Keyshia Cole knows how to brawl -- punching, scratching and pulling hair like a champ -- according to the woman who claims Cole attacked her last month during a jealous rage.
Sabrina Mercadel filed court docs accusing Cole of punching her in the face, slashing her with fingernails and throwing objects at her. Mercadel says her neck and back were hurt -- and her finger was so badly damaged ... it might be useless for good.
TMZ broke the story ... sources say Cole went nuclear when she found Mercadel at an early morning party in the penthouse of Cash Money CEO Birdman -- Cole's rumored bf at the time. For her part, Mercadel says in the docs she was just "visiting a friend." Sources at the party tell us there was no banging going down.
Mercadel requested, and was granted, a restraining order -- which requires Cole to stay 100 yards away and prohibits any contact.
Cleared in Alleged Phone Snatching
... No Video Evidence
10/11/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber's tough guy act with a photo-snapping fan will NOT land him in more legal trouble -- TMZ has learned he won't be charged for the incident in a Hollywood arcade, and he probably has his security team to thank.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they reviewed security cam footage from the Dave & Buster's -- as well as the cell phone video shot by the fan ... who claimed Justin lunged at him to snatch the phone.
We're told the vid shows Justin did lunge, but never touched the guy ... mainly because his bodyguards stepped in to separate them.
One Way Flight Request
Triggered Airport Argument
10/10/2014 11:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes tried to force a ticket agent into re-routing a plane ... just so she could fly across the country STAT -- and because of it, Amanda got swiftly booted from the airport.
As we previously reported ... Bynes was ordered out of LaGuardia airport for screaming at a ticket agent Friday morning -- so she booked it to JFK to try to catch another flight.
Law enforcement sources say the shouting match was all because Amanda wanted a direct flight as soon as possible ... and wouldn't listen to the agent explain that planes have a specific route.
We're told things got so bad airport authorities had to step in to escort Bynes out of the building -- putting her into a cab outside to send Amanda on her way.
Amanda's parents are still trying to locate the actress so they can attempt to put her into a treatment facility.
Daughter Slut Shamed
During Drunken Family Brawl
10/9/2014 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sarah Palin's family threw down in a massive drunken brawl as violent as any wrestling cage match -- with ripped shirts, bloodied faces, and her daughter Bristol getting dragged around a lawn by her legs.
The brawl went down last month near Anchorage, Alaska ... when the Palin clan -- Todd and his kids Willow, Track, and Bristol -- went to a friend's house party. According to the police report ... obtained by TMZ ... the violence erupted when Bristol went after a woman who had allegedly shoved her younger sister Willow.
Bristol told police the homeowner, Korey Klingenmeyer, shoved her to the ground, dragged her around, and started calling her a slut and a c**t.
Korey and several other witnesses at the party saw it differently ... telling cops Bristol punched him in the face -- he says he let her hit him 5-6 times before grabbing her fist and pushing back ... sending her reeling to the ground.
That scrap then sparked the all-out brawl -- witnesses say Track and 3-4 other people came running to defend Bristol ... and all hell broke loose ... with the Palins, including dad Todd, taking on all comers.
Willow says several people at the party we're chanting, "F**k the Palins!"
One witness says Todd got jumped by 4 people, and Track jumped in to help his father. He emerged from the scrum with a torn shirt and bloody mouth. Bristol says she was uninjured, though one cop described her as having "dirt on her knees."
Worth nothing ... cops described almost everyone at the party as being "intoxicated" ... including the Palins.
As for Sarah ... the report says she was sitting in a limo outside the party. She's not mentioned at all in the fight -- but it sounds like she tried to calm things down after the fact. The homeowner, Korey, did not want to press charges. In fact, prosecutors declined to file charges against any of the 20-plus involved in the melee.
Not surprisingly, Korey told cops the Palins lost the fight. We've reached out to the Palins ... so far no response.
BAR FIGHT VICTIM SUES
You're a Bloodthirsty Maniac
10/9/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-NFL star Larry Johnson has been sued by the man he allegedly ATTACKED WITH A BROKEN BOTTLE at a Miami hotel ... claiming LJ is a violent thug who scarred him for life.
TMZ Sports obtained the lawsuit filed by Drew Johnson -- a club promoter who says he was "minding his own business" in the VIP section of the club inside the Delano hotel on Oct. 7th when he was attacked by a "heavily intoxicated" LJ.
Drew claims LJ "broke a bottle and then began using the bottle as a weapon, cutting [Drew] with the intent on causing serious bodily injury."
As we previously reported, Drew required several stitches to close the gash on his arm he claims he sustained during the fight.
In the suit, Drew points out he's only 5'8", 150lbs ... and LJ is 6'2", 230 lbs ... and explains he couldn't have provoked the fight because "no one in their right mind would pick a fight or get into an altercation with [Johnson]."
Drew says he's suffered physical pain, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, physical scarring and disfigurement and medical expenses ... and he's demanding more than $15k.
As for LJ, he was arrested for aggravated battery -- and was released on $7,500 bail.
We reached out to Larry for comment -- so far no word back.
STALKED IN THE OCEAN
By Ex-Heavyweight Champ [Video]
10/8/2014 1:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A former heavyweight boxing champ who's OBSESSED with fighting Wladimir Klitschko has taken his pursuit to the sea ... chartering a boat to HARASS Klitschko this morning while he was out paddleboarding in Miami.
The video is maniacal -- showing Shannon Briggs hammering Klitschko with taunt after taunt ... while buzzing right by the guy ... eventually knocking him off his paddle board.
