Chris Martin allegedly hit a photog with his jeep as he left a fancy Santa Monica restaurant, but there's something really odd about this one.
Chris and Gwyneth Paltrow went to Giorgio Baldi Restaurant with their 2 kids and all was fine, but on the way out a photog runs up to take their photo and says he was struck by their jeep. An ambulance was called and the pap was taken to the hospital.
Here's the weird thing. The photog who took pics of the accident was standing across the street. It's unclear why a cameraman would be so far away, because there was a clear shot of the family from the restaurant side ... right on the sidewalk. In fact, 3 other photogs were perched right there.
We've never seen a photog take pics from across that street ... so, as we said, it's weird he's the one who got shots of the accident. Also, he and the guy who allegedly got hit have worked together.
And as the injured photog is taken away on a stretcher, he's looking directly into the camera.
To Complete Community Service
1/26/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan is scrambling to finish her community service by Wednesday ... because jail is on the line.
We're told Lindsay went to the Community Service Volunteers in London Friday and Saturday, and her plan was to go Sunday ... and Monday and Tuesday. She's been delinquent 15 days and MUST finish them by court Wednesday morning. She says she'll get it done.
As TMZ reported ... Lindsay was supposed to do 30 days community service by November 6 but only finished half. The judge cut her a break and ordered her to finish by Wednesday. Lindsay has lots of excuses for not finishing up to now. CSV was closed for 2 weeks, she was in Bora Bora, and on and on.
And we reported she was in the hospital last week ... she told her people she contracted Chikungunya in Bora Bora, but even some of them think she checked herself in just to create an excuse.
She's now acting like she'll log in the necessary hours, but stay tuned. She has a rich history of violating probation. And she'll face a new judge Wednesday and it's likely if she's delinquent the prosecutor will recommend jail.
Lindsay is on probation for her 2012 reckless driving case when she slammed into an 18-wheeler.
Give her this ... she's reliable.
The Pap Suing Me is Lame
Play With Fire ... Get Burned!
1/26/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If you stand in front of a moving car, you're gonna get hit -- which is Justin Bieber's defense in a lawsuit filed by a photog he mowed down.
Bieber was sued last year by Walter Lee, who claims Biebs struck him in 2013 as he left a comedy club on Sunset Boulevard.
Bieber claims Lee deliberately stood in front of the moving vehicle so TS.
Bieber also doubts Lee was actually hurt. As TMZ first reported, despite claiming serious injuries Lee filmed Bieber just a few days after filing his lawsuit.
Bieber wants the case tossed out and if the judge wants to award him court costs, that would be swell.
Busted for DUI
Twice the Legal Limit!
1/26/2015 5:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jasmine Tridevil -- aka the woman who went around claiming she had three boobs -- was busted early Monday morning for suspicion of DUI, but her BAC wasn't three times the legal limit ... JUST TWO!
Tridevil (real name Alicia Hessler) was popped by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department in Tampa, FL at 3:47 AM. She was booked into the Orient Road Jail a short time later. The strip search must have been awfully interesting.
According to the booking info, Hessler's blood alcohol content was .180 and .178 in two tests ... each more than twice the legal limit in Florida.
She is currently still in custody and being held on $500 bail.
Tridevil made the rounds last September when she went around claiming to have a third breast. To the surprise of no one ... she turned out to be a fake.
Dermot Mulroney's Wife
Ditches Maiden Name ...
But Still Not Taking His
1/26/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dermot Mulroney's wife desperately wants to go French -- even though her husband is Irish-American -- and she's filing legal papers to do it.
The "My Best Friend's Wedding" star has been married to Tharita Cutulle since 2008, but she's never changed her name. According to docs, she's finally ready to drop her unique name and switch -- not to Mulroney ... but to Prima Apollinaare.
As for why she's going from sounding like the scientific name for a fish ... to a fancy pasta? Maybe she's a theater buff. Guillaume Apollinaire was a famous French poet and playwright in the early 1900s.
