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Richie Sambora

Off The Hook for Alleged Threats

Against Ex-Girlfriend

35 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Richie Sambora No ChargesRichie Sambora's alleged death threats against his ex-girlfriend were really just a huge misunderstanding between the gf and a publicist -- so he will not be charged.

Nikki Lund had claimed Sambora pointed a gun at her and was physically abusive before they broke up, but she never reported it ... according to the L.A. County D.A.'s office.

Lund claims she only went to police recently because her publicist heard from a friend that Sambora had threatened to throw acid in her face. But prosecutors say the publicist told investigators he only warned her "bad things" could happen in a bad breakup -- and Lund just misunderstood him.

Prosecutors also say emails and texts between Sambora and Lund back up his story -- that the whole mess was really an argument over a business deal. 

Case closed.

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Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

Selling New Orleans Mansion

Big Easy Future Unclear

5/6/2015 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0506-brad-angelina-house-sell-NOLA-LATTER-AND-BLUM-01Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are selling the New Orleans mansion they bought after Hurricane Katrina ... and it's unclear if they'll stay in the Big Easy.

You'll recall ... after the 2005 disaster leveled part of New Orleans, Brad and Angelina came to town and became extremely active in rebuilding the community. They bought the mansion a year later for $3.5 million and said they would remain embedded in the community.

Brad and Angelina were true to their words and spent a substantial amount of time in the city with their family.  

But now they're moving on, selling the 5 bedroom, 3.2 bathroom home in the French Quarter. We're told the house has Brad Pitt's touch ... which is awesome, because he's an architectural aficionado who has masterfully restored a number of notable estates.

Real estate sources tell TMZ, Brad and Angelina have listed the home at $6.5 million. 

For obvious reasons, prospective buyers are not allowed to take pictures of the interior.

As for their next move, Brad and Angelina's reps would not say if they plan on buying another home in New Orleans.

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Zac Efron

My Butt Isn't For

Your Viewing Pleasure

5/6/2015 12:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Zac Efron ButtZac Efron is showing plenty of skin for his new movie -- we've seen the photos -- but there is one body part he's not willing to put on camera ... his butt.

Zac continued filming "Dirty Grandpa" down in Georgia, and it looks like there's a naked motorcycle scene -- but for some reason Zac's a little ass-shy. A butt-double was photographed stepping in for Efron.

Based on pics ... you'd think Zac would be happy to flaunt his cheeks, but instead it was the double's butt in the spotlight.

Real bummer -- but at least now you'll know when the flick comes out.

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Wells Report

Patriots, Tom Brady Cheated

... In Deflategate

5/6/2015 10:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0506-tom-brady-nfl-patriots-getty-01Tom Brady consciously cheated in the AFC Championship "Deflategate" game ... the game before the Super Bowl ... so says the guy charged with investigating the scandal. 

The NFL just released the results of Ted Wells' investigation into Deflategate ... which says it is "more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the NFL Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate attempt to circumvent those rules."

The report also says, "We also have concluded that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of [the locker room attendants] involving the release of air from Patriots game balls." 

The report says ... when people began to get suspicious about the balls, the locker room guys began communicating with Brady by phone and text messages with "significantly increased frequency."

Investigators also say the men who deflated the footballs "received valuable items autographed by Tom Brady the week before the AFC Champsionship game."

As for Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick ... Wells says the investigation shows there was NO evidence to support theories that they were involved in Deflategate. 

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued a statement saying, "To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship game, would be a gross understatement."

Kraft added, "We will accept the findings of the report and take the appropriate actions based on those findings as well as any discipline levied by the league.”

Back in January, Brady adamantly DENIED having any involvement in Deflategate 

Zayn vs. 1D's Louis

Bad Blood

5/6/2015 10:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0506-zayn-malik-mac-filters-TWITTER-01Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction apparently wasn't as friendly as they wanted us to believe ... because Zayn and Louis Tomlinson are publicly trash talking each other.

Zayn just posted this heavily-filtered photo of himself with record producer Naughty Boy. Louis jumped on it, tweeting, "Remember when you were 12 and you used to think those Mac filters for your picture were cool haha! Some people still do HA!"

Zayn was locked and loaded, firing back, "Remember when you had a life and stopped making bitchy comments about mine?"

People connected with 1D were insisting to us when Zayn left ... everyone was cool about his departure ... which made no sense.  

Harry ... your move.

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Terrence Howard

Here's How My Ex-Wife

Extorted Me Over My Penis

5/6/2015 9:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Terrence Howard says he has hard proof his ex-wife extorted him ... threatening to expose details about his genitals to the world unless he paid her handsomely. 

Terrence just filed legal docs in his spousal support war with Michelle, who got 5 years worth of support for a marriage that only lasted a year. It's way more than the norm. 

Terrence now says he agreed to pay her for 5 years because she extorted him, and he says some of it is on tape. He says while they were bickering about the amount of support he'd pay her she threatened to release naked photos and video of him unless she got what she wanted. 

