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Mark Cuban Defended By 'Shark Tank' Partner ... 'No Problems Here'

2/21/2018 9:44 AM PST

One of Mark Cuban's "Shark Tank" business partners says the billionaire always acted like a consummate pro with her ... and she'd be SHOCKED if he really did know about the horrible things happening with the Dallas Mavs. 

We spoke with Raven Thomas who got Mark to invest in her gourmet food business -- The Painted Pretzel -- during a 2012 episode of "Shark Tank."

Thomas had nothing but positive things to say about her 6-year work relationship with Cuban -- and says he's always been a respectful partner and honorable business owner. 

In fact, Thomas says she was "shocked" by the allegations that the Mavs' front office was a nightmare for women ... saying, "I would be surprised, shocked if he had any knowledge of this and didn't do anything about it."

Thomas says she's also spoken with other people who work with Mark and has not heard anything negative about their experiences. 

"I have not heard one other entrepreneur say they've had a problem with [Mark] at all."

Cuban's 'Shark Tank' Co. Sued Halloween Was a Real Nightmare Thanks to Haunted Hayride

2/12/2018 8:14 AM PST

The company Mark Cuban handed $2 million dollars on "Shark Tank" to scare the living daylights out of people ... is now getting sued for an allegedly terrifying injury.

Ten Thirty One Productions famously creates frightening Halloween experiences, and one of them was on NYC's Randall's Island in 2016 -- the Haunted Hayride. A woman who was attending says a fog machine fell during her fright night ... and banged her on the head.

In the suit, obtained by TMZ, she says she suffered serious and permanent injuries that have prevented her from performing her regular duties.

She's suing Ten Thirty One -- which also produces the "Great Horror Camp Out" -- to compensate her for her medical costs, plus damages. She is not suing Cuban.

The $2 mil he sunk into Ten Thirty One during Season 5 was -- at the time -- the largest investment on the show ever.

'Shark Tank' Contestant Paint Brush Cover Guy Arrested in Cocaine Bust

12/18/2017 10:45 AM PST
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One of the guys who successfully pitched the Paint Brush Cover to Mark Cuban and the rest of the "Shark Tank" team got swept up in a cocaine bust this week.

John DePaola was arrested Sunday as part of a massive drug bust in New Jersey in an operation prosecutors are calling Operation Snowball. Law enforcement officials believe DePaola is one of 9 people tied to a cocaine distribution ring.

The group was allegedly moving about one third of a kilo per week. Cops say they confiscated more than 700 grams of coke, and $14,943.

John and some of his entrepreneur buddies got 15 minutes of fame -- and a lot of money -- when they successfully pitched the Paint Brush Cover to the "Shark Tank" team. Since then the product's been a hit -- it's in 14,000 stores. 

Robert Herjavec Sues Ex-GF She's Extorting Me Over False Sexual Assault Claims

11/8/2017 11:17 AM PST

"Shark Tank" star Robert Herjavec says an ex-girlfriend of his is trying to exploit the Harvey Weinstein/Hollywood sexual harassment scandal by extorting him for millions of dollars over what he says are false claims of sexual assault.

Herjavec has sued Danielle Vasinova, whom he dated from 2013 to 2015. He says when he ended the relationship she became a woman scorned and threatened to go public with false claims he gave her herpes and repeatedly sexually assaulted her. 

Herjavec says at one point she demanded $20 million in return for her silence, and he told her to kick rocks. He says at one point she reduced her demand to $5 million which he squarely rejected.

He also says she sold a story to the National Enquirer about his romp with her at a sex fantasy club. Herjavec says in Sept., 2014, Vasinova invited him to the sex club, telling him it was "a legitimate, fantasy experience ... innocent fun." He went, and consented to be strapped to a table and blindfolded, after which he was tickled with a feather. 

Herjavec says unbeknownst to him, Vasinova took pictures of him while he was blindfolded, which she used in her extortion attempt. 

Herjavec says after her extortion attempt failed he didn't hear from her for a while, until Monday, when he got a letter from her attorney saying Vasinova was threatening to reignite her assault claims. The letter says, "she bears full awareness that the problems plaguing Hollywood are far bigger than she is, and appreciates fully that her willingness to come forward now will not only be cathartic for her, but will go far in serving the interests of other women and men who have not yet found their voices."

According to the lawsuit, the letter goes on to suggest an "informal resolution" -- which Herjavec interprets as renewed extortion.

The suit isn't about money -- Herjavec is asking for $1 and an order prohibiting her from continuing her alleged extortion attempts.  

A-Rod & Mark Cuban Best 'Shark Tank' Partners Ever ... Says Gronk Bro

10/18/2017 11:07 AM PDT

They're not just money partners, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Cuban have been actively mentoring Chris Gronkowski ever since making a deal for his Shaker Cup Company on "Shark Tank."

Chris -- supported by Rob Gronkowski and the rest of his musclebound bros -- sold 15% of his Ice Shaker biz to A-Rod and Mark for $150k on Sunday's show (which was taped months ago). 

TMZ Sports spoke with Chris (who also played in the NFL) to find out how his new business partners are REALLY like to work with off camera ... and it sounds AWESOME! 

"It's a dream," Gronk says ... explaining that both sharks are extremely accessible to him and usually email back within 10 mins when he's got a question. 

But it wasn't all sunshine and roses on the show -- Chris says one of the sharks he turned down gave him TERRIBLE advice ... and he's definitely putting her on blast now! 

Daymond John Mark Cuban for President ... I Approve This Message!!!

