'Hustlers' Real Ramona Lawyers Up Pay Up, Or Else!!!

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The real-life stripper who inspired Jennifer Lopez's character in "Hustlers" wants the studio to ante up some serious cash ... or else.

Samantha Barbash's legal team just fired off a letter to STX Entertainment -- the studio behind the hit film -- demanding it pay up for its use of Barbash's likeness, personality, biography and identity in connection with the promotion of the film.

According to the letter, obtained by TMZ, Samantha's lawyer Bruno Gioffre reminds the studio Barbash "unequivocally rejected all offers to be included in the film." Barbash wants STX to resolve "the flagrant violation of her rights."


You'll recall ... Barbash went nuclear because the studio lowballed her and never made a deal with her while the movie was in production. She claimed a "Hustlers" producer, not J Lo, contacted her to see if she would sign away her rights, and she declined.

The letter does not mention an amount ... but the insinuation is clear -- if Barbash doesn't get what she wants, she's suing.

We reached out to STX ... so far, no word back.

'When They See Us' Star See Us with This Emmy, Baby!!! CP5 Exoneree says Jharrell Did TOO GOOD of a Job

1:32 PM PT -- We got Antron McCray -- one of the Central Park 5 exonerees -- and he tells us he couldn't be prouder of Jharrel. In fact ... Antron says the cast and series did too good of a job, their performances conjured up pain. BTW ... Antron was forced to sign a false confession by his father. Antron served 7 1/2 years behind bars before he was freed.


"When They See Us" star Jharrel Jerome was the man of the hour when he hauled in a huge Emmy win, but he left zero doubt the night's spotlight belonged to the man he portrayed.

Jharrel proudly brought CP5 exoneree Korey Wise with him Sunday night to Netflix's after-party at L.A.'s Milk Studios. It was a helluva win for Jharrel, who brought home Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series.

Jharrel, of course, played Korey ... one of the 5 teens wrongfully convicted for the 1989 rape and beating of a female jogger. Korey was the oldest of the accused at 16. He served 12 years behind bars before he and the others were exonerated in 2002.

During his acceptance speech, 21-year-old Jharrel paid tribute to the "exonerated five" ... but that was only the beginning.


Three other exonerees -- Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Kevin Richardson -- joined the after-party bash, kicking it with Jharrel and, of course, the Emmy statuette.

As you know by now ... the Netflix series brought renewed focus on Central Park 5 prosecutor Linda Fairstein and the role she played in the wrongful convictions.

The fallout was immediate ... from her resignation on several boards to her publisher giving her the boot.

Originally Published -- 9:04 AM PT

Dave East Cuts a Deal In Cruise Attack Case Must Stay Out of Trouble


Dave East has one less problem to worry about (with conditions) after allegedly socking a cruise passenger ... but he's gotta stay on the straight and narrow to walk away scot-free.

The Manhattan Criminal Court Clerk tells TMZ the rapper accepted a deal Monday to dismiss his assault charge from a year ago IF he stays out of trouble for the next 6 months. The problem ... trouble has already found him -- DE got cited for battery just last week.

TMZ broke the story ... Dave got caught up in a 3-way gone wrong in Vegas, where a woman claims he punched her after they got into argument during sex. Dave says the woman hurled champagne bottles at him and allegedly struck him in the head, arm and leg.

Both parties were cited for misdemeanor battery, but nobody was arrested. Still ... you'd think that could count against Dave in his New York case. Luckily for Dave, our law enforcement sources say in this particular NYC case -- the clock starts now ... so they won't be looking at Vegas or anything else he got in trouble for in the past.

Now, as for why Dave got this deal ... his attorney, Stacey Richman, tells us Dave, in fact, thought he was helping someone ... and couldn't be proven as the main actor.

You'll recall ... a man claimed Dave had sucker-punched him and cut his eye as he was stepping off a cruise in NYC. The guy claimed the punch came out of nowhere, and seemingly for no reason too.

Blac Chyna New Mystery Man Sucks on Her Toes ... Foot's for Dinner!!!


Blac Chyna has a new boo in her life, and the guy seems to have an appetite for bunions and toenails -- 'cause that's what he had for dinner, or maybe just dessert.

