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Venus Williams Car Accident Cops Told Her On Scene ... 'You Violated His Right of Way'

7/27/2017 5:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Venus Williams was told moments after another car T-boned her that she was "at fault" for the accident ... this according to the police bodycam footage obtained by TMZ Sports.

The video was recorded in the moments after the June 9 accident that left Jerome and Linda Barson severely injured. Jerome eventually died from his injuries. The officer on scene has clearly spoken to witnesses and is now sharing information about the accident with fellow officers ... and says "I will find her at fault" ... referring to Venus.

And then he walks up to Venus' SUV -- she's still sitting in the driver's seat -- and explains that from the time she entered the intersection and stopped -- for opposing traffic -- the light changed, "and he had a green light, so you kind of violated his right of way."

For some reason ... shortly thereafter the officer says, "I don't feel comfortable citing [Venus] for it."

Full disclosure -- the bodycam footage appears to be edited in places. The source that provided the video says that was done to avoid showing any injuries to people involved in the accident. 

Ultimately, the officer's take on what happened won't determine who was at fault in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Jerome Barson's estate. A jury would also consider the surveillance video, black box data from both vehicles and other factors.

As we first reported ... the Barsons' attorney says data from Venus' SUV shows she accelerated from nearly zero to 19.9 MPH in 4.2 seconds as she attempted to clear the intersection.

Venus was in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, but still very tight-lipped.

Rapper Z-Ro Yelled 'You're Dead' During Assault ... Ex-GF Tells Cops

7/27/2017 7:10 AM PDT
Breaking News

Z-Ro brandished a handgun throughout his prolonged assault of his ex-girlfriend, and repeatedly made death threats against her ... according to cops.

In the police report, Just Brittany says she and Z-Ro had planned to meet at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Houston on April 29, but the restaurant was closed. Instead, she says Z-Ro told her to come over to his place and, after a brief convo about the failed dinner date ... the beating began.

According to the report, Z-Ro slapped, punched and dragged her around his house while holding a pistol. Brittany told police, roughly 90 minutes into the assault ... she got sick and vomited. She asked Z-Ro for permission to use the bathroom. Once she was in there, she grabbed her mobile phone and started recording.

When she walked out ... the beating and verbal abuse continued. In the report, she says Z-Ro told her, "You're dead." Brittany asked why he'd pushed her, and demanded ... "Get you f**king hands from around my neck!"

According to cops, the audio recording continued for about 21 minutes.

TMZ broke the story ... Z-Ro was arrested for felony aggravated assault. He's been ordered to stay 200 feet away from her. He was released after posting a $50,000 bond.


Quincy Jones Wins Cut of MJ's Hits ... Nearly $10 Million!!

7/26/2017 5:39 PM PDT
Breaking News

8:10 PM PT -- MJ's estate says the judgment is "too much" and "unfair to Michael Jackson's heirs."

Attorneys Howard Weitzman and Zia Modabber tell TMZ, "While the jury denied Quincy Jones $21 million –- or more than two-thirds of what he demanded -- we still believe that giving him millions of dollars that he has no right to receive under his contracts is wrong."

"This would reinterpret the legal language in, and effectively rewrite, contracts that Mr. Jones lived under for more than three decades, admitted he never read, referred to as 'contract, montract,' and told the jurors he didn't 'give a damn' about."

"Any amount above and beyond what is called for in his contracts is too much and unfair to Michael’s heirs. Although Mr. Jones is portraying this as a victory for artists’ rights, the real artist is Michael Jackson and it is his money Mr. Jones is seeking."

Quincy Jones suddenly has 9.4 million reasons to go off the wall ... after scoring a victory over MJJ Productions and Sony.

The jury handed down its thriller of a decision Wednesday in Quincy's legal battle for unpaid royalties on Michael Jackson's three mega hit albums. Quincy argued accountants for the defendants screwed him out of dough he was owed for producing those records. 

He was asking for around $30 million, so he didn't get exactly what he wanted -- but still not a bad payday.

You can say this about Q -- he really didn't stop until he got enough.


Marcia Clark O.J.'s Paid His Debt ... Well, One of 'Em!

7/26/2017 2:57 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Marcia Clark says O.J. Simpson has served his time ... once, anyway, out of 3 huge court cases -- but she's not exactly welcoming him back to society.

