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MMA Hero Phoenix Jones

I Chased Down Stabbing Suspect

Disarmed Alleged Bad Guy

3/27/2015 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0327-phoenix-jones-new-haven-police-TMZSPORTS_01Real-life superhero Phoenix Jones claims he's saved the day again ... this time, the MMA fighter says he chased down a stabbing suspect in Connecticut and DISARMED the perp. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... Jones -- real name Ben Fodor -- filled out a statement with the New Haven PD saying he was walking down the street Friday when, "I saw a man being chased who was bleeding from his face."

Fodor -- who made headlines as a real-life crime-fighter in Seattle -- says he put on his bulletproof vest and confronted a man he believed to be the "stabbing suspect."

Jones says the man then displayed a hunting knife ... so he proceeded to disarm the alleged bad guy. Once he believed the threat was neutralized, Jones says he went back and waited with the victim until medics arrived. 

The 26-year-old undefeated MMA fighter says he captured the entire incident on his go-pro camera ... and handed the footage over to police. 

Cops confirm a report was made -- but say they are still investigating the matter ... including Phoenix's role in the incident.  

Stay tuned ... 

Hope Solo

I'm Seeing a Shrink

For My 'Pain and Anger'

3/26/2015 6:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0326-hope-solo-tmz-02Hope Solo says she's desperately trying to change for the better -- and says she's seeing a therapist for the first time in her life to deal with "all of the pain and anger that was inside of me."

The Team USA soccer star opened up about her personal issues on her blog -- saying she spent her 30-day suspension seeking help from multiple doctors. 

As we previously reported, Solo's suspension followed an incident where Hope dropped the "Do you know who I am?" card when her husband was being arrested for DUI while driving a team van. 

"I’d been a mess emotionally and mentally, and spent most nights crying with my roommate away from the team," Hope said.

Solo says she fired off an email to teammates to let them know what she had been doing with her time off -- saying:

"I told them that for the first time in my life, I’d been seeing a therapist and dealing with a lot of my issues, and finally addressing all the pain and anger that was inside of me."

"Twice a week, I also worked with an Eastern medicine healer in Seattle who had incredible experience helping some of the greatest athletes perform at the highest levels. He really helped me see things in a different light."

"I wanted them to know that I hadn’t just taken 30 days off. Ultimately, I wanted to be a better person and teammate, and that’s what I’d been focused on."

Hope says her teammates have been incredibly supportive -- and insists the squad is now focused on the World Cup. 

Darius McCrary

Arrested

Child Support Scofflaw

3/26/2015 6:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Darius McCrary
was arrested and jailed because he was way behind in child support.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, "The Family Matters" star was in family court Wednesday in Oakland County, Michigan when the judge had him arrested and taken to jail.

Darius was given 2 options -- pay $5,500 in back support, or unpack and relax for 14 days behind bars. Darius chose door number 1.

McCrary was only in for a couple of hours and released later in the day.

The actor has a son ... looks like he's 5 or 6 years old.  


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NFL RB Bernard Pierce

DUI Arrest Was God's Will

3/19/2015 1:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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He was arrested for DUI and was fired from the Ravens ... but now Bernard Pierce has signed a NEW deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars ... and says it was all part of God's plan. 

After Pierce was picked up by the Jags, the 24-year-old went to Twitter and said, "God works in mysterious ways."

The Jaguars claimed Pierce off the waiver wire -- despite the fact he's facing a 2 game suspension under the NFL's new personal conduct policy. 

As we previously reported, Pierce was arrested Wednesday morning ... and told the cop he had taken "three shots of Jack." He was cut by the Ravens hours after the arrest. 

Cameron Dallas

Arrested after Telling Landlord

'Screw Hue!'

3/19/2015 6:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0318_Cameron-in-cuffs_tmz_wmVine star Cameron Dallas spent a lot more than six seconds in jail ... after he allegedly painted his apartment and everyone inside of it.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... cops were called to Dallas' Hollywood pad Wednesday afternoon after neighbors complained about  loud partying. When cops arrived, all was quiet and no one answered the door ... so they left. 