BC was out Sunday night in Woodland Hills, CA -- where she and her mystery man walked up to a restaurant together, apparently in couple mode. And, if their joint appearance didn't give it away, well ... what he did next certainly does.


The guy started snackin' on her foot right there at the table!!! Some thing's just ain't gonna be on the menu ... know what we're saying?

Of course, to each his own (shout-out to foot fetish fans), but there's a time and place to lick up some toe jam -- and AT the dinner table probably isn't it.

BC was last romantically linked to Soulja Boy, who said he was only out to hit it and quit it -- to which she fired back by calling him a clout chaser.

There were rumblings she was back with YBN Almighty Jay, but we learned that just wasn't true. Seems like the new telltale sign for her might be a flash of foot-in-mouth.

BIG3 Star Andre Emmett Dead at 37 ... Killed in Dallas

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Ex-college basketball and BIG3 star Andre Emmett was shot and killed in Dallas on Monday morning ... TMZ Sports has confirmed. He was 37 years old.

According to Dallas PD ... Emmett was approached by 2 suspects while sitting in his car in front of his house around 2:30 AM on Monday. One of the suspects pulled out a gun and an altercation ensued.

Cops say Emmett was gunned down while trying to run away from the suspects ... and he was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

Emmett -- the 35th pick to the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2004 NBA Draft -- was the 2nd leading scorer in the 3-on-3 league this past season while playing for 3's Company.

"The BIG3 is in a state of shock over the sudden and tragic death of Andre Emmett," the league said in a statement. "Andre was a member of the BIG3 family for two seasons and never without a smile on his face."

"His kindness towards others and easy-going demeanor made him a joy to be around."

Emmett briefly played for the Grizzlies and New Jersey Nets ... and played several years overseas.

Emmett was a star at Texas Tech under Bob Knight ... and was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 2018.


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Farrah Abraham Nabs Jeff Bezos at the Emmys ... Here's How I Got Him!!!

1:12 PM PT -- Farrah came on “TMZ Live” Monday and broke down her Emmys encounter with Jeff, telling us how she grabbed his attention and explaining what went into her biopic pitch.

Farrah tells us Lauren Sanchez was nowhere to be found, so she went ahead and took her shot with Jeff.


BTW … Farrah says she got an Emmys ticket because she’s a member of the Television Academy, and that’s how she got seated next to Hugh Grant.

Jeff Bezos has the fortune and Farrah Abraham has ... a plan for how to spend that fortune -- and she shot her shot face-to-face with him in the middle of the Emmy Awards.

The Amazon honcho -- whose shows "Fleabag" and 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' had big nights -- topped off his award-winning by stopping and posing with the ex-'Teen Mom' star. This was definitely the highlight of the Emmys ... for one of these two.

Farrah captioned the pic with a plea to land a role in an Amazon project of Jeff's choice. She also said, "Let's do a deal for my bio pic." Stranger things have happened. Right?

Hours earlier, Jeff was hanging with the other woman in his life -- GF Lauren Sanchez -- at her beachfront home in Santa Monica.


They were totally twinning in white tops and blue jeans as they enjoyed the view and their morning coffee.

Unclear if she was with Jeff at the Emmys. We're guessing Farrah's moment with the world's richest man wouldn't have happened on Lauren's watch!

BTW, Jeff had another fun moment with 'Mrs. Maisel' star Alex Borstein -- who won the Best Supporting Actress in a comedy series. Alex posted her pre-Emmys text exchange with Bezos.

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Bezos was down to clown around with Alex about exchanging some dog food she purchased through Amazon.

Prime humor.

Originally Published -- 8:54 AM PT 

Antonio Brown Artist Accuser Claims AB Had Sex While She Painted In Same Room

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Another allegation of sexual misconduct has come up against Antonio Brown ... this time, the artist who was hired to paint a mural in his home says AB had sex with another woman in front of her while she worked.

The artist, who has not gone public with her identity, was previously featured in a Sports Illustrated article about Brown, in which she claimed the WR got naked and hit on her while she was working at his home in 2017.

