A drug supplier who served more than 7 months for drug-related crimes claims he was set up by MTV's "True Life" ... so he claims in a new lawsuit.
David Nickell says in legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- he was instructed by a producer on "True Life: I'm Addicted To Pills" to buy pills from a dealer, then give them to a woman on the show ... in front of her 5-year-old son.
Nickell claims the producer told him it would be better TV if the kid was around when the deal went down ... and she assured him he wouldn't get in trouble.
Nickell and the woman who got the pills from him were both arrested after authorities saw the show. And prosecutors used the video in court to convict him.
He's suing the producer, MTV and its parent company Viacom.
My Baby's Name Is ...
7/13/2014 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jwoww's stubborn baby is now officially here ... one day after inducing labor, she gave birth Sunday to a baby whose name you'd probably hear at the shore ... but not the Jersey Shore.
Jwoww and fiance Roger Mathews named their daughter Meilani Alexandra Mathews ... the guidette weighed 7lbs, 13 ounces.
As we previously reported, some members of the reality star's family and friends flew out to Jersey for the occasion.
No word on whether any of her co-stars were on hand for the birth.
'Jersey Shore' Ronnie
Jwoww's Labor Induced
7/13/2014 7:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's only a matter of time now before Jwoww pushes a miniature guidette out of her lady parts ... at least according to "Jersey Shore" star Ronnie Magro.
Ronnie was leaving Boa with a friend Saturday night when he not only confirmed Jwoww's labor has been induced ... but the reality star also gave us props for being the first to report the news.
Our camera guy tries to come up with a possible name for the new baby ... but things get awkward.
Get This Baby Out of My Belly
7/12/2014 3:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jwoww is tired of waiting for her baby to pop out ... so the reality star made plans to induce labor.
Sources close to Jwoww tell us the 28-year old recently put the word out to her inner circle ... letting them know she'd squeeze her baby girl out this weekend -- artificially stimulated or not.
We're told some of her friends and fam rushed to Jersey to support the mom-to-be and fiance Roger Mathews ... and now everyone is patiently waiting to see what happens.
Our sources say it doesn't look like MTV cameras will film the actual birth.
Jersey Shorts Lawyer for $29K
... Lawyer Sues
7/10/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Situation is in the worst kind of legal trouble -- the kind where his lawyer can't help, because his lawyer is the one who's suing him ... for 4 years of unpaid legal bills.
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and his brother Marc Sorrentino owe long-time attorney Richard Wolfe $29,000 in legal fees from 2009-13 ... according to the lawsuit filed by Wolfe, and obtained by TMZ.
In the suit, Wolfe says the bros did knock $10,000 of their tab -- but also made failed attempts to pay ... including a cancelled $2,000 check, and a bounced $2,000 check.
He now wants damages for the bad checks, on top of the $29K.
As we first told you ... Mike's tanning salon employees accused him of bouncing their paychecks last month, and he got arrested for fighting his other brother.
So, yeah ... paying legal bills would be beneficial for this guy.
Yo! MTV ...
You Don't Own Me Anymore!
6/18/2014 8:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ed Lover is giving MTV a major "C'MON SON" ... telling us there will never be a "Yo! MTV Raps" again because he refuses to go back to being "owned" by a network.
Ed, of course, co-hosted the groundbreaking show with Dr. Dre in the '80s and '90s -- but when we asked about a reunion last night in NYC ... he unloaded on his former employer and made the gig sound like it was slavery.
Ed told us, "MTV owned us. Now we own" -- and added he's creating his own checks now through a venture called Hip Hop Now.
But watch -- even though he taped a 30-minute 'Yo!' retrospective in Dec. 2012 -- Lover sounds angry as hell about how it ended with MTV almost 20 years ago.
Just don't retire the dance, Ed.
Miss USA Nia Sanchez
Clueless On Home State Capital
Fuels 'Carpetbagging' Buzz
6/16/2014 8:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nia Sanchez is only going to anger pageant fanatics more with this video ... because during a simple radio interview this morning, she couldn't even name the capital of her supposed "home state."
