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Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers Hires MJ Lawyer For Looming Criminal Prosecution

7/22/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0720-dani-mathers-tom-mesereau-instagram-tmzDani Mathers -- the Playboy Playmate who took a picture of a naked woman in an L.A. gym -- has hired no less than the famous lawyer who got Michael Jackson acquitted ... and she has reason for worry.

We've learned Mathers hired Tom Mesereau, who not only got MJ off ... he won a murder acquittal for Robert Blake.

TMZ broke the story, the LAPD launched a criminal investigation after the gym where the photo was taken filed a police report. Mathers not only snapped the pic in the locker area, she shamed the woman by writing a snarky caption and posting it on social media.

Our LAPD sources say they are on the hunt for the victim and are working closely with LA Fitness execs, combing over surveillance video and checking member swipes during the time in question to ID the victim. And, we're told, they're close.

Our sources say the LAPD would like to present a criminal case to the L.A. City Attorney but need the cooperation of the victim.

Mathers has been banned from the health club, and good luck finding another one.

Suge Knight My Little Kid Got the Boot at Jail Entrance

7/22/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0721_suge_knight_tmzSuge Knight is in the middle of a family war ... behind bars.

Suge, who hasn't been allowed to see his family for months, had petitioned the judge in his murder case to restore visitation privileges for his 7 kids and 2 baby mamas.

The judge is allowing Suge's 4 minor kids to visit him at L.A. County Jail, but is not allowing their mothers to accompany them. 

Suge's baby mama, Toi, took their 6-year-old son, Legend, to the jail Thursday to visit him, but it became a classic catch-22. The jailers refused to let Toi in, but then denied Legend access because he wasn't accompanied by an adult. We're told Toi went crazy. And we got video of Legend, who was clearly upset.

We contacted the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept, which runs the jail, and they said the boy's grandparents are authorized visitors and they can escort Legend in to visit his dad.

'2 Fast 2 Furious' Actor Cole Hauser No Blow, No Go ... After Plea Deal in DUI Case

7/21/2016 11:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0721-cole-hauser-tmz-01Actor Cole Hauser's gotta lock lips with a hose to turn on his car ... after taking a plea deal in his DUI case.

Hauser -- best known for his role as Carter Verone in "2 Fast 2 Furious" -- pled no contest to 1 count of driving .08 or above the legal limit. And as part of the deal ... an interlocking device will be installed on his whip. 

TMZ broke the story ... Cole was arrested after cops say he drifted in and out of lanes on an L.A. freeway back in April. He now has to lay off booze if he wants to get behind the wheel. The device's actually pretty sensitive -- even mouthwash can set it off. 

Cole's also been slapped with 36 months probation, has to sport an orange vest working 10 days for Caltrans, and undergo a 9 month alcohol program.

Justin Bieber Warned By Authorities ... Stay Away from Exotic Cat Selfies

7/21/2016 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0721-justin-bieber-lion-cub-MAY-INSTAGRAM-01Justin Bieber just learned the hard way, you can't pose with big cats in the city of Toronto ... and if he does it again, there's gonna be some problems.  

In a letter -- obtained by TMZ -- the Toronto Animal Service informed Bieber they'd received complaints of him posing with a white lion cub backstage at a show in May and with a tiger at his dad's engagement party in April.

The TAS let Bieber know it's illegal to have any type of exotic cat within city limits ... and issued a stern warning for any future visits. They say taking pics with the animals is enough to have them seized.

If that wasn't enough ... PETA went after the Bowmanville Zoo -- which allegedly provided the animals -- saying, "No reputable animal-care facility lends out exotic animals for private parties and Instagram photos."

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Hayden Panettiere My Dog Sitter is a Dirty Dog

7/21/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0721-hayden-panettiere-dogs-twitter-tmz-01Hayden Panettiere claims the woman to whom she paid a queen's ransom for dog sitting services not only grossly overbilled her ... she gave her dogs away.

The dog fight began when Tia Brooks filed a lawsuit against Hayden for more than $8,500 for unpaid services.  

Hayden fired back with a letter from legal pit bull Marty Singer, who accused Tia of giving the 2 dogs away and then having the nerve to continue charging for her services.

