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Dr. Dre D.A. Rejects Gun Case After Citizen's Arrest

7/27/2016 3:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0725_dr_dre_with_officers_tmz_wmDr. Dre just emerged victorious in the showdown with that guy who accused him of pulling a gun ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us the L.A. County District Attorney has already rejected the case for insufficient evidence. As we first reported ... cops say they found NO gun on Dre after searching him Monday at his Malibu mansion.

Our sources close to Dre weren't the least bit surprised by the D.A.'s decision since the whole case was "ridiculous."

TMZ broke the story, a motorist who was blocking Dre's driveway off PCH insisted on making a citizen's arrest, claiming Dre pulled the weapon during a verbal dispute.

With the D.A.'s decision, this guy can officially ... forget about Dre.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Hit With $900k Judgment ... In Auction House War

7/27/2016 3:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0727-kareem-abdul-jabbar-getty-01Bad news for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... the NBA legend has been ordered to pay more than $900k to a famous auction house for backing out of a deal to sell a bunch of his memorabilia ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Kareem had been at war with Julien's Auctions for years -- after a 2012 deal to sell 400 items went south. Kareem went to the auction house in 2014 and physically removed some of the items. 

Julien's sued Kareem -- claiming they also made a $300k donation to his foundation as part of the deal to sell the items -- but he refused to refund the money when he backed out of the sale. 

The case went to arbitration ... and Kareem lost. 

Now, he's been ordered to pay more than $900k in damages PLUS interest and attorney's fees.  He's also been ordered to return all the items he took.

Julien's president and CEO, Darren Julien, issued a statement saying, "It is very unfortunate that it had to come to this as we tried everything to come to an agreement with [Kareem and his manager] outside of the courts."

We reached out to Kareem's manager for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Donald Trump 'Apprentice' Theme Now Off Limits ... O'Jays Fire Off Warning

7/27/2016 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0727_ojays_donald_trump_tmzThe '70s classic "For the Love of Money" should no longer be associated with Donald Trump ... if The O'Jays get their way.

Of course, the song has been the 'Apprentice' theme for years now -- but soul music legends, The O'Jays just sent a cease and desist letter to Trump and Florida Rep. John Mica. The group is particularly upset about a video posted by the congressman praising Donald's involvement in a D.C. real estate deal. The 2014 clip features 'Love of Money.'

Eddie Levert and Walter Williams -- the OG O'Jays ... think the video sends mixed messages because they don't endorse Trump, his agenda or GOP views.

Truth is, the group didn't write the song ... so legally they don't have much say about its use. However, they're more concerned use of the song implies they're down with Trump, and that just ain't the case. 

Eddie made that 100% clear when he was on "TMZ Live" last week complaining about "Love Train" being used at the RNC.

Teresa & Joe Giudice Wedding Photo Album Raided ... Photog Sues

7/27/2016 2:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0727-teresa-joe-giudice-tmz-01Teresa and Joe Giudice's wedding photos are at the center of a legal battle involving their photographer and a reality TV blog.

The wedding photog, Neil Clipper, is suing a NYC-based blog for using a pic from the Giudices' 1999 nuptials -- a shot he says he took, and the site used without his permission.

According to docs obtained by TMZ ... Neil says he owns the rights to the photo which was used for a 'Before They Were Famous' post on the 'Housewives.'

He included the pic in the lawsuit -- Joe and Teresa looked so young and innocent. Of course, Joe is 4 months into a 41-month prison stint for conspiracy to commit wire and bankruptcy fraud.

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Jenni Rivera Plane Crash $70 Million Victory For Families of Entourage

7/27/2016 1:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0727-jenni-rivera-filly-brown-lionsgate-01The families of Jenni Rivera's entourage members killed in her plane crash have been awarded a hefty payout from the private jet company.

A judge in L.A. ruled Wednesday Starwood Management -- owners of the downed Learjet -- must pay a total of $70 million to the loved ones of Jenni's publicist, makeup artist, hairstylist and lawyer. Rivera's plane went down in Mexico in 2012. Both pilots were also killed in the crash.

The $70 mil is a default judgment ... Starwood abandoned its defense in the case.

Jenni's family still has an active lawsuit going against Starwood.

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N.W.A.'s Jerry Heller Even I'm With Dre ... '**** tha Police' for Malibu Search

7/27/2016 8:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jerry Heller -- former N.W.A. manager and longtime foe of Dr. Dre -- is calling BS over the rap mogul's run-in with police in Malibu.

We got Jerry in Bev Hills and the way he sees it ... the controversy over Dre getting handcuffed really is black and white, and he thinks it's time for everyone to admit that.

Just last year Heller was suing Dre over the movie, "Straight Outta Compton," but on this topic -- Dre getting handcuffed and searched after a road rage incident -- he says he's firmly on Dre's side. 

Ezekiel Elliott Accuser Takes Case to City Attorney ... Investigation Underway

7/27/2016 7:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0722_ezekiel-elliott-TMZEzekiel Elliott's not out of the woods yet ... because his accuser in the domestic violence case has gone to the city prosecutor -- which has launched a full investigation into her allegations. 

We broke the story ... Elliott's ex-girlfriend told police the Dallas Cowboys running back struck her during an altercation in Ohio on Friday morning ... and had been physical with her earlier that week. 

Four witnesses told cops they did NOT see Elliott lay a finger on the woman -- and cops say there was not enough evidence to make an arrest.

The accuser was told to follow up with the prosecutor's office if she wanted to move forward. 

Well, now we know ... that's exactly what she did. 

The city attorney's office confirms the accuser has already spoken with investigators and doesn't appear to want to drop the case anytime soon. 

"We currently have an open investigation," a rep for the Columbus City Attorney tells TMZ Sports.

