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Cincinnati Zoo We Had to Shoot to Kill Gorilla ... Harambe Was 'Erratic'

5/30/2016 2:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Cincinnati Zoo officials made a snap decision to kill Harambe the gorilla and they have no regrets about it ... according to the zoo's director.

Thane Maynard just explained, "When it was determined that the child was being injured ... we had to make a decision to shoot and we did." He said the gorilla's behavior and knowing how strong it was also played a factor in the decision.

During the news conference Monday he also said a non-lethal approach -- like hypodermic sedatives -- would not have been effective to rescue the 4-year-old boy who wandered into the zoo's gorilla enclosure.

Maynard did not say anything about the boy's parents, or how the child was able to reach the gorilla ... but did say it was no easy feat. The hospital says the child was treated and released Sunday night. 

S.I. Swimsuit Model Concussion In Post Indy 500 Wreck

5/30/2016 3:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0530-kara-del-toro-tanya-mityushina-tmzSports Illustrated model Tanya Mityushina and Carls Jr.hottie Kara Del Toro got wrecked on their way home from the Indy 500 ... TMZ has learned. 

Indianapolis cops tell TMZ ... Tanya and Kara were in an SUV on Sunday after leaving the race when a Volkswagen Jetta t-boned their ride.  

Two other passengers in the SUV were taken to the hospital by an ambulance ... while Kara and Tanya went back to their hotel -- but once there, Tanya complained of a headache.

Sources close to the models tell us they both went to the hospital where doctors told Tanya she had suffered a concussion. Kara was okay.

Tanya's out of the hospital, but still experiencing head and neck pain.

Amber Heard Never Told Cops About Alleged iPhone Attack

5/30/2016 8:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0527-johnny-depp-amber-heard-tmz-02Amber Heard did not tell cops who responded to her home last week that Johnny Depp smashed her face with an iPhone ... she said she had a simple argument with "my husband" and that was it.

TMZ broke the story ... when cops responded to the 911 call last week, they saw no evidence of injury. Our law enforcement sources say not only was Amber free of visible injuries, she never even hinted Johnny laid a finger on her.

Heard never used Johnny's name ... she only referred to him as her husband, saying they had an argument and that was it.

Cops determined no crime was committed and they left.  As we told you, they gave her a business card in case she wanted to make a report.

0527-amber-heard-police-call-detective-card-lapd-tmz-11We're told Amber still has not filed a police report.  If Johnny's right and he never touched her ... had she filed an official report she could be prosecuted for a felony -- filing a phony police report.

0530-launch-amber-heardAmber submitted pictures to the judge last week showing injuries to her face.  The night after those pics were allegedly taken she was out partying with friends.


Johnny Depp Amber Who? Vampires Rock On

5/30/2016 6:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0530-launch-johnny-depp-vampires-gettyJohnny Depp conducted rock business as usual over the weekend, performing with his group the Hollywood Vampires in Germany.

Johnny, Alice Cooper and the rest of the gang took the stage in the Hessentags Arena.

As for Amber Heard's allegations ... he clearly believes there's no reason to hide.  He says she's a liar who is just trying to score a payday.

Adele I Moved to Beverly ... Hills that Is!!!

5/30/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Adele bought a mansion in a top secret sale that no one knew about ... until now.

Our real estate spies tell us, Adele plunked down $9.5 million on a 6,600 square foot home in one of the most exclusive, celebrity-populated gated communities in L.A. County. The seller was asking $9.9 million, so the singer was able to bargain a bit.

The house has 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a pool, a treehouse and outdoor train set. 

Her neighbors ... Jennifer Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Richie and more.

Adele sealed the deal a month ago, but it was super top secret. She hasn't even moved in because she's still on tour.

'NCIS: New Orleans' Star I'm Only Gonna Pay You One Time In This Divorce

5/30/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0520_Zoe-McLellan_twitterZoe McLellan, from "NCIS: New Orleans," is about to shell out some major cash to her ex-husband, but she's not down with monthly payment plans. 

According to her divorce settlement, obtained by TMZ, Zoe forked over a one-time payment of $30k to Jean Pierre Gillain, and he agreed not to hit her up for any further spousal support. That's it for the ex, however Zoe will fork over $4k a month to support their 2-year-old son.

