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The Game

He Threatened to Shoot Me

Hoops KO Was Self Defense [VIDEO]

3/31/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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TMZ obtained video of The Game unloading a punch on an opposing player during a pick-up basketball game -- but we're told the guy threatened to unload a gun in Game's ass before the fight.

Sources connected to Game tell us the rapper says the punchee started things by throwing an elbow at Game ... who responded by elbowing him right back. Then it got really heated -- Game claims the guy said don't make me go to my gym bag because ... "I got that thing."

The clear hint was the guy had a gun.

What happened next was a case of punch or be punched -- we're told Game is saying the guy raised his fist first, and that's when Game threw his Tyson-tatted right hand

The video doesn't appear to back up Game's claim about the guy being first to make a fist.

Game denies making any death threats as the victim claimed to cops. Police are still investigating.

'Jerry Springer' Producer

Cops Believe Sister's Death Wasn't Suicide

It Was Murder

3/31/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Jerry Springer" producer Jill Blackstone did not carry out her sister's wish to end her life -- she murdered her ... at least that's what law enforcement now believes.

Our law enforcement sources say Wendy Blackstone -- who was deaf and partially blind -- did not want to end her life. During the initial stage of the investigation we're told cops thought this might have been a double suicide plan where Jill backed out at the last minute, but now they believe it's simple murder.

TMZ broke the story ... Wendy was found dead in their garage and Jill had severe carbon monoxide poisoning from a lit barbecue in their closed garage. We're now told in addition to the coals under the grill, there was a metal trash can filled with charcoal which had also burned.

Cops determined early on ... the suicide note found in Wendy's hand was not written by her ... they believe Jill wrote it.

Blackstone was arrested for murder earlier this month but the D.A. felt there wasn't enough evidence to make a case, so prosecutors sent it back to the LAPD for further investigation. In the meantime, Jill remains free.

But now we're told ... after more probing, the cops firmly believe it was murder.

Robin Williams

Judge Tells Widow & Kids

Squash Property Beef Out of Court

3/30/2015 3:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Robin Williams' children and his widow have 11 days to settle their war over his personal items ... before a judge weighs in on the dispute.

During a hearing in San Francisco today ... the judge urged both parties to meet outside court -- possibly with a mediator -- to figure out who gets what.

In December, Susan Williams filed docs ... claiming a bunch of Robin's possessions -- including the tuxedo he wore at their wedding -- had been removed from their home. Robin's kids countered that Susan was trying to rob them of items like awards, watches, and photos that Robin wanted them to have. 

The judge gave them an April 10 deadline.

The attorney for the Williams estate tells TMZ ... Robin was intensely private and would not want this playing out in public -- but now it has to, since Susan took legal action. He added ... no one has removed a single item from Robin and Susan's home. 

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Aaron Hernandez's Fiancee

He Cheated on Me

... And I Let It Go!

3/30/2015 10:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Aaron Hernandez essentially had a hall pass to cheat on his fiancée whenever he pleased ... because she says she knew all about it ... but decided to look the other way.  

Shayanna Jenkins testified for the second day at Hernandez's murder trial where he stands accused of killing Odin Lloyd back in 2013. 

Jenkins testified that she broke things off with Hernandez after she found evidence that he was banging other chicks on his cell phone. But Jenkins says she got back with Hernandez anyway because their bond was too strong.

After they reconciled, Jenkins says she decided to "compromise on his behavior, and that included infidelity and everything that came along with that."

Jenkins also testified to throwing away a box at the behest of Hernandez the day after Lloyd was killed. Jenkins says she does not know what was in the box and never looked inside.

Dog the Bounty Hunter

In Dogfight Over Fugitive's Arrest

3/30/2015 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0330-dog-bounty-tmz-01Dog the Bounty Hunter is so into dogs, he allegedly tried to buy one off a fugitive ... while his cohorts were kicking in the guy's front door to haul his ass off to jail ... but Dog's lawyer says the fugitive is lying about him wanting to buying the pooch.

Dog's latest catch, James Hawkins tells TMZ ... he was arrested earlier this month at his Texas home, and as he was cuffed he claims Dog immediately locked eyes with his great dane -- and whipped out $1,000 cash to take it away.

Hawkins was pissed, and told Dog to lay off Duke -- a 7-year-old, 200 lb. pooch. He says Duke doesn't need to be rescued by DBH or anyone else.

Dog's lawyer, Marty Singer, tells TMZ his client NEVER tried to buy Duke ... never offered him a cent for the animal.  

Hawkins -- who was wanted for failing to pay bond on a previous arrest -- is considering suing Dog for trespassing ... and forcing him to sign release papers for the reality show. 

Meanwhile, Hawkins' fam didn't seem offended -- they all posed for pics with Beth Chapman while Dog was busting dear ole dad.

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Boxer Jermain Taylor

I'm No Terrorist

Pleads Not Guilty In Gun Incident

3/30/2015 8:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0330-jermain-taylor-instagramBoxing superstar Jermain Taylor just appeared in court ... and said he's NOT GUILTY of assault and making terroristic threats at a Martin Luther King Jr. day parade back in January. 

As we previously reported, Taylor was arrested in Arkansas after he allegedly pulled a gun on a married couple and their 3 young children ... and fired two shots in a rage ... after one of the children dropped his championship belt. 

