Dwight Howard might be color blind -- 'cause officials in Florida say he ran 10 RED LIGHTS in 2-and-a-half years -- and now his license has been suspended ... TMZ Sports has learned.
According to official records, the NBA superstar was captured by those red light cameras in Orange County, FL over and over again ... starting in 2012, when he was busted 9 times in 10 months.
Then, after a year-and-a-half without a violation, Howard struck again in 2014 -- blowing through another red light on July 1st ... his 10th overall infraction.
Officials from the Orange County Clerk of Courts tell us ... Howard's license can be reinstated if he pays a $285 fine.
We're guessing he can afford it.
We reached out to Howard's reps for comment -- so far, no word back.
Boxer Gerald Washington
Arrested In Burbank
9/16/2014 7:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Boxing phenom Gerald Washington was arrested in Burbank, CA late Monday night ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Washington -- a former tight end at USC -- is 14-0 in the ring ... but last night, the 32-year-old found himself in handcuffs after a routine traffic stop went south.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... cops noticed Washington's Chevy truck was "straddling the lines" just before midnight ... plus, he had expired tags ... so they pulled him over.
During the stop, cops determined Washington was NOT under the influence -- but officers noticed a warrant out for his arrest stemming for a previous driving without a license incident.
He was taken into custody and bail was set at $5k.
We're told Washington -- nicknamed "El Gallo Negro" -- was very cooperative. We're told Washington is still in custody.
NBA Star Andrei Kirilenko
OPENS UP ABOUT BURGLARY
I'm Most Upset About ...
9/16/2014 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA star Andrei Kirilenko says he's shocked that burglars broke into his Salt Lake City home and jacked a bunch of his stuff last week -- telling TMZ Sports they took a few special items that made him really upset.
The Brooklyn Nets player was heading to the Celebrity Dodge Barrage charity event at Basketball City in NYC -- when he opened up about the incident ... saying, "I know Utah is the safest place in the world and I'm very surprised it happened there."
Overall, AK47 (who played for the Jazz for 10 years) says he's staying positive about the incident -- even though cops have yet to make an arrest -- but it's clear he's bummed out that he'll probably never see some of his most treasured possessions ever again.
Iggy Azalea's Former BF
She Gave Me Permission
To Sell Sex Tape!
9/16/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Iggy Azalea's former boyfriend/manager now claims Iggy signed her rights away to him, giving him legal authority to market their sex tape ... TMZ has learned.
Hefe Wine says Iggy signed a lengthy agreement with him in 2009 -- obtained by TMZ -- which gives him exclusive rights to "manufacture, sell, distribute and advertise 'any' recording embodying visual images."
Iggy signed the contract to cut records and music videos, but Wine believes all he has to do is put a music bed under the sex tape which he claims would then give him exclusive rights to sell it.
In other words, he believes Iggy has no legal ability to block a sex tape if he wants to sell it ... with Vivid Entertainment boss Steven Hirsch waiting in the wings with a seven-figure offer.
What's more ... the contract provides that Wine has the legal right to create, host and maintain a website to market Iggy's works, so he believes he could create a website which would host the video.
Pool Boy Flooded My Penthouse
9/16/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Deion Sanders is completely underwater after his pool emptied into his Dallas penthouse apartment ... and now he wants millions from the company he blames for drenching him.
The NFL Hall of Famer had been trying to sell his $6.5 million Dallas pad in the ritzy Azure tower -- where Terrell Owens and Jason Kidd have also lived -- when he hired WWPS, Inc. to work on the pool back in 2012. Mind you, the pool is INSIDE Deion's home. Baller style.
According to the docs ... 2 days after the work was done, Deion's realtor stopped by and found the place flooded. This all went down while he was in the middle of a nasty divorce ... so the cash flow would've come in handy.
Deion still hasn't sold the place -- even though he dropped the asking price to $4.8 mil. He wants at least a million from the the pool co. for his troubles.
Another Child Abuse Investigation
9/15/2014 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
5:05 PM PT -- Sources close to the investigation tell TMZ the reason the case went nowhere is because Adrian did NOT strike the boy in the forehead -- but instead the child accidentally hit his head on a carseat while Adrian was punishing him.
