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Michael Rapaport Mile-High Hero ... Saves Airplane from Emergency Situation

6/23/2018 11:24 AM PDT
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12:25 PM PT -- Sources close to American Airlines tell us ... airport authorities and FBI spoke to the passenger who tried to open the emergency door, and determined he really was confused ... so they let him go. We're told he continued on a flight from L.A. to Vietnam to visit his mother, who is ill.

Michael Rapaport sprung to action and stopped a guy who was trying to open the emergency door on an airplane mid-flight ... according to another passenger.

Fox Sports director Ted Kenney tweeted about ordeal, saying he was on a flight to L.A. from Houston early Saturday morning when he heard a commotion several rows ahead, and saw the "Atypical" actor jump out of his seat and rush toward a guy yelling, "What the f*** are you doing?!"

Kenney says by the time he and a couple BIG3 players who were also on the flight ran up, Michael had the guy by the collar and pulled him away from the emergency door. He told the crew the guy was trying to open it.

The man's excuse -- allegedly -- was he thought it was the bathroom door.

Rapaport also took to Twitter to joke about the scary incident, giving a shout-out to ballers, Glen 'Big Baby' Davis and Baron Davis for helping diffuse the situation, as well.

The crew was returning from Houston from the opening night of the second season of the BIG3 league.

And Rapaport comes away from the trip with a couple new nicknames -- Air Marshal Mike ... and Michael RapaPort Authority.

Lenny Dykstra Uber Driver In Trouble with Cops ... Over Ride with MLB Star

6/8/2018 6:24 AM PDT
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Lenny Dykstra claims he was essentially kidnapped by an erratic Uber driver -- and now, we've learned the driver's been hit with a criminal charge.   

The night in question (May 23) is the same evening Dykstra was arrested in NJ for allegedly threatening to shoot the driver when cops say they also found Dykstra in possession of weed, cocaine and ecstasy. 

The driver had claimed Lenny asked to change destinations in the middle of the ride and when the driver refused, Lenny flipped out and threatened to shoot him. 

But, Dykstra says that's B.S. -- admitting he did ask to change locations, but it was the DRIVER who flipped out ... locking the doors and driving 100 mph in the wrong direction. 

Dykstra says the driver eventually pulled up in front of a police station -- where Lenny claims the driver lied to cops about what really happened. 

Cops investigated and according to court documents, the driver has been hit with 1 count of false imprisonment. 

Lenny says he was afraid for his life and called 911 several times from the back seat. Lenny says when the driver realized he was talking with police, the driver freaked out even more. 

Dykstra's charges have not been dropped -- but now, it seems both the driver and the passenger could go down together in what may be considered as one of the most bizarre Uber rides ever. 

8:40AM PT  -- Dykstra and his attorney Matthew Blit held a news conference this morning in NYC .. where they described the incident. Lenny says he was kidnapped by the driver and was in fear for his life.

"I literally thought this guy was going to kill me."

Off-Duty FBI Agent Accidentally Shoots Someone ... While Dancing at Club

6/3/2018 10:41 AM PDT

An off-duty FBI agent accidentally shot someone at a night club in Denver after his gun fell out of his holster and went off while dancing ... but luckily the victim seems to be OK.

The unnamed agent was getting his groove on early Saturday morning at Mile High Spirits in Denver, CO, when he decided to do a backflip that made his gun fall loose on the floor.

He went to pick it up ... and mistakenly fired a round, according to local police. One man was hit in the lower leg and was hospitalized -- but cops say he's expected to recover.

The man has not been charged with a crime yet -- he was taken to police headquarters and eventually released to an FBI supervisor. The D.A. will decide whether or not to prosecute.

Hurricane Sandy Blows Jersey Shore Co.'s Sign All the way to France!!

6/1/2018 10:52 AM PDT

This story will blow your mind.

There's a real estate company on the Jersey Shore claiming its company has gone global after -- get this -- one of its signs washed up in France SIX YEARS after Hurricane Sandy blew it into the Atlantic Ocean.

Crazy, right?

The folks over at Diane Turton, Realtors in Point Pleasant, NJ posted on Facebook that a man named Hannes Frank stumbled upon the sign on the shores of France a couple weeks ago. The company confirmed the sign is theirs and say it was from a waterfront listing back in 2012.

But, then came Hurricane Sandy. The house survived but the sign was ripped apart ... ultimately landing in the ocean and floating across more than 3,500 miles.

The company had a good laugh about it, saying, "Having our signage wash up in France on the beach truly proves that Diane Turton, Realtors is a global real estate company."

Impressionnant!

