A Los Angeles man claims he suffers from terrifying nightmares and even faint noises drive him insane ... all because of a Hollywood movie shoot in his hood.
John Drinkwater claims in a new lawsuit ... 20th Century Fox invaded his Sherman Oaks neighborhood for a few days last March to shoot a TV pilot … but the production became an assault with sounds of gunshots and screeching car chases.
Drinkwater says the film crews may be gone, but not in his head. He says he has debilitating nightmares, describing one as "film companies coming into [my] house at night, making lots of noise and refusing to leave."
Drinkwater says it doesn't end with bad dreams. He says the fear of film crews coming back sends him into panic attacks, whenever he sees "an unknown person who looks like they might be part of a film crew."
Drinkwater claims he now has PTSD ... and his doctor both diagnosed it and traces it back to the FOX shoot.
And this very sensitive guy also says he has a hearing disorder and now suffers from phonophobia -- a fear of loud sounds -- and blames it on the movie shoot.
Need for a Mechanic
3/7/2014 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Talk about worst timing ever -- Aaron Paul's badass vintage ride OVERHEATED Thursday night outside the Hollywood premiere for "Need for Speed" ... a movie that's supposed to be about gearhead street racers ... you know, car experts.
The video is pretty fantastic -- Aaron handles the whole situation like a boss, laughing his ass off as steam billows out of his engine just feet away from the red carpet. His wife on the other hand ... she doesn't take it so well.
FYI, the car is a 1969 Ford Torino GT. Jesse Pinkman would approve.
MJ's Alleged Son
DNA Test Results Are Bogus
Ripped from 'Terminator'
3/7/2014 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Here's a shocker -- the DNA test results that allegedly prove 31-year-old Brandon Howard is Michael Jackson's son are BOGUS ... in fact, so bogus ... the logo from the so-called DNA testing lab was ripped from "Terminator Salvation."
As we reported, FilmOn.com's Alki David put on a spectacle Thursday -- claiming he had DNA results proving singer B Howard was the biological son of the King of Pop. He then produced the results showing a "99.99999%" probability that MJ was Brandon's dad.
TMZ obtained a photo of the DNA doc -- allegedly from a testing facility in Ireland called "DNA Lab." We searched high and low but could find no such generic DNA lab in Ireland.
Skeptical, we investigated -- a simple Google image search of "DNA results" turns up a bunch of sample docs with the same exact easily-stealable format as the one we got.
But the coup de grace -- we then Google image searched "DNA logo" and the first result ... literally ... was the same DNA pic used in the "DNA Lab" logo.
And that's not even the best part -- a reverse image search of the logo shows a bunch of results for "Terminator Salvation." A little more digging revealed the logo was used on PROMOTIONAL T-SHIRTS for the movie.
Can't say we're all that shocked.
Obama Has Nothing But R-S-P-E-C-T For Her
3/7/2014 6:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
President Obama blew one of the most iconic signature lines in the history of music Thursday night ... as he paid homage to Aretha Franklin at The White House.
Obama touted Aretha's iconic song "RESPECT" by calling it "a rallying cry for African-Americans, women, and then everyone who felt marginalized."
Problem is ... he spelled R-E-S-P-E-C-T wrong.
Whether you want to hear it or not, Obama got a pass that George W -- the Bush famous for malaprops -- would never have gotten.
By the way ... after the event -- which honored "women of soul" ... we asked Aretha if there will ever be another A-R-E-T-H-A.
Chicken Is Making Me Crazy Cheese
3/7/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rick Ross isn't just the boss in hip hop -- he's stacking up tons of cash in the chicken biz too ... and it sounds like he's planning a wing takeover.
Rick talked fowl with Arsenio Hall last night ... enlightening the host on how his barber got him hooked on Wingstop chicken -- and reveals lemon pepper was his chosen poison.
Rick says he instantly knew ... "That's not your regular colored chicken" -- which is why he now OWNS a bunch of franchises.
How dedicated is the Maybach Music boss to Wingstop? Back in 2011 ... we got a shot of him outside a Memphis branch ... hours after he'd suffered 2 seizures!
You gotta watch Rick break down his plans for total wing domination.
Move over Colonel.
Skin Specialist to Stars
Arrested in Murder for Hire Plot
3/7/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A skin specialist who once got into an epic feud with Nicki Minaj is now in jail ... arrested for allegedly masterminding a MURDER FOR HIRE plot.
Dawn DaLuise owns her own salon -- Skin Refinery -- in West Hollywood. Another esthetician moved into the same building where DaLuise works and we're told she went ballistic at the threat of competition under her own roof.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... DaLuise allegedly hired a hit man to kill her competitor. Sources tell us ... the would-be hit man is a VERY large, former Detroit Lions player.
We're told someone had loose lips and told an acquaintance about the murder-for-hire plot, and that person went to the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. and blew the whistle.
DaLuise was arrested Wednesday for solicitation to commit murder and is currently being held on $1 million bail.
