It's so eerie ... Jennifer Hudson's half-brother is in jail ... for allegedly repeatedly stabbing a man in the face ... a man who was involved in a relationship with his estranged wife.
The incident mirrors another tragedy in the Hudson family. William Balfour -- the ex-boyfriend of Jennifer's sister Julia -- murdered her mom, brother and nephew in a jealous rage triggered by what he thought was a gift to Julia from her new boyfriend.
Steven Simpson is now in custody in Paw Paw, Michigan, and he's expected to be charged with home invasion and attempted murder.
Rick Perry Mugshot
8/19/2014 3:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Texas Governor Rick Perry pursed his lips with a faint smile as he posed for his mug shot ... and the pic is a study in politics and spin control.
As you probably know ... Perry has been indicted for felony abuse of power ... trying to coerce a political enemy -- a D.A. who was convicted of drunk driving -- out of office by threatening to veto a law enforcement bill if she didn't resign.
Perry -- who says the charges are BS -- has a lot at stake in this mug shot. He clearly wants to run for President in 2016, so the way he looks and dresses in the pic is critical.
Nice suit, crisp white shirt, appropriate blue tie. The look is confident, defiant but not too smug. It's way better than James Brown's mug and on a par with Armie Hammer and Lindsay's 6th.
'Cat Daddy' Rapper
Fails to Surrender for Jail
Arrest Warrant Issued
8/18/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Jovan Clayton failed to "Cat Daddy" into court to begin a 4-month jail sentence ... so now a judge has issued a bench warrant for his arrest.
As TMZ first reported, Clayton got 120 days in L.A. County lockup after he pled no contest to one count of receiving stolen property during a nightclub incident last April.
Clayton had until 8:30 AM Friday to surrender. Now that the bench warrant was issued ... a judge could possibly tack on additional jail time.
We shot this video in April of Clayton getting out of jail, so ... imagine it in reverse ... once the law catches up to him.
Rapper Kid Ink
Busted in Vegas
Disturbing the Peace ...Huh?
8/16/2014 1:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Kid Ink was arrested early Saturday in Las Vegas for disturbing the peace ... which raises the question, is there really peace in Vegas?
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... cops raced to 1Oak nightclub in the Mirage just before 3 AM after a 911 call about a fight in the club.
Several eyewitnesses tell us ... Kid Ink's female friend started the scuffle.
We're told the woman was acting belligerent as the 2 left the club ... and when security confronted them the "Show Me" rapper and his crew started getting physical.
Police hauled the rapper and his female friend off to jail. The woman was booked for giving a false statement to officers -- we don't know what she told them -- and Ink was booked for disturbing the peace.
He'll be released Saturday afternoon without posting bail. He's ordered to appear in court Monday.
UPDATE: A rep for Kid Ink claims the rapper and some of friends were taking photos on the closed red carpet ... but when there was an issue between a third party and security -- police stepped in.
By Cops Outside L.A.
8/15/2014 3:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
War Machine has been captured in a hotel outside Los Angeles ... TMZ has learned.
He was caught by U.S. Marshals and Simi Valley police .. and we're told he did not put up a fight.
The fugitive MMA fighter was sitting in the hotel room with a pizza and a small amount of cash.
War Machine's been on the run since last Friday ... when police say he brutalized his estranged girlfriend, porn star Christy Mack and her new boyfriend Corey Thomas at her home in Las Vegas.
He's been taken to Ventura County jail.
Cops went to War Machine's home in the San Diego area this morning to remove two of his exotic snakes. According to an officer ... Dog the Bounty Hunter was also there.
Christy Mack's friends and family tell us they're relieved he's been caught.
... But What's She So Happy About?
8/15/2014 11:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
1:45 PM PT -- Sherrie is now being held without bail, and the D.A's Office says she'll be behind bars for several months. We're told she failed to appear for a prior family court case, so a judge remanded her bail until her first hearing in that case ... which is November 4th.
Smile, Sherrie Daly ... you've just been tossed behind bars!!!
Golfer John Daly's ex-wife was jailed Friday in Memphis, TN because their teenage son missed too much school without an excuse.
The Shelby County DA tells TMZ Sports the boy missed more than 15 days, without an excuse, during two separate periods: August 2012 - February 2013 and August 2013 - February 2014.
Daly was booked on multiple charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor. She will go before a judge on Monday and could get sentenced to almost a year behind bars.
A spokesperson for the Shelby County DA tells TMZ Sports, "[Daly is] the poster child for truancy because of her notoriety."
Dropped From His Own Clothing Line
8/15/2014 4:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
War Machine no longer does Alpha Male S*** ... that's because he's been dropped by the clothing line he helped create.
The company has a new owner, who wants nothing to do with the wanted MMA fighter, saying, "ALPHA MALE clothing has been taken over by a NAVY SEAL. We have NO affiliation with Jon/WarMachine."
The Alpha Male clothing website links to a site for Christy Mack merchandise, which weirdly still features War Machine.
