Lauren Morelli wrote about women falling for women on "Orange is the New Black" ... and says the next thing she knows -- she'a a real life lesbian who dates Poussey ... or the actress who plays her on the show.
Good thing she never wrote for "Dexter."
They Took My Crown
Because I Was an Escort
9/15/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An "America's Next Top Model" contestant says producers snatched her crown AFTER she won it fair and square, because they found out ... she used to be an escort.
Angelea Preston says things started to go South right before she taped the finale of the All-Star season in 2011. According to a lawsuit she's filing ... Preston told producers, confidentially, prior to filming the season she had been an escort for about a year -- and that spread like wildfire to the rest of the cast and crew.
After the finale was taped -- and Preston had won the grand prize -- she says a casting director called and grilled her about the whole escort business. In the suit, Preston says she admitted it, but insists she was a legal escort and not a prostitute. Despite this, Preston was told she had violated her contract and could not be the winner.
Preston says her pay-for-play days were well behind her when she shot the All-Star season, so therefore she did NOT break the contract. She says losing the title cost her a bunch of Vogue spreads, and a $100,000 CoverGirl deal.
She's suing producers, networks, and studios for breach of contract and says she suffered at least $3 million in damages.
BONUS FACT: In the suit, Preston says the models worked in torturous conditions -- like being denied food and water for 10 hours. Yes, a model is complaining about NOT eating.
Jose Canseco's Daughter
I Promise I Won't Do Porn
... For the Next 5 Years
9/15/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jose Canseco has TWO big reasons to be excited for his 17-year-old daughter Josie:
1) she just signed a brand new reality show contract
2) In the deal, she agreed NOT to participate in any X-rated content for the next 5 years!
Josie inked a deal to be on "@SummerBreak" -- a popular YouTube reality show that follows high school kids in L.A. during their summer break.
Because Josie is under 18, she had to file a minor's contract with the L.A. court system to be approved by a judge -- and in the docs it shows she'll get paid a total of $2,600 for her role.
But the docs also show that Josie agreed to a clause which states that for the next 5 years, "she shall not provide services in an 'adult-themed' film or video program or perform onscreen services for any film or video program that is pornographic, involves nudity or graphic violence."
She also agreed to stay away from appearing in content that contains material "derogatory of any race, nationality, ethnic identity, gender or sexual orientation in any media."
It's a bizarre contract for her to sign -- not just because she's a model and racy photo shoots are part of that world -- but because her mother happens to be Jessica Canseco ... aka Playboy's Miss September 2005.
But what happens if Josie breaks the contract after she turns 18? The production company could sue her for the $2,600 … plus other damages -- which could mean big bucks.
We called the Cansecos for comment -- so far, no word back.
'Southland' Star Ben McKenzie
Head Cracked Open
While Filming New 'Gotham' Show
9/14/2014 11:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Southland" star Ben McKenzie accidentally rammed his head into a concrete pillar ... cracking his forehead open while filming the new show "Gotham" -- and the gash is gruesome.
McKenzie -- who plays a young version of Commissioner James Gordon on the Batman-inspired show -- posted the pics online ... and says the whole thing sadly happened on his birthday.
Ben says he hit up New York Presbyterian hospital shortly after and got stitched up by Dr. Sherman.
Good thing it wasn't Dr. Victor Fries (Batman humor.)
'Love & Hip Hop: Hwood' Star
I'm Going Bulletproof
Rap Game is Too Deadly
9/14/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hip hop producer Mally Mall is pimping his sick ride -- not for style, but for safety -- bulletproofing his Maybach because he tells us there's way too much shooting in the biz these days.
The new "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" cast member says he sent his custom whip to Richie Rich at West Coast Customs for what you might call the POTUS treatment -- full bulletproofing AND bombproofing.
Mall says the windows all have double-pane glass (with the holes to return fire if needed) -- and the frame is layered with steel plates. He says the vehicle virtually indestructible now ... though we'd love to see who was dumb brave enough to test it.
As we first told you ... Mally helped squash the Drake-Chris Brown beef -- but he says recent shootings involving Suge Knight and Chris Brown, and backstage at Wiz Khalifa's show ... made him think it's time for security upgrades.
Carpooling with African wild cats doesn't hurt either.
GOOD GENES OR
9/14/2014 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tyler Perry presents a Tyler Perry production of Tyler Perry!
Here's a 36-year-old version of the "Madea" actor at a movie premiere in Los Angeles back in 2005 (left) and nine years later -- a perfectly trimmed version of the movie mogul -- who turns 45-years-old this weekend -- at a Detroit expo earlier this summer (right).
The question is...
