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Bobby Shmurda

Knuckles Up for Crips vs. Bloods

... Jailhouse Edition

5/16/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Bobby Shmurda had to bust out his quick hands when a gang war erupted in his NYC jailhouse.

Shmurda and 5 other inmates were cleaning house during the brawl last month in Otis Bantum Correctional Center ... according to law enforcement sources. 

We're told the brawl was in full swing when guards came upon the inmates punching the crap out of each other. A little color commentary -- the combatants included an accused burglar, shmurderer, sodomist, and kidnapper. 

Jail officials believe it was a Bloods and Crips thing -- we're told 4 of the inmates, including Bobby, are Crips ... while the other 2 are Bloods. Guards broke up the melee with 3 blasts of a pepper spray like "chemical agent." 

Shmurda's locked up awaiting trial on conspiracy charges. His attorney had no comment on the jail brawl ... which, by the way, went down on April 15.

Even inmates hate taxes.

NBA's Thabo Sefolosha

Too Injured to Attend Playoff Games

... 'It's Killing Him'

5/16/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0515-MAIN-Thabo-Sefolosha-cast-INSTAGRAM-01ATL Hawks forward Thabo Sefalosha hasn't been able to attend a SINGLE playoff game due to the injuries he suffered during an altercation with the NYPD and he's "devastated" ... sources tell TMZ Sports

As we previously reported, Sefalosha claims he broke his right fibula and sustained ligament damage as cops tried to take him into custody following a stabbing outside of a nightclub last month. 

Thabo underwent surgery ... and sources tell us he's basically been relegated to his home to rest and recover ever since .... while his teammates have been tearing it up in the NBA playoffs. 

"It's killing him that he's not in the playoffs," one source close to Thabo tells us ... "He'd much rather be competing with his team."

Meantime, Sefalosha is still facing criminal charges from the night of the arrest -- obstruction of a police officer and disorderly conduct -- though we're told he's still fighting the case ... and expects to be vindicated

We also spoke with Thabo's lawyer who tells us he cannot comment on the criminal case but says, "They could really use Thabo in the series."

Stars and Scars

You Be the Judge

5/16/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0515-stars-and-scars-TMZ-01Melissa Rivers struck a chord when she said Kathy Griffin s*** all over her mom's legacy, and Tom Brady felt the wrath of Roger Goodell, and probably unfairly. So we gotta ask ...



George Zimmerman

Cops: Shooter Said ...

'I Hope I Got Him This Time'

5/15/2015 5:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0515_george_zimmerman_getty2The guy who shot at George Zimmerman during a road rage incident this week ... allegedly taunted Zimmerman moments before opening fire, yelling ... "You remember me, you fat motherf****r?"

Matthew Apperson was arrested by Lake Mary PD on Friday and charged with 3 crimes --aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, and firing a deadly missile. 

According to police a detective on the crime scene overheard Apperson say, "I hope I got him this time." As we've reported, Apperson and Zimmerman had another road rage incident last year -- and cops say it appears Apperson is now obsessed with Zimmerman.

Zimmerman told police Apperson pulled up behind him and started yelling the "fat" comment, and also ... "You owe me your life. The only reason I didn't press charges on you is because I wanted to kill you myself." 

Moments later Apperson pulled up next to Zimmerman's truck and fired one shot into his vehicle.

Apperson tells a slightly different story ... claiming Zimmerman pulled out a gun and said, "I'm going to kill you" -- prompting Apperson to shoot. Apperson's maintained he fired in self defense.

Rick Ross

You Ain't the Boss of Jay Z Photo

5/15/2015 3:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Rick Ross may be tight with Jay Z, but that doesn't mean he can go using pics of Jay wherever he wants ... according to the photographer who says Rick jacked his work -- for about half a second!

Rick just got sued by a photog named Armen Djerrahian, and in the docs he says he took a pretty famous photo of 'Hova back in 2003. The image shows Jay throwing up the roc -- the popular hand gesture representing his label ... Roc-A-Fella Records.

