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Tapatio Sues Duuuuuuuude ... You Stole Nuestro Famoso Logo!!!

10/17/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tapatio's turning up the heat and going after a guy who's trying to start a different kind of blaze ... while allegedly ripping off the company's iconic sombrero-wearing mascot.

Tapatio -- arguably the most famous hot sauce in America -- is suing the guy behind the marijuana-infused "Trapatio" hot sauce claiming that product's using an eerily similar logo.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, Tapatio says its famous "charro" -- or Mexican cowboy -- logo belongs to them and "Trapatio" is marketing itself with a similar name and an almost identical man in a sombrero, yellow jacket and red tie. Not to mention jacking their font.

Tapatio thinks the similarities will make loyal customers think it's in bed with the pot sauce ... which comes fully loaded with 400 mg of THC. The OG sauce's lawsuit is pretty blunt -- quit duping us, and fork over the profits "Trapatio" has already made.

Ralphie May Last Meal Jalapeno Poppers and a Chicken Sandwich

10/10/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

It's not exactly a dream ad for Jack in the Box ... Ralphie May chowed down on Jalapeno Poppers and a Chicken Sandwich at 1 AM Friday, and 12 hours later he was dead.

We now know Ralphie's last hours. After performing at Harrah's Thursday night, he and a few other comedians went to Jack in the Box, got take out and went to the private residence where Ralphie was staying with a fellow comedian.

Ralphie took his bag of food into his room at around 1 AM, shut the door and that's the last time anyone saw him alive.

He had a habit of sleeping until noon, so no one thought of checking on him, until Ralphie's assistant showed up just after 12 PM and opened his bedroom door. The assistant found Ralphie unconscious on the floor. We're told it appears he was sitting on the side of the bed when the heart attack struck and he fell over. Paramedics came but said there was nothing they could do. He was dead.

We're told there were no drugs found. In fact, Ralphie famously carried a vape pen, but it had been a long stretch since he used it. One source who was with him nightly says although Ralphie had been battling pneumonia for 6 weeks, he was "80 to 90% better" the night before he died.

We're also told he was in good spirits, although there was one serious source of conflict ... his divorce and his estranged wife. Ralphie felt his wife would not let go of their marriage and was trying to punish him, using their 2 kids as a weapon. 

People in Ralphie's life are extremely upset, because his estranged wife now has complete control of his estate since the divorce was not final. We're told she had closed off many of the people who were close to Ralphie and worked with him.

O.J. Simpson Waiting for Taco Takeout I'll Take a Bloody Ma ... D'OH!

10/8/2017 11:02 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.J. Simpson wasted no time quenching his thirst for blood  ... but he watered it down with vodka.

Simpson was spotted grabbing takeout Saturday at Las Vegas' Wahoos Fish Taco restaurant around 4 PM, where patrons tell us during the wait he ordered himself a Bloody Mary.

Everyone in the restaurant stared, but no one asked for pics or a John Hancock.

The restaurant wouldn't say what was in the bag ... customer/restaurant privilege.  

He'd be wise to stay away from the blood stuff this time of year. Or always ... either way.

Dak Prescott Picks Up Cam's Yogurt Deal ... After Sexist Comment

10/8/2017 10:36 AM PDT

Out with the old, in with the new -- that's Dannon Yogurt's philosophy after dumping Cam Newton and signing the Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott ... less than a week later.

Dak signed a sponsorship deal with Dannon the same day Cam got the boot last week after making a sexist comment to a female reporter during a press conference. He's reportedly already set to start filming commercials in Dallas this upcoming week.

As we reported ... Cam publicly apologized after Dannon dropped him on Thursday. 

Looks like it was too little, too late. 

T.I. Leads Protest Against Houston's Restaurant They Discriminate Against African Americans

10/8/2017 7:09 AM PDT

T.I. led a big group of demonstrators in a protest against Houston's Restaurant in Buckhead, outside Atlanta, claiming the joint treats African Americans like second class citizens.

The protest was ignited after Debra Antney and Momma Dee from "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" were denied service. They tried to get a seating for 7 but couldn't get a table. They say they tried to split up the group but still were blocked from being seated.

The restaurant says the policy of not seating 6 or more walk-ins is applied fairly and equally.

Tiny joined T.I., who said the African American community would now speak with their wallets.

Mark Salling Miso Hungry After Plea Deal

10/6/2017 6:55 AM PDT

Mark Salling had a hankering for Japanese after cutting a deal with prosecutors in his child porn case ... a deal that will land him in prison.

Salling got takeout from Sake Sake in L.A., the day after pleading guilty to possession of child porn involving a prepubescent minor.

Under the deal, Salling and prosecutors agreed to a prison sentence of between 4 and 7 years. The judge in the case will use the deal as a sentencing guideline, but is not bound by it.

When Salling gets out he'll be a registered sex offender with 20 years of supervised release.

DMX Life in Rehab ... Bigger & Better Than Ever

10/5/2017 3:17 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

DMX is handling his legal business and his diet like a grown ass man after going to rehab.

