The Season 2 winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race" got busted for assault ... but he tells TMZ he's the one who got beat down by a security guard during an autograph session.
James Ross, who goes by Tyra Sanchez, tells TMZ he was signing autographs at the Rainbow-Cactus Company in Virginia Beach a few weeks ago ... when a guy in the crowd started heckling him.
Tyra claims he approached the man to try to calm the situation, but a security guard for the venue suddenly grabbed him, slammed him to the ground, and cuffed him ... though he eventually let him go. He claims he suffered a cut to his head, a sprained shoulder, and bruises.
On Monday, Tyra went to police to file charges against the venue ... only to discover there was a warrant out for HIS arrest. He says he turned himself in, posted bond, and was released.
Tyra says he still plans to take legal action against the guard and the Rainbow-Cactus Company. We haven't heard back from the venue.
'Jaws' From James Bond Dies At 74
9/10/2014 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Richard Kiel, who became famous for portraying the James Bond villain, Jaws ... died Wednesday afternoon at the age of 74 ... TMZ has learned.
Kiel starred in dozens of movies over the span of 50 years ... though his Jaws character became his most iconic role after debuting in 1977's "The Spy Who Loved Me" alongside Roger Moore. He returned in "Moonraker" two years later.
The 7-foot-2 Kiel also co-starred with Adam Sandler in the golf classic "Happy Gilmore."
Kiel had broken his leg last week and was in a hospital in Fresno, CA. A family member tells us he passed away this afternoon in the hospital -- and it's unclear if his death was connected to the leg injury.
Kiel's family tells TMZ ... "Though most people knew of him through his screen persona, those who were close to him knew what a kind and generous soul he was. His family was the most important thing in his life and we are happy that his last days were spent surrounded by family and close friends."
Homeless Man Drops Some Serious Game
9/10/2014 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paris Hilton probably gets hit on all the time ... but it's rare when a homeless lays the mack down.
Paris was leaving Tao restaurant in NYC when she stopped to give some cash to a homeless guy -- and that's when the dude saw his chance to spit some game.
He kissed her. He smooth-talked her. He asked her out on a date.
And for the record ... she didn't exactly say 'No.'
Well played, sir.
Medical Screw Up
Reportedly Caused Death
9/10/2014 6:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A doctor performed an outpatient procedure on Joan Rivers that should ONLY have been performed in a hospital ... and that's what led to her death ... according to a new report.
During Rivers' planned endoscopy ... doctors discovered something on her vocal cords and her doctor decided he would biopsy it ... this according to the NY Daily News.
During the biopsy Rivers' vocal cords reportedly seized -- slammed shut -- cutting off her air supply. Sources tell TMZ while they were trying to resuscitate her, her heart stopped.
Medical experts told the Daily News ... the biopsy was too risky for outpatient surgery and should have been performed in a hospital.
Rivers never recovered and died a few days later.
Conrad Hilton Crash
He's Doing 200 MPH On the Shoulder
9/10/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Conrad Hilton was driving so out of control moments before he crashed his car near Palm Springs ... at least one alarmed driver was convinced he was going "about 200 miles an hour" ... according to 911 tapes obtained by TMZ.
As we reported ... Paris' youngest brother crashed after clipping the rear of 2 other vehicles, and had to be cut from the wreckage with the jaws of life. Somehow he walked away without major injury.
So many people called 911 after seeing Hilton fly by on the freeway -- sometimes on the shoulder -- the police dispatcher seemed to get annoyed at repeat callers ... and even challenges the 200 MPH report.
Cops say the accident is still under investigation.
Flipper Tooth Flips Out On Stage
9/9/2014 8:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Momma Dee's a true multi-tasker ... busting out both a song and her tooth at the same time.
The "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star has a "flipper tooth" -- a removable fake tooth -- which made a hasty exit smack in the middle of her single release party at Club Sutra in ATL.
Momma didn't let a floppy incisor get in the way of her big night. She struggles for a sec, but eventually pulls it together.
Maybe now she won't be so quick to rip Lil Scrappy's future girlfriends for having phony chiclets.
Famous Roller Coaster Is
9/8/2014 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
3:05 PM PT -- The fire's out, and most of the coaster is still intact. The blaze was reportedly started, accidentally, by welders who were building the new Twisted Colossus.
One of Six Flags' most famous roller coasters ... the Colossus went up in flames Monday -- just weeks after the classic ride was shut down.
The fire engulfed a big chunk of the coaster's track ... burning completely through the wood and steel. Firefighters were called to the scene, North of Los Angeles, around 1:30 PM.
The 36-year-old roller coaster had just been shut down in August, so the park could start work on a new and improved version ... to be called Twisted Colossus.
