Assistant Claims He Was a 'Drug Mule'
8/20/2014 6:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Brooke Mueller's former assistant has filed a lawsuit against her ... claiming she turned him into a "drug mule" to fuel her out-of-control habit.
Lior Masaphor wants her to pay unpaid wages, but he makes claims going way beyond that. He says he was forced to watch her twins Max and Bob while she got "so high as to be literally wasted" and engage in multiple sex acts with other people while the kids watched.
Lior says he worked for Brooke from December, 2012 to March, 2013 ... during that time she was in and out of rehab.
Steelers Running Backs
ARRESTED FOR POT
8/20/2014 5:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pittsburgh Steelers RB's Le'Veon Bell & LaGarrette Blount were arrested in Pennsylvania this afternoon for marijuana possession ... officials tell TMZ Sports.
According to Ross Township Police ... the two were pulled over around 1:30 PM after a motorcycle cop smelled pot coming from a black Camaro on a busy highway near Pittsburgh.
Police say when they stopped to question the pair they discovered 20 grams of marijuana inside the vehicle.
Bell was busted for misdemeanor DUI and possession of marijuana. Blount was popped for misdemeanor possession.
Officials tell us both men were cited and released.
Story developing ...
I'M ASHAMED OF MY SON
After Weed Bust in China
8/20/2014 7:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jackie Chan says he's "VERY ASHAMED" of his son Jaycee -- claiming his 31-year-old son humiliated his family after getting busted for pot in China.
Chan's son was caught in a huge drug crackdown last week -- with cops saying they found about 3.5 ounces of the green stuff in Jaycee's Beijing home.
Now, his famous father has penned a bizarre letter to the public -- blasting his kid ... and essentially saying he FAILED as a father.
"When I first heard the news, I was absolutely enraged" ... Jackie wrote in a letter posted on his official website.
"As a public figure, I feel very ashamed; as his dad, I'm very sad and disappointed. But the person who feels heartbroken the most is his mom."
"I hope our younger generation will learn from Jaycee's mistake and stay far away from drug abuse."
"I would like to take this opportunity and say to Jaycee: you’ve done something wrong and you have to be responsible for the consequences. I’m your dad and I’ll always be with you. We will face the road ahead of us together."
"I should also take some of this responsibility because as his dad, I didn’t teach him well."
"Therefore, on behalf of Jaycee and myself, I extend our deepest apologies to everyone for the negative impact this has caused on society. Thank you."
Magician Calen Morelli
Cop is FAKE
In Pot Magic Trick!
8/18/2014 2:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Magician Calen Morelli pulled a trick on everyone when he made it appear a cop slammed him against a wall in search of a bag of pot ... because the cop is an IMPOSTOR!!!
Calen appeared on TMZ Live Monday and spilled the beans ... the epic video -- which has nearly 8 million views -- is not what it seems.
Yes, the magic is real, but the guy in uniform is not a sworn donut-muncher ... well, at least not one with a badge.
Gotta say ... well done.
Detoxes After Hard Partying
8/15/2014 6:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Denzel Washington just left an Orange County residence where he was staying for more than 2 weeks to detox after a wild, alcohol-fueled, gluttonous month-long vacation ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with the actor tell TMZ Denzel was on a yacht during the month of July with his wife ... and was partying and partying hard.
When he returned to L.A. ... our sources say Denzel went to the OC residence where he had professionals help him "detox."
One source says this was more than just alcohol ... it was an overall cleanse for toxins. In addition to the professional who supervised the detox, we're told Denzel had a nutritionist, a trainer and a chef.
Denzel we're told is out and back on his game.
From Cabaret to Costco
8/18/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shia LaBeouf is getting clean by going back to nature ... as in Nature Valley Bars.
Shia was shopping at the Van Nuys, CA Costco and this was a serious food run. In addition to Nature Valley, it looks like he got "Dirty" Potato Chips and Welch's Fruit Snacks. It looks like he also has a box of Honey Bunches of Oats.
