A judge has THROWN OUT a lawsuit that two black men filed against "The Bachelor" ... in which they claimed they were rejected from the show based on the color of their skin.
In the original suit, the men pointed out that every bachelor in the show's history has been white -- and claim producers intentionally stayed away from people of color because they feared an interracial relationship would alienate the show's "predominantly white viewership."
But a Tennessee judge has officially dismissed the case -- citing the 1st Amendment (Freedom of Speech) ... and explaining that the court cannot tell TV producers ... or movie producers ... or playwrights ... how to cast a production.
In fact, the judge explains that Freedom of Speech is why "The Cosby Show" could have an all-black cast ... why "Jersey Shore" can cast all-Italians ... and why "Shahs of Sunset" can cast all-Persians.
A rep for Warner Bros. -- which produces the show -- tells TMZ, "We felt from the onset this case was completely without merit and we are pleased the Court has found in our favor.”
Diamonds Are Forever?
10/15/2012 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Courtney Robertson is about $80k lighter today -- because "The Bachelor" winner finally returned her diamond engagement ring to its rightful owner ... and photogs caught every glorious moment of it.
Robertson -- who called it quits with "Bachelor" Ben Flajnik last week -- hit up a Neil Lane jewelry store in L.A. Sunday to say sayonara to the 3-carat rock.
We're told the ring ended up back at Neil Lane since "Bachelors" and "Bachelorettes" don't foot the bill for their own marital swag -- i.e. when the relationship goes away, so does the bling.
But Court's not shedding too many tears over the loss (of the ring or Ben) -- considering she was recently seen sucking face with "Bachelorette" cast-off Arie Luyendyk Jr.
'Bachelor' Winner Courtney
with 'Bachelorette' Reject
10/13/2012 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Courtney Robertson is one helluva rebounder ... 'cause days after she split from "Bachelor" Ben Flajnik ... she was TOTALLY MAKING OUT with one of the rejects from "The Bachelorette."
TMZ obtained pics of Courtney sucking face with Arie Luyendyk Jr. -- who took 2nd place on last season's "Bachelorette" when he was shot down by Emily Maynard.
Of course, Courtney was SUPPOSED to marry Ben after he picked her on the "Bachelor" finale earlier this year ... but they split last week claiming things just weren't working out.
But it didn't take long for Court to move on ... 'cause Thursday night, she and Arie had dinner together at the fancy Quiessence Restaurant in Phoenix -- and we're told they were all over each other the whole time.
OMG, right??! !
RELEASED from Jail
I Never Huffed Paint!!!
8/3/2012 2:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Bachelorette" star Kasey Kahl has just been released from jail -- telling TMZ, he was NOT under the influence of paint thinners during a bar fight back in January ... and he never laid his hand on a woman.
TMZ broke the story ... 29-year-old Kahl was jailed this morning in Orange County, CA after prosecutors filed several felony charges against the reality star. It all stems from a nightclub brawl that took place on January 15th, in which Kahl allegedly beat up a man and his GF while drunk and high on drugs.
But on his way out of the slammer moments ago, Kahl denied all the allegations -- telling TMZ, he's never huffed paint in his life ... "I've never even smoked marijuana."
Kahl says cops never took a blood test or alcohol test or anything to prove he was under the influence -- so the allegations are BS.
As for allegations he beat up two people that night ... Kahl insists he was punched first and only got physical to defend himself.
Kahl says he's due back in court next month.
'Bachelorette' Star Jailed
Allegedly Huffed Paint Thinner
8/3/2012 10:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former "Bachelorette" star Kasey Kahl is back behind bars ... after being charged with multiple felonies for allegedly attacking two people at a nightclub earlier this year ... while under the influence of a paint thinner.
TMZ has learned ... months after the incident, prosecutors decided there was enough evidence to charge Kahl with felony assault for allegedly beating up a man and a woman on January 15.
After the charges were filed, a judge issued a warrant for his arrest ... and this morning, cops took the 29-year-old into custody ... and booked him into a jail in Orange County, CA.
According to legal documents, officials believe Kahl was drunk and on drugs when he attacked a man named Richard Cheney outside of Club Habano's nightclub in Fresno ... and then bashed Richard's GF in the face.
Kahl has been charged with 2 counts of felony assault, 1 count of battery with serious bodily injury and 1 count of public intoxication.
According to documents, officials believe Kahl was under the influence of both alcohol and a drug called toluene at the time of the attack ... an inhalant associated with paint thinners.
