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George Jung Back in the Can After 2 Years of Freedom

12/8/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1207_George-Jung_TMZGeorge Jung, the guy Johnny Depp played in "Blow," is back in jail for violating his parole, but he's blaming it all on his manager.

Sources close to the infamous cocaine smuggler tell us George took a trip to San Diego to make a little cash for appearing at an event. We're told he couldn't get a hold of his parole officer, but Jung says his manager insisted it'd be okay ... since it was only a 4 hour work trip.

That wasn't the case. He was arrested Tuesday when he got home to Sacramento.

According to jail records ... George, who was released in 2014 after serving 20 years for running drugs, was booked in Sacramento County jail on Dec. 6. He's not eligible for bail, given his record, so he's still behind bars until his next court date.

Brad Pitt Therapists Won't Listen ... Threatens to Go Around Deal with Angelina

12/7/2016 3:43 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1207-brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-tmz-03Brad Pitt thinks he's getting the short end of the stick when it comes to his visitation time with his kids, and has a plan to change that -- but unfortunately for him, their child therapists don't agree.

Brad and Angelina Jolie's lawyers filed a series of emails for Wednesday morning's hearing. In one of them his attorney, Lance Spiegel, says despite Brad complying with every aspect of the child therapy process ... "the therapy team has ignored or disregarded issues that [Brad] has raised." He's not specific about the issues.

It's clear from the docs Brad is frustrated by the limited amount of time he gets with his 6 kids ... 1 visit per week. The issue is, Brad signed a temporary custody deal months ago in which he agreed -- along with Angelina -- they would both let the therapists call the shots.

The emails from Brad's attorney suggest he's trying to circumvent that deal. In fact, Spiegel says "Regardless of [the therapists'] views, there is no reason for Brad not to request court orders" for more access to the kids.

In late November, Brad's lawyer asked if Angelina would agree to the following schedule in December:

- one session with the twins (Knox and Vivienne)
- one session with the middle kids (Zahara and Shiloh)
- one session with the twins AND the middle kids
- one session with the older kids (Maddox and Pax)

The sessions would be monitored and 30-60 minutes long. Spiegel adds, if Maddox and Pax don't want to see him ... Brad wants an extra session with the other 4 kids.

Angelina's team turned down the offer. Her attorney, Laura Wasser, fired off a very firm response saying Brad's team is ignoring what therapists feel is best for the kids. She implores them to give the therapists a chance to "tell us how the kids are feeling." 

As we reported, Brad was shut down in his effort to keep the case sealed ... but it's now clear from these emails he's determined to spend more time with his brood, ASAP.

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Matt Barnes & DeMarcus Cousins Sued Over Nightclub Brawl 'Vicious and Unprovoked Attack'

12/7/2016 2:58 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins have just been SUED over the nightclub brawl at Avenue in NYC this week ... with the alleged victims claiming they were brutalized by the NBA stars. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... the Sacramento Kings teammates were involved in a violent altercation with two people at the VIP booth next to them around 3 AM on Dec. 5. 

According to the lawsuit filed in NYC, Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell claim they were innocently hanging out when Barnes approached Jasmine and began to choke her. 

In the suit, Powell says he saw the attack and tried to intervene but that's when Cousins stepped in and punched him in the face. 

At that point, Barnes allegedly released Jasmine's neck and elbowed her in the face -- knocking her unconscious. Myrone claims he was taken to the ground and Barnes and Cousins proceeded to kick and punch him in the head and body. 

The NYPD was called to the scene but Barnes and Cousins had left by the time they arrived. 

A rep for the alleged victims calls the incident a "vicious and unprovoked attack" And says Cousins' initial blow was a "blindside punch."

The rep also says the two were transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where they were treated for "serious injuries."

A rep for Barnes has previously told us that the NBA stars were the real victims -- who were attacked by the other clubgoers over an accidental bump in the VIP section. 

TMZ Sports obtained video of Barnes and Cousins in the moments after the fight -- rehashing their version of what happened inside.

Bobby Shmurda Less Jail Time On Table In Prison Shank Case

12/7/2016 2:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1207-Bobby-Shmurda-tmzBobby Shmurda's lawyer just pulled a legal rabbit out of the hat -- the rapper has a new opportunity to reduce his prison time. 

Shmurda was in court Tuesday with attorney Alex Spiro for allegedly getting caught with a shank behind bars. We're told prosecutors are offering Bobby the chance to plead guilty to a reduced charge of "attempted promoting prison contraband." If he does he could get 1 to 4 years.

Bobby's already serving 7 years for his murder conspiracy case, but if he takes the plea deal for the shank ... the sentence will run concurrently.

Sources close to Bobby say his friends, family and lawyers are all pushing him to take the deal. They're concerned because he's been a loose cannon in court lately.

