Jose Canseco's ex-GF tells TMZ ... she believes J.C. is COMPLETELY INNOCENT ... and claims the woman accusing the former MLB star of rape is nothing more than a lying publicity whore.
We spoke to Leila Knight -- who dated Canseco for more than 4 years -- and she tells us she's spoken with Canseco at length about the sexual assault accusations that have been made against him in Las Vegas.
"I've been talking to him all day ... it's obvious that it's a publicity stunt, I mean -- the girl's an aspiring actress," Knight says.
Knight also says Canseco is a "gentle person" who always tells the truth -- "If anything, he's too honest."
For his part, Canseco has denied any wrongdoing ... despite the fact he's named as a suspect in a sexual assault investigation stemming from an alleged incident on May 10.
This could get bloody ... a design company has sued Eli Roth'sGoretorium, saying the Las Vegas haunted house and its business partners have been dragging their feet on a $50K bill ... TMZ has learned.
The "Hostel" director opened the horror attraction in September and hired The Uprising Creative to create all kinds of promotional materials -- logo design, branding, videos, the like ... this according to the lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles.
Uprising says it was paid more than $134,000 over several months ... but the checks stopped coming with $50,853.93 still unpaid. They're alleging breach of contract and fraud ... and want the $50K plus interest and legal fees.
The Goretorium corporation is being sued ... not Roth. So far, no one's returned our calls to the office in LV.
Interesting side note ... in the suit, Uprising says one business partner recently told them to be patient -- because March was the Goretorium's first break-even month since October ... and that if Uprising sued, he would just file for bankruptcy.
"Pawn Stars" pays BANK ... just ask Chumlee ... who dropped thousands of dollars on an expensive new pair of boobs for his girlfriend, TMZ has learned.
Sources close to Chum tell us, the perky new breasts were a recent birthday gift for his gf Tanya -- but that wasn't all he got her.
We're told Chumlee also rented out a penthouse suite for him and his lady at the D Casino hotel last weekend, paid for several lavish dinners at the hotel's Andiamo steakhouse -- including one attended by Tanya's 11 girlfriends -- and even arranged fancy limo rides through Vegas for her and her family.
And get this ... after dinner Saturday night, Chum hit up the high-limit blackjack table ... where the minimum was $500 per hand.
Chumlee tells us, "I wanted it to be the best birthday ever for her and was happy to be a part of a great party, celebration, and special gifts."
If you've been DREAMING of a half-naked Bret Michaels shaking his ass in a bowtie and cuff links, it's time to find a new dream ... 'cause the rocker just turned down an offer from Chippendales, TMZ has learned.
Sources close to Bret tell us ... the legendary all-male review recently approached the 50-year-old about a guest hosting gig for their show at the Rio in Las Vegas ... a la Jake Pavelka, Jeff Timmons and Ronnie from "Jersey Shore."
We're told Michaels was flattered by the proposition, but sadly had to turn down the show because he's already committed to a series for the Travel Channel called "Rock My RV."
But if you REEEEEALLY want to see Bret in his skivvies, just wait outside his tour bus -- he'll get to you eventually.
Rob Gronkowski is SORRY -- sorry for putting his busted forearm in danger last week in Vegas while partying like a dumbass ... just ask Gronk's tank top.
A Patriots fan posted the photo on Twitter this weekend -- showing Gronk wearing a tank that reads, "Sorry for partying." According to the fan, the photo was snapped Sunday at Universal Studios in Orlando.
The shirt's obviously a reference to the video TMZ posted last week, in which Gronk body slams his friend on stage at XS nightclub in Vegas ... and lands hard on his broken left forearm, which was wrapped in a support sleeve.
Eva Longoria ... a-list actress, producer, entrepreneur, and now proud owner of a Master's degree! How'd she pull it off while still acting -- and what's she going to do with her degree? Eva joined us to talk higher ed and future job prospects.Plus, world renowned MMA fighter…