Kasey's reps have previously claimed the reality star is innocent -- and accused the alleged victims of antagonizing him in an effort to get their "15 minutes of fame."
If convicted on all 4 felony charges -- Kahl faces up to 8 years in prison.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... there was an error on the charging document ... and it should NOT have stated that Kahl was suspected of being under the influence of toluene.
Kahl also told TMZ he never, ever huffed paint.
'Bachelor' Racism Lawsuit
White Power Mentality
4/18/2012 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The producers of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" are responsible for encouraging racism across the country by refusing to cast black people in the shows' central roles -- this according to a new class action lawsuit.
Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks filed the lawsuit today in Tennessee federal court against the shows' producers -- claiming they both auditioned for "The Bachelor" in Nashville in August 2011 ... but were brazenly denied based solely on the color of their skin.
Christopher and Nathaniel claim producers were afraid to cast them for fear of alienating "the show's majority-white viewership."
As a result, the guys claim producers are teaching the public how to be racist -- by demonstrating preferences for white relationships over non-white and interracial relationships.
They might have a point too ... because the show has never once cast a person of color -- black, Asian, Latino, whatever -- in the central role as Bachelor or Bachelorette.
"Bachelor" creator Michael Fleiss has even acknowledged the problem -- stating long before the lawsuit was filed ... "We always want to cast for ethnic diversity. It's just that for whatever reason, they don't come forward. I wish they would."
Chris and Nathaniel are now demanding a change in "Bachelor" policy -- requiring producers to "consider persons of color as finalists for the role of the Bachelor and the Bachelorette."
Oh yeah, they also want money -- an unspecified amount of punitive damages.
African Americans Will Sue --
We're Not Wanted
4/17/2012 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" are about to get a thorny rose -- in the form of a lawsuit.
We're told the 2 plaintiffs -- both African Americans -- went to a Nashville hotel to audition for the role of bachelor. Christopher Johnson -- an aspiring NFL player -- claims when he arrived a producer asked him what he was doing there.
Johnson and the other plaintiff, Nathaniel Claybrooks, both say they were taken to the side of the room and left out of the normal audition process. Neither was called back, and they believe it's because of their race.
They will be filing a class action lawsuit in federal court Wednesday AM. We're told ABC, Warner Horizon Television, Next Entertainment, NZK Productions and creator Mike Fleiss, will all be sued.
Moves on From Kasey Kahl
... With Another Ex
1/26/2012 4:30 AM PST BY Johnny Lopez
While her ex-boyfriend Kasey Kahl deals with the aftermath of his drunk-and-disorderly arrest -- Vienna Girardi hung out in a bikini with her other ex-boyfriend Jake Pavelka Lee Smith in Miami on Tuesday.
In case you forgot -- Vienna stormed off "Relationship Rehab" last month, where she was hammering out issues with Kahl. Vienna was pissed because producers blindsided her with a surprise sit-down with Lee, an ex at the time.
But now, sources close to the couple tell us Vienna and Lee have since been talking and working on their relationship.
Fun fact: Lee was also the guy that allegedly sent Vienna flirty emails back when she was engaged to "Bachelor" Jake Pavelka.
'Bachelorette' Star Kasey Kahl
My Accusers Just Want
15 Mins of Fame
1/18/2012 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"We are confident that Kasey Kahl will be fully exonerated upon completion of a full investigation."
Former "Bachelorette" star Kasey Kahl is adamant ... the couple he brawled with inside a Fresno nightclub are just a couple of "Jersey Shore" wannabes bent on attaining their 15 minutes of fame.
Kahl's rep has released a NEW statement in the wake of an explosive police report, in which an allegedly intoxicated Kahl is accused of beating up a 25-year-old named Richard Chaney ... and smashing the dude's GF in the face at a Fresno nightclub this weekend.
Team Kahl says ... "As Kasey is in the public eye, it is not unlikely that we would not be surprised if these persons bent on attaining their 15 minutes of fame, while intoxicated and perhaps fueled by jealousy, will antagonize and attack stars such as Kasey in a 'Jersey Shore' type brawl given the opportunity."
He adds, "These persons wanted their 15 minutes, which they received, and now those 15 minutes are over."
The rep also echos what Kasey told police on the night of the incident ... that any violence on Kasey's part was PURELY in self-defense.
TMZ broke the story ... the accusers told cops Kasey was acting like a drunk a-hole and beat up Chaney for no reason. Kahl was arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct.
Kahl originally told cops he wanted to press charges. We'll see if he follows through.