Turns out Hayden rescued the 2 rescue pooches ... Zander, a Rottie/Lab mix, and Xena, a Lab/Pit Bull mix. The arrangement was Hayden would pay Tia $30 a day until Hayden could find a permanent home for the dogs.

Singer claims Tia put an ad on Craigslist last month, found a home but continued billing. Tia disputes it and says her bills were all legit.

Get this ... according to Singer's letter, Tia's been caring for the dogs for 6 years, charging a grand total of $119,335.88!!! As for how the bill got so high, Singer claims, in addition to the daily fee, Tia tacked on all sorts of extras, including dog bones, bug spray, tick control, dog beds and other stuff.

Tia tells us a big chunk of the money was for vet bills after one of the dogs got really sick.

It's expensive to be a dog in L.A. 

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Justin Bieber Calls BS on Egging Victims' Ongoing Mental Distress

7/21/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0719-justin-bieber-TMZ-02Justin Bieber isn't buying his ex-neighbor's claim he and his wife are STILL suffering all kinds of medical issues related to the infamous egging incident, from more than 2 YEARS ago.

Bieber says in new court docs he wants Jeffrey and Suzanne Schwartz to submit to mental evaluations next month to determine if their claims of ongoing emotional distress are legit.  

Jeff and Sue say they have a bunch of issues -- headaches, stomachaches and insomnia ... all due to Bieber's unrelenting bad behavior while he lived next to them in Calabasas ... including the barrage of eggs.

The Schwartzes say their real-life "Neighbors" disaster puts Seth Rogen's flick to shame ... but Justin's legal team is totally skeptical.

The judge hasn't ruled on the doctor request.

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Tom Sizemore Dumped by Manager Over Arrest & Drug Claims

7/20/2016 4:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Thursday 7:21 AM PT -- A rep for Tom tells TMZ ... the ex-manager was actually fired cause he stole more than $86k from the actor. The rep also says Tom's hired an attorney to go after the money .... plus residuals he's owed. 

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Tom Sizemore's manager is jumping ship on the heels of the actor's arrest this week for domestic violence.

Charles Lago blames Sizemore's continued "violence against other individuals" for the parting of ways and says his company, DTLA Entertainment Group, couldn't continue repping him in "good conscience." Lago had managed Sizemore for 7 years.

TMZ broke the story ... Sizemore was arrested Tuesday for allegedly beating up his girlfriend.

Lago also blames allegations of Sizemore's drug abuse, and finds it funny Tom would accuse DTLA of stealing from him ... since he's the one who owes them $22k.

Adrienne Bailon Sued Real Talk ... You Owe Us $200k

7/20/2016 3:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0720-adrienne-bailon_TMZAdrienne Bailon's playing a mean game of hide-and-seek with her management company and the $200k it's owed ... at least according to the ex-managers who are suing her.

Go2Man Management says "The Real" co-host has gone AWOL and refuses to pay fees and reimbursements she owes to the tune of at least $200k.

According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, G2M struck a 5-year deal in 2011 to rep Adrienne ... and she agreed to pay them 20% of her income. 

She joined "The Real" in 2013, but Go2Man says AB started going radio silent in early 2015. The company says it fired off a letter about the dough she owes, but she never paid.

We've reached out to Adrienne's current reps, but so far no word back.

Moses Malone Jr. I Was Attacked for Dissin' James Harden ... Suspects Charged

7/20/2016 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0720_Moses-Malone-Jr_james_harden-gettyThe son of NBA legend Moses Malone told cops the men who attacked and robbed him at gunpoint outside of a Houston strip club were looking to "punish" him for disrespecting James Harden in a Facebook post. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... the D.A. has charged 4 men for the June 25th incident -- in which Moses Malone Jr. says he was pulling up to V Live when he was rushed by a group of guys who threatened him over the Facebook post. Malone claims he was beaten down, someone snatched his $50k chain and at least one person in the group flashed a 9mm handgun. 

Malone told cops one of the alleged assailants -- Darian Blount -- is a bouncer at V Live ... and Harden is a "prominent customer at the location."

Malone told cops the men were upset that Moses had gone to Facebook to publicly criticize the cost of Harden's youth basketball camp in the days before the incident. 

