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Journey Drummer

Charged with Raping Wife

6/30/2015 6:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Deen Castronovo
's recent arrest for domestic violence is much worse than we thought ... he's now been charged with rape ... TMZ has learned.

The Journey drummer had been arrested earlier this month for domestic violence related charges involving his wife, but now the D.A. has added new charges -- rape, sexual abuse, coercion and unlawful use of a weapon.

Castronovo is being held without bail in Marion County, Oregon.

Journey booted Castronovo from its tour following his initial arrest.

Castronovo is due in court Tuesday.

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Slim From 112

They Want to Strip Me

Of My 'Magic Mike' Royalties!

6/30/2015 8:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630-slim-magic-mike-instagram-01"Magic Mike XXL" has been a dream come true for a huge '90s R&B group ... problem is, one of the lead singers isn't gonna see any of those dollar bills.

The group 112 is going to have a resu-erection with its song "Anywhere," which is featured in the flick. Now here's the rub. The lead singer, Slim, has filed for bankruptcy. It seems the official in charge of the case is a fan of the stripper film, because he's aware of Slim's involvement.

So the bankruptcy trustee has filed legal docs saying any profits Slim sees from the song or the movie must  be used to pay off his long list of creditors.  

Slim should tell the trustee to stuff it.

Paris Hilton

I'm Suing the

'Plane Crash' Pranksters

6/30/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Paris Hilton is telling business associates ... she will sue the people responsible for putting her on a plane that appeared to be in crash mode ... just to get a rise out of her. 

We're told Paris is furious over the stunt ... in which a TV crew got the pilot to pretend to shut down the engines in her plane, and then nose-dive to the ground. Paris says she was in mortal fear for her life ... something the video pretty clearly shows. 

Our sources say she's "totally freaked out" over flying anywhere ... something she's required to constantly do. She's already called her lawyers to find out who's responsible, and they told her she has a solid case for emotional distress.

Paris tells them she had absolutely no clue this was a prank ... she wasn't in on it. She also doesn't believe anyone in her camp was involved.

An Egyptian TV show host engineered the prank as they flew over Dubai.

And Paris says ... it was a lot worse than it looked on video. She says the plane almost hit the water during the dive and then steeply pulled out of the dive, almost doing a loop as it ascended.

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Erin Andrews

Back On with Jarret Stoll

... After Coke Bust

6/30/2015 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-erin-andrews-jarret-twitterSeems NHL star Jarret Stoll dodged TWO bullets after his cocaine arrest in Vegas -- 'cause not only did he duck jail, but now it seems he managed to hang on to his celeb GF too! 

For the first time since he was busted allegedly trying to smuggle coke into a Vegas pool party, Stoll was out in public with his longtime girlfriend Erin Andrews

There were rumblings Andrews dumped his ass after the Vegas drama ... but the two hit up a NASCAR event at the Sonoma Raceway this weekend ... acting as couply as they used to be. 

As we previously reported, Stoll was facing 4 years behind bars ... but struck a plea deal in which he basically has to do some community service. 

Dude's gettin' second chances all around -- don't blow it. 

[h/t Busted Coverage]

Warren Sapp

What, Me Worry?

Hits Fishing Tourney After Dom. Violence Charges

6/29/2015 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0629_warren_sapp_fishing_faccebookWarren Sapp won't let a little thing like allegedly beating, stomping and biting his GF keep him from having a good time ... 'cause days after he was hit with criminal charges, Warren went fishing. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... Sapp participated in the 5th Annual University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Dolphin Tournament over the weekend, laughing and smiling with U of M cheerleaders. 

The tourney raises money for various charity organizations ... and Warren actually hosted the tournament in 2012. 

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Still, considering Sapp was charged with 3 counts of domestic violence on Thursday ... it was interesting that he showed up ready to fish just 24 hours later. 

Warren hasn't issued an official statement about the charges ... but he definitely sent a message this weekend -- he's not letting it bother him.  

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The Game

From Champagne Frenzy to Court in 5 Hours

6/29/2015 10:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Game was dropping tens of thousands of dollars on champagne at 3 AM Monday, and appearing as a defendant in court 5 hours later ... and the judge could never tell. 

Game pled not guilty to felony criminal threat and misdemeanor assault, hours after dropping more than $40k on alcohol at Playhouse in Hollywood.  

The champagne-fueled event was a BET after-party Game and Chris Brown hosted. 

As we reported, Game is being charged for cracking Onyebuchi Awaji -- an off-duty cop -- with a sucker punch during a March pick-up basketball game. He claims it was self-defense.

Game's due back in court on July 30 ... we'll be checking for parties the night before. 

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Floyd Mayweather to Cops

Go Ahead, Ticket Me

'Not Like I Can't Afford It'

6/29/2015 9:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Floyd Mayweather almost got fined by police this weekend ... and he couldn't have cared less. 