In the article, the woman says she declined his advances and felt he was being completely inappropriate ... but never went to cops or took any legal action against him.

After she went public, Brown allegedly sent her a series of menacing text messages as part of a group chat ... instructing associates to look into her personal life. AB included a photo of the artist's children, which she took as a clear threat.

In fact, the artist's attorney, Lisa J. Banks, sent a letter to the NFL saying her client is "understandably frightened by these text messages, which are clearly intended to threaten and intimidate her."

In the letter, Banks rehashes the initial sexual misconduct allegation featured in the SI article ... but then drops this additional allegation.

"What is not detailed in the story is that Mr. Brown engaged in other forms of sexual misconduct during the two days that she worked in his home, which included Mr. Brown having sex with another woman while the artist was working in the same room."

The NFL immediately launched an investigation into Brown -- who was cut the by the New England Patriots a short time later.

For his part, Brown's attorney has denied the artist's allegations.

'House of 1000 Corpses' Actor Sid Haig Dead at 80

Sid Haig -- best known as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie's "House of 1000 Corpses" trilogy -- has died.

The horror icon's wife, Suzie, shared the news Monday on Sid's own social media account, writing ... "On Saturday, September 21, 2019, my light, my heart, my true love, my King, the other half of my soul, Sidney, passed from this realm on to the next."

She went on to say, "He has returned to the Universe, a shining star in her heavens. He was my angel, my husband, my best friend and always will be." Suzie added, "He adored his family, his friends and his fans. This came as a shock to all of us. We, as a family, are asking that our privacy and time to mourn be respected."

Sid had recently been hospitalized and transferred to the ICU after he was involved in some sort of accident -- this per screenshots of his IG account, which was apparently run by his wife. On Sept. 6, she was asking for prayers.

Sid's rep would only tell TMZ that the accident was something that took place at his home.

The exact circumstances of his death remain a mystery, but the outpouring of love from the horror community has been overwhelming -- including from Rob Zombie himself, who shared a brief remembrance of his longtime collaborator.

Sid has starred as the patriarch of the Firefly family in "House of 1000 Corpses," "The Devil's Rejects" and most recently, "3 From Hell," which just hit theaters last week.

Aside from acting in Rob's films, he also starred in several other horror flicks over his 50-plus-year career, including roles in "Bone Tomahawk," "Hatchet III," "The Lords of Salem," "Devil in My Ride," "Night of the Living Dead 3D," and tons of other films.

He also starred on TV shows like "MacGyver," "The Fall Guy," "Jason of Star Command," "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," "Mission: Impossible," "Get Smart," "Gunsmoke," "Star Trek," "The Lucy Show," "The Six Million Dollar Man," and countless others.

Sid had 149 acting credits to his name, and was considered a fixture in the cult horror genre. We last talked to him in 2017, he was catching us up on projects he was working on at the time -- saying he had 4 projects in the can. Dude clearly stayed busy.


He's survived by his wife, Suzie. Sid was 80.


Lizzo Postmates Driver Living in Fear ... I'm Not a Food Thief!!!


The Postmates delivery driver Lizzo publicly accused of food theft says her days since then have been the worst of her life -- she's humiliated, terrified and worst of all ... it's a bum rap.

The driver, Tiffany W., tells TMZ ... her world was turned upside down when the "Truth Hurts" singer excoriated her on Twitter -- to her near-million followers -- saying, "this girl Tiffany W. stole my food she lucky I don't fight no more." Lizzo also included a screenshot of her profile photo.

This has scared the crap out of her. She's afraid to leave her home and even go to work, for fear someone might harm her or even worse.

As for the delivery incident ... we're told Lizzo's order was supposed to go to a Boston hotel, but there was no room number listed and no one answered the phone linked to the account.

We're told Tiffany went the extra mile and hit up the hotel concierge. She says she went into the lobby and continued to try to contact the customer and heard nothing back. Tiffany ended up waiting for a total of 10 minutes and finally left.

As for the food ... it was seafood, which Tiffany doesn't even eat.

A Postmates spokesperson tells us ... "As soon as Lizzo reached out, we looked into the matter and quickly resolved the issue. We apologize to Lizzo for any inconvenience." However, we're told the company determined Tiffany waited at least the required 5 minutes and wasn't able to reach the customer, so she moved on like she's supposed to do.

