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Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner

Getting Divorced

56 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630_BEN_AFFLECK_JENNIFER_GARNER_TMZ_2Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are ending their 10 year marriage ... TMZ has learned.

We're told the couple, whose anniversary was yesterday, will file for divorce.

Although they will file for divorce, it won't be done immediately. They are working things out with a mediator and business managers, sources tell TMZ. The divorce will be filed when all of the property and custody issues are resolved. 

We're told the divorce is amicable and Ben and Jen will share joint custody of their 3 children, ranging in ages from 3 to 9.

The couple says, "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private family matter. Thank you for understanding."

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Donald Trump

Sues Univision

Blames Hillary Clinton

23 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-donald-trump-tmz-01Donald Trump just sued Univision for $500 million for pulling the plug on the Miss USA pageant.

TMZ broke the story ... Trump promised he'd go after the network, claiming he has an iron-clad, 5 year deal in which it promised to run the beauty contest.

Trump has also vowed to go after NBC in court for pulling the plug on Miss USA. So far, no lawsuit has been filed on that front.

Trump believes Univision and NBC are trying to suppress his right of free speech.  In the lawsuit, he says the reason Univision went after him is because the network is owned by Haim Saban, a key Hillary Clinton supporter and fundraiser. 

Trump is also suing for defamation, in part because he says on June 25th, Univision Prez of Programing Alberto Ciurana posted a photo on his Instagram account, comparing Trump to Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old responsible for the South Carolina church massacre. 

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'Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening

Sued By Hispanic Nanny

Claims Discrimination

36 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630_matt-groening_tmz"The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening has been sued by his former nanny, who claims he has it out for Hispanics, even though Matt's wife is Hispanic.

Tania Cardona claims in a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Matt and his wife treated employees "like animals," claiming she was not only worked to the bone, but harassed over her heritage.

Cardona says Matt would say his son was not going to speak "good English" because there were so many Hispanics in the house. The lawsuit says Groening would complain, "his house looked like a Hispanic community and he 'hated' it."

Cardona grouses she and the other Hispanic employees had to eat at a small table next to a trash can in the laundry room.

It's a puzzling lawsuit, because Matt is married to Agustina Maria Picasso Achaval, who is from Argentina.

Cardona claims she was wrongfully terminated and wants millions in damages.

We called Groening for comment. The lawyer said they hadn't seen the lawsuit and therefore had no comment.

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Miss USA

We're Beggin' NBC

Save The Sash!!!

6/30/2015 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630-donald-trump-nbc-miss-usa-TMZ-01Miss USA organizers are trying to entice NBC to reverse their decision to ax the pageant, with the help of 51 beautiful women. 

Sources who run the pageant tell us, they're now scrambling to find a TV home just 2 weeks before the contest. They feel they shouldn't be painted with the same brush as Donald Trump, even though he has a majority stake in the pageant.

So executives who run Miss USA day-to-day are starting a petition, asking everyone associated with the pageant and others to send emails to NBC CEO Steve Burke.

The execs say they're between a rock and a hard place, because only Trump can try to cut a deal with another network, and he's made no such move. But the network has now orphaned the pageant so the only realistic option is for NBC to show mercy on the women who have no dog in Trump's fight.

The pageant people say they were blindsided by NBC's decision ... rehearsals are already underway and the girls are being fitted.   

Who knew 51 hot women would have trouble getting a date.

Blac Chyna

I'm Still Not Banging Boxer BF

... 'He's A Muslim'

6/30/2015 9:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Blac Chyna's still not banging her boxer/boyfriend J'Leon Love ... and this time the reason for the sexual time-out is down right holy.

Chyna was leaving Ace Of Diamonds strip club in L.A. Monday night when we asked if carnal activities had commenced between she and her love now that the Money Team member is no longer in training. You'll recall, she had previously said he was in a no-sex zone for 30 days before a fight.

Then Chyna hit us with the bad news ... J'Leon is a Muslim ... and is forbidden to do the horizontal mambo during the holy time of Ramadan ... which happens to be going on right now.

Ramadan lasts until July 17th.

Godspeed, Chyna.

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NeNe Leakes

Don't Count Me

Out of 'RHOA' Just Yet

6/30/2015 9:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630-nene-leakes-tmz-01NeNe Leakes isn't done with "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" ... TMZ has learned producers want her to come back in a reduced role, and she's game.

Our sources say, although NeNe made it seem she was gone for good, the show's producers are still angling to have her appear periodically during the season.  

As we reported, NeNe bailed on the show because the money wasn't right. She's already committed to doing a primetime network sitcom, and the only way she'd continue on 'RHOA' was if they delivered a wheelbarrow full of cash ... to make the crushing workload worthwhile.

But our sources say NeNe is open to a part-time role on 'RHOA,' again if the money is right and it fits with her sitcom schedule.

We're told Bravo is absolutely interested, and the negotiations will begin soon.

Stay tuned.

‘Young & The Restless’ Star

Soap Opera Is Racist...

But I Still Want Back On

6/30/2015 8:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-victoria-rowell-getty-01Former ‘Young & The Restless’ star Victoria Rowell is trying to get back on the soap opera even though she says the show's honchos and co-stars are racist.

