Joan Rivers personal ENT doctor did NOT take a selfie while the comedienne was under anesthesia shortly before she stopped breathing ... so claims the doctor herself.
Sources closely connected with the doctor say ENT specialist Dr. Gwen Korovin has made it clear ... she says the CNN story is absolutely wrong. The network reported a staff member at Yorkville Endoscopy clinic told investigators the doctor took the pic. Our Korovin sources say ... the network's source is "making up lies."
We're also told the doctor has made it clear ...she did NOT perform a biopsy on Joan. We pressed to find out if she performed some other procedure ... we did not get an answer.
Several patients of Dr. Korovin have contacted us to tell us about her "unblemished record" and how she is the go-to ENT in NYC. It's true ... she has a corner on the market and her patients love her.
'Twilight' Star Jackson Rathbone
Engine Explodes on Flight
9/18/2014 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A plane carrying Jackson Rathbone -- who played Jasper Hale in "Twilight" -- made an emergency landing in Long Beach Thursday ... after one of the engines exploded and his cabin filled with smoke.
Rathbone documented the whole thing on his WhoSay account ... after the right engine went kaput on a JetBlue flight heading for Austin, Texas from the LBC.
Jackson claims the oxygen masks didn't deploy when the plane got smoky -- so the flight attendant had to manually release them. According to reports ... one person was hospitalized for shortness of breath once they landed.
Rathbone says things got so scary while they were on the way down ... he grabbed his son/wife tightly and started praying.
Luckily they landed safely -- and when the plane stopped Jackson said screw his personal belongings and jumped down the inflatable slide with his family to exit the plane ASAP.
It's unclear if the Volturi sabotaged his flight.
Dr. Gwen Korovin Surfaces
Mum on Selfie Allegation
9/18/2014 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joan Rivers' personal ENT who was performing a procedure on the comedienne when she stopped breathing was seen for the first time in NYC Thursday ... and she clearly didn't want to talk.
An independent photog asked Dr. Gwen Korovin if she took a selfie while performing a biopsy on Joan ... but she was having none of it as she entered her office building.
TMZ broke the story ... Dr. Korovin is the ENT Joan brought in for the procedure. Dr. Korovin's other celebrity patients include Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, John Mayer and Hugh Jackman.
Doctor Mugs for Camera
In Celine Dion Movie
9/17/2014 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The doctor who was performing a procedure on Joan Rivers when she stopped breathing allowed cameras into her office for a Celine Dion documentary ... performing a vocal cord procedure and joking around with the famous singer.
Dr. Gwen Korovin checked out Celine's strained vocal cords for the singer's 2010 documentary, "Through the Eyes of the World."
The procedure is called a laryngoscopy ... in which the mouth/oral cavity is numbed so the patient can respond to the doctor's commands.
Check out the photos of her famous patients lining the walls ... patients that include Lady Gaga, Hugh Jackman, John Mayer and Brooke Shields.
Korovin was not certified to perform medical services on Joan during her endoscopy. She was reportedly performing a biopsy when Joan stopped breathing and CNN is reported the doctor took a selfie while Joan was under.
Personal Doc During Fatal Procedure
ENT to the Stars
9/17/2014 11:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joan Rivers' personal doctor who was working on Joan when she stopped breathing is Dr. Gwen Korovin, who treats the biggest celebs in the world ... multiple sources tell TMZ.
We're told Dr. Korovin was not authorized to practice medicine at Yorkville Endoscopy center. CNN has reported Joan's personal physician took a selfie while performing a biopsy on the comedienne.
Dr. Korovin's patient list reads like a celeb who's who. Her patients include Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Hugh Jackman, John Mayer, and Brooke Shields.
Dr. Korovin's Facebook page has a pic of the doc in her office with pics of her celeb patients lining the walls.
The doctor has done interviews in which she says she brings a black bag to the dressing rooms of A-list stars and administers "on-the-spot treatment."
We reached out to Doctor Korovin's office and were told, "We do not comment on matters related to patients."
Personal Doctor Took Selfie
While She Was Under
9/17/2014 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joan Rivers' personal doctor took a selfie while the comedienne was unconscious during a biopsy ... shortly before her heart stopped beating ... this according to a new report.
The doctor performing the endoscopy had just finished when Joan's personal ear nose and throat doctor began performing a biopsy which was done without her consent -- this according to the CNN report.
A staffer at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic reportedly told investigators Joan's doc stopped to take the selfie.
