Janay Rice has finally broken her silence about the ENTIRE Ray Rice elevator saga ... from the fight to the cover up to the reason she decided to NOT divorce the NFL star.
Janay spoke with ESPN on November 5th in an interview that the network agreed to hold until after the U.S. District judge issued their ruling on the NFL's actions.
In the interview, Janay says she doesn't remember what she and Ray were fighting about in Atlantic City back in February ... but says she does remember Ray got physical first.
"As we were arguing, he was on his phone and not looking at me. I went to reach for his phone, and when he grabbed it back, he spit at me and I slapped him."
On Apologizing for Her Role in the Incident at Ravens News Conference:
" I know some people disagreed with me publicly apologizing. I'm not saying that what Ray did wasn't wrong. He and I both know it was wrong. It's been made clear to him that it was wrong. But at the same time, who am I to put my hands on somebody? "
On What Ray Was Thinking After He Hit Her:
"I asked him how he felt when he saw that I was unconscious. He told me he was in shock. I asked him what happened when we got out of the elevator. He told me he was terrified because security was there. I asked him how he felt seeing me like that. He said he was thinking, "What did I just do?" I didn't watch the video again."
On What Ray and Janay told Roger Goodell:
"Ray told the commissioner, and his colleagues, everything that happened. There was no reason to lie because we knew that there was a video and we assumed the NFL knew what was in it, even though we didn't know whether or not they saw it.
On Anger at Baltimore Ravens for Cutting Ray:
"I was extremely surprised and angry that the Ravens released him, because they know him. They were our family, but I felt like the Ravens completely disregarded the past six years with him. Anytime the Ravens needed someone for a community event, Ray was their man.
On Being a Martyr for Domestic Violence:
"If it took our situation becoming headline news to show domestic violence is happening in this country, that's a positive."
What's The Big Frigin'
7 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Makes Promises Hollower Than Her Left Leg
... Scorned Agent Claims
17 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Fired 'Housewives' star Aviva Drescher got paid $100K to star on another reality show ... then screwed over the agent who got her the gig -- at least that's how the pissed off agent sees it.
Gina Rodriguez claims she booked Drescher and her husband, Reid, on "Marriage Bootcamp" and says the Dreschers promised her a 10% commission -- which amounted to $10K.
In a lawsuit, Rodriguez -- who's also repped Octomom and Michael Lohan -- says Drescher slandered her in interviews ... by calling her "sleazy" and a "wannabe agent."
Rodriguez says she only got $2,500 of her commission, so she is suing for the balance ... and for damages to her reputation. We tried contacting the Dreschers ... but no response so far.
Tip for Gina -- beware of flying limbs.
Unloading My Hubby
AND My House!
27 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
This is the winter of Autumn Reeser's discontent -- first she jettisons her husband by filing for divorce ... and now she wants to get rid of their home.
The "Entourage" actress and hubby Jesse Warren Strutzel listed their split-level Los Feliz contemporary 2 weeks ago ... they're selling it and divvying up the proceeds.
We're told Autumn's already moved out ... Jesse's still living there. They bought the place 4 years ago for $1.3M. It's listed at $1.699M.
The place is pretty cool ... with 3,005 sq. ft and 4 bedrooms -- big enough for a small entourage.
Iconic Mexican Comedian Dies at 85
11/28/2014 3:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chespirito -- a.k.a. Roberto Gomez Bolanos -- died Friday in Mexico.
The iconic comedian passed away at his home ... according to Televisa -- the company he worked with for most of his career.
Bolanos was beloved for his main character role on the long running show "El Chavo del Ocho" ... as well as his run as superhero "El Chapulin Colorado."
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted, "Mexico has lost an icon whose work has transcended generations and borders."
He was 85 years old.
Fun Fact: The Bumblebee man character on "The Simpsons" was inspired by Chespirito.
Fantasy Football Boom
Becomes #1 Added Player In Minutes
11/28/2014 2:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Didn't take long for Fantasy Football owners to forgive Ray Rice -- because just hours after he was reinstated, Ray has become the MOST picked up player in Yahoo! fantasy leagues.
As we previously reported, Ray's fantasy stock sank like a stone after TMZ Sports published the inside-the-elevator footage back in September.
But now, according to Yahoo! "Transaction Trends" page, Ray has already been added to more than 168,000 fantasy teams ... the #1 added player today ... BY FAR.
In fact, the #2 guy is Vikings running back Matt Asiata who was added to 14,000 teams.
Funny thing is ... Ray hasn't been signed to a real team yet.
Clearly, 168k people think he'll find a new squad before the season ends.
In other news...
North West went on a first-time outing with her mom, and her discovery brought the BIGGEST smile to her little face!
'Real World' Star Ryan Knight
No Cause of Death Found
11/28/2014 9:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real World" star Ryan Knight's autopsy was completed Friday morning ... and no immediate cause of death was found -- but police say he had been complaining about stomach issues.
