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Taraji P. Henson

I Apologize to the Cop

My Son Wasn't Profiled

54 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF

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Taraji P. Henson just gave a public mea culpa, profusely apologizing to a police officer she accused of racism.

The "Empire" actress had accused a Glendale cop of profiling her son during a traffic stop, but the Glendale PD blew her claim out of the water by releasing dash cam video of the stop, and the cop could not have been nicer. In fact, he let Taraji's son, Marcel Johnson, skate on a traffic violation and possession of Ritalin without a prescription.

Taraji now says, "I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department. A mother's job is not easy and neither is a police officer's."

She adds, "Sometimes as humans WE overreact without gathering all of the facts. As a mother in this case I overreacted and for that I apologize."

Our translation ... Marcel probably wasn't exactly straight with his mom on what went down.

Taraji ends by saying, "Thank you to that officer for being kind to my son."

Smart move.

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Eddie Murphy's GF

Hottest Babysitter Ever

3/27/2015 2:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Eddie Murphy Hot FamilyA Maui beach was blanketed by Eddie Murphy's smoking hot chicks this week -- one of them was his girlfriend and the other 2 were his daughters. 

Eddie's gorgeous 35-year-old Australian girlfriend Paige Butcher was there with his 25-year-old daughter Bria and his 20-year-old daughter Shayne. Murphy apparently missed out on the fun. 

Hands down ... this vacay looks better than almost all of Eddie's movies in the last 10 years. 

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Bobby Brown

Keeping the Faith

at Bobbi Kristina's New Medical Facility

3/27/2015 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0327_bobby_brown_entering_medical_Center_INF_WMBobby Brown is in it for the long haul -- standing firm in his belief Bobbi Kristina can pull out of her coma ... now that she's getting treatment at a facility known for its long term care.

Bobby was walking outside DeKalb Medical this week. It's touted as the best Long Term Acute Care hospital in the Atlanta area ... partly because the facility has equipment to provide continuous monitoring of vital signs -- crucial in a case like Bobbi Kristina's.

As we reported ... doctors at Emory University Hospital tested her responsiveness last week before she was transferred to DeKalb. We're told there was no change.

Sources tell us Bobby is still leaning on the power of prayer to save his daughter ... who's remained unconscious since Feb 1.

Prince

Sued for Allegedly Poaching 'Voice' Contestant

3/27/2015 12:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0327-prince-judith-hill-tmz-01Prince shamelessly stole a recording artist away from the producer who discovered Lady Gaga ... and her company is now going after The Purple One in court.

Singer Judith Hill made a name for herself on "The Voice" in 2013. Sony got interested in her. Ditto Jolene Cherry, the famed producer who first eyed Lady Gaga. Sony and Cherry partnered and claim they signed her to an exclusive recording deal.

A few months ago, Sony and Cherry heard rumblings that Hill was meeting with Prince for a recording session. They warned her to stop earlier this month, only to learn that she and Prince recorded an entire album -- 11 songs -- and released it Monday as a free Internet download.

Cherry is now going after Prince with a vengeance, courtesy of her lawyer Larry Stein, asking not only for regular damages but punitive damages for underhandedness.

  

Jennifer Lopez, Casper Smart

They NEVER Broke Up!!!

3/27/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jennifer Lopez Casper Smart Never Broke Up Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart did NOT get back together, because we found out they were never really apart.

Sources close to the couple tell us ... the break-up they announced in June was a business move. Multiple sources say in the spring they did stop seeing each other, but only for a few weeks.

We're told JLo was hawking her movie, "Boy Next Door," and honchos on the film felt creating a buzz that she was hooking up with co-star Ryan Guzman would help sell tickets. It's hard to do that when you're not single.

But the decision wasn't one-sided. We're told Casper was up to the same thing because he was shooting "Street," a UFC fighter movie where he buffed up. Again, he was more appealing single.

0326-jennifer-lopez-casper-smart-SUB-02It all makes sense now. Two months after they revealed their break-up, a photog got shots of them in a convertible BMW. When JLo saw the photog, Casper put the top up and she slumped down in the passenger seat, out of sight.

Then in December, a dog at Jennifer's house bit a neighbor. Turns out it was Casper's dog that did the deed and he came running out of the house in his pajama bottoms after the attack.

0326-jennifer-lopez-casper-smart-SUB-01In February, Casper went to a GQ event, and when he left he walked down the block and jumped in a car JLo was driving, avoiding photogs. A few minutes later a photog saw them walk into a restaurant together. When they saw the guy they hightailed it inside.

And then they got bolder, dancing together at a Big Sean concert at the House of Blues in WeHo.

Case closed.

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'Superman' Villain

Christopher Reeve Was An Ass!

I Nearly Knocked Him Out

3/27/2015 11:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

One of Christopher Reeve's former co-stars is making outrageous accusations about his attitude on the set of "Superman" ... and this will blow your mind ... if you believe it.

We ran into Jack O'Halloran, who played Non ... the mute villain from Krypton ... and the photog asked him about working with Reeve -- and he ripped into the late actor for being a Prima donna who "believed his own publicity."

Now, up front -- we can't confirm any of O'Halloran's claims -- and to be honest ... we're really big fans of Christopher ... which is why this video was so shocking to us.

O'Halloran went on to tell a story about almost punching Reeve during a dispute on set and says, "He was like a child. He wanted to be Superman and Clark Kent all the time."

