Janae Marie -- the champion powerlifter who just came out as transgender -- says she's still deciding whether she'll continue to compete as a man or as a woman ... because she's concerned about the backlash.
Actor Leslie Jordan
Confrontation in WeHo Over Homophobic Slur
7/30/2015 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Actor Leslie Jordan fashioned his own style of justice by dousing a guy with a cold Starbucks drink after someone in the guy's group hurled a homophobic slur.
The "Will and Grace" star was at a Starbucks Wednesday on Santa Monica Blvd -- the heart of WeHo -- when cops say 3 young men were waiting in line, loudly talking to each other about heterosexual exploits.
We're told at one point the manager asked the men to leave, and as they left one of them yelled, "You will die f****** f******."
Jordan, who was inside Starbucks, followed the men out and started to reprimand them, and when one of the men allegedly came at him, Leslie doused him with his cold drink.
L.A. County Sheriff's deputies were called and the three men were cuffed because they refused to calm down. The men were interviewed but ultimately not arrested because no crime was committed. A Sheriff's official tells us deputies got the names of the 3 men and documented the disturbance as a "hate incident," so it's on file.
Leslie was not arrested for throwing the drink.
Sean Penn & Charlize Theron
Reunited and It Feels ...
7/30/2015 1:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
To make matters worse ... Penn's the director of "The Last Face" and Theron's the star ... so he's her boss. Not awkward in the slightest.
Theron and Penn broke things off back in June after getting engaged in December 2014.
Frantic 911 Call ...
'There's Flames Everywhere!!'
7/30/2015 11:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Travis Tritt can still spark fire with the ladies ... even in the middle of an emergency.
TMZ obtained the 911 call made by Tritt's 16-year-old son, Tristan, during a fire that broke out at the singer's Georgia home on Wednesday. During the call Tristan says, "Travis Tritt's house right now, is on fire." He continues, "There's flames everywhere."
The best part? ... Around the 45 second mark, you can hear the starstruck dispatcher whisper, "It's Travis Tritt's house!" to a co-worker.
TMZ broke the story ... emergency vehicles responded to the Georgia home after a pool house and playground caught fire ... thankfully nobody was injured.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.
Cecil the Lion
Zimbabwe Conservation Group to Dentist:
Here's the Drill ...
7/30/2015 10:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The dentist who killed Cecil the lion can acquit himself by putting down his bow and arrow and picking up a drill.
An official from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force tells TMZ, as much as they condemn what Dr. Walter Palmer did to their beloved lion, they don't think he deserves the torrent of threats that have come his way.
The org has an idea ... that Dr. Palmer should come back to Zimbabwe and provide free dental services to the poor ... a way of repenting for his bad deed. He says it's like community service.
The official says pointing the finger at Dr. Palmer is misguided, because the problem is much larger, adding, "Cecil would not have enjoyed the threats of violence he's getting right now."
'Basketball Wives' Star
7/30/2015 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Basketball Wives" star Tami Roman and boyfriend, Reggie Youngblood, have suffered a miscarriage, the couple tells TMZ.
Roman -- who got her start on MTV's "The Real World: Los Angeles" -- was three months pregnant.
It would have been the third child for the 45-year-old and the first for Youngblood.
A rep for the couple -- who appear on the show "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars" -- tells TMZ they are "mourning their loss with close friends and family. The couple requests prayers and privacy as they get through this difficult time."
I Wrote those Raps
So Get Off My D***
7/30/2015 8:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Safaree was leaving LAX Wednesday … and he does not back down, despite getting trashed by Nicki during a concert Tuesday night.
And he thinks Meek MIll and Nicki need to stop ragging on him and worry more about their shows. Translation ... "Get off my d***!"
7/30/2015 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Legendary TV actress Valerie Harper was rushed to the hospital Wednesday night in Maine ... TMZ has confirmed.
Harper was at a theater where she was getting ready to go onstage for a play, when she went unconscious.
Someone called 911, an ambulance arrived, but by then Valerie had regained consciousness.
As for how serious ... we're told the ambulance driver did not use his siren, but obviously it's still serious.
The 75-year-old was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2013 and only given three months to live ... but since then she's responded well to treatment and even performed on "Dancing With the Stars."
According to the hospital, she was discharged Thursday morning.
I Used Airbnb ...
For My Sick Malibu Rental
7/30/2015 10:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mariah Carey has proven Airbnb isn’t just for 20-year-old hipsters traveling on the cheap, but not every traveler on the Internet lodging site can afford a $10,000/night house in Malibu.
We're told Mimi used the site to rent out an awesome seaside home on Carbon Beach from movie producer Michael Lambert while she’s back in the L.A. area.
The 3,764 sq. ft. digs includes 4 beds and 4 baths, a master suite that spans the entire second floor, and a detached guest house.
Mariah will no doubt use the beach house to catch some rays until she heads out to the Holy Land for her Tel Aviv concert in August.
Presidency Will Be BYOH ...
Bring Your Own Helicopter!
7/30/2015 8:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Trump showed up to the Women's British Open golf championship in Scotland in his own helicopter, sporting a hat that said "Make America Great Again."
If Trump actually gets elected, think about the money we could save on transportation ... Trump comes with his own plane and chopper.
What's Bernie Sanders got ... a nice pair of Crocs?
7/30/2015 9:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The "Gypsy Sisters" are packing up their caravans and crystal balls because the show just got the boot.
Sources close to production say the cancellation was due to dwindling ratings from previous seasons of the show ... TLC simply felt it was time to move on.
We're told discussions for a 5th season were already on the table ... and has nothing to do with the dog killing incident from last week ... but that probably didn't help.
Kayla, one of the sisters, posted a message apologizing to fans for getting the ax.
On VIP Wristband for Rave
7/30/2015 8:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Electric Zoo festivalgoers who dropped $439 for a VIP wristband have nothing on Instagram kingpin Dan Bilzerian ... because he’s taking VIP to a new stage ... literally.
Bilzerian dropped $654,400 on his Amex Black card for a VIP deck at New York's Electric Zoo … one of America’s premier dance music festivals.
We’re told this isn't your average VIP experience … Electric Zoo is building out a deck for Bilzerian with tables that will hold up to 200 of the playboy’s guests. Most of the bill is liquor-related … which will total up to $500k.
The sweetest part of the deal … the personal firework/pyro controller that he’ll be able to launch whenever he’s feeling that epic techno build to headliners Above & Beyond and Chemical Brothers.
In other words … it’s good to be friends with Bilzerian.
Suing Twitter Troll
... for $10 Million!!!
7/30/2015 8:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
James Woods is suing a guy for something every celebrity has to deal with every day -- someone talking trash on Twitter ... and he's gunning for $10 million.
Woods is going after a guy who goes by the name of Abe List. Woods claims List trashed his good name several times -- with tweets calling him a "prick," "joke," "scum," "clown-boy" ... but crossed the line when he accused the star of being a "cocaine addict."
It's worth noting ... List has a paltry 2,274 followers, but Woods claims his 238,932 could have seen the tweet as well.
Woods claims his reputation was damaged to the tune of $10 mil.