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Kelly Price

Cops Need To Take A Hard Look At Nick Gordon

8/2/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kelly Price, one of Whitney Houston’s longtime pals and collaborator on the Grammy-nominated “Heartbreak Hotel,” thinks Nick Gordon is worthy of suspect status in Bobbi Kristina's death.

Price was at LAX on her way to BK’s funeral, or rather “home going” -- she explains it in the video – when our photog asked her thoughts on Nick's possible involvement.

Price was extremely tight with Bobbi Kristina and her late mom … Whitney’s last performance was at Price’s annual pre-Grammy bash. 

Price wants closure for BK, but has her own idea on how investigators should handle it.

Jared Fogle

FBI Reportedly Has Texts

Bragging About Sex With 16-Year-Old

8/1/2015 7:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Jared Fogle reportedly paid $100 to have sex with a 16-year-old girl ... an encounter he called "amazing."

The FBI has subpoenaed text messages between Jared and a Subway employee with whom he was having a sexual relationship, according to Business Insider, which broke the story.

According to the report, in 2008 Jared wanted the woman to advertise herself on Craigslist to have sex with other men so he could watch.  He allegedly said he'd pay $500 per encounter.   Business Insider says the woman responded, "Is this the same website you found that 16-year-old girl that you f*****?  I still can't believe you only paid $100 to her."

The report says Jared responded, "It was amazing!!!"

The woman says she went to Subway to complain, but the company did nothing.

Fogle's attorney did not respond to Business Insider. 

Meek Mill

WWE Pissed Off

Over Undertaker Entrance Song on Diss Track

8/1/2015 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0801-meek-taker-wwe-tmz-getty-01Meek Mill can't get a break this week ... after getting trashed for his tepid Drake diss song, he's now in the crosshairs of of The Undertaker over the wrestler's famous ring entrance song.

Meek sampled The Taker's signature bells in the diss track, and the WWE is not amused.  A spokesperson tells TMZ, "WWE takes its intellectual property rights very seriously, and we're looking into the matter."

The timing is sure bad ... the WWE is in no mood for clowning, given the tragic death of Rowdy Roddy Piper.

Snoop Dogg

Busted In Italy

Carrying Too Much Cash

8/1/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0801-snoop-dogg-italy-flag-tmz-getty-02Snoop Dogg found himself in some hot water with Italian Customs agents after facing a problem most people wish they could have ... he was carrying too much money.

Reports say that Snoop was stopped at an Italian airport with approximately $422,000 in cash ... WAY more than the $10K you can move across European borders without claiming.

Half of the money was impounded but in most cases it's returned after fines.

Snoop hasn't had the best of luck in Europe ... he was arrested after officers suspected he was under the influence of pot in Sweden last week.

Mo' Money, Mo' problems.  

Luis Miguel

Sued by Pap Over

Alleged Airport Beatdown

7/31/2015 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731_Luis-Miguel-Gallego-Basteri-gettyLuis Miguel is being sued by a photog who claims the Latin legend's bodyguard beat him up ... at the singer's direction. 

Tony Echevarria claims he was filming Miguel on April 19 when the singer's bodyguard pushed him to the ground and battered him. 

The pap says the bodyguard was instructed by Miguel to attack any pap who tried taking his pic. 

Echevarria isn't saying how much he wants ... but we're guessing it's a lot.

Dr. Walter Palmer

Surfaces and Contacts U.S. Investigators

7/31/2015 9:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731-walter-palmer-dentistDr. Walter Palmer -- the dentist who gunned down Cecil the Lion -- has resurfaced and contacted authorities after days of hiding ... TMZ has learned. 

Officials for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tell us a rep for Dr. Palmer contacted them late Thursday.

We're told Dr. Palmer is cooperating with the investigation into Cecil's death, which focuses on an international law governing hunters who move their trophies from one country to another. 

Fish and Wildlife have been looking to speak with Dr. Palmer as it conducts its investigation into the killing of Cecil. The U.S. Dept. of Justice is also investigating. 

Zimbabwe officials have already said they want to extradite the dentist to face criminal charges in their country. 

Cecil the Lion

Zimbabwe Says Dentist's a Criminal

Extradition Already in Play

7/31/2015 3:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0730-cecil-palmer-ap-facebook-4The other shoe has dropped ... Zimbabwe officials say the dentist who killed Cecil violated criminal laws in the barbaric hunt and have started the process to get him extradited from the U.S. to the scene of the crime.  

The Environment, Water and Climate Minister says, "We want him tried in Zimbabwe because he violated our laws. Police should take the first step to approach the prosecutor general who will approach the Americans."

The Minister says Dr. Palmer of "a well-orchestrated agenda which would tarnish the image of Zimbabwe and further strain the relationship between Zimbabwe and the USA." 

