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Philippe Chow Restaurant

We Love Black People

Including Mavado

3/31/2015 3:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0330-mavado-instagram-6bPhilippe Chow restaurant has finally responded to Reggae star Mavado's claim that he was treated like crap because he's black ... the restaurant's response ... they happily cater to lots of black people all the time.

TMZ broke the story ... Mavado and his family dined at the NYC restaurant last Thursday and were treated like second class citizens ... shuttled to the back of the restaurant, ordered not to take pictures, abused by their waiter and told never to come back, but after he left and they realized he was a star, they begged for forgiveness. 

Now the eatery says, "Philippe Restaurant is proud to have an excellent relationship with all our customers, especially the black community and people of color," adding, "on a weekly basis we have famous and non-famous black people ..."

Here's the best part. Philippe Chow says photos don't lie ... "Don't just listen to us, visit our Instagram and see for yourself."

The restaurant disputes the claims of rudeness, but says if that's the impression that was left with Mavado they apologize.

Disney Exec David Neuman

Sues Sexual Accuser

You Extorted Me with False Claims

3/31/2015 2:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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David Neuman, the former Disney exec who was accused of being part of a Hollywood sex ring that preyed on an underage boy ... has filed suit against his accuser, claiming it was all an extortion plot to shake down rich, gay entertainment honchos.

Michael Egan claimed when he was 15 Neuman and others sexually abused him at various pool parties and did the same during two Hawaiian vacations. Egan's case fell apart after he was confronted with his own words from a previous case in which he swore Neuman "always acted appropriately towards me."  

Now Neuman is suing Egan and his lawyer, Jeff Herman, for smearing his reputation. You may recall Egan and Herman held a news conference to make their graphic claims, but ended up with their tails between their legs.

Neuman says the false claims were part of a scheme to "forever associate [him] with the worst demonic image of a gay man, a pedophile," if he didn't agree to ante up big bucks.

Egan also sued TV honcho Garth Ancier and "X-Men" director Bryan Singer. Egan dismissed those cases as well.

Selena

Her Murder as Big as

JFK Assassination

3/31/2015 1:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Selena's murder 20 years ago today was every bit as big as the death of John Lennon, Elvis Presley and the assassination of John F. Kennedy ... so claims the estate of the former Tejano music queen.

Selena's estate claims in new legal docs her record label is hoarding huge amounts of money that should go to Selena's loved ones. In fact, the estate claims Selena actually became way more popular in death than life. 

With 60 million albums sold, the estate is livid that UMG is not honoring the deal -- that the estate gets 50% of net profits for things like ringtones, downloads and other stuff.

Selena was gunned down by the former president of her fan club on March 31, 1995. 

Dave Chappelle

Drunken Idiot Arrested

After Throwing Banana Peel

3/31/2015 8:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Dave Chappelle was the victim of a drunken racist attack during a New Mexico show -- a guy in the crowd threw a banana peel at him ... then got thrown in jail for it.

Santa Fe cops busted Christian Englander after he hit Chappelle in the leg with the banana Monday night. Not shockingly ... police say he appeared to be wasted, and confessed to doing it.

Englander told cops he was angry because Chappelle had singled out his friend who was drawing in a book. He says the friend identified himself as "Johnny Appleseed" ... and then Dave started cracking on him. Ironically, Englander says he thought Dave was making racist jokes at his friend's expense ... and that's why he whipped the banana peel. 

He was booked for battery and disorderly conduct.

During the show, Chappelle got pretty angry and started threatening -- jokingly he said -- to retaliate if he found out who threw the peel.

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Pats Owner Robert Kraft

Aaron Hernandez Told Me He's Innocent

3/31/2015 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft just took the stand in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial -- and told the court his former tight end was adamant he did NOT kill Odin Lloyd. 

Kraft says he spoke with Hernandez at the Patriots facility two days after Lloyd was killed -- and asked Aaron if he had anything to do with the killing. 

"He said he was innocent," Kraft told the court. 

At the end of the conversation, Kraft says Aaron hugged and kissed him. 

Kraft says Hernandez denied having any involvement -- and said he was at a nightclub at the time Lloyd was murdered. 

Kraft says he had never had any problems with Hernandez in the past. 

The Game

He Threatened to Shoot Me

Hoops KO Was Self Defense [VIDEO]

3/31/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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TMZ obtained video of The Game unloading a punch on an opposing player during a pick-up basketball game -- but we're told the guy threatened to unload a gun in Game's ass before the fight.

Sources connected to Game tell us the rapper says the punchee started things by throwing an elbow at Game ... who responded by elbowing him right back. Then it got really heated -- Game claims the guy said don't make me go to my gym bag because ... "I got that thing."

The clear hint was the guy had a gun.

What happened next was a case of punch or be punched -- we're told Game is saying the guy raised his fist first, and that's when Game threw his Tyson-tatted right hand

The video doesn't appear to back up Game's claim about the guy being first to make a fist.

Game denies making any death threats as the victim claimed to cops. Police are still investigating.

'Jerry Springer' Producer

Cops Believe Sister's Death Wasn't Suicide

It Was Murder

3/31/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Jerry Springer" producer Jill Blackstone did not carry out her sister's wish to end her life -- she murdered her ... at least that's what law enforcement now believes.

Our law enforcement sources say Wendy Blackstone -- who was deaf and partially blind -- did not want to end her life. During the initial stage of the investigation we're told cops thought this might have been a double suicide plan where Jill backed out at the last minute, but now they believe it's simple murder.