0318_Cameron-Dallas_instagramFast forward to 6 PM ... cops were called again after someone hurled a paint can out Dallas' sixth floor window, nearly hitting a woman below. 

Cops arrived and discovered the entire apartment, along with everyone inside it, spattered with paint. Someone also hurled hue in the hallway.

Dallas was arrested on felony vandalism and held on $20,000 bail.  He was released at 1:30 AM.

It appears the entire stunt was for a video. A few hours after his release, Dallas tweeted, "(: lets just say this video will be awesome..."

Dallas is known for throwing stuff off his balcony.

'Jerry Springer' Producer

Arrested for Murdering Deaf Sister

3/18/2015 5:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jill Blackstone -- who produced a slew of big shows including "Jerry Springer," "Sally Jessy Raphael" and "Rosie"-- has been arrested for the murder of her deaf sister ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, they received a call Saturday from Blackstone saying there was a dead person and 3 dead dogs in her San Fernando Valley garage. Blackstone said the person killed herself, but when authorities arrived they thought the suicide note looked suspicious and believe it was written by Jill.

The victim, Wendy Blackstone, was 49 years old and lived in Studio City. We're told the body showed no outward signs of trauma and the coroner is doing a toxicology report.  

Blackstone has also produced "Dr. Drew," "The Real," "Sharon Osbourne" and various court shows.

Blackstone was being held on $1 million bail. She was released late Wednesday afternoon.  A law enforcement source said the case was sent back to the LAPD for further investigation.

Robert Durst

Arrested with Latex Mask

In Apparent Attempt to Change Identity

3/18/2015 11:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0316-robert-durst-hbo-10Robert Durst was apparently trying to change his identity with a latex rubber mask and a new name, and that's when authorities swooped in and arrested him ... TMZ has learned.

According to the search warrant, which we obtained, the mask -- which was recovered in the New Orleans hotel room where he was arrested -- covered his head and neck and served to completely alter the characteristics of his face. Cops also found a fake Texas ID with the name Everette Ward.

According to the warrant, Durst was using the mask and ID to flee the country. And get this ... also included in the docs, Durst had more than $42,000 in cash, but the money was in hundred dollar bills, parceled out in various small envelopes.  

Authorities believe Durst wanted to use the envelopes to send money to the place where he was fleeing. Cops even found a UPS tracking number in the hotel, which Durst told them was so he could ship a large sum of cash.

The docs say Durst is worth $100 million and he was in the process of planning to ship a lot more than $42k. Authorities obtained bank records showing Durst withdrew $9k a day for 35 consecutive days ($315,000).  

Authorities recovered the .38 Smith & Wesson revolver with one spent shell casing and 4 live rounds. It's unclear where the gun was fired. 

And finally, police found 3 books in Durst's Houston apartment. Two copies of the same book titled: "A Deadly Secret: The Strange Disappearance of Kathie Durst" -- chronicling the murder of his wife, Kathie. He had 2 copies of the book ... one in paperback and one in hardback. 

Ravens' RB Bernard Pierce

Told Cops During DUI

'I'm Gonna Get Cut Tomorrow'

3/18/2015 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce told cops that he KNEW he was gonna get cut from the team during his DUI arrest ... saying, "Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI?"

TMZ Sports obtained the police report detailing the DUI arrest ... in which the Baltimore County Police Dept. says Pierce admitted to taking "3 shots of Jack" before he was popped. 

As we previously reported, Pierce was initially pulled over around 2AM for speeding -- and then bombed his field sobriety test

In the report, the officer asked Pierce how much he weighs -- and Pierce slurred, "530." The officer pressed him on it and he repeated it twice before correcting himself and saying, "230 pounds."

While he was being taken to a nearby police station, Pierce reportedly uttered, "Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI? I'm getting cut tomorrow, not like you care." 

Pierce was clearly referring to Victor Hampton who was arrested for drunk driving in February -- and was later cut by the team. 

Baltimore Ravens RB

Bernard Pierce

Arrested for DUI

3/18/2015 6:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce -- who started for the team after Ray Rice got fired last season -- was arrested for DUI in Maryland early Wednesday morning. 

Baltimore County police say Pierce was initially stopped for speeding around 2AM -- and during the stop, the officer suspected the 24-year-old was hammered. 

