Nick Cannon is banking on Amber Rose in a big way ... because we found out he's already wheeled and dealed her way into a television series and a book deal.
At first it sounded like a vanity client ... Nick repping a former stripper who became famous for dating Kanye and getting pregnant by Wiz.
Turns out -- with Nick's help -- Amber is now the real deal. We've learned her TV deal is a fashion show -- not a bash-this-woman type show ... it's more about female empowerment.
As for the book deal ... we know it's inked but don't know the story line. Hopefully it's a coffee table book and not a memoir.
'Hardest Worker I Ever Had'
... Says Construction Boss
9/18/2014 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tom Brady was a kick-ass construction worker before he became an NFL god -- so says his old boss who tells TMZ Sports ... "Brady was the hardest worker I ever had."
Brady posted his old college resume online Thursday -- showing off his career experience ... just in case the NFL thing didn't work out (he was a 6th round pick after all).
One of his gigs was at Dudlar & Sons Inc. (custom home building) ... where he spent the summer of 1997 doing manual labor in Michigan.
We spoke with Brady's old boss Frank Dudlar who says he remembers Brady well -- "He had long hair down to his shoulders. He was a real skinny kid."
But Dudlar says despite his small frame, the guy was a monster when it came to putting in work -- "He'd scrape concrete curbs with a push broom and shovel."
"Brady was the hardest worker that I've ever had. I remember my son Gunnar came in one day and said, 'That Brady kid's a worker.'"
Unfortunately for Frank, Tom's football thing took off ... and he left the construction world for good.
Despite the loss ... Frank tells us, "I'm still a fan."
Widow Claims Fat Joe
Screwed Her Over ... Royally
9/18/2014 3:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Fat Joe is an immoral cheat who betrayed his protege, Big Pun ... so claims Big Pun's widow who claims Joe has left her out in the cold since her husband's death.
Liza Rios is beside herself ... she says in a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- hubby Big Pun had a deal with Fat Joe to split the fortune Pun made from songs like "I'm Not A Player."
Liza says a few years after her 700-pound husband died from a heart attack in 2000 ... Joe turned off the spigot and she hasn't gotten a penny since 2005 ... even though the records continued to sell.
It's especially maddening for Liza, because Fat Joe released posthumous albums years after Big Pun died.
She wants more than a million bucks.
BTW ... Fat Joe is skinny now.
NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
MAKES CASE FOR CONDOLEEZZA
... For NFL Commish
9/18/2014 2:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The whole "Condoleezza Rice for NFL Commissioner" movement is picking up some serious steam ... and now NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is making the case for why Condi should get the job.
Kirsten was out in D.C. where she made it clear that Condoleezza is a serious contender -- especially with all of the drama surrounding the current commish, Roger Goodell.
When asked if the Senate would be "taking a look" at the NFL scandals ... Gillibrand said she wouldn't be surprised.
As for Rice, John McCain already said he believes she could help the NFL ... especially because Goodell has some serious "credibility issues."
Dr. Says It's a Lie
There was NO Selfie
9/18/2014 12:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joan Rivers personal ENT doctor did NOT take a selfie while the comedienne was under anesthesia shortly before she stopped breathing ... so claims the doctor herself.
Sources closely connected with the doctor say ENT specialist Dr. Gwen Korovin has made it clear ... she says the CNN story is absolutely wrong. The network reported a staff member at Yorkville Endoscopy clinic told investigators the doctor took the pic. Our Korovin sources say ... the network's source is "making up lies."
We're also told the doctor has made it clear ...she did NOT perform a biopsy on Joan. We pressed to find out if she performed some other procedure ... we did not get an answer.
Several patients of Dr. Korovin have contacted us to tell us about her "unblemished record" and how she is the go-to ENT in NYC. It's true ... she has a corner on the market and her patients love her.
Hubby Victor Sues
He Said I Had Herpes And Tried To Rape Him
9/18/2014 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Olympic skater Johnny Weir spins lies as easily as he performs triple salchows ... according to hubby Victor Voronov -- who's suing Johnny for accusing him of attempted rape and contracting an STD.
Victor -- who's in the middle of an ugly divorce from Johnny -- filed court docs accusing Weir of spreading salacious lies during an interview on "Access Hollywood" to talk about their divorce.
During the interview, Weir said Voronov "asked me to lay with him in the biblical sense, and when I refused, the altercation between us started." According to Voronov's court docs ... that translates to attempted rape.
Voronov also claims Weir slandered him in a fit of jealousy ... texting a friend to accuse Voranov of having herpes ... or some sort of sexually transmitted disease.
Voronov -- says it's all BS -- he never tried to rape Johnny and is as clean as a whistle -- and that Weir is trying to subject him to scorn and ridicule. He's suing for unspecified damages.
We reached out to Weir's people ... we haven't heard back.
Stranded in Cabo
9/18/2014 10:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Thicke must feel like wherever he goes, trouble follows, because we found out he was stranded in Cabo with 30,000 other tourists and was treated like one of the crowd.
Robin was there with his son and nanny ... vacationing when Hurricane Odile hit and hit hard.
Robin was stuck for days trying to get out. We're told he left Tuesday with the help of a military aircraft. Angie Everhart was also stranded and took the same plane to Mexico City with a layover and then on to L.A. ... where they finally landed Wednesday.
