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CNN

Cosby Lawyer Claims Network is

Manipulating Interviews to Smear Him

12/20/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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CNN
is trying to prop up one of Bill Cosby's key accusers with unethical, malicious tactics ... so claims Cosby's lawyer.

Marty Singer has written a scathing letter to CNN Prez Jeff Zucker, claiming his reporters are out to get Cosby in a special the network is doing with model/actress Beverly Johnson.

Johnson claims Cosby drugged her in the mid '80s at his NYC home. Singer says in his letter -- obtained by TMZ -- he contacted the CNN reporters and told them they should get in touch with Mark Burk, who was Johnson's live-in boyfriend from 2006-2009.

Singer says Burk told CNN reporters Beverly "never said a negative statement about Bill Cosby throughout their entire four year relationship." Singer goes on, "Burk told CNN that to the contrary, Ms. Johnson stated that she was an admirer of Bill Cosby and only said great things about Mr. Cosby."

According to Singer, the reporters tried to pressure and manipulate Burk to corroborate Johnson's claims. He says when Burk stuck to his guns, the reporters abruptly terminated the conversation.

Singer goes to town on Zucker, accusing the network of being "reckless and malicious." He says, "Accusers are being given a national platform by CNN without first exercising the most rudimentary journalistic investigation as to their claims and motivations."

We reached out to CNN ... so far no word back.

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Stars and Scars

You Be the Judge

12/20/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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It's all about Sony this week, and America and freedom and losing. So we gotta ask ...


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Floyd Mayweather

Footing the Bill

for Murderer's Funeral

12/20/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Floyd Mayweather Paying Earl Hayes Funeral
Floyd Mayweather is putting aside some brutal facts and paying for the funeral of the rapper who gunned down his wife in the bathtub and then shot himself.

We're told Floyd thinks Earl Hayes' family deserves a proper funeral, despite the horrific thing he did.

TMZ broke the story ... Floyd was FaceTiming with Hayes earlier this month when the rapper snapped as they discussed how his wife, "Hit the Floor" star Stephanie Moseley was cheating on him. He went in the bathroom and pumped 10-12 shots as she lay in the tub. He then killed himself.

We don't know if Floyd foot the bill for Stephanie's funeral Friday in Canada. Floyd was urging Hayes to dump her just before he lost it.

Hayes' funeral is set for today.

Ray & Janay Rice

Handcuffed and Making Out

After Elevator Fight

12/19/2014 3:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ray Rice and then fiancee Janay Palmer were handcuffed the night of the Atlantic City elevator fight ... and even kissed each other in an elevator as police escorted them out of the casino.

The surveillance video posted by ABC News shows cops seated with Ray and Janay at separate tables in the Revel Hotel and Casino.

About 1 minute into the video police start to walk Ray and Janay out, they put them both together in the same elevator. Remember this isn't long after Ray knocked out Janay in an elevator.

Both Ray and Janay were arrested for assault, but charges were quickly dropped against Janay.

Nicki Minaj

Says She's Crushed Over Break-Up

In New Music Video

12/19/2014 7:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Nicki Minaj
is releasing a new music video in which she explains why she dumped longtime BF Safaree Samuels.

TMZ got hold of the video, in which Nicki appears to accuse Safaree of cheating. She also says he broke her heart.

In a weird turn, she also seems to say in the song -- "Love Triangle" -- she is deeply missing him.

As we reported ...  Safaree is so despondent over the breakup, he's talking to his friends about suicide.

Celebrity Scramble

GUESS WHO!

12/20/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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There's an a-list star under this Jewish star... can you look past this shalom scramble to guess who's behind this Hannukah head?

In other news...

Kim Kardashian Goes See-Thru,
But On Her BOTTOM!

Kim Kardashian going see-thru is nothing new, but this time she did it on her LOWER HALF!!! See how she pulled this one off ...

SEE MORE »

'Bad Girls Club' Wannabe

Destroy the Boot

Go to Jail

12/20/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bad Girls Club Driving Boot Car
The chick who left the "Bad Girls Club" audition with a Denver Boot attached to the car could end up in jail ... TMZ has learned.