Pierce was asked to step out of his ride -- and then bombed some field sobriety tests. He was eventually arrested for DUI and hauled to a nearby station where he was processed and later released. 

A rep for the Ravens says, "We are aware of the situation and learning more about it. We take these matters seriously."

It's not the first time Pierce has had issues with booze -- TMZ Sports broke the story, Bernard and a couple of his teammates were booted from a Maryland bar during a party last year because "they couldn't maintain their composure."

Emile Hirsch

Preppiest Mug Shot Ever

3/16/2015 1:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0316-emil-hirsche-mug-shotEmile Hirsch was in and out of a Park City courthouse Monday for his Sundance assault case ... but he did stay long enough to take this epic mug shot.

Hirsch's first appearance was an uneventful one -- a status conference was set for April 13.

Hirsch is facing a felony assault charge stemming from an incident on January 25. Hirsch allegedly put Daniele Bernfeld, a film executive, into a chokehold at a festival event.

Hirsch faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

He checked himself into rehab following the incident.

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Robert Durst

Arrested for Murder

'The Jinx' May Have Jinxed Him

3/15/2015 12:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Robert Durst -- the man suspected in 3 murders -- may have let his thirst for the spotlight get the better of him, because he's been arrested for a murder profiled on "The Jinx", the show chronicling his crazy life.

Durst was nabbed in New Orleans Saturday for allegedly murdering his friend, Susan Berman.  Authorities believe he killed Berman because she knew something about the mysterious death of his wife Kathleen, who disappeared in 1982.

Susan was murdered in 2000.  Two days after her death LAPD cops received a letter from someone telling them where Susan's body could be found.  Cops now say they've linked the letter to Durst.

The case went cold, but the LAPD reopened it after the HBO show, "The Jinx:  The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," began airing.  Durst participated in the show, and there was an air that he got away with something.

Durst has been this route before.  He was tried for the murder of a Texas neighbor in 2001, but he was acquitted after claiming self-defense.  He claimed he shot the neighbor in the forehead accidentally during a struggle.  Durst cut the body apart and dumped it in a bay.  The body parts were retrieved in bags, but the head was never found.

Durst's lawyer says he will not fight extradition and will fight the most recent charges.

Jen Aniston

Drunk Driver

Firmly Planted in Front Yard

3/15/2015 7:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0315-jen-aniston-tmz-02A drunk driver became an unwanted visitor at Jennifer Aniston's house Saturday night after the guy hit a curb and took out some of her plants.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... it happened at around 8:30 PM at her Bel Air estate.  It's unclear if Jen was home, but her rusty trusty security guy instantly called 911.

When cops arrived the driver told them he was not behind the wheel, but security footage from the home clearly showed otherwise. The guy flunked the field sobriety tests and was arrested.

It feels like he was stuck in second gear.

'Buffy' Star Nicholas Brendon

Another Convention

Another Arrest

3/14/2015 10:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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'Buffy the Vampire' star Nicholas Brendon should stay far far away from geek conventions because it never ends well ... he was arrested AGAIN in Florida Friday night.

According to a police report, Brendon called cops reporting his phone and wallet had been stolen. When officers arrived they saw Brendon had flipped his bed and over-flowed the toilet in his room. He had done other things to himself suggesting he wasn't of right mind.  As for his wallet -- it was on the dresser. 

The report states that hotel employees told police Brendon had been mixing pills and alcohol at the hotel earlier in the day. Officers discovered a pill bottle that was filled with 10 pills earlier in the day only had one remaining. 

Brendon was in town for ALTCon, a pop culture convention. 

TMZ broke the story ... the actor was arrested in February for a similar drunken hotel incident at the same time of convention.  He did $450 worth of damages to a room and refused to pay his $380 tab for food and beverages.

And Brendon was busted in October after an incident in an Idaho hotel lobby when he got into it with guests and staffers.  

He clearly needs help.

0314-nicholas-brendon-mug-wm-4A Tallahassee newspaper spoke with Brendon this afternoon who claims he's been off his depression medication which has led to his recent issues. He also claims that he was molested as a child by a teacher and it drastically changed his life. Click below to watch the interview. 

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