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Dr. David Dao's Lawyer Repping Mom from American Airlines 'Her Concern Was Her Child'

4/24/2017 7:45 AM PDT

Dr. David Dao's lawyer from the United incident is now on board for the mom from the American Airlines incident, but it sounds like this one ain't going to court.

Attorney Tom Demetrio went on "Today" Monday morning to announce he's representing her, and clarifies she was not actually struck by the stroller, but says the flight attendant came damn close to hitting his client's baby.

He admits the fact that neither mother nor child were actually struck means a lawsuit probably won't happen. As we reported, American suspended the employee, apologized for his actions and upgraded the mother to first class for the remainder of her trip to Argentina.

Meanwhile, Demetrio says Dr. Dao is still hurt from the United confrontation, and confirms what we already suspected ... they're filing suit.

April the Giraffe Live Stream ... By the Numbers

4/21/2017 12:50 AM PDT

April the Giraffe's live viewing party is hours away from coming to an end, but when the lights go out, the final numbers for the 2 month long Internet sensation will be staggering.

The Animal Adventure Park in NY is cutting the live stream Friday at 4:30 PM ET ... and it's already had nearly 273 MILLION viewers since it started on February 10.

Total minutes spent watching -- and mostly waiting for April to give birth -- is 8 BILLION minutes worldwide. We're told 1.2 million people were watching when she finally did squeeze out her calf last weekend.

Make no mistake ... April made history, because YouTube tells us her channel is the second most live-viewed ever. Only League of Legends eSports channel has more, and you don't get the miracle of life watching that!

The big winner here is obviously Toys 'R' Us -- which came on as a sponsor, pre-birth.

Peace out, April. Thanks for mammaries memories!

Starbucks Barista Not Getting Fired Post-Frappuccino Trashing

4/21/2017 12:30 AM PDT

The Starbucks barista who blasted his company's glitter-coated sensation -- the Unicorn Frapp -- is NOT getting canned, and is actually getting a promotion of sorts.

Our Starbucks sources say Braden Burson will not be disciplined by bosses at the Colorado shop where he works -- despite his social media bitching about too many people ordering the beverage he calls a nightmare to make.

In fact, a rep for the company told us the brass is interested in hearing more of Braden's feedback to improve the experience for customers and employees. It sounds too good to be true: Trash your employer's product, then get invited to chat with the bosses?

We're a bit skeptical too ... especially since Braden's video has all the markings of a brilliant viral ad campaign. BTW, he's since deleted the vid ... another common viral strategy. 

But if people keep ordering the new frapp, and he keeps complaining ... who knows? Kid could make VP before he's 20!

Betsy DeVos Sec. of 'Educatuon' ... White House Trollin'?

4/17/2017 3:20 PM PDT

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos got a new title Monday, courtesy of a seriously ironic White House flub ... and we'd like to believe we're being trolled. No, we HOPE we're being trolled.

The White House posted a pic of DeVos reading to a bunch of kids at the annual Easter Egg Roll, but labeled her "Secretary of Educatuon" in the caption.

Of course, the Internet's been going off in the comments, but this is hardly the first typo in White House press releases under the Trump administration. Is someone just having a laugh, or ... 


'Survivor' Outing 'ANTM' Alum Backs Zeke Trans Has Nothing to Do with His Game

4/15/2017 12:30 AM PDT

Transgender model Isis King is taking a strong stance in support of 'Survivor' contestant Zeke Smith after his televised outing, because she went through the same thing on "America's Next Top Model."

Isis was the first transgender contestant on 'ANTM' in 2008. She was outed on TV, and some rival models refused to acknowledge her transition. Tyra later funded her reassignment surgery.

Isis says Jeff Varner put unfair pressure on Zeke, especially because his being trans had NOTHING to do with winning or losing 'Survivor.'

She did say there's ONE situation where it's relevant, and we highly doubt it applies to tribal council.

Rosa Parks' Niece Disgraceful to Compare Dao to My History-Changing Aunt!!

4/14/2017 12:40 AM PDT

Rosa Parks changed the course of American history while Dr. David Dao MIGHT change United Airlines' policy, so it's insulting to compare them at all ... so says Rosa's niece.

Urana McCauley tells TMZ what happened to Dao on the United flight is wrong and unfortunate, but it's by no means even remotely close to what her aunt endured as a civil rights pioneer.

Dao's attorney raised a lot of eyebrows Thursday when he quoted a supporter who called Dao the "modern day Asian" version of Parks.

The analogy bombed at the news conference, and ditto with Urana ... who makes a compelling case here for it to NEVER happen again.

United Passenger Dr. David Dao Attorney Raises Rosa Parks Comparison

4/13/2017 10:27 AM PDT

Dr. David Dao's attorney dared to go there ... bringing up a comparison of Dao's brutal removal from a United flight to the plight of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

It happened during the nearly hour long news conference in Chicago -- Tom Demetrio mentioned an email from a Dao supporter, who suggested the doctor is the "modern day Asian" version of the great Rosa Parks.