Southwest Airlines Investigating Alleged In-Flight Masturbater

5/29/2018 5:59 PM PDT
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There was a possible hijacking on-board a Southwest Airlines flight ... and by that we mean some dude allegedly whacked off to porn on a plane. 

Southwest was alerted by a female passenger who says she spent her entire flight from Las Vegas to Philadelphia "sitting next to a guy who has his iPad open on the tray table, watching porn, WITHOUT using headphones or anything."

The passenger added, "Twice now his body has started shaking in the throes of his orgasmic bliss. I’m so disgusted."

According to the passenger, the alleged dirtbag whipped out his penis in plain sight, ejaculated into a cocktail napkin and then handed it to a flight attendant to throw away. 

"There’s no way your staff working on this flight haven’t witnessed what’s been happening," the woman said. 

A rep for Southwest replied to the passenger on Twitter -- telling the woman to alert a flight attendant -- but the passenger refused because she felt it would put her "at risk." 

Southwest then told the woman to speak with a crew member after the flight landed. The passenger did not like that plan either. 

"Fine. I will stay aboard until everyone else gets off the flight, continuing the torture, because that’s exactly what someone who is being assaulted like this wants to do."

Southwest followed up with the passenger, saying, "I'm so sorry you had such an unpleasant flight, especially since you feel we should have done more to address this situation."

We spoke to the female passenger who tells us, upon landing, she waited in her seat to speak with the crew. She says the alleged masturbater waited a little while as well, then finally patted her on the head, said, "Hope you enjoyed the show" and left.

The female passenger says she spoke with the plane's crew who referred her to a local supervisor who could only offer her a dinner voucher. She's now in contact with SW's honchos. 

A rep for the airline tells us, "We're looking into reports that a Customer was viewing material deemed inappropriate by another Customer. At this time we have nothing further to share."

Southwest also said the incident report has been kicked up the chain to senior leadership. 

30-Yr-old Evictee Michael Rotondo Gets Job Offer ... Screw Your Folks, Be a Camguy!!!

5/24/2018 12:50 AM PDT
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Michael Rotondo's parents suing to get him evicted from their home is opening the door for the 30-year-old to get a job, right alongside the likes of Farrah Abraham ... TMZ has learned.

The day after his family court battle made headlines ... Rotondo, the so-called "layabout millennial," got a letter from online cam site, CamSoda. In the letter, obtained by TMZ, the company first offered Michael condolences on losing the eviction case -- then offered him a paying gig in its "LifeStream" program.

Keep in mind, CamSoda made its name as the site where porn stars do online camming -- but fear not, Michael's job would be fully clothed. According to the letter, the program "allows people to livestream their candid lives 24/7."

Michael would get $1,000/month for up to 6 months, if he accepts.

The company suggests he use the dough to pay rent on a place of his own, and to show his parents he's not a deadbeat.

CamSoda tells us Michael hasn't responded yet, but he told us he already has some mysterious "business" lined up. He won't say what it is, but claims he'll be able to move out in about 3 months.

Perhaps camming can be his plan C. Although, we're positive his top secret plan B will pan out.

Stormy Daniels Eat Your Heart Out, Trump ... I Got a Key to WeHo!!!

5/23/2018 5:19 PM PDT

'Stormy Daniels Day' is official in West Hollywood -- the mayor just declared it, the porn star thanked the crowd after receiving a key to the city ... and yes, this is real news.

Stormy was honored in front of Chi Chi La Rue's Wednesday by Mayor John J. Duran and Mayor Pro Tem John D'Amico -- who peppered in a "joke" before presenting her with the key.

Daniels then gave a quick thank you speech and praised the community for its principles of treating everyone with fairness and dignity ... and standing up to bullies.

Clearly, that part was meant to tweak President Trump -- something Stormy has plenty of experience doing. Allegedly.

Georgia Surgeon Accused of Dancing During Operations

5/23/2018 3:11 PM PDT

A plastic surgeon in Georgia is now being put under a microscope after allegedly putting patients under the knife with music blaring ... and her body groovin'.

Dr. Windell Davis Boutte has reportedly been sued multiple times over the last few months  -- and in some cases, reportedly settled -- for alleged malpractice after being accused of dancing during her surgeries ... and posting the clips online. 

A lot of the videos were reportedly used as evidence in the malpractice suits -- and it sure looks like Dr. Boutte was getting her boogie on while cutting patients open. One malpractice case allegedly left one woman, Icilma Cornelius, with permanent brain damage.

According to reports of the lawsuit the woman's son filed against Boutte, the doc allegedly had to call an ambulance after Cornelius suffered heart failure during a tummy tuck surgery since she didn't have the proper equipment to deal with the emergency at her practice.