Rowell, who played Drucilla Winters for 14 seasons on the CBS soap opera, says she left the show in 2007 because of discrimination.

Among her allegations: she says she was ...

-- mocked for her Afro-style wig by Melody Thomas Scott

-- spit on by co-star Michelle Stafford, who also called her a "freak" 

-- told she was mentally unstable and physically threatened by fellow actor Peter Bergman.

She says she wanted a writing/producer position, but says it wasn't in the cards, because up until 2010, no black writer worked on the show in its 37 year history. 

What’s interesting ... producers haven’t killed Rowell’s character off … they've actually been using stock footage to tease the audience with the possibility of her return. 

Something tells us it's not happening.   

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Journey Drummer

Charged with Raping Wife

6/30/2015 6:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Deen Castronovo
's recent arrest for domestic violence is much worse than we thought ... he's now been charged with rape ... TMZ has learned.

The Journey drummer had been arrested earlier this month for domestic violence related charges involving his wife, but now the D.A. has added new charges -- rape, sexual abuse, coercion and unlawful use of a weapon.

Castronovo is being held without bail in Marion County, Oregon.

Journey booted Castronovo from its tour following his initial arrest.

Castronovo is due in court Tuesday.

  
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Sean Penn

Charlize Who?

Gives Minka Kelly Birthday Dinner of a Lifetime

6/30/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Sean Penn and Charlize Theron called it quits just 2 weeks ago, and he's already doing his laundry with another hot chick.

These pics were taken last Tuesday at French Laundry, the uber-fancy/delicious/exclusive restaurant in the Napa Valley. Sean was celebrating Minka Kelly's 35th birthday, along with 3 other people.

They were by no means hush hush ... people at other tables heard Sean tell the other 3 he and Minka met at a Haiti charity event.

They had a feast to end all, with a chicken with the feet still attached, truffle mac and cheese and a birthday cake. The people at Sean's table, along with others in the restaurant, serenaded Minka to "Happy Birthday."

Sean picked up the tab ... and it was pricey.

Minka has not mentioned Sean, but after the dinner she Instagrammed, "Birthday festivities off to a pretty magical start."

  
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Caitlyn Jenner

Creates Big Apple Frenzy

6/30/2015 6:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0630-caitlyn-jenner-splash-inf-02Caitlyn Jenner stepped out with new best friend Diane Sawyer Monday night in NYC, and she has the paparazzi eating out of the palm of her hand.

It's pretty incredible ... the flurry of questions Bruce Jenner faced over the last few years are all gone ... and now it's all glam and respect as the paps fought to get an over-the-shoulder shot.

Caitlyn and Diane did not know each other before their interview, but we're told they hit it off and created a warm friendship. 

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Shia LaBeouf

Insane Patriotism...

At Mt. Rushmore

6/30/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Shia LaBeouf displayed raging patriotism over the weekend at Mount Rushmore. 

Shia's fellow tourists tell us, they thought they he was just a random crazy until they got close ... then realized the guy without the shirt was the famous actor, screaming "AMERICA!!!!!!" 

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An old lady eventually asked LaBeouf to tone it down ... and things got weirder. We're told LaBeouf claimed he was a Marine and then asked her on a date. 

Shia's in the area filming "American Honey," where he suffered a gnarly head wound last week during an accident on the set.

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Slim From 112

They Want to Strip Me

Of My 'Magic Mike' Royalties!

6/30/2015 8:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630-slim-magic-mike-instagram-01"Magic Mike XXL" has been a dream come true for a huge '90s R&B group ... problem is, one of the lead singers isn't gonna see any of those dollar bills.

The group 112 is going to have a resu-erection with its song "Anywhere," which is featured in the flick. Now here's the rub. The lead singer, Slim, has filed for bankruptcy. It seems the official in charge of the case is a fan of the stripper film, because he's aware of Slim's involvement.

So the bankruptcy trustee has filed legal docs saying any profits Slim sees from the song or the movie must  be used to pay off his long list of creditors.  

Slim should tell the trustee to stuff it.

Paris Hilton

I'm Suing the

'Plane Crash' Pranksters

6/30/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Paris Hilton is telling business associates ... she will sue the people responsible for putting her on a plane that appeared to be in crash mode ... just to get a rise out of her. 

We're told Paris is furious over the stunt ... in which a TV crew got the pilot to pretend to shut down the engines in her plane, and then nose-dive to the ground. Paris says she was in mortal fear for her life ... something the video pretty clearly shows. 

Our sources say she's "totally freaked out" over flying anywhere ... something she's required to constantly do. She's already called her lawyers to find out who's responsible, and they told her she has a solid case for emotional distress.

Paris tells them she had absolutely no clue this was a prank ... she wasn't in on it. She also doesn't believe anyone in her camp was involved.

An Egyptian TV show host engineered the prank as they flew over Dubai.

And Paris says ... it was a lot worse than it looked on video. She says the plane almost hit the water during the dive and then steeply pulled out of the dive, almost doing a loop as it ascended.

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