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Kodak Black Guilty of Hitting Strip Club ... Facing Serious Jail Time

4/26/2017 4:50 PM PDT
Breaking News

Kodak Black was just found guilty of violating house arrest by hitting up, among other places, a strip club, and could cost him hard time in prison.

Judge Thomas Lynch slapped the rapper with 5 guilty verdicts Wednesday in a Fort Lauderdale courtroom -- finding he'd clearly ventured out of his home without approval from his probation officer.

There was some good news -- the 19-year-old rapper was found not guilty of a battery. He was accused of hitting a bartender in the strip joint. Still, being in the club was bad enough.

Kodak will be sentenced next month, and prosecutors are pushing for the max, 8 years in prison.

Might be a while before his fans hear new music from Kodak. Enjoy ...


Madonna's Obsessed Fan 9/11 Trial Start Doesn't Work! I'm a Retired Firefighter

4/26/2017 3:41 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Madonna's obsessed fan is ready to take New York City and its cops to court for an alleged beatdown, but he's not down to do so on 9/11 ... out of respect for his fellow firefighters.

Robert Linhart's suing the city, claiming NYPD officers roughed him up while arresting him in 2010 outside Madonna's home. On Tuesday, the court scheduled the trial to start on September 11.

Linhart and his attorney, Pete Gleason, are pissed because they're both retired members of FDNY. Gleason tells TMZ lower Manhattan courts should be closed on 9/11 in remembrance of officers who died responding to the World Trade Center.

They are petitioning the court to move the start date, ASAP.

As we reported ... Linhart was seeking a $5 mil settlement from NYC to make his lawsuit go away. City attorneys balked at that figure.

Kevin Gates Gets 30 Months for Gun Charge

4/26/2017 12:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

2:29 PM PT -- Kevin's attorney, Herschel Rush, tells TMZ the rapper's charges carried a maximum of 10 years in prison so "we are very pleased with the result of 30 months."

Rapper Kevin Gates finally knows his fate in his gun case -- he's going to prison for 30 months.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office in Illinois says Kevin appeared in court Wednesday and pled guilty to his original charge of felony gun possession. Remember, the outstanding weapons-related warrant popped up the same day he completed his sentence in Florida for kicking a woman in the face at one of his shows.

The warrant was issued because Kevin failed to appear in court for the 2013 gun case.

We're told Kevin, who has been in jail since March 30, will be transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Justin Bieber Former Neighbors Claim Singer Committed Hate Crime Against Jews

4/26/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

10:40 AM PST -- A judge just ruled in favor of JB, saying the anti-Semitic comments hurled during the egging don't qualify as a hate crime against Bieber because he didn't make the comments, his bodyguard did. His attorney, Jeremiah Reynolds, says, "It is unfortunate that the Schwartzs were trying to exploit hate crime laws for personal gain. We are glad the judge denied their motion to plead these claims."Justin Bieber's former neighbors -- the ones whose house he egged -- claim the singer committed a hate crime by hurling anti-Semitic comments their way, but even they admit it was not the Biebs who made the comments.

Jeffrey and Suzanne Schwartz have gone after Bieber for years after the infamous 2014 egging, for which Bieber was prosecuted. They got $80k from the singer for repairs to their home, but that wasn't enough. Jeffrey claims Bieber ruined his car sales business with all the publicity surrounding the feud.

They filed suit claiming emotional distress and loss of income, but now they've upped the ante by alleging a campaign of terror was waged against them. In the new docs, lawyers for the Schwartzes say, "Threatening a man with body harm while calling him a 'little Jew boy' and intimidating him with 'what are you going to do about it, Jew boy?' is a hate crime."

Bieber's lawyers say it's preposterous. The Schwartzes have admitted in legal docs the statements were allegedly made by Bieber's bodyguard and the singer never uttered such words.

The reason a hate crime is significant ... it ups the stakes in damages they can collect.

Bill Cosby's Daughter Eat Crow, Media ... My Dad's No Rapist!

4/26/2017 7:31 AM PDT
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Evin Cosby insists her father is not violent, respects women and absolutely is NOT a rapist -- and she thinks it's time for the media to admit it, now that Bill Cosby's scored a few legal victories.

Cosby's daughter feels there's been a national witch hunt, saying ... "When people are so quick to cast hate and make accusations of horrific violence against my dad, they are callous in their carelessness about the harm they are causing to others."

