Lisa Vanderpump's famous Bev Hills restaurant Villa Blanca has been hit again with a sexual harassment suit.
Pastry chef Martha Diaz filed a lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- in which she claims her manager touched her vagina, called her a fat, ugly whore, showed her porn on his phone and left pornographic pics in her locker.
Diaz claims she complained to upper management and does not mention the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star by name, although she does say she complained to "upper management and ownership."
The manager who allegedly harassed Diaz is different from the one who was the subject of a prior Villa Blanca lawsuit. In that case the court ruled in favor of the manager but for some reason socked the restaurant with a $100,000 punitive damages tab.
I'm A Fugitive From Justice
8/1/2014 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short seems to be making it clear ... he will NOT come back to the U.S. to fight his multiple criminal cases -- and he is thumbing his nose at the United States justice system.
Columbus was in Barbados yesterday when he told the crowd he's packing his bags and moving there for good ... Mind you, there's an active arrest warrant after he failed to show earlier this week in his domestic case.
Columbus has had 4 run-ins with the law in the last 5 months ... and aggressively spoke about his disdain for the people who are accusing him of wrongdoing.
Also, he can not be extradited from Barbados since the crimes against him are all misdemeanors.
'Ice Road Truckers' Star
Arrested for Devil May Hair Care
8/1/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Ice Road Truckers" star Tim Zickuhr is clearly a guy who cares about his hair ... his fetish for follicles got him arrested ... and it's only the 2nd weirdest thing he was busted for this year.
Cops tell us ... they responded to a disturbance call earlier this month at a pet hotel in San Dimas ... and found a drunken Zickuhr arguing with an employee and demanding they pony up his pooch. Turns out he doesn't even have a dog.
Cops couldn't help but notice Zickuhr had a shopping cart ... filled with Rogaine, hair straightener, shampoo, a hairbrush and an assortment of booze. Police were understandably suspicious because the errant items were laying in the Albertson's cart -- no bag, no receipt.
Police went to the nearby grocery store, determined he stole the items and arrested him for shoplifting. Zickuhr spent 3 days in the pokey.
The arrest still doesn't compare to Tim's arrest back in April -- allegedly involving a hooker, kidnapping and waterboarding. Maybe let Tim tell it ...
'Sons of Guns'
Over Insane Machine Gun
8/1/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Federal agents had to swoop in to help the high-caliber cowboys from Discovery's "Sons of Guns" locate a shipment of weapons -- including one incredibly destructive machine gun -- that got lost in the mail.
TMZ has learned the gun shop on the show -- Red Jacket Firearms -- recently sent some of their custom machine guns from Baton Rouge to Las Vegas for an event. One of the guns is nicknamed "Master Blaster" for good reason -- it combines a Saiga 12 gauge shotgun with a MAC-11 sub-machine gun!
Sources connected to RJF tell us some of the guns were leased from third parties, and when RJF's shipment back to Baton Rouge got delayed ... the owner of the weapons got pissed and snitched to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
We're told the owner reported the guns as missing, and ATF agents sprung into action to locate the weapons -- which are legal and licensed.
Turns out it was just a normal mail snafu -- however, we're told production on the TV show was halted until they got the all clear the guns were safe and sound.
Boys and their toys.
'Sharknado 2' Was Cool
But 3 Is Gonna Be ...
8/1/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'Party Down South' Star
CLEARED Of Rape Allegation
7/31/2014 12:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Party Down South" star Ryan "Daddy" Richards was investigated for rape and CLEARED ... after cops viewed 20 hours of videotape.
A woman partied with the cast in Athens, GA in April ... first in a local bar and then in a house the show rented. She reportedly told police someone gave her an already opened beer and that's all she remembered. She says the next thing she knew she was naked under a bed sheet with a camera in her face.
The police report lists Richards as a suspect, but we've now obtained documents which make it clear ... after an investigation cops concluded the allegation is unfounded.
Show sources tell us after reviewing 20 hours of footage -- along with interviewing cast and crew -- cops determined she was conscious and partying along with everyone else.
