Sharon Stone's former nanny is suing the actress, claiming the actress repeatedly went on a tear against Filipinos, calling them stupid people.
Erlinda Elemen claims in her lawsuit ... Sharon would not cut her a break, berating her for her religion, even forbidding her from reading the Bible in her own room in Sharon's house.
Elemen, a Filipino woman, claims Sharon ordered her NOT to speak to the kids because she did not want them "to talk like you."
Elemen also claims Sharon bagged on Filipino food.
The former nanny claims Sharon tried to take back the overtime she was paid. Elemen says after she challenged Sharon on the OT, Stone repeatedly verbally attacked her for 3 weeks in front of guests, staff and others, and then fired her in February, 2011.
Sharon's attorney tells TMZ, "This is an absurd lawsuit that has been filed by a disgruntled ex-employee who is obviously looking to get money and way she can."
Rapper Arrested for
5/22/2012 12:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West's rap prodigy 2 Chainz was arrested at LaGuardia Airport in New York today ... after cops say he was packin' brass knuckles in his carry-on bag ... TMZ has learned.
2 Chainz -- real name Tauheed Epps (who also goes by the name Tity Boi) -- was entering the Delta terminal to fly to a show in North Carolina ... when the TSA discovered brass knuckles in his bag.
Law enforcement tells TMZ ... police were called to the scene ... and 2 Chainz was taken into custody for misdemeanor possession of a criminal weapon at 1:45 local time.
2 Chainz -- famous for his hit song "Spend It" -- is still in police custody.
A rep for 2 Chainz tells us ... his team is "handling the situation."
2:27 PM PT -- Sources close to 2 Chainz insist ... the "brass knuckles" in question were actually just a harmless 4-fingered ring.
ATTACKS Kissy Reporter
5/18/2012 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Will Smith just slapped a Ukrainian reporter across the face at the Moscow premiere of "Men in Black 3" -- and it was all caught on tape.
The Ukrainian reporter tries to kiss Will on the lips on the red carpet and the actor angrily pushes him away and then backhands him across the face.
You can clearly see that Will is incredibly pissed that the guy showed overt affection toward him.
After Will slaps the guy, Will says, "He's lucky I didn't sucker punch him."
We're told the dude who kissed Will is a television reporter who often kisses celebrities -- it's his schtick.
For the record, Will just came out in support of gay marriage.
A source on scene tells TMZ, the reporter's mouth brushed up against Will's and that's why the actor reacted so violently. Despite the incident, Will stayed positive ... and happily continued to sign autographs for fans and do red carpet interviews.
Brit's Officially On Board!!
(... Demi Too)
5/14/2012 1:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Simon Cowell finally announced what we all knew was coming ... Britney Spears is joining "X Factor" ... and so is some other girl.
Cowell just tweeted a photo of himself with Britney, L.A. Reid and the show's 4th judge Demi Lovato (pictured hovering awkwardly over Simon's shoulder).
Simon included a message with the pic -- "Can't believe it's finally happened. Very exciting!"
FOX just made the announcement at the Upfronts in NYC -- where advertisers vie for commercial airtime on TV shows "up front" ... several months before the shows actually premiere.
As we reported, negotiations between Britney and "X Factor" honchos went right down to the wire. Britney's conservators -- her fiance Jason Trawick and her dad Jamie Spears -- signed the $15 million deal on her behalf.
Demi signed her deal immediately before Upfronts as well. It's unclear how much she's getting paid ... but it's fair to assume her paycheck's gonna weigh a lot less than Britney's.
Sex Tape Being Shopped
5/13/2012 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A sex tape which is said to feature male supermodel Tyson Beckford is being shopped around the adult entertainment community ... TMZ has learned.
Sources tell us ... the seller insists the 45-minute tape shows the former Polo model pleasuring himself during a recent Internet video chat with a female model.
We're told ... during the chat session, Tyson makes references to some of the movies he's appeared in ... and talks about some of his co-stars.
Sources say Beckford also reveals one of his pet peeves -- being mistaken for Tyrese Gibson.
A rep for Beckford tells TMZ ... the model's camp has not seen the footage and will not release a statement until they can view the material that's being shopped.
Gives Birth to Baby Girl
5/1/2012 10:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Jessica Simpson baby countdown is finally over -- because she just gave birth to a bouncing baby girl ... who weighed 9 pounds 13 ounces and measured in at 21.75 inches!!!
The kid's name is Maxwell Drew Johnson -- which is pretty normal by celebrity baby naming standards.
Jessica and her fiance Eric Johnson decided to use the name Drew because it's Jessica's mother's maiden name.
Jess just released a statement on her website ... saying, "Eric and I are elated to announce the birth of our baby girl Maxwell Drew Johnson."
"We are so grateful for all of the love, support and prayers we have received. This has been the greatest experience of our lives."
Files for Bankruptcy
4/30/2012 12:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We all saw it coming -- Octomom has filed for bankruptcy ... TMZ has learned.
Nadya Suleman filed for Chapter 7 today in federal court -- a month after going on welfare -- meaning she's hopelessly buried in a mountain of debt.
