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NBA's Stephen Jackson Racial Confrontation After White Guy Compares Serena to 'Gorilla'

6/3/2016 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-NBA star Stephen Jackson says he called out a white guy in his gym -- to his face -- after he heard the man compare Serena Williams to a gorilla.  

Jackson says he heard the man talking about the gorilla that got shot in Cincinnati -- when the white guy quipped, "They shot Serena? Serena got shot?" 

Jackson says he debated whether or not to let it slide ... but ultimately opted for a confrontation. 

"I straight up told old boy, 'I heard you and it's wrong.'"

Jackson says the man tried to apologize -- but Jackson made it clear, "That s*** ain't cool."

Johnny Depp Assistant Says Texts Were Doctored

6/2/2016 11:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0602-stephen-deuters-johnny-depp-assistant-amber-heard-X17-01Johnny Depp's assistant, Stephen Deuters, tells TMZ, the texts that were posted in which he allegedly apologized to Amber Heard for Johnny's violent behavior are heavily doctored ... and he never said Johnny attacked her.

Deuters says he knows of no acts of abuse toward Amber at the hands of Johnny and has never made such a claim to anyone. He adds, Johnny has never been violent toward anyone he knows.

Deuters says the texts themselves are suspicious because they don't even show a date.

Bottom line ... he says he will testify under oath he never had a conversation about alleged violence with Amber. 

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Chuck Liddell Van Damme Is 'Ridiculous' ... I Kick Pretty Damn Good

6/2/2016 9:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

It's a good thing Jean-Claude Van Damme is flexible -- 'cause he put his entire foot in his mouth when he claimed UFC fighters don't know how to kick ... so says Chuck Liddell

Liddell was flexin' out in Bev Hills Thursday when we asked what he thought about JCVD's criticisms -- when the movie legend told us the leg striking in the UFC is a "mess" because the fighters don't truly understand how to kick

Chuck didn't take kindly to JCVD's opinion.

"He's ridiculous," Liddell said ... "He can say whatever he wants but he's never fought MMA."

"I kick pretty damn good."

In case you need video proof -- here's Chuck kicking the living crap out of people. Enjoy! 

'SNL' Star Rips Shaq Your Undercover Video Is Lame! (Update: I Love Shaq!)

6/1/2016 12:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0601_shaq_petedavidson_tmzupdate_graphic_red_bar1:52 PM PST -- Shortest beef ever? 

We just spoke with Pete who says he was "obviously joking" and that he LOVES Shaq. In fact, the two hung out at the Justin Bieber roast last year. 

He adds, "Plus, I would never offend a man that large."

update_grey_gray_barShaq versus ... Pete Davidson from "Saturday Night Live"? 

Yep. 

The comedian apparently HATED Shaq's undercover driver video he made for Lyft -- 'cause after we posted it on TMZ Sports, Pete swatted the clip down as "f***ing lame."

Pete posted his review on Instagram -- and, while he didn't mention Shaq by name, it was obvious what he was referring to. 

"Hey you know what would be hilarious guys? If a really famous person went undercover as an Uber driver. Isn't that so hilarious and crazy!! UGH SO F***ING LAME."

So far, no word from Shaq ... but he usually isn't one to back down from a celebrity feud

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Jay Z and Pusha T Fire Back at Bey Hater ... We Got Your 'Drug Dealer' Right Here!

6/1/2016 9:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jay Z and Pusha T clapped back at the conservative news host who blasted Beyonce after the Super Bowl -- by taking her words and slapping it on their new track ... "Drug Dealers Anonymous."

You'll recall, "TheBlaze" host Tomi Lahren ripped Bey by barking ... "Your husband was a drug dealer. For 14 years he sold crack cocaine!" 

Well, check out Pusha and Jay's song -- they dropped Lahren's words right into the song ... which happens to be all about dealing drugs.

As you'd expect, Lahren's already responding and, ironically, helping them promote the track.

Amber Heard Cops Interviewed by LAPD Brass We Saw No Injuries

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

0527-amber-heard-johnny-depp-tmz-07The 2 officers who interviewed Amber Heard the night she was allegedly attacked by Johnny Depp have spoken with LAPD brass, and our sources say they are adamant ... Amber had no visible injuries.

The officers spoke with superiors Tuesday afternoon and said they had no idea Johnny Depp was involved at all -- the 911 call came in under the name Heard, and they did not associate her with Depp.

The 2 cops say the information they had when they knocked at her door was only that there was a domestic dispute. Amber opened the door just a crack but would not let them in. They questioned her through the door and she said it was a simple verbal argument with her husband. She never mentioned Depp by name. 

The officers told her they needed to make sure she wasn't declining help under duress, so they insisted on coming in and speaking with her. Amber obliged, and the officers say they looked at her closely enough to determine there were no marks, swelling or bruising on her face or other exposed parts of her body. 

Our LAPD sources say precisely what several doctors told us ... if Johnny threw an iPhone at her pitcher style, and then followed up with hair-pulling and hitting, there would have been swelling at the very least, and most probably some immediate bruising or redness. The officers saw nothing.

The cops insist if they had seen any sign of injury they would have taken a report and tracked down the husband.

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Amber Heard 'Ear-Witnesses' Say She's a Liar Johnny Wasn't Near Her

5/31/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0527_amber_heard_johnny_depp_gettyAmber Heard screamed to Johnny Depp in the middle of their argument last week, "Stop hitting me!!!" Problem is ... when she screamed Johnny was more than 6 yards away -- so claim 2 witnesses.

