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Ex-NFL Star Jason Taylor

I'm About to Lose My Juice

8/25/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0821-jason-taylor-fun-art-getty-01Jason Taylor -- former superstar defensive end for the Miami Dolphins and "Dancing with the Stars" alum -- has just learned juice bars and banks don't blend well.

Seems Jason invested in JuiceBlendz, located in South Florida, famous for its Strawberry Samba, Hangover Healer, and Your Whey. He and his partners borrowed $750k from the bank, but according to court docs stopped paying in April. 

The bank has now filed a lawsuit, demanding money and declaring its intention to foreclose on the business.

It's Your Whey or the High Whey.

FSU's Dalvin Cook

NOT Guilty in Bar Punch Case

... Celebration Is On!

8/24/2015 4:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Not guilty, y'all got to feel Dalvin Cook -- a jury exonerated the Florida State University running back of allegedly punching a woman outside a Tallahassee bar.

The jury took a mere 20 minutes on Monday evening to deliberate the case ... where Cook was accused of punching the 21-year-old FSU student on June 23. Several of Cook's teammates testified that he never laid a hand on the alleged victim.

Cook and his attorney openly celebrated in court as the verdict was announced.

Cook -- who was expected to be one of top RBs in the country -- has been suspended indefinitely from the team. His attorneys wanted to move up his trial date -- originally scheduled for September -- so, the matter could be cleared up before FSU's season begins.

A few hours after the verdict, FSU lifted Cook's suspension yet.

Steve-O

Charged in Fireworks Stunt

8/24/2015 4:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0824_steve_o_crane_facebookSteve-O's human King Kong stunt atop a Hollywood crane earlier this month could land him in jail -- the Jackass star's been hit with 5 misdemeanors.

The L.A. City Attorney charged Steve for creating a false emergency, use of unregistered fireworks, storing and possession of fireworks without permit, and trespassing. 

Cops responded to calls that a jumper had climbed a construction site crane over Sunset Boulevard on Aug. 9 -- but eventually realized it was Steve-O protesting SeaWorld with an over-the-top stunt.

If he's convicted of all charges he faces up to 4 and a half years in jail.

'Empire' Sued Again

They Stole My Idea

... And I Want $500 Million!

8/24/2015 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0415-empire-foxImagine "Empire" with Shaft in the lead role ... that was the vision one guy had, but it never got made ... and now he believes the creators of the show owe him $500 million for stealing his idea. 

A guy named Jon Astor-White is suing EPs Danny Strong and Lee Daniels -- as well as Imagine Entertainment and 21st Century Fox -- claiming he shopped around a show called "King Solomon" back in 2007 ... which bears a lot of similarities to "Empire."

Astor-White claims his show would have starred Richard Roundtree (Shaft said no thanks) and was about a record executive and his family and their battle over control of the company. 

Astor-White said he faxed the treatment around, and included a proposed cast list which was aspirational, to say the least. In addition to Roundtree, Astor-White wanted Diahann Carroll, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, John Goodman, George Hamilton and Angie Dickinson

Astor-White describes his show as "the style and elegance of 'Dynasty' meets 'The Sopranos' with a sprinkling of 'The Godfather.'" That's a similar comparison Marvin Gaye III made in his claim.

The show has also been sued by a guy with Jackson family connections and by a woman who claims she is the real Cookie.

Astor-White is seeking the half a billion dollars ... plus additional damages.

Terrence Howard

Wins Spousal Support War with Ex

8/24/2015 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0824-terrence-howard-michelle-ghent-tmz-instagramTerrence Howard scored a huge victory over his ex, Michelle Ghent -- a judge just tossed the spousal support agreement that Terrence says he signed under duress.

Howard and Ghent have been fighting over his spousal support payments. She is angling for more money, claiming $5,800/month payments don't cut it and he needs to pony up more money based on his recent success with "Empire."

But the judge in L.A. Superior Court agreed with Howard's side ... that Ghent had blackmailed him with threats of releasing naked photos and videos. Still, the judge admonished Howard for domestic abuse allegations, saying ... "Terrence is a bully, but that doesn't mean he can't be bullied."

The ruling means Howard and Ghent will have to go back to family law court to work out a new agreement -- and potentially, Michelle could end up paying money back to Terrence.

Rosie O'Donnell

Suspect Sent Nude Pic to Daughter

... According to Cops

8/24/2015 8:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0822-steven-m-sheerer-mug-5The man arrested in the disappearance of Rosie O'Donnell's daughter allegedly sent her at least one naked photo ... TMZ has learned.

According to docs ... Steven Sheerer knowingly distributed "a nude photo over the internet." As we reported ... police say they found evidence on a phone belonging to Rosie's 17-year-old daughter, Chelsea.

It's unclear when Sheerer sent the pic.

Sheerer was booked for 3rd degree endangering the welfare of a child, and 3rd degree distribution of obscenity to a minor. He's being held on $40,000 bail.

Suge Knight's Lawyer

'Straight Outta Compton'

Entertainment Fiction

8/23/2015 12:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Suge Knight was completely misportrayed in "Straight Outta Compton," because he's not a bad guy, he's brilliant ... so says his lawyer.

