CNN is being sued by 2 EMTs who claim one of the network's reporters bit them in a drunken rage.
Arwa Damon -- the Beirut-based senior international correspondent for CNN -- was in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad back in July. According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- she became "seriously intoxicated" and became unruly and violent.
Authorities arrived and according to the suit ... EMTs Tracy Lamar and Charles Simons were trying to help Damon when the correspondent bit both on their left arms. Simons also claims his knees and elbows were injured. Lamar says she was also bruised.
The suit claims while the EMTs were providing assistance ... Damon played the famous card, saying she was a "major reporter for CNN."
The suit claims CNN knew Damon had a history of becoming drunk and abusive, and had a penchant for violence, even when sober.
Lamar and Simons are each suing CNN and Damon for $1 million.
We contacted CNN ... so far now word back.
Now He's Hanging Out With ...
7/30/2014 12:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
In search of someone who could help protect him should Orlando Bloom strike again, Justin Bieber hung out Wednesday on a yacht in Ibiza with none other than Michelle Rodriguez.
There's nothing romantic going on here -- at least not in these photos -- and besides ... MRod's been hanging with a completely different skinny and often shirtless guy in Zac Efron.
If it came down to it, we feel pretty confident Rodriguez could take Bloom ... and Bieber ... and even Efron in a fight.
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.
I Might Have Deuced
During My Port-a-Potty Rap
7/24/2014 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Action Bronson finally reveals the big secret ... what he did behind closed doors -- specifically, whether he dropped a deuce during his infamous port-a-potty rap performance?
TMZ posted the epic clip ... showing the "Shiraz" rapper ducking into a port-a-potty during his performance at the Ottawa Bluesfest ... and not missing a beat.
In addition to addressing #1/#2 matters, he also unveiled his plan for topping that stunt.
It won't be pretty.
Quickie Wedding Reeks of Ex-Fiancé
7/23/2014 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Naya Rivera's marriage to actor Ryan Dorsey came out of nowhere for everyone, except Naya -- who actually co-opted a lot of the ceremony from her planned wedding to Big Sean ... including the date.
Rivera and Dorsey tied the knot in Cabo San Lucas over the weekend. The longtime friends began dating right after Rivera broke off her engagement to rapper Big Sean in April.
According to our sources, the wedding date -- July 19 -- was the exact same date Naya and Sean were supposed to tie the knot. We're told Naya picked the date back in October when she and Sean got engaged.
The similarities don't end there ... according to reports, Rivera was married in a Monique Lhuillier gown -- which our sources say is the same designer of the dress Sean bought for Rivera for their wedding.
One more thing -- Rivera never gave back Sean's engagement ring, according to our sources. However, we don't know if she found a way to re-purpose that.
Ryan Dorsey's dad, Arnold, tells TMZ ... the date of the wedding might have been the same as the Rivera/Big Sean wedding ... but it also happens to be Dorsey's birthday.
Arnold says he found out about the wedding six weeks ago and while he was initially surprised, he said, "We didn’t question him. We are very happy for him. We trusted them and want what they wanted."
Arnold also said the wedding was small, about 12 people total, and consisted of Naya’s family and Ryan’s family.
Distracted Pedestrians ...
Pay Attention or Else ...
7/22/2014 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Diedrich Bader -- from "Napoleon Dynamite" and "The Drew Carey Show" -- has a solution for dealing with cell phone-using pedestrians who don't look where they're going ... and it ain't pretty.
We asked Bader about Washington, D.C. installing special sidewalk lanes for cell phone users -- a social experiment he thinks is bound to fail.
However, DB's got his own plan to handle the situation. Watch the video ... we'd like to think he's kidding. Then again ... his shirt does say "villainous."
7/21/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
DMX is a dog food connoisseur ... appreciating the nuances of dry vs. wet.
The dog-lover/rapper was on his way out of LAX when we asked if he'd ever sampled dog food.