We got the famed former L.A. Deputy District Attorney -- who prosecuted O.J. in the double murder trial -- and asked what she thought of him getting paroled for the 2008 armed robbery conviction.

Marcia bit her tongue, hard, at first -- but eventually opened up about whether she thinks Simpson is square with the law after 9 years in prison.

Let's just say she takes things on a case by case basis.

Young Buck D.A. Has It In For Me ... I'd Hurt A Door, Never A Woman!

7/26/2017 2:21 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Young Buck is trying to clear his name when it comes to the vandalism and domestic violence charges that led him to surrender to cops in Nashville.

The G-Unit rapper turned himself in last week after an arrest warrant was issued stemming from a 2016 altercation with his girlfriend where he allegedly kicked in the door at his home.

We spoke to Young Buck a week after he sprung himself on a $10k bond, and while he admits he might have gotten violent with the door, he says -- as a father of 4 girls -- he'd never put his hands on a woman. His real beef is with the District Attorney.

Buck also says he and the woman are still together.

Lucky Whitehead Claimed By NY Jets

7/26/2017 1:14 PM PDT
Breaking News

Lucky Whitehead's unemployment didn't last very long -- the WR's been claimed by the NY Jets after the Cowboys fired him.

Whitehead was waived by Dallas on Monday after police said he was arrested for shoplifting back in June. Cops later admitted the man they popped was NOT Lucky, but rather an imposter.

Still, the Cowboys refused to back down and said they were done with Whitehead. 

Lucky hit the waiver wire and according to Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport, the Jets pulled the trigger.

He'll get a fresh start in NYC ... with the team and the cops.

Alison Sweeney Restraining Order Extended to 3 Years Against Internet Troll

7/26/2017 12:14 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Former 'Biggest Loser' host Alison Sweeney just got permanent protection against a guy who she says has been harassing her nonstop ... for the next 3 years, at least.

A judge extended Alison's temporary restraining order against Jon Christopher LuVisi Wednesday after she came to court earlier this month claiming he'd been trolling her on social media endlessly for 9 months.

We broke the story ... LuVisi allegedly tried extorting Alison for thousands of dollars by saying he had photos of her genitals and would send them to her husband unless she paid up. She says he also started making threats after she blocked his multiple accounts.

LuVisi didn't show up to court Wednesday, nor did any of his lawyers. Didn't matter though -- a judge granted the 3-year extension under the original terms ... 1,000 ft away from Alison and her fam. 

Snoop Dogg Off the Hook in Cracked Spine Suit

7/26/2017 11:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Snoop Dogg is all about the Cali life ... and a judge agreed -- tossing out a lawsuit against him because the other side sued him in the wrong state.

You'll recall Snoop -- along with Wiz Khalifa and Live Nation -- was sued by 17 concertgoers claiming Snoop and Wiz incited a stampede after imploring fans to "bring your ass down here." The front row railing at the New Jersey concert collapsed as fans fell 10 feet onto a concrete floor.

At least 40 people were hurt ... including a fan who says he suffered a fractured spine. They sued.

Problem is ... Snoop's side argued he lives in Cali -- not Pennsylvania where the suit was filed -- so he has no business being caught up in this legal mess. The judge said fo shizzle -- clearing Snoop from the suit.

Wiz and Live Nation are still fighting the suit.

Danny Tartabull Locked Up On Deadbeat Dad Charges

7/26/2017 10:09 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Danny Tartabull has finally been captured -- more than 5 years after a warrant was issued for the ex-MLB star's arrest on deadbeat dad charges ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Oh, and the reason he was caught? DUMBASSERY. 

Quick backstory: Officials say the former NY Yankees star -- who played in the MLB from '84 to '97 -- owes more than $275k in unpaid child support stemming back to a 2011 deadbeat dad conviction.

He violated his probation in 2012 and was ordered to surrender and serve 180 days in jail but never turned himself in. A warrant was issued. 

54-year-old Tartabull has basically been under the radar ever since ... until July 24, when he called police himself to report that his car had been broken into near his apartment in Agoura, CA.

When cops arrived, they ran Tartabull's name through the system and noticed the active warrant -- and immediately arrested him.

He was taken to a nearby station where he was booked in connection with the deadbeat dad case and has been locked up ever since. 

Tartabull is set to face a judge some time Wednesday. 

