Ray J is being accused of sexual assault not for grabbing a woman's ass at a Beverly Hills bar ... he allegedly grabbed her boob in front of witnesses.
TMZ broke the story ... Ray J was at Side Bar May 30th at the Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel. He got in an altercation at the bar, was thrown out, the cops came and Ray J allegedly went nuts, kicking out a police car window and spitting on an officer. He's been charged with 4 misdemeanors, including assault and battery and sexual battery.
The sexual battery is curious. The Beverly Hills PD told TMZ the day after the incident ... Ray J did not commit a crime when he touched a woman. We were told he touched her butt and cops said it was "incidental."
But now law enforcement sources say they've found "new evidence" ... although it's weird that it's new. We now know multiple witnesses -- staff and patrons -- say they saw Ray J grab a woman's boob in the bar and now cops believe prosecution for sexual battery is appropriate.
One witness says Ray J came into the hotel "wacked out on something" and pushed an 8-year-old in the lobby as he made his way to the bar.
We're also told both the lobby and the bar are filled with surveillance cameras. We're told there are so many cameras in the bar everything can be seen -- they can even zoom in on a tab.
Ray J's arraignment is set for Friday. He is not required to be in court.
Barack Was Right to Bail
39 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Network rivalries aside, CBS honcho Les Moonves thinks President Barack Obama had no choice but to cancel his planned appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
TMZ broke the story ... the Prez was going to Kimmel's Hollywood studio at 3 PM Wednesday to appear on the show ... without a studio audience ... but he backed out.
Moonves said the appearance on a different network was no big deal ... but that Obama has too much going on right now in the world to hit up the late night shows.
Obama's press secretary said Tuesday given the 2 world crises it wasn't a good idea to appear on a comedy show.
Kimmel's people told TMZ we were flat out wrong about any Obama appearance on Kimmel Wednesday ... but the plan was in tact, to the point the Kimmel staff had to ante up the SSNs.
Paul Hogan Divorce
I'm Done With You ...
But I'm Keeping 'Crocodile Dundee'
7/23/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Hogan has cut bait with his estranged wife, Linda -- their divorce just became final -- but he's hanging on to the true love of his life ... "Crocodile Dundee."
Hogan is keeping the rights to the "Crocodile Dundee" character and the film company that produced the movies ... according to the divorce docs obtained by TMZ. He also keeps ownership of their house in Venice, CA.
For her part ... Linda gets a lump sum of $5.775 million from Paul -- and gets to keep living in the Venice house until 2018 or until she remarries ...whichever happens first. She also has the option to buy the pad outright for $1.59 mil -- the original purchase price.
In the kid department ... they'll share legal custody of their 15-year-old son, Chance and neither will pay child support. Ditto for spousal support.
The ex Mrs. Hogan ditched one other thing -- she's officially Linda Kozlowski again.
NFL Star Adrian Peterson
YES, I GOT MARRIED!!!
7/22/2014 3:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Adrian Peterson is a married man ... TMZ Sports has confirmed.
Bubba's Got Beef with Bubba Gump Shrimp
7/23/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mykelti Williamson won't step foot in the restaurants named after his most famous character ... because he's got issues with corporate giant Viacom.
Of course Mykelti played Bubba in "Forrest Gump" -- which inspired the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. chain of restaurants, so we brought it up with him at LAX on Tuesday ... only to discover he's NEVER eaten there.
MW first told us how he celebrated the recent 20th anniversary of 'Gump' -- but quickly launched into a rant about the movie studio's parent company and its ties to the restaurants, and big oil ... of which he's not a fan.
Only problem is he's mistakenly referring to Gulf Western Oil, which has nothing to do with Viacom. A company called Gulf + Western DID merge with Paramount (and eventually Viacom) ... but is NOT an oil company.
Glad we could clear that up. Now make a reservation, Mykelti.
On a Yacht
7/23/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Leonardo DiCaprio was kung fu fightin' the hell out of someone in his mind ... as he ripped off some seriously high kicks in the South of France.
The Wolf of Wall Street was kicking air, taking names, and rocking a pony ... while onboard a yacht off St. Tropez Tuesday.
We know Leo loves MMA ... so the kickfest could be a new workout regimen -- or maybe he seriously wants a rematch with the guy who crushed him at Coachella.
