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Ozzfest Sues OZY Fest Ripped Off Ozzy's Namesake!!!

10/18/2017 3:15 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Someone's trying to make a buck off Ozzy Osbourne's name and his long-running concert festival ... according to a new lawsuit.

Ozzy's company's unleashing their lawyers on a Central Park music event called OZY Fest -- short for OZY Fusion Fest -- which went down this past July and featured acts like Jason Derulo and Talib Kweli. Despite the name ... rock's Prince of Darkness, Ozzy, was NOT part of the lineup.

According to the suit, Ozzfest -- which has been a thing for more than 20 years -- fired off a cease and desist letter, warning that  the event, and its logo, were confusing music fans. OZY Fest claimed it wasn't a concert, and more of a "media-focused event" -- whatever that means.

Team Ozzy's calling BS, especially because OZY Fest's own website describes it as an "all-day party that brings together incredible music." So, yeah ... just like Ozzy's incredibly popular and already established festival.

Ozzfest is suing to prevent an encore use of the name, and for profits from that July show.

Marcia Clark Buckle Up, Harvey Weinstein ... Expect Criminal Charges!!

10/18/2017 9:46 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Harvey Weinstein's troubles are just beginning, because in Marcia Clark's expert legal opinion ... he'll likely be facing a criminal jury soon.

We got the famed O.J. Simpson prosecutor at LAX Wednesday and she said accusers coming forward, and lawsuits are just the start for Weinstein. The next step, she says, could be criminal charges.

Marcia knows of what she speaks -- on Tuesday the L.A. City Attorney encouraged any victims to come forward and report sexual harassment or abuse in the workplace.

It's clear she's keeping an eye on the whole scandal -- so, our guy asked if Marcia would be willing to take it on as a prosecutor. She's long since left that gig but a woman can dream, can't she?

Las Vegas Shooting Hotel Guard Opens Up About Finding Shooter

10/18/2017 7:41 AM PDT

Jesus Campos, the Mandalay Bay security guard who alerted police to the Las Vegas shooter, is speaking out for the first time about the violent encounter that left him with gunshot wounds.

Jesus opened up to Ellen DeGeneres ... detailing the harrowing moments leading up to him discovering Stephen Paddock on the 32nd floor, just as he was starting to open fire on the crowd of concertgoers below.

He thinks a loud slamming door during his routine check of the floor is what tipped off his location to Paddock, who then started shooting into the hallway -- and hit Campos in the leg.

Miraculously, Campos says he was still able to somehow get on his radio and tell his team shots had been fired. You can hear his full story on Wednesday's episode of 'Ellen.'

McKayla Maroney: I Was Drugged and Molested By Team USA Doctor

10/18/2017 6:15 AM PDT
Breaking News

McKayla Maroney says she was sexually assaulted by the team doctor for the U.S. women's gymnastics team and Olympic team -- and the abuse started when she was 13 years old. 

The former U.S. Olympic gymnast went public about the alleged abuse Wednesday morning -- saying Dr. Larry Nassar repeatedly molested her under the guise of administering "treatment."

The 21-year-old says, "Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving 'medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years.'"

"It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn't end until I left the sport."

"It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was 'treated.' It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my Silver."

Maroney says Nassar gave her a sleeping pill on a flight to Tokyo when she was 15 -- "and the next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a 'treatment.' I thought I was going to die that night."

McKayla joins a long list of women accusing Nassar of sexual misconduct -- 125 women, including former gymnasts, have already filed suit against him for alleged incidents over the years. 

For his part, Nassar has claimed "procedures" in which he would treat women intra-vaginally were medically appropriate. 

John Legend Expel Harvey Weinstein from Hollywood

10/18/2017 6:43 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

John Legend all but says with great power comes great responsibility ... and that's why Harvey Weinstein's ass should be banished from Hollywood -- he simply can't be trusted.

