Iconic model Beverly Johnson claims Bill Cosby drugged her at his home in the mid-1980s -- and he used the lure of "The Cosby Show" to get her there.
According to Johnson -- who penned a first person account for Vanity Fair -- Cosby reached out to her for an audition for a role on his immensely popular show.
Johnson claims Cosby invited her to his NYC home twice to audition ... the first time there were others there, but the second she was alone with Coz. She says they ate a light dinner and when it came time to do the audition, she says Cosby wanted to see her to pretend she was drunk.
As she got ready, Johnson claims Cosby offered her a cappuccino and was overly insistent that she drink it. As Johnson explains, "I knew by the second sip of the drink Cosby had given me that I’d been drugged -- and drugged good."
Johnson says she became "woozy," her speech was slurred and "the room began to spin nonstop." But Johnson says she managed to get herself together enough to start screaming at him, repeatedly calling him a "motherf****r."
She says this seemed to anger him and he grabbed her by the arm, dragged her down the stairs and outside the brownstone, and threw her into a cab. Johnson claims she had no recollection of how she got home.
Johnson says she kept the story to herself for years because she thought it was something that only happened to her, but she decided to come forward because of all the accusations.
Illegal Weapons Charges Dismissed
Case Smelled Fishy
12/11/2014 9:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jeezy has scored legal vindication ... TMZ has learned weapons charges were dismissed this morning in court, and there's evidence this case was bogus from almost the beginning.
TMZ broke the story ... Jeezy and 5 others on his tour bus were arrested last August right before an Orange County concert. Cops found an AK-47 and a Glock on the bus and charged all 6 with felony possession of an illegal weapon.
Cops were on the hunt for a weapon that was used in a Northern California murder during a Wiz Khalifa concert a few days earlier ... a concert where Jeezy was the co-headliner.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the Orange County D.A. made the motion to dismiss the charges. The judge agreed. Presumably the motion was based on new evidence, but TMZ has learned, authorities were well aware early on ... this case didn't hold water.
Here's what authorities knew:
-- The 2 guns were owned by Jeezy's security chief, who was not on the bus. He was in the hospital because he was shot the night before during the Suge Knight shooting at 1OAK in Hollywood.
-- Cops had inspected the guns 2 days before and determined they were NOT involved in the shooting at the Wiz Khalifa concert.
-- The security chief purchased the AK-47 legally in Georgia, but it's illegal to possess an AK-47 in California ... yet the security guard was not charged. Jeezy and the other 5 people on the bus who were charged weren't in direct proximity to the weapon when cops boarded the bus. The gun was in a case behind the security chief's bunk bed, and Jeezy was in a closed, separate cabin. We're told DNA results confirm none of the 6 people arrested even touched the weapon.
And it gets worse. Authorities held all 6 people on $1 MILLION bail, even though the recommended bail for that offense is $20K. All 6 defendants sat in jail for 4 days until they got the bail reduced.
All 6 had their money, jewelry, clothing and other personal items seized, even though it had nothing to do with the alleged offense.
Short story ... the guns that were seized were legally purchased ... the property of Jeezy's security chief, and authorities knew it.
We contacted Jeezy and asked if he felt there was profiling and he said, "I pray this had nothing to do with race but it definitely had nothing to do with evidence."
Jeezy adds, "I knew that the allegations and charges were based on zero facts. I'm relieved that the truth has prevailed."
The Neighbourhood Lead Singer
Busted for Drugs
12/11/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Neighbourhood's frontman Jesse Rutherford did the walk of shame through Newark Airport after being nabbed by the cops for drug possession.
According to police, Jesse had already passed through TSA last weekend when cops spotted him trying to ditch a bag of marijuana in the terminal's food court. But officers were hip to his game and he was SOL.
Rutherford was nabbed and booked for possession of a controlled substance ... but apparently it was a very small amount because cops describe it as a lower level offense.
The 23-year-old singer is now just five arrests shy of catching up to Motley Crüe's Vince Neil.
Rock 'n' roll.
VH1 Star, Rapper Murder-Suicide
Ridiculous Amount of Weed Recovered
12/10/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
There was so much weed in the house where a rapper shot his famous wife Monday in a murder-suicide, it required an armed guard to protect the stash as it was taken to a police lab.
Law enforcement tells TMZ it's a significant twist to the tragedy. We broke the story ... rapper Earl Hayes shot and killed his wife, VH1 star Stephanie Moseley, in the bathtub and then turned the gun on himself. This all happened as Floyd Mayweather listened on FaceTime as his friend repeatedly fired shots.
We're told cops found nearly 10 pounds of high-grade marijuana inside the L.A. apartment. It's an enormous amount of pot ... way more than for personal use. The estimated street value approaches $40K.
As we reported, Mayweather was riling Hayes up during the call, telling him he should divorce his wife because she was habitually unfaithful ... allegedly having flings with various singers and rappers including Trey Songz. Hayes flew into a rage, walked into the bathroom and began firing.
Settles with Brooke
After Booze, Abuse Allegations
12/9/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen just settled the latest custody war with Brooke Mueller, who accused him of drunken visitations with his kids and excessive corporal punishment.
Mueller made various allegations and a court date was set for today ... but we've learned on Monday Charlie and Brooke agreed to monitored visitations.
Charlie settled, but we know he has serious beef with Mueller, saying her allegations are all part of a shakedown for cold, hard cash. He also thinks it's ridiculous that Brooke is alleging misdeeds around alcohol, because he claims the twins were born with "the ultimate child abuse" -- fetal alcohol syndrome.