Before paramedics could rush her away, Boutte is accused of needing to stitch Cornelius' skin back together to avoid the infecting the wounds, delaying transport. Not only that, but the son claims her office's elevator couldn't fit the stretcher, and his mom had to be carried down.

Once at the hospital, her son says she was diagnosed with permanent brain damage, leaving her requiring lifelong care. The case was reportedly settled ... unclear if dancing was alleged.

Stormy Daniels Gets Her Own Day in WeHo ... And a Key to the City!!!

5/22/2018 5:44 PM PDT
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The Royal Wedding might be over, but Stormy Daniels is getting royal treatment of her own from West Hollywood for her fight against Trump ... including receiving a key to the city.

The adult film star is being honored at Chi Chi La Rue's in WeHo Wednesday, May 23 -- which the city's proclaimed "Stormy Daniels Day" -- by Mayor John J. Duran and members of the City Council.

Stormy's set to get a city proclamation and key to the city in recognition for her leadership in the #RESIST movement, and for having "courage by speaking truth to power even under threats to her safety and extreme intimidation."

Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, adds ... "We should all thank Stormy for her courage and fortitude through this process!"

"Stormy Daniels Day" celebrations won't stop after her honor, though ... they'll just moves across the street to The Abbey later that night.

'Yanny' vs. 'Laurel' Mystery Solved!!!

5/16/2018 9:14 AM PDT
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The "Yanny" vs. "Laurel" debate has torn friends, families and the Internet apart ... and we finally have the definitive answer as to what the recording REALLY says.

** SPOILER ALERT BELOW THAT WILL END ALL ARGUMENTS **

Ok, enough debate. It's Laurel.

According to the guy who originally posted the audio -- Redditor RolandCamry -- he recorded the robotic pronounciation of the word "Laurel" from vocabulary.com. Roland says he recorded the audio off his speakers, which caused the distortion.

Roland tells TMZ ... he and a friend were simply surfing vocabulary.com when they came across the word. He says he heard "Laurel," but his friend heard "Yanny" ... and that's why they posted the clip online to spark a bigger conversation.

Audio experts have said the reason people hear it differently is because everyone hears frequencies differently. They also blamed the crappy quality of the recording for the distortion.

Anyway, now ya know. Sooooo, technically -- suck it, "Yanny" people.

Kobayashi Smashes Chugging Contest ... Shames TMZ Photog

4/29/2018 12:25 AM PDT
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Takeru Kobayashi -- one of the greatest eaters in the history of man -- can chug. 

He's already dominated everything from wieners to cow brains to soba noodles, but when we saw the human garbage disposal in NYC this week, our guy wanted to test his liquid skills! 

Chug-off. 

Right there. On the spot. In front of everyone. 

Warning: Careful with the drinking contests at home. Overhydration can be seriously dangerous. Look it up.

Of course, Kobayashi accepted the challenge and proceeded to destroy the TMZ photog in front of everyone ... and it's honestly pretty impressive. 

Patton Oswalt Late Wife's Book Helps Nab 'Golden State Killer' Suspect

4/25/2018 9:21 AM PDT

Patton Oswalt can do a small victory dance in his late wife's honor because her posthumously released crime book might've led to the arrest of an alleged serial killer and rapist ... known as the Golden State Killer.

Cops in the Sacramento area arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo early Wednesday morning, and booked him for 2 murders they believe are linked to a string of unsolved killings, rapes and home burglaries in California in the '70s and '80s.

Michelle McNamara, Patton's late wife, referred to DeAngelo as the main suspect in the case in her book, "I'll Be Gone in the Dark." Patton helped finish the book with Michelle's co-author after she died in 2016. As Patton put it after hearing about the arrest, "You got him, Michelle."

Police haven't confirmed yet, but people who cover the case think Michelle's book started a new push to make an arrest in the cold case.

Sean Spicer Reuniting With A Trump ... In Wax

4/24/2018 12:50 AM PDT
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Sean Spicer is back to repping a Trump, but this time it's the First Lady, Melania, as a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in New York City. 

Spicer is launching the "Give Melania a Voice" experience at the wax museum this Wednesday. It's Madame Tussauds' first wax figure of the First Lady and it'll be interactive, which might explain why Spicer is doing the honor. 

Visitors will be able to tweet on Melania's behalf from a tweeting station nearby, which will then go live to a FLOMT (First Lady of Madame Tussauds) account. 

Spicer will also participate in a Q&A at the unveiling about his time in the White House, but is keeping it short, just like an ol' White House press conference. The whole event is expected to last 15 minutes.

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