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Demi Lovato Alleged Dealer Busted with Guns and Drugs ... Months Before OD

8/15/2018 10:24 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The man who showed up at Demi Lovato's home and allegedly smoked drugs with her hours before her OD is no stranger to the law -- cops nabbed him in a huge bust one month before he connected with the singer.

Brandon Johnson was arrested back in March with a stash of guns, drugs and cash ... according to law enforcement. When cops picked him up in North Hollywood he allegedly had narcotics, a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun and $10k in his pocket.  

Officers then searched Johnson's home and say they discovered more guns, drugs and ammo. He was also arrested in June and charged with DUI and possession of cocaine. 

TMZ broke the story ... Demi had been in contact with Johnson since April, and sources say he had supplied her with drugs.

We're also told Johnson is the man Demi texted to come over at 4 AM the morning she overdosed after freebasing Oxycodone potentially laced with fentanyl.

A source connected to Brandon tells us he's been telling friends he and Demi have had a "romantic relationship" but other sources say there was no romantic relationship.  We're also told he denies "dealing" her drugs.

We're told the D.A. has not charged him yet for the March arrest. 

Demi Lovato OD Likely Triggered By Oxy Laced With Fentanyl

8/14/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Demi Lovato's near-death OD began at 4 AM July 24, when she texted a drug dealer to come to her house ... sources tell TMZ.

Sources with direct knowledge tell us, Demi had been at a party in WeHo following a birthday celebration at Saddle Ranch on the Sunset Strip. After the drug dealer got the text, he came to her house and we're told the 2 of them freebased Oxycodone on tin foil.

Our sources say unbeknownst to Demi, the drug dealer had a bad habit of buying dirty drugs from Mexico ... and the batch in question appeared to be laced with fentanyl -- that's the same drug that killed Prince and Lil Peep.

We're told the dealer fled her home when he noticed she was in bed, breathing very heavily.

Our sources say Demi had been using the dealer since April.

TMZ broke the story ... someone on Demi's staff found her around 11:30 AM on the 24th. She had to be revived with Narcan.  

Demi was hospitalized for 2 weeks and then went to an out-of-state rehab facility. Last Friday, she and her mom flew to Chicago for a few days where she received treatment from a renowned addiction specialist.  

Demi Lovato Temporarily Leaves Rehab ... For Mental Health, Sobriety Treatment in Chicago

8/10/2018 7:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Demi Lovato left her rehab facility Thursday and flew to Chicago, but we've learned the trip was organized by doctors and designed to make her sober and healthy.

Sources with firsthand knowledge tell us, Demi and her mom landed in Chicago on a private jet at 2 AM Friday. We're told she's there to see a psychiatrist who specializes in mental health, sobriety and overall wellness.

Our sources say Demi will be in Chicago for several days for treatment, and then she'll fly back to reenter the rehab facility where she's been since last Saturday.

Our sources say the rehab facility recommended that Demi see the specialist in Chicago, and she jumped at it.

TMZ broke the story ... Demi almost died after OD'ing last month. 

We're told she's fully committed to getting better.

Demi Lovato Cancels Rest of Tour ... In Wake of Rehab

8/9/2018 8:21 AM PDT
Breaking News

It's becoming more clear now that Demi Lovato will be in treatment for a lengthy period of time ... canceling the remaining shows on her tour.

Demi's Tell Me You Love Me tour dates in Mexico and South America have been scrapped. The news comes on the heels of Demi leaving Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. just days ago and jetting outside of California to a rehab facility.

The singer was scheduled to perform September 20 and 22 in Mexico but those dates have been canceled. Also canceled is her 6-city tour in Chile, Argentina and Brazil slated for November. 

Live Nation and Lotus Productions "wish Demi Lovato the best now and in the future and we hope to see her soon in South America." Refunds will be made available beginning Friday.

TMZ broke the story ... Demi's entered rehab at one of the nation's leading facilities for addiction. 

'Mighty Ducks' Goalie Stuck in Downward Spiral ... Friend Pleads For Rehab

8/8/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Shaun Weiss -- who played Goldberg in "The Mighty Ducks" -- has been in a downward spiral for years, according to a longtime friend who is worried about the former child star's fate.