First, some background -- Sanchez won Miss USA after being Miss Nevada, but really she lived most of her life in California and even competed in Miss California three times ... losing each time.
So this morning on "The Todd Show" on 95.5 WPLJ in NYC ... Sanchez completely whiffed when asked about the capital of Nevada ... and possibly also insulted Carson Daly.
Neither is cool.
Back On The Market!
6/12/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tanning Salon Workers Get Stiffed ...
6/11/2014 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is already having money problems with his new tanning salon ... his employees had to call the cops to get paid.
A rep for the Middletown Police Department tells TMZ ... 4 employees from Boca Tanning Club in Middletown, NJ filed a police report claiming their paychecks had bounced all over town.
According to the police, each employee was owed between $100-$200.
We're told cops spoke with Sitch's brother Frank, and told him criminal charges could be filed. The employees received their full paychecks pronto.
Sources close to The Situation tell TMZ ... he was surprised to hear the employees took their complaints to the police since the payroll problem only lasted a few days. He says it was just an innocent mixup because the store changed payroll companies.
'Teen Mom' Jenelle Evans
6/10/2014 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'Teen Mom 2' star Jenelle Evans is officially back on the market -- because her divorce was just finalized from estranged hubby Courtland Rogers.
A Brunswick County clerk confirms Jenelle showed up this morning in North Carolina to make it official -- she got her old name back too.
Although most people thought the relationship would last forever ... Evans and Rogers had a rough go of it -- last year they were both arrested on drug charges and domestic violence.
Jenelle was famously in what has become an epic fight with one of her homegirls. The video never gets old.
These Boots Are Made for Stumblin'
... Mom's Drunk Night Out
6/9/2014 9:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A wobbly Jessica Simpson hit up Warwick nightclub in Hollywood Sunday night, but from the looks of it ... she did plenty of partying beforehand -- and even had to make a 911 call for fast food to soak up the booze.
Simpson was accompanied by Eric Johnson and it's a good thing he was there ... because somebody had to make sure she didn't fall flat on her face!
Mrs. Weight Watchers -- who did look AMAZING -- had a hard time making her way in and out and definitely seemed to have a hard time answering fairly simple questions. Best part of the video ... the driver making a Jack in the Box run for Jessica WHILE she was in the club!
Lower weight, lesser tolerance.
Heidi & Spencer
For 'Celebrity Wife Swap'
6/4/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Heidi and Spencer Pratt are finally splitting up ... briefly, anyway ... because they are taking part in "Celebrity Wife Swap" and taking home a nice check for it too.
According to our sources, the O.G. most hated couple of reality TV shot an episode that airs next week -- and they'll be swapping with seven-time Olympic medalist Amanda Beard and her husband.
Our sources say the Pratts took home $50,000 for the gig ... which we know is nearly $20,000 more than some other celeb couples have been paid.
Good for them ... but let's hope Amanda got twice that amount.
'N Sync Singer
'MTV Cribs' House Allegedly Hit ...
By Ninja Burglars
5/16/2014 12:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Where's Superman when you need him? Joey Fatone's famed "MTV Cribs" house -- the one with an entire room dedicated to the Man of Steel -- has allegedly been hit by a few NINJA BURGLARS ... but police arrested the suspects before any real damage was done.
A rep for the Orange County Sheriff's Office in FL tells TMZ, the three suspects were arrested Monday evening outside the 12,300 square foot 6-bedroom mansion ... after cutting through the fence.
Police say the men were dressed in all black ninja-type outfits and were carrying backpacks containing zip ties, duct tape, and handguns. According to police, one of the suspects fled and hid in nearby bushes ... but was quickly sniffed out by a K-9.
Cops believe the burglars are the same perps who burglarized a nearby home last month ... also dressed as ninjas. That break-in was caught on tape (above).
Either way, the ninjas ain't Fatone's problem -- he sold the house in 2011 ... for $3.9 million.