X gave an educated answer from experience. He also had a strong, quick opinion on the healthiest canine food for human consumption.
Enjoy your breakfast!
Hillbilly From 'Deliverance'
I'm Hooking Up With Mema
7/19/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The actor who played a backwoods rapist in "Deliverance" -- famous for his "purdy mouth" line -- may have finally found his true hillbilly love ... right here in Hollywood.
TMZ has learned Herbert "Cowboy" Coward -- who now stars on the TV show, "Hillbilly Blood" -- is going on a blind date with Mema -- the matriarch of Reelz Channel's "Hollywood Hillbillies."
Celebrity manager David Weintraub says he ran into "Cowboy" -- who's still working at age 90 -- last week and offered to set him up with 70-year-old Mema. He says "Cowboy" readily accepted.
Weintraub tells TMZ ... Mema's family fully supports the idea of a redneck romance ... and they've arranged the first date for next month.
We can already hear the banjos.
She's Got a Baby!!
7/18/2014 4:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paris Hilton has a new fashion accessory ... DISPOSABLE BABY!!!
P cradled the infant like a pro at LAX -- just a few minutes ago -- when, for some reason, a very brave parent handed over the kid.
The baby looks to be no more than a few weeks old -- so besides birth, this has to be the most harrowing moment of his life ... though Paris actually shows a bit of maternal instinct here. For a whole 30 seconds.
We can't all get blessed by the Pope, right?
Stars Swappin' Sex
THE GENDER BENDING
7/19/2014 12:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Casey Kasem Body
7/18/2014 12:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Casey Kasem has been dead for more than a month .... yet he's not been buried and now we've learned his body is missing.
Fingers now point in the direction of Casey's widow, Jean. Family sources say Jean took the body from a funeral home the day before a judge ordered her to keep it there so an autopsy could be performed.
The autopsy is crucial to an ongoing criminal investigation targeting Jean. The Santa Monica PD is looking into elder abuse allegations ... that Jean took Casey on a wild, week-long multi-state car ride which caused him to develop bed sores that got infected and contributed to his death.
Jean and Casey's children have been at war for years.
As for where the body is ... no one but Jean seems to know, and no one can find her either. It's interesting ... Jean listed Jerusalem as her address on Casey's death certificate.
Casey's daughter Kerri believes Jean is out of the country.
We reached out to Jean's people. So far no word back.
Man Breaks Into Compound
Looking for Katy Perry
7/16/2014 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
7:10 AM PT -- According to Barnstable Police, LaCroix, who police discovered sitting on a couch and reading a book, told police he entered through an unlocked door. LaCroix also said he had a gift for Perry and was also there to see ... John F. Kennedy.
Cops say that after talking to LaCroix for a few minutes, they realized he "was detached from reality."
A scary moment for the Kennedys at the famed Hyannis Port compound ... a crazy guy entered the house looking for Katy Perry and hung with the clueless 16-year-old grandson of Ted Kennedy.
Barnstable Police tell TMZ ... there was no sign of forced entry. At around 6:30 Tuesday night ... 53-year-old James LaCroix just walked inside and started cooking dinner.
Ted Kennedy Jr. -- who was in Connecticut -- called the home just after 9 PM to check on his teenage son. The intruder answered and the panicked dad called the cops.
When cops arrived they found LaCroix -- still in the kitchen -- and he said he was there looking for Katy Perry.
Cops say Kennedy's son came home in the evening and ran into LaCroix ... but he thought LaCroix was just a house guest.
LaCroix was arrested and charged with breaking and entering.
In 2 weeks the house will be filled with Kennedys ... Cheryl Hines and Robert Kennedy Jr. will tie the knot there.
Hyannisnews.com shot video of LaCroix being led out of the home.
Goes Out a Hero
By Saving Senator's Life
7/15/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Only question now is -- how quickly does crown-wearing creep Jughead put the moves on Veronica? AND Betty for that matter!