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O.J. Simpson NOT Busted in Prison 'Choking'

7/19/2017 9:56 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.J. Simpson was not involved in an illegal beating in prison ... if ya know what we mean.

There's a story circulating that Simpson's potential parole is in jeopardy because he was caught masturbating in his cell at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. Juicy plot twist, for sure ... but our law enforcement sources say it never happened.

The official statement from Lovelock says, "It is against Nevada Dept. of Corrections policy to release inmate disciplinary history to the public. It is also against policy to release inaccurate information. No official from our department would have released the information in question."

If you're wondering -- we know you are -- our sources say there's no hard and fast rule against masturbation in the prison, as long as you keep it to yourself. Ya know ... don't make a spectacle of your testicles.

Bottom line: freshly squeezed juice was not served.

Quincy Jones I Suffered Financial Elder Abuse ... Judge in MJ Case Rejects Claim

7/19/2017 10:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The judge denied Quincy's motion to add financial elder abuse to the lawsuit.

Quincy Jones says he's the victim of elder abuse in his legal war over Michael Jackson royalties.

According to new docs filed in the case -- which went to trial this week in L.A. -- Quincy says Sony Music and MJJ Productions took advantage of his advanced age. He's 84 now, and in the docs, says he was clearly over 65 at the time he sat down with the music execs to talk dough.

Quincy says Sony and MJJ pulled an accounting trick on him -- labeling a pot of money from MJ's music as profits, instead of royalties ... to which he would have been entitled a cut.

In short ... he's accusing them of bamboozling an old man.

Of course, Q produced MJ's 3 biggest albums -- "Off the Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad" -- and says the defendants have screwed him out of money earned off that amazing string of hits.

He's suing for at least $10 million, and is expected to testify in court this week.

NFL Star Dante Fowler Arrested For Battery Allegedly Punched Man, Threw Liquor In Lake

7/19/2017 8:31 AM PDT
Breaking News

Jaguars star DE Dante Fowler was arrested for battery after allegedly roughing up a man Tuesday night in Florida ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Fowler -- the 3rd overall pick in the '15 draft -- was arrested by St. Petersburg PD around 8:30 PM after cops say he got into a fight at an apartment.

According to the police report, Fowler, 22, punched a guy and broke his glasses after a verbal argument in the parking lot of an apartment complex. The report also says Fowler grabbed a grocery bag carried by the alleged victim -- with newly purchased liquor -- and threw it into a nearby lake.

Cops say the victim didn't have any visible injuries. Cops also noted they don't believe DF was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Fowler was arrested for 2 misdemeanors ... simple battery and criminal mischief.

D.F. was taken to Pinellas County Jail. He's since been released after posting $650 bond.

The Jaguars released a statement addressing the arrest ... saying they were aware of the situation, and have been in contact with Fowler.

FYI -- this isn't the first time Fowler's been involved in a violent situation. Last year he stood by and watched as his GF and baby mama beat the crap outta each other ... before finally intervening. 

R. Kelly Joycelyn Savage Claiming Dad Set Up My Meeting with Singer

7/19/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Joycelyn Savage's father knows EXACTLY who got her involved with R. Kelly, and how she ended up living with the singer ... because she claims her dad helped orchestrate the whole thing.

Sources close to Joycelyn tell TMZ ... the 21-year-old singer's father, Timothy, was on board with his daughter going to live with Kelly almost 2 years ago after Joycelyn and Kelly met at a concert.

We're told the eventual plan -- hatched by Dad, R. Kelly and others -- was for Joycelyn to stay at Kelly's house to develop as a singer under his tutelage. We're told Timothy was the one who dropped her off at a friend's house to be driven to Kelly's.

Our sources say Timothy knew Joycelyn would stay with Kelly for some extended period -- perhaps months -- but had no idea it would be for years. As Joycelyn first told us ... it's been about 6 months since she's seen her family in person -- but she's telling friends her dad knows her exact whereabouts.

She's refused to reveal her location to us.

'Cash Me Outside' Girl Dad to Judge ... Lemme Be Done Paying Child Support!!!

7/19/2017 7:09 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Danielle Bregoli's dad says his estranged daughter is such a big shot making loads of dough he shouldn't have to pay child support anymore.

