Draya Michele just got sued by a club that had claimed she cancelled a gig because there were too many gay people ... but there's now evidence she may be the victim of a smear campaign.
TMZ broke the story ... a VIP hostess at Penthouse nightclub claimed Draya showed up for a scheduled event August 10, surveyed the crowd and then homophobically groused there were too many "f**s" and "d**es." The hostess said Draya stormed out, making the night a disaster.
But in the club's lawsuit ... there is not a word mentioned about homophobic comments. In fact ... the lawsuit doesn't even say Draya showed up. It says they got a text from her saying she was too tired to show.
The story in the lawsuit syncs up with the one Draya told us ... that she never showed up because she was sick. She also told us the club owner threatened to trash her in the media for being a no show.
The question ... did the owner make good on his threat?
Rescue Kitten Trapped In Car Engine!!
8/21/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cat-astrophe avoided at "Dancing With the Stars" -- when a stowaway kitten that had been stuck inside a car's motor was rescued by two PAs -- who heard the engine purring -- literally.
Production sources tell us ... the PAs heard noises from a random vehicle on the lot. They walked up to the car and heard the meows ... then discovered a kitten trapped under the hood.
Interesting Fact: Cats are known to climb near car engines to stay warm at night.
Back to the story ... The PAs tried luring the critter out with tuna ... when that didn't work, one of them crawled under the car, reached into the engine compartment and snatched the kitty.
The most amazing part ... the heroes believe the stray was inside the engine when the driver took the car from the San Fernando Valley to Hollywood.
The DWTS wardrobe dept. is now caring for the cat ... which they've named Steve ... and he's feel-ine fine.
Pharrell Williams Sued
I Got "The Voice"
You Want Me to Do YouTube? Seriously?
8/20/2014 4:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pharrell Williams' "Voice" could cost him a million dollars.
Mr. Happy is being sued by the producer of his uber-successful YouTube show, "ARTST TLK" .... featuring interviews with big celebs like Spike Lee, Usher and Tony Hawk. The 12 episodes of Season 1 were huge ... scoring a total of more than 1.7 million views.
But the producer says he got big footed when "The Voice" came along and asked Pharrell to join the judge's panel for Season 7. According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Pharrell told him to pound sand, saying "The Voice" made an exclusive deal so he couldn't do the YouTube show.
Pharrell was kind of insulting, writing the YouTube producer, "Holding me to a contract that prohibits 'The Voice' exclusivity requirement? It's 'The Voice!'" Translation, I can't do your stupid little show.
The YouTube producer says he invested a million bucks in the project and wants Pharrell to pay.
Pharrell's rep tells TMZ ... "This is complete nonsense. It's unfortunate when you try to help a friend and they wind up trying to take advantage of you."
Breaks the Mold and Talks!
8/20/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian assumed auntie duties in Calabasas Tuesday ... taking her nephew Mason Disick to the movies.
Kim didn't have a lot to say but Mason did. He told our photog he went to see "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" in The Commons. He also has a fav -- Donatello.
We're told Kim took Mason out for the afternoon so he didn't go stir crazy in the Montage hotel in Bev Hills, where mommy Kourtney, Daddy Scott and sister Penelope are staying because they claim the house they bought from Keyshawn Johnson is full of dangerous black mold.
The Great Parking Spot Challenge
8/20/2014 2:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
For the average driver, pulling out of a semi-tight parking spot is nothing exciting, but when it's Kylie Jenner (aka The World's Worst Driver) it makes for riveting video.
Jenner and a friend were leaving Urth Cafe in West Hollywood Tuesday, when she retrieved her infamous Range Rover from the valet ... which was left parked between two cars ... a Mercedes SUV and a Lamborghini.
Given Kylie's history of accidents, more accidents, and speeding ... it made for a very tense situation.
'Million Dollar Listing' Star
They Call Me Flipper
8/20/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Million Dollar Listing" star Josh Altman practices what he preaches ... he buys good real estate, sells it and makes a killing.
Altman just sold his house above the Sunset Strip for $3.58M. Truth be told ... it's not the prettiest house we've ever seen. Dare we say it's butt ugly. Nonetheless ... he bought it last year for $2.3 mil.
Josh only dumped $17K into the house and he didn't have to pay a real estate commission ... so he cleared well over a million bucks in 270 days.
Did we say the $17K was like putting lipstick on a pig.
Transgender People Should Not Get Choice of Restrooms
8/19/2014 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michelle Duggar is convinced ... child predators are aiming to use the cover of being a transgender to hurt children ... and she's determined to stop them in their tracks.
The "19 Kids and Counting" star is on the warpath against a proposed Arkansas law that would allow transgender people to use either the men's or women's bathroom -- whichever they feel suits them best.
Duggar thinks convicted male child molesters will have a field day if the law passes ... simply dressing up like a woman and perving out in girls restrooms.
