Suge Knight -- who is currently behind bars for allegedly robbing a paparazzo -- says he didn't steal anything, but the people who took her camera did so in defense of Suge's small child.
Sources connected to the rap mogul tell TMZ ... the photog was filming Suge's 4-year-old son in an alley, and when one of Katt Williams' female companions asked her to stop she just kept shooting.
The photog -- who is legendary in L.A. for her confrontations with celebs and other photogs -- was confronted by Katt's friend and the 2 got into it. Katt's friend asked her to erase the video of the child but she refused.
Our Suge sources say the photog is a liar and her camera was NEVER stolen ... that she had it in her possession when cops came. The woman claims Katt snatched the camera.
Our law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... they believe Suge orchestrated the entire thing and that Katt was just following his orders. As for Katt, he told us he'd rather take the fall than sell out Suge.
The stakes are high ... Katt faces 7 years in prison if convicted. Suge could go to jail for the rest of his life.
CANCELS Cosby Interview
After Rape Allegations Resurface
44 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Bill Cosby won't be promoting his new comedy tour on Queen Latifah's talk show ... because the Queen and her crew got cold feet after rape allegations resurfaced.
Comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby out last week during a stand up set ... wondering out loud if people remembered Bill had been accused of rape by 13 women over the years. The old news got re-circulated, even though there were not fresh allegations.
Production sources tell us Latifah honchos didn't want the association so the 86'd Cosby. They're particularly sensitive because a video from Latifah's show just went viral, showing a 13-year-old gay kid going crazy on the show after winning VIP Ru Paul tickets.
Cosby has never been criminally charged with sexual assault ... but he has been sued.
As for Latifah ... good thing Jon Cryer is still booked.
Publicly Mocked & Heckled by Peers at Golf Course
10/30/2014 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Sorry Gloria ...
This Split Ain't Amicable
10/30/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Matt Barnes and Gloria Govan break-up isn't as friendly and happy and cheery as she says it is ... this according to sources close to Matt, who tell us this thing is pretty damn far from amicable.
Bad Head for Biz
Allegedly Jacking Idea Could Cost Her Millions
38 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan got in bed with a website developer, fell in love with his idea ... and then screwed him -- the bad way -- by taking his idea to someone else ... according to the developer who's now suing her and her brother.
Fima Potik says Lindsay and her bro Michael Lohan Jr. agreed to work with him on Spotted Friend -- a website that gives people a chance to see the clothes in celeb's closets ... according to his lawsuit.
But Potik says LiLo and MiLo Jr. backed out and took his idea to another investor. He says he got a text from Michael Jr. saying he wanted a bigger cut of the company, or else.
In the suit, Potik says Lindsay and Michael went off and started an app called Vigme ... which he describes as a carbon copy of Spotted Friend. So, he's suing them in NY State to get Vigme shut down. He also wants a ton of cash -- more than $60 MILLION!
'Family Guy' Star Alex Borstein
Husband Files For Divorce ...
I Want Pewterschmidt $$$
10/30/2014 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lois Griffin may lose some of her Pewterschmidt inheritance ... Alex Borstein's husband has filed for divorce -- and it looks like he's about to cut the deck in half.
Jackson Douglas has been married to Alex for 16 years ... before she struck gold on "Family Guy." There's no indication of a prenup, but there is evidence there are MILLIONS at stake. Alex reportedly makes somewhere between $3-5 MILLION per season for voicing Peter's wife, Lois. And all it takes is a few hours a month.
Jackson -- who played Jackson Belleville on "Gilmore Girls" -- stands to walk away with half the earnings under the laws of California.
He also wants joint custody and spousal support.
Sources tell us it's an amicable split though ... and Jackson wants to make sure his kids aren't traumatized from the split.
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Taunted on the Golf Course
10/30/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bruce Jenner has been taunted where he golfs everyday ... by a few jerks who think Bruce's new look doesn't belong on the links or in the locker room.
Sources connected with Bruce tell TMZ ... almost everyone who golfs with Bruce at his country club in Thousand Oaks has been gracious ... but several people are acting like 14-year-old boys.
