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Ryan Lochte Hit with Criminal Charge in Rio ... Could Face Jail Time

8/25/2016 3:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0825-ryan-lochte-tmz-02Ryan Lochte has just been formally charged in Brazil with filing a false police report stemming from the August 14th gas station incident ... and faces jail time if convicted. 

Brazilian officials have already summoned the swimmer to Rio for a hearing on the incident -- but sources close to Lochte say there's no way in hell he'll go. 

The charge is not an extraditable offense ... meaning he can't be forced to Brazil by American courts. 

If convicted of filing a false police report, Lochte could face up to 6 months in jail. The likelihood is ... Lochte's lawyers will negotiate a fine similar to the one Jimmy Feigen paid -- $11k -- to charity, and the case will go away.

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Oscars Prez Cheryl Isaacs 'Birth of a Nation' Too Important To Judge by Director's Past

8/25/2016 3:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"The Birth of a Nation" is a movie every American absolutely needs to see -- regardless of star and director Nate Parker's old rape trial ... at least that's how the Oscars honcho sees it. 

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Prez of the Motion Picture Academy, talked to us Thursday about the potential backlash. The American Film Institute canceled a screening of the movie this week, and Parker's come under fire since details of the 2001 trial were released.

Parker was acquitted, but Isaacs doesn't think moviegoers should be concerned with that anyway. It's a strong point of view, considering Isaacs' gender, and her position in the Academy ... which has been skewered for a lack of diversity in nominated films.

Ryan Lochte Sorry, Brazil ... I Ain't Going Back

8/25/2016 10:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-ryan-lochte-tmz-11Ryan Lochte will NOT be returning to Brazil -- despite the fact officials in Rio have reportedly summoned the swimmer to testify in front of the country's Justice Department ... sources tell TMZ Sports

Brazilian officials want Lochte to appear at a hearing to face potential legal action over the infamous gas station bathroom incident. 

We contacted Lochte's team but they have not heard anything of the sort about Brazilian police wanting him back. That said, sources familiar with the situation say there is no way Lochte is going back to Rio because police could detain him, prosecute him, jail him, do whatever they want ... and it would be ridiculous for him to go down that road. 

FYI, the other 3 swimmers involved -- Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen -- all spoke with police and agreed to fork over roughly $11,000 to a charity to make good. 


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Leslie Jones Homeland Security Hunting Down Hacker

8/25/2016 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0825-leslie-jones-tmzLeslie Jones' hacking situation is so bad the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security has their top cyber-crimes unit on the case ... TMZ has learned.

As TMZ reported ... the FBI was accessing the case Wednesday after hackers posted nude pics of the 'SNL' star on her website, along with her passport, driver's license and other sensitive info.

We've learned the case is now with Homeland Security for 2 reasons -- it has one of  the most sophisticated cyber-crime unit in the country, and Leslie has history with the Dept. 

One source tells TMZ Leslie had some sort of problem with catfishing in the past, and Homeland Security investigated the case. There's some evidence a group from Japan may have been the culprit in the current case.

Leslie has remained silent since her website was hacked Wednesday. 

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Johnny Depp I'll Honor Amber's Charity Pledge and Send the Checks

8/25/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0824_johnny_depp_amber_heard_tmzJohnny Depp is heaping praise on Amber Heard for promising to donate her $7 million divorce settlement to charity ... and he's so moved he's sending the checks directly to the 2 organizations she personally picked.

Amber announced after striking her settlement she would donate every penny to the ACLU and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles -- $3.5 mil each. We checked with Children's Hospital Tuesday and they had not yet received any of the money.

We've learned both the ACLU and Children's Hospital got checks Wednesday from Johnny, on behalf of Amber. The checks are the first in a number of installments that will eventually total $7 million.

A rep for Johnny tells TMZ, "Following Amber Heard's announcement that her divorce settlement was to be divided equally and gifted to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union, two exceptionally deserving and important charities, Johnny Depp has sent the first of multiple installments of those monies to each charity in the name of Amber Heard, which when completed will honor the full amount of Ms. Heard's pledge."

The rep adds, "Ms. Heard's generosity in giving to these wonderful causes is deeply respected."

Everybody happy now?

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Leslie Jones FBI On the Case

8/25/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0824-leslie-jones-tmz-02The FBI is now on the hunt for the hackers who violated SNL's Leslie Jones ... TMZ has learned.

Sources familiar with the situation tell us, the FBI is developing a strategy for tracking down the person or people who hacked into her iCloud and cell phone and posted nude photos and personal information on her website.

It's unclear whether agents from the West Coast or East Coast will launch the investigation ... Leslie lives in both New York and L.A.

From what we can gather, this is exclusively an FBI investigation ... we've checked with both the NYPD and the LAPD and they don't have the case.

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'Kelly and Michael' Sued I Fell into Their 'Trap'

8/25/2016 9:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0825-kelly-michael-getty-02Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan's TV studio was a dark and dangerous place -- and not only because of their feud -- according to an audience member who says she had a trippy and painful experience.

The woman, named Judith, says her January 2014 visit to "Live with Kelly and Michael" included a hard fall on her ass, and she's blaming it on an incompetent employee leading her through a poorly lit area of the studio with cables all over the place. 

