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Britney Spears

Lifetime Conservatorship

8/3/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Britney Spears has been under a remarkably successful conservatorship for 7 1/2 years, and sources familiar with the situation tell us it could last a lifetime.

We're told there are no plans to end the conservatorship, even in the long term, and no one involved is complaining. As TMZ and every other media outlet reported, Britney was so bad off at the end of 2007 her family was in fear she would die.

After she was taken to the hospital on a psych hold, her dad, Jamie Spears, went to court and a conservatorship was established in January 2008. There are actually 2 conservatorships ... one for the person, and one for finances.  

Fact is ... the conservatorships have worked remarkably well. Britney -- who at her worst was on the verge of losing permanent custody of her kids -- is now by any standard a great parent. Jamie and Britney's doctors have stabilized her to the point she can successfully work and maintain a personal life.

As for the financial conservatorship, it has been a huge success. Last year alone the conservatorship raked in $14 million, and that's only a portion of Britney's financial machine. As one source said, before the conservatorship her finances were an absolute mess, and the ship has been fully righted. 

We're told Britney -- who has a team of lawyers and doctors, along with Jamie, managing the conservatorship -- has "substantial day-to-day freedom" to make her own decisions.

Short story ... if the conservatorship were to end, there would be significant risk she could backslide. The plan is to continue the conservatorship indefinitely ... because it works.

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Jericho the Lion

High Alert

For Poachers and Hunters

8/3/2015 12:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0802-jericho-lion-SPLASH-01Jericho the lion has a security team to ensure he isn't hunted and killed like his kindred spirit, Cecil.

An official from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force tells TMZ, a research team is monitoring Jericho's every move and are ready to pounce if anything looks suspicious.

Jericho has taken over alpha male duties for the pride, and if he's killed the animals that were once under Cecil's watch will be unprotected in the wild.

Researchers are tracking Jericho as best they can with a GPS device.

A report surfaced Saturday that Jericho was killed, which thankfully turned out to be false.  

Officials in Zimbabwe have put a ban on hunting lions around the park in question, and if any poachers are spotted in the area, authorities will take swift action.

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Slipknot

Bassist Rushed to Hospital During Concert

36 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF

0731-alessandro-vman-getty-facebookThe bassist for Slipknot was rushed to the hospital by ambulance in the middle of the band's performance.

Alessandro "V Man" Venturella got onstage with the band Sunday night in Hartford, Connecticut but after a few songs the band abruptly stopped and went backstage. They returned minus V Man, and lead singer Corey Taylor told the audience, "I'm sorry to say that our bass player, Alex, had ... something happened."

Alex was rushed to the hospital and the band continued its performance. The nature of the medical emergency is unclear.

Slipknot's original bassist, Paul Gray, died in 2010 from an OD.


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'Ice Road Trucker'

Wasted On a Plane

... Cops Called

19 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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0803-darrell-ward-facebookDarrell Ward, one of the "Ice Road Truckers," got hauled off an LAX flight by cops for an alleged FUI ... flying under the influence of tons of booze.

Law enforcement sources tell us Ward was escorted off an Alaska Airlines flight shortly before takeoff Saturday evening because he was liquored up and screaming at a gate agent.

Ward must've realized he was on thin ice -- as in, about to get arrested -- because he calmed way down when officers arrived, and his good attitude paid off. The airline booked him on another flight ... and cops allowed him to sleep it off in the airport.

One more thing ... we're told cops informed Ward he was being recorded on security cameras -- and Ward said he was used to cameras, since he's on 'IRT.'

Weakest play ever of the "do you know who I am" card.

D.L. Hughley

I'm So Pissed Off Trump's #1

11 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

D.L. Hughley trashed Donald Trump, the other Republican candidates and voters all in around 60 seconds. 

Hughley was at LAX Sunday when our photog asked about Trump's ascendance in the polls to #1 among Republican hopefuls. 

Hughley is either disinterested or unaware of what has become apparent to many ... Trump has become the anti-establishment candidate who is a symbol of American's disdain for politicians.

Leslie Jordan

When I Tossed the Tea at the Hooligans

'I Was So Butch'

8/3/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Leslie Jordan says he's never been so scared in his life when he confronted 3 guys after one of them hurled a homophobic slur.

As TMZ reported, Leslie was at Starbucks on Santa Monica Blvd in WeHo this week when 3 guys came up, caused a scene and were asked to leave. One allegedly screamed, "f****** f******" on the way out. Leslie ran out to confront them, he says one raised his fists and Leslie doused him with delicious tea.

You gotta listen to the video ... it's like the cops played "Let's Make a Deal" with the actor as he noodled over whether to press charges.


