The L.A. County D.A. has thrown the book at Ray J ... charging him Monday with 10 CRIMES in connection with his drunken antics last May ... and get this -- the D.A. charged Ray J with sexual battery even though cops say no such crime was committed.
Ray J was at a bar at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel when he got rowdy, brushed up against a woman's ass and was ordered to leave. Police told TMZ at the time it was NOT a sexual battery because the contact was "incidental" -- not intentional. Apparently the D.A. begs to differ.
Ray J left the bar and then went nuts in an alcohol-fueled rampage. He was arrested, kicked out the window of a cop car and spit on an officer. Ray J told TMZ ... he kicked out the window because he was claustrophobic.
In addition to the misdemeanor battery charge, Ray J was charged with 4 counts of resisting arrest, 3 counts of assault and battery and 2 counts of vandalism ... all misdemeanors.
Faux Son Drops $50 Million Lawsuit
7 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
The comedian who kinda faked being Eddie Murphy's son has now backed off his defamation suit against Eddie ... admitting the suit was BS and pinning the blame on his dumb management.
Brando tells us he was hoodwinked into filing his $50 million defamation lawsuit, in which he claimed Eddie was threatening to destroy him with lies and even physical violence.
It's easy to understand why Eddie was pissed ... Brando changed his last name to Murphy, performed with Richard Pryor's son in the "Sons of Comedy" tour, and showed up at the coffee shop Eddie frequented, often screaming, "My father won't talk to me."
It sounds like someone scared the crap out of Brando ... and we're guessing it's Eddie's pit bull lawyer Marty Singer. So Brando dropped the case, telling us, "It was never my intention to offend Mr. Murphy."
Funny thing ... some people find $50 million lawsuits offensive.
Ready to Show Hillbilly Mema
A Goooood Time!
15 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Love is in the air, or maybe that's just the backwoods -- but Herbert “Cowboy” Coward from “Hillbilly Blood” is about to hook up with Mema from "Hollywood Hillbillies."
And Mema's got a real charmer on her hands. You can tell from HC's famous scene in the movie “Deliverance.” Yes ... THAT scene!
Mrs Bucket in
17 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Diana Sowle is best known for playing the hard working mom Mrs. Bucket -- opposite Peter Ostrum as Charlie Bucket -- in the magical 1971 musical "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory." Guess what she looks like now!
Meets with Steve Ballmer
Over Clippers Sale (VIDEO)
7/21/2014 4:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Sterling is now willing to talk about selling the team over which he's waging legal war ... because he just met with Steve Ballmer to talk about the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Ballmer went to Sterling's Beverly Hills estate Monday at 3 PM, along with Shelly Sterling's lawyer, Pierce O'Donnell ... who brokered the $2 billion deal.
Sources tell TMZ Sports ... Donald has softened his position and is now considering signing off on the sale ... in no small part because his lawyers have told him he's going to lose his court case.
Our sources say Donald himself requested the meeting.
We're told Donald has not signed off yet ... but it's moving in that direction.
Thongs for the Vacation ...
Assets Out for BF
7/21/2014 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lea Michele proudly displayed the 3 Bs during her Italian vacay -- boyfriend, boat, and a whole lot of her thong-framed butt.
The "Glee" star was spotted making out with her bf Matthew Paetz ... onboard a boat off Positano this weekend.
Apparently, Matthew's gigolo "research" is paying off -- cause the "coach" is scoring big time on the open sea.
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Busted by Muscle Beach Freaks
... Of Nature
7/21/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He Slapped Me, Now I'm Slapping His Wallet
... Says Concertgoer
7/21/2014 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A$AP Rocky allegedly slapped a female fan during a Philadelphia music festival ... and now she's dragging him into court with a lawsuit.
Lisamarie Wade claims the rapper hauled off and smacked her -- for no apparent reason -- as he made his way through the crowd last year -- knocking her to the ground and disorienting her.
In her docs, Wade claims the rapper has a long history of bad behavior ... including a similar incident two months before the Philly show ... in which he allegedly smacked a female fan in Australia.