'Orange is the New Black'
Writer Files for Divorce
Show Made Me Realize ... I'm a Lesbian!
9/13/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
One of the head writers for "Orange is the New Black" has filed for divorce ... the logical step since she's now realized she's a lesbian and is dating one of the female stars.
Lauren Morelli just filed divorce docs -- obtained by TMZ -- from her husband of 2 years, Steve Basilone. It's actually a joint petition ... probably because Steve realizes that ship has sailed.
The story is amazing. Lauren began writing for OITNB 5 months after she got hitched. Lauren says as she started writing for the main character -- who had once been in a lesbian relationship -- she saw herself in the character. Lauren says she began to feel like a fraud ... married to a man but clearly gay.
According to Lauren ... as she began writing about Piper's blossoming relationship with the very hot Alex ... "I found a mouthpiece for my own desires and a glimmer of what my future could look like."
Enter Samira Wiley -- who plays Poussey. It's Lauren's new GF.
According to divorce docs, it's all very amicable. She gets her Lexus, her apartment and her sapphire engagement ring. He gets the Mazda hatchback.
'Blood, Sweat & Heels' Star
Arrested For Stiffing Cabbie
9/13/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bravo reality star Geneva S. Thomas got nailed in an alleged ride 'n dash ... after cops say she skipped out on an $18 cab fare in NYC.
According to the police report ... the "Blood, Sweat & Heels" cast member was booked Tuesday after a taxi company claimed she took off before paying the driver, and now she faces theft charges.
Law enforcement tells us ... they were able to track down Geneva because the driver took note of the address where he dropped her off -- something they tend to do if you don't pay.
Geneva claims the whole thing is BS and says she's planning to sue the NYPD and the taxi company.
Her attorney tells TMZ ...the cabbie became hostile because Thomas told him she didn't have cash and would have to pay by credit card ... and that he purposely took a longer route to increase the fare. Thomas claims she was the one who called the cops -- who arrested her unjustly.
For now, she has a court date in January. She might want to walk.
Steven Bauer & New GF ...
'A Little on the Creepy Side'
9/12/2014 6:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tim Musomba -- who will appear on Showtime's "Shameless" this coming season -- is calling out a star on Showtime's "Ray Donovan" for being "a little on the creepy side" ... because he's dating a barely legal girl.
Musomba was leaving Mastro's Thursday night when we asked him about the reported romance between the 57-year-old Steven Bauer and 18-year-old Lyda Loudon.
Tim is hilarious ... his first thought is that because this is L.A. ... if you are a fit 57 there's no problem. But then he thinks harder.
You gotta watch the video. It's great.
'Real Housewife' Gets
9/12/2014 12:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pulls the Plug on Rihanna
For Ravens/Steelers Game
9/11/2014 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
CBS has pulled the plug on the musical opening of tonight's "Thursday Night Football" -- and it's very clear it's because they don't want to feature Rihanna in the midst of the Ray Rice scandal.
The opening features Rihanna performing a version of "Run This Town" -- while Don Cheadle introduces the teams and dramatically asks who will "run this town" when the game is over.
But with the Ray Rice scandal in full swing, it's clear CBS didn't want to feature another celebrity who was involved in a high-profile domestic violence incident.
CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus says, "We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone coverage."
The musical opening will be replaced by a discussion of Roger Goodell's recent comments about the Ray Rice incident.
After Dr. Phil Taping
9/11/2014 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'Sons of Guns' star Stephanie Hayden opened up to Dr. Phil about her father allegedly raping her and her sister -- and seconds after the interview she fainted and blacked out.
Stephanie sat down with Dr. Phil last week in Los Angeles -- and sources tell us Stephanie fell unconscious into her husband's arms as she walked away from the interview.
We're told someone called 911, but Stephanie had regained consciousness by the time EMTs arrived.
She had mentioned being stressed about discussing Will Hayden's rape case.
As for the interview ... we're told she divulged details for the first time ... about the abuse she claims to have suffered.
The interview airs Thursday. Her father remains behind bars.
'Couples Therapy' Host
Janay Should DIVORCE Ray Rice
9/11/2014 10:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Janay Rice is making a HUGE mistake by staying with her husband after the elevator attack -- so says the host of VH1's "Couples Therapy."
We spoke with Dr. Jenn Berman -- who says she has an extensive background in domestic violence cases -- and she tells us she was particularly horrified by the Ray Rice footage.
Berman also says while it's good that Ray and Janay seek help -- it's important that they each have SEPARATE counseling sessions .. so that Janay can be open and honest without fear.
As for whether Janay should forgive Ray for the attack -- Berman is clear, "I think you can forgive someone and not have to be in a relationship with them."