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Mira Sorvino & Christopher Backus Son Gets $100k For Dog Bite Attack

11/14/2017 11:24 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Mira Sorvino and Christopher Backus' 11-year-old son just scored a big payday for suffering a traumatic dog attack when he was a young child.

According to new legal docs ... Mira took her son, Johnny Backus, with her to a house she was looking to buy on a night in September 2013 when the owner's dog went after him, biting and lacerating his legs and knees. Johnny -- who was 7 at the time -- had to be treated and stitched up at the hospital.

According to the docs ... Mira's son has recovered from the injuries but was left with some scarring. He was also traumatized and became fearful of dogs. His doctor says he's regained some confidence by being around his family's dogs.

Christopher sued for the dog bite attack on behalf of Johnny, and it's now been settled for $100k. After Johnny's medical and legal expenses it comes to $67k ... still pretty good for an 11-year-old.

'Westworld' Actor's 911 Call Completely Dazed and Out of Breath ... From Head Injury

11/14/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The actor who sustained a serious head injury that put the brakes on production for "Westworld" called 911 himself ... and sounded like he was about to pass out.

TMZ has obtained the audio of Zahn McClarnon's call for help, which he placed on his own after he fell in his home and hit his head a couple weeks ago.

As you can tell, Zahn's clearly out of it during the convo with an operator. He comes off as confused when asked what apartment number he's in, but somehow manages to get out all relevant info needed for paramedics.

As we reported ... Zahn's injury temporarily halted production of season 2 of the HBO hit series, which was set to air in 2018.

The good news now ... HBO says filming has fully resumed.

Joe Jackson Posts Bizarre Vid for Blanket ... Seems Confused

11/13/2017 6:40 PM PST

Michael Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, posted a video that was addressed to his grandson, Blanket ... but it might've been meant for his older brother, Prince.  

Joe tweeted a video message Monday in which he tells Blanket to "stay healthy" and "stay off those bikes" ... this after Prince recently got into a motorcycle accident that sent him to the hospital. 

He rambles a bit in the post, but it appears he's simply sending good vibes to his grandkid(s) ... even though he seems a little confused as to which one got injured. 

The timing is interesting, too -- Katherine Jackson resigned as Blanket's guardian just a few weeks ago, citing both her age and Blanket's as reasons for stepping down.

Tyrese Meltdown Wasn't Me ... It Was the Meds

11/11/2017 11:49 AM PST
Breaking News

Tyrese has offered an explanation for his erratic behavior in recent weeks -- he says a new medication is to blame.

Tyrese claims his online meltdown a couple weeks ago was caused by the drug Rexulti, used to treat depression, having an adverse effect on him ... but he's off it now and getting back to normal.

The actor says the meds made him do things over the past 2 months that effected a lot of people and he wants them to know he's sorry.

As we've reported ... Tyrese is in a bitter court battle with his ex, Norma Gibson, and he says doctors recommended the meds to him to handle the stress.

Friends of his like Will Smith and Jada Pinkett expressed concern that Tyrese was having some sort of mental breakdown, but according to him ... he's on the mend now.

'Westworld' Actor Zahn McClarnon Sustains Serious Head Injury Causes Production to Stop

11/3/2017 12:29 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Zahn McClarnon, who has a reoccurring role on the second season of "Westworld," sustained a very bad head injury earlier this week that landed him in ICU and caused production to stop ... sources tell TMZ.

Sources familiar with the situation tell us, Zahn fell at his home and hit his head. We're told the impact caused serious trauma and he was rushed to the ICU.

Our sources say Zahn is still in the hospital but is "on the mend."

TMZ broke the story -- production on the HBO hit was stalled after a cast member suffered a medical emergency off set -- but the actor's identity remained a mystery.

Zahn is known for his performance as Hanzee Dent on "Fargo," and his long running stint on "Longmire."

As for production on "Westworld," as of the time this story posted, it's still suspended.

Deshaun Watson ACL Injury Is Part of God's Plan

11/3/2017 11:28 AM PDT
Breaking News

Deshaun Watson has broken his silence on his devastating season-ending knee injury -- saying he knows it's all part of God's plan.

The Houston Texans rookie QB phenom tore his ACL during Thursday's team practice -- which SUUUUUCKKKKS for football fans ... especially in Houston. 

"They say you never miss it until it's gone and even though it's not gone for long, I already miss it," Watson wrote.

"Yesterday I felt like I let my teammates, my fans and my family down. However, as a child of God, I understand that everything happens for a reason. He DON’T make mistakes!"

Watson thanked all his fans, teammates and other pro athletes who reached out and offered support -- saying, "I am humbled and can only say thank you from the depths of my heart."

"I promise that I will continue to work diligently so that this team can one day bring a championship to Houston, and when I return, I will be better, stronger and more focused than ever before! Now the grind begins."

Get well soon.

El Chapo I Need a Doctor I'm Going Nuts in Jail

11/3/2017 6:53 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

El Chapo can't remember a damn thing and is depressed as hell ... and that's why his lawyers are begging a judge to let a doc take a look at him in jail.

Lawyers for the drug lord want the judge to allow for a neuropsychological evaluation at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility because in just the last month he can't remember people, places and events.