Chapter 7 is the most serious form of bankruptcy -- it's basically when you go belly up -- something Octo is well-familiar with.
The legal docs we obtained do not specify her creditors or how much she owes -- but it's pretty clear ... she's dead broke.
'Basketball Wives' -- Nia Crooks
Charged with Battery
for Insane Slap Attack
4/20/2012 3:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Basketball Wives" star Nia Crooks has been charged with misdemeanor battery for pimp slappin' the taste out of Jennifer Williams' mouth back in January ... TMZ has learned.
A rep for the Broward County State's Attorney's Office tells us ... officials decided to file the charge on April 10 ... after Williams filed a criminal complaint.
If convicted, Nia faces up to a year in the slammer.
During the incident, which aired on last week's episode of "Basketball Wives" -- Nia can be heard threatening to slap Jennifer ... to which Jennifer replied, "I wish you would." Her wish was granted.
4:39 PM PST -- Nia's lawyer Marc David Seitles tells TMZ ... "We will vigorously defend Nia against these charges. The women on the show executed contracts expressly accepting the risk that a physical altercation could occur."
The lawyer adds, "Given that Jennifer herself has previously instigated fights on the show, to cry foul now is absurd and a desperate attempt for publicity and money. We will fight until Nia is vindicated."
In Nightclub Fight Sequel!!!
4/19/2012 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan returned to the scene of the (alleged) crime!!! We've learned she showed up at The Standard Hotel on the Sunset Strip Wednesday night ... went to Smoke and Mirrors, the same nightclub where she allegedly pushed a woman 2 weeks ago, and got into it with ANOTHER woman ... and it ended with LiLo on the receiving end of a flying drink.
Here's how it went down. Lindsay's friend drove her car to the hotel -- LiLo was in the passenger seat. The driver pulled into the parking garage and hit another car. Witnesses say Lindsay then called her dad, Michael, for help, and he dutifully showed up.
So what did Michael do? He took Lindsay inside the club and the two hung out for hours ... we're told without any alcohol.
Around closing time, a woman in the booth next to theirs made a snide comment about Lindsay showing up with her dad. Lindsay then got up and screamed at the woman, "Shut the f**k up." We're told that's when the drink drenched the actress.
We're told Michael then grabbed his daughter and made a beeline for the door.
Bar Refaeli Unloads on
Handsy Airport Screener --
You MUST Be a Lesbian
4/17/2012 8:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Supermodel Bar Refaeli claims she feels violated after a screening by a female airport security worker in London this morning ... saying the incident "left no doubt about her sexual preferences."
Bar -- who didn't specify which airport she was at -- just vented about the incident on Twitter ... saying, "I got a security 'patdown' by a woman at the airport that made me feel very uncomfortable and left no doubt about her sexual preferences."
It's not the first time a hot-bodied celebrity has accused airport security of crossing the line during a screening ... just last year, Cheryl Burke claimed a TSA agent got extremely hands-on around her crotch.
In Martha's Vineyard
4/10/2012 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jim Belushi just learned a valuable lesson -- don't fly into Martha's Vineyard with a fat ass joint in your pocket ... unless you wanna lose it.
Sources tell TMZ, Jim was at the uppity Martha's Vineyard airport on Friday -- when TSA agents discovered a marijuana cigarette on the actor's person.
We're told Jim tried to justify his pot by brandishing his California medical marijuana card -- but he quickly learned ... medical marijuana cards don't mean jack in Massachusetts.
We're told the West Tisbury Police were notified ... but since the amount was so small -- and marijuana possession has been decriminalized in Massachusetts -- cops just confiscated the drug and let Jim off with a warning.
Total buzz kill. Calls to Jim's camp were not returned.
FINISHED in Dallas
4/9/2012 7:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Stick a fork in Lamar Odom ... 'cause he's officially DONE in Dallas.
Odom released a statement explaining he will "step away from the team" ... effective immediately.
He added, "I'm sorry that things didn't work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs' organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship."
According to ESPN, Odom will leave the team ASAP ... but he will not be cut.
Instead, Odom will be listed as "inactive" for the rest of the season ... which means he could still be traded after the season.
Odom has been downright atrocious this season -- he's put up career low numbers and just hasn't appeared motivated on the court.
Sucks even worse for his wife Khloe Kardashian ... because the couple had just leased a condo in Dallas and had planned to begin shooting footage for the family reality show.
in Nightclub Altercation
4/8/2012 11:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan has been off formal probation for less than two weeks and she's already being accused of getting into an altercation with a woman in a nightclub earlier this week ... TMZ has learned.
According to our sources, a woman filed an incident report ALLEGING BATTERY with the West Hollywood Sheriff's Department last night. We're told the woman claims Lindsay got into it with her at a nightclub on Thursday night. She claims Lindsay did not like the fact she was talking to a male friend of LiLo's ... and began pushing and shoving her.
Law enforcement sources say they will investigate the woman's claims -- like they would any other incident like this -- to determine their validity.
Lindsay's rep, Steve Honig, tells TMZ, "Lindsay was absolutely not involved in any sort of altercation whatsoever. This is clearly another case of someone looking for money and 15 minutes of fame."