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'Bachelorette' Contestant

Hospitalized After ...

'Gang' Brawl

7/15/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0714_Jj-lane_black_eyes_4_twitterJJ Lane -- one of the so-called 'Brokeback Bachelors' from this season of The Bachelorette -- got ambushed by a gang of dudes waiting outside a cast and crew after-party.

The beatdown happened Saturday night when JJ was leaving the "Men Tell All" after-party. Production sources tell us he and a crew member got jumped by a group of at least 5 thugs.

It got ugly, real quick -- we're told JJ and the crew member took a few shots to the face, and the brawl continued until someone ran into the club to grab fellow contestant Ben Zorn. The hardbodied, badass jumped in and broke up the fight.

JJ suffered 2 black eyes, and his suit got shredded, but witnesses tell us he fought the good fight, considering the numbers. JJ believes the attackers were a gang, according to our sources. 

We're told he ended up in an ER because he was feeling ill, and friends were worried he had a concussion. For some reason, neither JJ nor anyone on the production chose to call cops about the brawl. 

JJ's only consolation -- he doesn't have to get engaged to Kaitlyn. She booted him 4 weeks ago. We hear Clint's still available.

The Rock

Hey Jimmy ...

Look What Happened to My Ring Finger

7/14/2015 1:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

update_graphic_red_bar3:25 PM PT -- We don't wanna say The Rock isn't all that tough, but -- IT'S FAKE!! A rep for the movie confirms it was a prosthetic hand. Still looks gnarly as hell though.update_grey_gray_barThe Rock just gave Jimmy Fallon a run for his money in the finger department by posting a video of his finger that will make the faint-of-heart pass out.

The Rock's ring finger took a sharp right after ... the result of an accident on the set of "Central Intelligence." 

Fallon wins for the gnarliest injury, but Rock wins for sheer determination ... wait till you hear how he resets his finger.


Jimmy Fallon

My Finger Almost Got Amputated

7/14/2015 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jimmy Fallon almost had a finger amputated and spent 10 days in ICU ... and it was all over his wedding ring.

Fallon talked about the freak accident on "The Tonight Show" Monday ... his first appearance since the injury.

TMZ broke the story ... Fallon was rushed to the hospital June 26 after a severe injury at his home.

Fallon describes how he tried to break a fall in his kitchen and his ring got caught on the counter, almost ripping his finger off.



'Buffy' Star Nicholas Brendon

Back in Rehab

After Bloody Window Smashing Incident

7/13/2015 7:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0710_Nicholas-Brendon_tmz"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Nicholas Brendon has checked himself back into rehab after a bizarre incident where cops found him bleeding in an alley. 

According to law enforcement sources ... Brendon got into an argument on July 3 with a woman at her apartment, smashed a window with his bare hands ... and then bolted. Firefighters responded and found Brendon in an alley, bleeding from the hands.

0710_THE-BROKEN-WINDOW_subBrendon was transported to a hospital, but did not get arrested.  He checked himself into rehab 3 days later.

This latest incident and trip to rehab comes on the heels of several bizarre incidents involving Brendon -- including two arrests this year at comic book conventions.

Verne Troyer

Has Mini Fall on Stage

Hits Head on Speaker

7/12/2015 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Scary moment last night ... when Verne Troyer fell hard while dancing on the DJ booth at a nightclub and smacked his head on a speaker -- but fortunately, we're told HE'S OKAY!!!

46-year-old Troyer was dancing his ass off at LIV nightclub in Miami and having a blast during Cedric Gervais' set -- but you can see in the video, he loses his balance and tumbles backwards until he hits the speaker.

The good news ... the owner of the club, Dave Grutman, was there to quickly help Troyer up -- and Verne let everyone know he was ready to keep the party going! 

Verne's a tough dude -- plus, he's been through worse ...

Joni Mitchell

Condition Improving ...

Full Recovery Expected

7/7/2015 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0707-joni-mitchell-getty-01Joni Mitchell's prognosis isn't as dark as it's been reported -- the folk music legend's attorney says she's making amazing progress since an aneurysm ... and the words "full recovery" have been used.

According to court documents, an attorney appointed to Mitchell's conservatorship case visited the legendary singer/songwriter on June 26 at her home. 

The attorney, Rebecca Thyne, said Mitchell was feeding herself lunch when Thyne arrived and they talked about the care she was receiving from long-time friend, Leslie Morris. In the docs, Thyne says Mitchell said she wants Morris to continue as her conservator.

Thyne's encounter is interesting ... multiple reports, including one account last month from Joni's friend David Crosby, claimed she was not able to speak.

Thyne concluded, Joni was making "remarkable progress" -- and added she's "expected to make a full recovery."

Mitchell was hospitalized on March 31 after being found unconscious in her home after suffering an aneurysm. 


Jerry Weintraub

Bowel Rupture Triggered Two Heart Attacks

7/7/2015 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Jerry Weintraub died after a 30-hour hospital stay that ended with a bowel rupture that triggered 2 heart attacks ... family sources tell TMZ.