In new legal docs obtained by TMZ ... lawyers say Chapo suffers from headaches, ringing in his ears and throat pain ... claiming none of it has been looked at by doctors. Plus ... Chapo's been denied from buying simple things like bottled water, batteries for his radio and personal hygiene items.

Chapo's condition, lawyers claim, is a result of complete isolation, frigid cell temps, lack of clean bed covers and no fresh air, among other things. Lawyers also claim shortly after just one visit from his sister, the government revoked her visa and she can no longer enter the U.S.

We broke the story ... Chapo's lawyers tried getting him moved to general population but a judge basically told him to stop bitching.

'Westworld' Season 2 Filming Suspended After Cast Member Suffers Medical Emergency

11/2/2017 12:55 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Filming for season 2 of "Westworld" has been suspended after a cast member suffered a medical emergency ... TMZ has learned.

A rep for HBO tells us that filming at one of the show's two units has been temporarily halted after a cast member with a recurring role had a recent emergency off set.

One source close to the production tells the injury was sustained by a male member of the cast who fell and hit his head at home ... we're told it's serious.

HBO says the cast and crew sincerely hopes for a speedy recovery. Season 2 was set to air sometime in Spring 2018 ... unclear how this might affect that release date, if at all.

Prince Jackson Rushed to Hospital After Motorcycle Crash

11/2/2017 9:31 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

2:58 PM PT -- Prince's rep has now confirmed to TMZ that Prince was involved in a traffic accident and was struck by another vehicle while driving to his college campus. His rep adds, "he is now resting at home and thanks everyone for their well wishes."

Michael Jackson's oldest son, Prince, was taken to the hospital by ambulance Thursday morning after laying his chopper down on a slick Los Angeles street ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the 20-year-old tell us, Prince was riding in light rain when he lost control of his bike. He was banged up enough that an ambulance was called and he was taken to a nearby ER.

MJ's son was lucky ... no broken bones, so after doctors checked him out he was released.

Prince was good to go and actually went right to Loyola Marymount University and made it in time for class.

Wendy Williams Passes Out On Live TV!!!

10/31/2017 8:11 AM PDT
Breaking News

Wendy Williams fainted in the middle of her show Tuesday morning ... and it happened live on the air.

Wendy was dressed up as the Statue of Liberty for her show, but her Halloween costume got the best of her about 48 minutes into the show. Right in the middle of a sentence ... she stuttered, then got wobbly on her feet before collapsing to the ground.

Wendy's show airs live on the East coast ... so when she passed out, producers quickly cut to black and then a commercial.

When they returned Wendy explained she overheated from her costume. We've learned the fire department responded to the studio. Unclear what her condition is, but she was alright enough to finish the show.

'DWTS' Star Lindsey Stirling Possibly Done After Rib Injury

10/30/2017 7:19 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

 

"Dancing with the Stars" front-runner Lindsey Stirling is in excruciating pain after suffering a devastating injury that could knock her off the show.

'DWTS' sources tell TMZ ... Lindsey was badly hurt Sunday in rehearsal practicing a rapid dance move and was rushed to a hospital. We've learned she suffered a blunt rib injury and possible separation, and the pain's so immense it could force her to bow out of Monday's show.

Lindsey's dance partner, Mark Ballas, went to the hospital with Lindsey, and she asked him what would happen if she's unable to perform Monday. It's crushing ... he tells Lindsey she'll have to forfeit.

The accomplished violinist and YouTube star with more than 1.9 billion views on her channel talks about pushing her body to the limit and is obviously bummed it's come to this.

Sephora Sued Your Makeup Made Me Break Out ... In Lip Herpes!!!

10/30/2017 12:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A Sephora cosmetics store in Hollywood cared more about peddling lipstick than the oral health of customers, and now a woman is stuck with a lifelong disease ... according to a new suit.

A California woman claims she visited the store in October 2015 and sampled a lipstick from one of the "common use" tubes on display ... and ended up with herpes on her lip. She says the infection was diagnosed by medical pros and she claims she never had herpes or cold sores before this Sephora visit.

According to the docs ... Sephora failed to clearly warn the woman and other customers of the risk of getting herpes or other diseases from trying on the lipstick samples. She says if she would have known ... she would've avoided them like the plague.

The woman claims other lipstick companies have proven methods of avoiding herpes exposure -- like individual samples or assistance from trained professionals -- but Sephora cared too much about making a quick buck to bother.

She's suing the cosmetics chain for the emotional distress over an "incurable lifelong affliction" she says she now has to deal with as a result of using its lipstick samples.

We reached out to Sephora ... no word back so far.

Simon Cowell I'm Gonna Be Okay After Staircase Tumble

10/27/2017 8:54 AM PDT
Breaking News

If Simon Cowell's being honest ... he's going to recover just fine from that nasty fall down a flight of stairs.

Simon was driven back to his London home Friday after spending a few hours in the hospital. He gave the thumbs-up on his way into the house. As we reported, he had to get a CAT scan after fainting while walking up a steep staircase.

Pretty good sign that he was able to walk without assistance ... especially considering he was in a neck brace immediately after the accident.

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