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Amber Heard Claims Cops Missed Key Evidence In Alleged Beating

5/31/2016 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0531-amber-heard-lapd-tmz-04Amber Heard is getting trashed because cops didn't do their job properly, or even worse lied to protect Johnny Depp ... so claims sources connected to the actress.

The sources say Amber had visible marks on her face when 2 officers responded to the 911 call on May 21. They claim the officers either didn't see the marks or are lying to protect Depp. They say Amber's injuries became more pronounced as time went on ... especially a day later.

LAPD officials insist the 2 cops did indeed look for injuries and found none.

We contacted 2 doctors who routinely treat trauma injuries who both said an iPhone hurled at someone would cause immediate swelling and some discoloration. BTW, in addition to allegedly throwing the iPhone, Heard claimed in legal docs he pulled her hair, struck her and violently grabbed her face.

As for the officers claiming there was no evidence of any broken glass in the apartment ... our Heard sources say that's because Amber met the cops in an adjoining unit, and they never went to the one where the incident went down.

And Amber's sources say she's the only one who swore under oath her version of events were accurate.  Amber's people say Johnny's team had 24 hours notice before the TRO was heard, and he never filed a sworn declaration.

Cincinnati Zoo Parents Under Investigation After Gorilla Shooting

5/31/2016 1:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0531-michelle-gregg-facebook-01Cincinnati police are zeroing in on the parents of the 3-year-old boy who fell into Harambe the gorilla's enclosure ... a strong sign they could still be charged with a crime.

Cincy PD says they are reviewing "the actions of the parents/family that led up to the incident." Cops make it clear they're NOT focusing on the Cincinnati Zoo -- since that falls under the United States Department of Agriculture's jurisdiction.

Critics have called for the parents -- Michelle Gregg and Deonne Dickerson -- to face negligence charges ... blaming them for setting in motion the chain of events that led to Harambe's death.

Dickerson was not at the zoo when it all went down. 

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Khloe Kardashian Droppin' That Booty On Odell Beckham Jr.

5/31/2016 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

khloe_kardashian_odell_beckham_jr_together_photos_launchForget about James Harden and Lamar ... seems like Khloe Kardashian has already moved on to her next baller -- NFL superstar Odell Beckham Jr

TMZ Sports obtained pics of the two getting super close at Drake's pool party in Hidden Hills on Memorial Day ... with Khloe droppin' her big ol' butt right on top of the NY Giants superstar. 

The pics were taken around midnight -- and our sources inside the party tell us KK and OBJ were "definitely into each other" and "looked like a couple."

By the way, in case there was any doubt the woman in the pics is Khloe -- we found video of KK wearing the same exact dress and Yeezy shoes at a different pool party earlier that day. 

'The Shield' Actor Guilty of Murdering Wife

5/31/2016 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0531-michael-jace-getty-01Actor Michael Jace -- a regular on "The Shield" -- was convicted of 2nd degree murder in his wife's death.

A jury in L.A. found him guilty of shooting and killing April Jace in 2014. During the trial, the jury heard a transcript of Michael's interview with police ... where he said he only intended to shoot her in the leg while they were arguing about a divorce.

Michael shot April twice in the leg and once in the back, according to prosecutors ... while their 2 sons were in the house.

As we reported ... April's parents called 911 to report the shooting, saying Jace had called them and confessed.  

His sentencing is scheduled for June 10, and he's facing 40 years to life in prison.

'High School Musical 3' Star Detention Won't Cut It ... Gets 18 Months Behind Bars

5/31/2016 12:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0531_Justin-Martin_gettyJustin Martin -- who co-starred with Zac Efron in 'High School Musical 3' -- will be locked up for 18 months after pleading guilty to 5 gun charges ... TMZ has learned.

The Suffolk County D.A.'s office tells us Martin appeared in court Tuesday for sentencing. In addition to the jail time ... he also got one year probation, during which he has to lay off drugs and booze and stay away from the scene of the crime.

As we reported back in July ... Martin ran away from cops in Boston and pointed a gun at officers before he was chased and captured. He pled guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon, illegal possession of a gun and ammunition, carrying a loaded gun and firing a gun near a building.

Martin avoided a stiffer penalty -- the D.A. was gunning to lock him up for 3 years.

Britney Spears My Beach Crash Pad Is a $30 Million Mansion!

5/31/2016 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0531_britney_spears_malibu_vacation_rental_launch_2Britney Spears didn't hit too much traffic Memorial Day weekend because she spent it in a very affordable and reasonably priced Malibu beachfront crib.

Britney stayed at an ultra-modern, secluded pad just on the other side of the Santa Monica Mountains from her Thousand Oaks home. We're told the going rate per night on Airbnb is only $8,000. See, affordable ... for Brit, but she didn't have to pay because they hooked it up. 

The property looks amazing ... two open-air buildings plus a pool directly on the beach. Best of all, the 5-bedroom estate is ultra secluded.

Perfect for a little R&R ... when you have 9 and 10-year-old boys bringing over friends.

What a day!!

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Mark Salling Axed From 'Gods and Secrets' After Child Porn Indictment

5/31/2016 9:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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It's now official ... Mark Salling got booted from his starring villain role in "Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets" -- just days after his child porn indictment ... TMZ has learned.