She doesn't want her 9 girls subjected to men leering at them in their private space -- so she's voiced a robocall to AR voters urging them to vote no ... and it's fascinating.
Returns to DWTS
As a Judge
8/19/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Julianne Hough has learned a hard lesson about the movie biz ... it ain't that easy, so she's returning to "Dancing with the Stars" but this time as a judge ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with the show tell us ... they've made an offer to Julianne to become the 4th judge ... the other 3 are coming back. We're told the 2 sides are in negotiations and are expected to make the deal.
Julianne left the show years ago to pursue an acting and singing career, but it's been rough going ... particularly "Rock of Ages" and "Footloose."
We're told her commitment to DWTS is only a couple of hours a week, so she'll still pursue acting.
Refuses To Talk About Kardashians
Ask Me About Me ... Please
8/19/2014 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
10:27 A.M. PDT -- We're told Brody will attend the opening ... but will no longer give 1-on-1 interviews.
Brody Jenner needs to get a grip ... he's courting the media to interview him and only one thing is off limits ... the thing people care about.
Brody's promoting the opening of a Dave & Buster's in Hollywood ... and is courting the media for 1-on-1 interviews ... but we're told any talk about the Kardashians/Jenners is out of bounds.
Why he skipped Kim's wedding? ... Next question.
Why he hung Bruce out to dry on the PCH? ... Nice try.
His love/hate relationship with Kris? ... Uhhh, no.
Oh, you can ask him about the 7 "Keeping Up The Kardashians" episodes on which he appeared ... just avoid bringing up Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kylie, Kendall or Kris. You know, pretty much anybody else on the show whose name begins with "K."
Now the list of what's left to talk about that's interesting.
'Big Brother' Voting
One Thing CBS Didn't Count On
... A Lawsuit
8/18/2014 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The biggest backstabbing villain at "Big Brother" isn't Ariana Grande's brother, Frankie -- or any of the other contestants -- it's the CBS honchos who run the voting ... according to a new lawsuit.
A guy named Edwin Lyda claims he invented the system for text message voting and says he holds the patents to that system. He claims CBS jacked his invention and uses it each week on BB.
On the show, viewers vote in various ways -- by telephone, online, with a phone app or text messaging. The votes don't determine who stays or goes ... it's for things like who should win bonus prizes or who should get special perks in the house.
Lyda says his system for text voting is a big part of the show ... he wants a court to decide how much of BB's millions he's entitled to get ... then again, he could get nothing.
We called CBS for comment ... so far no word back.
She's a LIAR
Claims Other Driver In Crash
8/18/2014 9:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kylie Jenner is full of BS by claiming she was rear-ended by a reckless driver Thursday ... because the other driver says she not only caused the crash but copped an attitude.
As we first reported ... the 17-year-old was driving her brand new Range Rover when -- according to her -- a woman swerved into her lane and rear-ended her.
But the woman's lawyer says what REALLY happened is that Kylie made an illegal U-ey with no warning and crashed into oncoming traffic.
The accident was so bad ... the lawyer -- Gary Daglian -- says his client's passenger ended up in the hospital.
And the lawyer goes on ... claiming Kylie was "aggressive" and tried to strong-arm his client into settling up for cash and NOT calling any cops or insurance companies. His client told Kylie to pound sand.
Another Day, Another Date
8/17/2014 9:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If Nicole Murphy were in the NBA she'd lead the league in rebounds.
Murphy and some young mystery man hit up Moonshadows in Malibu for lunch Saturday just days after reuniting with Michael Strahan for lunch Thursday in Beverly Hills.
And of course ... there's very handsome former NBA star Jim Jackson whom she was banging in Puerto Rico.
As we previously reported ... sources close to Strahan and Murphy told us there's a possibility for reconciliation -- so it's feasible this date was just a friendly meal.
These girls ain't loyal ... or are they?
Mystery solved. Turns out the dude is just Nicole's business partner in her Destiny Moscato wine business.
'Basketball Wives LA' Star
Scores Sweet Support Deal
from NBA Baller Ex
8/17/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Charlotte Hornets guard Jannero Pargo better have a good season, because he's going to need a nice new contact after a judge gave his ex Malaysia a nice support deal.
As TMZ Sports first reported, Malyasia -- who stars on the VH1 show "Basketball Wives LA" -- filed for divorce from Jannero back in May. They have 3 kids together, a 7-year-old and 3-year-old twins.
According to docs filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Malaysa (whose real name is Laquisha) was awarded primary physical custody, while the couple will share legal custody.
Jannero was ordered to pay $15,380/month in child support and another $7,500/month in spousal support. He's also been ordered to fork over $25,000 for her attorneys' fees.
Jannero recently a signed a one-year deal with the Hornets, with some reports putting his salary at a little under $1.5 million for the season.
Here's to hoping he has a good year.