CNN is being sued by 2 EMTs who claim one of the network's reporters bit them in a drunken rage.
Arwa Damon -- the Beirut-based senior international correspondent for CNN -- was in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad back in July. According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- she became "seriously intoxicated" and became unruly and violent.
Authorities arrived and according to the suit ... EMTs Tracy Lamar and Charles Simons were trying to help Damon when the correspondent bit both on their left arms. Simons also claims his knees and elbows were injured. Lamar says she was also bruised.
The suit claims while the EMTs were providing assistance ... Damon played the famous card, saying she was a "major reporter for CNN."
The suit claims CNN knew Damon had a history of becoming drunk and abusive, and had a penchant for violence, even when sober.
Lamar and Simons are each suing CNN and Damon for $1 million.
We contacted CNN ... so far now word back.
My Last Meal Would Be ...
4/25/2014 4:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Anthony Bourdain has probably eaten every single food on the planet, but he actually was able to choose the one thing he would want for his last meal ... and it's really pretty simple.
Our photog caught up with the "Parts Unknown" host in New York City Thursday ... where he gave us his thoughts on so many amazing topics: whether he hates any foods, drinking absinthe and moonshine, his favorite country to eat in ... and, of course, his death row meal.
If you love talking food ... you'll love this video.
I Want Bigger Interviews
2/28/2014 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Piers Morgan says in a weird way he's relieved he got the boot from CNN, because it frees him up to do less fluff and more big interviews.
We got Piers coming out of Madeo Thursday ... and he said he had no regrets about his firing. His goal is doing less shows and more BIG gets -- like Oprah and Bill Clinton.
Subtext -- he's taking a shot at CNN, saying they fill a lot of their shows with stupid stuff.
Alleged Stalker Claims
We Had a Mutual Crush
8/21/2013 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The former mental patient/self-proclaimed gay, Jewish white supremacist who has been terrorizing Anderson Cooper for years was in court on his criminal stalking case ... his defense -- it was just a mutual crush.
Alex Hausner told the detective who arrested him last month, "I have a crush on Anderson. He is not in any danger"... this according to legal docs obtained by the New York Post.
Hausner allegedly showed up at Anderson's home and tried to kick the front door down, screaming "I'm going to f**k you up."
The alleged stalker claims that way back in 2007, he passed Anderson on the street and the CNN anchor told him, "You're hot." Hausner says Anderson's BF Ben Maisani is simply threatened by him. We're guessing that's not the case.
The judge ordered a psych evaluation. Hausner's being held on $75k bail.
Crazy, Ominous Stalker Arraigned
7/28/2013 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A self-proclaimed gay, Jewish white supremacist was in court last night ... facing charges that he has terrorized Anderson Cooper, threatening to "f**k you up."
40-year-old Alex Hausner has allegedly stalked Cooper for 5 years ... but things escalated last month when he showed up at the CNN star's home, trying to kick down the front door of the converted firehouse and screaming, "I swear to f**king God, don't insult me. I'm going to f**k you up."
According to the New York Post, Hausner has made numerous threatening phone calls and attempted to get face-to-face encounters with A.C. for years. The Post says Hausner also targeted Anderson's boyfriend, calling him a "thug" and a "mongrel."
Hausner -- a psychiatric patient -- faces felony menacing charges and misdemeanor harassment charges. He's being held on $75K bail.
Who Wouldn't Try to Kiss
Anderson Cooper's Penis?
1/3/2013 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
For the first time ever, Kathy Griffin might actually have a good point -- telling TMZ, of course she tried to kiss Anderson Cooper's penis on New Year's ... because who wouldn't??? IT'S ANDERSON COOPER!!!
Kathy was out in NYC yesterday -- with her boyfriend -- when we asked about her infamous penis-smooching escapade while hosting the New Year's Eve countdown on CNN with Anderson Cooper.
Kathy didn't try to minimize it either, telling us, "I've hit on [Anderson] many times."
It must be his laugh.
Blasted for Oral Sex
Antics On CNN
1/2/2013 1:41 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kathy Griffin was obscene and unhinged with Anderson Cooper on CNN's New Year's Eve Live ... so claims an angry Parents Television Council.
The Prez of the PTC tells TMZ ... Griffin "has shown increasing contempt for the audience ..." referring to her multiple attempts to offer Anderson a BJ just after the ball dropped in Times Square.
Tim Winter goes on ... "The onus is now on CNN. Either the network has a policy that allows its on-air talent to fondle a co-anchor's genitals, or it has a policy that forbids such conduct."
Winter also says he's not buyin' the whole, "The-kids-in-bed" argument, because New Year's Eve is the night kids stay up.
Anderson Cooper's Junk
1/1/2013 11:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Anderson Cooper's penis was on the run from Kathy Griffin last night on CNN ... as she repeatedly attempted to simulate oral sex on Anderson live on the air.
If you rang in 2013 watching Anderson and Kathy on CNN ... you couldn't have missed Kathy dropping to her knees multiple times in effort to kiss AC's "Christmas present" ... as she put it.
Kathy, who's been Anderson's NYE co-host for 6 years, did eventually explain her x-rated hijinx -- claiming David Letterman dared her to "see how close I could come to servicing you."
Anderson was a good sport, but seemed genuinely annoyed after her first few trips downtown.
Still, we give him props for the line of the night -- telling Kathy if she'd been successful "it would have been a first for me, and I'm just not ready to go there."
We contacted Anderson's rep to see if he's laughing about it today ... or pissed. So far, no word back.
Takes CNN to the Mat
11/12/2007 4:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It's a case of "he said -- but you didn't get to hear it."
Quizzed by CNN about whether he has ever used steroids, pro wrestler John Cena quickly responded, "Absolutely not!" -- then offered nearly three minutes of follow up. But when CNN made its edit to their special, "Death Grip: Inside Pro Wrestling," Cena's response was replaced with: "People conceive things because performance enhancing drugs have got the spotlight. It's a hot thing to talk about. I can't tell you that I haven't, but you'll never be able to prove that I have."
Needless to say, the folks at World Wrestling Entertainment are pissed! They've posted the original, unedited video on their official website, along with the following response:
UPDATE: A rep for CNN has issued the following statement: "CNN has reviewed the footage of Mr. Cena and additional video from that interview has been added to the program which aired in replays of the program on Sunday."