0720_james_harden_youth_camp_sub-2According to the criminal complaint, obtained by TMZ Sports, Malone told cops ... Blount said, "he had disrespected James Harden and that he need to be punished after that."

Blount and the 3 other men have each been charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. 

Important to note that James Harden has NOT been charged with a crime or accused of any wrongdoing. 

Shawn Oakman Ex-Baylor Star Charged with Sexual Assault

7/20/2016 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0720-SHAWN-OAKMAN-gettyEx-Baylor football star Shawn Oakman has been charged with sexual assault after allegedly raping a woman at his Waco apartment back in April. 

24-year-old Oakman -- who was a projected high NFL draft pick before he was arrested -- was indicted on the charge of 2nd degree sexual assault. 

Officials investigated the incident -- and Wednesday morning, the McLennan County District Attorney's office presented the case to a grand jury. The grand jury decided there was enough evidence to hit Oakman with the sexual assault charge. 

As we previously reported, the accuser claims Oakman brought her back to his place after meeting at a bar and forced her into his bedroom, tore her clothes off and raped her. 

For his part, Oakman adamantly denied any wrongdoing -- and says the sex was consensual. 

If convicted, Oakman faces up to 20 years in prison.

Taylor Swift Calls BS on Kanye He Broke the Law

7/20/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0717-taylor-swift-kanye-west-tmzTaylor Swift is not waving the white flag in her war with Kanye West over the secret audio recording ... our Taylor sources say she may still file a police report because she says Kanye committed a felony.

As we reported, Kanye had Taylor on speaker when he recorded her as they spoke about his song "Famous," and there were clear voices in the room from the camera crew as well as producer Rick Rubin ... as such, they could all overhear the conversation so the law does not prohibit the recording.

But Taylor sources say she had NO IDEA Kanye had her on speaker. Although she could hear other voices she assumed they could not hear her, so she believes Kanye had a legal duty to ask permission to record her, and by not doing so he violated the criminal law.

Taylor is still deciding whether she'll file a police report.

What's more ... we're told Taylor wants them to bring it on ... the call lasted a full hour and Kim was very selective in what she posted. Taylor wants the entire conversation released, because everyone would hear -- Kanye never said he'd call her a "bitch" in the song. We've listened to the tape and the word "bitch" is never mentioned.

We're told she's also upset Kanye made the song sound lighthearted, when in fact it's mean-spirited. Taylor's rep said in a statement ... Kanye never asked Taylor for approval -- which the tape proves -- but she believes he was deceptive. 

On the call ... Kanye promises to send her an advance copy of the song, which he did not do. Our Taylor sources say Kanye knew if she heard it before it was released, she'd pitch a fit.

Prince Photog Tells Online Retailer ... Using Sexy Pic Might Cost Ya

7/20/2016 6:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0719-prince-rebdolls-02A famous pic of Prince with a come-hither stare was plastered on sweatshirts and t-shirts and sold without the photog's permission ... according to a new lawsuit.

Famed photographer Deborah Feingold is suing online retail store Rebdolls for using the pic, which she says is from a shoot she did with Prince in 1980. She says it started selling the Prince items between 2012 and 2014 ... with the caption "Girl Bye." 

It appears Rebdolls caught wind of the suit -- we did a search and the merch is already off their site.

BTW ... the Prince shot on the gear isn't the same as the one included in the lawsuit, but we're told it IS from Deborah's photo shoot. Deborah's lawyer says it was a clerical error.

Tom Sizemore Arrested for Domestic Violence

7/19/2016 11:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0719-Tom-Sizemore-TMZ.JPGTom Sizemore has just been arrested for allegedly beating up his girlfriend ... TMZ has learned. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... LAPD received multiple 911 calls Tuesday morning about a woman screaming. When cops arrived ... his girlfriend said she and Tom got into an argument that turned physical, and Tom struck her in the head and face. 

We're told cops saw visible injuries ... but she refused medical attention. 

The arrest comes 2 weeks after Tom accidentally ran over a stuntman while filming a TV show north of Los Angeles.

Tom was booked for felony domestic violence. As of this post he's still in custody with bail set at $50,000.

Sizemore has a record of domestic violence. He was sentenced to 6 months in jail back in 2003 for beating up then-girlfriend Heidi Fleiss.

We reached out to Tom's rep, so far no word back. 

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