After 5 years in prison, rapper Lil Boosie couldn't believe how dramatically the world changed in such a short period of time -- but one piece of technology stood out as the most mind-blowing.
When Boosie got locked up on drug charges back in 2009 ... there was no Instagram, no FaceTime, Google wasn't making glasses -- and during an interview Monday, Boosie talked about what the technology overload felt like after his release.
But one technological advancement was more unbelievable than the rest. Watch the video to find out.
VOMITS IN COURT
During Graphic Description of GF's Wounds
3/10/2014 8:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Oscar Pistorius threw up in court today ... several times ... as a pathologist detailed the injuries he found on Reeva Steenkamp's body after she was shot, in gruesome detail.
Pistorius was given a bucket to puke into during the testimony ... and used it quite frequently.
In between vomit sessions, the Olympian was seen rocking back and forth, crying and covering his ears with his hands.
As for the testimony, Professor Gert Saayman detailed the bullet wounds he found on Steenkamp following her death ... saying she was shot on the top of the head, in the right elbow, in the right hip and left hand.
Saayman said the head would have incapacitated Steenkamp immediately. He also said the ammo, Black Talon bullets, are the kind that "expand and mushroom" on impact for maximum damage.
At one point, the judge asked Pistorius' lawyer if he was going to be able to compose himself and stay in the courtroom. Oscar said he wanted to continue ... and was allowed to stay.
Judge Says I CAN FIGHT AGAIN!
3/10/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former UFC star Thiago Silva has been cleared to fight again ... not by the UFC (Dana White banned him for life) ... but by a judge, who says Silva has the right to earn his living.
As we previously reported, Silva was finally released from jail (on bail) after allegedly grabbing a gun and threatening to execute his wife and her boyfriend outside of a FL martial arts gym last month.
The judge slapped Silva with several restrictions (no drugs, booze, anger management, etc) ... but Silva's attorney Scott Saul tells us he DID allow Silva to resume training for his MMA career.
Weird, since one day he'll be learning how to manage his anger ... and the next he'll be training himself to pummel another man within an inch of his life.
We're told Silva -- who's under house arrest and wears an electronic tracking device -- has permission to train at a nearby gym. He's also allowed to visit with his attorney and his manager.
Since the UFC is off the table, Silva will try and book a fight with another organization -- and once that happens (if it happens), the judge will have to give approval before Silva can enter the ring.
Habitual Gambling Debtor
Ran From 2 Other Casino Debts
3/8/2014 8:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
He might be the welcher-weight champion of the world ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned Antonio Tarver was sued over unpaid gambling debts by TWO VEGAS CASINOS before his problems with the Wynn.
According to court docs, Tarver got into some trouble with the MGM Grand and the Bellagio back in 2009 after taking out a heavy-duty gambling marker at each hotel and failing to pay it back.
MGM Grand says ... Tarver borrowed $100k but only paid back $10k
Bellagio says ... Tarver borrowed $50k but only paid back $5k.
They sued -- and according to court records, both casinos got their money back two years later.
But Tarver didn't learn his lesson. As we previously reported, the 45-year-old was locked up for allegedly skipping out on a $200,000 gambling marker from the Wynn stemming from 2012.
Tarver suggested his friend would help him repay the debt -- as long as he gets back in the ring and starts boxing again.
We spoke to Tarver's reps who insist the guy does NOT have a gambling problem.
Stays in Jail
But Freedom Clock is Ticking
3/7/2014 3:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Darren Sharper will sit in a Los Angeles jail for another week, while the clock ticks as the New Orleans D.A. decides whether to charge the football star with rape.
Sharper appeared in court today ... trying to get out of the slammer he's been sitting in since last week ... when a New Orleans judge issued an arrest warrant in connection with rape allegations by 2 women.
Sharper wanted out of jail today, but the L.A. Superior Court judge concluded she can't let him because the New Orleans D.A. has 10 full business days to decide whether to charge Sharper. The judge felt she had an obligation to hold him until the 10-day period runs out next Thursday.
So Sharper will sit behind bars and New Orleans has to decide whether to s*** or get off the pot. If he isn't charged by next Thursday, it appears the judge will release Sharper, who has already posted $1 million bail for rape charges that have been filed against him in L.A. County.
The New Orleans case is curious. The alleged rapes supposedly occurred back in Sept., but the case went no where ... in part because one of the women insisted nothing happened. She has recently changed her story, but authorities there didn't seem interested in pursuing anything until all the publicity.
CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
... Over Jailhouse Fight
3/7/2014 2:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Aaron Hernandez has been charged with assault and battery for a ferocious attack on a defenseless inmate last month ... TMZ Sports has learned.
According to Sheriff Thomas Hodgson ... the charge is a misdemeanor offense.
TMZ Sports broke the story ... Hernandez attacked an inmate who was wearing handcuffs on February 25th. Our sources tell us the victim had been talking smack to Hernandez.
Hernandez was supposed to be isolated for his own protection.
Now, we're told officials at Bristol County Jail in Mass. are changing procedures to ensure nothing like this happens again.
