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The Weinstein Company Files for Bankruptcy

3/19/2018 8:23 PM PDT
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Harvey Weinstein's The Weinstein Company has filed for bankruptcy after a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against the company's founder.

In a statement Monday, the company announced it has entered into a "stalking horse" agreement with Lantern Capital Partners out of Dallas. As part of its bankruptcy protection filing, Lantern has allegedly agreed to purchase The Weinstein Co. if the court approves.

Lantern's offer is reportedly between $300-$320 million.

As TMZ reported, TWC started to fall apart in October after several women -- including some Hollywood A-Listers -- came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

The allegations against Weinstein gave birth to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. 

Weinstein has been the target of several criminal investigations across the country but has not yet been officially charged. 

The producer's been in Arizona getting treatment for a sex addiction.

Nikolas Cruz's Brother Arrested for Trespassing At Marjory Stoneman Douglas

3/19/2018 5:35 PM PDT

The younger sibling of alleged Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz got busted by cops for venturing onto the school grounds where his brother is accused of going on a killing rampage. 

Zachary Cruz was arrested Monday by Broward County Sheriff's deputies after the 18-year-old allegedly rode his skateboard onto school property at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. Cops say he told police he decided to visit to "reflect on the school shooting and to soak it in."

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, Cruz allegedly broke through multiple locked doors and gates to ride his board on campus. Police say he was captured on the school's security camera system ... and the school says it wants the case prosecuted. 

Zachary -- who was adopted -- was booked on one count of trespassing on the grounds or facility of a school, which is a misdemeanor. He's said to have been told by authorities to stay away from the high school ... for obvious reasons. 

As we reported ... prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Nikolas, who stands accused of gunning down 17 people

Kevin Hart & Ex-Wife Join Forces to Throw Daughter Epic Bday Bash!!!

3/19/2018 5:17 PM PDT
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Kevin Hart and his ex-wife, Torrei, called a truce for their daughter's 13th birthday ... and it led to a baller soiree no "Black Panther" fan will ever top.

Kevin and Torrei (as you might know) had been publicly beefing about him cheating on her, but put those differences aside for Heaven's sake birthday bash over the weekend at Sky Zone Trampoline Park in the San Fernando Valley. 

We're told they rented the entire joint and gave "Wakanda Forever" a whole new meaning, with "Black Panther" as the theme, though other Marvel characters like Captain America and Hulk also made their presence known.

The party details were pretty sweet ... 'BP' cake and even African musicians dressed as superheroes performing several numbers. Rae Sremmurd, Heaven's favorite group, also performed.

Kevin's wife, Eniko, was there ... and we're told she and Torrei were very cool with each other despite their history. As we reported ... Torrei called Eniko a homewrecker, to which Kevin took offense.

Happy birthday, Heaven! 

Aubrey O'Day Song 'DJT' Was About an Affair ... Was It About Donald Trump Jr.?

3/19/2018 3:54 PM PDT
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If Aubrey O'Day had an affair with Donald Trump Jr. -- as some reports have claimed -- she barely tried to conceal it when she released a song ... about an affair, entitled "DJT."

The 2013 tune is about as on the nose as you can get ... featuring a phone convo between Aubrey and a guy, with her asking him, "You want to believe that everything with me was a lie? A fantasy?" He replies, "I'll always want you and always wonder about it, but it doesn't matter because I have to stay here."

According to the NY Post, Aubrey and Donald Jr. allegedly had an affair in 2011 -- while she was a cast member on 'Celebrity Apprentice' -- but eventually broke things off at the behest of Trump Sr.

The show aired in 2012, and Aubrey's song came out in 2013. At no point in the song does she explain the title, "DJT" ... but ya don't have to be a rocket scientist, especially when his full name is Donald John Trump Jr.

As we reported, Don. Jr.'s wife, Vanessa filed divorce papers last week, and our sources describe him as "relieved."

Aubrey's rep told us the singer would have no comment, at this time.

NY Gov. Cuomo Calls Out D.A. Over 2015 Weinstein Sting

3/19/2018 5:05 PM PDT
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6:01 PM PT -- A spokesperson for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says their office is "deeply familiar with Harvey Weinstein's years of egregious sexual abuse, and recently filed a civil rights lawsuit against him alleging severe and persistent abuse of employees at The Weinstein Company." They add the AG is committed to a full, fair and independent review of the Manhattan D.A.'s handling of the Weinstein case.Harvey Weinstein skated after NYPD recorded him asking a model to watch him shower -- and NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to know why.

