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Ryan Lochte Hit with Criminal Charge in Rio ... Could Face Jail Time

8/25/2016 3:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0825-ryan-lochte-tmz-02Ryan Lochte has just been formally charged in Brazil with filing a false police report stemming from the August 14th gas station incident ... and faces jail time if convicted. 

Brazilian officials have already summoned the swimmer to Rio for a hearing on the incident -- but sources close to Lochte say there's no way in hell he'll go. 

The charge is not an extraditable offense ... meaning he can't be forced to Brazil by American courts. 

If convicted of filing a false police report, Lochte could face up to 6 months in jail. The likelihood is ... Lochte's lawyers will negotiate a fine similar to the one Jimmy Feigen paid -- $11k -- to charity, and the case will go away.

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Gisele Retirement Not All It's Cracked Up To Be

8/25/2016 3:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0825_gisele_bundchen_modeling_butt_launchGisele might have the greatest gig as a supermodel, but the guy in charge of prepping her ass for the camera has gotta be a close second.

Gisele squeezed in a very wet photo shoot in Rio on the heels of the Olympics. She's officially retired from runway modeling, but thank God she's still posing for pics like these.

We're guessing the butt wrangler does NOT get hazard pay -- shouldn't be paid at all, really.

It's unclear why he needed to be shirtless.

Oscars Prez Cheryl Isaacs 'Birth of a Nation' Too Important To Judge by Director's Past

8/25/2016 3:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"The Birth of a Nation" is a movie every American absolutely needs to see -- regardless of star and director Nate Parker's old rape trial ... at least that's how the Oscars honcho sees it. 

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Prez of the Motion Picture Academy, talked to us Thursday about the potential backlash. The American Film Institute canceled a screening of the movie this week, and Parker's come under fire since details of the 2001 trial were released.

Parker was acquitted, but Isaacs doesn't think moviegoers should be concerned with that anyway. It's a strong point of view, considering Isaacs' gender, and her position in the Academy ... which has been skewered for a lack of diversity in nominated films.

Olympic Wrestler Helen Maroulis I'm Open to MMA Career ... 'There's a Possibility'

8/25/2016 2:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

There could be a HUGE new star in the world of women's MMA -- because the U.S. Olympian who just won the gold medal in wrestling says she's open to the idea of getting in the cage. 

We spoke with Helen Maroulis -- the 24-year-old phenom who dominated the world at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio -- and asked her straight up if MMA is in her future. 

Maroulis made it clear wrestling is her main priority and first love ... but says a transition to MMA is definitely a possibility down the road. 

The best part of the video ... Maroulis says she'll 100% return to the Olympics in 2020 to defend her title.  

Larry, Shawn King Cheating Rumors ... Just Rumors

8/25/2016 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Larry and Shawn King just shot a segment for Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family" and they sat side by side -- at times even touching -- and scoffed at reports she cheated on him.

Larry and Shawn sat down with Mark Steines and Debbie Matenopoulos and didn't exactly shoot down the stories, but still labeled them as "rumors."

Then they got in bed together.

The show airs Friday at 10 AM ET.

Ryan Lochte Comeback Begins ... Locks Down 1st New Sponsor

8/25/2016 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0825-ryan-lochte-pine-bros-tmz-01Ryan Lochte's endorsement comeback is underway ... he just signed a brand new deal with a throat drop company ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Lochte will team up with the Pine Brothers throat lozenge company, a rep confirms -- to be the face of a campaign that promotes the drops as "Forgiving On Your Throat."

Lochte will appear in print ads and a commercial. 

Pine Bros. CEO Rider McDowell says, "We all make mistakes, but they're rarely given front-page scrutiny. He’s a great guy who has done incredible work with charities. I’m confident that Pine Bros. fans will support our decision to give Ryan a second chance."

We're guessing the campaign will include some comical references to Lochte's Brazil drama -- you know, since he's asking the public to forgive him for that whole thing. 

Of course, Lochte lost all of his major sponsors after Brazilian officials say he lied about an alleged gas station robbery -- but when 1 (or 4) door closes ... 

In other news...

YIKES! Sofia Richie's 'DEADLY' 18th Birthday -- BF Justin Bieber Couldn't Help?!

Poor Sofia Richie! Apparently 18 is NOT her year.

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Rebecca Black I'm All Grow'd Up, All Over ... 260 Fridays Later

8/25/2016 12:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0825_rebecca_black_AKMGSIRebecca Black should have NO trouble finding someone to get down with her on Fridays -- or any other day -- once everyone sees how she's uh ... matured.

The singer was out in Hollywood this week looking nothing like the 14-year-old who dropped "Friday" ... the song so freakin' annoying you had to listen to it.

You can see, a lot's changed in 5 years. The now smoking hot 19-year-old is still doing music, mostly released on her YouTube channel.

As for her classic? Still annoying as hell. Now, get ready for the weekend ... 


