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Ex-49er Ray McDonald

Out of Work & Under Investigation ...

No Problem

15 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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If Ray McDonald is pissed off about getting cut from the San Francisco 49ers -- he did a bang up job of hiding it outside his attorney's office.

The defensive lineman let out a massive yawn as he strolled to his car after meeting his lawyer in San Jose today -- 2 days after he was named a suspect in an alleged rape investigation ... and subsequently 86'd by the Niners.

Ray's pretty chill -- especially for a guy facing his second criminal investigation in 6 months, and suddenly out of work.

Watch ... Ray's got a friend with him who says new information will be "coming out soon."  Unclear if he's talking about Ray's future in the NFL ... or the alleged rape case.

BOA

Celeb-Studded Restaurant

Robbed at Gunpoint

12/19/2014 12:47 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The famous, star-studded BOA restaurant in West Hollywood was boldly robbed early Friday morning ... TMZ has learned.

The restaurant was packed with celebs Thursday night. Just after closing at around 2 AM, as the managers were counting the receipts, 2 men came through the backdoor, pulled a gun and pointed it at a manager's head. The thieves grabbed the waitstaff's cash tips, and raided the restaurant's safe. 

We're told they took off with somewhere between $6,000 and $8,000. 

The gunmen are still on the loose.

Crisis Guru Judy Smith

Secret Adviser

In Sony Scandal

12/19/2014 10:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1219-judy-smith-getty-01Judy Smith -- the inspiration behind the Olivia Pope character on "Scandal" -- is on the case ... the Sony case, TMZ has learned.

Sources connected with the studio tell us ... Smith has been quietly advising Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal. We're told her focus is dealing with the torrent of criticism over the studio dropping "The Interview."

Smith runs Smith & Company, one of the premiere crisis management firms in the country.

Our sources tell us Smith has been especially helpful to Sony because of her deep contacts with the government, and she has been involved on both the D.C. and Hollywood fronts.

We're told Smith and other members of the Sony crisis team have been  behind some of the recent messaging ... that this is not just a Sony issue but an industry issue ... which takes some of the heat off Sony.

We're also told the crisis team is actually pleased with George Clooney's attack as it relates to creative and powerful people in the entire industry -- not just Sony -- taking a stand.

And we're told the crisis team is also pushing the message ... Sony's decision was in large part to protect the safety and welfare of its employees.

We're told the ultimate mission is to somehow contain the PR fallout and navigate a way forward.

It's not handled for sure, at least not yet, but Smith knows what's up.

Michael Phelps

Pleads Guilty to DUI

Gets Probation

12/19/2014 9:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1219-michael-phelps-nicole-getty-01update_graphic_red_bar10:50 AM PT -- Phelps must abstain from booze, and can't abusively use drugs. He'll have to submit to drug and alcohol testing ...at the discretion of his probation officer ... and attend self-help group meetings.

He will be allowed to travel out of state for training sessions.
update_grey_gray_barMichael Phelps showed up to a Baltimore court Friday morning where he pled guilty to driving under the influence.

Phelps was given a one-year suspended sentence and 18 months probation ... meaning if he screws up in the next 18 months, he goes behind bars for a year. 

The Olympic hero arrived with his mom, sister and girlfriend -- Miss California 2010 Nicole Johnson.

We broke the story... Phelps was busted on September 30 at 1:40 AM for DUI. His B.A.C. was nearly twice the legal limit.

He checked himself into rehab following the arrest.

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Stephen Collins

'I Am Not a Pedophile'

12/19/2014 6:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Stephen Collins says he's not a pedophile, but rather someone who had a "distortion" in his thinking. 

Collins told Katie Couric ... he does not fit the "clinical or dictionary definition" of a pedophile ... so concluded his therapist. That same therapist, Collins says, told him that if Collins really was a pedophile ... he would have repeated the misdeed way more than he did. 

Collins told Couric he has no attraction toward children and that the incident in 1973 -- where he made physical contact with one of the victims -- stopped him dead in his tracks ... saying, "It was the opposite of excitement or gratification."

TMZ spoke with that victim on Wednesday ... who feels Collins is downplaying the incident and doesn't buy his decision not to apologize to her.

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Soulja Boy

I Scored a Deal

For My Loaded Gun Case

12/19/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Soulja Boy DealSoulja Boy cut a deal Thursday ... but he wasn't signed to a new record label -- the rapper copped a plea in his loaded gun case ... and the gun in question will soon be history.

Soulja pled no contest Thursday to carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle ... in return, the possession charge was dropped.

Soulja was also sentenced to 24 months summary probation and 170 hours of community service.

As for the gun ... according to the deal it will be destroyed.

Case closed.

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Darren Sharper

Federal Charges for

Distributing Drugs to Rape Women

12/18/2014 4:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0227-darren-sharper-tmz2-3Former New Orleans Saints star Darren Sharper now faces federal charges for distributing prescription meds -- on top of the slew of charges he's already been hit with in multiple states.

Sharper was indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to distribute generic versions of Valium, Xanax, and Ambien ... with intent to commit rape between January 2010 and May 2014. He was also charged with 2 counts of actually distributing the drugs with intent to rape.

An Ex-sheriff's deputy in New Orleans, Brandon Licciardi, was hit with the same charges ... in addition to witness tampering and impeding an investigation.

