies
12/16/2014 12:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The clinic where Joan Rivers' throat procedure turned deadly ... just filed a plan to make a slew of major changes to avoid getting shut down by the feds.
According to docs obtained by TMZ ... Yorkville Endoscopy is responding to flaws found by the Department of Health and Human services ... by making several upgrades to its procedures.
Among the changes:
- Stricter procedures to credential physicians and observers who are admitted into operating rooms
- The clinic has to perform a full assessment of a patient's weight, allergies, and medical history before administering Propofol
- Supplemental oxygen should be routinely used and immediately available for patients sedated with Propofol
- Anesthesiologists must check vital signs at least every 5 minutes for patients sedated with Propofol
- Unscheduled drills to resuscitate patients using defibrillators/crash carts will be run 4 times a year
Most of the changes relate directly to problems the agency found at the clinic while investigating Joan's death. The Dept. of HHS has signed off on Yorkville's plan.
Yorkville officials had been given a January deadline to get this done ... or the feds could have closed down the clinic.
Bill Cosby Accuser
He Drugged Me & Licked My Toes
At Playboy Mansion in 2008
12/16/2014 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A new Bill Cosby accuser claims he drugged her during a visit to the Playboy Mansion just six years ago -- which is recent enough that criminal charges could be filed.
Chloe Goins told the Daily Mail she met Cosby when she was 18 years old ... during a 2008 party at the Playboy Mansion. She claims Cosby gave her a drink and then "everything kind of went a little foggy."
She says she woke up naked in a bedroom with Cosby sucking her toes and masturbating. When she asked what was going on ... Cosby allegedly pulled up his pants and ran out of the room.
Goins, a model and stripper, has not filed a police report ... but reportedly plans to meet with LAPD soon. Our law enforcement sources say that meeting has not happened ... nor has LAPD even gotten a phone call from Goins.
If she does go to police, and there is an investigation ... Goins' case would be significant because 2008 would fall within the statute of limitations for sexual assault in California.
We've reached out to Cosby's camp ... so far no word back.
Sony Pictures Sued
You Let Hackers Jack Our Lives
... Ex-Employees Claim
12/16/2014 9:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sony Pictures sat back and did nothing to protect its current and past employees from hackers, who now have access to crucial financial records of more than 15,000 people ... according to a new lawsuit.
The class action suit was filed by two ex-employees, on behalf of other Sony workers in their situation ... claiming the company was warned by the hackers, Guardians of Peace, on November 24th -- but then failed to take any action to protect its records.
The ex-workers -- who left Sony years before the hacking -- say G.O.P. now have access to 47,000 social security numbers ... as well as the birth dates, addresses, salary history, and more for Sony employees.
They are suing for at least 5 years of identity theft protection, credit restoration, and bank monitoring -- and they want money for unspecified damages.
Best Lawsuit of the Year
Sell an Oscar
Go Directly to Court
12/16/2014 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
And the Oscar goes to ... some dude on eBay, and now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is going after the relative of an actual winner.
A guy named Robert Surtees won an Oscar in 1953 for cinematography for the "The Bad and the Beautiful." Robert is now dead, and his daughter-in-law, Carol, apparently needs some cash, because she put the statue up on eBay and there was indeed a market ... she sold it for $40,500.
Here's the problem ... there are strings attached to winning an Oscar, one of them being that if the winner wants to sell it the Academy can step in and buy it for the very reasonable price of $10.
So the Academy is pissed, and they've filed a lawsuit, not only asking for the sale price but they want a judge to give them the statue ... of course, after the Academy ponies up the $10.
Blasted for Playing Race Card
... With Reporters
12/16/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bill Cosby suggesting white journalists are giving him the short end of the stick is a bunch of crap -- and that's according to the head of a black journalists organization.
Bob Butler, President of the National Association of Black Journalists ... tells TMZ almost all reports on the sexual assault allegations against Cosby have been unbiased -- despite Cosby alleging white media (whatever that means) have it out for him.
In fact, Butler says black reporters should actually be pissed at Cosby's claim because ... "You don’t go easier on a person with color. Its wrong for journalism period."
He adds, "This not a color issue, this is a journalism issue … black people happen to be reporters."
Cosby -- not winning friends in the media ... of any race.
Pepperdine Basketball Players
Coach Doesn't Hate Lesbians
... He Hates Drama
12/16/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Pepperdine women hoopsters are jumping to their coach's defense -- shooting down claims from 2 teammates that he's on an anti-lesbian campaign.
TMZ Sports broke the story... Haley Videckis and Layana White filed a lawsuit against the university because they say coach Ryan Weisenberg said "lesbianism" would not be tolerated on his team.
But multiple players tell us Videckis and White are twisting their coach's words. We're told Weisenberg did make a speech ... telling the team "he doesn't want off-the-court drama brought on the team."
The players we spoke with felt his message was clear ... don't let relationships -- regardless of sexual preference -- affect your play.
As for why Videckis and White sued -- we're told it might be because they haven't played in any games.
Videckis and White's attorney says he thinks the coach is telling players "what would be good for them to say" about the lawsuit.
Slava Voynov's Wife
Blames Herself & Begs D.A.
My Husband is No Ray Rice
12/15/2014 9:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
NHL star Slava Voynov's wife pleaded with prosecutors to drop the felony domestic violence case against him because if people like Ray Rice didn't go to jail ... Slava shouldn't either.
TMZ Sports obtained a letter sent by Slava's wife, Marta Varlamova, to the L.A. County District Attorney in November ... and in it she takes all the blame for the argument which she says started during a party at a friend's house where she was drinking -- but continued when they got home.