Tom Mesereau was leaving King's Road Cafe in West Hollywood Sunday when he told our photog there's nothing factual about the flick.  He then goes on to describe the virtues of his client, who's currently in jail on murder charges.

Mesereau's a force to be reckoned with ... he won acquittals for both Michael Jackson and Robert Blake.

Josh Duggar

Screws Random Guy Over

In Sex Scandal

8/22/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0821-MAIN-josh-duggar-stolen-photo-okcupid-INSTAGRAM-GETTY-01Josh Duggar turned the life of a Hollywood DJ upside down by apparently jacking his pic for his OKCupid profile.

Matthew McCarthy tells us he was shocked to see his pic on the dating site, and way more shocked to know Duggar was posing as him to score chicks.

Now check this out ... it appears Duggar got the pic by Googling "random guy" ... the third photo that comes up is Matthew's.

Matthew says he's already lost a DJ gig because the club felt he was part of the sex scandal. He feels this is somehow defamation of character, and he's considering his legal options.

So much for playing Cupid. 

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Rick Ross

Wasn't the Boss at Super Bowl XLIX ...

Give Us Back Our $55k!

8/21/2015 10:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0821-rick-ross-superbowlRick Ross' gig at a Super Bowl party turned into a disaster because he's no social media guru ... in fact he sucks at Instagram and Twitter ... according to the company that paid him to headline.

Conexts is suing Rick for the Jan. 30 event that was scheduled to go down at the Scottsdale Mall Amphitheater. According to the docs, Ricky Rozay agreed to do some heavy duty social media promotion for the party and concert.

The company says he was supposed to do DAILY social postings for 2 weeks leading up to it -- but only did ONE post. Conexts says it was crucial for the event's success for Rick to reach out to his 13 million followers.

0821-subasset-rick-ross-superbowl2Rick got $55,000 up front, and was scheduled to get another $55k the night of party ... however, the event was canceled just a few days before, and they had to issue refunds.

Conexts wants its $55k plus damages.

Jenelle Evans

New Mug Shot's Crystal Clear ...

Going Back to Jail's a Bitch

8/21/2015 7:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Jenelle Evans is looking a little rough and extremely glassy-eyed in the mug shot taken following her most recent arrest. 

As TMZ first reported, Evans was busted on Thursday in South Carolina after she allegedly hit her ex-fiance's new girlfriend in the head with a glass.

The Evans mug shot collection just keeps on growing and growing. It now officially rivals that of Lindsay Lohan and DMX.

Congrats? 

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Caitlyn Jenner

Sheriff is NOT Recommending Manslaughter Prosecution

8/21/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0820-bruce-jenner-infphotoThe L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. says media reports claiming the agency is recommending Caitlyn Jenner be prosecuted for vehicular manslaughter are incorrect ... there is NO such recommendation.

TMZ reported, the 161-page Sheriff's Dept. report concludes Jenner violated the misdemeanor manslaughter law by driving at an unsafe speed. Jenner's SUV slammed into a Lexus that had been stopped in traffic, sending the car into oncoming traffic and killing the driver.

The Sheriff's Dept. will submit its report to the L.A. County D.A. next Wednesday and prosecutors will then decide whether to file charges.  

Law enforcement sources have told us for months ... there's a 50/50 chance charges will be filed. Some of our sources doubt she'll be prosecuted, saying Jenner's conduct was no different than that other drivers who are inattentive and rear end another car ... the only difference is in Jenner's case, the positioning of the cars sent the Lexus into a fatal trajectory.

As one law enforcement source put it ... Jenner's state of mind was the same as other drivers who screw up and rear end someone, and you prosecute people for their state of mind, not bad luck.

Jeremy Jackson

Ordered to Stay Away From GF

... And Her Little Dog

8/21/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-jeremy-jackson-elise-ginsburg-tmz-fb-01Jeremy Jackson's threatened and attacked his girlfriend so many times, according to her -- she's finally succeeded in getting court-ordered protection from the ex "Baywatch" star.

In court docs, Elise Ginsburg says Jackson flew off the handle in July ... threatening to murder her multiple times while wielding a knife and a wine opener, strangled her and left her a bruised eye and cuts.

She's also concerned Jackson is putting together a posse to rob her house.

A judge granted a restraining order, forcing Jackson to stay at least 100 yards away from Ginsburg, her family members and her emotional support dog ... a pug named Versace. 

Jenelle Evans

Arrested For Assault ...

Hits Ex-Fiance's New GF With Glass

8/20/2015 2:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819_Jenelle-Evans_tmzJenelle Evans might as well have a designated cell in the local jailhouse because she was just arrested AGAIN ... this time for beaning her ex-fiance's new girlfriend with a glass.

Law enforcement tells us Evans' ex-fiance Nathan Griffith showed up at her South Carolina home to get his belongings. He brought along a new girlfriend, which didn't sit well with Jenelle. We're told Jenelle came charging out of the house and threw a glass at the girl, striking her in the head.

0820_cops_at_jenelle-house-wm_3Cops were called and they placed Jenelle under arrest for assault.

A rep for Jenelle says the 'Teen Mom 2' star felt Nathan was provoking her by bringing over the new girl. If you're counting ... Jenelle has been arrested at least nine times.

She's still in custody. 

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