In one case ... a golfer passed Bruce on the green and screamed out, "How's your d**k" ... suggesting it might not be there much longer. Bruce was cool -- he laughed and responded by pointing to his crotch and saying, "It's right here. It hasn't worked in 20 years."
Another guy heckled Bruce in the locker room, mocking his ombre hairstyle and threatening to cut it off.
Bruce still goes to the club religiously, and most people treat him warmly and with respect.
As for the 2 idiots ... it's 2014, and people have a right to live their lives the way they want as long as they don't hurt anyone. And Bruce can probably kick their asses in golf.
Miley Cyrus & Rihanna
AIDS Charity Fashion
They Went Too Am-Far
10/30/2014 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
I Settled 2 Assault Cases
For Chump Change
10/30/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is a little lighter today ... he just lost more than a $100K, but in return got rid of 2 pesky lawsuits.
Sources connected to Chris tell TMZ ... the guy who Chris punched in Washington D.C. a year ago just settled his civil lawsuit against Chris. We're told the singer anted up around $100,000.
You'll recall ... Chris dodged a major bullet with the help of his lawyer Mark Geragos by striking a plea deal in the criminal case. He avoided probation, jail and fines by pleading guilty to simple assault.
As for the second case ... TMZ broke the story that Chris got into an insane fight at a West Hollywood recording studio in January with Frank Ocean's posse. Frank's cousin sued Chris for $3 million. We've learned the case just settled for UNDER $20K.
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"Duck Dynasty" star Jessica Robertson took a makeup-free selfie with hubby Jep and posted for all of Twitter to see.
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Suge and I Did Nothing Wrong …
We Were Protecting a Kid!
10/30/2014 5:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Katt Williams says he and Suge Knight were falsely arrested because they were not trying to steal a camera ... they were trying to protect a 5-year-old child from an unethical photographer.
Katt talked to our photog hours after his release Wednesday in Malibu ... he's characteristically cryptic ... but it seems he's saying he and Suge saw the alleged victim shooting a 5-year-old who was alone in an alley and suggested the photog was doing something inappropriate.
According to Katt ... the female photog said she would erase the video but then booked it, so they gave chase. And, he says they never took the camera.
Blood Clots Torpedo 'Housewives' Trip
10/30/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NeNe Leakes had to make a choice, which was ultimately simple -- "Real Housewives" or her life.
Our NeNe sources tell us ... she just canceled a flight to the Philippines for a RHOA shoot because of her recurring problem with blood clots that form around her lungs ... the same condition that landed her in the hospital last November.
Flying long distances is potentially fatal for people with a propensity to develop blood clots ... and the 20-hour flight from Atlanta to the Philippines was just too risky.
The rest of the cast is already there. She's still part of the cast, but won't be on this particular episode.
Too bad ... the only other person in the Philippines with that kind of heat is Imelda Marcos ... and she's way old ... fact is, we thought she was dead.
I Lost My Small Claims Case
But Still Got Money!
10/30/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Val Kilmer just learned a hard lesson about being a tenant ... because a judge just socked him hard for making what the actor felt were "improvements" on his Malibu rental.
As we reported ... Kilmer sued his landlord, claiming he made drastic improvements on the crib by painting the fireplace and slapping wallpaper on the wooden cabinets in the kitchen.
Problem is ... the lease required the landlord's prior approval, and Val didn't get it.
When Kilmer moved out, the landlord returned only around $16K of the $23,500 security deposit ... withholding around $7,400 for undoing Val's handiwork.
The judge just laid down the law ... saying the landlord was indeed allowed to withhold money but he got greedy. The judge allowed the landlord to keep a little more than $5K but return $2,210.
So note to Val: Get your landlord's approval before doing it again ... and don't wallpaper over wooden cabinets -- it's gross.
TALL MAN IN
10/30/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Angus Scrimm is best known for playing the strong and silent mortician named Tall Man -- opposite A. Michael Baldwin -- in the 1979 horror classic "Phantasm." Guess what he looks like now!