It appears Chicquita Washington -- the registered owner of the car -- high-tailed it out of a Houston, TX parking lot with the boot on the back tire, then roared away, dislodging it and breaking it off.

Parking officials tell TMZ ... if she just drove off with the boot there'd be no crime, but she was gunning it toward a parking enforcement officer who booted the car, and we've learned the guy filed a police report, claiming she clipped him.

If cops and prosecutors buy his story, Chicquita could be charged with criminal assault.

Chicquita is bananas.

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Wes Scantlin

My Name is Mudd

In the Home Ownership Dept.

12/20/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1219_wes-scantlin_tmzWes Scantlin has gone after a neighbor with a buzz saw, and a cop was injured while responding to a flood at his home ... now the home of bad luck is going on the auction block.

The Puddle of Mudd singer -- whose group sold more than 7 million albums -- is behind on his mortgage and the bank is tired of sending him notices. So the bank foreclosed on the house and it plans on recovering the mortgage balance -- more than $375,000 when the property is sold.

Scantlin bought the house for $1.7 mil back in 2005.

The auction is set for next month.

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Stars With Xmas Trees

THEY DON'T WANT

NO SHRUBS

12/20/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1219_just_fir_fun_xmas_launchCelebs only except the biggest and the best things in life and Christmas trees are no exception ... Check out which stars took to social media to show how they've pined for the perfect trees.

Charlie Brown would be so disappointed.

In other news...

WTF Did Kaley Cuoco Do To Her Hair?!?!

Kaley Cuoco must have been channeling some sort of bird when she posed with her sister donning some strange new updo.
 

SEE MORE »

Kylie & Tyga

Get Locked Out

On Date Night

12/19/2014 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kylie Jenner and Tyga’s first public date was pretty exciting -- and not only because he's a 25-year-old rapper and she's a 17-year-old whatever.  

The couple cruised out of Spago, hoping to escape quickly ... right up until the valet locked himself INSIDE their Lambo! Oh, and also -- HE’S 25 AND SHE’S 17!
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TMZ Live

Hollywood at War:

Sony Succumbs to Digital Terrorists

12/18/2014 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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HERE'S THE RUNDOWN
  • 'The Voice' Winner Completely Blows Off His Fans
  • Inside a President's Sick Ski Mansion
  • Amy Pascal is PISSED OFF... but Wait Until You Hear Why!
  • A Hollywood Mom Twerking Competition

In other news...

Kim Kardashian's Workout Gear Isn't What You Expected

It's no secret Kim Kardashian likes attention, so we were shocked when she headed to the gym wearing this outfit.

SEE MORE »

Ex-49er Ray McDonald

Out of Work & Under Investigation ...

No Problem

12/19/2014 3:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Video

If Ray McDonald is pissed off about getting cut from the San Francisco 49ers -- he did a bang up job of hiding it outside his attorney's office.

The defensive lineman let out a massive yawn as he strolled to his car after meeting his lawyer in San Jose Friday -- 2 days after he was named a suspect in an alleged rape investigation ... and subsequently 86'd by the Niners.

Ray's pretty chill -- especially for a guy facing his second criminal investigation in 6 months, and suddenly out of work.

Watch ... Ray's got a friend with him who says new information will be "coming out soon." Unclear if he's talking about Ray's future in the NFL ... or the alleged rape case.

Heidi Klum

My Boobs Are

Too Hot for Las Vegas

12/19/2014 2:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Heidi Klum Sharper Image Ads
Much like Sony did with North Korea, Sharper Image has caved in its battle with the City of Las Vegas ... and in this scenario, Heidi Klum's boobs are "The Interview."

Sharper Image's new ad campaign features a scantily clad Klum alongside suggestive copy designed to get you to buy the gadgets Sharper Image sells that you never knew you needed.

But Klum's cleavage did not meet Clark County code and the ads were barred from being displayed at McCarran Airport. The crux of the problem ... "the showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering or any portion thereof below the nipple" -- aka underboob.

So Sharper Image submitted toned downed pics, which were approved, and will soon be displayed for all to see.

Who knew Las Vegas was run by prudes?

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