We're also told the form of discipline was "not impermissible." Under Texas law parents are allowed to administer reasonable punishment.
Peterson's attorney tells us an adult witness backed him up, saying Adrian "did nothing inappropriate with his son."
Adrian Peterson is under investigation for a SECOND child abuse case involving one of his other children.
This new investigation involves an incident that allegedly went down in June 2013 ... and the probe was launched after the then 4-year-old boy went home to his mother with a scar on his forehead.
The station says Adrian sent the mother a text message saying the child hit his head on a carseat -- but when the mother questioned him further ... Peterson eventually admitted hitting the child.
The mother reported the incident to Child Protective Services, but no charges were ever filed against Peterson.
Earlier today ... Peterson issued a public apology for the other case -- for which he's been indicted -- saying he was sorry for hurting the child during a visit in May.
Peterson said he'd seen a psychologist who taught him there are other ways to discipline kids.
I Was Too Wasted on Vicodin
To Write 'Blurred Lines'
9/15/2014 9:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
4:34 P.M. PDT -- Thicke's attorney Howard King tells TMZ ... “Robin's moment of personal vulnerability is being exploited in the hope of diverting attention from the obvious weakness of their legal claim.”
Robin Thicke was wasted on Vicodin and booze when he helped create "Blurred Lines" ... and that's his defense to allegedly ripping off Marvin Gaye.
Thicke sat for a deposition in the case where Gaye's family sued him for allegedly lifting Marvin's song, "Got to Give it Up."
The lawyer for Gaye's family asked Thicke if he was present when Pharrell created "Blurred Lines." Thicke responded, "I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio." He goes on to say he was so out of it he really wasn't involved in the creative process.
Thicke then kind of throws Pharrell under the bus in the depo, saying, "The reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song."
Thicke has a problem ... he gave a GQ interview where he said, "Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye's 'Got to Give it Up.' I was like, 'Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove.'"
Thicke had a great answer for his GQ interview, telling the lawyer, "With all due respect, I was high and drunk every time I did an interview last year."
In fact, Thicke said, "Every day, I woke up, I would take a Vicodin to start the day and then I would fill up a water bottle with vodka and drink it before and during my interviews."
Robin says he's now drug free, telling the Gaye family lawyer, "I've been sober for the last 2 months ... When your wife leaves you, it gives you good reason to sober up."
But here's the thing. Later in the depo Robin says he's sober in the sense he no longer pops Vicodins but he still drinks.
Coroner Calls BS
She Never Touched Whitney's Body Bag
9/15/2014 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan is lying when she says she had to roll Whitney Houston's body bag at the L.A. County Morgue ... because Whitney was never in a body bag.
An official from the Coroner's Office tells TMZ ... Whitney was NEVER in a body bag and no one in the probation program came in contact with Whitney's body.
Lindsay -- who was ordered by a judge to spend time at the morgue to teach her a lesson about drinking and driving -- claimed in an interview she was singled out to roll Whitney's body bag.
Whitney died on Saturday, Feb 11, 2012. The autopsy was performed the next day and her body was gone by morning. No one from any court-ordered probation program came in contact with the body ... according to the Coroner's official.
The official says Whitney was wrapped in plastic with a sheet cover the entire time she was at the morgue. In fact, she was taken out in plastic -- not a body bag -- from the hotel where she died.
Cops: After Car Sex
She Pulls Race, Fame Card (POLICE AUDIO)
9/15/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The "Django Unchained" actress who claimed she was harassed and hurt by cops after making out with her boyfriend was actually having sex in her car according to witnesses ... then went on a rant with cops accusing them of racism and not knowing who she was ... according to police audio obtained by TMZ.
Daniele Watts had just left CBS studios in the San Fernando Valley around 2 PM Thursday. She says she was making out with her BF, but we've learned witnesses from the nearby Art Directors Guild office building told cops they were watching her and her BF have full-on sex in the passenger seat WITH THE DOOR OPEN!
The eyewitnesses said the guy was sitting in the seat, she was straddling him and it was for everyone to see. One eyewitness told cops they cleaned themselves up afterward with a tissue.
TMZ obtained police audio of the incident. Watts instantly plays the race card when Sgt. Jim Parker asked for her ID. She quickly moves from the race card to the fame card -- then storms off, refusing to show her ID.