Sources connected to the case tell TMZ, 2 security guards -- Jerry Judge and Sean Bett -- were standing in the entryway inside Johnny and Amber's apartment unit, giving them space during the argument, when out of nowhere they heard Amber scream.  

The guards say "within a second" they bolted into the living area and saw Johnny in the kitchen and Amber on the couch in the living room -- it's an open floor plan. Both guards say Johnny was at least 20 feet away from her.

We're told, according to Johnny, both he and Amber knew the guards were in the entryway and the scream was a badly executed attempted setup.  

The guards -- both of whom are expected to testify next month during the restraining order trial -- also say throughout Johnny and Amber's 15-month marriage, she was the one who flew into rages ... screaming at him, throwing bottles, and charging him. They claim they frequently had to pull her off Johnny.

Amber claims her alleged injuries were caused when Johnny hurled an iPhone at her. The 2 guards support what the responding cops say ... she had no visible injuries. Amber claims there was broken glass on the floor and even submitted photos in her legal docs, but the guards insist there was no broken glass, and the cops say nothing was amiss.

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Tyson Beckford's Ex His Issues Over Breakup Sparked That Fight, Not MINE!

5/31/2016 8:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Victoria's Secret model Shanina Shaik is throwing shade at her ex Tyson Beckford for fighting her fiancé DJ Ruckus' outside a NYC nightclub.

Shanina touched down in Miami and declared she hasn't spoken to Beckford in the last year ... so she's puzzled why he's still got beef. We broke the story ... Shanina's current guy and her ex brawled a couple weeks ago

Shanina's on Tyson's turf down in MIA, but explained how she plans to avoid any more drama. And then she poured salt in his breakup wound by posting this pic.

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Derek Jeter Trolled By Bette Midler?

5/31/2016 7:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0531-jeter-midler-tmz-getty-01So, this might be the weirdest and most random trolling ever ... courtesy of The Divine Miss M. 

For some reason, Bette Midler decided to roast Derek Jeter over the weekend, posting this on Twitter:

"Derek Jeter is finally settling down & getting married. That’s probably gonna cut back on his dating, though."

Uncalled for, right? 

We get it, Bette likes to post zingers on Twitter. But based on some quick Google searching, it doesn't appear the two are friends ... so, it seems like it's kind of an out of the blue crack.

So far, no response from Jeter -- unlike Kim Kardashian who took Bette to task when she was in Midler's Twitter crosshairs earlier this year. 

Weird, right?  

Johnny Manziel Fires Back After NY Car Ambush 'Shouldn't Have Came At Me Like That'

5/31/2016 6:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Johnny Manziel says he's "hashing it out" with the owner of a NY luxury car rental company who ambushed him in the street Friday night ... but says the guy "shouldn't have come at me like that."

The ambush went down on Friday -- when Wayne (the owner of Precision Concierge) tracked down the QB and confronted him over an expensive Mercedes he allegedly rented and then wrecked in L.A. 

Wayne told TMZ Sports ... Manziel had promised to pay for the wrecked ride -- but never did. So, Wayne found him in Manhattan on Friday and tried to get answers right from Johnny himself. 

Fast forward to Monday night ... Johnny says the two sides are talking, but he's clearly not happy with the way things went down. 

Madylin Sweeten Sued Trashing My Name Should Cost Her $1.5 Mil

5/29/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0520-madilyn-sweeten-twitter-01"Everybody Loves Raymond" star Madylin Sweeten dragged a soap opera creator's name through the mud ... according to him, and now he wants her to cough up $1.5 million.

In the suit, Bryan James says Sweeten smeared his name and business when she sued him ... claiming he duped her into investing in "Youthful Daze" ... an Internet soap.

James is asking the court to dismiss Madylin's lawsuit, and he wants the $1.5 mil for damages to his business and reputation.

He tells us Sweeten only sued him in the first place because she didn't like working with him. 

Wee Man Disses Justin Bieber You're No Skateboarder!

5/28/2016 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Get ready for some epic tiny man beef ... 'cause world famous skater Wee Man is taking SHOTS at Justin Bieber's skateboarding skills.

Wee Man is a skate aficionado who's been rollin' with the "Jackass" guys for years ... so, when we saw him cruisin' through LAX with his board, we had to ask what he thought of Bieber's skills. 

"He's like a fruitcake singer ... how can he be a skater??"  

FYI, "fruitcake" has different meanings in different circles -- unclear how Wee Man meant it. 

Still, might not be too late to say sorry ... 

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard A Dog House Divided

5/27/2016 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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We've solved the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard dog mystery.

We now know each owned one dog, which is why the judge only referenced Amber's dog in Friday's court order. 

You'll recall the pooches made headlines a year ago when they smuggled the two Yorkies into Australia. Amber could have gone to prison, but ended up doing a PSA on why smuggling is a bad idea and they got off scot-free.

Turns out it was a blended family. Amber owns Pistol and Johnny owns Boo. When Amber went to court asking for her domestic violence restraining order -- which she got -- she also asked for an order requiring Johnny to stay clear of Pistol. The judge declined, saying Pistol was in no real danger.

We're told Amber is in possession of both dogs because Johnny's out of town, but she'll happily give him Boo when he returns.

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