Ira Peskowitz filed docs in Palm Beach County, Florida saying the 14-year-old's a celebrity who can provide for herself, so he shouldn't have to fork $1,100 a month to provide for her.

In docs, obtained by TMZ ... Ira slams Danielle's mom for allegedly exploiting their kid. He says Barbara Bregoli "is exploiting the minor child as a 'celebrity' for the child's bad behavior."  

He goes on to say it "is fueling a downward spiral of dangerously inappropriate, antisocial and possibly criminal behavior."

It's ironic ... the alleged exploitation is the basis for him asking the judge to terminate his obligation.

Say what you want about Danielle, but we're told she's earned a small fortune since February.

As we've reported ... Danielle shot back at her estranged dad for trying to get into her business ... long after their relationship went kaput.

Danielle tells us, "I never heard from my father until I got famous. Believe what y'all want but it's all bulls*** and I'm doing great. He just wants money."

Bethenny Frankel Pay Up, eBay Or Pull My Ad!!!

7/19/2017 6:34 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bethenny Frankel never signed off on being in a commercial for eBay, but they went ahead and aired it anyway ... according to new legal docs.

Frankel's camp claims she was in talks with eBay and an ad agency about running an ad featuring clips from last season's 'Real Housewives of New York' ... but no deal was ever struck. However, the commercial still went live on "multiple media outlets" last week ... according to the docs.

So, Frankel fired off a cease and desist letter to eBay demanding they pay up for using her name and likeness or yank the ad. And she says even if they pull the spot immediately, they'll still owe her for the week it aired.

As for the ad -- it's a spoof featuring fellow 'RHONY' star Dorinda Medley ... who's apparently totally cool with being in it.

Not the same handbag as everyone else!! 😂 thank you for this @eBay @bethennyfrankel #wow #didyoucheckebay?!

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Ron White My 'Wife' Can't Divorce Me ... We're Not Married!

7/18/2017 5:21 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ron White's pending divorce just took another major twist -- because he says his so-called estranged wife isn't really his wife, anyway.

According to docs filed by Ron ... Margo Rey's divorce filing last month was totally bogus, because she was never legally married to him. Although they had a wedding ceremony in October 2013, White says they never got a marriage license.

As for Margo claiming they had a common law marriage in Texas -- Ron calls BS in the docs ... saying they never lived together there as husband and wife and "never represented to others that they were married."

He's also quick to point out there's no common law marriage in Cali ... so he wants the whole divorce tossed outta court. 

We reached out to Margo ... no word back so far.

Charlamagne tha God R. Kelly's Trash ... He's Gotta Go!!!

7/18/2017 3:13 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

R. Kelly is an unsexy, unsavory person who's been getting a pass for way too long ... according to Tiffany Haddish and Charlamagne tha God.

The "Girls Trip" star and the co-host of "The Breakfast Club" were at Heavvy Set's No Kid Hungry event in NYC ... when they went off about the latest Kelly allegations -- that he's keeping women in a "cult." They both wonder why the public keeps letting him off the hook.

Their point is ... other celebs have been ousted from "the culture" for doing far less than Kelly -- and they really take issue with his self-dubbed nickname.

Not all pied pipers should be followed ... in their eyes.

Madonna My Tupac Letter Was Jacked! Files Order to Block Auction

7/18/2017 2:18 PM PDT
Breaking News

5:35 PM PT -- According to a report, a judge in NYC just ordered the auction site to remove the items.

4:07 PM PT -- A spokesperson for Gotta Have Rock and Roll website and Lutz tells TMZ, "Madonna and her legal army have taken what we believe to be a completely baseless and meritless action to temporarily halt the sale of Ms. Lutz’s legal property. We believe that her intent is nothing more than to besmirch the good reputations of the auction house and Ms. Lutz. Madonna's allegations will be vigorously challenged and refuted in a court of law in due course."Madonna isn't gonna sit back and watch her jailhouse letter from Tupac get sold in an auction ... because she says it was jacked from her home.

Madge filed an emergency court order Tuesday in NYC to block the website gottahaverockandroll.com from hawking the letter and a ton of other personal memorabilia -- including personally worn panties.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, Madonna says she was blindsided by the auction, and says she never knew some of these items were no longer in her possession. Madonna believes a former friend and art consultant, Darlene Lutz, betrayed her by taking the loot. 

