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Charlottesville Riots White Supremacist Chris Cantwell Poses for Mug Shot

8/24/2017 6:55 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Christopher Cantwell, the guy featured in the Vice doc about the Charlottesville rally, posed for his pic at the cop shop.

A stone-faced Cantwell glared into the camera Wednesday after turning himself in. He was booked for malicious release of dangerous gas causing injury, assault using acid and unlawful release of a dangerous gas causing injury.

Cantwell was a focal point of the documentary, and you see him clear as day pepper spray a counter-protester at the demonstration that turned violent and deadly.

Charlottesville Riots White Supremacist Chris Cantwell Turns Himself In

8/23/2017 9:00 PM PDT

White supremacist and one of the organizers of the Charlottesville Riots Chris Cantwell has turned himself in to police.

Cantwell turned himself in Wednesday after the University of Virginia Police Department issued a warrant for his arrest earlier in the week. The warrants were for two counts of illegal use of tear gas and one count of malicious bodily injury with a caustic substance.

Cantwell was profiled in a piece by Vice about the August 11 riots that took the life of Heather Heyer, who was hit by a car driven through a crowd by 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr.

Cantwell is currently being held in Lynchburg, VA and awaiting transport to Charlottesville.

Mystikal Rape Accuser Said It Never Happened Alleged Accomplice Claims

8/22/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The woman wanted by cops for allegedly being an accessory to rape involving Mystikal says she can prove the alleged victim wasn't sexually assaulted by the rapper. 

Tenichia Wafford is wanted because cops say she tried to strong-arm the alleged victim into dropping charges that Mystikal and another man raped her in October of last year in Louisiana.

Tenichia admits she called the woman, but only because they were friends, and that's when the alleged victim told her there was no rape. It's unclear if Tenichia is saying the alleged victim stated there was sexual contact with consent or no sexual contact at all. Tenichia says she recorded her conversation with the alleged victim.

Tenichia is still on the run. It's unclear why she doesn't go to the cops and try and explain things.

As we reported ... Mystikal turned himself in and was booked for first degree rape.

Mystikal Turns Himself in on Rape Charge

8/21/2017 2:47 PM PDT
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Mystikal has been arrested and charged with raping a woman in Louisiana.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the rapper turned himself in Monday to the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Department, and he was arrested and booked for first degree rape.

Shreveport PD put out the arrest warrant last week, but they hadn't been able to track him down until now. According to cops, another man, Averweone Holman, was also charged in connection with the crime.

We're told the charges stem from a 2016 incident involving a woman at a casino where Mystikal was performing ... but the details are scarce for now.

A member from Mystikal's camp tells us the charges are completely bogus, and he plans to plead not guilty.

He's being held on a $2 million bond. 

Oakland Raiders Coach Sean Smith was Defending His Sister

8/21/2017 6:06 AM PDT
Breaking News

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio has Sean Smith's back -- sorta. 

Del Rio was asked about Smith's arrest over an alleged July 4 beatdown of his sister's boyfriend and produced a possible defense for the cornerback.

"He was defending his sister," Del Rio told SFGate.com ... "Obviously, things occurred that were taken issue with, so he’s having to defend himself right now.”

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Smith -- who signed a $40 MILLION contract last year -- was arrested for felony battery in Pasadena after cops said he beat and stomped the man so badly he was hospitalized in critical condition.

Smith's lawyer says his client is innocent and will fight the charges -- but Del Rio's comments essentially confirm he did get physical with the other man. So, the "It Wasn't Me" defense is out the window.

But even if Smith was "defending his sister" -- the law only affords someone the right to use "reasonable force" to stop an imminent attack.

Based on the injuries the man suffered -- multiple broken bones, unconscious when police arrived, critical condition -- it sounds like officials believe Smith exceeded that standard.

Smith's due back in court next month.

Sean Smith's Victim Hospitalized In Critical Condition ... Cops Say

8/18/2017 7:37 AM PDT
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Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith allegedly beat his sister's boyfriend so badly during a July 4 attack, the guy was hospitalized in critical condition with multiple broken bones in his face, TMZ Sports has learned. 

Law enforcement tells us ... officers responded to calls of an unconscious male on the streets of Pasadena and when help arrived they found him bloody and beaten on the sidewalk. 

