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'Real Housewife' Victim Files Criminal Charges

12/24/2010 5:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The TV news reporter who was brutally hit while celebrating the holiday with Lisa Vanderpump -- star of  "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" -- just left the Beverly Hills Police Department and formally requested that criminal charges be filed against his assailant.

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TMZ broke the story ... Lisa was at the Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel early this AM with good friend Robert Kovacik, a reporter for KNBC in L.A., when a drunken man taunted them, got in their faces, and then sucker punched Robert in the mouth.

We've learned Robert spent the morning at the office of Dr. Paul Nassif -- a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and husband of Lisa's co-star Adrienne Maloof. It appears the drunken assailant was wearing a heavy ring, because Kovaciks lip was not only split open, the gash went into the muscle tissue. Kovacik received 5 deep sutures and 2 dozen stitches.

A police report has been filed.

Lisa went to the BHPD with Robert and told TMZ the assailant's actions were "disgusting."


'Real Housewife' in

Bloody Beverly Hills Attack

12/24/2010 12:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lisa Vanderpump, one of the stars of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," was involved in a real brutal confrontation at the famous Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel early this AM. ... TMZ has learned.

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Lisa tells TMZ ... she was sitting in a booth with her husband Ken and L.A. news reporter Robert Kovacik ... along with two elderly people, when a man at a nearby table began harassing them with verbal taunts.

Lisa says the man was "extremely drunk" and was shouting, "I've seen the show.  You're wearing a lot more make-up now, and your eyes are darker and smokier."  Lisa says then it got personal, as he hollered, "What are you doing sitting with old people?"

Lisa says the man then walked over to her booth and continued his rant.  That's when Robert, a long-time reporter with the L.A. NBC affiliate, stood up and said, "Please stop."  Lisa says the man then cold-cocked Robert, punching him squarely in the mouth ... and shoved Lisa's husband to the ground. 

Lisa says Robert was hurt, bleeding badly, but they had to wait because the hotel called the cops.  When Beverly Hills police arrived, Robert said he did not want to press charges.  Lisa took Robert to a family friend's home -- a doctor -- who cleaned him up. We're told the doc was none other than Beverly Hills surgeon Paul Nassif ... married to Lisa's "Real Housewives" co-star Adrienne Maloof.

We're told Robert is going back to Dr. Paul later today to get his lip stitched up.

The attacker was not arrested. It's unclear if Robert will press charges.

Lisa tells us,  "I hope Robert presses charges.  The man was outrageous."

Beverly Hills -- it's dangerous out there!


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'Dr. 90210' Doc -- I've Been Defamed!!!

12/20/2010 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Paul Nassif -- who appeared on the E! show "Dr. 90210" -- is suing an insurance company for bad-mouthing him to one of his clients and accusing him of fraud.
 
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Dr. Nassif -- who is married to Adrienne Maloof-Nassif of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" -- performed a septoplasty on a patient named William Dawes in June 2009.

Nassif claims in the lawsuit filed in L.A. County Superior Court ... Dawes' insurance company, CIGNA, denied Dawes' insurance claim --  telling Dawes, "Dr. Nassif is committing fraud" and "we have our eye on him."

Nassif and Dawes filed their lawsuit together. Dawes is suing for breach of contract; Dr. Nassif is suing for defamation. They are asking for unspecified damages.


'Housewives' Just Got a Lot Hotter ... and Bisexual-er

12/11/2010 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Orange County" now has an ace in the hole -- an extremely hot, bisexual, Brazilian trainer named Fernanda Rocha who's sure to double male viewership of the show ... to 16.



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New 'OC Housewife' Flashes Her Brazilian Booty

12/9/2010 6:50 PM PST BY Johnny Lopez
She may be the newest cast member of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," but Fernanda Rocha is a pro when it comes to showing off her gorgeous goods.

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The bisexual personal trainer -- who specializes in a workout called Brazilian Booty -- further bronzed her already golden bikini body on Laguna Beach this week.

Unreal.



TMZ's 'Take Your Best Shot' Challenge -- The Duel

12/9/2010 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ's "Take You Best Shot" challenge proved one thing -- it's not easy to ask a celebrity questions off the top of your head while simultaneously walking backwards through a crowd, shooting video.

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TMZ took our finalist -- Nicki -- out in Santa Monica ... where she found Kyle Richards from "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

After Nicki took her best shot ... one of our photogs had a run at Kyle -- and now it's up to you to decide who's got skills.

 
 


Danielle Staub's Ex Sues -- I NEVER Beat Her

12/7/2010 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Danielle Staub's ex-husband is making good on his threat against a book company -- after they ignored warnings that Danielle's new tell-all was packed with terrible lies ... including allegations that he beat the hell out of her.

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Kevin Maher has filed a lawsuit against the Simon & Schuster publishing company -- claiming they knowingly published false information about him in Staub's new tell-all, "The Naked Truth."

In the docs, filed last week in California, Maher claims S&S "failed to use reasonable care to determine the truth or falsity" of several statements that Staub makes about him in her book.

