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Bobby Flay

Ex-Manager Claims

She Was Too Girly For His Burger Joint

3/1/2015 12:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Celebrity chef Bobby Flay's restaurant is no place for "girly" girls  ... according to an ex-manager who says she was routinely humiliated because of her expensive taste in fashion. 

Michelle Edison claims she was the victim of non-stop harassment, intimidation and sex discrimination during her stint at Bobby's Burger Palace in Maryland and was repeatedly shamed for being a bougie woman who was just "too female."

Edison claims in legal docs, her Louis Vuitton bag, makeup, perfume and hairstyle did "not fit the BBP way."

She's filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission asking for moola. 

We called Bobby's rep ... so far no word back. 

5-Hour Energy Sued

Ad Was a Shot to My Hacky Sack

... Says Record Holder

2/27/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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5-Hour Energy DOES NOT give you power to capture the hacky sack world record, according to the current title holder ... who's suing the company for making it look like someone took his belt.

Ted Martin -- the hacky Guinness World Record holder since '97 -- filed a handwritten lawsuit over a 2013 commercial that shows a pitchman accomplishing a bunch of outlandish things after shooting a bottle of 5-Hour Energy.

Among the achievements -- mastering "origami while beating the record for hacky sack." In his suit, Ted says that line is "literally false" ... and he wants the company to pay up for lying. Plus, he wants an injunction to stop the ad from ever airing again.

Who knows if he'll win in court, but dude's a legend with the footbag. He hacky'ed more than 8 HOURS straight to earn his world record -- racking up 63,326 kicks!!

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J.K. Simmons

Calling All Cops ...

Mi Burrito Es Su Burrito

2/26/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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JK Simmons Buys Cops Lunch
"Whiplash" star J.K. Simmons went off again -- but instead of throwing chairs ... he was tossing out free Mexican food to cops at his favorite lunch spot.

Fresh off his Oscar win -- for playing a violent hard-ass -- Simmons flipped the script while grabbing lunch Tuesday at Poquito Más in the Valley. We're told he was buying for 2 friends, and got his usual ... a scampi burrito -- but while ordering he saw a couple of LAPD officers in line and picked up their tab too.

Looking to spread even more love ... J.K. stepped up again when a 3rd cop walked into the restaurant. 

We're told Simmons dropped about 50 bucks for all six meals -- which makes the moral of this story: Always be generous. Especially when you can get a great deal.  

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'Pawn Stars' Co-Star Chumlee

I'll DJ For You ... But

I Need Girls and Girl Scout Cookies

2/24/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0223_chumlee_dj_tmzcomposite"Pawn Stars" co-star Austin "Chumlee" Russell will DJ your club ... but only if you provide him with Girl Scout cookies and hot chicks.

The aspiring DJ is ready to scratch out his first gig Saturday at Ghostbar Dayclub's season finale at the Palms in Vegas ... his contract rider demands more pampering than Eddie Van Halen. Por ejemplo:

-- 1 pair of Hawaiian Nike Dunk SB's

-- Dinner at the N9NE Steakhouse for his crew

-- A basketball suite for a pick-up game after the show

-- Beautiful waitresses to escort him to the stage 

-- Girl Scout cookies (Thin Mints and Peanut Butter Patties)

-- 2 Nerf basketball hoops and 5 Nerf guns

On a positive note, he makes good choices ... in Girl Scout cookies.

Oscars

Would You Like a

Lime or Cockroach in Your Drink?

2/19/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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A gaggle of stars will hit the bars at the Oscars Sunday as the show goes on, and on ... but those bars have been filthy for weeks ... cockroaches, bugs and all.

TMZ has obtained video shot inside the Dolby Theater in Hollywood ... the home of the Academy Awards. We've created a series of screen grabs, which show various bars that look anything but inviting.

You see dead cockroaches, flying bugs, spoiled food on the floor, dirty sinks, garbage strewn on the floor, dirt and a moldy cream container. 

0218-fly-on-the-wall-GIF-TMZ-02The video was shot late last year but we're told by people who have been at the venue the conditions were unchanged as recently as 5 days ago.  

We're told the Heath Dept. last inspected the Dolby in June and gave it a clean bill of health.

We contacted managers at Dolby, but so far no word back.

"Birdman" may win in the main auditorium, but The Fly wins at the bar.

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Aunt Jemima 'Heirs'

Cutoff From Pancake Billions

You Need Batter Proof

2/19/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Two guys claiming to be heirs to the real life Aunt Jemima couldn't pour it on thick enough to convince a judge -- their shot at $3 billion just got tossed out of court.  

According to docs obtained by TMZ ... D.W. Hunter and Larnell Evans, Jr. went to court armed with a pretty thin story to prove they're the great-grandsons of Anna Short Harrington -- who portrayed Aunt J. from 1935 until the '50s.

As TMZ first reported ... the men sued PepsiCo, Quaker Oats, and 2 other companies for royalties they feel Harrington had been screwed out of while her image was being used to hawk flapjacks.

Once they got to court ... Hunter told the judge his grandmother once gave him a photo of Harrington -- a photo he no longer has -- and claimed that proved his relation. Hunter and Evans also said they tried to locate Harrington's grave in Syracuse, NY. 

Not shockingly, the judge said that so-called evidence fell flatter than a ... well, you know.

Case dismissed. 