"We are collecting as much evidence as possible. Once the investigation is complete, our office will determine if there is sufficient evidence to establish probable cause. Basically, whether there is enough evidence to charge him or not."

Elliott has adamantly denied striking the woman -- and tweeted, "Evil NEVER prevails."

Lindsay Lohan She Pulled a $10k Insta Rip-Off On Me ... Filmmaker Claims

7/27/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0726-lindsay-lohan-tmz-01Lindsay Lohan's got more than fiancé trouble ... a filmmaker is going after her for the $10,000 he claims he gave her without getting a damn thing in return.

Matt Martin made a movie called "Little Mermaid," not the Disney one, and approached a Lindsay associate about having her pump the flick to her nearly 5 million Instagram followers.

Matt says in the legal letter, obtained by TMZ, he struck a deal with Yossi Bechor back in October after learning he often arranged deals on Lindsay's behalf. He says the deal was $10k and executive producer credit ... for LiLo to post 3 promos for his film, but 3 months rolled by without a peep.

Martin says he's reached out to team Lindsay and Yossi several times to no avail. So now he's demanding he get the dough back, or he'll sue.

We reached out to Lindsay and Yossi, so far no word back.

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Johnny Depp Amber's Gonna Ruin My Credit

7/26/2016 5:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0725-johnny-depp-amber-heard-getty-03Johnny Depp believes he can't get a fair shake in his courtroom showdown with Amber Heard until his lawyers grill her in a deposition -- and if that doesn't happen it could cost him dearly.

Depp's team was in court Tuesday for an emergency hearing to settle critical issues in the case. His side says Johnny has every right to confront Amber over her "meritless" accusations of domestic violence.

In docs, Depp says if he can't depose her he'll be behind the 8 ball in his effort to defend himself, and could lose the case. And there's this -- he's worried a loss could affect him emotionally and financially. He points out a permanent restraining order would appear on future credit checks.

Yes, even with an estimated net worth of $400 mil ... he's worried about credit.

As we reported ... Amber's depo has been delayed because they couldn't agree on a date, but the judge settled the matter. It's now scheduled for August 6 -- a Saturday.  

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Jay Mohr Makes It Official ... Divorce Is Off

7/26/2016 4:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0726_Jay-Mohr_nikki_cox_gettyJay Mohr was serious about sticking with Nikki Cox ... even though he filed divorce docs, he now wants to drop the whole thing.

Jay filed a request for dismissal Monday in L.A. -- just 6 days after the divorce petition. As we reported ... Jay told us last week he and Nikki are "Very in love. Very happy and that's really all there is."

It was clear they were trying to work things out, and a source close to the couple tells us there was a "full reconciliation" over the weekend.

The dismissal also covers Jay's emergency petition to get full physical custody of their 5-year-old son. 

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Conrad Murray I Didn't Kill MJ ... Blame His OTHER Docs!

7/26/2016 2:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Conrad Murray still insists he didn't have a hand in Michael Jackson's death -- despite his guilty conviction and 2 years in jail -- and even believes he wasn't the worst doctor in MJ's life. 

Murray was on "TMZ Live" to talk about the new book he wrote about Michael, who was his patient and friend. But Murray claims Jackson concealed details about other drugs he was on -- besides the Propofol administered by Murray.

Watch the clip ... Murray refused to own up to having any role in Michael's homicide -- instead he backed up the bus over the late Dr. Arnold Klein

By the way, Murray's claims about getting railroaded by the coroner and Propofol not being in Michael's system? Read the report ... he's got it wrong. 

You can see the rest of the interview on Tuesday's "TMZ Live."

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Jared Fogle Sidekick Secret Cams Not Meant for Child Porn

7/26/2016 3:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0725-Jared-Fogle--Russell-Taylor-getty-facebookRussell Taylor -- the ex-CEO of Jared Fogle's charity -- claims the secret cameras he installed in his home weren't meant to record child porn.

Taylor, who is serving a 27-year sentence for child porn and child exploitation, is responding to a lawsuit filed by one of his alleged victims who claims he knowingly recorded child porn and shared the material with Fogle.

In his handwritten doc, obtained by TMZ, Taylor says, "This was not the purpose I set the cameras up for." But on the claim he shared the footage with Fogle -- he pleads the 5th.

He also says he's broke and doesn't have a lawyer ... hence the handwritten response.

The alleged victim, a Jane Doe, says Taylor recorded her and other minors showering and changing clothes.

Ex-NFL QB Marcus Vick Insane Police Video Running from Cops, Captured at Gunpoint

7/26/2016 1:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports has obtained insane footage of ex-NFL quarterback Marcus Vick -- Michael Vick's brother -- literally running from cops during an incident back in April ... before being captured at gunpoint. 

It all started at a gym in Newport News, Virginia -- when cops were questioning the 32-year-old about a warrant out for his arrest stemming from a civil case. 

Vick spoke with cops for nearly 10 minutes before suddenly deciding to make a run for it -- shoving 2 cops out of the way, breaking tackles -- and SPRINTING down the street. 

Cops gave chase ... but Vick is WAYYYYYYY FASTER (he ran a 4.42 in the 40 at the 2006 NFL Combine). 

It seemed like he was going to get away -- but the cops stayed with him, and Vick eventually tired out ... sat down on the ground and gave himself up.

But when the trailing officer caught up to Vick -- he drew his weapon, pointed it at the seated Vick and ordered him to show his hands and get on his stomach. 

The whole thing is pretty intense ... but Vick is eventually taken into custody without further incident. 

He was later convicted of resisting arrest and sentenced to a year in jail with 11 months suspended. He also got 12 months probation.

By the way, at the end the video you can hear one of the cops say ... "If he ran I knew we weren't gonna catch him."

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