Accused of Bashing Woman
in Drunken Nightclub Attack
1/17/2012 1:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Cops say ... Chaney's GF, Renee Idsinga, told them she and Cheney were leaving the club when a "very intoxicated" Kahl approached them and began "talking s**t."
Former "Bachelorette" star Kasey Kahl smashed a woman in the face at a Fresno nightclub, giving her a bloody nose ... this according to the alleged victim ... though Kasey claims it was all in self-defense.
TMZ broke the story ... Kahl was arrested early Sunday morning for drunk and disorderly conduct at Club Habano's nightclub.
According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, Kahl was accused of attacking a man named Richard Chaney outside the club ... and then smashing Chaney's girlfriend in the face when she tried to break up the fight.
Chaney told cops Kahl had been running his mouth about having banged one of Renee's friends.
According to the report, Idsinga says her BF told Kahl to "stop being a d**k and stop talking to her" .. and that's when Kahl got violent ... striking Chaney several times in the face and head."
Idsinga told cops Kahl struck her in the face during the melee, causing her nose to bleed. She also admitted she scratched Kahl's neck in an effort to break up the fight.
Cops say Renee's nose was still bleeding when they arrived to the scene -- as was Chaney's mouth.
Police also spoke with Kahl -- who told them he had "a lot" to drink ... but insisted he DID NOT instigate the fight. Instead, Kahl claimed, "It was self defense."
In the police report, the arresting officer noted, "Kahl made it a point to tell me that he was a celebrity and he was on several reality shows including 'The Bachelor' and 'Celebrity Couple's Retreat.'"
According to police, Kahl said he wanted to press charges against the couple -- and the couple wanted to press charges against him.
Cops say Kahl was so "intoxicated and belligerent" ... they felt he couldn't take care of himself ... so they booked him into Fresno County Jail for his own safety. He was eventually released ... after taking a very smiley mug shot.
Calls to Kahl's rep have not been returned.
ARRESTED for Being
a Drunken Mess
1/16/2012 12:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Bachelorette" star Kasey Kahl was arrested Sunday morning in Fresno, CA -- hometown of Kevin Federline -- after cops say he was drunk and disorderly at a nightclub ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Kahl -- who recently appeared on "Bachelor Pad" -- was allegedly involved in an incident at a place called Club Habanos. So far, it's unclear exactly what Kahl is accused of doing wrong.
Kahl was booked at a nearby police station -- where he took one of the prettiest mug shots we've ever seen and was released a few hours later.
Kahl just finished taping the inaugural season of VH1's upcoming "Relationship Rehab" with former GF Vienna Girardi.
4:25 PM PST: A rep for Kahl tells us, "Kasey and his friends were hanging out outside of the club where police officers allegedly thought they were being too loud. Kasey, along with a couple friends, were taken to the police station, but were released a couple hours later. No charges were or have been filed against him."
The rep adds, "Kasey was extremely respectful and very cooperative with the police officers despite the situation, even having a good laugh because of his model-esque mugshot. The police officers noted that it was the prettiest mugshot they've ever seen come into their station."
Emergency Spinal Surgery
1/6/2012 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kiptyn Locke -- a contestant on "The Bachelorette" who jumped to the show "Bachelor Pad" -- just underwent 4 1/2 hours of emergency surgery to repair severely ruptured discs in his neck ... that were perilously compressing against his spine.
Neck injuries are no joke ... but we're told Locke -- who is currently dating former "Bachelor" contestant Tenley Molzahn (left) -- is expected to make a full recovery. It's unclear how Kiptyn injured himself.
Tenley says, "There are definitely angels involved in this emergency."
'Bachelor Pad' Reject
PUNCHED Me In the Face!
9/10/2011 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The bad blood between cast members on "Bachelor Pad" has spilled into real life ... so says one of the losers who claims Graham Bunn punched him in the face at a nightclub this week.
TMZ spoke with Justin Rego (aka Rated-R) -- who was eliminated from the reality show last month ... who says he was hanging out at the wrap party at a Hollywood nightclub Wednesday night when all hell broke loose.
According to Rego, two other members of the show -- Graham Bunn and Blake Julian -- had gotten into an argument ... and it started to become physical.
Rego says he went to break up the fight -- when Graham punched him in the nose ... and he started to bleed. Sources at the club tell us security rushed over to the scene and escorted Graham out of the building.
Justin tells us he does not plan on pressing charges -- but says he's still pretty pissed off at Graham. A rep for Graham tells TMZ, "It was nothing -- just boys being boys.”