We're told it was obvious the man had multiple facial fractures. 

Cops previously said Smith beat the man and then stomped his head. 

Investigators spoke with multiple witnesses -- and fingered Smith as the assailant. 

Smith -- who signed a 4-year, $38 million contract in 2016 -- was arrested for felony assault. He posted $80,000 bond and is due back in court to be arraigned in September. 

For his part, Smith has denied any wrongdoing and has vowed to fight the case. 

The NFL has launched its own investigation into the incident. 

So far, no comment from the Raiders. 

Meek Mill Arrested and Charged After Alleged Motorcycle Stunt

8/17/2017 8:11 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

9:02 PM PT -- Meek has been officially arrested and charged with reckless endangerment.

He was picked up by NYPD at 10:16 PM Thursday after a 911 call was made on Wednesday by witnesses who saw a group of people popping wheelies and riding dangerously down the street. Law enforcement turned to social media and were able to identify Meek, who was riding without a helmet. NYPD then took him into custody.

Meek Mill is currently in police custody after law enforcement sources tell us he drove a motorcycle recklessly through the streets of NYC.

Sources tell us Meek is being held for questioning in an Upper Manhattan Precinct after being taken in for the alleged stunt.

We're told at this time the rapper has not been arrested and booked ... but our law enforcement sources say that's imminent.

According to several of Meek's fans, his initial confrontation with police was documented on his Instagram's live stream.

Story developing ...

Zach Randolph Arrested for Weed In L.A. ... 2 Pounds of Pot

8/10/2017 6:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

10:30 AM PT -- Randolph allegedly had roughly 2 POUNDS of weed on him at the time of the arrest. We're told the weed was in a "large backpack."

That's a lot of weed. 

8:02 AM PT -- TMZ Sports shot Randolph leaving jail moments ago ... with a big smile on his face!

Randolph didn't seem concerned one bit and casually walked to a waiting ride. 

NBA star Zach Randolph was arrested in L.A. on Wednesday night -- igniting a crazy disturbance that required cops to call in the cavalry for backup, TMZ Sports has learned. 

LAPD officers were called to the Nickerson Gardens area in L.A. around 10 PM -- and when they arrived, cops found a large crowd of people smoking, playing loud music and blocking the roadway.

Law enforcement sources tell us 3 people were seen grabbing their waistbands and running -- so cops went after them.

Three people were detained -- including Randolph, who was eventually arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, A FELONY. We're told the "intent to sell" part was due to the large amount of weed found.

Another man who was arrested was an ex-con in possession of a gun, law enforcement sources say.

After the arrests, we're told things got crazy -- the crowd became unruly and LAPD had to call for backup.

We're told 6 cop cars were vandalized -- tires slashed and windows busted -- and cops formed a battle line to restore order.

In the end, cops recovered 2 guns, drugs, a significant amount of cash and 2 vehicles were impounded -- though it's unclear if any of those things belonged to Randolph.

Randolph is listed at 6'9", 260 on his booking sheet, which also says bail was set at $20,000. 

FYI, Randolph spent years with the Memphis Grizzlies before signing a brand new 2-year, $24 million contract with the Sacramento Kings. 

We've reached out to Zach's rep for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Story developing ... 

Britney Spears Bum-Rushed Onstage 'He's Got a Gun?!'

8/10/2017 6:40 AM PDT
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11:12 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the man who crashed Britney's set is 37-year-old Jess Webb. We're told he was acting disorderly during her performance from out in the crowd, and was asked to leave by security. That's when he jumped onstage and got tackled. He was arrested for trespassing -- no weapons were found on him. Dude looks like a charmer. 

Britney Spears got bum-rushed by a guy who is probably hurting this morning, because her dancers and bodyguards annihilated him.

It went down Wednesday night in Vegas at Britney's Piece of Me show at Planet Hollywood. As Britney sang "Till the World Ends" ...  a man crept onto the stage and made his move.

Security and the dancers lunged at the guy as Britney seemed oblivious to the danger. You hear her ask if everything is OK. Check it out ... Britney's knee buckled as she clutched a security guard and asked, "He's got a gun?"

The man was subdued and ejected, but not before either kicking or kneeing one of the guards.