We're told Brooke wanted to move out of California with the kids but Charlie objected. They settled on Brooke being allowed to move within a 50-mile radius of his house.
Charlie also says ... if he's such a horrible father, how is it that he's a good father to his other kids (photo below with Charlie, Denise and the girls).
He's Driving the Party Bus
12/7/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus has gotten a bad rap, allegedly corrupting her new BF Patrick Schwarzenegger, but we've learned he's an insane partier who is actually pushing her beyond her limits.
Celebs who have partied with both Miley and Patrick tell TMZ ... Patrick has been raging in Miami, organizing nightclub and strip club trips with his girlfriend and others ... and never seems to even take time to sleep.
Patrick -- who is well-known on the EDM circuit -- was at a Miami strip club with Miley and Paris Hilton, pulling out wads of cash and making it rain.
Pictures have surfaced of Patrick smoking weed with Miley and Wiz Khalifa. As one celeb source told us ... "He was smoking weed long before he met her [Miley]."
As for reports that Miley is corrupting Patrick, we're told members of his family are laughing ... they've known about his hard partying and actually think it's good he now has girlfriend who might slow him down.
'The Fosters' Star
Jake T. Austin Beats
Hit and Run Rap
12/4/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"The Fosters" star Jake T. Austin was found NOT GUILTY in his criminal hit and run case ... and he didn't even have to show up in court.
Austin was charged with hitting 3 parked cars in November 2013, and then fleeing the scene. Witnesses say before leaving they saw him chuck a Ciroc vodka bottle out of the car and order an Uber to leave before cops arrived.
But the judge who heard the case concluded even though he fled he reported the incident to cops within a reasonable time.
Translation -- IF he was drinking, he couldn't be charged with DUI because cops never encountered him and by reporting the accident he protected himself from a hit and run conviction.
Wonder if Uber was his first or second call after the crash.
Scores Clothing Line
With Addict Status
12/3/2014 12:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan is putting her experience with booze and coke to good and profitable use ... she's launching a clothing line called ... MY ADDICTION.
We've learned LiLo has partnered with Civil Clothing to roll out a menswear collection that will be sold exclusively at every 13-year-old skater's favorite clothing store ... PacSun.
We're told Civil Clothing cleverly came up with the name, pitched it to Lindsay and she agreed. The collection starts at $29.95.
Now she can pull the wool over someone else's eyes.
Busted for DUI After Wedding
I Look Good in Cuffs!
12/2/2014 10:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Most people spend a fortune on wedding photogs, but Xzibit got his for free, courtesy of the police who took his mug shot after he got arrested for DUI immediately after his reception.
Xzibit tied the knot Saturday night near Laguna Beach, CA. He and his bride, Krista Joiner, partied hard at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. After getting pelted with rice early Sunday ... he left, presumably with her.
But the coitus got interrupted in Laguna, when cops pulled Xzibit over for speeding. He reeked of booze so cops cuffed him and took him to the station.
It's fitting ... Xzibit was associated with the group, The Alkaholiks.
I Spent My Honeymoon
in DUI Court
12/2/2014 9:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If Snooki and new hubby Jionni LaValle left their wedding reception in a car with tin cans attached, it's a safe bet he didn't drive ... because we found he was on the heels of a drunk driving arrest.
Jionni spent the first weekday as a married man in court, where he copped a plea in his criminal case. He was arrested August 7 on Interstate 80 in Totowa, NJ at 3:30 AM after cops noticed him driving erratically.
Jionni pled guilty to DUI on Monday and had 2 other charges -- unsafe lane change and careless driving -- dismissed. His license was revoked for 3 months and he has to attend a drug and alcohol education class.
Snooki can relate ... she was arrested in 2010 for public drunkenness on the Jersey Shore.
Partying with Louis XIII
... $3,000 Per Bottle!
12/2/2014 9:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Nothing heals the pain of a loss like a $3,000 bottle of cognac ... just ask the Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers who busted out TWO bottles of Louis XIII at a Pittsburgh casino last night.
James Harrison, along with the rest of the LB crew, hit up Andrew's Steak and Seafood Restaurant at the Rivers Casino ... where they poured the cognac into fancy glasses engraved with their names.
Louis XIII is some of the most expensive cognac in the world -- right now, BevMo is selling the stuff for $3,000 per bottle (if you're a ClubBev member).
Seems the guys polished off the booze ... at least judging by the way they were singing and goofing around at the end of the meal.
Expensive hangovers ... still hurt.
Cops to Drunk Driving
12/1/2014 8:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Buddy Valastro put his drunk driving case to bed by making a surprise trip to the courthouse ... to plead guilty to driving while drunk.
As a result of the plea, the "Cake Boss" star's license will be suspended for three months, and he has to enter a drunk driving program. He also got a $300 fine.
Valastro says he told the judge he only had one drink before getting pulled over -- but added he'd learned his lesson ... "If you have even one drink you shouldn't drive."
He wasn't scheduled to be in court until February, but after today's hearing he tweeted he went in early because ... "I wanted to make this right."
As TMZ first reported, Valastro was arrested on November 13 after cops noticed the TLC star's 2014 yellow Corvette weaving on 10th Ave in Manhattan.
I May Be Wasted
But I'm Not Wasting Away
12/1/2014 6:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tara Reid appears to be on a liquid diet, but she also eats a lot, and thinks all the talk that she's got an eating disorder is ridiculous.
Tara is taking a lot of flack after posting a pic of her looking uber thin. But on her way out of Craig's, Tara tried describing what she says is her healthy appetite for grub.
Problem is ... Tara can barely string her sentences together.
Craig's has good salmon ... and vodka.