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Amber Heard 'Homophobic' 'Misogynistic' Cop ... a Gay Woman

6/9/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0608-beverly-leonard-facebook-05Amber Heard's ex-girlfriend, who just claimed Amber's 2009 arrest for domestic violence was bogus because the cop was a homophobe with a hint of misogyny ... couldn't be further off the mark, because the officer is an openly gay woman who also contributed money to a domestic violence organization.

Amber's ex-domestic partner, Tasya van Ree, minimized their altercation at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, saying it was "misinterpreted and over-sensationalized by two individuals in a powerful position." She's referring to the cops who arrested Amber for allegedly grabbing and hitting Tasya.

Officer Beverly Leonard was the actual arresting officer. She proudly posted pics of herself and her partner a few years back. She's also posted pics of herself at Pride weekend.

Leonard also supported an organization in Seattle that helps women who were victims of domestic violence.

A source close to Beverly says the now-retired officer is indignant ... saying the arrest had nothing to do with homophobia ... she was arrested for breaking the law.

Although Tasya claims the incident was minor, police documents show there was actual property damage ... Tasya's pendant was broken during the scuffle, and the documents also show Tasya was extremely upset with Amber for the alleged attack ... so claim the responding cops.


Stanford Rapist Special Jail Protection ... To Prevent Inmate Beatdown

6/8/2016 4:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Brock Allen Turner -- the ex-Stanford swimmer convicted of rape -- has been placed in protective custody while serving his sentence at Santa Clara County Jail ... to keep him safe from inmates who might harm him.

We spoke to a rep for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, who confirmed to TMZ Sports, Turner is being held in an area away from the general inmate population, and will have a deputy escort whenever he moves around the grounds.

He will be exposed to other inmates -- but only ones in "protective custody" -- which include people convicted of sexual assault, LGBT inmates and gang dropouts.

"They're kept totally separate ... so they aren't harmed."

We're told Turner's "protective custody" status is NOT due to the fact his case is so high-profile -- but rather because he was convicted of sexual assault ... and those type of inmates are often targeted.

Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to 6 months in county jail for raping a 23-year-old woman on the Stanford campus in 2015 ... but with good behavior he could be out by September.

Amber Heard Meets Johnny, Asks Cops ... Please Erase My Dom. Violence Records

6/8/2016 4:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0608_amber_heard_johnny_depp_rum_diary_premiere_getty-2Amber Heard had her lawyer send a letter to the cops who arrested her for domestic violence, asking them to wipe clean all traces of the incident ... and the request was made just as she was starting her romance with Johnny Depp.

TMZ broke the story ... Amber was arrested in 2009 for allegedly assaulting her domestic partner at Seattle/Tacoma International Airport. Cops took her mug shot, she spent a night in jail and appeared in court, where the prosecutor decided not to pursue the case because Amber and partner Tasya van Ree lived in California.

Amber's lawyer, Michele Shaw, sent a letter to the Port of Seattle Police Dept. on November 14, 2011 ... asking to delete the criminal history. The lawyer points out, under Washington law, she was eligible because she was never prosecuted.

Amber met Johnny on the set of "Rum Diaries."  They reconnected at the premiere in October, 2011 ... just weeks before she decided to clean up her record.


Amber Heard Arrested for Domestic Violence Against Girlfriend

6/7/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0606-amber-heard-tasya-getty-02Amber Heard -- who claims she was the victim of domestic violence by husband Johnny Depp -- was herself arrested for domestic violence against her then-domestic partner ... TMZ has learned.

According to law enforcement sources and documents, Amber and Tasya van Ree got in an argument on September 14, 2009 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Amber allegedly grabbed and struck Tasya in the arm, which upset Tasya and triggered the arrest.

Amber was arrested and booked for misdemeanor domestic violence. Her mug shot was taken and she appeared in court the following day.

TMZ has obtained audio of the court hearing, where the prosecutor declined to move forward with the case -- we're told because the women both lived in California. The judge told Amber she was not off the hook ... prosecutors could reconsider and refile within the 2-year statute of limitations.

Amber thanks the judge and leaves the courtroom. 

We reached out to Amber's lawyer ... so far no word back.


Kanye West Vandals Attack After Show Cancellation

6/6/2016 6:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kanye West was too popular for his own good in NYC early Monday morning -- his planned 2 AM pop-up concert was overrun with fans, then it got canceled and people went crazy.

The concert was scheduled for 2 AM, but an hour before Kanye announced on Twitter there were just too many people packed into Webster Hall. The NYPD eventually decided to pull the plug with such a large crowd "for the safety for all those involved."

Our Kanye sources say he wanted to perform and even tried to find a different venue. Sounds like he's going to try to make it up.

Check out the video and the photos ... it was a mix of party and vandalism.


Roger Clinton DUI Arrest in Cali ... Impeccable Timing

6/6/2016 6:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0606-roger-clinton-mug-shot-watermark-01update_graphic_red_bar9:45 AM PT -- Clinton got sprung. He posted bail, and is scheduled to be in court in September.update_grey_gray_barHillary Clinton's brother-in-law is sitting in a jail cell after getting busted for DUI in Southern California ... just 2 days before the crucial CA primary vote. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Roger Clinton was arrested Sunday just after 8 PM in Redondo Beach. He was booked for driving under the influence, and we're told he refused blood alcohol testing.

Roger remains in police custody. His bail is set at $15,000.

Clinton was also arrested for DUI in 2001. That same year, President Clinton infamously pardoned his half-brother for a drug charge. 

Unless he bails out before Tuesday ... there goes one vote for Hillary.