The boxer and his entourage were rollin' down Hollywood Blvd. late Friday night in a caravan of expensive cars ... Floyd was driving his Bugatti, flanked by SUVs with another Bugatti and a Rolls Royce in the back. 

Our law enforcement sources tell us ... at one point during the joy ride, Floyd stopped his car in the middle of the street, stood up inside of it and played up to the cheering crowd. 

Cops approached Mayweather and told him he needed to move the car ASAP (because traffic in that area SUCKS) or else they would ticket Floyd or impound his car. 

Floyd's reply -- "It's not like I can't afford it."

BTW, he's right ... Mayweather was just listed as #1 on Forbes' highest paid celebrities list. 

But in the end, Floyd decided it was just easier to move the car ... so instead of taking the fine, he went along his way. 

Tyga

It’s Settled ...

My Old Landlord Gets $80k

6/29/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0626-tyga-tmz-02Tyga ditching on a crap ton of rent payments -- nearly $100k -- is finally biting him in the ass, and if he doesn't pay up now ... it's REALLY gonna cost him.   

Tyga has a Monday deadline to fork over $80,000 to his ex-landlord in Calabasas. Both sides agreed on that amount to cover back rent payments. If you include interest ... he actually owed $124k, so the settlement is a sweet deal.

But obviously, paying on time isn't exactly Tyga's thing -- so during a hearing on Thursday ... the judge gave him a stern warning: Meet the deadline, or the landlord's gonna nail ya for the full $124,000.

Check city, bitch -- write one this weekend. Or else ...

Bill Cosby

'Terribly Embarrassing'

If 2005 Sexual Assault Allegations Made Public

6/28/2015 8:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Bill Cosby's lawyer is fighting to keep his 2005 sexual assault settlement confidential, claiming it would be "terribly embarrassing" if details of the allegations came to light.

Cosby's fighting a media request to unseal Cosby's settlement with Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee.  Cosby's lawyer was in court Friday, arguing Cosby's deposition in the case contains info about his marriage, sex life and Rx drug use, which should remain confidential.

Constand accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her. 

The judge was puzzled, noting a lot in the case has already been made public.

Cosby's lawyer said, "Frankly ... it would embarrass him [and] it would also prejudice him in the eyes of the jury pool in Massachusetts."  Cosby faces 3 defamation lawsuits in that state from a woman who claims Cosby defamed them by calling them liars.

The judge has yet to rule on whether he'll unseal the settlement.

Nick Gordon

Bobbi Kristina's BF

On the Hot Seat

6/27/2015 8:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina's embattled boyfriend who has been a person of interest since her near drowning in January, was in no mood to talk when he was asked about her impending death.

Nick bolted from reporters who fired questions about the Fulton County D.A. saying they have a heightened interest in the case now that it's about to become a murder investigation.

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter is now off life support and it is only a matter of time before she passes.

Nick was leaving a friends apartment Thursday in Florida when he was quizzed.

DMX

Add Another Arrest to the Pile

6/26/2015 9:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0616-dmx-tmz-3DMX is getting within shooting distance of a deck of cards populated by his mug shots, because he was arrested again Friday night.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the rapper was en route to Radio City Music Hall where he was scheduled to perform when the New York City Sheriff's deputies nabbed him for unpaid child support. Turns out there was a warrant for his arrest.

The law we know, he was being held in the back of a patrol car. 

As for the concert, Masters of Ceremony, the show went on without him.  It had plenty of other old school rappers to entertain the crowd.

The Situation

Help!! My Legal Eagle Is ...

Flying the Coop

6/27/2015 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0626-mike-the-situation-tmz-01The Situation's lawyer has the same problem as the US government … they both say he ain't paying 'em -- which leaves Sitch even further up you-know-what creek without a paddle. 

Richard Sapinski has been representing Mike Sorrentino in his federal tax evasion case, but just pulled out because he says the extremely well-tanned one wasn't holding up his end of the bargain when it comes to compensation.

Sapinski, one of the top defense lawyers in the country, filed docs informing the court he wants off the case. Not the kinda thing you wanna hear when you're accused of $8.9 million worth of tax fraud, like the Situation is.

We reached out to Sitch to find out who's on deck to rep him, but no response yet.

Bill Cosby

Insurance Co. Wants Off the Hook ...

If Sexual Assault Allegations Stick

6/26/2015 2:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0626-bill-cosby-tmz-01Bill Cosby is being sued by a company that fears it might be on the hook if the comedian defamed 3 of his accusers by calling their claims BS.  

Cosby's homeowners insurance company has filed a lawsuit claiming it has absolutely no duty to pay a judgment stemming from the sexual assault allegations and denials. Many policies cover various misdeeds of the homeowners, but AIG Property Casualty Company says it is not responsible for claims arising out of sexual misconduct.

AIG not only wants to block Cosby, it has also named 3 accusers -- Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz as defendants. All 3 claim Cosby not only molested them but defamed them when he called them liars.

AIG wants a judge to tell them all ... don't even try to collect a judgment from the company.

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