Victory ... ex-Disney star Jake T. Austin has escaped DUI charges stemming from his arrest last month ... but he's not completely off the hook.
Austin was popped for drunk driving in October just blocks from his devastating 4-car crash this week.
Austin was initially charged with two counts of DUI, but his lawyer, Jay Jaffe, got the two charges dismissed in exchange for a measly speeding charge ... to which Austin pled no contest.
Austin was subsequently sentenced to 24 months probation ... a pretty steep punishment for speeding, but at least he won't have a DUI on his record. Austin is also prohibited from driving with even a teensy-weensy amount of alcohol in his system.
And get this ... the judge didn't utter a peep about the most recent accident.
One crash at a time ...
Jake T. Austin
Stitches ... But No Snitches
11/20/2013 5:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-Disney star Jake T. Austin WAS the driver of the car that crashed into 3 other vehicles early Tuesday morning -- but because of some swift and clever legal gymnastics by his lawyer, Jake may actually avoid prosecution ... TMZ has learned.
Here's the way it went down -- sources intimately familiar with the situation tell TMZ, 18-year-old Jake and a friend were driving in Studio City around 3AM when he crashed into the 3 cars.
Witnesses say Jake tossed a Ciroc vodka bottle out of the car, but before cops arrived at the scene, we're told Jake ordered an Uber (Town Car service) ... and he and his friend high-tailed it out.
Cops suspect drinking was involved, but there's no way Jake could be prosecuted for drunk driving because police never located him. And, we're told, Jake denies he had been drinking.
But drinking aside, Austin is still in trouble for leaving the scene of an accident without providing identifying information ... which constitutes a hit-and-run. But Jake's lawyer pulled off some legal acrobatics that could get Jake off the hook.
We're told the lawyer called cops at 4am and told them Jake was the owner of the car. Cleverly, the lawyer did NOT disclose the fact that Jake was the driver ... so as not to violate the attorney-client privilege, especially important because leaving the scene is a crime.
And here's where it gets really good -- we're told Jake has an iron-clad excuse for leaving the scene: he and his passenger were injured and needed immediate medical attention. In other words, they didn't have time to leave a note.
We're told Jake had an injury to his mouth, and went directly to the ER and received stitches.
And the coup de grace, we're told Jake's lawyer has made it clear ... the victims will be fully compensated ... so there's really no need to prosecute.
The legal maneuvering might have saved the lawyer a huge headache on multiple fronts -- he's also repping Jake after the kid's DUI arrest last month.
FINALLY Ponies Up the Dough
Still Owes Baby Mama Big
11/20/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chief Keef -- prodigy rapper, horrible parent -- finally paid off some of the $20,900 he owes in child support ... ponying up JUST enough cash to keep his ass from getting arrested ... again.
TMZ has obtained court docs which show on October 21st, the judge in Cook County, IL made Keef an offer he couldn't refuse -- cut a check for $11k to your baby mama and you won't go to jail.
Keef (smartly) forked over the dough ... which means cops won't be ordered to arrest him on sight.
But Keef ain't exactly out of the woods yet -- the rapper is due back in court on December 10 to face the music for blowing off mandatory child support hearings earlier this year.
If the judge finds Keef to be in contempt, he could be sent back to the slammer ... where he's already been this year (twice!) for drug-related offenses.
Stay tuned ...
Trayvon Martin Juror
George Zimmerman Belongs in Prison
11/19/2013 1:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
How's this for irony ... George Zimmerman belongs in prison ... this, coming from one of the jurors in the Trayvon Martin case who kept him OUT of prison.
Juror B29 -- who identifies herself as Maddy -- tells TMZ, she always had a bad feeling about Zimmerman, despite finding him not guilty of murdering Trayvon ... a verdict she begrudgingly reached through a strict interpretation of the law.
Now, she says Zimmerman's domestic violence arrest is proof he's not freedom-worthy ... "God is showing George's true side ... [George] is continuing to dig himself a bigger grave."
The juror believes Zimmerman will continue to commit violent acts until someone lays down the law ... telling us, "He NEEDS to do some type of time ... He thinks he is invincible."