Fun Fact: Tartabull was the AL's highest paid player in 1992 after signing a 5 year, $27 million deal.10:32 AM PT -- Tartabull's attorney, Jacob Glucksman, tells TMZ Sports his legal team is working to obtain Danny's release from custody and settle this matter.

Glucksman says Danny has a good relationship with both of his adult children.

Les Moonves O.J.'s First Interview? We Ain't Paying for Him

7/26/2017 7:58 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Les Moonves has as much interest in landing the first O.J. Simpson interview as he does in having his tongue nailed to a table -- ZERO.

The CBS honcho was leaving Craig's Tuesday night when we asked if he's gunning for that first sit-down after Simpson's released from prison. He'll be out on parole as early as October 1, and it's anticipated he could get as much as $1 million for the interview.

Les did his best Heisman pose, metaphorically, on the idea of any CBS News operation getting in on the bidding. He's not alone in painting Simpson as a media pariah.

Venus' Wrongful Death Lawsuit 'Gunned It' to 20 MPH in Intersection ... Says Victim's Attorney

7/26/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Venus Williams accelerated from 0 to almost 20 MPH in about 4 seconds as she pulled through the intersection where she had a fatal accident ... according to the attorney for the victims' family.

Michael Steinger, who reps the estate of Jerome Barson -- the man who died -- tells TMZ Sports his team obtained the black box data Tuesday from Venus' SUV. He says it shows she was traveling at 19.9 MPH when Jerome and his wife T-boned her.

He also says the numbers show Venus got up to that speed in 4.2 seconds. His take on the data -- Venus probably "looked up, saw the red light and gunned it."

Remember, the surveillance video shows Venus start into the intersection, but stop to allow another vehicle to turn left in front of her. Up to now, we only knew Venus told cops she was doing about 5 MPH as she started into the intersection. The police report also put the Barson's Hyundai at 25 MPH.

If, as Steinger says, Venus was doing 20 MPH after the light had changed, the obvious question becomes -- was she reckless in her attempt to clear the intersection?

As we reported ... the estate disputes Venus' claim at least one person in the Barson's car was not wearing a seat belt ... saying the vehicle data proves it.

Kim Kardashian Sued by Makeup Artist ... Your Logo's Me$$ing with Me!

7/25/2017 6:00 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

6:53 PM PT -- Sources connected to Kim's makeup line tell us she consulted several veteran trademark attorneys when launching her KKW line to ensure there were no violations. Nevertheless, we're told her team is confident KKW Beauty in no way infringes on Weiss' KW brand ... nor do they feel the lines are similar.

Kim Kardashianhas no right to her own initials ... in the cosmetics world, anyway ... according to the Danish makeup artist who's now suing her.

If you're into makeup you probably know the name Kirsten Kjaer Weiss. She says she's a famous makeup artist, and her line of KW cosmetics and makeup services are hot sellers around the world. According to docs, obtained by TMZ, Kirsten says Kim K's cosmetics logo is confusing consumers. She says the problem is Kim's products bear the 'KKW' logo ... far too similar to Kirsten's 'KW.' 

In the suit, Kirsten says Kim's infringement is "knowing, willing and deliberate" -- and it's intended to dupe customers and screw with Kirsten's bottom line.

The great Dane wants the court to immediately block Kim from using 'KKW,' and to award her all of Kim's sizeable profits, and to punish KK by making her pay damages.

Kylie Jenner Sued You Jacked My Lip Bite!!!

7/25/2017 1:55 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

5:45 PM PT -- Sources close to the production of "Life of Kylie" tell TMZ the lip design in question was independently created by a third party, and Kylie herself had nothing to do with the process.

Kylie Jenner is the Robin Thickeof bleeding lip art ... and one artist is so fed up with KJ's "inspired by" argument that she's taking Jenner to court.

Sara Pope -- an experienced painter whose work has been featured in L.A., Japan, the UK and NYC art galleries -- says Kylie copied her "Temptation Neon" logo and used it to promote a new reality show.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Sara says she created her most famous piece of art in 2015 -- a bright, glossy set of lips in a "lip bite" pose. She says Kylie made her own eerily similar graphic, plastered it on social media and used it to promote "Life of Kylie."

Sara says Kylie's got a history of lifting other people's work ... pointing to the infamous Notorious B.I.G./Tupac Shakur t-shirt fiasco and yet another lip artist. She's suing Kylie and NBC Universal ... E!'s parent company.

We've reached out to Kylie's camp and E! ... so far no word back.

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