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Future and Ciara Custody Case Settled

1/18/2017 1:12 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118_future-ciara_tmzFuture and Ciara are no longer at war over custody of their 2-year-old baby Future ... we've learned the case is officially settled.

Sources close to the exes tell TMZ ... they've agreed to joint custody, however, baby Future will be with Ciara most of the time.

Future is frequently on the road, but when he's back in the ATL he'll have reasonable access to his son.

Our sources say both Future and Ciara want to close this chapter and move on with their lives.

The custody case has been dismissed.

Donald Trump Inauguration Civil Disobedience on Minds of Free Legal Reps

1/18/2017 12:56 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Legal groups offering free representation for inauguration protesters are ready to defend anything ... and believe civil disobedience will fall under that umbrella.

King Downing, Director of Mass Defense for the National Lawyers Guild, says there's a very real possibility for unrest and violence when Donald Trump takes the oath. Downing says there's a growing number of people who feel their voices haven't been heard by the President-elect, and they intend to change that on Friday.

TMZ broke the story ... The Partnership for Civil Justice, the NLG and other orgs have a game plan to hit the streets, monitor police conduct, and provide counsel for protesters who get cuffed. 

Downing encourages anyone arrested at the inauguration to call (202) 670-6866 and says if you witness an arrest, dial, (866) 798-6444.

'Hamilton' Star & Creator Pisses Off NYPD Honcho by Toasting Obama's Controversial Prisoner Release

1/18/2017 6:52 AM PST
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0118-miranda-rivera-getty-02Lin-Manuel Miranda's vowing to return to "Hamilton" in honor of President Obama commuting the sentence of Oscar Lopez Rivera -- who was convicted for conspiracy against the U.S. government -- and some cops are outraged.

Miranda said he'd be honored to play Alexander Hamilton if Rivera goes to see the play in Chicago after his release in May. Rivera has been serving a 70 year sentence since the '80s for involvement in the FALN -- a Puerto Rican liberation organization that conducted fatal bombings in NYC and an attack on NYPD headquarters.

The argument for Rivera's release has been that he was never convicted of killing anyone, and only for seditious conspiracy, but a high-ranking member of NYPD tells TMZ, "It's a slap in the face of every hard working NYPD officer that the President would commute the sentence of a terrorist, and for [Miranda] to honor a terrorist is appalling."

Miranda, who quit "Hamilton" last summer, is of Puerto Rican descent and tweeted Obama to thank him for shortening Rivera's sentence before leaving the White House.

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President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning Sentence

1/17/2017 1:38 PM PST
Breaking News

0117-obama-manning-tmz-apPresident Obama just commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence and she will be freed in May ... the White House announced Tuesday.

Chelsea Manning -- a former Army intelligence officer who leaked classified information to WikiLeaks -- was convicted back in 2013, and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Obama's commutation means she'll be out May 17, after just 7 years served.

Manning, a transgender woman, attempted suicide twice while in prison.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said last week he would agree to extradition to the U.S. if Obama released Manning from prison. Assange remains holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

It's unclear if a deal has been struck.

Donald Trump Sued By Accuser For Defamation 'Apprentice' Contestant Holds Presser

1/17/2017 12:39 PM PST
Breaking News

0118-donald-trump-summer-zervos-tmz-getty-01One of the women who accused Donald Trump of sexual assault has finally pulled the trigger on a lawsuit against the President-elect.

Former 'Apprentice' contestant Summer Zervos filed a defamation suit in NYC Tuesday, claiming Trump defamed her when he publicly called her a liar, claimed the assault never happened and referred to her allegation as "totally made up nonsense."

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, she also calls him out as a "sexual predator."

The suit goes on to claim Trump used his platform as a presidential candidate to denigrate and verbally attack Zervos and other accusers.

She's asking for a retraction and/or an apology, plus damages.

Zervos and her attorney, Gloria Allred, announced the lawsuit with a news conference ... where she reiterated her claim Trump sexually assaulted her during a 2007 business meeting.

Eagles of Death Metal Frontman Accused of Voodoo Death Threats

1/17/2017 10:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0116-jeff-hughes-instagram-2Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes is being accused of not only making death threats against an ex-buddy, but attempting to curse him ... if you believe in that kinda thing.

Jesse's former friend, Andrew Julian Vega, got a restraining order against the rocker. In the docs, he says Jesse threatened to shoot him and blow his lungs through his back. He also says Jesse glued a voodoo doll on his gate, stabbed it with a knife and wrote in red paint, "Andy is next."

People connected to Jesse and Andrew tell us the bad blood started over a girl ... naturally.

In the docs, Andrew says he's nervous Jesse will hurt him or his young daughter. A judge granted the restraining order ... forcing Jesse to stay 100 yards away from them.

We've reached out to Jesse, so far no word back.

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Scottish Soccer Players Raped Drunk Woman ... Judge Rules

1/17/2017 6:40 AM PST
Breaking News

0117-David-Goodwillie-and-David-Robertson-getty-02Two Scottish soccer stars -- including a former member of the Scotland national team -- have been branded rapists by a Scottish judge after the victim sued their asses in civil court. 

The players -- David Robertson and David Goodwillie -- were accused of raping a drunk woman at an apartment in 2011 after a night of heavy boozing.  