Taylor was charged with 5 counts of aggravated assault, 1 count of making a terroristic threat and 1 count of possession of a controlled substance. 

Taylor -- who's currently in a court-ordered substance abuse program -- also asked the court if he could be allowed out of the program once a week to handle personal and professional issues ... but the judge denied his request. 

A trial date has been set for September 15th. 

The Game

Accused of Unleashing Tyson

In Hollywood Basketbrawl

3/30/2015 7:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0330-the-game-tmz-01Well, that didn't take long -- one week after The Game got Mike Tyson tatted on his hand ... he allegedly decked someone so hard during a basketball game ... police were called to the scene.  

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Game was playing in a Pro-Am game Sunday at Hollywood High School when he got into a heated argument with another player. We're told the player says Game threatened to kill him, punched him in the face and took off. 

Officers responded and the alleged victim filed a report. Police are investigating the incident as a battery. 

We've reached out to Game ... no word back. Ditto for Tyson.

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Harvey Weinstein

Questioned for Allegedly Groping Woman

3/30/2015 9:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is accused of groping a 22-year-old woman during a meeting over the weekend ... and NYPD officers have already questioned him.

The co-chairman of The Weinstein Company met with the woman -- an Italian model -- at the Tribeca Film Center, and she told police he grabbed her breasts and touched her thigh. According to a NY Post source ... Weinstein asked her if her breasts were real.

The woman reported the alleged "casting couch" incident to police immediately after leaving the meeting.

The D.A. will now decide whether to file charges. We've reached out to Weinstein for comment, but haven't heard back.

Vanilla Ice

He Can Now Buy the House

He Allegedly Looted ... Legally

3/30/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0327_vanilla_ice_home_launchVanilla Ice can try to unscramble the proverbial egg by buying the house he allegedly burglarized, because it's on the market.

You'll recall ... Ice was arrested for felony grand theft after allegedly looting the joint and taking furniture, a pool heater, bicycles and other stuff. Ice told cops he thought the stuff was fair game because it was on the curb.  

The stuff was returned, and now the owner has put the Lantana, FL house on the market for $1.6 mil. 

Here's the rub. You can't rob a bank, return the money and just call it a day. Ice is expected to be formally charged with the crimes next month.

R. Kelly Sued

I Believe He Can Pay

For Backing Out Of Show

3/29/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0327-r-kelly-tmz-01R. Kelly pissed off a concert promoter by pulling out of an upcoming show, and stiffing the guy on his hefty deposit ... this according to the promoter who just hit Kelly with a Texas-sized lawsuit.

Darryl Austin says he hand delivered a $100k deposit to Kelly's team in January for him to headline an April concert in Dallas. According to the docs ... when February rolled around R. Kelly's rep played dumb and claimed to know nothing about the show.

Austin says the real insult came when the self-proclaimed Pied Piper of R&B returned the deposit ... $30,000 SHORT!! 

Austin wants the court to either force Kelly to do the show ... or pay back the dough.

Justin Bieber

Sued for Allegedly Smacking Limo Driver

3/28/2015 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0328-justin-bieber-tmz-01Justin Bieber has been sued by a limo driver who claims Bieber smacked him in the head 6 times because the guy wouldn't crank up the volume on the radio ... but the driver has a problem, and its all about race.

Abdul Mohar wants $850K from the Biebs for the December, 2013 incident in Toronto ... according to the Toronto Star.  Bieber and his gang were in the back of the limo when the the driver claims he was repeatedly struck.

Bieber was criminally charged with the incident.  You may recall the insane scene when Bieber turned himself in.  Ultimately prosecutors dropped the case because they were pretty sure they couldn't get a conviction.

Here's Mr. Mohar's problem ... when he called 911 he reportedly told the dispatcher his assailant was black.   When cops arrived the driver changed his tune, saying the smacker "looked like a Justin Bieber kind of guy."

Advantage Biebs?

OT Genasis

I'm NOT in Love with the Popo

3/28/2015 7:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0328-ot-genasis-tmz-02OT Genasis got busted in L.A., but not for what you think.

The dude who has drug abusers and clean folk alike singing "I'm in Love with the Coco" was pulled over Wednesday night for blowing a red. Cops ran his license and, voila ... 2 arrest warrants.

We're told the warrants were for traffic violations, so he was taken to the station and booked.

The good news ... OT seems to be making bank off his song.  He has Tahoe money, and a new one at that.

Rich Homie Quan

Dramatic Boat Escape

... Is a Lie!!!!!!

3/28/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0326_rich_homie_quan_gettyThere is no Santa Claus, aliens aren't real and Rich Homie Quan did NOT escape in a speedboat from the scene of an alleged assault ... so yeah, everything you've ever believed is pretty much a lie. 

RHQ is still a wanted man in Miami Beach, FL for allegedly decking a security guard who didn't let him into a club. According to the police report, Quan "fled east towards the dock where he boarded a boat in Dock 14 and took off." 

But people who were on the boat tell TMZ, that didn't happen. We're told RHQ did indeed board a yacht ... but that he partied there for at least an hour, in plain view, before taking off.  

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No arrests have been made, but the bodyguard isn't waiting around ... he's already filed a lawsuit against RHQ.

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