Now, Demetrio was quick to distance himself from that remark, but still -- there's clearly a reason he mentioned it in the first place.

The question ... did it backfire?

United Passenger David Dao Lawyers Speak as Lawsuit Looms

4/13/2017 12:50 AM PDT

United passenger David Dao is pulling out the heavy artillery Thursday as his lawyers and daughter get in front of reporters, and there's a likelihood they will announce a lawsuit against United and the city of Chicago.

Dao's daughter will speak to reporters at 10 AM CT, along with Dao's lawyers. One lawyer is especially significant -- Tom Demetrio, a renowned aviation lawyer who has handled scores of personal injury cases related to airline mishaps.

Demetrio -- the former Prez of the Chicago Bar Ass'n -- filed legal docs Wednesday, asking a judge to order United to retain all videos, cockpit voice recordings, passenger and crew lists, incident reports, police documents related to the incident, and personnel files for the officers involved in removing Dao.

The documents are a prelude to a lawsuit, and it's virtually certain the 2 law firms Dao hired were retained to go after United and the city, which operates the Chicago Dept. of Aviation.

We're told a lawsuit is certain, unless United and the City of Chicago ante up a big check, but that's unlikely. 

TMZ will live stream the news conference.

Wall Street Statue Creator 'Fearless Girl' Statue Is Messing with My Bull! Wants NYC to Get the Horns

4/12/2017 1:50 PM PDT
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The guy who created Wall Street's "Charging Bull" says the neighboring "Fearless Girl" statue is screwing with his art, and he's demanding NYC pay him for his trouble.

Sculptor Arturo Di Modica is really pissed about the location of "Fearless Girl" and fired off a pretty threatening letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio. In the letter, obtained by TMZ, he says he was never consulted about the new art piece, despite the fact it's clearly capitalizing on its proximity to the 'Bull.'

He believes she was made out of bronze to make her seem like she's packaged with the 'Bull.' Arturo's not down with that because he says it now seems like his 'Bull' is attacking a child.

Furthermore, Arturo notes the people behind 'FG' know they're taking advantage of his art piece because their original promotion said where she was placed "made her impossible to ignore."

He wants her immediately moved and he wants the city to pay him an undetermined amount in damages. Arturo says he wants to settle this amicably, but we smell lawsuit.

As for Bill de Blasio -- he's making it clear he stands behind "Fearless Girl." And that's no bull.

United Passenger David Dao Asks Judge to Preserve All Video of Incident

4/12/2017 12:31 PM PDT

David Dao is making his first legal move against United ... demanding the airline preserve all evidence related to his bloody incident.

TMZ has learned the doctor's lawyers filed documents in a Chicago court demanding United preserve all surveillance video on board the flight, the cockpit voice recording, the passenger list, the crew list and all incident reports United prepared.

Dao and his attorneys also want all police documents relating to the incident, United protocols regarding removing passengers and personnel files of the officers who dragged Dao.

This is clearly a prelude to the lawsuit he said he'd file against the airline ... and now, most likely, the city of Chicago too.

2:00 PM PT -- Chicago Dept. of Aviation has placed 2 more officers on administrative leave until further notice as part of its ongoing review of the Dao incident. One had already been suspended.

Charlie Murphy Thanks for the Laughs

4/12/2017 10:49 AM PDT

Charlie Murphy's legacy of being a seriously funny guy is being remembered in all sorts of ways by his friends including Chris Rock, Gabrielle Union, MC Hammer and many more ...

United Flight Attendants Dao's Injuries Easily Preventable IF Cops Knew Better

4/12/2017 9:20 AM PDT

United flight attendants are shocked David Dao was brutalized and bloodied because police could have prevented any injury if they had a clue about the plane they boarded.

We spoke to several United employees who say the officers should have known the armrests on those seats are movable. Remember, Dao's head slammed into the armrest, causing at least some of his injuries.

The flight attendants point out the cops could have effortlessly lifted the armrest before forcibly removing Dao ... who appeared to get hung up on the middle seat armrests before hitting the one on the aisle.

The employees we spoke to made it clear they believe Dao should've been removed, but they're fuming at how it was handled.

United's CEO says they're reviewing its procedures in these situations, but flight attendants think it's the police who need more training. 

United Airlines Passenger Taunts Cops ... Drag Me Off the Plane

4/12/2017 6:23 AM PDT

The United passenger who was bloodied and dragged off a jet by cops dared the officers to drag him off the plane and take him to jail.

David Dao was confronted by officers at O'Hare Airport when he refused to get off the plane. You hear him say, "I won't go. I'm physician, have to work tomorrow, 8 o'clock."

He threatens to sue United and even says to the cops, if they take him to jail, so be it.