After a fierce custody war they agreed on a visiting schedule that suits their living situation in New Orleans and Los Angeles, where Jean Pierre lives. They've also divvied up all their assets.

Case closed.

In other news...

Jennifer Esposito Disappears Amid $43 Million Lawsuit -- This Is BAD!

Former "Blue Bloods" star Jennifer Esposito has reportedly skipped town months after her gluten-free bakery Jennifer's Way was hit with a $43 million lawsuit -- Exclusive details!


Rihanna My Versace Nightmare

5/30/2016 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0530-rihanna-gettyRihanna was overflowing with color Sunday in NYC.

RiRi was on her way to dinner with Naomi Campbell when the photo was snapped.

Don't know what to call it, but props to her she found matching shoes.

Mr. T Muhammad Ali Was Hood Superman ... Stopped Real Crime

5/30/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Forget Iron Man and Captain America ... Mr. T says there's a real life superhero among us ... Muhammad Ali ... 'cause T claims he witnessed Ali actually stop crimes in rough neighborhoods.

Click here... it's not over yet

Sarah Palin I'll Pound My Gavel Like the Best of 'Em

5/30/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0526-sarah-palin-court-judge-fun-art-GETTY-01Sarah Palin ain't Judge Judy ... but the 2 will have exactly the same power when they pound the gavel.

The production company for Palin's new show just moved to register "Palin Rules."

0526-sub-sarah-palin-rulesPalin's making a clear distinction between her show and courtroom favorites like, "People's Court," "Judge Mathis," and "Divorce Court" ... she doesn't have a law degree or a judicial title, but she can still act like she does.

The people appearing in Sarah's "courtroom of common sense" will agree in advance, her decision will be final ... no second bite of the apple ... all she wrote.

Wild guess ... Judy isn't losing sleep.

In other news...

Beyonce Rebels Against Apple Whilst Promoting Her Album -- This Is GENIUS!

Wait till you see what she did to the iPhone logo!


Mariah Carey Butter Up the Rolls ... Maybe for My Wedding!

5/30/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0526-mariah-carey-facebookMariah Carey spoiled her taste buds with some fresh sea grub that could end up on a super exclusive menu -- the one for her wedding to James Packer.

Mimi and a couple friends stopped by Cousins Maine Lobster in West Hollywood, where she indulged on a lobster roll and lobster martini ... served in a martini glass and garnished with an olive, lemon and butter. 

Mariah must be a BIG "Shark Tank" fan 'cause she totally recognized owners, Jim and Sabin, who were on the show in 2012. Not only did she tip VERY generously ... we're told she loved the food so much she got their info for a potential catering gig in the future.

Hmmm ... not like she has much planned for this summer


Chris Brown Sued For Busting a Cap at Concert

5/30/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0524-chris-brown-tmz-01Chris Brown jacked a fan's hat during a concert ... at least according to the fan who now wants more than $2,000 for his troubles.

According to the lawsuit filed by Marq Stevenson ... he went to CB's Dallas concert last year, and passed his cap to one of Brown's lackeys to get the singer to autograph it.

Stevenson says he did NOT get Brown's John Hancock, and did NOT even get his cap back. In the suit, he says he DID get bullied by Brown's crew.

He now says the hat was stolen, and wants compensation for the $25 lid. But that's not all -- he also wants $225 for his floor seat ticket, plus $2,500 for the bullying. Yes, that's $2,750 ... for a hat.

Stevenson is no longer demanding an autograph.

In other news...

Kim Kardashian FINALLY Shows Off Her Cakes For The First Time Since GIVING BIRTH

Goodness Gracious! We had nearly FORGOTTEN how massive that bum was!


Stars Grilling on the 'Gram ... Delicious!

5/30/2016 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0523_bbq_grill_stars_launchNothing says Memorial Day like cooking up questionable meats over an open flame -- but before you break out the BBQ ... you gotta check out which stars thought they were kings of the Coleman and had to share it on social media.

What's cookin'?

Guess Who This Pretty Patriot Turned Into!

5/30/2016 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Before this patriotic princess took her talents to Hollywood, she was just another flag-waving cutie showing her American pride in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Can you guess who she is?

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