Judge Judy has filed her first lawsuit EVER -- seriously -- against a guy who is shamelessly using her image to chase personal injury clients.
The TV jurist is outraged John Haymond -- a P.I. lawyer in Hartford, CT. -- used clips from "Judge Judy" along with clips of him and his daughters to drum up business.
Judy is especially pissed because she says she's never endorsed a product or the services of anyone ... to maintain her independent reputation.
She says, "Without seeking my authorization or consent, Mr. Haymond has taken that choice away from me for his own personal gain. I cannot tolerate that, and intend to hold Mr. Haymond financially responsible for his actions."
Judy scolds the barrister, saying, "Mr. Haymond is a lawyer and should know better."
We looked for the ads and, just like the litigants who appear on her show, it appears Judy scared the crap out of Haymond because they are nowhere to be found.
Herhonner is suing for more than $75K in damages ... or in Judy's world, lunch money.
Samsung Scrambles Emergency Team
After Pitchman's Cell Phone Craps Out
3/12/2014 3:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
When LeBron James tweets, Samsung listens ... especially when he's complaining about a HUGE problem with his cell phone -- since LBJ is a pitchman for the company.
The drama began earlier today when 'Bron tweeted, "My phone just erased everything it has in it and rebooted. One of the sickest feelings I've ever had in my life."
We spoke to a rep for Samsung who essentially told us the company scrambled the jets to remedy the problem that blasted to LeBron's 12 MILLION followers.
"We are following the situation," the rep tells us ... "We have a team looking into it. There should be more information soon."
LeBron, probably realizing he made a pretty huge boo boo, deleted the tweet ... and replaced it a short time later with some new info: "Close call. Wheew! Got all my info back. Gamer! Lol."
Nice Bust ...
For Drug Possession
3/12/2014 12:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Simona Fusco -- who played Ulsa, the hot cheerleader in "Beerfest" ... went from victim to alleged criminal in a matter of moments ... ARRESTED for a suspicious white powder in her purse.
Fusco was at Mastro's restaurant in Bev Hills just after midnight Saturday when 2 men started fighting for her attention. It got so rowdy, cops were called. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... when they arrived, they tried to speak with her when she shoved one of the cops.
The shove changed everything. Police placed her under arrest and did the obligatory search. When they went inside her purse they say they found a mysterious white powder and that's all she wrote.
Fusco -- who also appeared in "Bottoms Up" and as hot girl in "Entourage" -- was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. If the substance turns out to be an illegal drug, the stakes will probably go up -- to possession of (fill in the blank).
We reached out to Fusco's reps ... so far, no comment.
George Lopez Is an Amateur
This Is How You Pass Out!!!
3/12/2014 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
George Lopez is sorely mistaken if he thinks he can out-party the party king -- Charlie Sheen sent him a clear message on the set of "Anger Management" Tuesday ... no one passes out like the Warlock.
The clip's pretty funny -- Charlie and George shot it together ... mocking George's recent arrest at a casino for public drunkenness.
George paid Charlie a visit after scoring a major deal at FX for his new show "Saint George," the same exact deal Charlie got for "Anger Management" -- a guaranteed 10 episodes with a promise of 90 more if the ratings are good. It's a small gamble for a HUGE payoff.
'Snakes in a Cab' Prankster
Taxi Commission Can Take My License
I'm Bigger Than a Cabbie Now
3/12/2014 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A NYC cabbie who pranked passengers with a live snake -- and posted their reactions to YouTube -- doesn't give two craps if the Taxi and Limousine Commission yanks his license ... he tells TMZ, he's on to much bigger things now.
Check out Jimmy Failla's video above -- it's pretty funny -- but New York City's TLC isn't laughing ... calling the prank "monumentally poor judgement on the driver's part." A rep says the commission is now actively reviewing Jimmy's TLC license. It's up for renewal next week.
But Jimmy tells us, if TLC wants to take his license away ... they can have it.
He says he shot the YouTube video to promote his new book ... and he's also making a living as a stand-up comedian -- so he doesn't need to drive cabs anymore. He never really liked doing it anyway.
Fun fact: Jimmy says he HATES snakes.
Sued Over 'Girls Gone Loco' 'Scam'
3/12/2014 8:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
10:16 AM PDT -- Lohan just told TMZ, "It's a lie." He says Spanish GGW was a real business venture and Reitano even met with Joe Francis. Michael also says there were no naked women involved. Has he seen the videos?
Michael Lohan used naked girls as bait to entice an investor to cough up thousands of dollars ... according to a guy who's suing Lohan for more than $1 million claiming he was had.
Richard Reitano says Lohan came to him in 2009 with a plan to dub over Girls Gone Wild videos in Espanol ... and then asked him to invest $100K.
According to the lawsuit, Lohan claimed GGW creator Joe Francis had given him the rights to the videos ... but he needed cash to get the ball rolling so Reitano loaned him $25K,
But Reitano claims it was all a scam because no videos were ever produced.
Reitano claims Lohan NEVER had the rights to the videos ... so he's suing to get his $25K back with interest ... plus another MILLION dollars to teach Lindsay's dad a lesson.
