Kendra Wilkinson's husband Hank Baskett has gone to the FBI, claiming the transsexual who has blabbed to the media she had an affair with him illegally recorded and extorted him.
Hank's camp tells TMZ ... he now acknowledges he "hung out with her." His people say Ava London secretly recorded the conversation in which he begs her not to talk about their relationship because he's married. That audio made its way to several tabloids.
We've learned Hank's lawyer went to the FBI this week, complaining not only was the recording illegal ... she tried shaking him down to the tune of $5K in return for silence.
We're told Hank's lawyer Lee Hutton will go to court next week in an attempt to get her records, which his people believe will fully document an extortion attempt.
We now also know what Hank claims happened between him and Ava. He says he met her and one of her friends in a grocery store and they invited him to go to their apartment. They began smoking weed, which somehow led to Ava taking her clothes off, and the deal breaker was when Ava revealed her basket.
Stephen Collins' Wife
He's Unemployable Because
He's a Pedophile
10/25/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Stephen Collins' estranged wife is indignant he's bellyaching he can't get work because of that audiotape in which he confesses he sexually abused children ... Faye Grant says the real reason he can't get work is because he's a pedophile.
Collins' lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, filed legal docs saying, "Faye's decision to parade that recording ... has resulted in Stephen having no income other than investment income and pension income."
Now Grant's lawyer, legal pitbull Marty Singer, tells TMZ, "The tape has nothing to do with Mr. Collins' plight. It is Mr. Collins' horrific conduct and actions that have caused him damage."
Singer calls Collins a pedophile, adding, "It is also unfortunate that Mr. Kaplan is attempting to justify his client's conduct by diverting blame onto third parties."
Getting Our Name Back Isn't Easy
10/25/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Commodores have commandeered their name back ... from an ex-member who tried to jack it.
A judge has decided founding member Thomas McClary relinquished his right to the Commodores brand 30 years ago when he left the group.
As we first reported ... the remaining members of the Commodores sued McClary in August claiming he illegally hijacked their name -- touring as "The Commodores featuring Thomas McClary."
For what it's worth ... there will be a full-blown hearing later, so the judge could change his mind.
But really, does it matter? Lionel Richie has nothing to do with either group.
'Sons of Guns' Stars
Stephanie and Kris ARRESTED
For Cruelty to Their Child
10/24/2014 2:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Sons of Guns" stars Stephanie Hayden and Kris Ford were arrested Friday in Louisiana ... for allegedly hitting a 9-year-old boy with a belt so hard he bruised.
Parish of Livingston officials tell us Kris abused Stephanie's son from another relationship last month ... by striking the kid on his lower buttocks area.
Stephanie was also taken into custody ... because her son told cops she was present in the room. She's not being accused of hitting her kid.
As we previously reported ... Stephanie's dad Will Hayden was taken into custody back in August for allegedly molesting his other daughter -- and since then, he's been charged with another rape.
The show has since been cancelled.
10/24/2014 12:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Barry Bonds is a single man again ... no asterisk needed ... because his marriage is officially over, TMZ Sports has learned.
The breakup between Barry and Elizabeth Watson Bonds has been going on for YEARS -- she first filed papers in 2009, then they reconciled ... only to split again in 2010 for good.
Now, after 4 years in the court system, an L.A. County Superior Court judge has signed off on the divorce ... meaning 50-year-old Barry is back on the market.
According to the docs, filed in L.A. and obtained by TMZ Sports, Barry and Elizabeth struck a private deal that presumably covers everything from money to custody of their 5-year-old daughter.
The two were married back in 1998 ... many, many hat sizes ago.
We Got Our
10/24/2014 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Backstreet Boys have finally scored legal victory ... snagging the rights to the master recording of one of their biggest songs in a battle that raged on for years.
The "Boys" have been battling ex-manager Lou Pearlman's bankruptcy estate ... and it was agreed this week they'd get the masters to some of their songs -- including "I'll Never Break Your Heart."
The Boys claimed they were owed nearly $3.5 mil ... but the bankruptcy trustee for Lou's case said they lacked the proof to back up that claim. A judge ordered both sides to work it out earlier this year ... and according to court docs, they did just that.
So the boy band will receive $99K ... as well as possession of some master recordings -- including a few lesser known songs and live recordings.
They also received a VHS copy of "Star Trek Adventure" ... whatever that is.
Good luck finding a VHS player.
Ambushed By Dennis Rodman
... Extra Security Called
10/24/2014 10:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Carmen Electra was ambushed by her ex-husband Dennis Rodman at a Halloween party in Florida last night ... and extra security was called in to keep her safe ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Carmen was co-hosting a private "Fright Night" party in Boca Raton with Jonathan Cheban ... and was surprised when she saw Dennis waiting on the red carpet for her.
We spoke with multiple witnesses who tell us Dennis was NOT invited to the shindig (put on by The Law Offices of Berman and Berman) -- and Carmen was so shocked when she noticed him, that she waited in her limo for roughly 25 minutes while extra security was called in to watch her back.