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Tyga

Sued for Overclubbing it in Vegas

8/3/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Tyga is getting sued for club hopping in Vegas.

According to legal docs ... Kylie's BF signed a contract with a promoter to perform last summer at Body English for $25k. Part of the deal was that Tyga couldn't perform anywhere else in Vegas a week before the concert and a month after. It's called a "radius" clause, and it's really common.

The promoter -- Z Entertainment -- claims Tyga hopped onstage at another Vegas venue the night before the Body English gig. 

The promoter also says Tyga screwed them over when he was a no-show last November at a gig in Santa Monica. 

The promoter wants Tyga to fork over $100k in damages.

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Melanie Griffith

I’m A Renter Now

8/3/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0730_melanie_griffith_villa_main_launch1Melanie Griffith has gone from a mega homeowner to a renter, but don't feel sorry for her.

Melanie's living it up as a single chick in an awesome Hollywood Hills home after making a record amount of money off the digs she used to share with Antonio Banderas.  They scored $16 mil when they sold it earlier this year ... a record for the pricey Hancock Park area of L.A. 

Melanie’s new 4,725 sq. ft. Mediterranean villa has 4 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, a movie theater, sports court, and a large pool with a cabana overlooking the city.

She’s ponying up $50k a month for rent and with a 2-year lease she'll be paying more than a mil.

TMZ broke the story, Antonio and Melanie just recently finalized their divorce.

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Toad In

"AMERICAN GRAFFITI"

'MEMBA HIM?!

8/3/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Charles Martin Smith is most known for his role as Terry 'the Toad' Fields in the classic 1973 George Lucas film, "American Graffiti," opposite Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss. Guess what he looks like now!

In other news...

Does Hilary Swank Have A New Man?
You Will Recognize Him.

The two have been looking awfully cozy. Find out the deets!

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Dennis Rodman

Reeks of Booze at Car Wash

Cops Called

8/2/2015 12:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0802-dennis-rodman-carwash-TMZ-01update_graphic_red_bar1:55 PM PST -- A rep for Dennis Rodman tells TMZ, Dennis had no intention of getting behind the wheel and his girlfriend drove to and from the carwash.

update_grey_gray_barFormer NBA star Dennis Rodman was wasted at a carwash Sunday morning in the O.C. ... at least according to several eyewitnesses, and it was bad enough that the cops were called ... TMZ Sports has learned.

It happened at a Costa Mesa car wash ...  several people came in close contact with him -- including employees -- say he smelled of alcohol and was acting weird.  We're told he walked up to a man and put his hand on his shoulder and said, "Hey white guy."  And they say he walked up to several girls, telling them they were hot and they should check out his boat in Newport.

Click To Read More -- It's Not Over Yet!
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Mindy Kaling's Anal Sex Controversy

What do you think about it? Too far?

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Bob Barker on Cecil

I'm Glad There's a Bounty on Dentist's Head

8/2/2015 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Bob Barker has no problem if someone does to Dr. Walter Palmer what he did to Cecil The Lion ... kill him.

Barker and his partner Nancy Burnet believe Palmer and hunters like him have a personality defect like other criminals.

They are raging over what Palmer and are happy he's going though his own misery.

 

In other news...

Chrissy Teigen Shocks The Internet AGAIN

How much more scandalous can she possibly get?! You need to see this!

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'Street Outlaws' Daddy Dave

Seriously Injured

In Devastating Crash

8/2/2015 9:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

update_graphic_red_bar2:20 PM PST -- Daddy Dave's wife took to his Facebook to let fans know that despite a concussion, bruised lung and some bumps and bruises, Dave is recovering in his own room.

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The video is horrific ... a drag race comes to a quick, violent end when Daddy Dave from "Street Outlaws" loses control of his vehicle and it slams into a wall and barrel rolls.

It happened at the Amarillo Dragway in Texas Saturday night.  Dave was driving a nitrous-fed Chevy II and struck the wall seconds after the race started.

He was taken away by ambulance and is currently in the hospital in stable condition.  It's a miracle he lived.  At the very least, it appears he suffered a serious concussion.

Jericho the Lion

Cecil's 'Brother'

Alive and Well!!!

8/2/2015 8:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0802-jericho-alive-WILDCRU-01Jericho -- the so-called "brother" of Cecil The Lion -- is doing just fine, despite reports he met the same fate as the beloved fallen beast.

Jericho was spotted early Sunday in Zimbabwe.

Here's what's really interesting.  Jericho and Cecil were not related, but in the jungle it doesn't matter much.  There's such a  thing as "cooperative coalitions" between unrelated male lions, who band together to protect their territories.  

As the studies go, 42% of these coalitions involve lions who have no blood relation.

It's kind of like a reality show, except way more awesome.

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