I'm the Blackest White Man in Hollywood
3/12/2014 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Screw his Oscar, the award Hollywood mogul Brian Grazer is most proud of is -- HIS BLACK CARD ... and he's not afraid to tell us why he's more than earned it.
Grazer was talking about the James Brown bio pic he just finished making when he name dropped a bunch of African-American superstars he worked with and then declared, "I'm very hip ... I'm Black!"
Jay Z, Denzel Washington, and Eminem (yes, he counts) are all on his resume. So, we gotta ask ...
I'm Back in the Medical Biz!
3/12/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Conrad Murray now has a chance to improve his success record in treating patients ... because he's back in business.
TMZ has learned the patients this time around will be children with heart problems. Murray has taken a gig with the Trinidad Ministry of Health, where he'll be consulting with local heart surgeons.
Murray won't get rich off the new job -- he's volunteering his services, but it's definitely a foot in the door. His medical license has been revoked in Texas and suspended in California and Nevada.
The government wants Murray to use his U.S. contacts to help hook up the sick kids.
Truth be told ... Murray was a successful cardiologist in the U.S. ... beloved by many of his patients. Only one blemish on his record ... you know ...
George Zimmerman Parents
Suing Roseanne Barr
She Tried To Get Us Lynched
3/12/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Roseanne Barr tried to rouse a lynch mob to terrorize George Zimmerman's parents ... because she wanted vigilante justice after the shooting of Trayvon Martin ... according to a new lawsuit.
Robert and Gladys Zimmerman are suing the comedienne ... claiming they feared for their lives after Barr made angry comments about the Zimmermans on Twitter in 2012 ... and even posted their home address online.
The lawsuit claims Barr intentionally tried to cause the Zimmermans emotional distress and great physical harm, by inciting mob violence.
The Zimmermans claim they were forced to flee their home after Barr tweeted their address. They're suing her for $15K in damages ... minimum.
Busted for DUI
In Kiwi Country
3/12/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Pine was popped for DUI after blowing through a sobriety checkpoint and then allegedly blowing a .08.
Pine had been partying at a bar in New Zealand with some fellow actors and his girlfriend, beauty queen Iris Bjork Johannesdottir.
Law enforcement tells TMZ ... he caught their eye after driving through the checkpoint. Officers then made him stop and Chris reportedly blew a .08 ... the minimum for being legally drunk.
The incident occurred on March 1st. He must appear in court on Monday, and if he doesn't the judge will issue an arrest warrant.
Chris was his usual charming self ... very polite and "easy to deal with."
As for what he was doing in the bar ... beer. Maybe it was a game --- say the name of your GF 3 times really fast.
'Half Baked' Star
My Ex-Neighbor Mailed Condoms
To My Underage Daughters
3/12/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Half Baked" star Jim Breuer's ex-neighbor is now facing felony stalking charges -- after allegedly mailing a box of condoms to the actor's Jersey house ... in a perverted joke involving Jim's underage daughters.
Sources close to Jim tell TMZ, the actor's been having problems with Giuseppe Ionfrida for a couple years ... but it got particularly twisted back in December.
We're told Ionfrida allegedly left extremely creepy comments on a YouTube video about Jim, such as ... "How's your three pretty daughters doing ;)" Days later, Jim claims Ionfrida shipped him a box of condoms.
We're told Jim called police in early January, and Ionfrida was arrested on felony stalking charges.
We spoke to Ionfrida who told us he denies leaving the YouTube comments about Jim and his daughters. He did say he doesn't like his kids hanging around Jim -- which is an issue since their kids are friends.
We reached out to Breuer ... he had no comment.
Ionfrida has a hearing Wednesday on the stalking charges... and is prohibited from contacting Jim and his family as a condition of bail.
'Bachelor' Juan Pablo
EES OK, I'm Done with This Crap
3/11/2014 2:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Bachelor" star Juan Pablo has told Warner Bros. he won't do ANY post-season publicity for the show ... and for its part the studio is saying good riddance.
Sources connected with the show and the studio tell TMZ ... Juan Pablo outright refused to appear on "Good Morning America" Tuesday, and made it clear he was done with publicity of any sort for the show.
Our Warner Bros. sources say that's just fine with them, because they think he damages the "Bachelor" franchise because of his d-baggery.
And even GMA wasn't fighting to get Juan Pablo on the show.
As for the show itself ... we're told producers grew to HATE Juan Pablo, and it appears the feeling was mutual.
Howard Stern Wack Packer
Screams 'Penis' On Live TV
Gets a Ticket
3/11/2014 1:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A well-known Howard Stern superfan got into big trouble with police Monday in NYC -- after "Booey bombing" a live newscast in Union Square ... and the footage is pretty hilarious.
Kemberly Richardson was doing a live shot for WABC when the fan -- who goes by the name Joey Boots -- jumped behind her, screaming, "Baba Booey! Baba Booey! Howard Stern's penis!"
Producers immediately cut away -- but the action didn't end ... Joey recorded the reactions of Kemberly and her cameraman afterward. The cameraman goes OFF.
Joey says he was later ticketed by cops for disorderly conduct.
The cost of doing business.