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‘Walking Dead’ Star Vanessa Cloke Attacks a Woman as Ex-Boyfriend Moves Out



ORANGE COUNTY (TMZ) — Vanessa Cloke — known for playing Anna on a seasons 6 and 7 of “The Walking Dead” — went ballistic while her ex gathered up his stuff at their apartment … and ended up getting hauled away in handcuffs.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … they were called to the actress’ residence in Orange County, CA to keep the peace while someone removed their property.

During the process, we’re told cops witnessed her strike someone … so she was arrested.

As you can tell by her mug shot … she was pretty emotional about it. Video of the incident paints a clearer picture of what happened. Cloke’s heard sobbing and screaming about her ex-boyfriend and his family members. At one point, the woman recording calls her a “drama queen.”

Vanessa then storms out of the apartment and appears to strike the woman … after calling her a “f***ing c**t.” She allegedly grabbed the woman’s phone and threw it off the staircase onto a parked car below, causing damage.

Sources close to the situation tell us … Cloke’s boyfriend had recently broken up with her, and called police to get his belongings at the home they shared because he anticipated problems.

We’re told cops tried to keep her calm during the process, but she became too unruly so they asked her to leave. After Cloke’s confrontation with the woman recording video … cops placed her under arrest.

We reached out to Cloke who told us, “Can you imagine what it takes to provoke a person to this point? (To person who took the video) ‘Tis the season for exploiting and demeaning another human being without the full story”

She was booked for misdemeanor assault and battery.

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Lyft Driver Attacks Female Passenger on Melrose, Other Drivers Fight Back




Lyft Driver Attacks Female Passenger, Gets Beat Up By Other Drivers

LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — A Lyft driver pulled a female passenger out of his car, and allegedly started to attack her — kicking off a chain reaction of fights with concerned passersby.

TMZ got a hold of this WILD surveillance video recorded Tuesday afternoon in L.A., and it starts with the car — which has the Lyft emblem in the back window — parked curbside along busy Melrose Avenue. Then the male driver hops out, and pulls a young woman from the seat behind him and starts dragging her out of the vehicle while tossing her stuff out at the same time.

The woman, actress Alessandra Starr Ward, tells TMZ the whole thing started when she started playing a song called “Te Bote” from her phone. The driver demanded she turn it off, she refused, and they started arguing. He allegedly threatened to boot her from the car, and she told him she’d call police if he did.

In the clip, you can see Alessandra fighting back, but the driver pushed her down and knocked her over. Drivers in other cars saw it unfolding and a few guys stopped to help.

That’s when it really hit the fan … several guys teamed up on the Lyft driver, who continued fighting back, and in the scuffle … Alessandra got knocked down again. It took one guy putting the Lyft driver in a chokehold to finally calm things down.

We’re told nearby police officers were flagged down, and cited the Lyft driver for misdemeanor battery. As for Alessandra, she says she went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a concussion. She also says she has bruises all over her body, a sprained ankle and a black eye.

She tells us Lyft needs to vet its drivers, as this shouldn’t happen to anyone. It’s unclear if she plans to pursue legal action against the rideshare company.

UPDATE 12:50 PM PT — The woman who says she was beaten and tossed around by a Lyft driver recounted her experience to TMZ, and it’s harrowing to hear firsthand from the alleged victim herself.

Actress Alessandra Starr Ward came on “TMZ Live” Wednesday to give a blow-by-blow account of what exactly happened to her in that car, and what led up to it. She told us that she was innocently playing a song from her phone, and when the driver demanded she turn it off … things spiraled out of control and allegedly became violent.

Alessandra —  who pretty clearly has a black eye here — says the Lyft driver then pulled her out of the vehicle and tossed her around like a rag doll until a few good men stepped in to stop the mayhem. It also sounds like Alessandra didn’t even get a chance to finish her 911 call.

Check it out … we ask if she’s planning to hit up Lyft for some answers on this, and she tells us she and her family already have, but so far … have only gotten crickets in response.

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check syndicated/local listings)

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LAPD Data Gives Good Reasons to Be Scared on Halloween



Yes, you should be scared on Halloween

By Kate Lý Johnston for Crosstown LA

LOS ANGELES — This Halloween, it’s okay to hang out in graveyards, and your candy is probably not at risk. But watch out for masked robbers, especially in Downtown and Hollywood.

Last year, we reported that Halloween is the most dangerous holiday in the City of Los Angeles, racking up on average more crime reports than Fourth of July and St. Patrick’s Day.