In other news...
No longer skin & bones, LeAnn Rimes showed off her amazing bikini body in this skimpy two piece down in Miami.SEE MORE »
White House Confirms
Prez Called Off Kimmel Appearance
7/22/2014 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
5:55 PM PT -- We've learned the Kimmel plan was so far down the road ... the White House had requested Social Security numbers from everyone on the staff, and run background checks for all El Capitan employees.
President Obama pulled the plug on a planned "Jimmy Kimmel" appearance Wednesday ... because he didn't think it was wise to do a comedy show in the middle of 2 international crises.
TMZ broke the story ... Obama was going to the El Capitan Theatre -- next door to where Kimmel is taped -- at 3 PM Wednesday to do the show. After we posted the story ... Kimmel's show publicist told us we were dead wrong ... there was never a plan for Obama to appear. She said she had never heard of any such booking and she would know if that were the case.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the President was in talks with Kimmel but pulled the plug to deal "with more serious matters."
Although Earnest says they were in talks with Kimmel, we're told he had committed to doing the show. We're also told as late as Sunday, the plan was to announce the appearance on GMA Monday, which did not happen.
LAPD sources say they were told Obama's trip to the El Capitan was a go, but they were told the plug was pulled Tuesday afternoon.
Shows Up LATE for Concert
Then Lectures Fan on Respect!
7/23/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If you look up the definition of "irony" ... you'll find this video of Lauryn Hill, who had the nerve to snap at a fan for being disrespectful -- despite the fact SHE was severely late for her own show.
Hill played the House of Blues in Chicago last week, and our HOB sources tells us she was supposed to start playing at 10:30 -- but took her sweet time, and didn't actually make it to the stage until 11:20.
Once she did, most accounts say Lauryn's opening song performance was terrible, and when a fan called her out and flipped her off ... she berated him and had him tossed by security.
The person who shot this video tells TMZ they decided to leave after 2 more songs (which they called "rushed and sloppy") ... and say they saw a huge line of people at the box office asking for a refund.
It's like rain on your wedding day.
Don't Ask Hercules How Much He Benches!
That's Sooo High School
7/23/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
When ya see a guy the size of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson … one obvious question pops in your head, but whatever you do -- do NOT ask it out loud … as our camera guy learned.
The Rock -- so damn huge he's playing "Hercules" -- was in NYC Tuesday when our pap fell into gym meathead mode and asked, "How much are you benching?"
You gotta see Rock's initial reaction to the question (which he must hear 100 times/day) -- but he does eventually hit the photog with the perfect answer … for the smartass question.
Our guy shoulda learned from Alex Pettyfer -- who made the same screwup on Muscle Beach last weekend.
Cause of Death
7/23/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The coroner has made it official ... Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose.
The levels of heroin in Geldof's body were in a "fatal range," and puncture wounds were found on her elbows, wrists and thumbs.
According to police, the heroin found in her home the day of her death tested 61% pure. Typical street heroin is 30%.
Geldof's husband, musician Thomas Cohen, has said Geldof was trying to kick her drug habit and had been taking methadone for 2.5 years.
The 25-year-old Geldof was found dead in her home on April 7.
Guess Who This
TODDLER TURNED INTO!
7/23/2014 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Before this playful little guy gained famed for his crazy sideshow stunts he was just a cute kid goofing around with a mini grocery cart in London, England. Can you guess who he is?
Cara D. Floats Her Boat for Bday Bash
7/23/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ticketed for Speeding
'I Wasn't Speeding I Was Qualifying'
7/22/2014 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sarah Palin may be conservative, but her driving is unabashedly radical ... giving TMZ an epic rationalization for speeding in her pick up truck in Alaska.
The former guv was stopped in her hometown of Wasilla last Wednesday for going 63 in a 45 MPH zone in her Toyota Tundra. The cop wrote her up and she was on her way.
Palin cops to the crime, telling us, "I wasn't speeding, I was qualifying." She didn't accept full blame, saying Sammy Hagar's, "I Can't Drive 55" on the oldies station contributed to her lead foot.
We're told Palin will pay the $154 ticket STAT.
Hopefully a big black and white won't crush her groove next time.