Gov. Cuomo is directing the state's Attorney General to review how Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance, Jr. handled the 2015 sting operation ... where cops wired a model named Ambra Battilana, who claims Weinstein groped her breasts during a business meeting.

On the recording, first obtained by the New Yorker, Weinstein refers to the alleged groping, saying, "I'm used to that" ... and then begs her to come into his room. She refused, and he got pissed. Despite the recording, Weinstein was not charged. The D.A. said "the audio was insufficient to prove a crime."

The Governor says, "It is of great concern that sexual assault cases have not been pursued with full vigor by our criminal justice system."

Meek Mill Dirty Cop + Biased Judge = My Freedom

3/19/2018 1:16 PM PDT

Meek Mill wants Pennsylvania's Supreme Court to do some simple math ... which he believes should add up to his immediate release from prison.

Meek's attorneys filed docs Monday requesting he be released from prison on bail while he awaits a hearing to overturn his 2-4 year prison sentence. He points out the Philly D.A.'s Office has said it would not oppose his release on bail ... due to a wide-reaching police corruption case involving Meek's arresting officer, Reginald Graham.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Meek says his initial conviction was based on Graham's perjured testimony. Team Meek lays out the laundry list of allegations against Graham, including performing poorly on a polygraph test (not related to Meek) ... and stealing money from a crime scene.

The other part of the equation is Judge Brinkley, who Meek's team has called out for allegedly making inappropriate comments, including asking the rapper for a shout-out on a song he was doing with Nicki Minaj

Meek's new docs include the Philly's D.A. statement that it's likely his conviction would be overturned. Basically, he's asking the PA Supreme Court ... what more do ya need to spring me?

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Prince Harry Reportedly Rejects Prenup Ahead Of Marriage To Meghan Markle

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Mark Salling Autopsy Reveals Booze, No Drugs At Time of Suicide

3/19/2018 1:53 PM PDT
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Mark Salling had alcohol in his system when he hanged himself, and apparently took steps to evade authorities just prior to the suicide ... TMZ has learned.

According to the results of Salling's autopsy ... he had at least a 0.08% BAC -- which means he was just at the point of legal intoxication. The toxicology report also shows he was not on any other drugs.

The report describes the death scene -- Salling was hanging by a nylon rope which was tied to a branch a little over 6 feet above the ground. The coroner says it was wrapped around his neck five times.

The autopsy also notes Salling had attempted to kill himself months prior by cutting his wrists. His wrist incisions were about 2.5 centimeters and 6.5 centimeters on each hand, according to the coroner.

The last time the former "Glee" star was seen alive was with his father watching television at their family home at around 11:30 PM. His mother discovered he was missing right after midnight. Salling had ditched his ankle monitor and left it down the street from his house. 

He was scheduled to meet with the probation officer in his child porn case the day he died.

The Rock Hooks Up 'Hip' Dad ... Enjoy Your Cadi!!!

3/19/2018 1:40 PM PDT

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson admits he's got daddy issues -- as in, getting his dad a brand new whip ... on doctor's orders.

His father, retired pro wrestler Rocky Johnson, posed next to a shiny brand new Cadillac Escalade ... which Dwayne purchased. As The Rock explained, "My pops just had his hip replaced and called me and said 'Hey Mr. D the surgeon really feels like I should have a bigger car since my hip rehab.' I cut my dad off and just started laughing because I knew what he was hustling for."

Dwayne says he told the senior WWE legend to pick out whatever car he wants ... and a few hours later, he sent this pic flossing next to his brand new ride. 

He admits his dad used to kick his ass around the gym, and says, "I hated it when I was a kid, but grateful for it as a man." Dwayne called the SUV a small thank-you for the ass kickings his father gave him in the gym when he was growing up. 

It's hip to be The Rock's Pop. 

Charles Manson Pastor Officiated Funeral With Clear Conscience

3/19/2018 12:54 PM PDT

The pastor who presided over Charles Manson's funeral had ZERO qualms about it because he was comforting a follower of Christ -- Manson's grandson, NOT the mass murderer.

