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'Shahs of Sunset' Star

My Parents LOVE Me

Dropping Trou for 'Playgirl'

2/17/2013 5:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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021713_mike_shouhed_playgirl_launch"Shahs of Sunset" star Mike Shouhed didn't have to beat around the bush when he told his parents he'd be stripping down for "Playgirl"  -- telling TMZ, MOM AND DAD LOVED THE IDEA!!!

Mike was leaving a workout in L.A. Saturday -- keepin' it right and tight -- when our photog asked if his parents were dying of shame thanks to his recent undie-dropping photo shoot with the nudie mag.

But Mike quickly set the record straight and said mom and dad couldn't be happier, explaining "They love it, man."

And in case you're curious (you are) we also asked just how MUCH Schlong of Sunset we'd be seeing in the spread -- so check it out to hear Mike's response.

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'Shahs of Sunset' Hunk

Drops Trou for Playgirl

2/12/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0211_mike_shouhed_playgirl_shoot_launch_v2"Shahs of Sunset" star Mike Shouhed got a helping hand from his butt oiling assistant/girlfriend as he readied his hairless golden muscles for his Playgirl spread, Sunday in L.A..

While there's no official word if he is going to go full frontal or pull a Levi Johnston, with a strategically placed towel, the 34-year-old real estate stud did let most of it all hang out while prepping for the shoot.

Soon everyone may get to see what his Middle East piece looks like.

'Shahs of Sunset' Star

Surfaces in L.A.

2/5/2013 4:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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It's pretty much freezing everywhere else on the planet ... but this weekend in L.A. it was in the 70s -- and "Shahs of Sunset" star Mercedes "MJ" Javid took full advantage of the warm weather.

Not wanting to waste a moment of sunlight, Javid stepped out in her natural habitat on Sunday -- a hotel pool -- and sunned herself in a wild bikini.

Don't hate us 'cause we're beautiful.

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Reza from 'Shahs of Sunset'

49ers Will LOSE Super Bowl

Thanks to Anti-Gay Player

1/31/2013 4:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Openly gay "Shahs of Sunset" star Reza Farahan is wishing a POX on the 49ers this weekend at the Super Bowl ... all because of cornerback Chris Culliver, who said gays don't belong in the 49ers' locker room.

Reza was out in L.A. yesterday when he unloaded on Culliver for his homophobic remarks -- throwing the double bird in the camera, saying, "I hope you guys lose 'cause you're a douchebag!"

He added, "Don't talk sh*t about the gays motherf**ker! 49ers are going down!!!" 

For the record, Culliver has since offered a half-assed nonsensical apology for his anti-gay comments, but we still gotta ask ...

'Shahs of Sunset' Star

I Sold Ziggy Marley

a $1.1 Million Joint

1/14/2013 4:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"Shahs of Sunset" real estate guru Reza Farahan is a bona fide expert on living the high life ... so when Ziggy Marley -- Bob Marley's son -- wanted to snag a primo joint in L.A. ... he knew exactly where to turn.

That's right ... with Reza's help, the Reggae singer scored a brand new crib for $1.1 million!!!

FYI -- Reza's a real estate agent in real life ... in case that wasn't clear.

We're told Ziggy bought the 2,613-square-foot house as an investment property. It's actually two pads attached together -- a duplex -- each with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath.

It's a pretty rare find  ... the place dates back to the 1920's and hasn't been on the market in over 4 decades. Plus, it's rocking hardwood floors, granite counters, updated cabinetry and a giant backyard.

... full of grass.

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'Shahs of Sunset' Babe

Size Me Up, Boys!

12/11/2012 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"Shahs of Sunset" participant Mercedes Javid has got it -- and ain't afraid to flaunt it ... which is cool since we know she has at least one huge fan, right in our own office. We love ya, MJ!

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'Shahs of Sunset' Star

BOOBS VS. BIKINI

12/11/2012 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1210_mercedes_javid_mj_shahs_of_sunset_bikini_launch_v2"Shahs of Sunset" buxom party girl Mercedes "MJ" Javid poured her voluptuous curves into a terrified purple animal print bikini and soaked her smooth womanly flesh under the sun in Santa Barbara this weekend.

She knows how to put on an unreal show. 

'Shahs of Sunset' Producers

Slam FHM Model ...

Mattel Owns 'Barbie', Duh!

12/6/2012 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1203_Niki-Ghazian_getty"Shahs of Sunset" producers want to school an FHM model on the law -- telling her she has no right to sue over her handle "Persian Barbie" ... because Mattel trademarked the name a looong time ago!!

TMZ broke the story ... Persian model Niki Ghazian (above) accused the reality TV show of illegally using her self-proclaimed moniker, "Persian Barbie" ... for new cast member Lilly Ghalichi.

