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Ryan Lochte Phelps Got 6-Month Suspension ... And He Could Have Killed Someone

8/24/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-four-us-swimmers-ryan-lochte-rio-gunnar-bentz-jack-conger-jimmy-feigen-GETTY-02Ryan Lochte is going to get punished by the USOC ... but sources connected with the 4 swimmers don't think it's fair for the organization to annihilate them to appease those who are out for blood.

Lochte's lawyer, Jeff Ostrow, tells TMZ he has faith in the USOC and that the organization will punish Lochte in a manner that matches his conduct during the drunken Brazilian escapade. Ostrow would not say more.

Michael Phelps' punishment for his 2 DUIs is unquestionably relevant. The reality is ... but for the grace of God, Phelps could have killed an innocent person while driving drunk. After his second DUI in 2014, the USOC imposed a 6-month suspension.

The org. did not strip Phelps of his medals or keep him from competing in the 2016 Olympics.

As for Lochte and crew, they were drunk as well, but none got behind the wheel. Our sources say worst-case scenario ... Lochte damaged a sign outside a gas station bathroom and peed on the grass.

As for the "lies" -- our sources are adamant ... he and the other swimmers were taken out of a cab at gunpoint and ordered to turn over hundreds of dollars ... classic robbery. The sources acknowledge the swimmers were deceptive by implying they were pulled over in a moving cab.

Bottom line ... sources connected with the 4 swimmers say a 6-month suspension would be harsh given Phelps' punishment, but could still be justified. Anything more, they say, is just vengeance to appease the media and the public.

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Affluenza Mom Now Doing Time ... Behind Bar

8/23/2016 7:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-tonya-couch-tmz-wm-01Tonya Couch, the mother of the "affluenza" teen who fled to Mexico with her son, is back on her feet -- especially during happy hour -- tending bar.

We've learned Ethan Couch's mom is slinging drinks at the Honky Tonk Woman Saloon in Azle, TX. Tonya's telling her customers the Saloon gig was a lifesaver because no one wanted to hire her after she and Ethan were captured in Mexico last year. We're told she's had the job for about a month.

Tonya was cleared to start working in June. She was just released from house arrest on Tuesday, but still has to wear an ankle monitor. Ethan's doing 2 years for violating probation -- and Tonya's still facing 2 felonies -- for their illegal jaunt to Mexico.

The Honky Tonk Woman calls itself a bar for people from all walks of life, hosting pig roasts, NASCAR parties and biker rallies. Definitely a good time, but a long way from Couch's old comfy life in the 'burbs.

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'Bachelor in Paradise' Josh Murray Nick Viall Won't Answer My Calls

8/24/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-josh-murray-nick-viall-instagram-01The beef between "Bachelor in Paradise" stars Josh Murray and Nick Viall is so real, Nick hasn't returned Josh's phone calls since season 3 wrapped ... TMZ has learned.  

Sources close to production tell TMZ ... when 'BiP' wrapped in June, several cast members warned Josh that Nick portrayed him as the villain for stealing away Amanda Stanton. Our sources say Josh felt blindsided by the bad blood but wanted to make things cool with Nick, so he reached out to him before the show aired ... but Nick never responded.

Sources close to Josh tell us he feels Nick seized the opportunity to play the role as a "victim" and feels that he won over Amanda fairly. When Josh first arrived at the house, he asked the girls if any of them were in a serious relationship ... and Amanda said no. However, we're told the clip didn't make the cut.

After seeing the drama unfold, we're told Josh feels it's now too late to ever respect him again.

Now that's tough love.

Keshia Knight Pulliam's Husband Georgia Fire Sale Days After Filing for Divorce

8/24/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-keshia-pulliam-ed-hartwell-Instagram-Getty-01Ed Hartwell curiously unloaded his Georgia mansion for an enormous loss just two days after blindsiding Keshia Knight Pulliam with divorce papers.

We've learned Hartwell sold the 6 bedroom, 8,000 square foot home for $690k ... he'd had it on and off the market since 2012 before finally selling late last month. Ed originally bought the house for $1.268 mil in 2005 ... so he lost around $580k on the property.

The timing of the sale is interesting ... Ed owned the home well before he and Keshia got married, so it's his property regardless. As for why the fire sale ... no one's talking, but you gotta wonder if he's bracing for lots of legal expenses. 

As TMZ reported -- the two are currently locked in a bitter court battle ... which includes nasty paternity issues and claims of emotional abuse.

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Ed In 'MULHOLLAND DRIVE' 'MEMBA HIM!?

8/24/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0712_ed_mulholland_launchVincent Castellanos is best known for playing Ed -- friend to Joe, the hired hitman played by Mark Pellegrino -- in David Lynch's 2001 thriller, "Mulholland Drive." Guess what he looks like now!

The Kardashians Judge Orders Sisters' Face Down

8/23/2016 5:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-kardashians-tmz-instagram-03Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian just scored a legal victory against the beauty company that was plastering their mugs all over the Internet to hawk a cosmetic line.

TMZ broke the story ... the girls sued Haven Beauty -- which bought a failing cosmetics line called Boldface -- claiming the company had no right to use their images to sell its products.

The company fired back -- the prior owner made a deal with the Kardashian sisters in which they obligated themselves to promote the cosmetic line, which included using their images on the company's website.

The girls fired back again, saying yes, they made a deal, but Haven and the prior owner screwed them out of royalties so the deal was over.

A judge just agreed with K, K and K, and issued an injunction prohibiting Haven from using a trace of the famed trio.

There are still legal issues to settle, but the ruling is a big victory for the women.

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Blac Chyna Sued Your Friend, Your Car, Your Problem

8/23/2016 5:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-blac-chyna-tmzBlac Chyna sent a woman to the hospital ... at least according to a woman who has now filed suit against the the future Mrs. Kardashian.