Colossus has been featured in tons of TV shows and movies like "National Lampoon's Vacation" ... "Wonder Woman" ... "Step by Step" .... "Knight Rider" and the "A-Team."
Story developing ...
Still Hurting After Surgery
9/8/2014 2:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mega-popular DJ Avicii has canceled his upcoming tour and promotional activities because of lingering effects from surgery earlier this year ... TMZ has learned.
A rep for Avicii tells TMZ he is still suffering from certain health issues related to surgeries that removed his gallbladder and appendix back in March. Avicii is resting at home in Stockholm so he can fully recover and promote an upcoming album.
As TMZ first reported, Avicii bailed on his gig at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami after he was rushed to the hospital due to severe abdominal pains, nausea and a fever.
Fiancee Takes Crushing Punch (Video)
9/8/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This is what a two game suspension looks like -- Ray Rice delivering a vicious punch to his fiancee's face, knocking her out cold ... and TMZ Sports has the shocking video.
We've already shown you the aftermath outside the elevator ... Rice dragging the unconscious woman on the floor. But we've now obtained video of the punch that put her down, raising the question ... What was the NFL thinking when it wrist-slapped Rice with such feeble punishment?
The incident took place Feb. 15th at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City -- after Ray and then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer got into a heated argument on their way into the elevator.
Inside the elevator it's apparent he strikes first ... she hits back ... and then Rice delivers the knockout blow.The punch knocks Janay off her feet -- and she smashes her head on the elevator hand rail ... knocking her out cold. Ray doesn't seem fazed ... and when the door opens, he drags her out into the hotel.
An employee of the hotel -- which just shut down for good -- tells TMZ Sports he was working there at the time and says the NFL saw the elevator footage before imposing the 2-game suspension.
UPDATE -- The NFL says it did NOT see the newly-released elevator footage before it imposed a 2 game suspension on Rice.
This video is a cleaned up version of the raw surveillance elevator video -- the raw is jerky ... so we smoothed it out.
Click to Watch Raw Elevator Video
UPDATE 11:35 AM PT -- The Ravens have terminated Ray Rice's contract.
9/7/2014 9:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Garth Brooks performed a fire drill during his concert Friday in Chicago ... only problem ... he was nowhere near any flames.
Brooks came out of retirement as a touring headliner this weekend ... and the 52-year-old singer miserably failed when he attempted to jump in the air during one of his songs.
The country legend managed to avoid rolling off the stage -- but he was inches away -- and his ten gallon hat still fell into the pit.
Friends in really low places.
Jake 'The Snake' Roberts
Out of the Hospital
But Docs Found More Cancer
9/7/2014 11:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jake "The Snake" Roberts is out of the hospital following a scary stay for double pneumonia, but during his first public appearance Saturday night he announced he's fighting cancer again.
Roberts surprised the crowd at a Future Stars of Wrestling show in Las Vegas shortly after being released ... telling the crowd how he's feeling.
Jake says during his 3 day hospital stay ... doctors discovered some cancer inside his chest that needs to be removed. He had a cancerous tumor in his leg removed earlier this year. But he's not worried about it, Jake says he's fought worse.
His voice is weak, but it's pretty bad ass to see the Hall of Fame wrestler's positive outlook on his fight with cancer.
'Biggest Loser' Star
Slams 1,000 Cal Breakfast
Before Fat-Sucking Sesh
9/7/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ajay Rochester -- who hosted Australia's version of "The Biggest Loser" -- just had 1.5 Liters of fat sucked out of her body ... but first, she bellied up to a 1,000 calorie breakfast of bacon, eggs and hash browns.
Ajay hit up Dr. Aaron Rollins Friday at Elite Body Sculpture in Bev Hills, and got something called an Airsculpt Laser Lipo -- a fancy name for precision fat sucking. We're told Ajay was 100% awake for the procedure -- no needles, no cutting, no stitches -- while the doc targeted her chin and arms.
Ajay says her ultimate goal is rocking sleeveless dresses and tops -- not that she was thinking about that when breakfast was served.
Clinic Room Was
Stocked For Worst Case Scenario
9/6/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The room at Yorkville Endoscopy where Joan Rivers went into respiratory and cardiac arrest ... was well equipped to handle life or death emergencies, just like any first rate hospital ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected to the clinic tell us Joan's room contained state of the art resuscitation devices ... including a cardiac defibrillator and instruments to clear a patient's blocked airway. As you'd expect ... all the nurses and physicians are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, we're told.
Further, we've learned the NY Health Dept has already visited the clinic to review documentation related to Joan's case, and to interview staff members who treated Joan.
The review will, no doubt, include determining whether anesthesia was administered to Joan, and by whom. We're told Yorkville employs in-house anesthesiologists who are board certified.
Of course, even with the best equipment ... human error is always possible -- which is largely what the health department will try to determine.