While Watts was gone, Sgt. Parker had a very cordial conversation with her BF Brian.
She was apprehended by another cop a short distance away and brought back -- and things got NUCLEAR!
Some of her choice comments:
- "I think I'd like to identify you ... to my publicist."
- "I hope when you're f***ing your spouses you really feel alive."
We're told she plans to file a complaint with the LAPD and has hired a lawyer.
So, we gotta ask ...
I Handled Whitney's
9/15/2014 6:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan had a run-in with Whitney Houston while performing her community service -- thing is, Whitney was dead.
Lindsay was working at the L.A. County Morgue in her probation violation case a few years back when she came in contact with Whitney's body ... so she tells the Telegraph to promote her upcoming London play. She mused, "It’s different for me than it would be for other people. Like, no one would really have to work at the morgue in LA and roll a body bag for Whitney Houston."
A quick check of the timeline shows Lindsay might not be making this one up. Houston passed away tragically on February 11, 2012 ... and Lindsay did her time at the morgue from October 2011 through March 2012.
It must have been like gazing into her future ...
They Took My Crown
Because I Was an Escort
9/15/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An "America's Next Top Model" contestant says producers snatched her crown AFTER she won it fair and square, because they found out ... she used to be an escort.
Angelea Preston says things started to go South right before she taped the finale of the All-Star season in 2011. According to a lawsuit she's filing ... Preston told producers, confidentially, prior to filming the season she had been an escort for about a year -- and that spread like wildfire to the rest of the cast and crew.
After the finale was taped -- and Preston had won the grand prize -- she says a casting director called and grilled her about the whole escort business. In the suit, Preston says she admitted it, but insists she was a legal escort and not a prostitute. Despite this, Preston was told she had violated her contract and could not be the winner.
Preston says her pay-for-play days were well behind her when she shot the All-Star season, so therefore she did NOT break the contract. She says losing the title cost her a bunch of Vogue spreads, and a $100,000 CoverGirl deal.
She's suing producers, networks, and studios for breach of contract and says she suffered at least $3 million in damages.
BONUS FACT: In the suit, Preston says the models worked in torturous conditions -- like being denied food and water for 10 hours. Yes, a model is complaining about NOT eating.
Kris Jenner's Alleged Stalker
The FBI Ain't Got Nuthin' On Me
My Friend's the Guilty One
9/15/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The woman under investigation for allegedly stalking Kris Jenner is telling the FBI to bring it on ... because her "friend" is the one who hacked Kris' phone.
Christina Bankston had her room at the Four Seasons hotel in Bev Hills raided by the feds last week ... but claims nothing on any of her electronics they confiscated could possibly implicate her.
Now she's throwing a friend named "Troy" under the bus ... claiming he used her computer to hack Kris' email, Twitter and iCloud accounts over the course of several months.
But how about this for a problem ... we posted video of Christina on a Disneyland roller coaster a few days before the raid, where she repeatedly screams, "I love you, Kris." She sounds kind of obsessed, but Christina says it was just her "being crazy."
We'll buy that.
Hologram Triggers Gun, Hitler Threats
9/15/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A feud over the Michael Jackson hologram triggered a war so fierce between 2 prominent men ... a judge has now ordered one of them to 86 his firearms and his Hitler pics.
You may recall the epic MJ hologram rolled out during this year's Billboard Music Awards. You almost didn't see it, because a mogul named Alki David went to court claiming a guy named John Textor stole the technology and asked the judge to block Textor from showcasing the hologram on the show.
The judge told David to pound sand, and that's where the craziness began.
According to legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- David went on a hate campaign against Textor, posting a pic of Hitler flipping off the camera on Instagram and tagging Textor. David also allegedly sent Textor death threats and allegedly tried extorting him with photos and illicit money transfers.
And most ominous ... David posted pics of himself holding a gun to a dog's head, which Textor says was a not-so-veiled threat to him.
Textor went to court this week with the help of legal pit bull Marty Singer, asking for a protective order and the judge agreed. David has been ordered to stop the harassment, stay clear of Textor and get rid of his guns and not get new ones.
David has also been ordered to remove the Hitler pics and the various threats from social media.