Now Berne Productions -- a subsidiary of Ryan Seacrest Prod. -- is responding to Niki's cease and desist letter with its own docs claiming she has no stake to the Barbie trademark.

Berne argues the term "Barbie" is 100% owned by Mattel -- and adds, "Any claim that Ms. Ghazian has acquired any property rights to a term that is a basic derivative of "Barbie" (i.e. "Persian Barbie") is unsound and not defensible." Aka ... go kick rocks, Ms. Ghazian.

Berne also claims 'Shahs' isn't violating Mattel's trademark because "Persian Barbie" is merely descriptive of Lilly's rockin' bod.

Exhibit A ...

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'Shahs Of Sunset'

Slammed by Hot Model ...

I'm the Real 'Persian Barbie'

12/2/2012 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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There can only be one "PERSIAN BARBIE" ... so says a smokin' hot model who claims Bravo's show "Shahs of Sunset" is illegally using HER moniker for one of their cast members.

Niki Ghazian (left) -- FHM model and self-proclaimed "Persian Barbie" -- fired off a cease and desist letter last week to Bravo honchos ... claiming the network has no right to use the term for its newest star Lilly Ghalichi (right).

FYI -- Lilly's co-stars refer to her as the "Persian Barbie" on the show ... which Bravo has utilized in promos and on Lilly's official bio.

Niki says that's not okay -- and while she never applied for a trademark, she says she's the "common law owner" ... claiming ever since 2005, publications like FHM, Kandy Mag, NYLA Mag and more have used it to describe her.

Niki is demanding Bravo stop using the term ASAP -- and remove it from their ads, website and any other press releases ... or else.

Iranian Org.

'Shahs of Sunset' Could Be

GREAT for Persians

3/9/2012 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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A powerful Iranian-American organization is convinced "Shahs of Sunset" will be loaded with tons of negative stereotypes about Persian people ... but the Org. tells TMZ ... it could be a GOOD thing.

TMZ spoke with a rep for the National Iranian American Council who tells us ... judging from the trailers, "[we] believe that it will only play up the negative stereotypes that exist about the Iranian-American community, such as materialism and superficiality."

The rep adds, "We've gone from being viewed as terrorists to being viewed as Beverly Hills brats.  Neither portrayal is particularly flattering or accurate, but at least it may get some people talking. 

"Hopefully, the American public will decide to probe deeper to fully understand the beauty and truth about the Iranian culture and its people."

Persian Woman

Settles Lawsuit

Against 'Shahs of Sunset'

3/6/2012 11:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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A Persian woman who filed a lawsuit, claiming she was forced against her will to play the role of a bad girl on the new show "Shahs of Sunset" has settled her beef -- but we've learned she's walking away with a big fat nothing.

Sources connected with the dispute tell TMZ ... under the terms of the confidential settlement, producers have agreed to cut Kathy Salem out of the premiere episode of the Ryan Seacrest-produced show, which airs Sunday on Bravo.

According to the suit, Kathy claims she was verbally abused at a fancy Hollywood Hills party and then attacked by a gaggle of Persians, one of whom tried to rip her top off.

But here's the deal ... We're told producers didn't like her storyline anyway, so she wasn't going to make the cut.  We beg to differ -- the storyline sounds kind of awesome to us.

And, we're told, Kathy got zilch by way of money.

As for the show, we hear it's epic.

Ryan Seacrest Sued

You Let Persians Humiliate Me!

11/18/2011 4:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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is being sued by a woman who claims she was "humiliated" in a taping of the new reality show he's producing called "Shahs of Sunset" ... insisting she was "forced against her will" to play the role of the "bad girl."

The show is being hailed as the "Persian Jersey Shore" -- featuring a bunch of young, rich Persians galavanting around Los Angeles.

But according to a new lawsuit, filed by a woman named Kathy Salem, the show is just as insane and violent as every other reality show in TV ... a lesson she claims she learned at a fancy Hollywood party back in July.

Salem claims she signed a waiver before entering the shindig and understood she would appear on the show ... but "she did not understand that she might be blind sided and forced against her will to play a demeaning and humiliating role."

Salem claims when she was inside the party, she was confronted by the stars of the show -- who began to bully her and become "verbally abusive" because she was talking to a man who was allegedly engaged.

Salem claims things escalated quickly -- and she was attacked by multiple people -- one of whom tried to rip her top off and another who threw a cup of water in her face.

Salem claims the show is set to air in February -- but she wants a judge to force Ryan to pull any footage in which she appears.

Salem is suing Seacrest, his production company and Bravo -- demanding at least $100,000 in damages.

Calls to Seacrest's people have not been returned.

A rep for Bravo tells us, "Bravo has not seen a copy of the complaint, and thus we cannot comment."

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