Slapped With Divorce Papers
You've Been Served, Jailbird!
11/19/2013 1:23 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
George Zimmerman's estranged wife has her hubby just where she wants him -- in a 5 x 7 cell so she can FINALLY serve him with divorce docs ... and we're told that's exactly what happened.
Shellie Zimmerman's lawyer, Kelly B. Sims tells us ... with the help of the jailers, they were able to serve George in a solitary cell last night at the Seminole County Jail.
TMZ broke the story ... George has been dodging Shellie for months in her quest to serve him with papers to end their marriage, but he blew his cover yesterday ... after being arrested for allegedly threatening his current girlfriend with a shotgun.
Shellie filed for divorce from George Sept. 5 ... she says the marriage started going to hell even before the Trayvon Martin murder trial.
Jake T. Austin
Arrested Last Month for DUI in SAME CAR
11/19/2013 11:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Where there's smoke ... TMZ has learned, Ex-Disney star Jake T. Austin was busted for DUI just last month in the SAME CAR that was involved in the 4-car hit-and-run crash this morning.
Law enforcement sources tell us, Austin was arrested October 8th by the CHP after being pulled over for driving at night without headlights. We're told police officers smelled booze as they approached his vehicle, administered a field sobriety test and Austin did poorly.
According to sources, 18-year-old Austin blew a .08 and was arrested. He has since been charged with DUI and has a court date scheduled for TOMORROW.
At the time he was busted, Austin was driving the 2010 Audi with New York plates -- the same car that slammed into multiple cars early this morning.
The driver allegedly threw a vodka bottle out of the car and then left before cops arrived. There's no way cops can arrest the driver for DUI, but it's definitely a case of felony hit-and-run.
An eyewitness just told us on TMZ Live ... she is "100%" that the driver of the hit-and-run is Austin. She says other witnesses are just as sure.
Ordered to Give Up Guns
And Stay Away from GF
11/19/2013 11:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
1:30 PM PT -- Zimmerman has just been released from jail after bonding out for $9,000.
George Zimmerman has just been ordered to stay the hell away from his GF after their domestic violence dispute yesterday -- during which he allegedly pointed a shotgun at her face -- and he's also required to give up his firearms ... shotgun included.
Zimmerman just faced a judge in Florida for the first time since his arrest. During the hearing, the judge granted him $9,000 bond ... but on a few conditions.
1) Zimmerman must stay 1,500 feet away from his GF at all times, and have ZERO contact with her.
2) He must relinquish possession of his firearms (including the shotgun he allegedly pointed at her)
3) He can't leave the State of Florida
4) He must wear a monitoring device to track his location
Normally, a defendant is required to purchase his own monitoring device -- which can be pretty expensive -- but Zimmerman's lawyer said he's too poor ... so the judge waived the cost.
During the hearing, the prosecutor also recounted an additional domestic violence incident that allegedly occurred last week, during which Zimmerman allegedly choked his GF and then threatened to commit suicide. The incident was not reported to police.
GF Calls 911, 'He Pulled A Gun On Me!'
11/18/2013 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
George Zimmerman's girlfriend went NUCLEAR after he allegedly pointed his shotgun at her face and broke a bunch of her stuff ... and we got her dramatic 911 call -- but the craziest part ... Zimmerman says she's pregnant.
As we reported, Zimmerman was arrested in Orlando, FL earlier today after allegedly pointing his DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN at his girlfriend ... and shoving her out of the house, this according to the Seminole County Sheriff.
The GF called 911 in the middle of their argument -- shouting at dispatch while yelling at Zimmerman. Once police arrived, Zimmerman placed his own call to 911.
During his call, Zimmerman says the girlfriend is "going crazy" and is PREGNANT WITH HIS CHILD. He says he called 911 so everyone would know the truth about what happened.
According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, the GF told police she and Zimmerman had become involved in a verbal dispute ... and when she asked him to leave, he began to break things in the house.
She told cops Zimmerman also began packing up his things -- which included a shotgun and an assault rifle -- but as the argument escalated, Zimmerman grew more upset ... and took the shotgun out of its case.