Ordered To Take Drug & Booze Classes For DUI
8/14/2014 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Kattan will spend the next 3 years on probation and will have to attend drug and alcohol classes as punishment for driving under the influence of drugs, TMZ has learned.
The L.A. City Attorney's office tells us ... Kattan was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and will have to pay restitution for the freeway crash last Feb. ... when he slammed his Mercedes into a parked Cal Trans vehicle.
Kattan will have to attend a 3-month alcohol program and 104 Narcotics Anonymous classes. Plus, he's forbidden from driving with any drugs in his system ... unless he has a valid prescription.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Kattan had been driving on Ambien at the time of the crash.
We're told Kattan will also have take part in the Hospital and Morgue Program ... a scared straight type of program where he'll see first-hand the consequences of dangerous behavior.
Paul Walker Death
Thief Gets HAMMERED By Judge
8/14/2014 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A judge just hammered the guy who stole a piece of Paul Walker's death car ... jailing him for 6 MONTHS.
Jameson Witty and another guy lifted a panel from the T-top roof of the Porsche as a tow truck was transporting the wreckage. TMZ actually got hold of the video ... which caused prosecutors to charge the 2 men with 3 crimes.
Witty and the other guy copped a plea ... and Thursday was judgment day for him. The other guy is expected to get the same sentence when he goes before the judge in October.
Arrest Could Lead to
Drone Controls in Hollywood
8/14/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Authorities have confiscated a drone from a man on a mission against the LAPD ... and the action could end up protecting celebrities in Hollywood from unmanned aircrafts.
We've learned Tom Zebra -- the guy who flew a drone over the Hollywood Division of the LAPD a few weeks back -- was flying his drone around the harbor in San Pedro, CA when the Port Police confronted him and ordered him to land the aircraft.
The cops grabbed the drone and then placed Zebra under arrest for a city law that prohibits anyone from flying an unmanned aircraft around a public beach. He was cited and released.
We've learned the arrest got the LAPD buzzing ... because L.A. authorities have been stumped on how to regulate drones. Up to now the LAPD and prosecutors saw no way to prohibit drones that fly under 400 feet.
But the arrest got law enforcement thinking ... they never thought about this particular law ... which not only prohibits drones around public beaches, but all publicly owned spaces and adjoining parking lots, pools, piers, golf courses and the like.
We're told L.A. law enforcement now thinks that law can be used to protect celebs who live along California's coast ... including the throngs of famous folks in and around Malibu.
Turns out the law also prohibits drones from buzzing over horse paths and hiking trails, and lots of celebs -- especially in the Calabasas area -- have homes that would be protected.
For celeb homes not protected under the existing law ... we're told authorities are working to draft new legislation aimed at protecting all private residences from drones.
Convict Claims Reality Show
Set Him Up in Drug Deal
8/13/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A drug supplier who served more than 7 months for drug-related crimes claims he was set up by MTV's "True Life" ... so he claims in a new lawsuit.
David Nickell says in legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- he was instructed by a producer on "True Life: I'm Addicted To Pills" to buy pills from a dealer, then give them to a woman on the show ... in front of her 5-year-old son.
Nickell claims the producer told him it would be better TV if the kid was around when the deal went down ... and she assured him he wouldn't get in trouble.
Nickell and the woman who got the pills from him were both arrested after authorities saw the show. And prosecutors used the video in court to convict him.
He's suing the producer, MTV and its parent company Viacom.
Dog's On The Hunt
... And the Clock's Ticking
8/12/2014 3:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
War Machine has until 7 PM Tuesday to turn himself in to cops ... or else the most famous bloodhound in the US -- Dog the Bounty Hunter -- will be gunnin' for him.
TMZ has learned ... a member of Christy Mack's family reached out to Dog through a mutual friend with MMA ties, hoping the mulletted one will succeed where the cops haven't.
Dog's told us he's already made contact with War Machine and given him the ultimatum -- 24 hours, and then you're mine. We're told War Machine was not receptive.
We're told Dog's entire crew will rock immediately after the deadline passes.
War is facing 7 criminal charges after using Christy as a punching bag during the 3-person altercation in her home Friday. She was left with 18 broken facial bones and a ruptured kidney.
Cops say he choked Christy's new BF, then licked his finger ... then rubbed Christy's genitals.
Joked About Killing
8/12/2014 4:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
War Machine, with Christy Mack sitting right next to him, was doing an interview with MMAfighting.com a year ago ... talking about the "Mack" tattoo on his neck.
When the interviewer asked how he would explain the tat if they ever broke up ... War Machine said he would simply add the letters "R.I.P." so it would serve as "a memorial to my dead girlfriend."
Mack then chimed in, "Honestly, I would probably deserve it."
War Machine is currently a wanted man with seven warrants out for his arrest in Las Vegas over the alleged beating ... which left Christy with 18 broken bones in her face and a ruptured kidney.