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Bill Cosby

Alma Mater Runs for the Hills ...

Amid Testimony of 'Enquirer' Trade-Off

11/28/2014 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1121-bill-cosby-tmz-01One of Bill Cosby's alma maters cut all ties with him on the same day it was revealed that Cosby struck a 2005 deal with the National Enquirer to stop it from publishing a rape accuser's story.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst -- where Cosby received his masters and doctorate in education -- announced Cosby agreed to step down Wednesday as co-chairman of the school's fundraising campaign. A UMass rep said he now has zero connection with the university. 

Late Wednesday ... previously sealed court docs were released from Cosby's molestation case involving a staffer at his other alma mater, Temple University. The docs include Cosby's sworn deposition, during which he said he agreed to give the National Enquirer an exclusive interview -- and in exchange it killed a story about a rape accuser named Beth Ferrier

In the depo, Cosby said he was afraid Ferrier's story would bolster the extremely similar accusations being made by the Temple staffer, Andrea Constand.

Cosby reached a confidential settlement with Constand in 2006.

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Drew Barrymore

Street Rebel Gets Ticket

For Walking ... Dangerously

11/28/2014 7:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1128_drew_barrymore_jaywalking_fameflynet_2Drew Barrymore had the worst Thanksgiving luck 'cause she got busted Thursday for the most heinous of offenses -- jaywalking!

Barrymore was leaving a yoga class Thursday when -- according to a photo agency -- an officer spotted her ignoring crosswalks ... and instead, opting to cross the street in the middle of a block. Yes, just like millions of other people in L.A. yesterday who didn't get caught.

We'd say props to Drew for getting in a workout on turkey day -- but look what it got her.

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Scott Stapp

Placed on Psych Hold

Fears ISIS Attack Against His Kid

11/28/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Creed
frontman Scott Stapp was placed on a psych hold after cops say he had drug-fueled paranoid delusions he's a marked man, and his wife says he hears voices and worries his kid will get attacked by ISIS.

TMZ has obtained a Madison County Florida Sheriff's Dept. report which says deputies found Scott on the side of a road Nov. 13 and he appeared wasted, incoherent and rambling that someone was trying to poison him. Cops placed him on a 72-hour psych hold.

Jaclyn Stapp -- who filed for divorce last month -- then filed new legal docs claiming Scott is off the hinges, threatening to kill himself and his AA sponsor, and she says he has the wherewithal to do it ... he has guns.

Jaclyn says Scott hears phantom voices and has visions of people on fire. She says he's also paranoid. He left a message with the dean of his kid's school on November 10, warning that the school was about to become the target of an ISIS attack.

As for why he's out of his head, Jaclyn says he's on a potentially fatal drug binge, fueled by steroids, weed, cocaine, PCP, Special K, Crystal meth, and various Rx drugs.

Stapp posted a desperate video Friday, saying he's broke, sometimes homeless and sometimes goes without food. Jaclyn says it's because he blows all of his money on drugs, and has resorted to pawning personal items to fuel his habit.

Jaclyn dismissed her petition Friday to lock Scott up ... we're told she's now talking to Scott and hopes she can accomplish her goal by communicating with him and convincing him he needs help.

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'Lilo & Stitch' Star

We Don't Want Your Ass

On the Strip

11/28/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The star of "Lilo & Stitch" is too hot for the Sunset Strip ... because her ass has just been rejected.

Daveigh Chase -- who was the voice of Lilo -- is the star of the upcoming movie, "Wild in Blue." We're told the flick is real sexy, and that's why it's being marketed with Daveigh's ass as its moniker.

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Regency Outdoor Advertising owns one of the best billboards on the Strip ... right at Sunset and Doheny, a stone's throw from 1OAK, Bootsy Bellows and Boa.  

The folks at "Wild in Blue" offered the market price of $45K for the month of January to plaster her ass, but Regency balked because the image was just too risque.

We're told Regency suggested producers Photoshop "boy shorts" over the thong to make it more palatable. Ain't gonna happen.

The movie's marketers are looking for another billboard on the Strip, but so far no bites ... bites.

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'Real World' Star Ryan Knight

Dead at 29

11/27/2014 4:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1127_ryan-knight-gettyRyan Knight -- a castmate on the 2010 "Real World New Orleans" -- has died and close friends tell TMZ it was on the heels of a night of partying.

Several of Ryan's friends tell TMZ ... he was out partying Wednesday night with a bunch of people and ended up at a friend's house.  We're told a friend found him dead Thursday morning. The friend said he had choked on his own vomit.  

Several people who were in contact with Knight while he was partying tell us he had taken "some pills" but they were not specific. 

Friends tell us Ryan was upbeat Wednesday night. He was saying he was dating someone new who made him extremely happy.

It's the second 'Challenge' death this month ... Diem Brown died a few weeks ago.

Ryan was 29.

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Snoop Dogg

I'd Kill Those Pot-Smoking Grannies

11/28/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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112614_snoop_dogg_launch_v2Snoop Dogg is scared he'd kill the grandmas who famously smoked weed for the first time.

Our photog spotted The Doggfather outside the Forum in Inglewood. Snoop's certain AARP members would go full flatline if they blaze with him.

But at least one of the old ladies takes issue. Paula (the dark haired one in the video) tells TMZ she'd love the chance to "twist one up with Snoop."

She prefers vaporizers and Snoop likes blunts, but Paula has a middle ground: "He is welcome in my kitchen any day. We can cook pot brownies. He’s too thin, I'll fatten him up if he comes over."

Just like a grandma ... always trying to feed you pot brownies.