Once she left the limo, we're told Dennis made a beeline for her ... and professed his love.
We're told the interaction only lasted a few minutes -- but it was super awkward ... especially since Carmen just appeared on Oprah Winfrey's network and spilled her guts about their failed marriage.
In fact, she told O that her union with Rodman was super volatile -- "When it was good, it was amazing. And when it was bad, it was the worst."
Of course, Dennis and Carmen were married in 1998 ... but divorced a very short time later following a domestic violence incident in which they were both arrested.
We reached out to Dennis for comment -- so far, no word back.
Child Services and Police Alerted
For Dating Child Molester
10/24/2014 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" star Mama June is now in the crosshairs of children's services and local police ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected to law enforcement tell TMZ ... children's services was alerted shortly after we broke the story that June has been secretly dating Mark McDaniel, who got out of prison in March after serving 10 years for forcing oral sex on an 8-year-old relative of June's.
We're also told the local Sheriff's Dept. has been notified.
As we first reported ... TLC cancelled the popular show just one day after learning she was secretly dating the child molester, who is now a registered sex offender.
June continues to deny she's dating the guy.
'Honey Boo Boo'
TLC Cancels Show
After June Dates Child Molester
10/24/2014 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TLC has CANCELLED "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" TMZ has learned, in the wake of our story that Mama June is dating a convicted child molester who sexually abused one of her relatives.
The decision comes one day after TMZ broke the story ... June has been secretly dating Mark McDaniel, who got out of prison in March after serving 10 years for forcing oral sex on an 8-year-old.
We've learned June has denied she's seeing McDaniel, despite a photo we posted showing the 2 of them at a small party in a hotel room. TLC clearly did not believe her and cancelled the show because they felt she was putting her children at risk.
TLC has shot an entire new season of episodes but will not air them. Although the show has fallen off its ratings high, we're told it's still very profitable, so TLC is taking a financial hit.
But the network is not turning its back on the kids, telling us, "Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children's ongoing comfort and well-being." Our sources say the network will pay for tutors and counselors for the kids.
Mama June just responded -- she continues to deny that she is dating McDaniel ...
I Can't Get Work
Because of 'Molestation' Tape
10/24/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Stephen Collins says he's now unemployable after audio of him confessing to child molestation surfaced.
Collins' lawyer filed new legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- in which he says the divorce trial between the actor and Faye Grant just got a whole lot easier, because there won't be a fight over future income.
Collins' lawyer says, "Faye's decision to parade that recording ... has resulted in Stephen having no income other than investment income and pension income."
As you know ... TMZ posted audio of Collins' confession to molesting and/or exposing himself to 3 young girls.
His lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, adds, "Stephen suffers greatly from the pillaring (sic) by the media surrounding Faye's unlawful recording."
No Poussey For You In Prison!
10/24/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Teresa Giudice will serve time in the prison that was the inspiration for "Orange is the New Black" ... but there will be no hookups AND she won't be as fashionable.
We got hold of the prison handbook for the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, CT -- where she'll serve her 15 months -- and the rules FORBID intimate relations between inmates -- a la Poussey and Taystee.
And she can forget prison chic -- the official uniform is grey, khaki, white, or pastel green.
Giudice will get family visits ... where kissing and touching IS allowed ... but her 4 daughters and Joe will max out at 12 visits a month.
She'll also have to work ... most likely in one of the prison factories -- those jobs generally go to inmates who have to pay off huge restitution debts, so she qualifies.
As for buying stuff ... inmates are limited to $320/mo. at the prison store. She's allowed to beautify herself at the prison barber shop.
Come to think of it ... it's a lot like Jersey.
I'm Praying For Oscar Pistorius
... My Dad Was a Killer Too
10/23/2014 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lolo Jones has no problem showing sympathy for convicted killer Oscar Pistorius ... because her father also went to prison for homicide.
Jones was at LAX Thursday when we asked if she agreed with the 5-year sentence for Pistorius, and her answer was pretty surprising. She opened up about her father's life sentence for a murder, and why it's made her "non judgmental" about Oscar -- despite all the facts surrounding Reeva Steenkamp's death.
Check out the clip ... Jones does say she's praying for both families involved -- but refuses to condemn Pistorius. Strange?
I Got a New
Part Time Job
10/23/2014 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is gonna be real busy until 2015 ... less with music, more with court ordered work.
Chris appeared in court Thursday for a progress report in the Rihanna beating case and his community labor was upped to 4 days a week -- so he can complete his remaining hours by January.
Typically, community labor sessions last for around 8 hours -- and at 4 days a week ... that means he's one day shy of having a new full time job.
Chris' therapist wrote a letter to the judge raving about his progress, saying he has his act together. The shrink says he's following his "medication management."
The judge also mentioned Chris violated his probation by breaking a law ... speeding. He got a ticket, but seriously, cut the dude a break.