Djerrahian says the shot popped up in Ricky Rozay's new music video for his song, "Movin' Bass" .. which features Jay Z. We checked, and he's right ... it does -- but only in a montage highlighting Jay's success.

It's on-screen for fractions of a second, but those milliseconds could cost Rick and his label, Def Jam. Djerrahian's suing for all the profits they made off using the Jay Z image, and a court order to block them from further use. 

Richie Sambora

Sues Ex

You Extorted Me Over Fake Death Threats

5/15/2015 1:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Richie Sambora is striking back with a lawsuit against his ex Nikki Lund, who he alleges extorted him to the tune of more than $150k and then tried to frame him for allegedly making death threats.

Sambora says he’s been dishing out wads of cash – first $50k, then $45k, then $35k and finally $25k – to keep her and her publicist, Sean Borg, from going public with claims he threatened them. When Sambora cut them off in March, he says Lund unsuccessfully tried to get  him prosecuted.

Sambora says Lund illegally and secretly recorded him and then heavily edited the tape to make it appear he was threatening to kill her.

Lund tried again a few days ago to get Sambora prosecuted but the D.A. wasn't having it and rejected the case.

According to the lawsuit, Sambora's relationship with Lund fell apart after he invested $4 million into their joint-fashion venture, Nikki Rich. He says she used the company as her personal piggy bank and ultimately drove it into the ground. Sambora stopped funding it in September of last year … and says that’s when Lund went postal.

Sambora's suing both Lund and Borg for extortion, defamation and illegally recording a phone call.

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4:06PM PT: Lund's lawyer calls the allegations "unfounded," and says she'll file her own lawsuit soon.

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Ariel Winter

I'm Finally Free!

5/15/2015 12:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0515-ariel-winter-TMZ-01Ariel Winter's long battle to be free from her mother is finally over -- she's been emancipated. 

The 17-year-old "Modern Family" star has been estranged from her mother, Chrystal Workman since 2012 ... and was removed from the home after allegations of abuse.

Winter was overjoyed at the news, writing, "I am now officially emancipated!!! I'm really lucky I have an amazing support system and lovely people in my life who have given me the support and guidance to have been given this wonderful opportunity."

Winter also thanked her sister, Shanelle Gray ... with whom she's been living. Ariel remained close with her father throughout the ordeal ... and earlier this month posted a photo with him before heading off to her prom.

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Kim Richards

She's Gotta Pay Up

For Pit Bull Attack

5/15/2015 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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One of Kim Richards' best friends just won her lawsuit over a ferocious pit bull attack from Kim's dog last year.

Kay Rozario filed suit, claiming Kim refused to pay her medical bills after Kingsley chomped on her hand in March 2014 ... and bit clear down to the bone.

On Thursday, a judge ruled in Rozario's favor ... but severely limited the amount of damages Kim will have to pay. Rozario was looking for more than a million dollars, but according to court docs ... she was only awarded $8,083.53.

The judge pointed out ... Rozario's medical bills were only $4,083.53, but said she deserved some more cash for emotional distress and trauma after the attack.

Of course, Kim's dog also attacked Kyle Richards' daughter Alexia in November of last year. The dog is currently at a private training facility.

Kim never responded to the lawsuit ... so the judge entered a default judgment.

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Brittney Griner & Glory Johnson

Newlyweds Suspended for Domestic Violence

5/15/2015 9:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0515-griner-johnson-wnba-tmz-instagram-01Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson just got their wedding gift from the WNBA -- 7 game suspensions without pay for their domestic violence arrests last month.

Griner plays for the Phoenix Mercury, and Johnson for the Tulsa Shock -- and each will begin their suspensions when the WNBA season begins in June. The season is only 34 games long ... so 7 games is roughly 20% of the season. 

You'll recall ... the couple got arrested after brawling with each other in their Phoenix area home. They were engaged at the time, but went through with their wedding 2 weeks later.  

The WNBA President Laurel Richie says she consulted with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver -- as well as several abuse counselors and domestic violence groups -- before reaching her decision.