Lawrence Taylor's Wife Arrested For Domestic Violence Allegedly Attacked NFL Legend

6/3/2016 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0602-lynette-taylor-broward-sheriff-02update_graphic_red_bar8:33 AM PT -- Cops say Lynette ADMITTED to throwing an object at the back of LT's head -- 'causing a 3-inch laceration ... at one point saying, "Yeah, I beat [his] ass. I made him bleed."

Lynette later told officers she was just being sarcastic.

Cops also say alcohol was involved. 

Cops say Lynette was a terror when they arrived to the scene -- cussing at them and trying to strike them with her arms and legs. 

Despite the craziness, cops say LT told them he does not wish to prosecute. 

Lynette was arrested anyway and faces domestic violence and resisting arrest charges.

update_grey_gray_barLawrence Taylor's wife, Lynette Taylor, has been arrested for domestic violence ... after the NFL star told police she attacked him during an argument in Florida ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

42-year-old Lynette was arrested on Thursday on 1 count of domestic violence and 1 count of resisting arrest. 

We've learned ... Lawrence told cops Lynette hit him in the back of the head causing a minor laceration. 

Lynette denied the allegation -- telling officials, "That's a lie. My husband is a 300 pound linebacker."

The judge has already ordered Lynette to stay at least 500 feet away from L.T. for the time being -- no calls, texts or emails either. 

Officials also noted that she has a history of alleged violence -- she was arrested at least 3 times (1991, 2001, 2008) ... but most charges were dropped. 

Lawrence and Lynette were reportedly married in 2007 and have kids together. 

Ex-Destiny's Child Singer Arrested I Need More Booze To Handle These N-Words

6/2/2016 8:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0602-farrah-franklin-mug-01Farrah Franklin, a former Destiny's Child singer, got busted for public intoxication -- note the red nose in her mug shot -- and allegedly told police she should've downed even more alcohol.

According to cops ... Farrah got into an argument with a male friend around 3 AM Thursday outside a gym in DeKalb County, GA. When officers showed up she said she was not ready to go home, and added ... "These n***** won't leave me alone."

Cops noticed signs of drunkenness -- odor of booze, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes -- and asked how much she'd been drinking. She fired back, "Not enough."

Farrah -- who was in DC from 1999 to 2000 -- was arrested and booked for public intoxication and possession of a small amount of weed.

Bail is set at $250. She's still in custody.

Meek Mill Community Service Screwup ... House Arrest Extended

6/2/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0601-meek-mill-tmzMeek Mill should be celebrating his first night of freedom, but instead he's still on lockdown after failing to follow the judge's orders. 

Sources connected to Meek's camp tell us he got hit with an additional 8 days of house arrest to give him time to complete the right kind of community service, because he volunteered at all the wrong places. 

According to docs, the judge specified Meek needed to put in 90 days of work with the homeless, Habitat for Humanity or senior citizens and veterans. Meek's camp says that was never specified, but we've seen it in black and white.  

We're told Meek spent time visiting schools, helping out with Flint's water crisis and delivering motivational speeches. Another problem -- we're told Meek only worked 6 days per week.

He did put in hours at homeless shelters, but clearly not enough.

Meek's original release date was Wednesday, but the Philly D.A.'s Office says it will reevaluate once his volunteer work is completed. 


Denver Broncos WR Calls Cops to Report Domestic Violence ... Gets Arrested

5/31/2016 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News


Denver Broncos wide receiver Cody Latimer called police to report that his GF had attacked him during a domestic dispute Monday night -- but when cops arrived, he ended up in cuffs too. 

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Dept. says the 23-year-old Super Bowl champ called police to report that his GF had "put her hands on him."

When cops arrived to the scene, they ran both Latimer's and his GF's names through the system, per standard operating procedure -- and noticed a warrant out for Cody stemming from an old traffic violation.

The GF was arrested for assault and disturbing the peace. Latimer was arrested for the outstanding warrant (a failure to appear over a traffic ticket).

To be clear, Latimer was NOT accused of domestic violence.

Latimer ultimately paid a $311.50 fine and was released. He also bailed out his GF.  

NBA's Darren Collison Arrested for Domestic Violence

5/31/2016 3:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News


Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison was arrested for domestic violence over the weekend in an incident involving his wife ... TMZ Sports has learned.  

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office says a woman called cops at 2 AM on May 30th to report that she was being assaulted inside the home.

When cops arrived, "deputies found that the woman had visible injuries and they arrested Darren Collison, 29, on a charge of domestic violence."

During the arrest, cops noticed Collison had 2 misdemeanor warrants stemming from an unrelated driving on a suspended license case. He was released from jail at 9 AM Monday.

The Kings have issued a statement saying they're aware of the situation -- and added, "The Sacramento Kings condemn violence of any kind. We are gathering additional information and once all facts are known we will take appropriate steps."

Story developing ... 

NFL's Will Smith Extremely Drunk During Fatal Shooting ... According to Report

5/31/2016 2:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0531-will-smith-getty-01Ex-NFL lineman Will Smith was reportedly driving with a blood alcohol level 3 times the legal limit when he was shot and killed last month in New Orleans.

The Times-Picayune says Smith's BAC was 0.24 the night he was shot to death ... according to its sources.

Smith was fatally gunned down and his wife, Racquel, was shot in both legs following a road rage argument with Cardell Hayes. The couple had been on their way home from dinner when they got into a fender bender with Hayes, who says he shot Smith in self-defense.

Hayes has pled not guilty to all charges including 2nd degree murder. He's due in court Wednesday.

'The Shield' Actor Guilty of Murdering Wife

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

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