TMZ broke the story ... Chyna's friend, Paige Addison, was tooling around in Chyna's BMW back in November when she blew a stop sign and slammed into an SUV and injured 2 people inside. The lawsuit claims Chyna should've known Paige was a bad driver and should never have let her take the wheel.

Paige was charged with felony hit-and-run.

The people in the SUV want medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.

We've reached out to Chyna ... so far, no word back.

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Ariana Grande Sued Your 'One Last Night' Is Just An ALL NIGHT Rip-off

8/23/2016 5:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-ariana-grande-getty-02If the hook in Ariana Grande's hit song, "One Last Time," sounds familiar that's because she jacked it from a song that came out 2 years earlier ... according to a new lawsuit.

Songwriter Alex Greggs says he wrote, and holds the copyright on the 2012 tune, "Takes All Night" ... an EDM track for Skye Stevens. In the suit, Greggs says Ariana and David Guetta -- who produced "One Last Time" -- duplicated the most memorable part of his song ... the chorus!

Greggs is a heavy hitter, who's worked with Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and both Jacksons -- Janet and Michael -- and says Ariana copied his music as well as lyrics, like ... "take(s) [or taking] you home."

He's suing for a cut of the profits from AG's track, a top 20 hit in 2014.

Go ahead and play juror ... check out both tunes. 

OPI Nail Polish Mogul Bank Account On Fleek!! Gets $15 Mil for Mansion

8/23/2016 3:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

opi_beverly_hills_home_launchThe lady who helped make OPI king queen of the nail polish game just put a fresh coat of cash on her pockets ... by unloading her Bev Hills palace. 

Miriam Schaeffer -- ex-wife to OPI founder, George Schaeffer, and a former exec herself -- sold the 6 bed, 7.5 bath crib in record time. The house hit the market in June, and escrow closed this month. 

Jacob Dadon from the John Aaroe Group repped Miriam ... who is walking away from a ton of luxury: private gym, extra outdoor kitchen, 2-story guesthouse and a 300-year-old French Burgundy fireplace. 

The $15 mil will ease her pain.

Hillary Clinton Gets Goofy with Justin and Jessica

8/23/2016 2:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0823-justin-timberlake-hillary-clinton-jessica-biel-instagram-01Hillary Clinton got mugged at a Hollywood fundraiser ... with the help of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.

The luncheon was held at Justin and Jessica's home, and hosted by the two of them, Scooter Braun and wife Yael Cohen, Tobey Maguire and wife Jennifer Meyer and Shonda Rhimes.

0823-jennifer-aniston-twitterA bunch of stars showed, including Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx.

Everyone shelled out $33k a head ... and Hillary made off with a fortune. They served chicken.

Our spies say Justin and Jessica intro'd Clinton. Someone asked why she was in the race, and she said she's motivated by helping people. The crowd gave her a standing O. 

Model Mara Teigen No Boys Allowed At My $50k Bday Bash

8/23/2016 1:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0803_mara_bday_launch2.JPGModel Mara Teigen's new mystery boyfriend footed the $50,000 bill for her 22nd birthday, and the luxurious event had everything you'd want at an all-chick celebration ... except pillows.

Mara's party went down Sunday at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the Presidential Bungalow suite, which goes for about $27k a night. Dude also threw in a 6 ft tall orchid arrangement for $3,500 and a $2,500 cake. Not to mention the $12,000 diamond Cartier bracelet she got as a gift.

We're told she's been with the BF for about 8 months, but wants to keep his identity under wraps. And if he's gonna keep dropping this kinda coin, we say ... no need to rock the boat.

As for the guest list ... Justin Bieber's recent fling, Sahara Ray, "DASH Dolls" star Durrani and Carl's Jr. model Emily Sears were all there in white swimwear.

Still ... no pillow fight. Bummer.

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Meek Mill Tried to Block Drake From Philly Turnup

8/23/2016 11:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-drake-meek-mill-TMZ-02Meek Mill tried to set up a full blockade of Drake in Philadelphia, but the plan blew up in his face ... TMZ has learned.

Sources in both rappers' camps tell us Meek had Sunday night marked down on his calendar -- knowing full well Drake was scheduled to be behind enemy lines ... performing in Meek's hometown. We're told Meek's crew put out calls to several nightclubs asking them to turn down Drake if he wanted to throw an after-party.

Meek's camp also put out calls to several hundred of their homies in town, and asked them to make a show of force at the Wells Fargo Center. Things really got heated when their crews contacted each other directly -- Meek's team warning Drake's that there better not be any disrespect when they got to Philly.  

We're told the warning only pissed off Drake ... and reignited the beef. This is exactly why he called Meek a "p****" on Saturday night ... and then ripped into him even harder in Philly.

For what it's worth -- Drake did NOT party in town after the concert. It's unclear if that's because Meek's blockade was successful, or if Drizzy just chose to get the hell outta Dodge ... with all his bodyguards nearby. 

Nipsey Hussle My Chain Is Dope ... Seriously, Light It Up

8/23/2016 10:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-Nipsey-Hussle-tmzNipsey Hussle never has to worry about running outta chronic as long as he's wearing his new 100 percent smokable gold chain.

Nipsey's new piece is every stoner's dream ... 100 grams of weed rolled into joints with gold papers, and then linked together. The giant pendant is toke-ready too!

The handiwork was done by professional joint roller Tony Greenhand -- yes, that's a job, and you gotta love his name. We're told the papers alone cost $300, and the pendant is loaded with $3,000 worth of pot ... retail price, of course.

Nispey got it gratis though. It's just a matter of time before that chain's reduced to a choker, and then a bracelet ... a ring ... paper clip ... 

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