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'Ghost Adventures' Star

Selling Haunted Vegas Lair ...

Exorcism NOT Included

11/28/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1125_Zak_Bagans_Ghost_Adventures_House_launch"Ghost Adventures" star Zak Bagans fled his Las Vegas home years ago -- but now he's finally ready to sell the place for dirt cheap ... with one demonic catch.

According to real estate sources ... Zak is unloading his 4,700-square-foot Vegas townhouse -- complete with a chrome toilet, hidden dungeon behind a bookcase, and alleged paranormal activity. All that for $459,000.

Zak tells TMZ he bought the pad for $370K, but claims he ended up with a real demon for a roommate after bringing home a human skull ... for work purposes. 

1126-zak-bagans-skull-swipe-tmz-01He believes demonic forces yanked him outta bed and shoved his GF down a flight of stairs -- which might be the worst sales pitch ever. Instead of hiring an exorcist ... Zak says he got the hell out more than 2 years ago. 

Buyer beware ... unless you're into that kinda thing.

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Stars Shoppin'

FAUX BLACK

FRIDAY PHOTOS!

11/28/2014 12:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1125_bargain_hunters_post_launchWith personal shoppers and stacks of cash … celebs don't have to stress about saving some dough during the holidays -- but we've gone ahead and glued these stars right into the middle of the retail ruckus for your viewing pleasure.

Deal with it!

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Epic Meal Time Star

My Turkey Day Beats Yours

Even Though I'm Canadian

11/27/2014 12:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The guys from Epic Meal Time may be Canadian, but they're still stuffing their faces for Turkey day ... and we guarantee your Aunt Betty won't be making this for Thanksgiving.

Harley Morenstein tells us he was still hungry for holiday meats following T-giving in Canada last month ... so he and the boys decided to film an upcoming episode on America's day of thanks.

The bearded host says they'll be making a "Christmas PoulTree" today ... which is made entirely out of turkey, chicken, duck and quail -- and will feature 5 layers of poultry with bacon strips underneath each. 

Oh, and did we mention it will be stuffed with french fry bacon sausage stuffing?

BTW ... if you want to make a PoulTree yourself ... it'll cost around $1000.

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Creed's Scott Stapp

Criticizing Obama

Caused My Downfall

11/27/2014 12:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Scott Stapp believes President Obama sic'd the IRS on him as revenge for pot shots he took at the prez during a 2012 interview -- which is why he's damn near broke now. 

The former Creed front man spoke with the Roz and Mocha Show on KISS 92.5 Thursday morning in Toronto ... and claimed his accounts were compromised within two months of the Fox News interview.

Stapp adds, "I believe the IRS situation is definitely a result of me expressing my dissatisfaction with President Obama. Absolutely, 100 percent."

As we previously reported ... the singer claims his estranged wife claims he's delusional and is trying to get him committed. Believing POTUS hangs on his every word doesn't exactly help his case.

Check out the interview ... Scott talks about how much money he has left ... and whether his former band mates have reached out to help.

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CM Punk

I Got Fired From WWE ...

On My Wedding Day!

11/27/2014 9:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former WWE Champ CM Punk claims he never quit the famous wrestling company ... he was FIRED -- and it all went down on his wedding day.
 
Punk spoke out on the Art of Wrestling podcast with Colt Cabana for the first time since walking out on the company in January ... and went into extreme detail about why he left.

The wrestling star says he never technically quit ... he got the 'ole heave ho -- delivered in the mail on his wedding day to WWE Diva AJ Lee.

The whole interview is almost 2 hours long -- Punk talks about wrestling with a staph infection for months ... and how he threatened to sue the company over royalty payments.

He also says he'll never work for WWE again.

Angelina Jolie

Look-alike Can Score $30K

For One Good Egg

11/27/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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It's got to be Jennifer Aniston's worst nightmare ... another Angelina Jolie may be walking the face of the earth soon, because someone's in the market for an Angelina egg donor.

The UCLA Daily Bruin ran a classified ad Friday seeking an egg donor who looks like Brad Pitt's newly-minted wife. 
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The company that placed the ad -- Beverly Hills Egg Donation -- presumably has a client who wants their kid to be an outlier.

The ad is specific ... white, tall, slender, the right cheekbones and forehead. Anyone with the right stuff can make $30K for 2 cycles.

Period.

Devon Still's Baby Mama

I'm Not Trying to Ruin His Life

But I Need More Money

11/27/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1126-devon-still-and-family-FACEBOOK-01Devon Still's baby mama says there's NO court order requiring the Cincinnati Bengals player to pay child support for their cancer-stricken daughter Leah ... but says the two had a "voluntary agreement" which Devon stopped paying in July. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Channing Smythe who says the two had worked out an unofficial financial arrangement ... but it fell apart over the summer when Devon wanted Channing and Leah to move to Cincinnati to be near him. 

"I don’t feel that it was right for me to move her," Channing says ... "[Delaware] is where all her friends and family are and this is where we have been building our life. He was very upset about that and that’s when he stopped giving me money."

Channing says Devon has been paying for some of Leah's clothes, medical bills and other things -- and she's "grateful" for all of the help -- but says she needs more money from Devon due to Leah's medical condition which prevents her from working. 

Channing says she has started the paperwork to get court ordered child support in Delaware -- but so far, they have not reached an agreement. 

Channing tells us Devon is a "wonderful father" to Leah and visits her almost weekly -- and takes her to doctor's appointments whenever he can. 

As for Still, he issued a statement saying, "I am not going to retaliate against the mother of my daughter ... I am going to continue to allow the court system to handle this matter, as it has been doing these past couple of months."

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