Pastor Mark Pitcher of Porterville Church of the Nazarene tells TMZ ... ordinarily he'd have a massive conflict performing a funeral service for someone with Manson's homicidal past, but he made an exception because Manson's grandson, Jason Freeman, is a Christian who was in need of a pastor.

Pitcher tells us the funeral director approached him last week with what he called a "unique situation." He says he agreed to meet Jason and his wife, Audrey, the day before the service.

Pitcher says he told Jason he wouldn't touch certain aspects of Manson's life -- namely the Manson Family murders. He did read a few scriptures, at Jason's request, during the ceremony.

TMZ broke the story ... Manson had an open casket funeral over the weekend. He was immediately cremated when the service ended and his ashes spread along a nearby creek bed.

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Miley Cyrus Being 'Very Secretive' About Wedding

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'SATC' Star Cynthia Nixon Miranda's Running for NY Gov!

3/19/2018 11:25 AM PDT
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The girls are back in town -- at least Miranda Hobbes is ... 'cause she's running for Governor of New York.

"Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon -- who starred on the hit HBO series for six seasons -- announced her candidacy Monday for NY Gov with a tribute video to her home state. 

She captioned the clip ... "I love New York, and today I'm announcing my candidacy for governor. Join us" with a link to her campaign homepage where she's accepting donations.

In her promotional vid, she touts wanting to offer better opportunities to NY children, and calls out unequal wealth distribution throughout the state. She also says "our leaders are letting us down."

Nixon will be facing off against incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who's been in office since 2010. He's said he's running for a third term.  

Charles Manson Open Casket Funeral Then Burnt to a Crisp

3/19/2018 10:31 AM PDT

Charles Manson had his final hurrah Saturday during a memorial service that ended in fire.

Manson's body was front and center at a service held in Porterville, CA. We're told the body was decomposing badly, and needed heavy makeup and gloves to cover the deterioration. He died 4 months ago but his body was put on ice until a judge decided who would take control of it.

Approximately 30 people showed up at the funeral home. His grandson, Jason Freeman -- the man who won control over the body -- spoke at the service, as did a Manson follower.

Manson's service didn't end with a burial. His body was cremated and his ashes were spread along a nearby creek bed in a forest. Apparently it was a windy day, because the ashes blew back on the guests.  

We're told the attendees included Manson's former fiancee, Afton Burton, and former Manson Family member Sandra Good.

As TMZ first reported ... Manson -- the mastermind behind one of the most heinous murder sprees in American history -- died of natural causes back in November 2017. He was 83.


Trey Songz Turns Himself in for Allegedly Hitting Woman

3/19/2018 10:07 AM PDT

Trey Songz surrendered to LAPD to face a felony domestic violence charge early Monday morning ... TMZ has learned.

The singer turned himself in, with his attorney Shawn Holley, for the alleged incident involving a woman he was out with in L.A. last month during NBA All-Star weekend. He was booked at 6 AM, and released shortly after 8 AM. He posted a $50,000 bond.

Songz is accused of brutally beating Andrea Buera at a Hollywood Hills party where she claims he was upset because she was talking to another man.

Right around the time he surrendered for booking, Songz tweeted, "I am being lied on and falsely accused for someone's personal gain."

Buera claims Songz beat her so badly, she suffered a concussion and had to go to a hospital for treatment. She claims several people at the party witnessed the alleged beating.

However, Songz claims there are witnesses who refute Buera's allegation. We're told Holley made her case to the arresting detectives that Buera's story is filled with inconsistencies. 

Joel Embiid Drops $12K on Booze ... at 24th Bday Bash!!

3/19/2018 11:51 AM PDT
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Joel Embiid turned up in a BIG way for his 24th birthday -- dropping 12 RACKS on alcohol and partying the night away with smokin' hot models and 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin!!

The boozy bday bash went down at LIV Nightclub at Fontainebleau Saturday in Miami Beach ... where we're told the NBA star bought out the bar -- coppin' Magnum bottles of Dom Perignon for all his thirsty friends in attendance.

Other than Rubin, the celeb guest list included Nick Cannon (who was DJ'ing), Diddy's son Justin Combs, Victoria Secret model Jasmine Tookes and IG smokeshow Jocelyn Chew -- who did her best Marilyn Monroe impression and popped out of a cake! 

FYI, the Sixers were off the entire weekend -- so we're pretty sure Embiid had all the clubbers trusting the process til early Sunday morning.

Happy bday!!

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