"Dance Moms" instructor Abby Lee Miller so frightened her students ... one pint-sized dancer needed a shrink ... so the mom claims in a new lawsuit.
Kelly Hyland claims Miller made her daughter Paige so nervous during rehearsals ... the girl started suffering panic attacks to the point she couldn't breathe.
Hyland says in the lawsuit producers made it even worse by shoving cameras in Paige's face during her anxiety attacks. She says the whole thing was so traumatic, Paige had to go to a psychiatrist.
Hyland claims Miller tormented her, too ... calling her an alcoholic stage mom ... and insulting her with 8 bottles of tequila as an XMAS present.
We reached out to Miller about the lawsuit ... but all she did was brag about her new book.
Nephew Suffers Serious
Head Injury After Fall
6/26/2014 2:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Liam Neeson's nephew was rushed to the hospital after suffering a serious head injury and is reportedly in critical condition.
The 31-year-old son of Neeson's sister fell 20 feet from a telephone box after a night out with friends in East Sussex ... so says the Daily Mail. The accident occurred around 4:00 AM Sunday.
It's eerie ... the accident comes five years after Neeson's wife, Natasha Richardson, died after suffering a head injury while skiing in Quebec.
Ecstasy Triggered Mass Hospitalization
At Avicii Concert
6/26/2014 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ecstasy played a central role in the 911 emergency Wednesday night that sent dozens of Avicii concertgoers to the hospital ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources in Boston tell TMZ ... some of the concertgoers were high on ecstasy and it created a dangerous situation, because the pit area was extremely hot and crowded. Dehydration is a common side effect for ecstasy users. Many of those taken to the ER were severely dehydrated.
What's unclear ... where all the concertgoers got the ecstasy and if a particular batch feuled the emergency.
One concertgoer tells TMZ ... in addition to hard drugs, the place smelled like weed and puke and some people were so wasted they were falling down stairs, urinating in the back rows, and passing out.
In all, 36 people were taken to local hospitals and additional 50 were treated at the scene.
Dozens of Wasted Fans Hospitalized
6/25/2014 9:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A slew of electronic dance music fans attending an Avicii concert were hospitalized Wednesday night after getting dangerously wasted.
EMTs transported 22 people ... with a dozen more under evaluation after the Swedish DJ performed at the TD Bank Garden in Boston ... according to the Boston Herald.
It's unclear what what caused all the fans to get so sick ... EMTs say 38 people -- many of them minors -- may have consumed a dangerous substance.
Sources close to Avicii tell TMZ ... the DJ was unaware the fans got so sick.
SUED Over Sunset Strip
6/25/2014 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber is being sued for allegedly striking a pedestrian while driving his Ferrari and the guy suing says he was injured so badly ... he may never recover.
Walter Lee claims in the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- he was walking on the Sunset Strip a year ago just before midnight when Justin was cruising down the street and struck him.
As we previously reported ... Bieber was leaving the Laugh Factory with Lil Twist in the passenger seat.
Lee claims his injuries are severe -- lacerations, hematomas, deep abrasions on his left knee and leg and deep venous thrombosis.
He says he's been saddled with hospital and other medical bills.
Justin was actually investigated for hit-and-run but cleared.
In Car Crash
After Paparazzi Chase
6/24/2014 2:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber was in a car accident in Bev Hills Tuesday at 2 PM PDT ... after a car driven by a paparazzo was chasing the Escalade in which Bieber was a passenger -- eyewitnesses tell TMZ.
We're told the Escalade was going down Canon Drive at a fast clip, trying to lose the photog, when a BMW was pulling out of a parking structure near Bouchon restaurant. An eyewitness tells us ... the BMW misjudged the speed of the Escalade and smashed into it.
We're told Bieber almost immediately got out of the SUV and into another car and sped off.
Law enforcement tells us no one was injured.
'KFC Pit Bull Girl'
Family Claims It's No Hoax!
6/24/2014 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The people calling BS on a story about a little girl who was thrown out of a KFC because her face made customers lose their appetite are themselves full of BS ... so claims the aunt of the girl.
3-year-old Victoria Welcher was supposedly kicked out of a KFC in Jackson, Miss. last month after an employee felt her facial wounds from a pit bull attack were upsetting customers.
New reports claim the story is bogus.
But Victoria's aunt, Teri Rials Bates, now claims it really happened and the franchise is in the midst of a KFC investigation.
The owner of the franchised KFC in Jackson says the story's fishy.