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Katy Perry Shows Pity for 'Catfish' Victim ... Shames Flyover States

8/25/2016 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Katy Perry feels bad for the sap who got duped into thinking he was dating her for 6 years -- but the way she reached out to him might rub a lot of people the wrong way. 

Katy was on SiriusXM's "The Morning Mash Up" and the hosts asked her about last week's 'Catfish' episode ... where a guy from Tennessee thought he'd had an online relationship with Katy.

Check out the clip -- no doubt, Katy has compassion for him. It's just that the California gurl kinda sorta took a shot at folks in the middle of the country, and their access to pop culture.

Like we said ... she meant well. 

Amber Heard Calls BS On Johnny's Charity Donation Now You Owe Double

8/25/2016 11:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0825-heard-depp-tmz-getty-02Amber Heard has just fired back at Johnny Depp, saying if he really cares about donating Amber's divorce settlement he'll ante up $14 million, not $7 mil ... and in fact she's insisting on that.

Amber's team tells TMZ, Johnny is not being up-front about his latest move ... giving Children's Hospital of L.A. and the ACLU the $7 million earmarked for Amber.   

Amber said last week she would donate the settlement money to the 2 charities, but her people tell us if Johnny sends the money directly to the 2 organizations he's not really paying $7 mil, because he gets a charitable tax deduction.   

And we're told Amber's position is that the money is not Johnny's to give away.

Amber's people tell TMZ, "If Johnny wishes to change the settlement agreement, we must insist that he honor the full amount by donating $14M to charity, which after accounting for his tax deduction, is equal to his $7M payment obligation to Amber."

The team goes on ... "We would also insist that the full amount be paid immediately and not drawn out over many years."

They blast Johnny's team, saying, "Anything less would be a transparent attempt by Johnny's counsel, Laura Wasser and Patti Glaser, to reduce their client's true payment by half under the guise of newfound concern for charities that he has never previously supported."

Contrary to that ... Johnny's team tells us he was honored by the Children's Hospital of L.A. in 2006 for his work with children worldwide. 

In other news...

OH NO! Kylie NEEDS To Leave Tyga While She Has The Chance :(

After reading this, you will be SCREAMING: "Run, Kylie. Run far, far away."

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Bill Gates I've Got Major Socks Appeal

8/25/2016 1:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0825_bill_gates_bono_socks_sandals_st_tropez_AKMGSIFirst it was Polio, now Bill Gates is eradicating ... any inkling of fashion sense he might have had.

The sometimes richest man in the world committed what many consider a huge fashion faux pas in St. Tropez. His lunch pal, Bono, went sockless in sandals, but Bill opted for the ultimate dad bod kit.

GQ, Bill ... you can afford the subscription.

Kim K. & Paris Hilton Tara Reid Eating Our Dust at Hyde ... Happy Anniversary!

8/25/2016 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's gotta be Tara Reid's least fave starring role, but it's also the one that started Kim Kardashian's march to fame -- and maybe the most classic TMZ clip of all time.

It all went down 10 years ago today -- hard to believe -- outside Hyde on Sunset, which was THE spot at the time. Tara was forced to wait at the door when along came her former BFF Paris Hilton ... arm-in-arm with Kim.

What happened next is freakin' Hollywood lore. Watch the moment not-so-kindly remembered as "Nightclub Roadkill" -- and think how much has changed since then.

Fact is, all 3 have become huge successes. Paris runs a billion dollar company, Kim's perhaps the biggest reality TV star and trendsetter ever, and Tara's starred in all 4 'Sharknado' flicks.

Congrats, ladies!

In other news...

Yet Another SUPER HOT Actress Just Came Out As Bisexual!

We NEVER could have expected this!

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Ryan Lochte Sorry, Brazil ... I Ain't Going Back

8/25/2016 10:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-ryan-lochte-tmz-11Ryan Lochte will NOT be returning to Brazil -- despite the fact officials in Rio have reportedly summoned the swimmer to testify in front of the country's Justice Department ... sources tell TMZ Sports

Click here... it's not over yet

Leslie Jones Homeland Security Hunting Down Hacker

8/25/2016 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0825-leslie-jones-tmzLeslie Jones' hacking situation is so bad the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security has their top cyber-crimes unit on the case ... TMZ has learned.

As TMZ reported ... the FBI was accessing the case Wednesday after hackers posted nude pics of the 'SNL' star on her website, along with her passport, driver's license and other sensitive info.

We've learned the case is now with Homeland Security for 2 reasons -- it has one of  the most sophisticated cyber-crime unit in the country, and Leslie has history with the Dept. 

One source tells TMZ Leslie had some sort of problem with catfishing in the past, and Homeland Security investigated the case. There's some evidence a group from Japan may have been the culprit in the current case.

Leslie has remained silent since her website was hacked Wednesday. 

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