Or maybe she digs Apollonia from "Purple Rain." 'Memba her?
Uncle Is the D.A.
In Child Abuse Investigation
1/26/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Fact: The child abuse investigation into NBA star Dwight Howard has just been kicked to the Atlanta PD.
Fact: If charges are brought against Dwight, the matter would be prosecuted by the Fulton County District Attorney's Office.
Fact: The Fulton County District Attorney ... is Dwight Howard's uncle.
We broke the story ... the Cobb County PD was initially handling the investigation into allegations Dwight beat his 6-year-old son Braylon with a belt buckle.
But the CCPD tells us investigators now believe the alleged incident occurred in Fulton County, where Dwight's uncle has been the head prosecutor in charge since 1997.
So, what does it mean? Paul Howard is almost certainly going to have to recuse himself from the case ... which would likely mean the prosecution would be handled by the Georgia Attorney General (and judging by his photo, we're guessing there's no relation).
If Paul doesn't recuse himself, you could bet the alleged victim will put up a helluva fight ... for obvious reasons.
We reached out to the Atlanta PD and the Fulton County DA for comment. So far no word back.
I'm The Victim of Identity Theft!
1/25/2015 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is now at the center of a new criminal investigation ... but this time he's the victim.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... when Chris was jailed for leaving rehab back in April and taken across the country to Washington D.C. for his hearing on assault charges, one of his first stops was San Bernardino County Jail.
Chris was only there for a day or so, but procedure required a jail ID. When Chris left, his ID was left with the jailers.
Fast forward to this week ... when someone tried to sell the ID online for $10,000. Chris' lawyer, Mark Geragos, got wind of it and went to the San Bernardino Sheriff's Dept. and said "What the F***?"
The Sheriff's Dept. launched an investigation and traced the ID to someone in the area. We've learned cops seized the ID and grilled the guy, who insists he got the ID from a friend who got it from a friend.
Cops are trying to figure out how the ID got out of police custody and whether a crime has been committed.
Sometimes it's better to be the victim than the perp.
Cops Visit After Elder Abuse Claim
And He's Fine
1/24/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Richard Simmons had visitors Friday night ... cops who were doing a welfare check because he's been MIA for more than year ... and guess what? He's fine.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 2 LAPD officers showed up to Simmons' Hollywood Hills home at 7 PM. Richard answered the door and showed them in. The cops' feedback -- he couldn't have been nicer and more gracious. They say he was articulate, lucid, relaxed and appreciative of their concern.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the visit was triggered by a long-time friend of Simmons who sent an email to the L.A. County D.A.'s Elder Abuse Unit last month and said he believed the 66-year-old fitness guru was being abused.
TMZ broke the story, Simmons went radio silent a year ago. He hasn't spoken to his friends, gone to his fitness studio or been seen in public. His friends say there is no way Richard would shut himself off this way. His manager says Simmons is simply depressed over a knee injury.
But we've learned the 2 cops who spent an hour with Richard say he seemed genuinely happy. Simmons, who now has a beard, told them he was "exhausted" after spending 30 years in the public eye. He said, "I just want to spend time with myself," although he says he's in regular touch with the people in his life who matter to him. He was alone in the house Friday when cops were there.
Simmons was walking with a slight limp, which is consistent with the knee injury. As for why he hasn't been to his fitness studio for the better part of last year, he said, "I've got people who run things. I don't need to be there." Until he disappeared he was a fixture at the studio.
LAPD Investigates Death Threat
Over Rape Poem
1/25/2015 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Two up-and-coming poets who once opened for John Legend are the targets of death and rape threats ... and the LAPD is on the hunt for the bad guys.
Belissa Escobedo and Rhiannon McGavin, 16 and 17, performed their poem, "Rape Joke," at the Brave New Voices poetry slam competition in July 2014 -- which was then posted to YouTube and viewed more than 400,000 times.
Apparently it didn't sit well with everyone. Someone has threatened to "stab the fat one in the nose straight up to the brain, effectively leaving her in a state where all she can do is feel pain, but I won't kill her just yet."