As for the laws that the Minister says were violated ... the law that controls the use of a bow and arrow and financing an illegal hunt. 

The extradition process in Zimbabwe begins with police going to the prosecutor general who then contacts American authorities.

Taryn Manning

Sues Filmmaker

She Treats Me Like Trailer Trash

7/31/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0730-taryn-manning-tmz-01"OITNB" star Taryn Manning is clearly pissed at her former film collaborator over a movie that has languished for years, even though she's the biggest star by far in the flick.

Taryn's filed suit against Cline Mayo, who was working with her since 2007 to get her film "Droppers" made. Taryn was slated to star in the movie and a trailer was finally cut this past February. 

But something happened between the 2, because Taryn says their partnership abruptly ended, even though she says she worked tirelessly on the project, funding the trailer and creating the "look, feel, and scenario."

It seems Taryn's lawsuit is a preemptive strike, because she says Mayo is about to sue her for copyright infringement.  

According to Taryn's lawyer, "Ms. Manning simply wants to set the record straight - she did not engage in any form of copyright infringement and Ms. Mayo does not even have a valid claim to the sole copyright ownership of 'Droppers.'"

Taryn wants the judge to hold the Mayo ... accountable.

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NFL Coach Aaron Kromer

Pleads NOT GUILTY

In Alleged Kid Beatdown

7/30/2015 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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730_Aaron-Kromer_gettyBuffalo Bills lineman coach Aaron Kromer just plead NOT GUILTY to beating up a young boy at a Florida beach earlier this month. 

As we previously reported, Kromer was arrested for allegedly confronting a group of kids at a beach and accusing them of taking his beach chairs. 

Kromer allegedly pushed one of the kids to the ground and punched him in the face -- and then threatened to kill their families if they told anyone about the incident.  

Kromer and his son were charged with misdemeanor batteryHis son also plead not guilty. 

Kromer has since been suspended from the Bills indefinitely -- though they've already hired a replacement coach to fill in his spot. 

James Woods

Suing Twitter Troll

... for $10 Million!!!

7/30/2015 8:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0730-james-woods-tmz-01James Woods is suing a guy for something every celebrity has to deal with every day -- someone talking trash on Twitter ... and he's gunning for $10 million.

Woods is going after a guy who goes by the name of Abe List. Woods claims List trashed his good name several times -- with tweets calling him a "prick," "joke," "scum," "clown-boy" ... but crossed the line when he accused the star of being a "cocaine addict." 

It's worth noting ... List has a paltry 2,274 followers, but Woods claims his 238,932 could have seen the tweet as well. 

Woods claims his reputation was damaged to the tune of $10 mil. 

Meredith Vieira

I Feel Bad for Cecil the Lion

... And His Killer

7/30/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Meredith Vieira's heart breaks for Cecil the Lion, but she believes the bloodlust for his killer has gone too far.

Vieira was leaving Craig's Wednesday night when she told our photog she feels if Dr. Walter Palmer acted legally (as he claims) then he deserves to be left alone. 

As TMZ first reported, things are so bad for Dr. Palmer ... police in his hometown of Eden Prairie, MN have begun doing regular checks on his home and neighborhood ... even though he hasn't requested it. 

'Law & Order' Director

Busted For Child Pornography

7/30/2015 6:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0730-jason-alexander-mugshotJason “Jace” Alexander spent a decade directing "Law & Order" but Wednesday he was living out an episode when he was popped on child pornography charges. 

Alexander was charged with two felonies -- possessing and sharing illegal and obscene performances of sexual conduct by children under the age of 17. 

He was nabbed after an investigator downloaded child pornography off the internet and traced the file’s IP address back to Alexander’s address in New York. 

Cops searched Alexander’s home and say they found computers and external hard drives stocked with files of minors engaged in child pornography.

His bail is set at $10k. He faces 7 years if convicted.

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Tyga

I Don't Owe Rent ...

I'm Buyin' the Damn House!!!

7/30/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0729-tyga-tmz-01Tyga says the eviction lawsuit his landlord filed against him is bogus, because he's NOT a renter ... he's a homebuyer ... and if he's right it's the most screwed up home purchase ever.

According to Tyga, he plunked $200,000 down on the Calabasas mansion a full year ago and the landlord told him he could move in during escrow, without paying any rent.

If that makes no sense, get this. Tyga says the escrow was supposed to close many months ago, but didn't because the seller didn't provide Tyga's bank with info that would allow the loan to be processed.

The landlord begs to differ, and says Tyga is a squatta. 

His lawyer, Lee Hutton, tells TMZ, "We evidently live in a world where a man's word is no longer your bond."

And that reinforces the age-old maxim ... get it in writing.

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