One of Bobby's counterparts was sentenced to 98 years back in May ... so the possibility of him getting out in anything less than 10 is some damn good deal. Shmurda can think over his decision on the plea until a January 7 hearing.

We reached out to Spiro ... but he had no comment. 

Brad Pitt Judge Denies Emergency Sealing in Custody Case

12/7/2016 10:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1207-brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-tmz-02Brad Pitt's effort to seal his and Angelina Jolie's custody battle from the public was rejected by the judge Wednesday morning.

We broke the story ... Brad requested an emergency hearing to address locking down all the proceedings related to their war over their 6 kids. Lawyers for both sides marched into court, but the judge quickly denied Brad's request.  

His side has been fuming since Jolie filed their temporary custody arrangement in court last week -- a move Brad believes only served to air their dirty laundry in public and damage the children.

We're told Angelina felt it necessary to file the docs in order to have the court enforce the terms -- specifically the part about letting a therapist make the call on when Brad can start having unmonitored visits.

In docs, Angelina's lawyer says Brad's effort to seal the whole case isn't so much about protecting the children -- as his side has claimed -- but more about keeping his own actions hidden ... because it was "[Brad's] conduct at the center of the DCFS and FBI investigations."

Sources connected to the case tell us Brad has been trying to "push past the process." As one source put it, he was acting like a "celebrity who is used to getting whatever he wants" ... and after the DCFS investigation cleared him of criminal wrongdoing, what he wanted was to have solo time with the children. 

Our Brad sources deny he's made any effort to change the temporary custody deal.

We're told Angelina also wants the whole case to remain private -- as long as Brad sticks to the custody arrangement they both signed off on months ago.

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Russell Crowe D.A. Rejects Azealia Banks Case SHE Was On the Attack

12/7/2016 9:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1207-russell-crowe-tmz-01Russell Crowe will not be charged for bear-hugging Azealia Banks and removing her from his Beverly Hills Hotel suite ... the D.A. says his actions were justified because she was out of control.

According to the L.A. County D.A.'s Office ... several witnesses to the October incident said Azealia repeatedly used a racial epithet and was verbally aggressive to people in Crowe's room.

The witnesses also backed up what TMZ first reported ... that Azealia picked up a glass and threatened to use it to cut the throat of a guest. Azealia filed a police report after the incident claiming Russell choked her, called her the n-word and spit on her as he removed her from the suite. 

The D.A. concluded that Russell physically tossing her was "justified to prevent the imminent violence threatened by Banks." Russell also hired high powered attorney Shawn Holley to defend him against the allegations he said were false. As for the spitting ... the D.A. says it was "incidental to preventing more serious threatened violence."

For the record, a witness says the spit didn't hit Azealia anyway.

Kim, Khloe & Kourtney Crush Blac Chyna's Biz Dreams ... You'll Never Be One of Us

12/7/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1206-kardashian-sisters-kim-kourtney-khloe-block-blac-chyna-name-change-TMZ-01Just because Blac Chyna's marrying a Kardashian doesn't mean she can get in the club -- the Kardashian sisters are going to war to block her from cashing in on the family name.

According to docs obtained by TMZ ... Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney's companies are opposing Chyna's request to trademark "Angela Renee Kardashian" -- which she was trying to lock down for use while working in entertainment, and also on social media.

The mean girls sisters throw down the gauntlet in docs, saying if Chyna gets the trademark they'll "suffer damage including irreparable injury to their reputation and goodwill."

Translation: stay in your ex-stripper lane ... you're not one of us.

Make no mistake ... this is nasty. In the docs, they say Chyna is "deliberately seeking to profit from the goodwill and popularity" of the Kardashian name.

Merry Christmas to all!

Brad Pitt Angelina's Hurting Our Kids Moves to Seal Custody Documents

12/7/2016 5:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1002-brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-tmzBrad Pitt is going to court to keep his custody war with Angelina Jolie private, and sources connected with Brad say his motivation is to thwart her from further damaging their children by airing their dirty laundry in public.

Sources connected to the case tell TMZ ... Brad filed docs Tuesday in family court, requesting an emergency hearing. We're told he intends to ask the judge to seal all documents and proceedings related to his and Angelina's ongoing battle for custody of their 6 kids.

Several sources say Angelina filed the documents because she feared Brad was angling to change their temporary agreement so that he could have unmonitored visits with the children. We're told Angelina is relying on the family therapist, who says it's too early for Brad to have unmonitored visits -- but she does want him to have solo visits ... once the therapist signs off.

Sources connected with Brad, however, are calling BS ... saying the only document filed in the case is the one Angelina blasted out to the world ... exposing their 6 children to needless pain. Our Brad sources say there was no reason for Angelina to file a private agreement, and make it public other than to trash Brad and make the children collateral damage.

