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'Real World' Star

Incubus Singer Is Threatening to Kill Me

'Every Day, I Am Terrified'

3/30/2014 12:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Incubus singer Brandon Boyd has been ruthlessly stalking a former "Real World" star -- even threatening to kill her -- so says the former "Real World" star ... but Brandon says B.S.

Svetlana Shusterman  from "Real World 17: Key West" got a temporary restraining order against Boyd, claiming Brandon's been stalking her for years ... and recently began threatening her life.

Svetlana filed a police report claiming Brandon had followed her car onto a freeway and yelled through the window that he was going to kill her.

Svetlana says she recently moved to a friends house to evade him, but he tracked her down. She writes, "Every day, I am terrified."

Boyd has been ordered to stay 100 yards away from her pending a court hearing next month.

Brandon says it's all news to him.  A rep for the singer tells TMZ, "Brandon has been advised about this but doesn’t know anything about it.  He doesn’t know this person nor does he recall ever having met her."

Puck from 'The Real World'

Dodges Jail

In Domestic Violence Plea Bargain

12/31/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1230_puck_tmzDavid Rainey -- AKA Puck from "The Real World" -- is going back to school -- domestic violence school ... and if he graduates with honors, he won't go to jail.

Rainey copped a plea in his criminal case -- he was accused of hurting his live-in girlfriend and faced one year in jail.

Rainey got into an argument with his girlfriend in July and allegedly scratched and bruised her ... then slammed the phone down when she tried to call 911.

Rainey pled guilty to domestic violence and dissuading a witness -- both misdemeanors.  He was sentenced to 3 years probation and ordered to attend a 1-year domestic violence program.

The judge gave Rainey credit for the 15 days he spent in the slammer.

Rainey had a similar run in back in 2011, when he was arrested for felony domestic violence.  And he served prison time in 2012 for stalking a woman.

Maybe these women should learn a lesson from the 1994 "Real World" housemates ... and kick his ass out.
 

'Real World' Star Sean Sasser

Pedro Zamora's Boyfriend

Dead at 44

8/8/2013 10:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0808-sean-sasser-pedro-zamoraSean Sasser -- who famously dated "Real World" star and AIDS activist Pedro Zamora back in the '90s -- has died after batting a rare form of lung cancer.

Sasser frequently appeared on MTV's "The Real World: San Francisco" ... and participated in a commitment ceremony with Pedro, before Zamora passed away from an AIDS-related illness in 1994. Sasser was HIV positive.

Judd Winick -- who also appeared on the show with Sean and Pedro -- broke the news of Sean's passing on his Twitter page Tuesday night ... saying:

"Our friend Sean Sasser has died. Our love goes out to his family & husband Michael. We will miss u so much."

Sasser was 44.

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'Real World' Star Puck

Arrested

Domestic Violence -- Again

7/22/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Former "Real World" d-bag Puck can't seem to stay out of jail ... he was just arrested again on charges of domestic violence, TMZ has learned.

Puck -- real name David Rainey -- was popped on July 13th in L.A. and charged with inflicting bodily injury on a woman who cops say is a "spouse, former spouse, cohabitant or former cohabitant" of Puck (a.k.a. domestic violence). He was also charged with trying to stop the woman from reporting it.

Specifically, law enforcement sources tell us ... Puck and the woman got into a physical altercation, but when she tried to call the police ... Puck allegedly grabbed the phone away and hung it up.

He's currently behind bars. Bail is set for $50,000.

As TMZ previously reported ... Puck was arrested back in 2011, also for domestic violence. Then, in November 2012 he was sent to prison for stalking a woman. He was supposed to serve 300 days, but must have been released early ... just in time to get arrested again.

'Real World' Star

Pepper Sprayed By Cops ...

Arrested for Sexual Battery

7/14/2013 9:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A former "Real World: Las Vegas" star learned the hard way NOT to put his hand up a girl's skirt (allegedly) ... after it landed him in the back of a cop car, pepper-sprayed to the nines.

