Amanda Bynes was out of control at her fashion school ... showing up high and offering fellow students money to do her homework ... and we're told it got so bad she was kicked out.
Several classmates at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Irvine say Amanda has shown big signs of trouble for a while ... and various people have told us she often went to class high on weed.
Student Rachel Loritz tells TMZ ... Amanda often ditched classes ... but even when she showed up, she was clearly high, and not good at hiding it ... she almost always wore sunglasses and laughed out loud at inappropriate times.
We're told the pendulum would often swing and she would then get in "horrendous arguments."
Rachel says ... Amanda paid fellow students to do her homework ... and some took her up on it. Rachel says she rejected Amanda's offer.
We're told Amanda was caught cheating off someone during a test ... and when she was called out she threw a fit.
Multiple sources tell us Amanda was kicked out of the school last month.
'Down Home With The Neelys'
We Hated Each Other
The Entire Show
10/1/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The cooking couple that starred in "Down Home With The Neelys" hated each other FOR YEARS ... enduring 11 seasons of mutual contempt before calling it quits.
Sources close to both Pat and Gina Neely tell TMZ ... the marriage was doomed even before the show fired up in 2009 ... and the pressures of TV made things a lot worse.
We're told the Neelys had no idea the show would endure but they rode the fame train when it became a hit ... with each accusing the other of having an unquenchable thirst for the spotlight.
Now that they've thrown in the towel ... he's splintered off by himself and believes Gina will fail without him. The reason ... his family owns the famous recipes and he's the master chef. As for her ... she thinks she can trump him because she's a bigger TV personality.
They will still be tied at the hip in NYC ... where they co-own Neely's Barbecue Parlor. They have no plans to sell it.
Gina filed the divorce papers earlier this month.
So My Shows Get Rowdy ...
Quit Whining About a Little Slap
10/1/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A$AP Rocky claims he never laid a finger on the ex-fan who's accusing him of smacking her up at a concert -- instead, he's hinting she might have been roughed up by other fans ... and should have expected it.
As we reported ... Lisamarie Wade sued Rocky for $75K ... saying he smacked her in a brutal, unprovoked attack while making his way through the crowd at a Philly music festival last year.
Rocky just fired back in legal docs ... denying he ever touched or attempted to hit Wade. He says a pack of fans "aggressively moved towards" -- insinuating Wade may have been part of that mob scene. But he adds neither he nor his entourage smacked her.
He says Wade knew there could be trouble in such a crowded setting. In other words ... expect some heat when you walk in the kitchen.
Rocky wants the lawsuit thrown out ... A$AP.
Friends Waiting for Something
Really Bad to Happen
9/30/2014 7:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes can't get the help she needs until something really bad happens ... because her parents will not re-establish a conservatorship ... TMZ has learned.
Multiple sources connected with the family tell TMZ ... Amanda's parents do NOT think she has a mental illness. As one source put it, "They think she's a bratty kid who thumbs her nose at them and smokes a lot of pot."
We're told everyone around her parents are urging them to get the conservatorship, but so far no luck. That said, it's impossible to put Amanda on a 5150 psychiatric hold until she creates a substantial risk to herself or others.
We're also told various professionals are trigger ready to get the 5150 if Amanda goes off the rails, and they believe it's only a matter of time.
Dad Sells Leisure Boat
10/1/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker was all about high speed on land, but was all about kicking back when it came to the water ... according to new court docs.
Walker owned a 26-foot Radon boat -- a vessel designed for fishing and diving trips, not racing. He bought it new in 2010 ... just for the halibut.
Paul's father ... who took control of Walker's estate after his death ... filed court docs in Santa Barbara to sell the boat and its trailer to a private buyer for $120K.
Just to compare, a brand new model would cost about $135K -- but Paul Walker never dripped dry on that one.
Oh, This Old Thing?
It's Just My $15 Million Violin!!!
10/1/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Violinist Joshua Bell was a sweaty, disgusting mess when we spotted him following a performance at Union Station in Washington, DC ... but he was a sweaty, disgusting mess with a $15 million violin in his hands!!!
Bell explained to our photog that the violin -- a 301-year-old Stradivarius violin called the Gibson ex Huberman -- was now worth eight figures after he bought it for about $4 million. Bell says he takes the instrument with him everywhere he goes ... and calls it his "musical wife." Totally normal.
Fun fact: Tuesday marked Bell's first show in a D.C. Metro station since his infamous video in 2007 ... where he played anonymously in a subway station for 45 minutes and pocketed a measly $32.17 from passersby and only got recognized once.
NAILED For $10 MIL
in 'NCIS' Death Lawsuit
9/30/2014 5:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The family of a security guard who was killed on the set of "NCIS" just won a $10.4 million judgment against CBS ... TMZ has learned.
