A former Disney actor is calling BS on allegations Bryan Singer once sexually assaulted an underage actor ... telling us the "X-Men" director could have raped him plenty of times -- but never laid a hand on him.
Matthew Smith -- a gay actor who starred in some "Wizards of Waverly Place" episodes -- says he met Singer in 2007 through a friend when he was 17 ... and they grew close over the next 2 years.
Matt says he and Singer were alone several times -- even flying together on a private jet -- but Singer never tried to force himself on the actor. Bryan even invited Smith's mom to tag along for dinner.
As we previously reported, Singer is one of many who attends wild Hollywood parties with young gay males.
Smith says he's sure Michael Egan -- the guy accusing Singer of sexually assaulting him at an L.A. party in '98 and Hawaii in '99 -- is only in it for the money adding, "he'll get murdered in court."
Time will tell.
Fearfully Promotes Lara Spencer
To Co-Host ... Shhhhhh
4/20/2014 6:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Good Morning America" promoted Lara Spencer to co-host and then BURIED the announcement -- presumably to keep some pretty fragile GMA egos in check.
ABC honchos sent an internal memo around to the staff bragging about how GMA has kicked the "Today" show's ass for 2 straight years. The memo -- which was obtained by Page Six -- starts out by calling Robin Roberts "the captain of our team"
In PARAGRAPH 6 the memo essentially says, "Oh, by the way, Lara's a co-anchor now."
And get this ... to make sure the announcement got buried, it was sent to the staff on Good Friday.
Now for some translation ... Lara made lots of demands when her contract was renegotiated recently ... she thinks of herself as Robin's fill-in. She also can't stand Amy Robach -- even though they told TMZ they love each other -- and when Amy got promoted to news anchor apparently GMA felt it needed to up Lara's title to keep her happy.
As for why the announcement was made on Good Friday, well ... people on the staff say Robin can be quite a diva, and GMA didn't want to ruffle her feathers.
4/20/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
When it comes to O.J. Simpson ... the lights are on but nobody's home -- LITERALLY -- because Miami-Dade County is going after the killer for a very delinquent water and sewer bill.
O.J. hasn't called the house in question home since jail became his crib years ago. The house went on the auction block last October, but all wasn't square after the sale. The Water and Sewer Dept. claims O.J. still owes $457.33.
So here's the thing. The Dept. not only wants its money, it wants 8% annual interest. O.J. could be in prison for the next 28 years. So if the bill goes unpaid, if he ever gets out he'll owe around $4,000.
We called the Dept. and they made it clear ... they will NOT give O.J. a pass for being in prison. He'll have to clean up the mess when he gets out, and one thing is clear … O.J. isn't great at cleaning up his messes.
NHL Star Tyler Seguin
Buys Dallas Mansion
from NHL Hall of Famer
4/20/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If you wanna be a Hall of Famer, you gotta LIVE like a Hall of Famer ... and for Dallas Stars phenom Tyler Seguin, that means BUYING an NHL Hall of Famer's mansion!
TMZ Sports has learned ... the 22-year-old rising star just bought a huge new place in Dallas ... and the guy he bought it from is Stars legend Mike Modano!
We've learned ... Modano originally listed the place for $2.295 million ... but ultimately sold the pad for $1.925 million ... giving a $370k discount to the new face of the franchise.
The place is sick ... 7,250 square feet with a full gym, outdoor fire pit, game room with wet bar and a humidor closet ... plus, there's a putting green!
Unfortunately for Tyler, if the Stars don't get their act together against the Ducks in the playoffs ... he could be spending more time at the pad this year than he probably wanted to.
I'm on Team Porsha
Kenya Deserved Beatdown
4/20/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The battle lines have been drawn ... "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star NeNe Leakes says she's totes team Porsha Williams -- because Kenya Moore provoked her way into an attack.
NeNe was heading out at L.A.X. Saturday when our camera guy asked whose side she's on -- Porsha Williams or Kenya -- and NeNe didn't hold back.
As we previously reported ... Porsha and Kenya got into a full-on bitch fight last month while filming. Porsha was charged with assault and took the most glam mug shot ever while turning herself in.
So, we gotta ask ...
Gordon Ramsay and The Beckhams
The Grand Canyon Getaway
4/20/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
British BFFs Gordon Ramsay and David Beckham eschewed the usual celebrity vacation spots for something uniquely American ... a hike in the Grand Canyon.