As we previously reported ... Joan went into respiratory and cardiac arrest and never regained consciousness.
The clinic has denied a biopsy was performed.
Still Hospitalized for Seizures
9/16/2014 7:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
August Alsina experienced multiple seizures after collapsing during a concert 24 hours ago ... and remains hospitalized Tuesday night.
A rep for the singer tells TMZ ... August is in the ICU of a New York City hospital and receiving treatment for the seizures. We broke the story when he fainted and fell off a stage Monday night.
The rep says doctors did not find any drugs -- other than marijuana -- in Alsina's system ... and at this point they believe the fainting was brought on by exhaustion and dehydration.
Suffers Scary Collapse on Stage (VIDEO)
9/15/2014 9:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Singer August Alsina fell unconscious right in the middle of his performance Monday night in NYC ... and paramedics are on scene.
BET's best new artist of the year appeared to faint during his gig at Irving Plaza in downtown Manhattan. August was walking near the front of the stage when he suddenly fell over into the crowd.
Witnesses tell TMZ ... he appeared to be out cold when security guards ran to him in the crowd ... and quickly moved him backstage. Paramedics were seen entering the venue to treat the singer -- most famous for "Ghetto" (with Rich Homie Quan) and his "No Love" remix with Nicki Minaj.
Witnesses say August was taken out on a stretcher, but was alert enough to wave to fans on the way out. It's unclear what his condition is now. We've called his reps ... so far, no word back.
Story developing ...
AWKWARD Video Surfaces of Wheelchair Mixup
9/14/2014 10:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If you thought Kanye West refusing to perform until a wheelchair-bound concertgoer stood up sounded like an awkward scene ... wait till you watch the cringeworthy video.
As we previously reported ... the whole thing went down at the Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney, Australia Friday night -- and shortly after he stopped rapping, the crowd started booing the person in a wheelchair.
Kanye clearly meant well ... but it's hard to watch the video without feeling bad for Yeezy's fan.
Tells Wheelchair-Bound Concertgoer ...
Stand Up or I'm Not Rapping!
9/13/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West refused to continue performing Friday night at his Australian concert until someone in the crowd stood up with everyone else ... problem is, the person was in a wheelchair.
Kanye was playing a gig at the Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney when he stopped rapping mid-song ... ordering the crowd to get on their feet before he'd continue.
An eyewitness told the Daily Mail Australia that Kanye said, "I can't do this show until everybody stand up. Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s**t."
One person in the crowd waved their prosthetic leg in the air and Kanye said they could sit.
Shortly after Kanye spotted another person in the crowd sitting down and once again stopped the show -- then sent one of his employees into the crowd to make sure the person was handicap.
Once the hired gun confirmed the disability ... Kanye said "it's fine" and rapped on.
As you may recall ... Kanye gifted his microphone to a wheelchair-bound concertgoer earlier this summer -- so it doesn't appear like he's got any issue with the disabled.
We also spoke with someone in the crowd ... and they say Kanye clearly didn't mean to offend -- the whole thing is just being blown out of proportion.
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Daughter & Grandkids In Serious Car Crash
9/12/2014 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lyssa Chapman -- who starred with her dad on "Dog The Bounty Hunter" -- was just involved in a serious car crash in Honolulu where she lives, TMZ has learned.
Her mother, Beth Chapman, tells TMZ ... Baby Lyssa was in an accident and had "all our kids in the car." Lyssa has two daughters.
Emergency crews were called to the scene ... it's unclear if there were any injuries or what caused the crash. But pieces of the car were strewn all over the road and the vehicle's airbags were deployed.
We're contacting Honolulu PD for more info ....
Story developing ...
Doctor Who Performed Throat Procedure Fired
9/12/2014 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The doctor who performed the endoscopy on Joan Rivers has been fired by the clinic's board.
Sources at Yorkville Endoscopy tell us Dr. Lawrence Cohen stepped down after the board asked him to do so -- however the board isn't directly blaming him for Joan's death.
A rep for the clinic confirmed he was ousted from his position as medical director.
According to our sources ... the board's issue with Cohen is that he allowed Joan's ENT doc to step in and perform an unauthorized procedure. Reportedly, that procedure was a biopsy ... and Joan went into respiratory and cardiac arrest while it was being done.
Cohen is a world renowned gastroenterologist ... and also co-owner of Yorkville. He's been on administrative leave since Joan's procedure on August 28.