In a letter to The Hollywood Reporter, Evin continued ... "We are told that we have fundamental rights to be innocent until proven guilty. But, if enough people think you are a bad person, you are branded a bad person and the media just reinforces that."

She feels the justice system is beginning to prove her right. In recent months, 3 accusers' lawsuits for emotional distress were dismissed, and so was a defamation case against him for saying another accuser was lying.

Cosby is still facing the criminal trial for allegedly sexually assaulting Andrea Constand. Still, Evin believes, "He loves and respects women. He is not abusive, violent or a rapist."

She's also supremely confident, adding ... "I am pleased that finally we are seeing the whole picture and seeing cases and claims dismissed from court. I just hope that those who pre-judged my dad are now willing to admit that they were wrong."

Mel B's Ex-Nanny Drama, Schrama ... It's All Just a Walk in the Park

4/26/2017 6:58 AM PDT

Mel B's ex-nanny is enjoying a new kinda 3-way these days ... leisurely sauntering with her boo and pooch in the midst of a nasty legal war.

Lorraine Gilles and her man, Michael Bleau, walked her dog, Django, Tuesday at a park in Woodland Hills, CA -- showing zero stress from the defamation lawsuit she's launched against Mel for accusing Lorraine of having an affair with Stephen Belafonte. Not to mention, allegedly getting pregnant by him and having an abortion.

Drama ... it does the body good.

Katherine Jackson Elder Abuse Case Against Trent Thrown Out

4/25/2017 3:16 PM PDT
Breaking News

Katherine Jackson just got shot down by a judge in her bid to get a restraining order against nephew Trent Jackson on grounds he abused her and stole from her.

The judge just booted the case after Katherine's lawyers essentially threw themselves at the mercy of the court, claiming their client was unprepared to go forward. The lawyers asked the judge if the case could be dismissed "without prejudice," meaning it could be refiled. The lawyers also said Katherine never realized this would turn into a full-blown trial. 

The judge said today was judgment day, and if she wasn't ready it's case closed forever.

What's interesting ... Katherine has been MIA from almost everyone -- she hasn't even seen her grandchildren since January and she's the one with legal guardianship.

Trent and other members of the family believe Katherine is being manipulated by some of Michael's brothers and sisters so they could gain some control over the MJ Estate.  

Katherine filed a declaration for the temporary restraining order in which she made shocking claims against Trent, but Trent and others think she had no idea what she was signing if she signed at all.

Katt Williams Assault with a Deadly Weapon Case Dismissed

4/25/2017 2:26 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Katt Williams just got a big break -- the result of a plea deal -- his felony assault with a deadly weapon case has been dismissed.

Katt's lawyer, Shawn Holley, was in court Tuesday when the judge threw out the case involving an altercation at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood back in 2014, when Katt drew a gun on a guy after his set. The alleged victim was someone trying to film Katt for a documentary.

Turns out ... the dismissal is tied to a plea deal Katt struck last week, when he pled no contest to robbery in an unrelated case. You may recall ... around the same time as The Comedy Store incident, Katt was in Beverly Hills with Suge Knight when a photog tried taking pics of Suge's son.

Katt grabbed the camera from the photog, then almost immediately handed it over to one of Suge's bodyguards so he could remove the memory card.

The comedian pled no contest to the robbery and received 3 years probation and was ordered to attend 54 weeks of anger management.

So, cases closed.

Malia Obama Fan Who Popped Question Off The Hook in Arrest

4/25/2017 1:31 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Malia Obama's obsessed fan kept his distance from her, and that's saving his ass from being charged with a crime ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops were considering booking Jair Nilton Cardoso for stalking and harassment, but ultimately decided his failed attempts to get close to the former first daughter didn't rise to the level of a crime.

As we reported ... the 30-year-old man was detained after showing up to Malia's Weinstein Company office with a sign that read, "Will you marry me?". We're told cops say Cardoso never posed a verbal or physical threat because he never got any closer than standing outside the office.

We're told Cardoso was taken to a NYC hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Cops Called to Home By Man Claiming Burglary

4/25/2017 12:34 PM PDT
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy got a visit from cops at his house early Tuesday morning thanks to a guy who called claiming he lived there ... and suspected a break-in. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the police were called out to the home of Maksim and his wife, Peta Murgatroyd, around 2 AM after a man phoned in to report a possible burglary.