Tom Wopat I Need to Get Sober

8/8/2017 10:07 AM PDT
Breaking News

Tom Wopat is admitting he has a substance abuse problem on the heels of his arrest for indecent assault and cocaine possession.

The former "Dukes of Hazzard" star's rep released a statement, saying he's "taking personal time to address his ongoing struggle with substance abuse. While death and illness in the family, combined with the intensity of his recent schedule, certainly contributed to his misstep, Tom definitely understands that sobriety is the sole course for a successful future."

Wopat pled not guilty to the felony assault charge last week. TMZ broke the story ... he's accused of groping a woman's butt and putting his finger in between her butt cheeks. The alleged assault happened on the set of a stage production of "42nd Street" ... in which Tom was supposed to star.

His rep said Tom hopes his "good name will be restored" once an investigation is completed.

'Mighty Ducks' Goalie Busted for Possession of Meth ... 5 Days After Jail Release

8/8/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Shaun Weiss -- who played Goldberg in 'The Mighty Ducks' -- got busted again 5 days after serving a jail sentence ... this time for meth.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... cops in Burbank got a 911 call last Wednesday for a suspicious person stumbling around yards in a neighborhood near the Warner Bros. studio lot. 

Cops responded and arrested Weiss around 2:30 PM, booking him for possession of a controlled substance. We're told he had meth on him ... unclear exactly how much, though. He's being held on a $20,000 bond.

We broke the story ... Weiss was sentenced to 150 days in jail for petty theft just last month, but only served 12 days due to overcrowding. His manager told us at the time Weiss was hoping jail could help him, and that he'd be trying to write a script or jokes while behind bars. 

We've reached out to his manager again ... so far, no word back.

Chance the Rapper Bodyguard Busted For Body Slam in Chi-Town

8/7/2017 10:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chance the Rapper's bodyguard allegedly unleashed some WWE moves on a guy right in front of the MC ... and the whole thing was caught on surveillance video.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Chance's private security guard, 44-year-old Star Thomas, was arrested Thursday night at the W Hotel in Chicago after he allegedly body slammed a man in the lobby. We're told Chance had a front row seat as it all went down.

The alleged victim was trying get into the same elevator as Chance and his crew around 9 PM, according to our sources ... and the bodyguard blocked him. We're told about 2 hours later they ran into the man again in the lobby, and that's when Thomas threw him down.

Chance's bodyguard was booked for misdemeanor simple battery. We've reached out to his camp for comment ... so far, no word back.

We spoke with Thomas's lawyer, Elias R. Hilal, and he tells us Thomas was not the aggressor. According to Hilal, the altercation started when the alleged victim "shoulder hit" Thomas and mouthed off. That's when Chance's bodyguard grabbed the guy. Hilal adds that Thomas never took the alleged victim to the ground.

Tom Wopat Charged with Sticking Finger in Woman's Butt Crack

8/3/2017 11:04 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tom Wopat allegedly grabbed a woman's butt and put his finger between her butt cheeks, and that's why he was arrested for felony indecent assault.

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, Wopat was rehearsing his show, "42nd Street," at the Reagle Theatre in Waltham, MA on July 23 when a woman on the set claims he walked behind her and she felt his hand grab her butt. She also says she felt his fingers go between her butt cheeks.

She complained to one of the honchos about the incident, and Wopat was confronted. According to the police report, he denied touching the woman and said, "F*** them all."

There are 2 other incidents mentioned in the police report, both occurring during rehearsals. In one case a woman says he came up from behind her and wrapped his arm around her hip and lower waist, pulling her into him. In another instance a woman says he peeled sunburned skin off her arm.

When Wopat was arrested Wednesday, he told cops at the station he did not inappropriately touch anyone, but recalled a time he was seated and one of the women walked by him and he "lightly touched her hip" and said to her, "I like the way you work."

Wopat told cops he flirts and likes to be friendly, but never did anything untoward.

As for the drug charge, cops say when they booked Wopat they found a plastic bag containing what they believe was cocaine in his front pocket, along with a blue straw. Cops say they searched Wopat's vehicle and found baggies inside, one of which contained what they believe is also cocaine.

The police report also says one of the honchos in the show reprimanded Wopat for showing up to rehearsal under the influence.

TMZ broke the story, Wopat was arraigned Thursday and pled not guilty for felony indecent assault and battery as well as a misdemeanor drug possession charge.

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