We're told Weintraub was staying at the Biltmore Hotel in Montecito over the weekend. He attended a 4th of July bbq Saturday night, and began feeling ill shortly thereafter. He thought he had contracted food poisoning, but things got worse as the evening progressed ... and at 3 AM Sunday his partner, Susie, called 911.

Our sources say doctors quickly determined Weintraub had a bowel obstruction. Weintraub got a CT scan shortly after he was admitted, but we're told doctors determined there was nothing alarming.

Weintraub laid in the hospital bed for 30 hours, but we're told doctors were still not able to identify the problem. Weintraub -- who hated hospitals after nearly dying 6 years ago from an infection after back surgery -- insisted at around 4 AM Monday that he be discharged. We're told the staff told him he could not be discharged and continued to monitor him.

Just after 6 AM Monday Weintraub had a heart attack, and a 2nd CT scan revealed he had suffered a bowel rupture. Doctors don't know when the rupture occurred, but it sent poison throughout his body. Weintraub was taken to ICU, where he suffered a 2nd heart attack, 2 hours after the first.

We're told prior to the initial heart attack, Weintraub was not only conscious ... but joking with people in the room.

As we reported, Weintraub died at the hospital at 12:45 PM Monday.


Jason Pierre Paul

Kept Injury On the Low

... No Cops, No 911

7/6/2015 9:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Seems Jason Pierre-Paul went to painful lengths to keep his fireworks injury under the radar ... NOT calling emergency services after the mishap ... law enforcement tells TMZ Sports

As we previously reported, the NY Giants superstar injured his hand during a 4th of July fireworks accident at a home in Broward County, Florida.  

But get this ... when we called law enforcement officials in Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale -- none of them had any record of ANY incident involving JPP. Neither did any Fire Department in the area. 

In fact, one law enforcement source tells us everyone is aware of the incident ... but there has been no "formal report" was ever made. 

So, what does it mean? It could mean that Jason's injury was not as bad as first reported and he didn't feel the need to call for emergency medical assistance. 

Then again, it could also mean the injury WAS horrific ... and JPP was willing to suck up the pain and seek medical attention to limit the amount of people who truly knew the extent of his injuries. 

We've placed several calls to JPP and his people -- so far, no word back. 

Jimmy Fallon


In the Hamptons

7/5/2015 5:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0705-jimmy-falon-hand-pcnJimmy Fallon's healing his aching left hand in style ... hitching a ride to the Hamptons to close out the holiday weekend.

Jimmy's injured fingers and hand were fully wrapped in a cast Sunday in Manhattan as he hopped a helicopter bound for the Hamptons -- 10 days after he nearly lost a digit falling at home.

The 'Tonight Show' is in repeats now ... so we're guessing Fallon's using his time off for some quality R&R out on the Island.

Little advice, Jimmy? Keep that thing out of the sand.


Bobbi Kristina

Someone's Shopping Death Bed Photo

7/3/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0702-bobbi-kristina-getty-02It's pretty disgusting but also not unexpected ... someone is shopping a pic of Bobbi Kristina laying at death's door in a hospice. 

The photo was shopped to us ... we passed. It was taken earlier this week at the facility outside of Atlanta. A woman is hovering over Bobbi Kristina in the photo ... we're told it's a family member. 

As for who shot the photo ... we're told it's "an extended family member."

The pic is being shopped to multiple magazines and websites, and we're told there's interest.

Bobbi Kristina

Family, Not Oprah

Took Heroic Steps to Save Her

7/1/2015 10:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Bobbi Kristina's family is pissed over reports that Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry orchestrated a Hail Mary to save BK's life ... when they had nothing to do with it.   

Sources close to the Houston and Brown families tell TMZ ... it was Pat Houston -- and not O or TP -- who organized a medevac airplane to bring BK to meet with a specialist in Chicago. 

We're told the family feels the report makes them seem like they're relying on celebs to take care of BK ... when that just isn't the case. 

As TMZ previously reported, once the specialist told the family there was nothing to be done ... they decided to take BK off all medications and allow her to die in peace.

Ricky Bell

Bobby Brown's Almost At

His Breaking Point

7/1/2015 7:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There's only so much Bobby Brown can take ... which is why his friend of 40 years, Ricky Bell says there's no way to comfort him over the impending loss of Bobbi Kristina.  

Ricky, one of Bobby's New Edition mates explained it's hard to find the right words when he talks to Bobby, because he's suffered so many tragic losses (4 of them) in the last few years. He added ... his heart goes out to the Brown and Houston families.

On Tuesday, Pat Houston and Tina Brown came together for the first time since Bobbi Kristina was hospitalized back in January ... as the families seem to be putting aside their differences during her final days. 

Pat Houston, Tina Brown

Lock Hands

As Bobbi Kristina Slips Away

6/30/2015 7:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Houston and Brown families came together again Monday as they prepare for the death of Bobbi Kristina.

Pat Houston left the Peachtree Christian Hospice near Atlanta, hand-in-hand with Tina Brown, Bobby Brown's sister.

The families were in a bitter feud for months over the care and the estate of Bobbi Kristina, but it appears there's at least a temporary detente.  

Bobbi Kristina was taken off all life-sustaining medication keeping her alive last week after doctors told the families there was nothing more they could do for her.

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