Dustin Zito -- known as the 2011 housemate who did gay porn -- was arrested Saturday night, outside a bar in Louisiana. Cops say Zito allegedly tried to reach up a woman's skirt and touch her inappropriately. The woman reported the incident to police.

But it didn't end there ... cops say when they showed up, Zito violently resisted the arrest. So they used pepper spray to subdue him and take him into custody. Ouch.

He was charged with sexual battery and resisting an officer violently.

Zito remains in jail. A court date is set for July 16th.

Puck from 'Real World'

Begins Prison Sentence

for Stalking

11/24/2012 5:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"Real World" legend David "Puck" Rainey is officially locked up in a California state prison ... TMZ has learned -- after he was convicted of stalking a woman earlier this year.

The details surrounding the stalking incident are unclear, but according to court docs, 44-year-old Rainey -- who starred in "Real World: San Francisco" in 1994 -- committed the crime on February 22nd.

The docs don't state explicitly that Rainey had violated a restraining order in the process -- but he was sentenced to more than one year in prison for the crime, which suggests he violated a court order.

Rainey pled "no contest" to the stalking charge in April and was sentenced to two years in prison in September. He turned himself in to Wasco State Prison on November 8th.

Rainey was given 401 days credit for time served, so he's got roughly 300 days to go. 

Once a troublemaker, always a troublemaker.

'Real World' Star Joe Kovar

Coroner Says Opiates

Killed Him

11/10/2012 5:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1107-joey-kovar-gettyFormer "Real World" star Joey Kovar died from opiate intoxication, a rep for the Cook County Medical Examiner tells TMZ.

TMZ broke the story ... law enforcement sources originally believed a lethal mixture of cocaine, Viagra, and alcohol was to blame for Kovar's sudden death in August in Chicago -- but medical examiner tells us, the official cause of death is listed as "opiate intoxication."

29-year-old Kovar's death has been ruled an accident.

Sources close to Kovar tell us, the late reality star had been taking a prescription painkiller (opiate) called Norco. It's unclear if Norco is the opiate responsible for Kovar's death.

'Real World' Star Brandon Swift

Arrested

'I'm About to Get Beat Up By a Cop'

11/1/2012 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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9:57 AM PT -- Law enforcement tells us ... Swift was arrested for disorderly conduct. He was given a citation and released.

Swift is due back in court later this month.

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MTV reality star Brandon Swift -- who starred on "Real World: St. Thomas" -- was arrested in Philadelphia last night ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ has obtained footage of the arrest -- which shows 23-year-old Swift in a very heated standoff with police outside of the Draught Horse Pub at the Temple University campus.

It's unclear what initiated the confrontation -- but Swift makes it clear, he has no intention of cooperating with the cops.

As one plainclothes officer moves in to place Swift under arrest, the reality star resists ... saying, "Don't touch me ... everybody please record it ... I'm about to get beat up by a cop."

Several officers immediately rush in and subdue Swift ...and march him down the street. It's unclear from the video where Swift was taken.

After the incident, Brandon took to Facebook to vent ... saying, "Always voice your opinion even if its the Police! #F*CK Select Members of Temple Police...Im not scacred of yall."

He added, "I will always say what I gotta say to you dirty filthy liars AND I hope this gets back to yall! #MiddleFingersUp! ...Sorry for the rant all but it was necessary."

Attempts to reach Swift were unsuccessful.

Real World Star's Death

ODs on Viagra, Cocaine, and Booze

8/18/2012 2:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Real World" star Joey Kovar died after taking what could turn out to be a lethal mixture of Viagra, cocaine and alcohol ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Our sources say ... Thursday night, just before midnight, Joey went to a woman's house in Chicago Ridge, Illinois, told her he'd been doing cocaine ... and asked her to drive him to a location where he could score more coke. The woman, Stacey Achterhof, rebuffed his request, and asked him to stay at her place.

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We're told Joey, who was also fueled up on alcohol, took "some Viagra" and messed around with Stacey ... but they did not have sex. At some point Stacey fell asleep, and when she awakened early Friday morning she found Joey bleeding from the nose and ears.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... his eyes were also "blackened" -- something that frequently occurs when someone ODs. Law enforcement sources tell us they suspect Joey had an aneurysm.

