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Justin Bieber Swollen Balls Triggers Hospital Lawsuit

8/29/2017 7:33 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber went to the ER back in May fearing a soccer injury had caused one of his testicles to twist, and that triggered a nasty legal claim between the hospital and a fired employee.

Justin made an emergency run to Northwell Health in Long Island New York, and a staffer named Kelly Lombardo found out about it. The hospital claims Lombardo illegally accessed Justin's medical file in one of the computers ... this after hearing rumors Justin had been admitted for an STD.

According to the lawsuit, the hospital fired Lombardo for being "an immoral employee" who violated Bieber's privacy rights.

Lombardo has just filed a wrongful termination lawsuit, claiming she never accessed Justin's file and simply heard from others he was there for treatment of an STD.

Sources connected to Justin tell TMZ, he did NOT go to the hospital for an STD. They say he had been playing soccer and suffered a painful injury. Justin "WebMD'd himself" into a tizzy and believed he had testicular torsion, a serious condition caused when a spermatic cord becomes twisted cutting off the flow of blood to the attached testicle. It almost always requires surgery.

We're told the doctor examined Justin and quickly realized all that was wrong was a swollen testicle. A relieved Justin then left the ER and went about his life.

As for Lombardo, she's filed a claim with the New York Division of Human Rights, claiming she was singled out and fired because she's a woman.

New York employment attorney David H. Rosenberg tells TMZ that "my client never accessed Mr. Bieber's medical file and yet she was fired for doing so."

For Justin there's a happy ending.

Katy Perry Stagehand Sues ... Thanks to You, I Only Got 9 Toes

8/29/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Katy Perry is in a toe jam, after a woman claims she lost one of hers while working on the singer's tour.

Christina Fish claims in a lawsuit she was hired as a stagehand for Katy's Prismatic World Tour in 2014.

On the night of Katy's Raleigh, NC concert she was asked to help move a wall ... when it got stuck and then rolled across her foot. She says she felt her shoe fill with blood.

She says she was offered ice but no one called for an ambulance, so she had to call a friend to pick her up and take her to the ER.

Christina says her right toe became gangrenous, and eventually needed to be amputated. She says she wasn't able to use her foot for months.

She also says she suffered great emotional distress, because orthopedic doctors instructed her to keep her "dead toe" on as long as possible before the eventual amputation.

Christina says she had a passion for yoga and that's now a distant memory without a toe.  

She's suing Katy, Live Nation and a bunch of stage production companies for a whole lot of money.

Joey Bada$$ Summer Knight Shades After Looking at the Solar Eclipse

8/25/2017 11:04 AM PDT

Joey Bada$$ mighta gotten a taste of his own waves -- electromagnetic waves from the sun, that is ... 'cause he's rockin' new eyewear after pulling a Trump during the solar eclipse.

The New York rapper posted a pic of himself Thursday with a pair of doctor-prescribed sun glasses that he says he's gotta wear during the day from now on ... for now, at least. He seems to like 'em though, he's calling them "pretty fire."

On its face, the new day shades seem to confirm possible eye damage Joey suffered at the hands of Monday's eclipse -- which he says he stared at without protective glasses ... this right before he canceled a few shows that many pegged to his Trump stunt.

You'll recall ... Trump did the same from a balcony at the White House, staring at the solar eclipse naked eyed at least twice

However, Joey's shades could just be a style choice as opposed to survival tactics ... 'cause he's also calling his eye damage rumors BS.  

Sean Smith's Victim Hospitalized In Critical Condition ... Cops Say

8/18/2017 7:37 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith allegedly beat his sister's boyfriend so badly during a July 4 attack, the guy was hospitalized in critical condition with multiple broken bones in his face, TMZ Sports has learned. 

Law enforcement tells us ... officers responded to calls of an unconscious male on the streets of Pasadena and when help arrived they found him bloody and beaten on the sidewalk. 

We're told it was obvious the man had multiple facial fractures. 

Cops previously said Smith beat the man and then stomped his head. 

Investigators spoke with multiple witnesses -- and fingered Smith as the assailant. 

Smith -- who signed a 4-year, $38 million contract in 2016 -- was arrested for felony assault. He posted $80,000 bond and is due back in court to be arraigned in September. 

For his part, Smith has denied any wrongdoing and has vowed to fight the case. 

The NFL has launched its own investigation into the incident. 

So far, no comment from the Raiders. 

Charles Manson Not Looking Worse for Wear After Medical 911

8/17/2017 4:25 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Charles Manson looked healthy and as anti-Semitic as ever in his latest mugshot.

Manson was photographed Monday at the Corcoran State Prison in Northern California. Prisoners get photographed every few years for security reasons ... if they escape, the photo authorities put out will resemble the inmate.

The 82-year-old Manson, who is serving a life term for the slaughter that bears his name, may have done something with the swastika that seems bolder than before. Then again, the wrinkles may be accentuating it.

He doesn't look worse for wear after he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he spent days for a lesion in his intestines that caused significant bleeding. Surgery was scheduled but canceled ... he was too high risk.

Check out Manson's mug 3 years before ... a lot more hair.

Tom Cruise Broke His Ankle ... In 'MI:6' Stunt Gone Wrong

8/16/2017 11:21 AM PDT

Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt for the new 'Mission: Impossible' movie ... and production is officially on pause.

A rep for Paramount Pictures -- the studio behind 'MI:6' -- tells TMZ ... "Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt. Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery." 

The rep goes on to say that the movie is still on schedule to be released next July. 

As we reported ... Tom tried and failed the dubious stunt at least twice -- and one of those times apparently put him out of commission

Get well soon, Tom.

