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Ex-‘RHOC’ Star Lauri Peterson’s Son Josh Waring Slashed in Jail

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SANTA ANA, CA (TMZ) — The troubled son of former ‘RHOC’ star Lauri Peterson is recovering after getting slashed in his face during an insane jailhouse ambush … and TMZ has video of the whole incident.

The brutal attack went down at the Orange County jail in Santa Ana when Josh Waring was on his way back to his cell. He never got there because another inmate jumped out wielding razors wrapped in towels.

This surveillance video of the October 9 showdown shows the attacker sneak into position — hiding under a staircase — and then Josh, in pajamas and sandals, is suddenly fighting for his life. Fists start flying and Josh defends himself well for a while — getting in a few head shots — but he eventually suffered deep gashes to his chest and face.

The brawl — which moved off-camera, but was still visible in a mirror — lasted nearly 90 seconds and only stopped when guards rushed in … commanding both men to get down on the ground.

Josh’s attorney, Joel Garson, tells TMZ … his client was returning to his cell in the protective custody unit of the jail after making a phone call. He says the normal protocol is for all other inmates to be locked in their cells while another inmate is using the phone. Garson says guards are supposed to confirm over the intercom that the other inmates are locked away. There’s no audio on the surveillance video, so Josh’s attorney says he can’t tell if that protocol was followed — but he says he wouldn’t be surprised if the attacker was allowed to be out of his cell.

Garson is claiming it could be retaliation against Josh for filing a federal lawsuit against Orange County and its Sheriff’s Department for violating his civil rights while he’s been behind bars.

Another video shows Josh receiving medical treatment after the attack. He’s surrounded by deputies as he describes his injuries. He was concerned the razors used against him weren’t sterile, and he could’ve contracted an STD.

We’re told he got 20 stitches to his chest and face, which was slashed from his left eye down to his chin.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department tells us it’s opened a criminal investigation into the attack.

Josh has been locked up since 2016 while he awaits trial for attempted murder. He’s accused of shooting a man at a sober living home where he was living.

He could get life in prison if convicted.

Garson tells us, based on this video, they are considering adding new claims to the federal lawsuit they’ve already filed against Orange County.

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Stormy Daniels’ 2018 Ohio Strip Club Arrest Gets 2 Cops Fired

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COLUMBUS, OH (TMZ) — Two police officers who busted Stormy Daniels during her 2018 strip club gig in Ohio are outta work for what police now admit was a bogus arrest.

The Columbus Police Department announced its decision Thursday after it found officers Steven Rosser and Whitney Lancaster violated rules when they arrested Stormy on 3 counts of illegal sexually oriented activity. The department also said the officers lied during an internal investigation about the basis for their sting operation.

As you might remember, Columbus PD hauled in Stormy for motorboating an undercover cop . Ohio has strict laws on touching strippers. Stormy’s attorney at the time, Michael Avenatti , accused officers of setting her up and alleged the arrest was politically motivated — she’d gone public about her alleged affair with Donald Trump .

City officials ultimately determined Ohio’s no touching law should have only applied to regular performers and NOT Stormy, a guest performer.

Stormy’s charges were dropped within 24 hours, but she later sued the department and won a $450,000 settlement. The controversy also resulted in the police department disbanding its controversial vice squad following a federal corruption investigation.

The federal probe determined Rosser lied about the purpose of the strip club sting … saying he was searching for an underage stripper. The search never happened, and instead, they arrested Stormy. Two other officers were suspended for the arrest.


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DaBaby Assaults Bev Hills Hotel Worker/Fan Asking for Pic

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DaBaby Assaults Hotel Worker

BEVERLY HILLS (TMZ) — DaBaby likes his fans, but only so much, because when they ask for too much he might attack.

Check out the video … from a security cam at a Bev Hills hotel. We’re told the guy in the video is a hotel employee who followed DaBaby outside the lobby to get a pic. We’re told DaBaby turned the guy down, so he walked back in the lobby.

That’s when DaBaby and crew decided to administer some western justice, slamming the guy against the wall and roughing him up. The incident, which went down December 19, was a day after DaBaby performed at the Shrine.

DaBaby and crew left the hotel without further incident. Cops were not called.

It’s not DaBaby’s first run-in with fans. Last year he attacked a fan outside Louis Vuitton store in North Carolina. Also last year, DaBaby and crew beat a fan outside a concert in Massachusetts after the guy asked for a pic.

DaBaby’s attorney, Michael Heiskell, tells TMZ … “Any actions taken by DaBaby were likely in self defense based upon his recall of the events and until the video is thoroughly reviewed we have no further comment at this time.”

The incident, which went down December 19, was a day after DaBaby performed at the Shrine. DaBaby and crew left the hotel without further incident. Cops were not called. It’s not DaBaby’s first run-in with fans.

DaBaby is setting the record straight on why he pushed the hotel employee, and he says it’s because the guy was allegedly harassing him while he was in the company of his young daughter.

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Stars Line Up for Lizzo’s Headlining Set at WMG’s Pre-Grammys Bash

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HOLLYWOOD (Page Six) — What a difference a year makes.

Lizzo was a rising new artist on Atlantic’s roster at last year’s Warner Music Group’s Grammy bash. But this go-round, the superstar headlined the party, with A-listers like Naomi Campbell, Big Freedia, Wiz Khalifa, Rob Gronkowski, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton waiting for the “Good as Hell” singer to hit the stage at the Hollywood Athletic Club on Thursday. Guests could smell Khalifa from a mile away as he entered smoking marijuana.

Nightlife connoisseur and photographer Jeremy Kost, known for his Polaroids of male model derrières, even dusted off his lens for the occasion.

“I never bring my camera to events like this. It’s like a once-in-a-lifetime thing. I am not leaving this spot,” a giddy Kost said as he […]

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