A lucky hiker shot video earlier this week of Ramsay, Becks and wifey Victoria Beckham making their way downward on the Bright Angel Trail.
As for how the video came to be, the guy who shot it tells TMZ he didn't notice any of the celebs until he reviewed the footage later. Happy accident!!!
The Ramsays and Beckhams are no strangers to vacationing together, having celebrated the New Year allegedly somewhere in Asia.
Stars and Scars
You Be the Judge
4/19/2014 1:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Crazy stuff this week. "X-Men" director Bryan Singer slapped with a sexual assault lawsuit, and Columbus Short is now skating on thin "Scandal" ice after his wife claimed he pulled a knife on her and threatened murder. So we gotta ask ...
Horror Star Unveils Schnitzel at 40
4/20/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Blanc Biehn -- wife of Terminator star, Michael Biehn -- is giving herself a special 40th birthday present -- a full nude pictorial in Penthouse Germany.
Biehn, who was in "Dark Angel" back in the day, was 39 when she shot the spread ... but will be 40 when the May issue is released.
Jennifer tells us she wants to show women you can be proud of your body at any age.
Translation: she wants to prove she's still got it.
As for any special grooming before the shoot -- Jennifer says she keeps a clean palette at all times. However she did need a friend to keep her "nipples hard with a cold Red Bull can."
Das ist was freunde sind.
Joins 'The Voice'
4/18/2014 5:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gwen Stefani's gonna make good money off Christina Aguilera getting knocked up -- TMZ has learned Gwen has signed on to be a judge on "The Voice."
Multiple sources connected to the show tell us ... No Doubt's lead singer will be on Season 7 ... which starts taping in June.
Producers started looking for new blood in February after Christina announced she was pregnant. Makes sense ... she'd be 8 or 9 months along by the time Season 8's battle rounds began.
We're told NBC wanted Christina to stay during her pregnancy but she's having a difficult time already and ultimately bowed out.
Gwen's deal is for one season right now, and we're told Christina has already signed on to rotate back into her spinning chair for Season 8.
NBC had no comment.
TMZ's Funny Bunny
4/20/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The cotton-tailed pictures poured into the TMZ newsroom for our Funny Bunny Photo Contest -- so sit back with your eggs and enjoy all the Easter awesomeness ... they're to dye for!
Be sure to check back on Monday to vote for which funny bunny photo should score the $250 prize and some super cool stuff from TMZ!
**CLICK HERE for contest rules and regulations!**
4/20/2014 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'Big Brother' Winner
I Got Hit By a Car
... I Think
4/19/2014 10:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Brother" Season 8 winner Evel Dick Donato is convinced a car SMASHED INTO HIM Friday night in Ireland ... and his injuries look really, really bad.
Dick posted a photo on Twitter last night showing his messed up face with the caption, "Pretty sure I got hit by a car, but I have no memory of what happened... at all."
The next morning, Dick began to recall what went down and said he was biking home after drinking at a bar in Dublin -- when suddenly, he was being woken up on the side of the road by a cab driver.
Dick refused medical treatment ... but the next morning promised his followers he'd get checked out.
The reality star -- who won a $500k grand prize in 2007 -- swears he didn't just get into a drunken bar fight ... but not going to a hospital immediately after being run over by a car sounds pretty dumb.
Accuser NEVER Told FBI
Director Sexually Assaulted Him
4/19/2014 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The FBI DID investigate sexual assault claims by the man who is now accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexually molesting him in 1998 ... but he NEVER mentioned Singer ... this according to multiple sources close to the investigation.
Michael Egan and his lawyer both said at a news conference Singer sexually abused him at a pool party in Encino, CA. when he was only 15. Egan also claims 3 other men abused him at the party. He sued the 3 men in 2000 but Singer was never named or mentioned.
Egan claims he and his mom complained to the FBI in 2000 but the investigation went nowhere.
Our sources close to that investigation tell us ... the FBI fully investigated Egan's claims and the agency's investigation was instrumental in criminal charges of sexual assault of one of the 3 men -- Marc Collins-Rector -- but Egan NEVER mentioned Singer and his name never came up during the probe.
An FBI spokesperson tells us, "The FBI takes seriously allegations involving the sexual abuse of minors. The suggestion the FBI ignored evidence concerning the sexual victimization of a minor is completely without merit."