Worth noting ... the indictment accuses Sharper of distributing drugs to women in New Orleans WHILE he was behind bars. He's been locked up in L.A. since Feb. 28, 2014 -- so it seems impossible he committed the alleged crimes in March, April or May of this year.

Rev. Al Sharpton

Meets with Amy Pascal

All Talk, Let's See Some Action

12/18/2014 2:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Al Sharpton is willing to give Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal a chance to prove she'll do the right thing for African Americans, but he says, "The proof is in the pudding and you don't know until you eat it."

Sharpton tells TMZ he met with Pascal for 90 minutes Thursday in NYC, and she admitted she was "wrong and silly" to engage producer Scott Rudin in speculation that Prez Obama only likes "black movies."

Sharpton says the head of the National Urban League was also on hand and told her they were "outraged" by her comments. She said it was "an isolated incident," but Sharpton retorted it was indicative of a bigger problem in Hollywood ... no blacks at the top.

The Rev says he's not calling for Amy's head, but he wants to see real action before making a final decision. The contrition is clearly not complete, because he says he and Amy will sit down for another chitchat next week.

Bobby Shmurda

'Driving Force' in Murderous Gang

Prosecutors Claim

12/18/2014 1:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Rapper Bobby Shmurda was a "driving force" in a gang that committed murders and other violent crimes ... this according to NY prosecutors.

Prosecutors from the NYC Special Narcotics Office just released their indictment, claiming more than 15 defendants committed a variety of crimes, including murder, attempted murder, assault and drug dealing. Bobby himself was charged with conspiracy to commit murder but not the murder itself and a few other weapon and drug charges.

Bobby -- who at one time called himself "Two Socks Bobby" -- is charged with firing a gun at a group of people outside a barber shop. Prosecutors say "socks" is code for firearms.

According to the indictment, members of the gang used other code words, including "suntan," which means shooting someone.  

The complaint says Bobby confessed to a fellow gang member, "You know I suntan him and shot, do issues, you know what's going on."

Prosecutors also say the ring dealt heavily in narcotics, with a pattern of violence that spread from Brooklyn to South Beach, Florida.

The D.A. says the violence was so prevalent, it turned Brooklyn into a shooting gallery.

Bobby pled not guilty to all charges Thursday in NYC.  He's being held on $2 million bail.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Everybody Was Peeing

... So I Peed Too!

12/18/2014 11:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1218-floyd-mayweather-tmz-01Floyd Mayweather Jr. only made his run to the restroom after other people in his crew did ... and Floyd believes he only got singled out because he is Floyd Mayweather Jr. 

As TMZ first reported, Floyd got into it with a woman -- to the point where she called police -- after she tried to stop him from using a restroom Wednesday night at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. The woman claimed Floyd called her a bitch, but ultimately police did nothing.

According to our sources, Floyd didn't think it was a big deal when he used the restroom ... because he wasn't the first one to use it -- other people went in before him.

We're told Floyd believes the woman only gave him a hard time because he's famous ... and if anyone had a terrible attitude during their exchange ... it was her.

Our sources say Floyd was shocked that the woman called the cops over the whole thing, especially considering he walked out with about 10 bags worth of stuff.

Apparently none of those bags contained his bathroom pass.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Got Pissy Over Bathroom Incident

... Woman Alleges

12/18/2014 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1218-floyd-mayweather-jr-tmz-02A woman in NYC tried to stop Floyd Mayweather Jr. from going #1 ... then dialed 911 to complain the boxing champ got aggressive with her -- but we've learned she's got zero case.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports the barely alleged atrocity went down inside Saks Fifth Ave in NYC Wednesday night where Floyd was doing some holiday shopping. We're told he decided to go to the bathroom, but because there was a private event on that floor of the store -- a woman blocked him from entering the restroom.

Let's face it ... Floyd's quicker than the average bathroom attendant -- and was able to dip past the woman to get inside and get some relief.

According to our sources ... the woman immediately called cops to report Floyd for "calling her a bitch." Police took down a harassment report, but since the alleged offense didn't happen in front of an officer ... she's SOL. Case closed.

So, the winner -- by unanimous decision -- Floyd's bladder.

'Real Housewife' Phaedra Parks

Me and the Kids Are Going

To the Big House For XMAS!

12/18/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Phaedra Parks Visiting Apollo Nida Prison"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Phaedra Parks says she's going to prison for the holidays, and she may be bringing her kids.

Phaedra's hubby Apollo Nida is serving an 8 year sentence for money laundering and check fraud, and it looked like it would be the loneliest of times because Phaedra said she would NOT visit him.

But she's softened for the holidays, and now says her and the kids will probably go on a field trip to the big house.

And check this out ... even though she's said she'll divorce Apollo, she's still wearing the ring.

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Bobby Shmurda

Arrested in Sting

Involving Drugs and Shootings

12/17/2014 11:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0828-bobby-shmurda-tmz-01Rapper Bobby Shmurda was arrested Tuesday night during a sting involving multiple shootings and drug trafficking ... TMZ has confirmed.

The indictment is sealed and the specific charges have not been disclosed, but we know it's part of a long-term investigation conducted by the NYPD and a special narcotics prosecutor.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... Shmurda was under surveillance by police and was arrested while he sat in a car outside a NYC recording studio.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday. 

Shumurda was arrested in October for smoking a joint with two friends while double parked on a Brooklyn street ... and in June for possession of a weapon.



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