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Journey Drummer

Charged with Raping Wife

6/30/2015 6:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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's recent arrest for domestic violence is much worse than we thought ... he's now been charged with rape ... TMZ has learned.

The Journey drummer had been arrested earlier this month for domestic violence related charges involving his wife, but now the D.A. has added new charges -- rape, sexual abuse, coercion and unlawful use of a weapon.

Castronovo is being held without bail in Marion County, Oregon.

Journey booted Castronovo from its tour following his initial arrest.

Castronovo is due in court Tuesday.

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Sean Penn

Charlize Who?

Gives Minka Kelly Birthday Dinner of a Lifetime

6/30/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Sean Penn and Charlize Theron called it quits just 2 weeks ago, and he's already doing his laundry with another hot chick.

These pics were taken last Tuesday at French Laundry, the uber-fancy/delicious/exclusive restaurant in the Napa Valley. Sean was celebrating Minka Kelly's 35th birthday, along with 3 other people.

They were by no means hush hush ... people at other tables heard Sean tell the other 3 he and Minka met at a Haiti charity event.

They had a feast to end all, with a chicken with the feet still attached, truffle mac and cheese and a birthday cake. The people at Sean's table, along with others in the restaurant, serenaded Minka to "Happy Birthday."

Sean picked up the tab ... and it was pricey.

Minka has not mentioned Sean, but after the dinner she Instagrammed, "Birthday festivities off to a pretty magical start."

  
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Caitlyn Jenner

Creates Big Apple Frenzy

6/30/2015 6:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0630-caitlyn-jenner-splash-inf-02Caitlyn Jenner stepped out with new best friend Diane Sawyer Monday night in NYC, and she has the paparazzi eating out of the palm of her hand.

It's pretty incredible ... the flurry of questions Bruce Jenner faced over the last few years are all gone ... and now it's all glam and respect as the paps fought to get an over-the-shoulder shot.

Caitlyn and Diane did not know each other before their interview, but we're told they hit it off and created a warm friendship. 

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Shia LaBeouf

Insane Patriotism...

At Mt. Rushmore

6/30/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Shia LaBeouf displayed raging patriotism over the weekend at Mount Rushmore. 

Shia's fellow tourists tell us, they thought they he was just a random crazy until they got close ... then realized the guy without the shirt was the famous actor, screaming "AMERICA!!!!!!" 

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An old lady eventually asked LaBeouf to tone it down ... and things got weirder. We're told LaBeouf claimed he was a Marine and then asked her on a date. 

Shia's in the area filming "American Honey," where he suffered a gnarly head wound last week during an accident on the set.

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Paris Hilton

I'm Suing the

'Plane Crash' Pranksters

6/30/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Paris Hilton is telling business associates ... she will sue the people responsible for putting her on a plane that appeared to be in crash mode ... just to get a rise out of her. 

We're told Paris is furious over the stunt ... in which a TV crew got the pilot to pretend to shut down the engines in her plane, and then nose-dive to the ground. Paris says she was in mortal fear for her life ... something the video pretty clearly shows. 

Our sources say she's "totally freaked out" over flying anywhere ... something she's required to constantly do. She's already called her lawyers to find out who's responsible, and they told her she has a solid case for emotional distress.

Paris tells them she had absolutely no clue this was a prank ... she wasn't in on it. She also doesn't believe anyone in her camp was involved.

An Egyptian TV show host engineered the prank as they flew over Dubai.

And Paris says ... it was a lot worse than it looked on video. She says the plane almost hit the water during the dive and then steeply pulled out of the dive, almost doing a loop as it ascended.  

Pat Houston, Tina Brown

Lock Hands

As Bobbi Kristina Slips Away

6/30/2015 7:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Houston and Brown families came together again Monday as they prepare for the death of Bobbi Kristina.

Pat Houston left the Peachtree Christian Hospice near Atlanta, hand-in-hand with Tina Brown, Bobby Brown's sister.

The families were in a bitter feud for months over the care and the estate of Bobbi Kristina, but it appears there's at least a temporary detente.  

Bobbi Kristina was taken off all life-sustaining medication keeping her alive last week after doctors told the families there was nothing more they could do for her.

Erin Andrews

Back On with Jarret Stoll

... After Coke Bust

6/30/2015 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-erin-andrews-jarret-twitterSeems NHL star Jarret Stoll dodged TWO bullets after his cocaine arrest in Vegas -- 'cause not only did he duck jail, but now it seems he managed to hang on to his celeb GF too! 

For the first time since he was busted allegedly trying to smuggle coke into a Vegas pool party, Stoll was out in public with his longtime girlfriend Erin Andrews

There were rumblings Andrews dumped his ass after the Vegas drama ... but the two hit up a NASCAR event at the Sonoma Raceway this weekend ... acting as couply as they used to be. 

As we previously reported, Stoll was facing 4 years behind bars ... but struck a plea deal in which he basically has to do some community service. 

Dude's gettin' second chances all around -- don't blow it. 