We're told production will start re-shoots of Salling's scenes, and Shankar is personally footing the bill for it. We're told Shankar is going a step further ... donating a percentage of profits from the project to an abused children's charity.

The former "Glee" star was indicted last week on 2 counts of child porn. Shankar reacted quickly, saying ... "Child abuse is a cultural cancer whose tentacles penetrate far deeper than a single celebrity caught with illicit images on his computer."

We're told Salling's replacement has not been cast yet.

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Amber Heard 'Ear-Witnesses' Say She's a Liar Johnny Wasn't Near Her

5/31/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0527_amber_heard_johnny_depp_gettyAmber Heard screamed to Johnny Depp in the middle of their argument last week, "Stop hitting me!!!" Problem is ... when she screamed Johnny was more than 6 yards away -- so claim 2 witnesses.

Sources connected to the case tell TMZ, 2 security guards -- Jerry Judge and Sean Bett -- were standing in the entryway inside Johnny and Amber's apartment unit, giving them space during the argument, when out of nowhere they heard Amber scream.  

The guards say "within a second" they bolted into the living area and saw Johnny in the kitchen and Amber on the couch in the living room -- it's an open floor plan. Both guards say Johnny was at least 20 feet away from her.

We're told, according to Johnny, both he and Amber knew the guards were in the entryway and the scream was a badly executed attempted setup.  

The guards -- both of whom are expected to testify next month during the restraining order trial -- also say throughout Johnny and Amber's 15-month marriage, she was the one who flew into rages ... screaming at him, throwing bottles, and charging him. They claim they frequently had to pull her off Johnny.

Amber claims her alleged injuries were caused when Johnny hurled an iPhone at her. The 2 guards support what the responding cops say ... she had no visible injuries. Amber claims there was broken glass on the floor and even submitted photos in her legal docs, but the guards insist there was no broken glass, and the cops say nothing was amiss.

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Shaunie O'Neal Mom's Gotta Keep Kids Closer ... Cincy Zoo Screwed Up Too

5/31/2016 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Shaunie O'Neal's got a ton of questions for the mother at the center of the Cincinnati Zoo tragedy -- starting with how the woman allowed her 4-year-old to wander THAT far away.

As a mother of 5, the 'Baskeball Wives' creator has strong opinions about what went wrong at the zoo -- but Shaunie's not laying ALL the blame on the parents. While some critics are calling for social services to get involved ... Shaunie says pump the brakes on that. For now. 

Shaunie also tells us how she would have reacted in the same situation. She's only half-kidding ... we think. 

#MamaBearVSGorilla

Laverne Cox 'OITNB' Stars Got Turnt for My Beyhive Birthday Bash

5/31/2016 9:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Laverne Cox's birthday bash should give you a pretty good idea of what the "Orange Is the New Black" cast gets into when they're not locked inside Litchfield.

Cox, who turned 32, hit up Beyonce's Formation tour Saturday in Chicago, but the party continued Monday night inside a NYC hotel room with her 'OITNB' co-stars.

Check it out ... Flaca, Poussey and Taystee were all there and the rager wasn't a far departure from the Netflix show since there was even a little girl-on-girl lap dancing.

No cops or corrections officers were called.

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Amber Heard Lawyer Says ... 'Amber is the Victim ... Amber is a Hero'

5/31/2016 6:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0527_amber_heard_tmzAmber Heard took the high road by not calling the cops after Johnny Depp allegedly brutalized her, but Johnny's "relentless attacks and outright lies" has now forced her to file a police report ... so says her lawyer.

Attorney Samantha Spector has come out swinging, saying Amber did not file a police report when the alleged incident occurred "to protect her privacy and Johnny's career."

Spector says Heard tried to keep the alleged incident "as private as possible," but Johnny and media reports have now forced her hand. Spector says, "Amber can no longer endure the relentless attacks and outright lies launched against her character," adding, "We took the high road."

Spector says LAPD cops observed injuries to Amber and the disarray in the apartment when they arrived. This is in sharp contrast to what LAPD told us ... that there were no signs of injury and no signs of disarray.

Amber's lawyer says her client "has suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny." They've been married for 15 months.

Spector says, "Amber is the victim. Amber is a hero."

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

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Holly Holm's Next Opponent Ducks Bullets In Violent Robbery ... Trainer Shot In Gut

5/31/2016 8:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

The UFC fighter who's scheduled to take on Holly Holm in July miraculously escaped injury in a violent shootout in Peru ... though her trainer was shot while exchanging gunfire with the bad guys. 

The woman caught in the crossfire is Valentina Shevchenko -- who was reportedly dining at a restaurant in Lima when three gun-toting men in motorcycle helmets came in to rob the place. 

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Donald Trump Cincy Gorilla Had to Be Shot ... Kid Had Seconds to Live

5/31/2016 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Donald Trump is weighing in on the shooting of Harambe, the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo ... and giving the shooters a thumbs up.

Trump was asked about the horrifying incident -- the 4-year-old boy falling into the enclosure and getting dragged around by the gorilla -- and said, the way he sees it ... there were only seconds to spare.

The Republican presidential nominee did say it was a tough call for zoo officials, but explained why he thinks they reacted the only way they could. 

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