We got the singer at LAX Tuesday and he had a strong take on Harvey resigning from The Weinstein Co. Board of Directors. John says if anyone in Harvey's position abuses their power, they need to hit the road -- and men need to listen when women speak out.

We also ask John about his vineyard and if it's safe from the ravaging fires -- but it's clear John thinks there are more pressing issues.

Harvey Weinstein Lawsuits Against Mogul Good Investment for Financing Companies

10/18/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Harvey Weinstein's accusers don't have to resort to GoFundMe to foot their legal bills if they end up suing, because companies are lining up to front the cash.

Who knew there were legal financing companies that invest in cases that are likely to produce a financial jackpot? It seems these companies think suing Harvey Weinstein and TWC will be a cakewalk. 

The CEO for Legal-Bay tells us they believe many of the women who might sue will get $50k minimum and as high as 7 figures. The company is on the hunt for actresses who aren't big names but may have had their careers blocked by Weinstein. 

Another financing company, Legalist, is offering $100k for litigation costs. A company rep tells us they're not chasing clients, but rather advertising their services on social media. They also think the most likely clients are staffers at TWC and not actresses who often have enough money to sue.

A Legalist rep says the company has settled other sexual assault cases ... some for millions.

Johnny Depp Sues Lawyers for Malpractice

10/17/2017 5:14 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Johnny Depp claims the law firm that represented him for years betrayed him by conspiring with his financial manager who Depp claims fleeced him out of $40 million.

Depp is suing the highly respected entertainment law firm, Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, LLP ... claiming the lawyers allowed TMG -- Depp's financial managers -- to essentially rob him blind.

Depp has TMG, but now he says his law firm were in cahoots with TMG, which took out enormous loans unbeknownst to debt and secured by the actor's movie residuals. When the residual payments were made to Depp, they were diverted to repay the loans.

The suit claims the law firm built in its fee in the loans and skimmed the money off before Depp was entitled to his money.

And the suit claims the law firm knew fully well what TMG was doing but never alerted Depp.

And get this ... Depp claims during his long relationship with the firm he's paid them tens of millions of dollars in attorney's fees, yet the firm never had him sign a retainer agreement.

Kurt C. Peterson -- the attorney representing the firm tells TMZ ... "The Firm disagrees with Mr. Depp and his counsel on the law and the facts, and intends to defend the lawsuit vigorously." 

Rick Pitino Sues Adidas You Embarrassed & Humiliated Me

10/17/2017 2:54 PM PDT
Breaking News

Rick Pitino is suing Adidas in federal court ... claiming that his good name has been dragged through the mud as a result of the company's dirty tactics.

As we previously reported, a top Adidas exec has been charged with conspiring to funnel money to top basketball recruits ... including $100k to a UL prospect.

Pitino's attorney filed the suit in a Kentucky federal court earlier today ... asking for compensatory and punitive damages -- but also saying this is about more than money. He wants to clear his name.

"It is Coach Pitino's vehicle for proving that he had nothing to do with Adidas' outrageous, wrongful, and illegal conspiracy." 

In the suit, Pitino claims the scandal has "resulted in grave damage to Coach Pitino's public and private standing and reputation, causing him extreme embarrassment, humiliation and emotional distress."

O.J. Simpson Parties Like It's 1995 w/ F. Lee Bailey

10/17/2017 2:18 PM PDT

O.J. Simpson's inner circle now includes a blast from the past ... F. Lee Bailey.

O.J. and his former famed criminal defense attorney in the murder trial had dinner Monday night at the Palms Hotel in Vegas. A lot's changed since Bailey and Simpson's famous "Dream Team" helped O.J.'s acquittal in 1995.

Simpson, of course, just got released from prison. As for Bailey ... he was disbarred in 2001 and is reportedly broke.

So ... no way the Juice will ask for legal advice or money, right?

Harvey Weinstein to Board 'I'm Sorry ... I Have a Real Problem'

10/17/2017 1:28 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Harvey Weinstein was apologetic and contrite during the Board of Directors meeting Tuesday when he resigned under pressure from the Board ... sources connected to the meeting tell TMZ.