'Real Housewives' Star Sued

She's a Cheapskate with Dirty Laundry

2/17/2015 1:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Teresa Aprea Sued

"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Aprea has been slapped with a huge laundry bill -- her employees claim she shorted their checks and made 'em pay to clean their own uniforms.

According to court docs ... a former bartender and server at Aprea's NYC restaurant Angelo's of Mulberry St. says Aprea and her husband would only pay them for 7 hours -- even though they routinely worked 10 hour shifts. They also claim they paid out-of-pocket to wash their unis ... but NY law requires employers to pony up. 

It's gotta sting ... Aprea famously told Teresa Giudice  -- serving 15-months for fraud -- "karma's a bitch" ...  but now she's the one facing a class action suit.

The employees' attorney -- David Gottlieb -- is demanding the Apreas shell out up to $2500 per worker for unpaid wages and overtime, uniform cleaning costs, plus an unspecified amount of damages.

Bravo, Karma.

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Aaron Rodgers & Olivia Munn

Hollywood Date Night

... With Quiznos Guy

2/12/2015 8:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn had a double date with a semi-famous friend Wednesday night ... an actor who's pretty recognizable from a famous Quiznos commercial ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The Green Bay Packers QB and the "Mortdecai" star hit up Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills ... along with actor Tim Rock and his date. 

Tim (who's been friends with Munn for a while) is an actor who's been in a bunch of stuff ... but we remember him from that Quiznos ad where the oven was like HAL 9000 from "2001: A Space Odyssey" (awesome btw). 

Wonder who paid for dinner? 

Tom Cruise

Does Ex Factor ...

With Penelope Cruz

2/12/2015 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0212-tom-cruise-splashTom Cruise hooked up with his ex-girlfriend Penelope Cruz ... for dinner in London and left with a souvenir... -- he was caught leaving with a red lipstick stain on his cheek.

Since he's Tom Cruise ... dinner with Penelope wouldn't be hot enough -- so her pal Salma Hayek came along for the meal at Scott's in London.

No clue on who planted the smooch on Cruise -- both women were wearing red lipstick.

Now, for the buzz kill -- Penelope's married with kids now (just like Salma) so probably not a hot and heavy date night. 

Ahh, but the mammaries. They'll always have those.

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'Big Brother' Champ

Drowning In Debt

2/12/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"Big Brother" winner Mike "Boogie" Malin was a scheming, diabolical gamesman on the show but outside the house his antics didn't play well ... because he's now more than $20 million in debt.

The good news ... Mike's a millionaire. The bad news, he's only worth around $1 million and is $23 MIL in debt ... and that spells b-a-n-k-r-u--p-t-c-y.

Mike had a good post-"Big Bro" start ... he was co-owner of 2 Hollywood hot spots -- Les Deux and Geisha House. But then things fell apart. He was sued over a rape that allegedly occurred at Les Deux. And then his partner sued him for embezzlement ... and on and on.

He was socked with millions of bucks in various judgments and Geisha House went belly up.

So now ... Mike's in the red every month and wants a judge to stop the bleeding.

'In The House' Star

Arrested Twice ...

Calls Cop a Fa**ot!

2/11/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Maia Campbell Arrested

LL Cool J's ex co-star Maia Campbell should really try ordering in -- she just got busted at a restaurant for the 2nd time this year ... most recently for causing a drunken scene at a Waffle House.

Cops in Riverdale, GA tell us they got called to the restaurant last weekend when the former "In the House" star was allegedly wasted and causing a scene. Officers gave her a chance to leave on her own, but she refused -- and then left in handcuffs ... and got booked for disorderly conduct.

The 38-year-old also ended up in an Atlanta cop car last month -- when she went off in a Burger King. According to the police report obtained by TMZ ... she cussed out a family, accused their child of stealing her wallet, and called the arresting officer a "fu**ing fa**ot!"

Cops say she denied using foul words, and claimed to only speak the "King's language" -- which is either some strange BK dialect or maybe she meant the Queen's English.   

Hard to tell.

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Papa John's Pizza

We're Sorry Iggy Azalea ...

Blabbing Driver Was Disciplined

2/9/2015 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Papa John's takes the privacy of its customers seriously, and has taken "appropriate disciplinary action" against the driver who gave out Iggy Azalea's phone number ... TMZ has learned.

A Papa John's spokesperson wouldn't specify what action was taken, but tells us ... "We are reaching out directly to Ms. Azalea and hope to resolve this incident and make it right."

As we previously reported ... Iggy says her delivery driver this weekend gave her private digits to his brother -- who then called and texted her repeatedly. 

Although Iggy put the company on blast ... she also said it was her "favorite pizza." We smell endorsement deal, if she plays this right.

Iggy Azalea

Puts Papa John's Drivers on Blast

They're Pizzas of Crap!!

2/8/2015 3:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0208-iggy-azalea-papa-johns-tmz-01Iggy Azalea says her pizza privacy has been violated by a Papa John's driver ... and now she's on the digital attack looking for vengeance. 

Azalea tweeted Sunday about a recent pie order gone awry ... writing, "Papa John's was my favorite pizza but the drivers they use give out your personal phone number to their family members."

The rapper claims she asked her driver's supervisor for pictures of the guy so she could identify who gave out her number ... but his boss refused. So she BLASTED the company online.

Iggy even included a screen grab of one of the text messages she received from the driver's brother.

We reached out to a rep for Papa John's.  So far, no word back.

Guess Iggy likes beef with other rappers AND on her pizza.

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