Shia's LaBuff and healthy after all the alcohol-fueled craziness in L.A. and NY.
Something troubling however ... it looks like he only got one flavor of the "Dirty" chips.
8/18/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There's a damn good reason Denzel Washington is considered one of the best actors around ... he can flash a big, bright smile on his face and deftly deflect!
Denzel was on his way out of Tra Di Noi in Malibu Saturday when our photog asked the 59-year old actor about his recent 2 week detox at a residence in Orange County.
As we previously reported ... the detox was not just for alcohol ... it was an overall cleanse for toxins. He had partied for a month on a yacht with his wife and ... overindulged in a big way.
Whatever he did worked ... he looks great.
8/18/2014 12:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"20/20" co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas has checked into rehab for alcohol abuse ... the second time she's done that in less than a year.
Vargas says, "As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process. I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down and for that I am ashamed and sorry."
Vargas spent a few weeks in rehab late last year for alcohol abuse.
ABC, like it said last time she went to rehab, says they are "squarely behind her" this time as well.
Companion Causes Chaos on JetBlue
8/16/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Lohan got caught up in a melee on an airplane ... but Michael wasn't the one who was out of control.
Michael works for a rehab facility in Florida and part of his job is to escort people with alcohol and drug addiction from their homes to the West Palm Beach facility.
Michael was in New York Thursday, picked up an addict and got on a JetBlue flight at LaGuardia.
Here's the problem. We're told Michael's passenger was high when he boarded and as the plane began taxiing he got belligerent ... screaming at the flight attendant who was instructed by Michael NOT to give the guy a drink.
The plane went back to the gate and security booted the guy from the plane and Michael dutifully followed.
But it wasn't over. We're told Port Authority police were about to arrest the man when Michael provided credentials from the facility showing he was caring for the man, so the cops let Lohan take the guy to a local hospital.
Michael and the addict went to the rehab facility Friday.
'Ultimate Survival Alaska' Star
Steals Car, Crashes, Pinned, Hospitalized, Escapes
8/15/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Ultimate Survivor Alaska" star Tyler Johnson is miraculously still on the run ... after allegedly getting drunk, stealing a car, then suffering a horrific accident that should have killed him.
The unbelievable story started in typical criminal fashion ... the police report says a drunken Tyler stole a car in Anchorage 2 weeks ago and went on a joyride ... before losing control and flipping it.
Tyler wasn't wearing his seat belt and was thrown through the windshield ... and he ended up pinned under the car.
Tyler was taken to the hospital but somehow was discharged before cops were able to nab him.
If he's caught .... he'll face DUI and felony vehicle theft charges.
Ordered To Take Drug & Booze Classes For DUI
8/14/2014 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Kattan will spend the next 3 years on probation and will have to attend drug and alcohol classes as punishment for driving under the influence of drugs, TMZ has learned.
The L.A. City Attorney's office tells us ... Kattan was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and will have to pay restitution for the freeway crash last Feb. ... when he slammed his Mercedes into a parked Cal Trans vehicle.
Kattan will have to attend a 3-month alcohol program and 104 Narcotics Anonymous classes. Plus, he's forbidden from driving with any drugs in his system ... unless he has a valid prescription.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Kattan had been driving on Ambien at the time of the crash.
We're told Kattan will also have take part in the Hospital and Morgue Program ... a scared straight type of program where he'll see first-hand the consequences of dangerous behavior.
Glowing Probation Report
Judge Orders LESS Drug Testing!
8/13/2014 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown's been partying his ass off, but as far as the judge in his Rihanna beating case is concerned ... he's been a model citizen -- and his reward will be fewer random drug tests.
Chris was in court in L.A. Wednesday for a progress report on his probation, and the results were glowing -- all his random drug tests were negative and he attended bi-weekly therapy sessions.
So the judge agreed to cut the singer a break, and scale back the number of drug tests from 3 a week ... to just 2.
Pretty impressive for a guy who had to be carried out of a club back in June.