The GF announced she was going to call the police ... and according to the report, that's when Zimmerman leveled his shotgun at her and asked if she really wanted to do that. He then allegedly smashed a glass coffee table with the butt of the gun.
The GF told police Zimmerman shoved her outside and barricaded the front door behind her.
Zimmerman's pickup truck was parked in the driveway of their home (below) ... when police responded to the 911 call. Police claim they eventually forced their way into the house and placed Zimmerman under arrest.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... Zimmerman is currently being held in a single cell for his own protection.
Zimmerman has had multiple run-ins with cops ever since he was acquitted back in July of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Crazed Fan Busted
For Creeping Around Actor's House
11/17/2013 9:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... a man showed up to Colin's home Saturday afternoon hoping to catch a glimpse of the actor ... but things got weird when he walked right up to the front door.
We're told Colin was home at the time and got freaked out ... so he called his assistant who called cops.
The fan was quickly taken into custody and after cops spoke with him -- they decided to put the suspect on a 5150 psychiatric hold.
Police haven't released the suspect's name -- but our sources say he is not a U.S. citizen, and one of the reasons he came to L.A. was specifically to see Colin.
For Aggravated DUI
11/16/2013 11:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Stop us if this one sounds familiar -- one of the people from the ex-MTV show "Buckwild" was arrested this morning in West Virginia ... this time for a DUI.
Anna Davis -- who the show described as a "true wild child" -- was busted early Saturday morning for aggravated DUI.
It's unclear at this point why the DUI charges were elevated since a whole slew of things could have caused it ... but the same thing happened to her co-star Bluefoot earlier this year when he had a BAC higher than .15.
Anna was released hours later on a $1k pr bond -- meaning she didn't have to pay ... just promise to show up in court.
Baldwin's Alleged Stalker
SHE CAME TO MY HOME
... Actor Says [Video]
11/14/2013 7:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The woman accused of stalking Alec Baldwin found out where the actor lived and took her obsession for him directly to his home ... according to surveillance video presented as evidence in her trial.
The D.A. in NYC just released the video ... showing Genevieve Sabourin walking around inside the lobby of Baldwin's Manhattan apartment building in April 2012. She was arrested outside the building shortly after this video was recorded. Sabourin is also accused of showing up at Baldwin's home in the Hamptons a few days earlier.
Baldwin claims Sabourin was an acquaintance who became obsessed with him ... inundating him for years with phone calls, text messages and emails and professing her undying love for him.
Sabourin claims she and Baldwin had a sexual relationship -- which Baldwin denies -- and her repeated messages to him were merely an attempt to give closure to their romance.
'Amish Mafia' Star Esther Schmucker
Bruised, Battered & Out Of Hiding
11/12/2013 9:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Amish Mafia" star Esther Schmucker has come out of hiding -- revealing her bruised and battered face in public for the first time since her boyfriend allegedly used it as a punching bag.
Schmucker was sporting a seriously black eye as she went out on a shopping run ... but she didn't have much to say, telling a photographer, "I don't feel like talking to anybody."
As we reported ... the beatdown left Schmucker with a broken nose and cheekbone ... and several broken teeth. She hasn't been seen in public since her boyfriend -- Imir R. Williams -- was arrested for the Oct. 31 attack on her face.
Williams -- a rapper who goes by the name Mirkat -- has been charged with felony aggravated assault in connection with the beating and is currently behind bars in a Pennsylvania prison.
Stopped for Tinted Windows
Busted for Drunk Driving
11/9/2013 3:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Anthony Mackie -- who has appeared in numerous big movies including "8 Mile," "Hurt Locker" and "Gangster Squad," was arrested Saturday morning for drunk driving ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... Mackie was driving in NYC at around 1:30 when cops pulled him over for tinted windows. We're told when they approached the driver's side they noticed Mackie had bloodshot, watery eyes and they smelled booze.
Mackie flunked several field sobriety tests and was then cuffed and taken to a nearby police station where he was booked.
Mackie refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test. For that, he'll have his license automatically suspended.