DaLuise has a huge celeb clientele, including Christian Slater, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Alicia Silverstone and Christina Ricci. She also claims Jennifer Aniston as a client.
Nicki Minaj was once a client, but that didn't go so well. DaLuise waxed Nicki's eyebrows, and Nicki went crazy, saying, "Look what you did to my damn face! You think this s*** is worth $170?!"
As for the arrest ... DaLuise's rep had no comment.
Calle 13 Rapper
Destroys Own Maserati with a Baseball Bat
Wealth Is Killing Hip Hop
3/6/2014 4:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Calle 13 rapper René Pérez Joglar is leading the charge against conspicuous consumption in the hip hop world -- he just beat his own Maserati to pieces and drove it off a cliff ... all to prove the point that money is killing music.
René pulled off the stunt for his new music video "Adentro" -- and if that wasn't cool enough ... baseball legend Willie Mays actually hands him the bat.
Rene tells us, "I bought the Maserati because I myself fell victim to the stereotypes. I thought that once I had a nice house and a nice car that meant I had made it in the entertainment industry."
He adds, "When I started using the car, it made me feel uncomfortable owning it ... because I realized that the car stood for everything that is wrong with society ... Material goods aren't what makes life worthwhile."
The Peeing Video
3/6/2014 7:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber either has a gigantic dong or cops are being overly cautious ... because the jailhouse video of Bieber taking a leak behind bars has an ENORMOUS black bar.
Miami Beach P.D. just released the video ... shot while Bieber was being booked at the jail.
Nine hours of video has already been released, but the judge wanted special care taken for the video showing Bieber peeing -- the judge wanted to make sure cops covered his junk before releasing it.
It's weird ... law enforcement told us they were having problems black-barring the video because Justin's penis was moving around. But the video only shows him walking to the toilet -- possibly with his penis exposed ... but the movement isn't that radical.
Brad Pitt & Spike Lee
3/6/2014 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
This might be the coolest family connection ever -- Brad Pitt and Spike Lee ARE COUSINS ... 12th cousins sure ... BUT STILL!!!
The people over at Geni.com (a genealogy website) just made the bizarre connection -- you can see in the diagram how Brad and Spike are connected 12 generations ago. Basically, Brad's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather was the brother of Spike's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother.
Funny, the above photo of Brad and Spike was taken at the Governors Ball in L.A. earlier this week -- and they had no idea they're family.
Goldilocks Break-In At ATL Mansion
3/6/2014 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A tiny woman somehow got into Justin Bieber's house Wednesday and found her way into a bedroom ... TMZ has learned.
It's a bizarre story. Just after 5 PM, the niece of the guy who is renting his Atlanta Estate to Justin called the cops and said she came home and found "an Asian female" sleeping in one of her bedrooms.
She called the cops and when they arrived they found 5'5", 110 lb Qianying Zhao waiting outside the home and she had quite the story. She said she had met Bieber on Twitter and was visiting him for a birthday party.
Sadly, she said she realized she was too late for the party so she decided to come to his house and wait for him. She said she found an open door and let herself in.
Zhao was arrested for criminal trespass and placed into "double-locked handcuffs" with her hands behind her back.
It's unclear if Justin was home at the time.
9:25 AM PT -- We just got the 911 call. It's pretty hilarious.
I Had Sex with OJ Simpson
3/6/2014 6:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Khloe Kardashian got juiced by OJ ... or so she says ... unless she was kidding.
Khloe guest hosted "Chelsea Lately" Wednesday when she dropped an apocryphal bombshell, telling the audience she "f*****" OJ Simpson.
It seemed like a joke, because she said it on the heels of grousing about false tabloid rumors. But then she said, "because I did f*** him once."
Khloe was 10 during the trial. She was 24 when OJ finally got a dose of justice and landed in prison for kidnapping.
So we gotta ask ...
A Dog-Gone Thief
3/6/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Alanis Morissette claims her housekeeper stole her precious pooch out of revenge and she and her husband are both heartbroken and PISSED.
Alanis' husband, Mario Treadway, filed a lawsuit ... claiming he and Alanis found a stray, 10 lb Chihuahua/Pug mix roaming the streets back in May, 2011. Mario says they did the right thing and took the dog to an animal shelter but no one came to retrieve it.
So Alanis and Mario adopted the pugnacious pooch, which they named Circus.
All was fine until January, when they fired their housekeeper (in rich people's lingo they call it "House Manager"), Maria Garcia.
According to the lawsuit -- filed in L.A. County Superior Court -- Maria wanted Circus as part of her severance, because they claim she had the dog and refused to return it. Maria sent an email to their business manager saying she wanted "ownership" of Circus. Apparently Maria grew attached to the dog because she took care of it while Alanis and her hubby were on the road a lot.
Now Alanis and Mario are out for blood. They're suing Maria, asking for more than $25K and they want the judge to order the return of the dog.
UN-FUN FACT: Under California law dogs are considered property ... so an individual dog is almost never considered so special that a judge would order its return ... the only remedy is money. And that's a sad dog tail.