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Richard Simmons P.I. Who Allegedly Planted Bugging Device Charged with Crime

7/20/2018 4:41 PM PDT

The private investigator who allegedly planted a tracking device on Richard Simmons' car has been charged with a crime ... TMZ has learned.

Scott Brian Matthews was charged with 2 counts of the crime of unlawfully using a tracking device.  

Prosecutors say Matthews planted the device on the car Richard bought for his housekeeper, Teresa Reveles.  They say he planted it so he could shadow Simmons and see if he was going to doctors or hospitals.  

Simmons sued Matthews last month, claiming he was hired by the National Enquirer to keep tabs on him.  The Enquirer had published a story claiming Simmons was undergoing a sex change.  Simmon sued the Enquirer but the case was dismissed. 

Conor McGregor Post-Swim Selfie ... No Shrinkage Here

7/20/2018 3:05 PM PDT
Breaking News

Seems Conor McGregor was PUMPED about his dip in the ocean Friday.

The UFC superstar threw a post-swim selfie on social media braggin' about his LONG workout -- and, as you can see, water must not have been very cold in Ireland today.

"Great swim in the beautiful Irish Sea with the team," the Irish fighter said.

It's not the first time we've seen McGregor flaunt his mini-me ... he had it on full display at weigh-ins for the Mayweather fight.

Look ... Conor's no Game -- you remember #EggplantFriday, dont lie -- but it's great to see the Notorious share some self-love heading into the weekend.

Chris Cornell First Look at Museum Sculpture

7/20/2018 2:38 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Here's a first look at the life-size Chris Cornell statue that will be erected next month at Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture.

Cornell's wife, Vicky, commissioned sculptor Nick Marra in March for the project. It's bittersweet how Vicky discovered the artist ... Marra's the same guy who created a sculpture for Anton Yelchin's tombstone.

Chris and Anton are buried only 40 feet apart at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and Vicky struck up a conversation with Anton's mother about his sculpture when they were both visiting the gravesites.

Marra tells us ... Vicky gave him an old photo of Chris doing what she called "the rock god pose" for the statue. Marra got one of his son's friend's who's 6'3" -- the same height as Chris -- to model for the body scan. He used that to make a foam statue, then covered it in an oil-based clay before bronzing.

Since it was a rush job each body part had to be bronzed separately, and it wasn't cheap.

Marra tells us the statue cost about $200k.

Offset Arrested in Georgia

7/20/2018 2:16 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

3:46 PM PT -- Offset was hit with 4 charges ... possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a weapon during a crime -- both felonies -- and possession of marijuana (one ounce or less), and an improper lane change ... both misdemeanors.

Offset is behind bars in Georgia after cops pulled him over and allegedly discovered at least one weapon.

Sources tell us the Migos rapper was traveling just outside Atlanta Friday when the vehicle he was in was pulled over for tinted windows. A witness tells us officers then discovered at least one gun in the SUV ... a big no-no for Offset, who is a convicted felon.

Offset and Cardi B welcomed their daughter, Kulture, into the world earlier this month ... we're told neither Cardi nor the baby were in the vehicle at the time of Offset's arrest.

We're still working to confirm details with law enforcement. 

Story developing ... 

Farrah Abraham Shocked Bristol's Doing 'Teen Mom' ... Show's Not Trump-Friendly

7/20/2018 2:14 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Farrah Abraham thinks Bristol Palin's in for a huge shock on "Teen Mom OG" because her conservative views will not be welcome around producers.

The 'Teen Mom' alum tells us she's not surprised Bristol wanted to come on board the popular MTV series -- but, she is shocked the show's producers sought her out. Farrah referred to the showrunners as the "Trump Hate Cult."

Farrah tells us she's concerned for the safety of Bristol and her family because of politics, and she's not even convinced it will make for good TV. In fact, she's not impressed at all with Bristol's story or what she'll bring to the table.

She does have a better option than Bristol in mind, though -- someone who already has experience.

James Gunn 'Guardians' Director Fired ... Over Offensive Tweets

7/20/2018 12:58 PM PDT

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" series needs a new director ... Disney just fired James Gunn over a bunch of horrifically offensive tweets from years ago.

Gunn made comments about 911, AIDS, the Holocaust and rape. In one of the since-deleted tweets he said, "The best thing about being raped is when you're done being raped and it's like 'whew this feels great, not being raped!'"

In another he said, "I like when little boys touch me in my silly place." The Daily Caller first published the tweets.

Disney Chairman Alan Horn said Gunn's tweets "are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values, and we have severed our business relationship with him."

Gunn had already directed 2 'Guardians' films and was in the middle of prepping to start shooting the third in a few months.

For his part, Gunn said when he started out in the biz he saw himself as a "provocateur" who said outrageous things. He added, "My days saying something just because it's shocking and trying to get a reaction are over."

