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Taryn Manning Suing New York City ... Cops Had No Right To Bust Me!

2/8/2016 1:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0208-taryn-manning-TMZ-01"Orange Is the New Black" star Taryn Manning is suing the Big Apple for arresting her based on accusations from a woman previously busted for stalking her.

Taryn was busted in November 2014 for violating a restraining order by allegedly sending threatening texts to her former pal Jeanine Heller. Jeanine told cops one of the messages said, "I will kill you, bitch."

Taryn says she didn't dodge the law ... in fact she and her attorney went to cops to explain Jeanine's allegations were false and this was really a case of Jeanine stalking Taryn. Cops didn't budge, cuffing her and putting her in a holding cell for about 3.5 hours ... according to Taryn.

She claims the arrest was eventually voided, but the damage is done as far as Taryn's concerned. She's suing the city for false arrest and imprisonment ... and wants damages, aka money.

'Too Close' Singer Raphael Brown Fears Child Stealing Wins Custody

2/8/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0128-raphael-brown-instagram-01"Too Close" singer Raphael Brown, from the R&B group Next, got sole custody of his kids -- at least for now -- and may have saved them from being snatched and moved to Minnesota. 

According to legal docs, Brown said his ex-wife, Juliette, abused their 12-year-old son and recently forcibly removed him from school.   

He says the first time the son was taken out of school, the boy ran scared and screaming from his mom's car. Brown says 2 days later his ex tried again, but the cops intervened and sent him home to his dad. 

Brown says he's scared his ex might also be abusing their daughter.

We spoke with Juliette and she thinks Raphael's a "difficult person" and this is merely a ploy to escape paying child support. She claims to be an exceptional mother who has never abused her kids, and has only doled out occasional spankings ... which she calls perfectly legal. 

The couple has had their share of troubles, and prior to getting sole custody ... Brown was concerned his ex would take the kids to Minnesota where her family lives.   

Coachella Gets Big Screw You ... Hoodchella Is On And Poppin'

2/7/2016 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0205-main-hoodchella-tmz-getty-01Hoodchella -- the upstart L.A. music festival -- isn't backing down from a fight with Coachella and vows to move forward despite a $100 million lawsuit. 

Hoodchella CEO Kamil Al-Ahdali tells TMZ he's not even considering canceling his April event. Coachella sued Kamil, accusing him of jacking the 'chella name and riding the more famous festival's coattails.

Kamil says he has a trademark for Hoodchella and even registered it as an LLC. He thinks Coachella's lawsuit is just a case of the big guy bullying the little guy -- but Kamil says his lawyers are "not going to let Coachella punk Hoodchella at all."

Legal thug life.

Johnny Manziel Dallas Cops Open Investigation

2/5/2016 5:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0205_johnny_manziel_gettyJohnny Manziel is now the subject of a Dallas PD investigation.

24 hours after cops said they would not arrest Manziel for allegedly beating Colleen Crowley last weekend -- police now say they will investigate because Crowley is cooperating.

Dallas PD says Crowley filed a complaint on Friday. Police have not revealed details of the report, but say they will thoroughly investigate to see if criminal charges should be filed.

Fort Worth police initially took a report from Manziel's now ex-girlfriend at her home after the alleged incident, but noted she did not want any photos taken and was uncooperative with responding officers.

In its release, Dallas cops point out it's not uncommon for domestic violence victims to delay reporting an assault.

Former 'Survivor' Star Charged With Possession of Child Porn

2/5/2016 3:58 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

020516-michael-skupin-getty-02Former "Survivor" contestant Michael Skupin -- whose claim to fame on the show was falling in a fire pit -- has been charged with several counts of possessing child porn.

Michigan's Attorney General announced the charges Friday ... including 6 counts of possession of child porn, 5 counts of larceny and 1 count of racketeering.

The A.G. says Skupin came under investigation after people came forward claiming they were victims of his Ponzi scheme, losing up to $10k. When investigators seized Skupin's computer, they discovered images of underage kids in sexual situations, according to the A.G.

Johnny Manziel Ex-Girlfriend Gets Protective Order

2/5/2016 2:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0205-crowley-manziel-tmz-instagram-01Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley is still in fear after the alleged hitting incident -- so much so, she went to court to get protection from Manziel.

Colleen is a student at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, and TCU PD's Detective Rangel tells TMZ Sports, his department has been notified Crowley has a protective order against her ex.

It's unclear exactly when Crowley filed for the protective order, but WFAA in Dallas says a Tarrant County judge found reason to believe "family violence" had occurred ... so the protection was necessary.

Police have already said Manziel will NOT be arrested for his alleged altercation with Crowley after a night out partying in Dallas.  

Meek Mill Dodges Jail Time ... Gets House Arrest for Up to 12 MONTHS!

2/5/2016 12:38 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0205-meek-mill-tmz-02Meek Mill just got the best possible outcome at his sentencing for probation violation -- zero time behind bars.

A Philadelphia judge gave Meek 6 to 12 months in county jail, BUT he will be allowed to serve the time on house arrest. He will do a minimum of 90 days, and won't be able to do his regular job -- rapping and performing, he can only do charitable work for the community.

That ban from work includes releasing any mixtapes. Translation: No new diss tracks aimed at Drake ... for a while.

The judge will reevaluate after 90 days to determine how much longer he'll remain under house arrest. 

