Tracy Morgan has only himself to blame for the horrific injuries he suffered in the accident with a Walmart truck ... because he wasn't wearing a seatbelt ... Walmart is now claiming.
According to new legal docs ... Walmart is laying blame on Tracy for NOT strapping in while riding home in a limo van in NJ back in June. The company says that's what caused most, if not all, of Tracy's injuries.
As for any responsibility falling on the driver of the Walmart tractor trailer -- the company says it can't comment because of the "ongoing investigation." Walmart won't even confirm the driver, Kevin Roper, was an employee.
Tracy sued Walmart for that accident that left him seriously injured, and killed his friend Jimmy Mack.
Blocks Her Attempted Kiss [Update: New Video]
9/29/2014 9:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown got physical with a woman who jumped in front of him during a nightclub appearance in Houston -- and even though she initiated the contact ... it was a questionable reaction from Chris.
Chris performed at Limelight Houston over the weekend, and while he and Karreuche Tran were walking through the crowd ... a woman stepped in front of him and reached out ... apparently trying to kiss him. CB gave her a pretty hard shove with his right forearm to move her out of the way.
It doesn't look like the fan was hurt. Obviously, not a smart move for someone with Chris' track record to mix it up with fans -- especially women -- even when they start it.
Suggestion, Chris: let security handle it.
STRIPPING IN 'MAGIC MIKE' SEQUEL
... But No Dong
9/29/2014 10:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Strahan will be playing a STRIPPER in the upcoming "Magic Mike" sequel ... in a bona fide acting role ... but if you're expecting to see the G-Man's little man, you're going to be sorely disappointed.
Our stripper sources tell us ... the NFL Hall of Famer will "definitely be topless" in the movie, but "anything below the waist is still being discussed."
But even if Strahan agrees to a G-string, you won't see his man junk -- as one production source puts it, "It's rated R, not X. No full frontal."
Taylor Swift Sued
Chauffeurs Can Only Speak to Me Sometimes
9/29/2014 10:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Taylor Swift apparently needed a motorcade normally reserved for heads of state ... and she wanted to be treated like one ... this according to a new lawsuit.
Taylor's company made a deal this past June with a chauffeur service to whisk her around NYC. The company made all sorts of demands, including guidelines on when the driver was allowed to talk to Taylor.
But it didn't stop there. Taylor's director of security told the chauffeur service to get 2 additional whips. The service obliged by leasing 2, brand spanking new Chevy Suburban SUVs.
So imagine the chauffeur's dismay when 3 weeks after making the various demands Taylor's people pulled the plug, leaving the limo company holding the bag on the lease.
The chauffeurs are now suing Taylor's company for all sorts of losses.
Her company is radio silent ... it's unclear if they were allowed to speak with her for comment.
'Kitchen Nightmares' Stars
We Were Just Defending Ourselves
9/29/2014 10:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The "Kitchen Nightmares" star who appeared to threaten a customer with a knife says the patron was drunk and threatening -- inciting Samy Bouzaglo by calling him a "piece of s**t."
The video we posted -- showing Samy wielding a weapon at the guy -- tells only part of the story ... so says Amy Bouzaglo.
Amy tells us the customer was falling down drunk inside their Scottsdale restaurant and became belligerent when Samy asked him to leave.
Amy says the man got in Samy's face and began cussing him out, saying, "you're a f***ing piece of s**t, I saw you on that show."
She says Samy smelled an attack coming, so he grabbed what was handy to defend the 2 of them -- and she insists the weapon was a pen, NOT a knife.
Cops tell us ... witnesses said it was a knife ... and it sure looks like one from the video.
Before Samy walked outside, we're told he waived the weapon around and called the customer a "c**t."
Check out the 911 for the full play-by-play from another customer.
'Love and Hip Hop' Star
FBI Raids Las Vegas House
In Criminal Investigation
9/29/2014 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mally Mall's Las Vegas home is currently being raided by the FBI ... TMZ has confirmed.
The "Love and Hip Hop" star is a target in an ongoing criminal investigation, although law enforcement would not be specific. We're told the FBI entered pursuant to a search warrant.
The rapper/producer works with huge stars -- Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Drake. There's no evidence any of his artists are connected to the investigation.
TMZ has learned ... Mall is not in the house. He's in L.A. shooting "Love and Hip Hop Hollywood."
Michael Ian Black
NAILS Scooter Rider
9/29/2014 8:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Ian Black NAILED a guy on a scooter Sunday afternoon.
It went down at 3:00 PM Sunday at the very congested corner of Highland and Santa Monica Blvd. Black's Toyota struck the scooter ... sending the rider tumbling to the ground.