She claims Voynov was trying to go to sleep, but she kept pressing the issue and got physical ... squeezing his shoulders and yelling, "No, I want to talk more." Marta says he only pushed her when she refused to get out of his face. That's when -- as we've previously reported -- she claims she turned and smashed her head into a flat screen TV in their bedroom.
In the letter, she describes how profusely she was bleeding and says, "I started yelling because it hurt quite a bit and I was very worried about whether I was going to need stitches and worried about how it would look." She says they decided to go to the ER around 11:30 PM.
Marta, whose first language is Russian ... claims she repeatedly told a police officer Slava did not try to kill her, and she was not afraid of him. As we've told you ... she and Slava believe the officer did not understand her because her English is so poor.
In fact, during a hearing Monday ... police testified the she had said Voynov punched, kicked and choked her. So, it appears there was a communication gap ... or someone's lying.
Marta ends the letter by pointing out she's "heard about other athletes on the news" who did things that Slava didn't ... yet they were not charged. She's clearly referring to Ray Rice ... who got a pretrial intervention program instead of being prosecuted for punching his then-fiancee.
Despite her objection ... Voynov has been charged with felony domestic violence.
Bill Cosby Accuser
Shrink Says I WAS Molested as a Kid
12/15/2014 3:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Judy Huth -- the woman who claims Bill Cosby got her drunk and then sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion when she was just 15 -- says a psychologist validates her claim of childhood sexual abuse, but the shrink doesn't say who did it.
Huth is suing Cosby -- even though the alleged incident occurred in 1974 and the statute of limitations has long since run. She just filed legal docs saying she met with Dr. Anthony Reading, a clinical psychologist and a UCLA professor.
The docs quote Dr. Reading as saying, "I have concluded, based upon my knowledge of the facts and issues, that there is, in my professional opinion, a reasonable basis to believe that Ms. Huth had been subject to childhood sexual abuse."
Cosby has asked that the case be dismissed and sanctions imposed, arguing Huth tried extorting him with a phony story.
Bill Cosby's Wife
'He is the Man You Thought You Knew'
12/15/2014 2:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bill Cosby's wife just broke her silence and fiercely defended her husband over various sexual assault allegations, saying, "He is a kind man, a generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend. He is the man you thought you knew."
Camille didn't attack her husband's accusers, but said the media has been way to quick to pass judgment, saying, "A different man has been portrayed in the media over the last two months. It is the portrait of a man I do not know."
She then zeros in on the accusers saying, "It is also the portrait painted by individuals and organizations whom many in the media have given a pass."
Camille warns, "We all followed the story of the article in the "Rolling Stone" concerning allegations of rape at the University of Virginia. The story was heart-breaking but ultimately appears to be proved to be untrue." She adds, "Many in the media were quick to link that story to stories about my husband."
And her final salvo ... "None of us will ever want to be in the position of attacking the victim. But the question should be asked -- who is the victim?"
Stuck in Canada
What About Amnesty for Me!!!
12/15/2014 1:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Randy Quaid and his wife went to Canada and now they're not allowed to come home ... so they're suing the United States Secretary of State so they can return to their homeland.
Seems Randy and Evi are paying the piper for all the trouble emanating from some hotel hijinks. They skipped out on their $10K hotel bill in 2009 by using bogus credit cards. Criminal charges were filed but they evaded authorities and felony arrest warrants were issued.
Randy and Evi went to Canada in 2010 but there was a big problem ... they're fugitives from justice because the felony warrants are still active. So the U.S. government revoked their passports.
They've tried to get asylum in Canada but the government shut them down.
The couple just filed a lawsuit against John Kerry, claiming they have been illegally deprived of their legal identity as American citizens.
Nitrous Oxide Made Me Do It!
12/15/2014 12:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen could just attach a DVD of Steve Martin in "Little Shop of Horrors" to explain his defense in a lawsuit claiming he assaulted a dental technician ... because the actor blames it all on the gas.
Sheen just filed legal docs responding to a lawsuit filed by Margarita Palestino, who claims Charlie grabbed her boob and came at her with a knife in October as he sat in a dental chair.
She told cops Charlie's bodyguard claims the star was high on rock cocaine at the time ... something Charlie and his team vehemently deny.They say he was on meds for a shoulder injury and had an adverse reaction to the nitrous, causing him to flail around and accidentally knock over a tray of tools.
The new docs don't mention the shoulder meds but do say he had an adverse reaction to the gas.
Charlie's lawyer says the technician is not only making up stories ... she got fired because she violated HIPAA laws by telling her son Charlie was in the office.
L.A. Kings Player Slava Voynov
Wife Told Police
He Kicked, Punched and Choked Her
12/15/2014 12:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The wife of Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov told police he punched, kicked and choked her before he was arrested for domestic violence back in October ... this according to police testimony given Monday.
Voynov's preliminary hearing shed new details about what allegedly went down that night. Orange County Register reporter Rich Hammond tweeted from the courthouse, saying a Redondo Beach police officer testified to seeing Voynov's wife with a "laceration over left eye, blood streaming, red marks on neck."
The officer also testified that Voynov's wife claimed Voynov pushed her to the ground multiple times, kicked her repeatedly while on the ground and choked her. She also told police she cut her face after Voynov pushed her into a flat-screen TV.
The judge denied Voynov's motion to dismiss and another motion to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor.
As TMZ Sports first reported, Voynov's attorney claims the cops misunderstood his wife because she doesn't speak English and maintains she "fell down."
Voynov could get a max of nine years if convicted.