We got X Thursday outside court in NYC, where he had a hearing on his tax evasion case. Afterward, he basically confirmed what his lawyer told us last month -- he put on about 40 lbs. while getting treatment, and plans to continue for another month.

Gotta say, he looks good compared to a couple months ago when he was significantly thinner. Sounds like he feels the same way.

As for what he's bulking up on? DMX trusts in the Cap'n!

O.J. Simpson Home Cooking? Daughter Stocking Up

10/2/2017 6:00 PM PDT

O.J. Simpson could be eating home cooked meals again -- if his daughter's grocery store run in Vegas is any indication.

O.J.'s oldest daughter, Arnelle Simpson, was coming out of a Trader Joe's Monday with a cart full of goodies, and photogs asked if she was whipping up dinner for dad.

It's unclear if he's staying with her, but it would make sense for them to break bread. Simpson told the Nevada Parole officials he planned to stay in the area for now.

As for what's on the menu? Can't imagine he's picky after 9 years of prison grub, but looks like he'll have some cantaloupe on the side

Tori Spelling I'd Rather Settle than Grill Benihana In My Burn Case

9/29/2017 4:39 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tori Spelling and Benihana put out the fire in their legal battle ... and all signs point to the restaurant chain paying her some cash.

According to new docs ... Tori and Benihana reached a settlement in her lawsuit, in which she alleged she slipped and fell on one of their hibachi grills at the Encino, CA location and suffered deep second and third-degree burn injuries.

Spelling sued in 2015 for medical expenses and pain and suffering, and even if she didn't get her pound of flesh, she at least got an 8-ounce steak from the chain.

Hopefully the settlement included some gift certificates ... that place is delicious.

Celeb Chef Jamie Oliver Sued Your Recipes Ain't Really Gluten Free 'GF' Grub, Phony Certified!

9/27/2017 8:41 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver might be claiming some of his recipes are gluten-free -- but they're actually full of crap 'cause the label's not official ... according to a new lawsuit.

A non-profit called Gluten Intolerance Group of North America is suing Oliver for stamping some of his online recipes with a 'GF' symbol -- which they believe is a straight rip-off of their own label that they're saying is THE official gluten-free stamp of approval.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, GIG says Oliver is purposely marking his recipes with this logo to make it seem like they've been certified gluten-free, which they argue is crowding their turf. They say he's misleading consumers, and could ruin their rep. 

GIG's asking a judge to make Oliver yank his 'GF' online labels, as well as damages. We've reached out to the chef ... so far, no word back. 

Janet Jackson Check Out My Baby But Don't Ask About My Ex

9/21/2017 6:40 AM PDT

Janet Jackson gave her baby a taste of Hollywood Wednesday as mother and son lunched at The Ivy.

Eissa was chill as he was cradled in Ms. Jackson's arms on their way out. As for reports her estranged husband, Wissam Al Mana, verbally abused her ... radio silence.

We're told it's a difficult, nasty divorce, but Janet had her game face on and showed no sign of distress.

As we reported, Randy Jackson claims Wissam called Janet a "bitch" every day while she was expecting. Randy had also said Wissam made Janet feel like a prisoner in her own home.

Martin Shkreli Prison Menu Covers My Heart & Tummy!!!

9/16/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Martin Shkreli has one thing going for him in prison ... a tasty menu!!!

The Pharma Bro -- who got his ass thrown back in jail after a judge revoked his $5 million bail for threatening Hillary Clinton -- is getting the goods at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. Or as good as it can probably get for his taste buds.

Martin -- who's been convicted in a securities fraud case -- will have healthy options to choose from come chow down time. Among the tasty and hearty choices:

-- Soy hot dogs

-- Soy burgers

-- Turkey burgers

-- Vegetable soup

-- Chicken wrap or hummus wrap

-- Chicken fajitas

-- Cream of broccoli soup

-- Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches

-- Roast beef 

-- Beef tacos

-- Sloppy Joes

-- Swedish meatballs

-- Baked ziti

Almost makes ya wanna take a trip to Brooklyn ... almost.

Jason Aldean $500 Burrito Order Gets Worker Fired

9/13/2017 2:27 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jason Aldean's wrapped up in a burrito controversy -- an employee claims he was 86'd after putting the country star on blast for his tip on a massive order.

We're told Jason's crew ordered 60 burritos and a quesadilla last week at Black Sheep Burrito & Brews in West Virginia ... not far from where the singer was performing. Total due for the grub -- around 500 bucks, but get this ... the worker claims Jason left a crappy tip.

We're told the employee was so pissed, he tweeted at Jason for being a cheapo. But a few days later, he says he got sacked. A manager at Black Sheep tells TMZ ... Jason's people didn't blow the whistle about the tweet, it was another employee who told management. As for the firing, the manager says tweeting about customers is a company violation.

Jason's rep confirmed the large takeout order, but says it "included an appropriate tip." The rep added, "Jason had absolutely no contact with the restaurant or any of its employees."

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