The friend, Marni Gairhan, has known Shaun for more than 13 years, and she tells us Weiss has battled substance abuse issues and picked the wrong crowd to hang with for way too long. 

Following Shaun's public intoxication bust over the weekend, friends of the actor feel it's time to push him towards rehab. They fear for Shaun's life and believe he's hit rock bottom -- as his mug shot clearly shows.

Shaun's downward spiral dates back to the death of his father 3 years ago, Marni says. Since then, Weiss has been arrested for possession of meth and sentenced to 150 days in jail for stealing -- on top of last weekend's trip to the drunk tank. 

Shaun found steady work after the 3 'Ducks' movies, but it's been a couple of years since his last acting gig. He would tell friends he was working on different projects, but no one ever saw the finished products.

After finding Shaun sleeping on her porch one night last year, Marni decided it was time to contact his niece. Weiss didn't like that, Marni says, and he began to distance himself from his friends.

Still, Marni wants Shaun to get help and she's started a GoFundMe to pay for his rehab.

We reached out to Shaun's niece, but so far no word back.

Demi Lovato Out of Hospital ... In Rehab Facility

8/6/2018 7:39 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Demi Lovato is getting treatment at a rehab facility where she will remain for an extended period of time ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Lovato tell us she was discharged from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. Saturday and took a private plane to the facility, which is outside California.

The rehab center is one of the nation's leading facilities for addiction.

TMZ broke the story ... Lovato's team has a plan set in place to scrub the negative people and "yes men" who contributed to Demi's downhill spiral. We're told they enabled her and fueled her addiction for months before the OD that almost killed her.

Demi addressed the OD for the first time Sunday, saying, "I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I've learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet." 

We're told there's no current time frame for her rehab stint, but that it will be for an "extended" period -- at least 30 days. 

Demi Lovato Friend Sweep Time ... Plans in Place to Cut Off Toxic Ties Post-Rehab

8/6/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Demi Lovato's team is hell-bent on getting her back to good health and keeping her there ... which is why they plan to help her weed out all of her bad influences.

Sources close to Demi tell us ... there will be a major focus on separating her from toxic people in her life once she gets out of rehab -- including even a distant relative who is believed to have a negative impact on her.

We're told Demi's camp held a meeting this week to discuss sweeping out anyone who doesn't have her best interests in mind ... and decided any partymongers, drug users, or "yes" friends who allow her to get in harm's way won't be tolerated. BTW, we're told one friend in particular is on the hit list.

Our sources say Demi will also be advised to get a new phone number and only give it out to trusted advisers and friends ... and keep negative people at bay.

We broke the story ... Demi's agreed to go to rehab as soon as she's out of the hospital and already has plans with the live-in facility set up.

Demi Lovato I Haven't Overcome My Addiction ... Rehab Almost Certain

8/5/2018 2:10 PM PDT
Breaking News

Demi Lovato has broken her silence on her near-fatal overdose almost two weeks ago, saying she hasn't beaten her addiction ... and wants to focus on sobriety and almost certainly rehab.

The "Sorry Not Sorry" singer posted an open letter on social media Sunday saying ... "I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I've learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet."

She goes on to thank God for keeping her alive through the ordeal, her fans for their love and support, and the staff at Cedars-Sinai for working diligently to nurse her back to relative health. 

She finishes by saying ... "I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery. The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side. I will keep fighting."

As we reported, Demi agreed to enter a rehab facility immediately after her release from the hospital. And her message is clear ... she's going to follow through.

We broke the story ... Demi was rushed to the hospital late last month after suffering an overdose at her Hollywood Hills home. She was revived with Narcan, but did not disclose which drug she'd been using. 

Demi Lovato Assistant Screamed, 'She's Dead!!!' ... Bodyguard May Have Saved Her Life

8/3/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Demi Lovato was in such dire condition when she OD'd her assistant thought she was dead, and one of her bodyguards may have saved her life ... TMZ has learned.

Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ, the bodyguard somehow knew there was an emergency at Demi's home a week ago Tuesday morning, and when he entered the home Demi's assistant was screaming, "She's dead, she's dead!"

We're told the bodyguard rushed to Demi's side and it appeared she was not breathing. Our sources say there was blood on her pillow ... an ominous sign, because it's evidence of hemorrhaging. It appears there was also vomit and her airways may have been clogged.

Our sources say the bodyguard administered some sort of first aid to keep Demi alive before paramedics arrived. Based on what we're told it appears the bodyguard propped Demi up and tried clearing her airway which allowed her to breathe.

As we reported ... when paramedics arrived they administered Narcan, which reverses the effects of an opioid OD.

Our sources say the bodyguard, the assistant and others on Demi's team were aware she had fallen off the wagon months before. As early as Coachella in April, we're told Demi was "way out of it" at French Montana's house party.

Demi Lovato Agrees to Rehab

8/2/2018 4:06 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Demi Lovato has agreed to go to rehab, and plans have already been made with the facility ... TMZ has learned.

Sources with direct knowledge tell us, Demi's family has squarely raised the issue of rehab with her ... something they delayed for days because of the many complications resulting from the OD. Demi was very sick and her family did not want to upset her with something that might trigger conflict.

We're told she's still at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, but one source says, "She's getting out any day now." Our sources say there will be no transition ... it's right from Cedars to a live-in rehab facility.

We do not know which facility Demi will enter and whether it's in California or another state. 

As we reported, the situation is so dire, at least one member of her team said they would quit if Demi rejected rehab. 

Luann de Lesseps Out of Rehab ... Says She's Much Better

8/2/2018 1:48 PM PDT

Luann de Lesseps has been released from rehab after less than 3 weeks, and she says it helped her out ... so she's already preparing to get back to work.

Sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... the 'Real Housewives of New York' star reached out to friends Monday to let them know she was out of her Connecticut rehab facility. She told them she's "doing better" and getting ready for her cabaret gig at The Paramount in Long Island Saturday night.

The show will be her first public appearance since her rehab stint.

We broke the story ... those close to Luann said she fell off the wagon at least 2 weeks before she checked into rehab a few weeks back -- for the second time in less than a year.

Hopefully ... take two does the trick.

Demi Lovato Leaving Hospital This Week ... Now It's Rehab, or Else

8/1/2018 3:50 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Demi Lovato is doing a lot better and the plan is for her to get out of the hospital this week, but she's now faced with a decision ... go to rehab, or lose a lot of the people close to her.

Sources with firsthand knowledge tell TMZ, Demi has stabilized from her overdose -- an OD that was so bad she was in danger of dying -- and her team is making plans to send her to rehab. The decision is ultimately Demi's, and we're told the people closest to her, along with some of the people who work for her, are going to draw a line in the sand -- either go to a facility for help, or lose our number.

At least one key person who works for Demi tells TMZ, they will quit if she doesn't check herself in. As the source said, "She could die if she doesn't, and that's not going to be on my watch that we did nothing."

Our sources say Demi fell off the wagon months ago and refused help, so everyone around her is nervous. They believe, however, that the OD and the subsequent complications in the hospital have sufficiently scared her that she'll go to a live-in facility for extended treatment.

Demi Lovato Too Ill to Discuss Rehab

7/31/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Demi Lovato is in no shape to talk about going to rehab, even though friends and family say she needs it to save her life.

Sources with firsthand knowledge tell us the people in contact with her have not even broached the subject of rehab, because she's still not out of the woods after her overdose a week ago.

As we reported, she is still very ill, suffering from extreme nausea and a high fever, among other things.  

We're told doctors are not even predicting when she might get out of the hospital, so there's still time to discuss. Multiple people who have had contact with Demi tell us they have no idea how she will receive the message that she desperately needs rehab. As one source said, "We just don't know where her head is at."

Demi can't be forced to go to rehab ... it will have to be her decision. The good news ... she's been receptive about rehab -- she went there in 2010, although she said at the time it was for an eating disorder. She has also celebrated her sobriety in the past, so from all signs she wants to regain it.

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