As for why the case was pursued ... the woman went to the hospital the day after the party and a nurse concluded there was evidence of sexual assault.
But the police investigation proved otherwise ... so case closed.
Partying in the Caribbean
7/31/2014 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This picture may be enough to put Columbus Short behind bars.
Short chose the Caribbean over court Wednesday. He had been ordered to appear before a judge in his domestic violence case but was a no show. The judge issued an arrest warrant.
Lo and behold ... Columbus was living large at a festival called Fantasy Barbados ... a Mardi-Gras-like celebration.
Nation News on the island got what could be the smoking gun for the judge ... surely enough to throw the book at the former "Scandal" star.
Threatening Punch to the Face
7/31/2014 6:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Roberts was the target of a man who threatened to punch her in the face for not paying a debt ... and now he's behind bars.
43-year-old Troy Warren was arrested Monday after showing up at the GMA studio eight times between June 10 and June 24. A security officer told NYPD ... Warren threatened to punch Robin in the face because she owed him money.
Warren has been charged with misdemeanor stalking and harassment.
A homeless man with a knife showed up to the same Times Square studio on July 1 and threatened Michael Strahan. He was subdued by security before getting near Strahan.
Barks at 'Homeboy' Obama ...
FIX Vets' Medical Problems
7/31/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An animated Montel Williams pounded his chest, and launched into an epic rant ... calling out President Barack Obama for failing to respond to his petition to fix the VA hospital crisis.
Montel -- a 22-year military vet and staunch supporter of our troops -- was pointing fingers straight at the White House ... getting visibly upset about Obama's lack of action to help vets.
Montel's not messing around -- his petition has over 100,000 signatures.
He officially puts the Prez on blast in this clip ... looking into our camera and shouting, "Sign the papers, homeboy."
Your move, Homie-in-Chief.
Shark Tank's Daymond John
I Struck Out on $20 Million Pitch
7/30/2014 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We asked Daymond a bunch of questions about Sharking and Sharknadoing -- he's in the sequel premiering tonight -- and he confessed to a bonehead decision about a product. One that's made fellow 'Shark' Lori Grenier a ton o' cash.
As for his "Sharknado" scene ... Daymond says don't blink, cause y'know how black guys fare in horror flicks.
Other revelations? His favorite 'Shark' product, the stupidest one -- and why celebs keep investing in booze. Brutal honesty at its best.
Judge Wants Him Cuffed
Arrest Warrant Issued
7/30/2014 12:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short may not be wanted anymore on "Scandal" ... but he's still a wanted man -- as in there's now a warrant out for his arrest.
Short was ordered to show Wednesday morning in criminal court for a hearing in his domestic violence case. His wife was asking the judge for more protection from the actor, who is mired in legal trouble.
But Columbus wasn't there, so the judge issued a bench warrant.
Here's the interesting twist. The day before he was a no-show in a different criminal case. The judge threatened to issue a warrant and Columbus suddenly appeared.
We asked Columbus Tuesday about his belated court appearance. Check out his reaction.
'Big Brother Israel'
The Show Continues ...
With Bomb Shelters
7/30/2014 7:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Brother Israel" house guests have MUCH more to worry about than eviction -- producers have them running into a bomb shelter when the violence between Israel and Palestine gets particularly dangerous.
The show has not stopped production since fighting escalated earlier this month, and has actually installed alarms in the house that alert house guests to seek shelter. They sounded twice during the first week of use.
In one instance, contestants were seen scrambling throughout the house and into the safe area.
It's a clear relaxing of the rules that normally cut off contestants from the outside world -- but clearly a necessary change.
Yeah, Brandon and I Kissed, But ...
7/30/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian and step-bro Brandon Jenner had an illicit make-out session ... so intimated Brody Jenner, but in reality we've learned there's less here than meets the eye.
Our Kardashian archival sources tell us ... the "kiss" went down when Kim was around 11 and Brandon was 12. Fact is ... Kris and Bruce weren't even married at the time, but they were dating.
The kiss was part of a Truth or Dare game, and it was more like a peck on the lips.
Wow ... Kim learned a lot since she was 11.