Another threat promises to "anally rape the blond one with a rusty-nailed plank, tie her to a f***ing chair ..."
The threats were posted on the YouTube page and that was enough for the LAPD to get a search warrant.
Cops have not found the people who posted the threats ... at least not yet. But the girls are standing firm ... they will continue to perform poems in public and the videos will stay on YouTube.
Birdman vs. Lil Wayne
War is On
1/24/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Birdman and Lil Wayne have officially declared war ... settlement talks have broken down and Wayne will now sue his mentor, claiming among other things Birdman owes him $8 million.
As TMZ reported ... the 2 titans tried coming to terms this week but it wasn't meant to be. Now Wayne will ask a judge to declare him free of Cash Money and Birdman's control. Wayne says Birdman has violated their contract by withholding the release of his new album.
As for the $8 MIL claim ... Wayne says Birdman owed the money for his latest album -- it was supposed to be an advance.
Birdman has held firm ... he will release the album "in due time," but clearly that's not good enough for Wayne.
We're told Wayne will keep recording but he will release his works outside of the Cash Money umbrella.
Pap Doesn't Want Jury to Hear
I Also Pissed Off Britney!
1/24/2015 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West has no right to tell a jury the photog who's suing him is the very same guy who Britney Spears famously attacked with an umbrella ... at least that's what the photog is banking on.
Daniel Ramos is suing Kanye for the 2013 LAX attack. Kanye pled no contest to misdemeanor battery, but now Ramos is suing him.
Kanye wants to prove to the jury Ramos is a bad guy ... not only because of the 2007 umbrella incident, but also because he was so gross he tried selling the umbrella and the truck she struck.
But Ramos has filed legal docs asking the judge to exclude evidence of his Britney hijinks, saying it has nothing to do with the LAX attack and it would unfairly turn the jury against him.
Ramos also wants the judge to exclude evidence that he actually made a pretty penny off the video he shot as Kanye went after him.
It's kinda like having your cake ...
Rolls-Royce vs. Royce Rizzy
High End Car Company Sues
... That's Our Name!!
1/24/2015 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
In the hip-hop world, you don't steal another MC's name ... even if MC stands for motor car -- which is exactly what Rolls-Royce claims a rapper named Rolls Royce Rizzy has done.
According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- the legendary car company says Rizzy advertises and sells "Team Rolls Royce" shirts on his website ... and they want him to stop ASAP.
Rolls-Royce claims they've sent R.R.R. multiple cease and desist letters to no avail ... and since he's continued to wear the shirts in pics on social media they've been forced to file suit.
Rizzy tells us he dropped the "Rolls" from his name at least a year and a half ago and he's no longer selling the shirts ... just wearing it. He also claims he's never gotten a letter from Rolls.
Jermaine Dupri -- the head of Rizzy's label -- tells us he personally made sure the name change happened before putting him out as an artist ... adding,"I know how business works."
Confession Tape Under Lock and Key
1/23/2015 4:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
We've now obtained the divorce settlement, and it provides every copy of the Collins' audio in which he confesses to child molestation must be destroyed, with the exception of the original -- which is now in Grant's possession. Grant must deliver the tape to Collins' lawyer, Shawn Holley, who will keep it under lock and key for 10 years and only release it if there's a subpoena.
As for the rest of the settlement, it's pretty much a 50/50 split. As we previously reported the pot is worth around $14 million.
Stephen Collins and Faye Grant have settled one of the nastiest celebrity divorces in memory ... TMZ has learned.
Collins, Grant and their lawyers spent the last 4 days trying to hammer out the settlement, to avoid what was certain to be an ugly, public trial set for February 9th.
Both Collins and Grant were ready to address the audiotape in which Collins confesses to molesting and/or exposing himself to 3 young girls. Grant threatened to raise the issue because she didn't want her settlement compromised in case he got sued, and he says the tape has made him unemployable and therefore he should be socked with a big spousal support tab.
But they worked it out, down to who gets what furniture.