0817_joey_kovar_death_ROOM_tmzStacey was interviewed extensively by cops on Friday. We're told she says she saw Joey take Adderall and Xanax in recent weeks -- and multiple sources close to Joey tell us although they were prescribed, he often took more than called for by doctors.

There's no indication, at this point, Stacey will be charged with a crime.

As for Joey, toxicology results will take weeks, but our law enforcement sources say they believe the results will show a fatal combo of Viagra and cocaine and alcohol.

Joey Kovar

'Real World' Star DEAD

Family Suspects Drugs

8/17/2012 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Joey Kovar -- the troubled "Real World" star who appeared on "Celebrity Rehab" -- was found dead at a friend's home near Chicago this morning ... and family members believe drugs are to blame ... TMZ has learned.

Kovar was 29 years old.

Kovar's rep tells TMZ ... Joey was discovered by a female friend early this morning who noticed blood coming out of Joey's ears and nose.

The woman called 911 ... and authorities rushed to the scene where he was pronounced dead.

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Kovar had famously battled drug issues -- and sought help for cocaine and ecstasy during his stint on "Celeb Rehab."

While on "Real World: Hollywood," Kovar entered rehab halfway through the season for alcohol and drugs, admitting he'd struggled with substance abuse for years. It was a pretty powerful moment on the show.

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'Real World' Star

I'm Saving the World ...

With iPads

4/13/2012 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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One man's trash is another man's treasure -- at least according to an ex-'Real World: Las Vegas' star, who's taking America's old, broken Apple products ... and turning them into charity gold.

It's pretty cool ... Michael Ross -- aka the straight-laced guy from 'RW' season 25 -- just started a non-profit called Greenest Genius that fixes up Macs, iPads, and iPods ... then donates a portion of the refurbished material back to impoverished children around the world.

Now here's the "genius" part -- the rest of the fixed-up products are then sold back to Americans to help finance the non-profit.

As for the above pics -- Ross tells us, they were snapped at an all-boys orphanage in El Progresso, Honduras recently ... where he donated one laptop, an iPad, and an iPod touch.

In case it wasn't already obvious ... Michael's company also helps the environment, preventing a bunch of otherwise hazardous electronics from filling American landfills -- hence the "Greenest" part of its name.

Steve Jobs would be proud.

'Real World' Producers

Call BS on Rape Lawsuit

10/29/2011 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The "Real World" is firing back at Tonya Cooley's lawsuit ... claiming she was raped by a tooth brush during filming ... calling her accusations "completely baseless."

TMZ broke the story ... Tonya filed the suit against MTV, Bunim/Murray Productions, Kenneth Santucci, Evan Starkman and others ... claiming two guys used a tooth brush rather inappropriately on her while she was passed out and cameras rolled during filming of "The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins."

Cooley claimed producers knew all about the incident and never told her.

A rep for Bunim/Murray, the production company behind the show, tells TMZ they actually "a thorough investigation" into the allegations -- but "found Tonya Cooley's claims to be completely baseless."

Cooley is suing for unspecified damages.

Kevin Connolly

'Johnny Bananas' Lawsuit is

a Heap of Monkey Crap

10/28/2011 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Kevin Connolly thinks the MTV star who's suing "Entourage" is a frickin' moron -- claiming there's no way in hell the show could've ever stolen the name Johnny Bananas from him.

Connolly was leaving Dan Tana's in Hollywood last night ... when he told us, "I think he's crazy ... he's bananas if he thinks he's gonna get the money."

TMZ broke the story ... former "Real World" star Johnny Devenanzio recently filed a lawsuit against the people behind "Entourage" ... claiming he owns the rights to the name Johnny Bananas, because he used the nickname during his stint on MTV. 

Devenanzio claims "Entourage" was blatantly attempting to "capitalize on the name recognition" when they ran a storyline in which Johnny Drama voices a cartoon monkey named Johnny Bananas.

Drama.

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