Meek had been on probation for a 2009 drug and gun conviction when he skipped town for the AMAs in November without getting written permission from his probation officer. He also failed a pee test.

A judge ruled in December he was in violation, despite heartfelt testimony from gf Nicki Minaj and Meek's own waterworks. Nicki was in court on Friday, and was even brought into chambers with Meek and the judge to discuss what kind of charity work he'll be doing.

Meek has to turn himself in by March 1st, when he'll get his ankle monitoring bracelet.

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Lauren Conrad Sued She's a Dognapper!

2/4/2016 4:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0204-lauren-conrad-tmz-01"The Hills" star Lauren Conrad is guilty of jacking 2 surfing dogs for use on her website ... according to a new lawsuit.

Okay, LC didn't walk off with the actual pups -- Incredible Features Inc. says she merely stole 2 photos of the athletic pets, and slapped them up on her website. 

As lawsuits go, it's a pretty entertaining read. IFI says, "In the dog eat dog world of online content ... Lauren Conrad, a sophisticated website operator, is cognizant of the value of high-quality photography." IFI says it owns the images that are now on her site.

0204_lauren_conrad_dog_subThe suit points out Lauren's site isn't a blog but a "commercial enterprise through which Conrad shills her Kohl's clothing line amongst other things." 

Kohl's cheap shot aside -- IFI wants Lauren to take down the images, and it wants any profits she earned on the dogs' backs. We've reached out to LC ... no word back yet.

Johnny Manziel 911 Caller His Girlfriend Was Screaming

2/4/2016 3:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

The night Johnny Manziel allegedly hit his girlfriend, Colleen Crowley ... one of her Dallas neighbors called 911 to report hearing Colleen's screams. 

TMZ Sports obtained the 911 call the woman made, and she calmly says she went outside when she heard Colleen in distress. She says Colleen said her boyfriend had "beat her up."

The neighbor said Colleen didn't want her to call 911, but added, "I think I did the right thing." She says Colleen didn't want to come up to their apartment, so the woman's husband sat with her until police arrived.

'Love & Hip Hop' Star Charges Dropped Against Ex-BF

2/4/2016 12:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0204-brock-christopher-instagram-tmz-01"Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" star Miles Brock is off the hook for an alleged fight with his co-star and now ex-boyfriend Milan Christopher ... TMZ has learned. 

TMZ broke the story when Brock was arrested for allegedly punching Christopher in the face during a party in NY. Brock's attorney tells TMZ they got witness statements that contradicted Milan's claims and therefore, the case was dismissed for lack of evidence. 

Sources close to Milan tell a different story, saying he just didn't want to keep flying back and forth from L.A. to NYC to deal with the case ... so he dropped the charges.

The he said/he said might not be done yet -- Brock's attorney says his client is considering a possible defamation suit against Milan.   

Taylor Swift Suspicious Man Arrested Outside Home

2/3/2016 8:43 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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020316-taylor-swift-stalker-WMCops swarmed to Taylor Swift's L.A. home Wednesday afternoon when a suspicious looking man was seen wandering at the foot of her driveway. 

LAPD officers took the man, decked out in fatigues, into custody around 4 PM. Law enforcement sources tell us police got a call from someone in the neighborhood ... reporting an individual lurking "around Taylor Swift's house." 

020316-sub2-taylor-swift-stalker-WMTMZ obtained shots of the man getting cuffed and placed in a police car. He didn't put up a fight and showed no outward signs of violent behavior. It's unclear if Taylor was home at the time.

We're told, after questioning the suspect ... officers determined he needed evaluation at a hospital. He has not been booked for any crime at this point.

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Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Case Will Go Forward

2/3/2016 2:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0203_cosby_leaving_court_wgtvupdate_graphic_red_bar4:54 PM PST -- A rep for Cosby says the the decision reached by the court was wrong, and they will appeal.

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Bill Cosby will face trial in his sexual assault case because the judge just rejected his request for a dismissal. 

Cosby's lawyer had argued he got a solid promise from the former D.A. in suburban Philadelphia ... that the comedian would NOT be prosecuted for allegedly sexually assaulting Andrea Constand.

Cosby claimed he agreed to sit for a deposition in Constand's civil case ONLY because of the D.A.'s promise, and that depo contained essential information about supplying drugs to women that led to the criminal filing.

Prosecutors had argued the former D.A. had no legal authority to make that secret agreement -- which Cosby and his attorneys never got in writing. The judge agreed and now the Constand case will move forward. 

Preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled to begin in about a month. 

Kate del Castillo Hey, Mexican Atty General You Leak Like a Sieve

2/3/2016 3:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0203-kate-castillo-tmz-01Kate del Castillo has filed legal docs in Mexico asking a judge to muzzle the country's attorney general, whom she says is leaking information about her to gain political hay.

Kate -- who along with Sean Penn secretly interviewed El Chapo while he was on the run -- is being investigated for money laundering. Sources close to Kate claim the allegations are BS, and the only reason the investigation is proceeding is because she embarrassed the government by finding El Chapo when they couldn't. 

Sources connected with the Mexican government tell TMZ, her legal docs claim the investigation is required to be conducted with secrecy -- like a grand jury. She claims the A.G. is grandstanding by leaking info and she wants a judge to order her to stop. 

There are media reports circulating that she wants an injunction to prohibit the government from arresting her. We've learned those reports are inaccurate. The injunction is to clamp down on leaks.

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