We're told he has made NO move to change the private agreement that was always meant to remain private -- and he feels by gratuitously making it public the way Jolie did ... it's evidence she's a bad parent.

Brad will get his shot within a few hours to argue the case should remain private. We're told the emergency hearing is slated for Wednesday morning.

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Shannen Doherty Husband's Turn to Sue Over Cancer ... You Ruined Our Love Life!

12/6/2016 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1206_shannen-doherty_Kurt-Iswarienko_instagramShannen Doherty's husband isn't ready to let her biz managers off the hook for her breast cancer diagnosis -- he's filed his own lawsuit, on the heels of Shannen settling hers.

Kurt Iswarienko says the managing team destroyed his sex life with Shannen. In his suit, he echoes what Shannen said in hers -- that Tanner Mainstain Glynn & Johnson let her health insurance policy lapse, and therefore delayed her diagnosis.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Kurt also claims the firm mismanaged his funds, and got him mixed up in bad loans over the years that ruined his credit.

TMZ broke the story -- Shannen and the managers reached a settlement of her $15 million lawsuit back in August. 

'Django Unchained' Actress Leaking Audio Was Unethical ... Commission Rules

12/6/2016 2:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1206_daniele-watts_jim_parker_brian_james_lucas_facebook-3The cop who cited a "Django Unchained" actress for having sex in public has been called out for leaking audio of the incident, and it's gonna cost him some dough.

The L.A. Ethics Commission ruled Tuesday former LAPD Sergeant Jim Parker broke city rules by releasing the audio to TMZ following the 2014 incident with Daniele Watts, who Parker busted for having sex with her BF in their car in broad daylight.

The Commission said Parker was sharing confidential info related to the case when he released it, so he'll now have to pay a $500 fine ... instead of the max $10,000 he was facing. 

1206_daniele-watts-scene-tmz-swipeYou'll recall ... when Parker and his partner responded to the scene, Watts played the race card big time. She later apologized to the officers, and pled no contest to the charges.

Drew Brees Arrives To Will Smith Murder Trial With Ex-Saints Teammates

12/6/2016 10:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1206-drew-brees-will-smith-GETTY-01Will Smith's ex-Saints teammates, including Drew Brees, are in the courtroom as proceedings began in his murder case.

Witness testimony in the second degree murder case against Cardell Hayes began Tuesday ... and Brees and Steve Gleason were on hand to see it.

FYI -- Smith was shot and killed on April 9th in New Orleans ... after an alleged road rage incident involving Hayes.

Another ex-Saint, Deuce McAllister, was also on hand, but was actually part of the trial ... being called as the state of Louisiana's first witness.

No word on whether or not either Brees or Gleason would be called as character witnesses for Smith ... as of now, they're just spectators.

Jay Z Check Out My Prince Sales Pitch ... That Failed

12/6/2016 11:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1206-launch-prince-jayz-getty-tmzPrince's estate just filed new docs in its lawsuit against Jay Z and it exposes something very few people get to see -- Jay Z the mogul, pitching his company in a big-time business deal. 

The estate is suing Jay Z's Roc Nation for streaming a ton of Prince's music on Tidal after his death in April. The new docs include a PowerPoint presentation that flaunts the Roc Nation empire's assets -- including music, sports, movies, concerts and more. It's actually incredibly impressive.

There's also a letter from Roc Nation's CEO to Bremer Trust -- the estate's administrator -- trying to persuade them to let Jay's company manage Prince's enormous catalog. As the CEO put it ... "[Prince] confided in and entrusted Mr. Carter and Roc Nation with his most prized possession, his creative expression. They spoke not just as respected businessmen, but as artists aligned in mission."

It sounds and looks great but as we've reported, the pitch fell on deaf ears. The estate turned down the offer and ended up suing over the streamed tunes.

Ronald Gasser Arrest Shooter Pointed Weapon at Naval Officer ... After Killing McKnight

12/6/2016 7:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The man who killed Joe McKnight got out of his car and pointed his weapon at a Navy officer who rushed to the scene to try to help ... cops say. 

Sheriff Newell Normand says they interviewed Ronald Gasser for more than 10 hours and spoke with more than 160 witnesses in the case. 

They believe after Gasser shot McKnight following a verbal altercation -- he got out of the car to see McKnight's body ... and was approached by a military officer. 

The Naval officer told Gasser to put his gun away because it was not in his best interest to shoot a Naval officer. 

The Naval officer and cops then tried to help McKnight -- but it was too late. 

Sheriff Normand says Gasser has insisted he was fearing for his life -- and that's why he pulled his weapon during the altercation.

However, the sheriff says ... "Suffice it to say that obviously, a lot of the independent witnesses have provided information that doesn't completely square up with Mr. Gasser's statement."

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