[h/t Busted Coverage]

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Michael Sam & Vito

All Signs Point to Breakup

6/30/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0629_michael_sam_Vito-Cammisano_TMZHold off on the wedding gifts ... 'cause it seems Michael Sam and his fiance Vito Cammisano are DUNZO ... just 6 months after the couple got engaged. 

Sam's people and Vito's camp are being unusually tight lipped about the couple's official status -- but the signs are all over social media. Here are the clues ... 

Clue #1 -- Michael has REMOVED several affectionate photos of himself and Vito from Twitter and Instagram recently, including their famous engagement pic taken at St. Peter's Basilica.   

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Clue #2 -- The couple hasn't been spotted together in almost 2 months ... even when Sam left the Montreal Alouettes under mysterious circumstances earlier this month.  Bizarre for an engaged couple, right? Also, no tweets of concern or support from Vito. 

Clue #3 -- Vito, an aspiring video blogger, just published his very first YouTube video this week ... and he's not wearing his engagement ring. Again, unusual for Vito, who had been sporting the ring EVERYWHERE ... from the Vegas pool scene to hikes at L.A.'s famous Runyun Canyon. 

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Sam and Vito were college sweethearts -- they met in 2009 at the University of Missouri but didn't start dating until 2011. They broke up during Sam's senior year in college, but got back together. 

We reached out to both camps multiple times -- but no one's saying a word ... which is super weird considering how public their relationship has been in the past. 

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Britney Spears

Fires Back at Iggy Azalea

At Least I Have Shows!

6/30/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Britney Spears/Iggy Azalea's feud has reached Defcon 1 ... and Britney is taking shots at Iggy's failed tour ... while promoting her own. 

After Iggy bashed Spears over their failed song, "Pretty Girls," Spears cleverly shot back, "Can't wait to get back to Vegas. So thankful I have shows for the rest of the year to look forward to... #YouWantAPieceOfMe."

You'll recall ... Iggy said, "I don't have to suck the womans a**hole 24/7 to be her friend."

Spears is no doubt making reference to the fact Iggy pulled the plug on her 2015 Great Escape arena tour in May.

Who doesn't love a good catfight?

  
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NeNe Leakes

Leaving Real Housewives of ATL

Over Money

6/29/2015 8:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0629_Nene-Leakes_tmzNeNe Leakes is finally hitting the road after 7 seasons on 'RHOA' cause she couldn’t get the big bucks she was looking for ... and now the show’s worried she’s taking the fans with her.

Sources tell TMZ the reason for the NeNe’s change of heart had to do with contract negotiations.

Everyone part of the show is at a loss for words over NeNe’s sudden departure since the show was just about to start filming its new season in the next couple of weeks.

Cast members have been dropping like flies recently but now producers are scrambling because they just lost their queen bee ... and we’re told they’re worried they’ll take a huge hit in the ratings over it.

The show already found a replacement -- actress, model and singer Kim Fields -- but no one can really replace NeNe who was arguably the network’s biggest star.

NeNe is going to be focusing on new projects outside the biz ... one of which is her own clothing store that we reported on before.  

You know what they say, you gotta spend money to make money … guess Bravo never learned that lesson.

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Drake

I'm a Part of Jenner-ation-X

6/30/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Drake is finally getting caught in the Kardashian web, dropping thousands while partying with Kendall Jenner and several friends at a London hotspot.

After headlining the Wireless Festival on Sunday, the rapper headed over to Chinawhite nightclub where he DJ'd and picked up the tab for fellow performer Kid Ink and 30 friends. Sources say the group included several famous Jenner pals -- Gigi Hadid, Joe Jonas, Rita Ora, and racers Lewis Hamilton and Tommy Hill.

We’re told they tore through at least 25 bottles of booze -- including champagne, vodka, tequila, and cognac and Drake took care of the bill … which came out to $15,000, plus an additional $1,000 for tip.

Kendall Jenner -- started very far from the bottom ... and is still no where near it. 

Guess Who This

BANGED BABY

TURNED INTO!

6/30/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0629_banged_baby_guess_who_launchBefore this blunt cut cutie was chopping it up as a Hollywood actress she was just another sweet little lady posing for a picture in Omaha, Nebraska. Can you guess who she is?!

Warren Sapp

What, Me Worry?

Hits Fishing Tourney After Dom. Violence Charges

6/29/2015 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0629_warren_sapp_fishing_faccebookWarren Sapp won't let a little thing like allegedly beating, stomping and biting his GF keep him from having a good time ... 'cause days after he was hit with criminal charges, Warren went fishing. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... Sapp participated in the 5th Annual University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Dolphin Tournament over the weekend, laughing and smiling with U of M cheerleaders. 

The tourney raises money for various charity organizations ... and Warren actually hosted the tournament in 2012. 

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Still, considering Sapp was charged with 3 counts of domestic violence on Thursday ... it was interesting that he showed up ready to fish just 24 hours later. 

Warren hasn't issued an official statement about the charges ... but he definitely sent a message this weekend -- he's not letting it bother him.  

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