A CBS production van that was transporting "NCIS" crew members crashed into 52-year old security guard Julio Villamariona after the driver had a medical emergency and lost control. The guard died in an ambulance en route to the hospital.
CBS admitted during the lawsuit the driver had a medical condition it should have known about, so the trial was really about the amount of damages the family would collect.
Tuesday afternoon a jury decided ... and gave Julio's widow and 3 adult children a total of $10.4 million.
The family's lawyer, Brian Panish, says, "I am so proud of the surviving family members and the jury for standing up to a powerful entity like CBS."
Dodging Miranda Kerr in Paris!
9/30/2014 3:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber just left a big fashion party in Paris that was filled with celebs ... and we're told the Biebs made sure he didn't cross paths with the modern version of Helen of Troy -- Miranda Kerr!
Justin hit up the CR Fashion Book Party and mingled with Kim Kardashian, Kendall, Kris, Paris Hilton and Selena Gomez. Our spies say Justin was gushing about Selena, telling people how beautiful she is and how they're really tight now. So the whole champagne dinner with Kendall was innocent.
But our spies say Justin very consciously stayed clear of Miranda Kerr, who triggered the war between Justin and ex-hubby Orlando Bloom.
Machine Gun Kelly
Thanks, Judge ...
For Hiding My Boozy Past
9/30/2014 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Machine Gun Kelly parties HARD ... but his legendary tales of getting wasted can't be used against him when he goes to court for allegedly slicing open a guy's finger during a nasty bar brawl.
Kelly's being sued by a bouncer who claims the rapper nearly took his digit off cleanly ... when he fired a liquor bottle at him during a massive fight at a St. Petersburg, FL tavern in 2012.
In new court docs, MGK says his drug-and-booze fueled past should be excluded from the trial because it would taint the jury by making him look like an out-of-control party animal.
A judge agreed ... ruling the jury can only hear about any drinking connected to the bottle that was allegedly thrown the night of the fight. So, jurors will never get to see a "Rager Shot" in progress. Sad.
We Sold Wedding Pics to Highest Bidder ...
9/30/2014 10:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
George Clooney put his wedding pics on the auction block and a tabloid was one of the winners ... but the money is ALL going to charities that he fiercely supports ... TMZ has learned.
George's wedding pics have been sold to People and the British tabloid Hello! Sources familiar with the sales tell us it was strictly an issue of which mag anted up the most. People won the North America market and Hello! conquered Europe.
Our sources say ... the money will be going to several human rights charities. We're told the lion's share is earmarked for the Satellite Sentinel Project -- a charity that monitors the movements of militant gangs in the Sudan ... in order to warn civilians. Clooney is a co-founder of the group, which launched in 2010.
As one source connected to Clooney tells TMZ ... "Every photo in both magazines will be saving a life."
My Days in the Cloud
9/30/2014 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Meagan Good isn't ashamed of the photos of her that got leaked as part of the celebrity nude photo hacking scandal, but she and her husband agree ... no more cloud for them!
Good and her husband DeVon Franklin were out Monday night at Couture in Hollywood where the couple said they are taking the scandal in stride ... at least we think that's what Franklin meant when he quoted the Bible.
Franklin said they are keeping any future private moments out of the cloud ... which is interesting because when we asked Megan about the scandal before her photos leaked, she said she didn't keep any photos there anyway.
Guess we know which of the two got hacked ...
BUSTED FOR DUI
9/30/2014 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence in Baltimore, Maryland early this morning ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Our sources tell us ... the USA Olympic legend was pulled over around 1:40 AM in his white Land Rover. We're told he bombed his field sobriety test ... and his B.A.C. was almost twice the legal limit.
Officials just issued a statement saying Phelps was initially pulled over for going 84 in a 45 ... and during the stop, the officer noticed he was hammered.
Our sources say Phelps was hauled to a nearby station where he was booked for DUI -- and was eventually released.
Cops say Phelps was charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines.
We've made multiple calls to Michael's reps -- but they would not take our calls.
1:00 PM PT -- Michael is now apologizing for the arrest.
Phelps 'Made Dumb Decision'
... Should've Had a Driver
9/30/2014 9:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ryan Lochte says he doesn't understand why Michael Phelps didn't just hire a driver to take him home early Tuesday morning ... telling TMZ Sports his decision to get behind the wheel after allegedly drinking was just plain dumb.
We reached out to Phelps' Team USA swimming teammate and asked if he was concerned for the Olympic legend ... to which Lochte replied, "I'm not concerned ... he just makes dumb decisions."
Lochte continued, "He has so much money to get a driver. I even have a driver. Just stinks for the sport of swimming."
"But he will become smarter from this. Luckily he did not hurt himself or someone else."
TMZ Sports broke the story ... Phelps was arrested early Tuesday morning for DUI ... his second DUI arrest in the past 10 years.