Sued Over Bum Pressure Cooker
Soup Exploded All Over Me!
6/23/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A Wolfgang Puck pressure cooker went haywire ... shooting scalding hot soup all over a New Jersey woman's body ... so says the lady who is now suing the famous cook.
Larysa Moccia claims she used her pressure cooker approximately 10 times during the year she owned it, making soup on each occasion.
She claims she followed the directions to the tee -- unplugging the pressure cooker, waiting 30 minutes, then venting the pressure.
But on May 21, 2012 ... Moccia claims after the pressure cooker indicator gave the all clear to open the lid ... she says she slowly removed it ... then, suddenly, she says the lid popped off and burning hot liquid exploded onto her abdomen and upper extremities.
Moccia claims the lid was supposed to remain locked when the contents were pressurized, but it failed.
She's suing Wolfgang, HSN and others.
We reached out to Wolfgang and HSN ... they had no comment.
'Men of the Strip' Star
Dealing With Depression
Before Suicide Plunge
6/23/2014 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nate Estimada -- the "Men of the Strip" star who committed suicide Wednesday -- had been suffering from depression before he drove off a cliff ... TMZ has learned.
Multiple sources tell us it was clear something was wrong with Estimada during his final performance in Boston last Friday ... but Nate wasn't receptive to talking about it with his co-stars.
We're told Nate's close friend -- one of the other dancers -- told the rest of the cast Estimada had been getting treatment for depression ... and he was just having a rough time dealing with things.
As we previously reported, Nate drove his car off a cliff ... and cops say he plunged 300-400 feet into a landfill area.
According to an eyewitness ... he heard the Mustang engine rev up very loudly before it launched off the cliff. We're told Nate was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
'Storage Wars' Star Dan Dotson
I'm Done Smoking
Double Brain Aneurysm Scared Me Straight
6/22/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Storage Wars" star Dan Dotson made an important life decision after suffering a double brain aneurysm Monday ... he's giving up on smoking cigarettes for good.
Laura Dotson tells TMZ her husband immediately decided to quit smoking after he woke up from a successful surgery on Wednesday -- because doctors said it would greatly reduce the risk of a repeat incident.
We're told Dan's excited to finally be smoke-free -- he's been puffing for 40 years -- and his 16-year-old son was so inspired by the move, he also pledged to focus on living healthier.
Stroke Left Him Infirmed, Speechless
6/21/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Randy Travis is not only unable to sing ... he's unable to speak ... a year after his devastating stroke ... people connected with the country singer tell TMZ.
Travis had a paralyzing stroke in July of last year. He is just now able to walk with a cane, but his speech has not come back.
The singer recently stepped out in public for the first time late last month, to attend Dolly Parton's show at the Winstar Casino in Oklahoma. He took a pic with her backstage after the concert. Reports then surfaced that Randy told Dolly he wanted to go back to doing what he did best ... singing.
But our sources say Randy didn't say anything to Dolly ... because he can't. A rep for Travis told TMZ ... although he can't speak now, the therapist said it wouldn't be out of the question for him to return to the stage ... possibly in 3 years.
But one source who has spent a lot of time with Randy tells us ... the singer can't form a sentence and it's unclear if he is even lucid enough to follow a conversation.
'Storage Wars' Star Dan Dotson
Reality Cameras Rolling
During Aneurysm Surgery
6/21/2014 12:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The double brain aneurysm emergency that almost killed "Storage Wars" star Dan Dotson has been chronicled for all to see ... we're told producers actually filmed the scary surgery.
Laura Dotson tells TMZ ... producers rushed to the hospital to film the procedure-- and it will more than likely be featured on Season 6.
We're told Dan's blood pressure has returned to normal levels ... and he suffered no paralysis ... good news, because doctors feared partial facial paralysis.
As we previously reported, the surgery was a success -- and even though Dotson is doing better than expected, his hospital stay will be long.
Finally Out of the Hospital ...
Off to Rehab
6/20/2014 8:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tracy Morgan's recovery is moving to the next stage -- he's finally out of the hospital, but still faces several weeks of rehab ... according to his rep.
Almost 2 weeks after the horrific accident on the NJ Turnpike ... Tracy's rep says he's been transferred from the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital -- and is now at an undisclosed physical rehab center.
Tracy's battling back after suffering several broken bones, including his femur.
Although Tracy's showing strong "signs of improvement" -- the rep stressed he still has a long way to go.