'Deadpool 2' Stuntwoman's Death Serves As A Reminder ... Hollywood Can Be Dangerous

8/15/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The tragic death of a stuntwoman on the set of "Deadpool 2" has reminded us that Hollywood stunts can quickly go awry, and they often have through the years.

We took a look back at some of the most brutal (and sometimes fatal) stunts that actors and stunt doubles put themselves through for the sake of the job ... and the aftermath ain't pretty.

From Dan Bilzerian's porn star rooftop toss in 2014 that left the woman with a shattered foot to the controversial mishandling of a pup on the set of "A Dog's Purpose" earlier this year and everything in between ... this week's latest accident, which left road racer Joi 'SJ' Harris dead, makes the message clear to Tinseltown's performers: BE CAREFUL!!!

That means you too, Tom Cruise

'Deadpool 2' Dead Stuntwoman Identified Professional Motorcycle Racer

8/14/2017 5:36 PM PDT

The stuntwoman who was killed on the set of "Deadpool 2" has been identified ... and she was a professional road racer.

The victim was Joi "SJ" Harris, a professional motorcycle racer from Brooklyn, NY and the first African-American licensed female in the sport ... her family confirms to TMZ. 

She was not a member of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists -- a Canadian actors union. "Deadpool 2" was also her first film as a stunt driver.

We broke the story ... Harris lost control of her motorcycle during filming in Vancouver, which sent her airborne through a glass window of a ground floor studio. Eyewitnesses say the brakes were never applied ... and she was also not wearing a helmet. She died on the scene

Weeks before her tragic death, Harris tweeted she had just fully healed from an injury involving her wrist and was ready to ride again. She had also fallen from a motorcycle before and filmed the fall. 

It's unclear how old Harris was at the time of her death. Still ... RIP

Ric Flair Out of Surgery ... Family By His Side

8/14/2017 1:48 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

1:47 PM PT -- Flair is out of surgery and resting, a rep for WWE tells TMZ Sports

Unclear how the surgery went but we're told Ric's family is by his side and they're waiting to meet with doctors. 

Ric Flair is in a medically induced coma and is preparing for surgery ... a rep for the WWE tells TMZ Sports

The 68-year-old wrestling icon was admitted to the hospital early Saturday morning and the situation has gotten more serious. 

We're told Flair is set to undergo a procedure momentarily, though we're not being told what the procedure is ... though Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting that it's a heart related issue.

Flair's rep had previously asked for thoughts and prayers for the Nature Boy. 

Story developing ... 

'Deadpool 2' Stunt Person Killed On Set

8/14/2017 10:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

11:59 PM PT -- A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox tells us, "We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of Deadpool 2 this morning.  Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time."

A stunt person was killed on the set of "Deadpool 2" when a motorcycle stunt went terribly wrong.

The rider, who was female, went airborne in Vancouver Monday morning during filming for the movie. Her bike crashed through the glass of a ground-floor studio inside Shaw Tower near Jack Poole Plaza. Witnesses say she never applied the brakes. Ryan Reynolds tweeted about the tragedy. 

The rider -- whose identity is being withheld  -- was pulled from the crash site and taken to the hospital by ambulance. Police taped off the area, and an investigation is underway.

It's the second major mishap involving stunts in as many days. Tom Cruise was badly injured during a failed stunt on the set of "Mission: Impossible 6." 

Story developing ... 

Ric Flair Hospitalized 'We Need Your Prayers'

8/14/2017 5:40 AM PDT
Breaking News

Pro wrestling icon Ric Flair has been hospitalized -- and it sounds serious. 

The Nature Boy's reps confirmed the 68-year-old was hospitalized over the weekend -- but Legacy Talent Agency insisted it was for "routine monitoring" and there was "no reason to panic."

But things changed by Sunday night, when the reps posted, "We need your prayers, positive energy, and well wishes for our Living Legend as he is dealing with some tough medical issues."

The agency has not said exactly what those medical issues are. 

Flair was reportedly admitted to the ICU with "heart-related issues," according to ProWrestlingSheet.com.

We just saw Flair out back in May -- and he told us not to let terrorists scare them away from sporting events. 

He's also been campaigning for his friend Kane, who's running for mayor in Tennessee. 

Tom Cruise No Wonder He's Hurt ... Tried 'MI:6' Stunt at Least Twice

8/13/2017 5:47 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tom Cruise's injuries on the set of "Mission Impossible 6" might be more severe than previously thought ... 'cause he tried and failed his building stunt jump at least twice.

TMZ has obtained a second video showing Tom Sunday attempting to clear a building with one giant hop during filming for "MI:6" ... and like the first clip, he fails here too -- this time perhaps more miserably.

The hit against the side of the building sounds crushing -- and considering he tried this at least twice -- it raises questions as to how seriously he's hurt ... and whether this might affect the rest of production. 

We've placed a call in to Tom's reps and Paramount Pictures ... so far no word back. 


Rapper Drag-On Medical Emergency Sometimes Weed and Concerts Don't Mix

8/13/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Drag-On -- one of the original members of the Ruff Ryders label -- had a rough time at an outdoor concert ... ending up in the ER.

The rapper was performing in Atlantic City late last week, went into the crowd -- which is where the video starts -- and complained he was short of breath because he had been smokin' weed. He composed himself and attempted to rap ... but it was a struggle.

Drag-On tried making it back on the stage but fell to the ground ... medics had to come to his aid and he left in an emergency vehicle and went to the ER.

We reached out to Drag-On, who tells us he was just dehydrated after a long night working in the studio and got light-headed during the show. He says doctors gave him fluids ... now he's fine.

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