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Manhattan Madam Kristin Davis Subpoenaed by Robert Mueller

7/20/2018 12:17 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kristin Davis, the Manhattan Madam who went to prison and was connected to former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, is being subpoenaed in the Robert Mueller investigation ... TMZ has learned.

Davis worked for former Trump aide Roger Stone for a decade, and had numerous interactions with Stone and Andrew Miller -- who ran Davis' campaign for Governor and who was subpoenaed by Mueller a month ago.

Sources familiar with the matter tell us, Davis' lawyer is negotiating the scope of the subpoena with Mueller's team.

As you know, Stone was referenced in the indictments last week of 12 Russians who allegedly meddled in the 2016 election.

Roseanne ABC Fired Me Over My Trump Support ... Also, 'F*** Racism!'

7/20/2018 12:28 PM PDT
Breaking News

Roseanne's taking direct aim at ABC, saying the network canned her less than an hour after calling her ... and she believes it's because voting for Donald Trump is a major no-no in Hollywood.

Roseanne ripped ABC for immediately labeling her a racist and canceling her show without giving her a chance to publicly apologize. She's going on the attack with several new video clips.

TMZ broke the story ... Roseanne and her son, Jake Pentland, are creating new content for a still unnamed project. In another clip, she seems to be responding to being called racist for the infamous Valerie Jarrett tweet. 

In front of her son and a couple members of her team, she says ... "F**k racism, f**k racism, f**k racism, f**k racism."

Jake captioned the vid, "The media narrative is mom is having a meltdown.... she’s more clear than ever. DON’T BELIEVE THE MEDIA"

As we reported, Jake's plan is to continue releasing the content on YouTube to provide an unfiltered and unedited version of his mom.

Cardi B & Offset Sued by Hotel Where Autograph Hound Beatdown Went Down

7/20/2018 1:50 PM PDT
Breaking News

Cardi B and Offset are in the crosshairs of another lawsuit stemming from the guy who sued the rappers claiming their hired muscle beat the crap outta him.

The Mark Hotel -- site of where the beatdown happened -- filed new legal docs saying they want the lawsuit thrown out, but are also covering their asses in the event Giovanni Arnold wins the suit.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, the hotel's essentially saying if The Mark Hotel gets hit with a huge judgment, it wants the court to hold the rappers responsible for the damages. 

TMZ broke the story ... Giovanni sued the rappers back in May following a verbal confrontation turned physical ... after Offset's alleged security pummeled Giovanni because he taunted them and told them, "Please beat me up."

Margot Robbie The Perfect Wave

7/20/2018 12:02 PM PDT

Actress Margot Robbie's no longer skating on ice, she's down in Costa Rica taking in some surf ... and pretty good at it.

The "I, Tonya" star and her hubby, Tom Ackerley, caught a party wave during a late afternoon surfing session. She looked like a pro on her longboard ... then again, she's Australian so surfing is basically in her blood.

Afterwards they headed into shore for happy hour and the sunset where Margot blended in with the other beach folk, gave a solid "cheers" and did a hang ten onto her man's arm.

Margot could be taking a quick break before kicking it into high gear again. She's got a ton of upcoming projects including "Suicide Squad 2," "Gotham City Sirens" and "Marian."

Edwin Jackson Drunk Driver Who Killed NFL Player Pleads Guilty

7/20/2018 12:12 PM PDT
Breaking News

The driver who crashed into Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson in Feb. -- killing the linebacker -- has pled guilty in his DUI case ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The case became a HUGE deal when President Trump tweeted that it was "disgraceful" that Jackson was killed by a man who was in the United States illegally. 

Now, we've learned the suspect, 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Zavala, has pled guilty to 2 counts of "DUI that causes the death of another."

He faces up to 16 years in prison when he's sentenced in September.

As we previously reported, 26-year-old Jackson and his Uber driver were hit by a pickup truck while they were standing on the shoulder of a highway in Indiana.

Officials say Orrego-Savala was driving the truck. He's a Guatemalan citizen who had been living in the U.S. illegally. 

TMZ Live Faith & Stevie's Wedding Stuns Fam

7/19/2018 10:45 AM PDT

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Taylor Swift Sued Over Gaming App The Swift Life

7/20/2018 10:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Taylor Swift flat-out stole her gaming app, The Swift Life ... so claims a tiny computer company that is going after the singer in court.

SwiftLife -- a computer consulting company -- claims it owned its name since 2007, and then Taylor came along and just jacked it.

SwiftLife is a one-man company and its owner, Patrick Benot, says he was never contacted by the singer or her reps ... they just took it to launch the digital gaming experience app The Swift Life.

Benot goes on to say Taylor and her people know full well about the ins and outs of trademarking products -- she's trademarked 64 items herself, so there is no excuse.

Benot says her app has caused him endless grief ... he has an email called help@swiftlife.com and it has been flooded with people confusing his little company with Taylor's gaming app.

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