She's not specific about exactly how she went down, but in the lawsuit she just filed ... she mentions the words "negligent" and "negligence" dozens of times while describing the scene. She calls it "trap like" conditions.

In the docs, Judith says she suffered severe and permanent injury -- again, short on specifics. She's suing the show, Disney and ABC. Kelly and Michael are not named as defendants, so ... no chance for a reunion on the witness stand. 

'Empire' Sued by Juvie Prisoners ... You Blocked Us From School & God

8/25/2016 6:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0825-chris-rock-terrence-howard-empre-jail-scene-FOX-01A couple of kids are trying to take down "Empire" -- or at least take some of the show's money -- for stopping them from getting an education ... behind bars.

The kids are teenage juvenile detention center inmates in Chicago ... and they say their home away from home was upset when Terrence Howard and Chris Rock swooped in last year to shoot scenes for season two's premiere episodes. 

According to them all the kids at Cook Co. Juvenile Temporary Detention Center were put on lockdown -- held in cells and pods -- during nearly 2 weeks of shooting. While in lockdown, they had no access to the rec yard, library, and chapel ... and family visits were interrupted.

The teens say their education was turned upside down too because although teachers were sent to cells and pods ... they say the tutoring was not effective. As they put it, "This was 'school' in name only," and often times "chaotic."

The teen inmates have boned up on TV accounting too -- they point out the "Empire" episodes made a ton of cash ... up to $750k per 30 second commercial, and they want a cut. They've filed the class action suit against FOX, Cook County and the warden.

FOX had no comment on the lawsuit.

Leslie Jones Hackers Will Only Make Her Funnier ... Says 'Ghostbusters' Co-Star

8/25/2016 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The sick criminals behind the cyber-attack on Leslie Jones are sadly mistaken if they think they're gonna break her ... according to her "Ghostbusters" nemesis.

Adam Ray was the voice of Slimer, but he's also a good friend of Leslie's from the comedy circuit -- and he had an interesting take on the hackers who exposed her personal information and nude photos.

Adam's definitely putting the most positive spin possible on the awful situation Leslie's facing -- but check it out ... as a stand-up comedian, he would know best. 

Frances Bean Cobain Hubby Wants FAT Allowance You Left Me Broke!

8/25/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0824_frances_cobain_Isaiah-Silva_gettyFrances Bean Cobain's estranged husband says he won't have a penny to his name without her ... so he's asking a judge to make her pay up.

Isaiah Silva is requesting spousal support, and according to the docs he wants a ton of it -- nothing less than $25k a month.

Isaiah says he left a steady job when they got married and Frances promised to cover a bunch of his monthly expenses, including paying private school and housing bills for his child from a previous relationship.

Now, he says Frances wants to renege on those commitments. Isaiah claims Frances has upwards of $100 mil in her dad's estate, and says he deserves half of the money she earned off business deals made during the 2 year marriage. He says there's no prenup.

Frances made it clear in her divorce docs ... the Kurt Cobain money is hers alone and not Isaiah's -- but she is open to paying some spousal support.

Thomas Gibson Looking for Cars in Audi Wrong Places

8/25/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0824-thomas-gibson-getty-01Thomas Gibson says he's just one of many Americans who got screwed by Volkswagen's massive recall last year, and now he wants to settle the score in court.

In a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ ... Thomas claims an L.A. dealership, and VW by association, lied to his face when they told him his 2012 Audi Q7 offered him horsepower, fuel efficiency AND clean diesel.

He says those claims were BS, noting the feds found VW -- Audi's parent co. -- passed government emissions tests under false pretenses ... which lead to its recall of roughly 11 million cars worldwide.

Thomas -- who's freshly unemployed -- says he's opted out of the class action suit against VW. He's going all lone wolf, presumably because he thinks it'll net him more dough out of zee Germans.

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Hope Solo Hit with 6 Month Suspension ... For Trashing Sweden

8/24/2016 4:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0824_hope-solo-gettyHope Solo has just been benched by Team USA soccer for SIX MONTHS -- for trashing Team Sweden as a "bunch of cowards" after they beat the U.S. in an Olympic match earlier this month.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati announced the suspension Wednesday afternoon -- saying the comments were "unacceptable and do not meet the standards of conduct we require from our National Team players."

But what's really interesting ... Gulati says Solo got such a harsh suspension because of her history of embarrassing off-the-field issues ... like the time Hope and her husband went joyriding in a Team USA soccer van without permission, while her husband was drunk. She was suspended 30 days for that incident. 

"Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we've had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. National Team member, U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action," Gulati said. 

Translation -- the team is sick of Hope's crap.

After the suspension was announced, Solo released the following statement on Instagram.

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Kim Richards Dodges Jail Bullet

8/24/2016 1:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0824-kim-richards-tmz-02Kim Richards narrowly avoided jail after blowing off her community service and AA meetings in her shoplifting case.

Kim's lawyers were in court Wednesday for a probation violation hearing ... this after she missed the deadline for completing 30 days of community service and 52 AA sessions.  

Her lawyers presented proof that Kim belatedly did most of her community service and is now up to date on AA meetings, so the judge cut her a break.

Kim stays on probation and everything must be completed by the next hearing in November.

Kim was convicted of shoplifting for stealing $600 worth of stuff from Target.

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