You gotta see his story about Reeve and the guy who played Jimmy Olsen too.

Again ... we're not necessarily buying 'em, but O'Halloran's stories are unique.

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Taraji P. Henson's Son

Police Video Shoots Down

Racial Profiling Claim

3/27/2015 10:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Taraji P. Henson says her son was racially profiled by cops on 2 different occasions -- but police video of one of the incidents completely refutes that claim ... because the officer could NOT have been nicer.

The "Empire" star recently complained her 20-year-old son Marcel Johnson was pulled over by a Glendale, CA officer who illegally searched the car, cited him for marijuana possession, but didn't ticket him for the original infraction.

Watch the dash cam video of the full stop ... the officer pulls over Marcel for allegedly failing to yield at a crosswalk. When the officer asks Marcel if he has anything illegal in the car ... he confesses he has some marijuana. The officer actually thanked him for being honest.

When you see the clip ... it's hard to say the cop had it out for Marcel. As for the alleged illegal search ... the officer says he smelled the weed -- which alone would give him probable cause, plus Marcel copped to it.

Taraji says the 2nd incident went down at USC when police allegedly stopped Marcel for "having his hands in his pockets." No video of that one yet.

Cookie's rarely wrong, but this time it looks like she is ... or maybe her son gave her bum info about the Glendale incident. We've got a call into her rep.

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Jake Gyllenhaal

Scary Jacked

... For New Boxing Flick

3/27/2015 9:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Jake Gyllenhaal is a beast. 

The actor got insanely ripped for his role in the upcoming "Southpaw" flick ... a movie about a boxer who loses everything and has to fight to get his life back. 

The movie looks super emotional ... and 50 Cent has a role in it ... but the headline here is that Gyllenhaal looks like a real-life fighter in the new trailer. 

#respect

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Taylor Swift & Calvin Harris

Oh Yeah, They've Hooked Up

3/27/2015 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Taylor Swift wanted to make one thing clear at Kenny Chesney's concert in Nashville ... she's banging Calvin Harris.

The video we got of them holding hands as they left the concert is but one example of strategic PDA. People who were around them said Taylor was sitting on his lap for a long time. There's also a pic of Calvin with his arms wrapped around Taylor's tiny waist. And an eyewitness says they kissed.

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Taylor left Calvin's side for a while to dance in the aisle and then she went onstage to perform a song with Kenny.

0327_taylor_swift_on_stage_with_kenny_getty_SUBOn Wednesday, Swift and Harris were spotted around town doing a little food shopping and Taylor hit up one of Harris' shows in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Taylor's break-up song has already begun writing itself.

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Kanye West Has Playtime At The Beach With Daughter North

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Calvin Harris

Taylor Swift ... Not My Type AT ALL

3/27/2015 7:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

This is stunning ... Calvin Harris went way beyond saying he was not into Taylor Swift ... he said she's the OPPOSITE of his type.  

Calvin went on "Capital Breakfast," a British radio show, in November and was asked about Tinder and the celebs who would earn a right swipe.   

You gotta hear him ... he's not putting us on. Calvin says Taylor earns a solid left. 

So what happened between November and March? Taylor looks the same, but somehow in the wee hours he changed his tune and his swipe.

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Riff Raff

Bodyguard Annihilates Touchy-Feely Fan

3/27/2015 6:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

With a devastating hit that would make J.J. Watt jealous, one of Riff Raff's bodyguards absolutely destroyed a fan who made the mistake of jumping onstage and trying to touch the rapper.

It happens real fast … the overzealous fan jumps onstage and simply taps Riff Raff twice on the shoulder before turning to walk away. But by then, it was too late … and Riff Raff's HUGE bodyguard comes flying out of nowhere and levels the guy.

As if that wasn't enough, the bodyguard then tosses the guy's limp body back into the crowd as if it were nothing.

Hopefully the guy is okay/alive.

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Manny vs. Floyd:

CHAOS IN VEGAS!

3/26/2015 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Gwen Stefani

Obsessed Fan Went to My Dad's House

To Read a Creepy Letter

3/27/2015 7:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0327_gwen_stefani_and_family_getty_compositeA Gwen Stefani fan is tracking her every move, lying in wait outside her parents' house, and leaving creepy letters and gifts for her ... according to a restraining order filed by Gwen's dad. 

Dennis Stefani filed docs requesting protection from a man named Richard Portnoy -- who Dennis says has popped up outside his home and Gwen's home 3 times -- twice in February and once last week. 

Dennis says he and his wife are terrified Portnoy will show up at their house again ... especially after one bizarre run-in. He says Portnoy made face-to-face contact with him at his house and read a letter to him about his feelings for Gwen. 

Even creepier, Gwen's dad says Portnoy has information about when and where Gwen gets medical treatments -- and attempted to make contact with her during an appointment on March 16.

0327-gwen-stefani-with-cops-splash-sub-2_swipeTMZ broke the story ... police responded to the medical office and tried to locate Portnoy, but came up empty. Dad doesn't say anything about how Portnoy is getting intel on Gwen and the family ... but says they have no prior relationship.

Dennis was granted the restraining order -- which protects Gwen, Gavin Rossdale, their 3 kids ... plus Dennis and his wife Patricia. Portnoy has to stay 100 yards away from them, and have no contact.

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