Legendary "Real World" troublemaker David "Puck" Rainey needs to learn how to be a better father ... at least according to an L.A. judge -- who sentenced the reality star to parenting classes after his recent domestic violence arrest.
As we previously reported, Puck was busted on suspicion of felony corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant back in June.
It's unclear exactly what happened during the incident, but it's likely his kid was present -- because Puck was charged with child endangerment and contributing to delinquency of minor ... in addition to domestic battery and corporal injury on a spouse.
Puck struck a deal with prosecutors yesterday -- in which two counts, child endangerment and corporal injury on a spouse, were dismissed. In exchange, Puck pled "no contest" to domestic battery and contributing to delinquency of a minor.
The judge sentenced Puck to 4 years probation -- in addition to a 52-week domestic violence counseling program and 52 parenting classes.
If that wasn't bad enough, Puck also has to complete 30 days of reflective orange vest-wearing highway clean-up patrol.
MTV Reality Star
Sues HBO Over Johnny Bananas
I WARNED YOU!!!
10/5/2011 8:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Johnny Bananas wasn't monkeying around after all ... because the MTV reality star has made good on his threats to sue the people behind "Entourage" for allegedly stealing his nickname to fuel a storyline.
TMZ broke the story ... former "Real World" star Johnny Devenanzio had fired off a cease and desist letter to HBO back in August, claiming producers blatantly tried to "capitalize on the name recognition which I'm solely responsible for creating."
Apparently, HBO neither ceased nor desisted ... because Johnny D. filed a lawsuit in NY against HBO, Time Warner, and "Entourage" creator Doug Ellin.
In case you gave up on "Entourage" ... Johnny Drama agreed to be the voice of an animated TV show called "Johnny's Bananas" ... in which the characters are all apes, gorillas, and other primates ... it was sorta funny.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Johnny claims he "has undergone tremendous emotional distress that has been intentionally inflicted upon plaintiff by defendants' unwarranted, unauthorized, and unjustified use of plaintiff's name and characterization in an offensive and disparaging manner in named 'Entourage'."
Threatening to Sue
Over Reality Star's Penis
9/10/2011 2:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Some photos of a celebrity man nozzle has the folks at Playgirl all hot and bothered ... after the dong shots were allegedly stolen and leaked to the Internet ... TMZ has learned.
The man connected to the wiener is "Real World: Hollywood" muscle head Joey Kovar-- who banked $20k to pose in a fully nude spread that was supposed to be revealed later this year.
So when the photos turned up on TheDirty.com recently -- Playgirl wasn't amused ... and fired off a cease and desist letter to the website. Playgirl is demanding Dirty honcho Nik Richie immediately take down the shots ... or else face the wrath of a lawsuit.
At the time of this post, TheDirty had not removed the pics ... and we're told the site has no plans to take them down.
TMZ spoke with Joey ... who tells us he's not angry over the whole thing -- saying, "I understand people gotta do stuff to get noticed so I'm not mad at them at all."
MTV's REAL WORLD
The PALATIAL Party Pad!
8/13/2011 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The new cast of MTV's "The Real World" will kick off the show's 26th season in a MASSIVE San Diego beach-front pad -- and TMZ has learned ... the house underwent some AWESOME renovations before the cast moved in.
The gorgeous, 5 bedroom, 6 bath, 8,600 square foot mansion has a pool, tennis court, and some pretty breathtaking ocean views.
Sources close to the show tell us -- the home's owner moved ALL the furniture and decorations out of their crib about three months ago -- fearing the typically wild cast would ruin all their stuff.
Once the house was empty -- the show staff added a FULL bar in the living room, a jacuzzi on the deck ... and turned the tennis court into a life-sized chess board.
... Because nothing says drunken house party like a life-sized chess board.
NO "HALF-ASS APE"
IS GONNA STEAL MY IDENTITY
8/2/2011 7:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
MTV reality star Johnny Devenanzio -- aka Johnny Bananas -- tells TMZ ... he's VERY serious about his beef with "Entourage" claiming, "I'll be damned if some half-ass ape is gonna come and steal my identity."
TMZ broke the story ... the former "Real World" star is threatening to sue HBO over the "Johnny's Bananas" storyline on "Entourage" -- claiming he owns the rights to the name, and never gave permission for the show to use it.
Johnny was out at Beso in L.A. last night ... and told us, "It's not like I spilled hot coffee on my vagina and I'm trying to make a buck off of it ... my identity has been stolen man."
He adds, "I've been on television for the last 5 years, acting like a jerk-off, creating this name, making it a household name, and I'll be damned if some half-ass gorilla is gonna come by and steal my thunder."
MTV Star Threatens 'Entourage'
I'm The REAL Johnny Bananas!
8/1/2011 4:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An MTV reality star is threatening to sue the people behind "Entourage" -- claiming the show stole his nickname, "Johnny Bananas" ... and used it to fuel a storyline without his permission.
In case you gave up on "Entourage" ... Johnny Drama recently agreed to be the voice of an animated TV show called "Johnny's Bananas" ... in which the characters are all apes, gorillas, and other primates (above right, below right).