Ex-UFC Fighter Thiago Silva
After Alleged Gun Incident w/ Wife
3/7/2014 12:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former UFC fighter Thiago Silva will be RELEASED FROM JAIL ... for the first time since he allegedly grabbed a gun and threatened to shoot his wife in Florida ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Silva was initially locked up without bond when he was arrested on Feb. 7th -- but today, the judge changed his mind and set bond at $25k.
But Silva isn't entirely a free man ... we're told he'll be on house arrest with an electronic monitor for the time being. He must also complete an anger management program.
The judge also ordered Thiago to stay away from his wife and her boyfriend at all times. He must also submit to random drug and alcohol testing.
As we previously reported, Thiago was initially arrested for attempted murder after allegedly threatening to shoot his wife and her BF in front of a martial arts school in FL.
The judge later reduced the charges to aggravated assault. Dana White has since banned Silva from ever fighting in the UFC again.
He's due back in court next week.
Ex-Detroit Lions Player
Suspected HIT MAN
In Murder-for-Hire Plot
3/7/2014 8:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A former Detroit Lions football player is suspected of being the hit man in a real-life Hollywood murder for-hire-plot ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports.
The identity of the former NFL player has not been released ... but sources tell us the guy is VERY big (in size).
Here's the backstory -- we know ... celebrity skin specialist Dawn DaLuise was arrested Wednesday for allegedly trying to hire someone to kill a skin care competitor. Sources tell us the person she contacted once played for the Lions.
FYI -- The murder was never carried out ... cops stepped in after someone tipped them off about the alleged plot.
Story developing ...
God Freed My Brother Lil Boosie
3/7/2014 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Boosie was released early by prison officials because of his good behavior behind bars ... but Boosie's friend Webbie thinks the rapper was really sprung by a much higher power than the warden.
Webbie hails from Louisiana, just like Boosie, and tells TMZ it was the hand of God that opened the prison doors -- "I told Boo that God has a plan. He got my brother free."
Part of God's plan ... according to Webbie includes laying down tracks -- he says now that LB is sprung ... they're going straight into the studio to start making music together again.
Webbie says he plans to surprise Boosie at home in Baton Rouge ... and then the whole town's gonna celebrate Boosie's freedom.
Sued By Prison Inmates
You Poisoned Us With Valley Fever
3/7/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Arnold Schwarzenegger is still being haunted by his political past ... the ex-Gov. is being sued by inmates who accuse him of sentencing them to a fate worse than prison -- a cruel, disfiguring and crippling disease.
According to the lawsuit filed by 22 current and former inmates ... Schwarzenegger and other officials knowingly kept them in a Central Cali prison where they claim Valley Fever killed 30 inmates, and left many more with horrible symptoms.
Valley Fever attacks the body's organs ... victims may suffer skin lesions, limb amputations and brain damage. The disease is spread by spores found in soil -- and the inmates say they were exposed to it.
The inmates are also suing current Gov. Jerry Brown ... claiming he continued Arnold's policy.
They want cash to cover medical care, and pain and suffering -- beyond the typical prison pain and suffering.
FUN FACT: The plaintiffs are incarcerated at ... Pleasant Valley Prison.
I Need Retail Therapy
After Years Of Prison
3/6/2014 3:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Boosie is carrying serious baggage after rotting in the slammer for 5 years.
Boosie -- who was just released after serving his sentence on drug charges -- took his kids to The Esplanade Mall in Kenner, Louisiana Thursday where he dropped wads of cash on new clothes.
Sources tell TMZ, Boosie spent most of his time in the Polo section at Macy's and also bought some new kicks at Footaction USA. He also stopped at some store called Nouveau, hence the bags.
No word on whether he also hit up Cinnabon or Sbarro.
Admitted to Raping Women
... N.O. Investigators Say
3/6/2014 1:14 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Darren Sharper "admitted" to witnesses that he and a 2nd suspect raped two women back in September ... this according to New Orleans investigators.
The N.O.P.D. has released the application for the arrest warrant of Sharper's alleged associate Erik Nunez -- in which officials allege both men had non-consensual sex with two women who were "substantially impaired" on September 23.
Cops say a "known acquaintance" observed Sharper in the NFL star's apartment wearing only his boxers -- and saw Nunez exiting Sharper's bedroom in his boxers as well.
In the document, officials say ... "Through further investigation by the detectives it was learned that Nunez and Sharper admitted to other known witnesses that he and Sharper had vaginal and/or oral sex with victims #1 and #2 without their knowledge or permission."
Neither Sharper nor Nunez have been charged with a crime.
The Peeing Video
3/6/2014 7:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber either has a gigantic dong or cops are being overly cautious ... because the jailhouse video of Bieber taking a leak behind bars has an ENORMOUS black bar.
Miami Beach P.D. just released the video ... shot while Bieber was being booked at the jail.
Nine hours of video has already been released, but the judge wanted special care taken for the video showing Bieber peeing -- the judge wanted to make sure cops covered his junk before releasing it.
It's weird ... law enforcement told us they were having problems black-barring the video because Justin's penis was moving around. But the video only shows him walking to the toilet -- possibly with his penis exposed ... but the movement isn't that radical.