We're told there was no screaming, no yelling, no anger. Harvey Weinstein told the Board, "I have a real problem," and then apologized for the "trouble and confusion" he caused TWC.

We're told Weinstein, who was on speaker phone from Arizona, told the Board he needed to build a new life and move on.

Our sources say everyone sounded conciliatory ... partly because the handwriting was on the wall.  The Board made it clear Weinstein had a legal obligation to resign from the Board after it ratified his firing from TWC. He did just that.

Harvey, we're told, was "peaceful" during the meeting and Bob was subdued.

We're told the sense of the Board is that Harvey Weinstein will not force his firing to arbitration or court. 

Our sources say both Harvey and Bob Weinstein have an overriding interest in making sure Colony Capital succeeds in restructuring the company -- money. The each have roughly 21% equity interest in TWC, and if the company fails, they walk away with nothing.

As one source put it, "Harvey and Bob have a huge stake in making sure Colony Capital can put Humpty Dumpty back together again."

Sean Avery Gets Sweet Deal In Rock Throwing & Drug Possession Case

10/17/2017 11:59 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Sean Avery got a sweet deal in his drug possession and criminal mischief case ... and if he keeps his nose clean ... it'll be off his record.

Back in September '15, Avery -- who played 10 seasons in the NHL -- was arrested in Southampton Village, NY after allegedly throwing rocks at speeding cars. Cops said they also found prescription pain medication on him.

The ex-NHL star was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and 2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance -- all misdemeanors.

Avery -- who was facing jail time -- caught a break ... accepting a deal that will see the charges dismissed if he can go 45 days without getting in trouble, according to Southhampton PD.

He ain't totally in the clear ... Avery does have to pay $746.25 in damages.

Harvey Weinstein Resigns After Ultimatum By Board

10/17/2017 11:19 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

11:42 AM PT -- Sources with direct knowledge of the Board meeting tell TMZ, under Weinstein's contract after he was fired from the company there was a 5-day "cooling off period" to let the dust settle. After 5 days the matter goes to the Board of Directors which then must ratify the firing. That's what happened today. The Board ratified Weinstein's firing.

We're told under the terms of Weinstein's contract once the Board ratifies the firing he must resign from the Board. If Weinstein refused to resign the plan was to remove him -- in effect, fire him from the Board. Weinstein decided to resign.

The big, open question ... will Harvey Weinstein take legal action for the ousting? As we reported, his lawyer, Patty Glaser, vowed to either force TWC into arbitration or file a lawsuit. We're told the Board feels its case is airtight. As one source connected to TWC put it, "We're not worried at all."

Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the Board of Directors of The Weinstein Company, after the Board gave him a clear ultimatum ... either relinquish your role, or be fired ... sources tell TMZ.

Our sources say Weinstein's decision to resign from the Board does not affect his grievance that he was illegally fired from TWC. As we reported, Weinstein's lawyer, Patty Glaser, was present in the Board meeting and she has made it clear ... she thinks her client's contract did not give the company the right to fire him, and unless the company submits to arbitration she will file a lawsuit.

As we reported, Colony Capital, which is in negotiation to buy TWC, plans to  change the name, get new partners and Bob Weinstein will no longer be running the show.

Harvey Weinstein About to Be Fired From Board of Directors

10/17/2017 10:36 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Harvey Weinstein is about to be fired from the Board of Directors of TWC ... literally within minutes of this post ... sources connected with the meeting tell TMZ.

We're told the decision was made days before Tuesday's meeting ... that the company could not survive with Harvey involved in any way.

We're also told the Board does not feel it's required to go into mediation or arbitration with Harvey Weinstein ... that it has a right to summarily fire him with no appeal from the fallen mogul.

It appears this could end up in litigation, because other connected sources have made it clear Harvey Weinstein's lawyer, Patty Glaser, will file a lawsuit for wrongful termination if the company refuses to submit to arbitration.

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