10/16/2017 6:39 AM PDT

Mark Cuban just got a ringing endorsement for President from old pal Daymond John ... who couldn't stop singing the guy praises.

We got Daymond outside Craig's Sunday night where the baller "Shark Tank" star ran down a list of reasons why he's hopping on the "Cuban for President" train. Remember ... Mark's seriously flirting with the idea, and if Trump can win, anything's possible.

Check it out ... Daymond says Mark's innate ability to relate and care about people makes him the perfect candidate. It's so eloquently said he's now got us thinking ... Daymond for Veep?!

'DWTS' Barbara Corcoran I Like Holdin' Onto My Junk!!!

9/19/2017 7:27 AM PDT

Barbara Corcoran was hangin' onto Keo Motsepe for dear life ... hangin' onto his junk.

The "Shark Tank" star and her pro dancer scored a 14 on the season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" Monday ... but the bigger story was Barbara grabbing onto Keo's crotch as the judges were dishing scores.

What's unclear is if Babs was oblivious or conscious that she was in the region.   

We reached out to Barbara and she tells TMZ ... "No, I have better aim than that! I was reaching for his hand and landed on his thigh and hung on for dear life."

'Shark Tank' Star Kevin O'Leary iPhone X is a Status Symbol That Will Make Me Even Richer!!!

9/14/2017 7:25 AM PDT

One of the biz moguls on "Shark Tank" thinks Apple's latest iPhone is priced ridiculously ... but it's still gonna sell like crazy and it will make him a bloody fortune.

We got Canadian businessman Kevin O'Leary Wednesday at LAX and he says the reason the iPhone X is gonna be so damn expensive at $1,000-plus is 'cause Apple has become a luxury brand, and more than that ... it's turned into a lifestyle.

That's all good for Kevin -- dude's a big-time stakeholder in Apple, and he says he's making back his dough. As for whether buyers will shell out for the X ... no doubt.

Robert Herjavec I'd Pay $500k for Tom Brady Jersey ... For Real!

4/2/2017 12:45 AM PDT

Maybe Tom Brady's $500,000 valuation for his stolen Super Bowl 51 jersey ain't so far off after all -- because "Shark Tank" star Robert Herjavec says he's down to pony up that kinda dough. 

The super rich shark was leaving dinner at Craig's in L.A. when he told us why the jersey would be worth the money.

He might get his chance -- word on the street is Brady plans to auction it off for charity. 

Daymond, Mark, Barbara, Lori, Mr. Wonderful ... your move. 

'Shark Tank's' Scrub Daddy You're Sponging Off Our Customers!

7/28/2016 12:50 AM PDT

The company behind Scrub Daddy -- the most successful product ever pitched on "Shark Tank" -- is accusing a man of tricking customers with a knockoff sponge.

Scrub Daddy says Brian Reaux's attempt to push "Scrub 'N EZ" will confuse faithful Scrub Daddy customers because of the similar name and use of a smiley face ... this according to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ.

In the docs, Scrub Daddy also has beef with Reaux marketing his sponge holder as fitting "perfectly in Scrub Daddy [sponges]." 

SD has reportedly generated more than $75 mil since striking a deal with Lori Greiner on the show. The company wants "Scrub 'N EZ" to change its name, and quit using Scrub Daddy in advertising. 

'Shark Tank' Pitchman Arrested For Threatening to Smoke Someone

7/12/2016 12:40 AM PDT

The co-founder of a product featured on "Shark Tank" is in serious trouble after he was busted for allegedly pulling a gun on someone outside his home.

Burbank police tell TMZ ... Mike Barzman -- who pitched "Invisiplug" in season 5 -- went off the rails earlier this month on a man smoking in front of his house. We're told Mike got into a heated argument over the ciggy, and pulled out a gun threatening to kill the man.

We're told cops arrived at his home the next day and recovered a semi-automatic handgun. Barzman was arrested for felony assault with a firearm. He posted $50k bail the next day.

Barzman's attorney, Gregory Brenner, says his client did have an unloaded gun on him ... but never pointed it at the smoker and never threatened him. In fact, he says Barzman is the one who felt threatened.


'Shark Tank's' Kevin O'Leary I Want To Buy An NFL Team!!!

5/12/2015 7:29 AM PDT

There's already a "Shark" in the NBA ... but now, Kevin O'Leary tells TMZ Sports he has HIS sights set on the NFL -- there's just one problem ... the price. 

Mr. Wonderful was out in NYC yesterday when he told us it's REALLY hard to buy into the NFL (just ask Donald Trump) ... but says, "To me, that's what I'd love to own."

Don't worry, Kev has a smart business plan (of course) to get into the owner's box without having to cover the ENTIRE cost of a pro squad. 

There's more ... Kev also explains why the hottest city in North America in need of a pro sports team is NOT Los Angeles ... it's not even in the United States. 

Check out the clip ...

Robert Herjavec, Kym Johnson Kiss, But Don't Tell

3/21/2015 8:43 AM PDT

"Shark Tank" star Robert Herjavec has an interesting way of saying goodbye to his "friends" ... by planting a big, juicy wet one on their smackers.

Robert and his "Dancing with the Stars" partner Kym Johnson were leaving Greenblatt's Deli in Hollywood Friday night, where they were full-on kissing.

A coy Robert explains, they're not dating ... they're just friends who dance.

They've actually been very open about their relationship ... people on DWTS all know the deal.

If there's any doubt about Robert's wealth, this video should put it to rest.  Do you know what a turkey sandwich costs at Greenblatt's?

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