The two men were teammates for the Dundee United soccer team and had gone out drinking after a game earlier in the evening. They allegedly took the woman to a nearby flat and had sex with her despite the fact she was too drunk to give consent. 

The woman says she doesn't remember anything after leaving the bar ... until she woke up naked in a strange apartment.

Prosecutors had previously investigated the incident but no criminal charges were filed and the victim was reportedly "devastated" ... so she decided to take her case to civil court. 

The judge ruled that both men "each raped her" -- and ordered them to pay roughly $124k in damages. 

Goodwillie was a rising star in Scottish soccer -- and briefly played for Team Scotland before the allegations arose. 

NBC Fires Back at Trump Supporter You Were Asking for a Beatdown

1/16/2017 8:51 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

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When you go to the "Today" show with a shirt suggesting Bill Clinton did what Donald Trump said he did ... you gotta be ready for someone to kick your ass ... so says NBC.

Mark Gallagher went to 30 Rock before the election and wore a t-shirt with Clinton's face and the word "rape."

He claims he was standing there minding his own business when NBC security -- whom he called a "goon squad" -- descended on him and beat the crap out of him. He has sued NBC for $53 mil.

NBC has now fired off its answer, saying when someone does something as incendiary as Gallagher did, they assume the risk someone will come after them. NBC does not get specific, but the network disputes Gallagher's version of the facts ... presumably what he did before the incident.

And this is the best. NBC says Gallagher had a duty to minimize his damages by getting quick medical help, which he did not do. The legal docs say he could have availed himself of the benefits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- aka Obamacare. 

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Kristin Chenoweth Joe Mixon Deserves Second Chance 'He's Doing His Work'

1/16/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Hollywood star Kristin Chenoweth thinks Joe Mixon has done enough to earn a second chance at life ... saying his NFL future shouldn't be ruined because of his 2014 assault.

Kristin is an Oklahoma native and a huge Sooners fan ... so when we got her out in L.A. we had to get her take on Mixon ... who's leaving Norman for an NFL future.

It's an NFL future some aren't sure he'll have ... with rumblings being that teams -- and some agents -- might not want the PR disaster of having to talk about Mixon brutally punching a woman on tape.

Chenoweth clearly thinks that's wrong ... telling our camera guy she thinks Mixon is "doing his work" to become a better person and has earned a second chance.

It's an interesting take ... since Chenoweth is one of the first prominent female voices to show public support for Mixon.

George Jung Once a Criminal, Always a Criminal Probation Officer Wants Him in Jail

1/16/2017 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0113-George-Jung-tmzGeorge Jung is a lifetime criminal who will never be able to reform, according to his probation officer ... but George's side says otherwise.

George's defense team just filed new docs asking for a very light sentence after his latest bust. In the docs, obtained by TMZ, they take issue with the probation officer's scathing testimony -- that Jung's an alcoholic, habitual liar and "no viable vocational or educational treatment programs" can change him.

But George's lawyer thinks probation is enough for a 74-year-old who's no threat to society -- and Johnny Depp's movie, "Blow" continues to give Jung a bad rap.

Jung wants his probation reins loosened too. He's asking the judge to lift the alcohol ban and allow him to travel without checking in with his probation officer.

Martin Shkreli Takes Poop to the Face

1/15/2017 7:11 AM PST

Martin Shkreli has taken a lot of crap for raising the price of the HIV/AIDS drug Daraprim ... and now that's happened literally.

Shkreli was holding court at UC Davis Saturday when a protester hurled dog poop and hit his target ... in the face!!!

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Blac Chyna Time to Pay, She Owes Us Millions! Alleged Managers Claim

1/15/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0109-blac-chyna-tmzBlac Chyna's going radio silent on 2 men who claim she stiffed them for millions after they helped make her the celebrity she is today.

Jason Alston and Lincoln Hayes of Infinite Grind Multimedia say they signed Blac Chyna back in June 2007 to a 10-year contract which made them her managers. They claim the deal called for her to fork over 50% of her earnings during that period.

The men claim they discovered her when she was stripping in D.C. and helped her score covers on Black Men and Straight Stuntin magazines. This was all before she hit it big and got in with the Kardashians -- but under the deal they're still her managers, and they want their cut.

Alston and Hayes claim she owes them at least $3 mil in unpaid fees -- they can't pinpoint the exact amount because they believe she's made deals without them. They're threatening to sue if she doesn't pay up by June.

We reached out to Blac Chyna, but she had no comment.

Scott Baio Woman Who Attacked Me Over Trump May Get Prosecuted

1/15/2017 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0113-scott-baio-nancy-mack-TMZ-TWITTER-01Scott Baio may get justice, because the D.A. is now considering prosecuting the woman who allegedly attacked him over his support for Donald Trump.

We've learned the Ventura County D.A. now has a file on his desk with the name, Nancy Mack ... the wife of Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.  

The D.A. will decide if she should be prosecuted for battery ... for allegedly confronting Scott at a school function for their kids, berating him for supporting Trump and then allegedly physically attacking him as she screamed "Grab 'em by the pussy."

The case will be a misdemeanor at best, but jail time would be on the line if the D.A. pulls the trigger.

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