Lizzo's since deleted her original tweet putting Tiffany on blast and issued an apology ... but it seems like it might be too little, too late.

Lenny Dykstra Calls Off Bagel Guy Boxing Match ... 'Won't Be Rescheduled'

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Lenny Dykstra will NOT fight Bagel Guy Chris Morgan ... the ex-MLB star has pulled out of the celebrity boxing match just DAYS before it was set to go down.

Dykstra had been promoting the Sept. 28 event for weeks -- he's been training, trash-talking ... he even shoved Morgan during a face-off earlier this month.


But now, it's all over ... Lenny went on Howard Stern Monday morning to make the announcement himself -- "Unfortunately, the fight will not happen."

Lenny's attorney, John Pierce, issued a statement explaining Dykstra pulled out to focus on preparing for his upcoming trial, stemming from a malpractice suit.

As we previously reported, Lenny filed a $15 million lawsuit against L.A. County and several deputies claiming he was badly beaten while serving a jail sentence in 2012.

Now, he's suing the Boucher Law Firm -- which represented him in his lawsuit -- and his new attorney believes the boxing match would be too big of a distraction with that legal issue on the horizon.

Dykstra's attorney says ... "The fight will not be rescheduled."

We're told "Bagel Guy" wants a new opponent -- after all, he's been training with UFC stars like Chris Weidman and Al Iaquinta ... and he wants to unleash the fury on someone!

Stay tuned ...

Emmys 2019 Take a Shot at Felicity Huffman ... '2 Weeks Will Fly By'

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6:22 PM PT -- "When They See Us" just won a major category of the night, with Jharrel Jerome taking home an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series.

Felicity Huffman got caught in the Emmys' crosshairs with a not-so-subtle shot at the former winner and TV darling that invoked her prison sentence.

Emmys commentator Thomas Lennon made the jab after RuPaul took home the prize for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. He noted the show producers had asked him to make a special shout-out to any ex-Emmy-winning actresses who might be watching from prison.

He didn't say Felicity's name, but it was obvious he was talking about her ... as he followed up with, "Hopefully those two weeks are going to fly right by."

Lennon added, "Keep your chin up" as he carried a big smirk on his face. Of course, Felicity won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for her role in "Desperate Housewives" back in 2005. She's been nominated for Emmys several other times as well.

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As we reported ... Felicity was sentenced to 14 days behind bars -- among other penalties -- for her role in the college bribery scandal, to which she pled guilty.

She seems to have gotten a jump on her community service, which might be an attempt to show good faith to the judge ... who has the power to send her to the facility she wants -- a cozy-ish place up in the Bay Area that allows tanning and whatnot.

Felicity starred in a show that's up for quite a few Emmys Sunday -- Netflix's "When They See Us" -- but she wasn't nominated for her role as Linda Fairstein.

Originally Published -- 6:15 PM PT

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Committed to Commercial ... Take 12-Hour Red-Eye with Archie!!!


12:42 PM PT -- Is it possible baby Archie is wearing a royal hand-me-down?!? Looks like Prince Harry wore a very similar beanie when he was just a kiddo back on New Year's Day as Princess Diana exited a plane. One thing's for sure ... the beanie's still in style!!!


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are making certain no one can call them the Duke and Duchess of Hypocrisy -- they flew commercial for a grueling trip WITH their 4-month-old baby.

Don't get us wrong ... the royal couple still got the royal treatment Monday morning after landing in Cape Town, South Africa.


A team of security guards and airport staff led them away from their British Airways flight. The fam was looking pretty weary on the tarmac as Meghan cradled baby Archie ... who was rocking a stylish beanie, btw.

The 11-and-a-half hour, nonstop flight from London ain't easy for normal travelers, and when ya add baby Archie to the mix ... ya gotta say Harry's doing his best to flip public opinion.


Meg and Harry caught a rash of crap for jacking up their carbon footprint on a gas-guzzling private jet to visit Elton John in France last month. Although, Harry said afterward sometimes it will be necessary to fly private for the safety of his family, this now the 2nd time he's been spotted on a commercial flight since then.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Archie, are kicking off a 10-day tour of the former British colony.