Police in Kenosha, WI say they attempted to revive Knight when they arrived at his friends home yesterday morning ... but they were unsuccessful. They say there were no obvious signs of injuries to Knight -- but according to Knight's father he had complained about stomach issues in the past 2 days.
Cops also say no drugs were found on scene ... even though they were told he had been "partying hard" the night before.
As we previously reported ... Knight was out Wednesday night with a bunch of people and ended up at a friend's house where he was discovered dead and covered in vomit. Friends tell us he had taken "some pills" but they were not specific.
Police say Knight's cause of death will have to wait until they get toxicology results ... because no "anatomical cause of death” was found.
Indefinite Suspension Overturned
11/28/2014 12:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice just won a HUGE victory ... his indefinite suspension has been overturned.
Short story ... a just ruled NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell abused his authority when he changed Rice's discipline from a 2-game suspension to an indefinite one.
The judge ruled Rice had told the truth when he was initially interviewed by Goodell and company and the Commish had no right to alter the punishment after TMZ posted the elevator video.
It could be something of a hollow victory ... Rice is now a man without a team, and his prospects of new NFL employment is iffy at best.
In decision, U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones explained ... "Rice did not mislead the Commissioner at the June 16th meeting, and therefore, that the imposition of a second suspension based on the same incident and the same known facts about the incident, was arbitrary."
"The Commissioner needed to be fair and consistent in his imposition of discipline. Moreover, any failure on the part of the League to understand the level of violence was not due to Rice's description of the event but to the inadequacy of words to convey the seriousness of domestic violence. That the League did not realize the severity of the conduct without a visual record also speaks to their admitted failure in the past to sanction this type of conduct more severely."
Rice issued a statement saying he's thankful.
Bloody Head Gash
Nose Dives are Dangerous!
11/28/2014 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Busta Rhymes looks more like Busta head ... because Friday in New York the rapper face planted off the stage at a concert -- and the results were plasmatic.
Rhymes made a surprise appearance in the wee hours of the morning at Webster Hall during another rapper's concert ... and fell into the crowd after he slipped while leaning into the pit.
We're told Busta went backstage and got cleaned up -- he never re-emerged for the crowd.
Woo hah ... got to check where you're walking.
Wins Obviously Fixed Boxing Match
11/28/2014 1:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
62 year-old Mickey Rourke won his big boxing match in Russia ... when he sorta kinda tapped a guy with a body shot ... and the guy went crumbling to the ground.
The fight was against Elliot Seymour -- a 29 year-old fighting well above his weight with a 1-9 record -- and during the second round he appeared to take a dive after getting hit in the side.
Rourke celebrated by putting some dude on his shoulders and parading around the ring.
Still looked more realistic than his facial features.
I Was Raped
During Famous Art Show
11/28/2014 10:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Shia LeBeouf says he was raped by a fan during his famous #IAMSORRY art event in Los Angeles this year ... and his girlfriend was standing just outside the room when it happened.
LeBeouf told Dazed ... the woman walked into the private room -- where he was having silent one-on-one interactions with fans -- and whipped his legs for 10 minutes, then stripped off his clothes and "proceeded to rape" him.
Shia says it happened on Valentine's Day while his girlfriend was waiting in line to visit. Apparently, everyone in line was buzzing about the sexual encounter ... because Shia says his GF came in looking for an explanation, but he couldn't answer since he was supposed to be silent.
He doesn't say if he reported the alleged rape to police.
As part of the Dazed story ... Shia sat down for an hour with the reporter, but they both remained silent while wearing GoPro cams. It's awkward to say the least. The Q&A part was done beforehand by email.
Alma Mater Runs for the Hills ...
Amid Testimony of 'Enquirer' Trade-Off
11/28/2014 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
One of Bill Cosby's alma maters cut all ties with him on the same day it was revealed that Cosby struck a 2005 deal with the National Enquirer to stop it from publishing a rape accuser's story.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst -- where Cosby received his masters and doctorate in education -- announced Cosby agreed to step down Wednesday as co-chairman of the school's fundraising campaign. A UMass rep said he now has zero connection with the university.
Late Wednesday ... previously sealed court docs were released from Cosby's molestation case involving a staffer at his other alma mater, Temple University. The docs include Cosby's sworn deposition, during which he said he agreed to give the National Enquirer an exclusive interview -- and in exchange it killed a story about a rape accuser named Beth Ferrier.
In the depo, Cosby said he was afraid Ferrier's story would bolster the extremely similar accusations being made by the Temple staffer, Andrea Constand.
Cosby reached a confidential settlement with Constand in 2006.
Street Rebel Gets Ticket
For Walking ... Dangerously
11/28/2014 7:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Drew Barrymore had the worst Thanksgiving luck 'cause she got busted Thursday for the most heinous of offenses -- jaywalking!
Barrymore was leaving a yoga class Thursday when -- according to a photo agency -- an officer spotted her ignoring crosswalks ... and instead, opting to cross the street in the middle of a block. Yes, just like millions of other people in L.A. yesterday who didn't get caught.
We'd say props to Drew for getting in a workout on turkey day -- but look what it got her.