TMZ broke the story ... Wendy was found dead in their garage and Jill had severe carbon monoxide poisoning from a lit barbecue in their closed garage. We're now told in addition to the coals under the grill, there was a metal trash can filled with charcoal which had also burned.

Cops determined early on ... the suicide note found in Wendy's hand was not written by her ... they believe Jill wrote it.

Blackstone was arrested for murder earlier this month but the D.A. felt there wasn't enough evidence to make a case, so prosecutors sent it back to the LAPD for further investigation. In the meantime, Jill remains free.

But now we're told ... after more probing, the cops firmly believe it was murder.

Robin Williams

Judge Tells Widow & Kids

Squash Property Beef Out of Court

3/30/2015 3:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Robin Williams' children and his widow have 11 days to settle their war over his personal items ... before a judge weighs in on the dispute.

During a hearing in San Francisco today ... the judge urged both parties to meet outside court -- possibly with a mediator -- to figure out who gets what.

In December, Susan Williams filed docs ... claiming a bunch of Robin's possessions -- including the tuxedo he wore at their wedding -- had been removed from their home. Robin's kids countered that Susan was trying to rob them of items like awards, watches, and photos that Robin wanted them to have. 

The judge gave them an April 10 deadline.

The attorney for the Williams estate tells TMZ ... Robin was intensely private and would not want this playing out in public -- but now it has to, since Susan took legal action. He added ... no one has removed a single item from Robin and Susan's home. 

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Aaron Hernandez's Fiancee

He Cheated on Me

... And I Let It Go!

3/30/2015 10:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Aaron Hernandez essentially had a hall pass to cheat on his fiancée whenever he pleased ... because she says she knew all about it ... but decided to look the other way.  

Shayanna Jenkins testified for the second day at Hernandez's murder trial where he stands accused of killing Odin Lloyd back in 2013. 

Jenkins testified that she broke things off with Hernandez after she found evidence that he was banging other chicks on his cell phone. But Jenkins says she got back with Hernandez anyway because their bond was too strong.

After they reconciled, Jenkins says she decided to "compromise on his behavior, and that included infidelity and everything that came along with that."

Jenkins also testified to throwing away a box at the behest of Hernandez the day after Lloyd was killed. Jenkins says she does not know what was in the box and never looked inside.

Dog the Bounty Hunter

In Dogfight Over Fugitive's Arrest

3/30/2015 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0330-dog-bounty-tmz-01Dog the Bounty Hunter is so into dogs, he allegedly tried to buy one off a fugitive ... while his cohorts were kicking in the guy's front door to haul his ass off to jail ... but Dog's lawyer says the fugitive is lying about him wanting to buying the pooch.

Dog's latest catch, James Hawkins tells TMZ ... he was arrested earlier this month at his Texas home, and as he was cuffed he claims Dog immediately locked eyes with his great dane -- and whipped out $1,000 cash to take it away.

Hawkins was pissed, and told Dog to lay off Duke -- a 7-year-old, 200 lb. pooch. He says Duke doesn't need to be rescued by DBH or anyone else.

Dog's lawyer, Marty Singer, tells TMZ his client NEVER tried to buy Duke ... never offered him a cent for the animal.  

Hawkins -- who was wanted for failing to pay bond on a previous arrest -- is considering suing Dog for trespassing ... and forcing him to sign release papers for the reality show. 

Meanwhile, Hawkins' fam didn't seem offended -- they all posed for pics with Beth Chapman while Dog was busting dear ole dad.

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Boxer Jermain Taylor

I'm No Terrorist

Pleads Not Guilty In Gun Incident

3/30/2015 8:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0330-jermain-taylor-instagramBoxing superstar Jermain Taylor just appeared in court ... and said he's NOT GUILTY of assault and making terroristic threats at a Martin Luther King Jr. day parade back in January. 

As we previously reported, Taylor was arrested in Arkansas after he allegedly pulled a gun on a married couple and their 3 young children ... and fired two shots in a rage ... after one of the children dropped his championship belt. 

Taylor was charged with 5 counts of aggravated assault, 1 count of making a terroristic threat and 1 count of possession of a controlled substance. 

Taylor -- who's currently in a court-ordered substance abuse program -- also asked the court if he could be allowed out of the program once a week to handle personal and professional issues ... but the judge denied his request. 

A trial date has been set for September 15th. 

The Game

Accused of Unleashing Tyson

In Hollywood Basketbrawl

3/30/2015 7:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0330-the-game-tmz-01Well, that didn't take long -- one week after The Game got Mike Tyson tatted on his hand ... he allegedly decked someone so hard during a basketball game ... police were called to the scene.  

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Game was playing in a Pro-Am game Sunday at Hollywood High School when he got into a heated argument with another player. We're told the player says Game threatened to kill him, punched him in the face and took off. 

Officers responded and the alleged victim filed a report. Police are investigating the incident as a battery. 

We've reached out to Game ... no word back. Ditto for Tyson.

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Harvey Weinstein

Questioned for Allegedly Groping Woman

3/30/2015 9:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is accused of groping a 22-year-old woman during a meeting over the weekend ... and NYPD officers have already questioned him.

The co-chairman of The Weinstein Company met with the woman -- an Italian model -- at the Tribeca Film Center, and she told police he grabbed her breasts and touched her thigh. According to a NY Post source ... Weinstein asked her if her breasts were real.

The woman reported the alleged "casting couch" incident to police immediately after leaving the meeting.

The D.A. will now decide whether to file charges. We've reached out to Weinstein for comment, but haven't heard back.

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