We're told the man claimed people were in HIS house. When cops arrived the man was outside and Maksim was inside. The 'DWTS' pro showed police proof he's renting the place -- but the man who called cops had no proof he owns it.

Sources tell us cops have gotten this same call before from the same guy. Officers warned him this time he'd be arrested for trespassing if he tried it again, and he left without incident. 

The situation shook up Maksim enough for him to miss an appearance after being eliminated from 'DWTS' Monday night.

Model Jeremy Meeks I'd Go Back to UK ... If They'd Have Me

4/25/2017 1:04 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Hot Felon"-turned-model Jeremy Meeks isn't gonna let one little deportation stop him from getting into the United Kingdom ... in the future, anyway.

We got Meeks at LAX Tuesday, a day after authorities blocked him from leaving Heathrow Airport. He had a bunch of modeling gigs lined up -- his manager and wife got through -- but Meeks' old rap sheet came back to haunt him.

The Brits are notoriously hardcore about blocking people with convictions -- Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes and many other entertainers have been denied entry in the past.  

At least Jeremy's in good company, and he told us there's no hard feelings with customs agents.

Chris Soules Makes Quiet First Impression on Judge

4/25/2017 10:56 AM PDT
Breaking News

Chris Soules was soft-spoken during his first appearance in front of the judge on his case.

Soules was in Buchanan County Court Tuesday morning -- the judge had to instruct him to speak louder, so the court recorder could actually hear him. KWWL was in court for the hearing.

The ex-'Bachelor' star was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death.

As we reported ... Soules was arrested for driving into the back of a John Deere tractor on the road Monday evening. The tractor flipped over, killing 66-year-old Kenny Mosher ... a local farmer.

Soules posted his $10,000 bond after court and was released. His rep says Chris "was devastated to learn that Kenneth Mosher passed away. His thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Mosher's family."

NFL Prospect Gareon Conley Accused of Rape ... Denies Allegations

4/25/2017 9:52 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Gareon Conley -- a projected 1st round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft -- has been named in a police report by a woman who claims he raped her in a Cleveland hotel but he adamantly DENIES the allegations.

The 21-year-old was a superstar cornerback at Ohio State University and draft experts say he could be taken as high as #10 in the draft on Thursday.

But according to a police report filed in Cleveland, and obtained by TMZ Sports, a 23-year-old white female told police Conley violated her in a hotel suite bathroom at a Westin hotel on April 9.

According to the report, the accuser says she met Conley in a hotel elevator around 3AM and brought her back to his hotel room. She claims Conley asked her to have a foursome with another friend of his and a woman. The accuser says she declined and offered to watch the other couple have sex in the hotel room bathroom instead.

A short time later, the woman says Conley unbuttoned her pants and began to have sex with her. She claims she said, "No, stop, it hurts!" but he kept going until he finished. She says Conley then kicked her out of the hotel room.

The woman called 911 and described her assailant as a "black male who wouldn't take his sunglasses off and had an Ohio State tattoo on his left forearm."

The woman says she went to a local hospital where a rape kit was administered.

An officer tried to speak with the accuser at the hospital but she refused to do an interview. Instead, she told the cop she wanted to go home and "that her dignity was stripped from her in a matter of minutes." She refused to speak to cops after that.

As for Conley, two of his friends who were in the hotel room were interviewed by police and told cops Conley never hooked up with the woman and that she was just mad that she got kicked out of the room.

One of Conley's friends said the two had been lying on the bed together "but nothing happened."

Conley was not in the room when police arrived and his friends said they did not know where he went. 

Conley's attorney spoke with Cleveland19 and denied the allegations calling the accusations "ludicrous and ridiculous."

Cops are investigating but so far no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.

We spoke with police who tell us the results from the rape kit are not in at this point. The sex crimes unit is now on the case.

10:49 AM PT -- Conley is now tweeting about the case ... kinda.

Conley's college teammate, Marshon Lattimore (who's also an NFL Draft prospect), posted, "So the first thing you say to a girl that you meet in the elevator is let's have a foursome? Lol that doesn't even make sense."

He added, "It's crazy how these females are nowadays, they most definitely prey on you and try to ruin you."

Conley retweeted the post and commented, "Lord knows!"

Marshon added, "We good over here though bro [Gareon Conley] we know the deal!"

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