Among the statements that Maher is pissed about -- Staub claims he beat her up so badly, she had to be hospitalized for a concussion and "assorted contusions."

Maher tells us he's demanding $10 million to make things right.

A rep for S&S tells us they haven't seen the complaint yet, but plan on vigorously defending it.


Bankrupt NJ 'Housewife':

Let Me Teach Ya Something

11/30/2010 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
For a fee, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice will tell anybody how they too can have it all ... if having it all means filing for bankruptcy, almost having your stuff auctioned off and dealing with your husband's DWI.

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Believe it or not, the 38-year-old table-flipper is hosting an "inspiring" two-hour Learning Annex seminar in Manhattan that promises to "get you going in the right direction" ... for a mere $58 a pop. 

Never mind that Teresa's "direction" includes incurring nearly $11 million in debt, and filing for bankruptcy last year.

"Those who can, do, those who can't ..."


Gretchen Rossi's Ex -- Pay For My Damn Parking!

11/28/2010 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Gretchen Rossi's ex hates the reality starlet so much -- he's demanding that she pay back every penny he had to spend in their nasty legal war ... including parking fees, gas and even a $20 dinner.

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The man making the demands is Jay Photoglou -- who Rossi sued for defamation after he appeared on "Real Housewives of Orange County" and claimed they were dating while she was still engaged to another man.

A judge dismissed Rossi's claims -- and earlier this week, Jay filed docs in Orange County Superior Court demanding she pay for literally everything he had to go through during the case ... including:

-- $96.25 for parking fees
-- $289 in "milage fees"
-- $20.85 for a dinner meeting regarding the case
... and a mere $72,072.80 in legal fees.

All in all, Jay wants $85,864.08 for his troubles.

A rep for Gretchen tells us, "The fee's [Jay] claims he accrued are a result of his own actions by filing a SLAPP motion to stop Ms. Rossi's pending litigation against him.  The reality is this attempt was not very successful and the meat of Gretchen's case still remains."


Kim Zolciak

Real Pregnant,

Really Smoking

11/27/2010 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
UPDATE:  Kim's rep just got back to us, and insists the photo was taken October 3, and Kim did not know she was pregnant at the time.

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from "Real Housewives of Atlanta" took a smoke break while watching an NFL game a few weeks back -- it wouldn't be a big deal ... but Kim is three months pregnant.

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Here's the timeline: the photo was taken in Atlanta on November 7, outside the Georgia Dome. Two weeks later, Kim and baby daddy Kroy Biermann (who plays for the Atlanta Falcons) announced they were expecting.

In case you're thinking "Maybe Kim didn't know she was pregnant when she decided to smoke" -- well, think again. Kim told a tabloid this week she denied the pregnancy rumors in October because "[I] wasn't through my first trimester -- you never know what could happen."

Exactly.

'Housewives' Legal Wars -- East vs. West

11/27/2010 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It's a full-on gang war. TV's "Housewives" brawling for the titles, "Most Divorces," "Most Bankruptcies" and "Most Lawsuits." East vs. West!

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We've been combing through court records, with certain limitations.  We looked at lawsuits and bankruptcies since the shows started airing ... and all divorces, regardless of date.

-- DIVORCES:  The ladies of "Real Housewives of Orange County" took top honors with 12.

-- LAWSUITS: It's a tie!!! The casts of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" and "Real Housewives of New Jersey" each have a total of 8. 

-- BANKRUPTCIES:  "Real Housewives of D.C." won with 2.

As for the losers, we know ... it's an honor just to be nominated.

Kelsey's New Apt. -- More Room than Camille's

11/26/2010 9:30 AM PST BY Johnny Lopez
Kelsey Grammer's new reported $6.5 million NYC apartment  comes with four bedrooms, stunning views and ... a slap in the face to his soon-to-be ex-wife Camille Grammer.

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On a recent episode of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," Camille obnoxiously complained that the three bedroom Manhattan apartment she shared with Kelsey (prior to their separation) was too small.

Well, now Kelsey and his young girlfriend, Kayte Walsh, are one-upping Camille by one room and moving on up to a bigger, four bedroom apartment in the sky.

All's fair in love, war and real estate.


ATL 'Housewife'

Accused of Stiffing

Private Eye

11/13/2010 5:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Sheree Whitfield is accused of screwing over the one person you probably don't wanna mess with -- her private detective -- and now the dude is out for revenge.

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Sheree hired a private investigator named Dwayne Alexander back in 2005 to dig up dirt on her then-husband, ex-NFL star Bob Whitfield -- but according to a court order obtained by TMZ ... she still owes him $28,858.93 for snooping services and interest.

Now, Alexander's gone way over her head to get the money, firing off a letter to Bravo -- the network behind "Housewives" -- claiming he plans to garnish Sheree's wages from the show to settle the debt once and for all.

Sheree's lawyer claims Alexander's judgment is "void" -- telling us, dude "has no idea what he’s doing in a court of law and what he’s trying to do is improper."

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