This year, we’re looking at what types of crimes people commit on Halloween and where they occur.

According to the LAPD’s publicly available crime data , vandalism and battery take the lead for the most common crimes committed on Halloween, with 790 and 540 total crime reports since 2010, respectively.

According to the LAPD’s publicly available crime data, vandalism and battery take the lead for the most common crimes committed on Halloween, with 790 and 540 total crime reports since 2010, respectively.

There were 84 reports of vandalism last Halloween, making it the spookiest crime for 2018. There were also 54 reports of simple assault, meaning assault without serious injury. Aggravated assaults, or assaults with serious injuries, were reported 42 times.

The top neighborhood for Halloween crime reports is Downtown, with 298 total reported crimes since 2010.

Downtown had 42 reported crimes on Halloween last year. That’s exactly twice the amount of crime reports Hollywood had last year, at only 21.

Some myth-busting: There is nothing special about the exact location at which people choose to commit crimes on Halloween, so the stereotypes of spooky graveyards and abandoned mansions are probably unwarranted. In fact, Halloween crimes are most commonly committed the street or in houses.

Out of the 714 crime reports on Halloween in 2018, 169 of them took place on streets, and 112 took place at single-family dwellings. Only two took place at abandoned buildings, and none took place at graveyards.

The only crime ever reported at a graveyard on Halloween was in 2017 at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in North Hollywood’s Griffith Park. The crime, however, was pretty un-scary:  A 57-year-old female had less than $950 worth of property stolen from her car at around 11 a.m., before the trick or treaters even came out.

Another Halloween stereotype, crimes involving candy, are surprisingly uncommon. In 2018, the only Halloween crime report that used MO Code 1007, “Suspect offers or solicits Candy,” was an incident of theft in Harvard Heights, a neighborhood south of Koreatown.

At 7:40 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2018, multiple suspects grabbed a 52-year-old white male and frisked him for property at the 1300 block of S. Saint Andrews Pl. Maybe it was for his candy, but we can’t be sure.

Costumed suspects are a little more common, as there were three incidents on Halloween in 2018 that used MO Code 0208, “Suspect Wore/Disguise Halloween Mask.” All three incidents were robberies that took place in the evening.

One occurred at 6 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2018, on Main St. in Historic South Central. A masked stranger with a rifle robbed a 30-year-old Hispanic man. The masked stranger aimed the rifle at the victim from a vehicle and then took the victim’s driver license. 

The takeaway? Halloween superstitions are mostly just that, but be careful of masked strangers with guns.

How we did it: We examined LAPD publicly available data on reports of crimes on Oct. 31, 2010 – 2018. For neighborhood boundaries, we rely on the borders defined by the Los Angeles Times. Learn more about our data here.

LAPD data only reflect crimes that are reported to the department, not how many crimes actually occurred. In making our calculations, we rely on the data the LAPD makes publicly available. On occasion, LAPD may update past crime reports with new information, or recategorize past reports. Those revised reports do not always automatically become part of the public database.

Crosstown covers the neighborhoods of Los Angeles in a different way — through data — to help people make their neighborhoods and the city safer, healthier, and more connected.

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How PR Ran Interference After Delilah’s Server Assault Related to Drake



How publicists for an LA nightclub business tried to kill our story about a violent night at one of their restaurants involving Drake

WEST HOLLYWOOD (Insider) — Earlier this month, Insider reported on an altercation at West Hollywood hotspot Delilah involving one of the restaurant’s servers and the rapper Drake and his entourage.

  • Insider reported on a chain of LA nightclubs that have a cozy relationship with celebrities.
  • Things came to a head when a server at West Hollywood hotspot Delilah was beaten after an apparent run-in with Drake.
  • Publicists for EMC Bowery, which does PR for H.Wood, went to great — and sometimes strange — lengths to kill the story.

The news of the beating of Bennett Sipes had already been out there, confirmed by a video leaked to TMZ, but as we started looking into it, we found out there was more to the story.

The company that owns Delilah, The H.Wood Group, has a string of LA hotspots in its portfolio, and employees of these venues told us they felt frustrated with how much the company’s owners appeared to prioritize celebrity relationships, sometimes at the expense of their own safety at work.

As we were working on the story, publicists at EMC Bowery, which does PR for H.Wood properties, caught wind of it and deployed employees to run interference.

First there was the weird voicemail from an unnamed person saying they were calling […]

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