Problem is, former "Real World" star Johnny Devenanzio (pictured above left) says he's been going by the name "Johnny Bananas" on various MTV shows since 2006 ... and claims he owns the rights to the name.
Now, Johnny Bananas -- the human -- got himself a lawyer ... who fired off a cease and desist letter to HBO, the network behind "Entourage."
In the letter, Johnny's attorney Stephanie Ovadia writes, "If you do not cease and desist ... you leave us little option but to seek judicial intervention."
Johnny tells TMZ he believes the name controversy is "in no way coincidental and is instead an attempt to capitalize on the name recognition which I'm solely responsible for creating."
He adds, "I intend to fight vigorously in defense of the years of hard work and dedication I've spent making Johnny Bananas a household name, and the purpose of this lawsuit is aimed at protecting the integrity of my brand."
UPDATE: A spokesperson for HBO tells TMZ the folks at "Entourage" have not received "any correspondence regarding this matter."
Puck from 'Real World'
BUSTED for Domestic Violence
6/29/2011 8:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former "Real World" troublemaker David "Puck" Rainey has been arrested on domestic violence charges in L.A.
The 42-year-old ex-MTV reality star was arrested on June 19 on suspicion of felony corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant ... as first reported by Andrew Blankstein of the L.A. Times.
Puck was locked up at the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail -- where he's being held on $30,000 bail.
Puck is scheduled to face a judge on July 6.
Trouble at Home
'Real World' House
PISSING OFF the Neighbors
6/19/2011 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The cast of MTV's "Real World" Season 26 hasn't even moved into their new house in San Diego -- but TMZ has learned, some neighbors have already called the cops to complain about the racket.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, they've received multiple complaints about construction, noise, and parking problems -- ever since MTV moved into the swanky La Jolla neighborhood.
But we're told, MTV isn't breaking any rules -- cops have checked the house out several times ... and so far, they haven't found a single code violation.
But all that might change ... once the cast moves in.
MTV Star Arrested, Smears Poop on Jail Cell
2/28/2011 1:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
MTV reality show star Abram Boise must have been feeling down in the dumps after he got arrested this weekend ... because while sitting in his jail cell, he defecated in his hands and smeared it on the cell ... this according to law enforcement sources.
Boise was arrested in Massachusetts by Lunenburg PD on two counts of defacing property and one count of indecent exposure ... after cops found him urinating in public.
But apparently his bowels weren't empty ... because law enforcement sources tell us he peed on the floor of the cell, was moved to a second one, and then he pooped in his hand and smeared it all over the wall of the second cell.
Abram has appeared in such reality shows as “Road Rules: South Pacific,” “The Gauntlet,” “The Inferno,” “Battle of the Sexes 2,” “The Inferno 3” and “The Island.”
In case you give a crap, Abram is scheduled to be arraigned today.
'Real World' Star -- $20k for Full-Frontal Playgirl Spread
1/23/2011 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Joey Kovar -- the meathead from "Real World: Hollywood" and Season 3 of "Celebrity Rehab" -- is getting paid $20,000 to whip out his man junk for a spread in Playgirl ... TMZ has learned.
Joey claims he's "looking forward" to baring it all in the March issue of the nudie magazine -- telling us, "I take a lot of pride in how hard I work on my body ... The Situation ain't got nothin' on me."
According to sources, the full-frontal shoot is scheduled for early February -- and even though it's somewhat debatable, Playgirl rep Daniel Nardicio tells TMZ, “Joey exemplifies the sort of hot 'Jersey Shore' type that people are really into right now."
Brings a whole new meaning to fist pumping ...
Ex 'Real World' Star
Wins WWE World Championship
11/23/2010 11:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mike Mizanin -- a former reality star from "Real World: Season 10" -- was officially crowned as the heavyweight champion of the WWE last night ... after a huge surprise upset victory over Randy Orton.
"The Miz" -- who came up with his own nickname during the MTV show back in 2001 -- began wrestling with the WWE back in 2004.
Miz ain't the only ex-Real Worlder having a huge year -- Sean Duffy from Season 6 won a seat in Congress earlier this month.
Maybe there's still hope for Puck ...
'Real World' Castmate: I'd 'Never' Vote for Sean Duffy
11/5/2010 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Real World: Boston" alum and newly-minted Congressman Sean Duffy couldn't please everyone this election season ... in fact, TMZ has learned, he couldn't even convert his old MTV castmates.
Montana McGlynn -- who you might remember from the 1997 season of the hit MTV reality show -- tells TMZ, she's proud of the Duff-man's achievements ... but states, "I could never bring myself to vote for a conservative Republican.”
TMZ spoke to two other former RW:Bostonians -- Syrus Yarbrough and Jason Cornwell -- and they both agree ... telling us, Sean's a great dude ... but they just can't agree with his right-wing politics.
We reached out to the rest of Duff's former "Real World" housemates -- but they didn't get back to us.
Kevin from the
First 'Real World'
8/27/2010 9:30 AM PDT BY Johnny Lopez
In 1992, Kevin Powell became famous as one of the original seven strangers picked to live in a house on MTV's "The Real World." Guess what he looks like now!