We're told the scooter driver suffered road rash on his left leg. An ambulance showed up ... but apparently it wasn't serious enough ... the scooter driver was not transported.
Black was not ticketed. Accidents happen.
We reached out to Black for comment ... so far, no word back.
Suck it Stalker!
You Can't Beat My Security
9/29/2014 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian was ready for an encore performance from the dude who almost knocked her to the ground during a Paris Fashion Show event ... the guy tried again and this time he FAILED.
Kim and Kanye West were having dinner at Hotel Costes in Paree at 6:00 PM -- a sign of age, right? -- when her security team eyeballed Vitalii Sediuk ... the guy who tackled her Thursday.
This time Kim and Kanye's beefed up security team jumped into action, surrounding him and keeping him far from his target. By the time they let him go, Kim and Kanye were long gone.
Vitalii is still on the loose ... he didn't commit a crime so there was nothing that could be done to him. As we first reported he wasn't arrested by Paris police after the fashion show attack, because cops say it was a stupid, nothing offense and they had better things to do.
We spoke with Vitalii ... and Sediuk claims he never had any contact with Kim's security.
In other news...
Apparently not only does every celebrity have a twin out there, they also have a secret baby!
Mom Secretly Asks Shrink
Save Him From Gangs
9/29/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown's girlfriend and family are secretly and desperately trying to get Chris away from gangs ... and they've even contacted his therapist to put the heat on the singer ... TMZ has learned.
Multiple sources tell us ... Chris' mom and Karrueche are so worried ... they approached the therapist because they're deeply concerned Chris is not only compromising his safety by promoting gangs, he's also ruining his career.
TMZ broke the story ... the LAPD has already gone to L.A. clubs, trying to convince owners to ban Chris and his entourage because wherever they go ... violence follows.
Chris' family thinks he does not understand the implications of associating himself with the Bloods. He thinks it's "cool," but the family is worried he's in real danger and he doesn't have a clue.
We're told they literally think Chris' life is on the line.
Katharine McPhee Divorce
You're Still My ATM
... Says Ex
9/29/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Katharine McPhee's about to score a huge paycheck ... but she probably shouldn't blow it on a new Maserati ... because her soon-to-be-ex Nick Cokas gets half.
Columbia/Epic Records still owes Kat $700K according to court docs ... and she concedes it's community property -- meaning Nick gets half.
As we've reported ... the divorce is bitter ... Nick's accusing Katharine of banging "Smash" director Michael Morris and then lying about it. It really doesn't legally matter, but he's pissed.
And here's the REALLY awkward part ... we're told Kat and Nick are still joined at the hip ... he's still her manager ... and it will stay that way until his contract with her ends sometime next year.
Keyshia Cole's Mother
I Want a Piece
of Birdman, Too!
9/29/2014 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree ... when we asked Keyshia Cole's mother what she thinks of Birdman ... she was ready to go to blows.
As TMZ first reported, Cole was arrested last week for allegedly attacking a woman partying in Birdman's condo. Cole and Birdman are reportedly dating ... so you get why she was upset -- though the alleged victim claims nothing happened with her and Birdman.
At Cole's album release party Sunday night, Keyshia's mom clicked into Protective Mother mode.
Side note: Frankie seems like a TON of fun.
Decked the Mall Shopper's Ass
9/29/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A "Glee" Christmas episode failed to deliver any joy for a woman who claims she got screwed by the crew ... laying cable all over a mall.
Yolanda Rosario says she was at the Burbank Town Center mall last Nov., where a 20th Century Fox crew was setting up to film a scene ... which apparently required stretching electrical cables over a walkway open to civilian mall goers.
In a lawsuit, Rosario says she tripped over some of the cables and fell ... breaking and arm and a rib.
She's suing Fox and the company that owns the mall ... for unspecified damages and medical bills.
'Walk the Line' Director
Wife Pulls Long Black Veil Over Marriage
9/29/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
James Mangold might wanna bust out some Johnny Cash ... the "Walk the Line" director's marriage just fell into a ring of fire -- his wife has filed for divorce.
Catherine Konrad filed the docs earlier this month in L.A. ... citing irreconcilable differences, and requesting joint legal and physical custody of their children -- 2 boys ages 9 and 6. According to the papers, obtained by TMZ, she's also asking for spousal support.
During James and Catherine's 15-years of marriage he racked up some impressive directing credits -- including 'WtL,' "The Wolverine," and "Girl, Interrupted."
He's also responsible for the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz bomb, "Knight and Day" -- but Catherine does NOT hold that against him in her divorce docs.