At one point during the incident, you can see and hear Klitschko tell Briggs, "You crossed the line."
Briggs has been all over Klitschko recently in an effort to coerce him into stepping back in the ring so they can fight.
Briggs recently found WK while he was eating lunch at an Italian restaurant and ignited a physical confrontation in which Briggs cut his foot on broken glass and ended up in the hospital.
We spoke with Briggs who tells us, "I'm not getting off his ass until he fights me. He's a chump."
Allegedly Claws Fan Then Haunts Bloomies
10/8/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes lost it on one of her fans -- during a bizarre 24-hour stretch in NYC -- allegedly assaulting the woman who got too close in a nightclub.
Multiple sources tell TMZ ... Amanda showed up by herself to an event at the Gilded Lily nightclub Monday night in Chelsea. We're told she was dancing alone, wearing sunglasses and keeping to herself ... until random people started taking photos.
At first, Amanda was just yelling at the fans ... but we're told she finally snapped on one woman who claims Bynes spun toward her violently, scratching her neck and arms. Despite the alleged attack ... the woman tells us she's still a fan and doesn't plan to press charges.
Then on Tuesday morning ... several Bloomingdale's shoppers tell us Amanda was limping around the department store for hours with just one shoe while mumbling incoherently.
As we've reported, Bynes' family and friends have been extremely concerned, ... ever since her DUI arrest last month -- and fear something tragic is going to happen before she gets the help she obviously needs.
UFC Fighter Cody Gibson
Socked Hard In Face
In Crazy Bar Fight [Video]
10/6/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
File Under: "You Know You're In Trouble When" ... you punch a guy in the face as hard as you can -- AND HE DOESN'T GO DOWN ... because the guy you punched is a UFC fighter.
That's exactly what happened in Vegas -- when 27-year-old UFC star Cody "The Renegade" Gibson (12-5) got into a standoff with some dude with a death wish at a bar in Downtown Las Vegas.
It all went down last week ... after Cody's last-second defeat at UFC 178 to Manny Gamburyan. Despite the loss, Cody still felt like going out ... and that's when he got into it with another bar patron.
Sources at the bar tell us ... the two guys got into an arguing match that escalated quickly -- but when it almost came time to fight ... Cody tried to WARN the guy he's a professional brawler.
In the video, you can actually hear Cody tell the other man "Google me, bitch!"
But the other guy didn't listen ... and instead of googling, he SOCKED CODY IN THE FACE.
Cody was stunned ... but didn't go down ... and responded by tackling the guy to the ground.
Security quickly rushed in ... but no one was arrested or seriously injured ... which is good for the dude in the blue shirt, considering Cody is constantly training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing and Muay Thai fighting.
Bottom line -- props to Cody for not killing the guy.
WORST. PUNCH. EVER.
Attacks Man At Boxing Event
10/3/2014 10:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here it is ... Antoine Dodson throwing a PUNCH at another man ... and it's hilarious.
A-Dod -- who became world famous for fighting off a bedroom intruder back in 2010 -- will be a pugilist in a "celebrity" boxing event in November ... taking on a man he claims is the actual 2010 perp.
During a media event for the fight this week, the "Intruder" confronted Dodson -- who became "upset" and tried to slug his foe with a right ... uh ... jab?
Again, it's hilarious.
A mini-melee breaks out ... with Antoine flailing around and screaming at the other man -- "It is what it is, n**ga!!!"
Punching Paps in Paris
10/1/2014 6:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber mixed it up Tuesday with the paparazzi in Paris and appeared to throw a punch during the fracas.
We're told Bieber and his crew tried to clear the photogs out of the way as they entered their hotel after dinner.
Check out Bieber -- inexplicably dressed in a camouflage jacket and pants with black leather sneakers -- his hand just below the neck of one photog ... another photo shows Bieber appearing to be in mid-punch.
Biebs has been a busy boy in Paree ... dining with Kendall Jenner and later partying with Kendall, Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Paris Hilton and GF Selena Gomez ... but avoiding Miranda Kerr like Ebola.
Boxer Andre Berto
CHICK FIGHT AT BDAY PARTY
'That S**t Was Nuts!'
10/1/2014 6:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Two hot, young chicks strapped on boxing gloves ... in bikinis ... and went at it INSIDE a Miami nightclub to celebrate Andre Berto's 31st bday ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
The 2-time welterweight champ turnt all way up Mokia Lounge in Miami Beach recently -- alongside big stars like MLB pitcher Aroldis Chapman and fellow boxer Adrien Broner.
The scene was crazy ... huge bottle of champagne, scantily clad women, fancy cake -- and Berto tells TMZ Sports the whole thing was "epic!"
"We partied all night! That s**t was nuts!"
'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.
My Ex-Friend Is an Ungrateful Bastard ...
Who Ruined My Hummer!
9/30/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jermaine Dupri lavished his friend with a free place to live, a free car, free studio time and several other gifts ... and the guy repaid him by trashing his hummer and then having the audacity to sue him.
Dupri says Taddrick Mingo is a leach who did nothing but take, take take:
-- free recording studio time
-- 4 years free rent in a 2 bedroom condo
-- use of Dupri's Hummer
-- free computer
-- referrals so Mingo could get studio work
Jermaine says Mingo then turned around and sued him ... claiming he worked as Dupri's assistant but never got paid.
So now Dupri has fired back with his own lawsuit, claiming Mingo was NEVER his assistant. And Jermaine wants money for the financial beating he took when he sold the whip at a loss.
As for why Dupri showered Mingo with gifts over a period of years ... he never says.