TMZ broke the story ... Wade filed a private criminal complaint ... but eventually withdrew it when she couldn't locate him to serve him with the complaint.
Wade's already making a play for the heartstrings of a potential jury ... claiming Rocky's slap caused a string of ailments which interfere with her ability to "enjoy society with her minor child as a young, single mother." Well played, ma'am.
Wade is suing for damages of at least $75K. She called in to TMZ Live a few days after the alleged smackdown.
'Jimmy Kimmel Live'
7/21/2014 1:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
2:15 PM PDT -- A rep for the Kimmel show tells TMZ Obama will not be doing the show Wednesday. Our ABC sources, however, continue to say he was booked on the show and multiple LAPD sources continue to tell us Obama is scheduled to be at The El Capitan Wednesday at 3 PM for an hour.
President Obama is juggling at least two world crises, but it's not cramping his pop culture style -- we've learned he's coming to L.A. this week to appear on Jimmy Kimmel's show.
ABC Network sources tell TMZ ... the Prez will come to Kimmel's studio Wednesday to tape a special segment. We're also told a big chunk of the interview will be "serious."
The show is shot at the legendary El Capitan theatre on Hollywood Blvd.
LAPD sources tell TMZ ... the President will only be at in Hollywood for an hour -- at the El Capitan -- beginning at around 3 PM.
We're told the Secret Service has been all over the El Capitan in the last few days.
Drops Lawsuit Against 'Rape' Liar
7/21/2014 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bright Eyes singer Conor Oberst is letting the chick who falsely accused him of rape walk away clean -- he's decided to drop his $1.2 million lawsuit.
According to court docs filed Friday ... Conor dismissed the suit against Joanie Faircloth 4 days after she finally admitted she made up the whole story.
Incredibly gracious move on Conor's part ... considering he said the bad publicity created by Faircloth's lie cost him $200K from his publishing company. Not to mention she probably doesn't have the million bucks.
Conor's dismissal was filed without prejudice -- which means he could refile if more lies start flying out of Faircloth's lying liar face.
The MJ Sophie's Choice ...
Jordan or Jackson?
7/21/2014 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
When our photog hit Da Brat with the question ... she was dressed head-to-toe in #23 Jordan gear, but also showed off an awesome Michael Jackson tattoo.
So, we gotta ask ...
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Talks Bitch Slap
'Nobody feels good about it'
7/21/2014 11:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tim McGraw is finally speaking out about slapping a female fan in the face during a concert after she ripped his jeans ... but he's leaving out one important detail.
McGraw spoke to ET Canada ... saying, "It happened in a split second, it was pure instinctive reaction, I think you just got to move on."
The country star added, "Nobody feels good about it, but there's nothing that could be done about it."
TMZ broke the story and got the video of McGraw laying the smack down during a concert in Atlanta.
But here's what he didn't address ... McGraw shakes the woman's hand off his pants, THEN hesitates and follows up by reaching down and smacking her in the face.
As far as the law is concerned ... cops in Atlanta side with Tim ... telling TMZ the slap was justified.
YouTube Star Michelle Phan
Responds to Song-Stealing Lawsuit
I HAD PERMISSION!!!
7/21/2014 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michelle Phan had every right to use the music she had in her wildly famous YouTube makeup videos ... because the company that owned the rights said she could ... at least her lawyers claim they did.
As TMZ previously reported, Ultra Records -- home to EDM giants Deadmau5, Kaskade, Calvin Harris, and many more -- sued Phan for copyright infringement ... claiming she stole dozens of their songs for her videos.
But Phan's lawyers tell TMZ ... Ultra fully agreed to allow Phan to use the music and feels her videos have promoted their music and "showcased [them] to an international audience."
Phan's legal team says Phan plans to file a lawsuit of her own.
For his part, Kaskade has taken to Twitter to defend Phan, writing over a series of tweets ... "I’m not suing @MichellePhan + @ultrarecords isn’t my lapdog. I can’t do much about the lawsuit except voice support for her."