In addition to the suspensions ... Brittney and Glory will have to attend individual counseling sessions.

update_graphic_red_barThe WNBA also released more details about the fight ... saying Glory was diagnosed with a concussion following the brawl. 

Brittney sustained no head injuries ... just a bite wound on her finger and scratches on her wrist. 

Aaron Hernandez Fiancee

Perjury Charge Dropped

After Helping Convict NFL Star

5/15/2015 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The judge in the Aaron Hernandez murder case ... the first one ... has officially thrown out the perjury charge against Aaron's fiancee Shayanna Jenkins after she provided testimony that led to the conviction of the ex-NFL star. 

Jenkins had struck a deal with prosecutors before she got on the stand -- she would talk and in exchange they would toss out a previous perjury charge.

The perjury charge stemmed from comments Jenkins made to the grand jury in 2013 regarding a gun in her home ... that may have been the weapon used to murder Odin Lloyd. If convicted, she faced up to 20 years behind bars. 

Prosecutors say Jenkins' testimony at the trial -- that she helped Aaron dispose of a mystery box after Odin's death -- helped them win the case. 

The operating theory is that the box contained the murder weapon. 

Now, Hernandez is doing life in prison ... and Shayanna is off the hook. 

Bill Cosby

Speaks Out

But He's Impossible to Decipher

5/15/2015 6:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Bill Cosby is finally addressing the sexual assault allegations that have dogged him for years, but his explanations are bizarre and incomprehensible.  

The questions were on point. "Nightline" reporter Linsey Davis asked Cosby if he's thought about how he'd deal with young people who only know about the lurid allegations ... Cosby's answer is gibberish. 

Ditto questions about the allegations overshadowing the current message he's trying to send to raise awareness about underfunded schools in Selma, AL. Good luck with the answer.

And then Cosby's asked about his legacy. 

You gotta watch the video. 

Tyga

A Landlord's Worst Nightmare

Racks Up Hefty Party Fines

5/15/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0514-tyga-house-party-fines-fun-art-TMZ-GETTY01Tyga has neighbors in his fancy gated community pulling their hair out ... because they say he's repeatedly broken HOA rules, and racked up over $10k in unpaid fines for constantly throwing ragers.

Sources tell TMZ ... Tyga's been blowin' the roof off his Calabasas home in The Oaks development -- inviting too many guests to his parties, and letting them enter without proper security clearance. The homeowners' association has hit him with the fines, but it's having zero effect.

Since last August, Kylie Jenner's BF has paid a little here and there, but he's largely ignored the dozens of notices and warnings. We're told he was even banned from all common areas of The Oaks.

Here's the real kicker ... since Tyga rents, technically his landlord is on the hook -- but obviously, he's trying to get Tyga to cough up the dough.

Get in line ... said Blac Chyna.

Nik Wallenda

Family War for Grandma's House

Harder Than Highwire Act

5/15/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0514-nik-wallenda-TMZ-01Famous tightrope walker Nik Wallenda is in a messy and public feud with another member of his famous family, and it's all over the home Grandma Wallenda left behind when she died. 

Jenny Wallenda -- matriarch of  the "Flying Wallendas" -- passed away last month in Sarasota, FL, and left her house to Nik. Family sources tell us the place is pretty beat up, and Nik's been working on it for years.

Now Nik's squaring off with his Aunt Tammy ... who'd been living in the house while taking care of Grandma Wallenda.

Ten days after granny passed, Tammy says she got a letter from Nik's attorney informing her she had 30 days to vacate the premises. We're told Nik has sunk $100k into repairing the house, and plans to turn it into a rental property. Problem is ... Aunt Tammy won't budge.

We're told Nik isn't putting Tammy out on the street -- he's offered her $1,000 for moving expenses, and her first month's rent on a new place. Tammy's turned him down, and instead she's raising money to hire a lawyer and fight Nik in court.

Nik tells us he's upset Tammy is taking the family feud public, adding ... "I prefer to handle it through proper channels."

And he thought crossing the Grand Canyon was hard. 

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