They're already hitting it off with the locals by dancing with some of their greeters in Cape Town.

Well, perhaps wisely, Harry let Meghan do most of the dancing.

Originally Published -- 7:08 AM PT

Damon Dash I Don't Make That Much Anymore ... So End My Child Support Obligations


Damon Dash says he's not the cash register he used to be -- not by a long shot -- so he's asking a judge to pull the plug on his child support obligations.

Dash filed legal docs saying enough's enough, and he no longer wants to pay support to 19-year-old Ava. Apparently, he struck a deal with ex-wife Rachel Roy that he would pay $6,000 a month total for both kids, and the obligation didn't stop at 18.

As for why, Dash says things are lean in the financial department, claiming his adjusted gross income in 2018 was a skosh over $56,000. Damon says Rachel makes way more than him ... approximately $500k a year. He also says she lives a lavish lifestyle with trips to Europe, Greece and India.

Damon says he's stepped up plenty ... he pays $3,666 a month for 11-year-old Tallulah's private school.

One more thing ... Damon wants Rachel to pay him back for some of the support he's forked over. The reality is ... judges don't do that retroactively.

71st Primetime Emmy Awards A Mixed Bag of Star Power ... Behind the Scenes

The 2019 Emmys are in full swing -- and there is quite a variety of famous faces to soak in from behind the scenes ... a testament to where entertainment's headed, perhaps?

There was a very mixed bag of stars on hand Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. to smile for the camera, congratulate one another and if they were lucky enough ... give an acceptance speech. Just a handful of the celebs who were there Kim K and Kendall Jenner, Anthony Anderson and Regina King, Alfie Allen, Kerry Washington, Taraji Henson, Bill Hader, Jane Lynch, Michelle Williams, Amy Adams, Olivia Colman, Don Cheadle, Patricia Arquette, and others.

It's interesting ... it feels like TV has sorta overtaken the star power and glam of movies, with a bunch of A-list actors having migrated over lately. Watching the Emmys is almost like watching the Oscars these days -- and, apparently, it carries just as much weight.

That much is clear by how happy some of these fine people look to be walking away with a statuette. As we've said before ... the time a changin'.

Congrats to all the Emmy winners and nominees ... keep that good content coming!!!

Andy Dick Accused of Uber Sexual Battery ... Arrest Warrant Issued


There's an active warrant out for Andy Dick's arrest after a bizarre Uber ride where he allegedly groped his driver.

Our law enforcement sources tell us ... Andy was riding in the Uber back in April 2018 when -- according to the driver -- Andy reached over and grabbed his crotch.

It's unclear what led up to the incident, but the driver didn't take it lightly ... and went to the L.A. County Sheriff to file a report. Cops completed their investigation, and the D.A.'s office decided to charge Andy with misdemeanor sexual battery.

Our sources say the arrest warrant was issued back in March, but the actor hasn't been nabbed yet. We're told the warrant remains active.

It's not the first time the comedian's faced such a charge. We broke the story ... back in July 2018, the L.A. City Attorney slapped Andy with a misdemeanor sexual battery for allegedly groping a stranger -- that time it was someone on the street.

We've reached out to Andy's rep. He had no comment.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Life's Very Gooot!!! Rocks Out at Oktoberfest


Arnold Schwarzenegger looked like a rock star ... even with just a tiny baton.

The Terminator orchestrated one helluva performance Sunday at the 186th Original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. He proudly waved his baton with purpose as Münchner Zwietracht rocked out to Die Schlagermafia's "Very Good for Hollywood."

Ya gotta give Arnold credit ... he may not have the technical moves down, but he swings with passion. Arnold was there for the festivities with GF Heather Milligan. He's no stranger to getting down at the world-famous festival. It's kinda an annual thing for him.

As we reported ... Arnold was there last year with Heather to celebrate his son's, Patrick, 25th birthday. And just like he did last year, once again, Arnold wore a traditional Lederhosen -- a light-colored shirt and short leather trousers.


Seventy-two never looked so goooot!!!