In the docs filed by his attorney Brian Kramer, Terrence says he secretly recorded her saying, "I can make a good $2 million right now ... you want to see your little **** out there in front of TV?"

Terrence says he has her on tape saying she will tell every woman in the world he gave her an STD.

He says she's also caught on tape saying, "Trust me, you're f****** with the wrong person. You f***** with me way too much. I will f****** bury you deep in the ground." 

Terrence wants the judge to throw out the settlement agreement so he doesn't have to pay the balance. The settlement runs for another year, but she'd be entitled to a big chunk of his "Empire" salary, which is expected to swell for season 2.

'You Sexy Thing' Singer

Dies at 71

5/6/2015 9:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The guy who sang one of the catchiest hits of the '70s -- "You Sexy Thing" -- has died. 

Errol Brown was the lead singer of Hot Chocolate, who were big in the '70s and '80s.

"You Sexy Thing" had a second wind in 1997, when it was featured in "The Full Monty."

Brown and Hot Chocolate had other hits as well, including "Every 1's a Winner." If you don't think you know it, think again. You can name that tune when you hear it.

Brown died of liver cancer. He was 71.   

RIP 

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'Trap Queen' Rapper Fetty Wap

I Didn't Get My Eye Shot Out!

That Should Be Obvious

5/6/2015 8:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Now that Fetty Wap is blowing up with his hit "Trap Queen" ... he wants to clear up the biggest rumor about how he lost his left eye, and says the truth is as obvious as the nose on his face.

We got the rapper in NYC after a late night TV appearance ... and just as Fetty was schooling our photog about losing his eye to glaucoma -- Fetty's mom popped up and taught him something he never knew about the eye.

You also gotta hear the Jersey native explain why all that talk about him getting blasted with a shotgun ... makes ZERO sense. Watch ... you will definitely say, "Duh!"

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'Walking Dead' Star

Arrest Vid Partly Released

Put Your Hands Where I Can See 'Em!

5/6/2015 7:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

"The Walking Dead" star Seth Gilliam took police on a 4 minute high speed chase down a highway before they cuffed him and hauled away ... and the whole incident was captured on dash cam video.

Cops in Peachtree City, GA busted Gilliam early Sunday morning and said he was doing 107 mph when he blew past them -- and you can see in this video ... he was definitely flying low.

When officers finally pull him over ... one of the officers yells, "I need your hands where I can see 'em. Come back here." Gilliam steps out and immediately gets cuffed while the officer explain he's being arrested for reckless driving.

Now, the odd part -- the video cuts off right after the handcuffs go on Gilliam. Cops say they also found a joint in the car, and Gilliam said he'd had 3 beers and a shot. Seems strange that portion of the arrest video wasn't released.

Peachtree City PD tell us, "It's part of a criminal investigation and anything related to evidence that could prosecute him won't be given out until the investigation is over."

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Mariah Carey

KILLS IT In Vegas Rehearsal

Nails the High Notes

5/6/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Mariah Carey is unreal ... we got audio of her full dress rehearsal for her Vegas show which opens tonight, and she sounds as good as she did in 1990 when she hit #1 with "Vision of Love."

Mariah performed for more than an hour Monday night to a packed house at The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace, and you gotta hear it. She hits every high note and sounds flawless.  

We got audio from someone in the audience ... filled with various people who work in Vegas-related businesses. We posted a minute-and-a-half and sampled 4 songs. Wait till you hear her hit the high notes in "Emotions."

As for the naysayers who claimed she wasn't rehearsing enough ... whatever she did was clearly enough.

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Chris Brown

Two Huge Falls

At Vegas Birthday Bash

5/6/2015 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Brown's birthday celebration on the Vegas strip had bottles poppin', hot chicks dancing, and ... absolutely adorable little baby videos.

Yeah, Chris' 26th bday party at Drai's was way different from his others, because this one featured home vids of Royalty on a big screen -- and you've gotta see the look on Chris' face ... daddy's totally fallen for his baby girl.

The video is pretty wild for a few reasons -- Chris hands out Ace of Spades bottles to fans in the crowd ... Chris shows off his badass dance moves ... AND Chris spins and goes flying off the stage!

0506-chris-brown-fall-GIF-INSTAGRAM-02Breezy also got the champ to come out -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. showed up flashing a tiny bit of the more than $200 mil he earned at the office last weekend.  

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Retired U.S. Olympian

Uses Javelin to Pull Daughter's Tooth

(Epic Video)

5/6/2015 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tooth fairy better pay EXTRA for this one ... 

Here's video of retired U.S. Olympic athlete Bryan Clay -- who took gold in the decathlon in 2008 -- helping his daughter Ellie remove a loose tooth ... by tying it to a javelin!!!!  

The footage is crazy ... Clay launches the javelin .. tooth goes flying out of Ellie's mouth ... then, blood. 

By the way, MEGA PROPS to Ellie -- who's so tough, she not only DIDN'T cry ... but only asked for a glass of water to wash out her mouth!!! 

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