We broke the story ... Pac wrote an extremely revealing letter from prison explaining why he had to end his relationship with Madonna -- because she was white and continuing the relationship would hurt his image.

According to the docs -- first reported by the Daily News -- the Tupac letter, a pair of her "personally worn panties," letters from her pal, Rosie O'Donnell, and several other handwritten notes to family members were never sold or gifted to anyone.

Bottom line -- it's a material world, she's a material girl ... and she wants her stuff.

Kanye West I Didn't Lie About 'Pablo'! It's a Living, Breathing Work of Art

7/18/2017 10:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kanye West didn't fail on his promise to deliver his album, "The Life of Pablo," exclusively to Tidal ... which means pissed fans have no business suing him ... according to Kanye, anyway.

'Ye responded to the class action lawsuit which claims he conned people into getting Tidal on the basis it would be the only place they could hear his album when it came out in February 2016.

Kanye says after he initially released 'Pablo' numerous changes have been made to the album, and the versions now available on competing streaming services are different. He insists the original 'Pablo' has only been on Tidal.

In the lawsuit, fans accuse Kanye of backing out of his promise, especially after he tweeted 'Pablo' would never be on Apple Music, and would only be available for sale or streaming ... on Tidal.

In his new docs, however, Kanye says another tweet proves his point ... that 'Pablo' has been a "living breathing changing creative expression." He wants the lawsuit dismissed.

Boxer Jermain Taylor Arrested For Dom. Battery, Terroristic Threats ... Allegedly Bit Girlfriend

7/18/2017 9:58 AM PDT
Breaking News

Ex-boxing champ Jermain Taylor was arrested for allegedly biting and threatening to kill his girlfriend during an argument Tuesday morning ... TMZ Sports has confirmed.

Maumelle PD in Arkansas were called to Taylor's home around 2:40 AM for a domestic disturbance when Taylor's girlfriend, Ashley White, told cops that he bit her several times and broke her cell phone during an argument.

The GF claims Taylor bit her on the face and left arm while trying to escape the residence ... and says she had to pepper spray him before fleeing the home.

Taylor allegedly chased White out of the house and down the street while threatening to kill her. Once the girlfriend returned to the home, cops arrived on the scene.

Police say Taylor smelled of intoxicants at the time of his arrest.

Taylor's been charged with felony terroristic threatening and 2 misdemeanors -- battery and interference with emergency communication.

It's worth noting ... Taylor is currently on probation stemming from several incidents over the past few years, so there's a chance he'll end up behind bars again.

Taylor has been released from custody.

R. Kelly Called Out by Joycelyn's Father ... I Dare You to Sue!

7/18/2017 6:17 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

R. Kelly's been challenged to a showdown in court ... from the father of one of Kelly's alleged captives, Joycelyn Savage.

Tim Savage responded to the video TMZ posted of his daughter. As we first reported ... Joycelyn insists she is not being held against her will, and wants her family to stop contacting her.

But Savage says the video proves his point ... especially because Joycelyn would not say where she is currently. In denying the allegations, Kelly's camp said they would go after his accusers -- but Savage says bring it on.

As for Joycelyn's claim she's just fine -- her father told us, "I'm praying for you, baby."

R. Kelly Alleged Captive Speaks Out I'm No Hostage!

7/17/2017 7:01 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The woman whose family claims R. Kelly is holding her in a "cult" has a message for the world -- she's totally happy and okay ... although she's keeping her whereabouts under wraps.

We spoke to Joycelyn Savage, the 21-year-old whose father, mother and sister held a news conference Monday to accuse Kelly of essentially making Joycelyn and other women his sex slaves -- but she claims she's exactly where she wants to be. She says she still gets texts from her parents, but explains why she's cut off all communication with them.

Still, there was a lot she wouldn't address -- such as where she is now, or exactly what her relationship is with Kelly. He's denied the accusations and hinted he might take legal action against the Savage family.

Joycelyn's father, Timothy, believes his daughter is experiencing Stockholm Syndrome -- so, it's doubtful he'll buy what she said to us, but judge for yourself. 

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