We're told Robin and Angie were not singled out and given special treatment ... they were part of the line like everyone else. But get this ... we're told on Tuesday -- thinking the airport was still closed -- Robin was holed up in a facility when he saw a military plane fly over ... and he along with a hundred others literally ran to the airport to get the hell out.
'Django' Actress & BF
TX Cops ALSO Racially Profiled Us!
9/18/2014 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts and her BF were victims of racial profiling by cops in Texas ... months before they accused the LAPD of the same thing -- or so they claim.
Brian Lucas posted on his Facebook page May 23rd, "We just got pulled over for speeding & were actually "profiled" as a bi-racial, queer couple by a rookie Texas State Trooper." He also posted a selfie of him and Watts posing next to a silver Mercedes.
We broke the story ... Watts played the race card in a big way last Thursday ... when L.A. cops responded to reports of a couple having sex in a parked, silver Mercedes. They deny they were banging ... and said officers targeted them because he's white and she's black.
As for the Texas incident, Lucas called it a magical experience, adding "we are ok and spirit even supported us in a RAWKin' cool way that we couldn't even plan."
Maybe TX was just the opening act for L.A.
RIPS RAIDERETTE LAWSUIT
... They're Bitter Liars
9/18/2014 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A former Oakland Raiders cheerleader is BLASTING the ex-Raiderette who sued the NFL team ... calling her a "liar" who never really loved the sport.
TMZ Sports spoke with Nicole Rodrigues -- who cheered on the squad in 2003 and 2004 -- who insists she was always paid well during her time with the team.
"The Raiders, the whole organization, we're a family. That's the main thing ... they took care of us."
Not all of the former Raiderettes feel that way -- as we previously reported, a woman who called herself Lacy T. sued the team earlier this year claiming the team worked them like dogs and paid them less than minimum wage.
But Rodrigues is calling BS ... saying the women behind the suit are just looking for a quick buck -- and didn't appreciate the Raiderette experience
Bottom line for Rodrigues -- "I have zero complaints about how much I was paid."
John Elway's Son
GUILTY in Domestic Violence Case
9/18/2014 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Elway's son -- a former Arizona State University quarterback -- has been sentenced to domestic violence counseling after an altercation with his GF back in July ... TMZ Sports has learned.
As we previously reported, the 25-year-old was arrested in Denver back in May after getting into an argument with his girlfriend and allegedly dragging her out of his car by her hair.
According to the police report, Elway then pushed her down to the ground as she tried to get up.
Elway was initially charged with assault and disturbing the peace -- but struck a plea deal with prosecutors in which he agreed to plead guilty to the D.T.P. and in exchange the assault charge was dismissed.
In the end, Elway was sentenced to 1 year probation -- with "monitored sobriety" -- he was ordered to pay fines, can't own firearms and may not have any contact with the victim.
He was also ordered to complete 1 year of domestic violence counseling.
Sorry Judge, But Skipping Court for Barbados
Was The Best!!
9/18/2014 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
In the mind of Columbus Short, blowing off a court date in his domestic violence case for a trip to Barbados is "the best thing" he's ever done -- though his bar might be set pretty low.
As TMZ first reported, Short was arrested last month after he royally pissed off the judge in his domestic violence case by skipping a hearing to hang out in the Caribbean instead.
Stupid, right? Not to Columbus -- watch him justify the trip, and brazenly claim he STILL deserves a break in the case.
Is there a word for chutzpah in Barbados?
Black Dancer Quota
9/18/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cher is being sued for allegedly telling her choreographer there were too many black people on stage during her concerts ... but the singer says the allegations are BS.
According to a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Cher was auditioning dancers for her "Dressed to Kill" tour in 2014 when choreographer Kevin Wilson said he particularly liked "a minority female dancer." Wilson claims Cher responded, "We have too much color onstage."
Wilson claims in the suit -- filed by attorney Perry Wander -- Cher then told him to find a white, blonde dancer. Wilson further claims he was instructed "not to cast anymore dark skinned black dancers on the tour."
And there's this ... according to the lawsuit, after a show this past June in Louisville, a male dancer invited a female fan to his hotel room and allegedly got sexually aggressive. The suit claims Cher tried to cover it up ... keeping the male dancer in the show and firing the 3 whistle-blowers, including Wilson.
The 3 claim they were told the reason for the firing was budget cuts, which they pooh pooh because the tour was a huge success, grossing a reported $54.9 million and her Bob Mackie costumes cost $100,000 a pop.
Wilson -- who is black -- is claiming racial discrimination and retaliation.
Cher's rep tells TMZ, "These are ridiculous allegations. They couldn't be further from the truth." Cher's lawyer zeroed in on the alleged racial statement, calling it "untrue and categorically denied," adding, "To attribute such a statement to Cher is absurd."
Chris Brown & The Game
Blood Brothers Play
In Anti-Gang Hoops Game
9/18/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown and The Game have been recruited in the fight to rid L.A. of violent gangs ... problem is, they both openly promote the Bloods.
A popular L.A. radio station -- Power 106 -- has organized a celeb basketball game this weekend at USC ... to benefit Homeboy Industries, a non-profit which gets gangbangers out of street gangs by getting them jobs.
Game and Chris are big b-ballers ... they're also famously affiliated with the dangerous street gang. You may recall ... Chris was throwing up gang signs the night of the Suge Knight shooting. As for Game ... his new album is called "Blood Money."
Other celebs will join Game and Brown for Saturday's event, including Nick Cannon, Trey Songz, Tyga, and Jason Derulo.