7:40 PM PDT -- Cops tell us Gracin is being held on a 5150 psychiatric hold. We're told he drove himself to a hospital, with a police escort, after they pulled him over. He's been cooperative, has spoken to his family ... and is being evaluated by doctors now.
5:33 PM PDT -- We're told cops intercepted Gracin on his way home and all they'll say is, "He's safe."
'American Idol' Season 2 finalist Josh Gracin had neighbors and police racing to his door ... after posting what looked like a suicide note in the wake of marital problems.
We're told cops responded to the former Marine's home in Spring Hill, TN -- where he lives with his wife and 4 kids -- for a welfare check after a family member saw an ominous Facebook post:
"I've loved her for 17 years ... I made mistakes ... I admitted them, told her the truth and she turned her back on me when I needed her help the most."
He continued, "Please remember me as someone who gave his all in his music ... Pray for my family as they carry on in this world without me. Goodbye."
Cops rushed to his house -- his wife was there but he wasn't. Law enforcement sources tell us police got in touch with him by phone, put him on with his wife, and he told her he was coming home.
Cops are staying at the home until Josh arrives.
Story developing ...
Sued for Stealing Concert Stage
8/15/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
T.I. took the stage ... literally. He rented a stage for his concert tour and treated it like a flower arrangement at a wedding reception dinner table ... in other words, he took it home without paying.
T.I.'s "America's Most Wanted" tour -- a collaboration with T.I. and Lil Wayne -- was big last year. The centerpiece of the stage was an expensive screen -- known as a roll drop -- used to project video and photos.
T.I. paid the rental fee but according to a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- when the concert was over the rapper didn't return the roll drop.
The rental company says its roll drop doesn't come cheap -- $50K. But the rental company wants twice that, arguing they could have made lots of money renting it out to other performers.
'Ultimate Survival Alaska' Star
Steals Car, Crashes, Pinned, Hospitalized, Escapes
8/15/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Ultimate Survivor Alaska" star Tyler Johnson is miraculously still on the run ... after allegedly getting drunk, stealing a car, then suffering a horrific accident that should have killed him.
The unbelievable story started in typical criminal fashion ... the police report says a drunken Tyler stole a car in Anchorage 2 weeks ago and went on a joyride ... before losing control and flipping it.
Tyler wasn't wearing his seat belt and was thrown through the windshield ... and he ended up pinned under the car.
Tyler was taken to the hospital but somehow was discharged before cops were able to nab him.
If he's caught .... he'll face DUI and felony vehicle theft charges.
Cop Injured During Flood
8/14/2014 3:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Wes Scantlin continues to piss off his neighbors and police ... after a cop responding to a flood was injured on his property and ended up in the hospital.
Law enforcement tells TMZ ... neighbors of the Puddle of Mudd lead singer called police Wednesday after they saw water pouring down his driveway.
When cops came ... they discovered the pool water running -- it had been running for DAYS -- a bonehead move in the middle of the severe drought.
Cops became alarmed because the doors of the house were wide open and they feared someone might be inside either injured or dead. One officer climbed an outside staircase to get in the house and fell through the rotted wood.
The officer was taken by ambulance to the ER but did not suffer serious injuries.
Wes -- who doesn't live at the house -- eventually showed up. Cops told him his ongoing war with his neighbors had to stop. The singer was arrested last August for taking a buzz saw to a neighbor's house.
In the end, no charges were filed and everyone went their separate ways, so ... water under the bridge.
Ordered To Take Drug & Booze Classes For DUI
8/14/2014 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Kattan will spend the next 3 years on probation and will have to attend drug and alcohol classes as punishment for driving under the influence of drugs, TMZ has learned.
The L.A. City Attorney's office tells us ... Kattan was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and will have to pay restitution for the freeway crash last Feb. ... when he slammed his Mercedes into a parked Cal Trans vehicle.
Kattan will have to attend a 3-month alcohol program and 104 Narcotics Anonymous classes. Plus, he's forbidden from driving with any drugs in his system ... unless he has a valid prescription.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Kattan had been driving on Ambien at the time of the crash.
We're told Kattan will also have take part in the Hospital and Morgue Program ... a scared straight type of program where he'll see first-hand the consequences of dangerous behavior.
Released From Prison
Half Way Home
8/14/2014 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Beanie Sigel is back on the streets ... a free man after spending 2 years behind bars.
Beanie was popped in 2012 for dodging the taxman to the tune of $700,000 between 2003-05.
Beanie's worked with some of the biggest names in rap -- including Snoop and Jay Z -- but his career essentially died after his first trip to the big house in 2004 ... for drug and gun crimes.
Law enforcement sources tell us Beanie will spend time at a halfway house to help him transition.
DJ Drama posted a photo of Beanie on Instagram ... welcoming the rapper home.
Paul Walker Death
Thief Gets HAMMERED By Judge
8/14/2014 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A judge just hammered the guy who stole a piece of Paul Walker's death car ... jailing him for 6 MONTHS.
Jameson Witty and another guy lifted a panel from the T-top roof of the Porsche as a tow truck was transporting the wreckage. TMZ actually got hold of the video ... which caused prosecutors to charge the 2 men with 3 crimes.
Witty and the other guy copped a plea ... and Thursday was judgment day for him. The other guy is expected to get the same sentence when he goes before the judge in October.
Director Lee Daniels Sued
Damon Dash Claims
He Screwed Me Out Of 'Butler' Money
8/14/2014 8:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Director Lee Daniels convinced Rock-A-Fella mogul Damon Dash to pump cash into his movies, including "The Butler" ... then stiffed him.
Dash is suing Daniels for reneging on a deal for Dash to invest in Daniels' projects -- including "The Woodsman," "Precious," "The Paperboy" and "The Butler."
Dash has said he dumped $2M into "The Woodsman" back in 2004 ... and never got a penny back. Dash claims in his lawsuit he had a similar interest in Daniels' other movies.
According to the legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Dash claims he was also screwed out of his executive producer and producer credits on the films.
Dash wants $25 million -- minimum.
A rep for Daniels tells us Dash's claims are "completely without merit."
Threatens to Sue Waitress
Over Inadvertent Dine and Dash
8/14/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kendall Jenner claims she's been defamed by a waitress who said the 18-year-old threw money in her face ... and she's threatening to sue.
TMZ has obtained a letter from Kendall's lawyer, admitting Jenner was indeed at Mercer Kitchen last week and that she accidentally skipped out on the bill.
But legal pitbull Marty Singer says the rest of the waitress' story is a pack of lies. The waitress tweeted she chased Kendall down the street to get the money and Jenner threw it in her face.
Singer says in the letter ... what actually happened was that the waitress did come up to her outside but Jenner was "extremely apologetic" and gladly paid what she owed -- $33, plus a $7 tip ... which she "politely handed" to her.
Singer says, "Although you are working as a waitress at Mercer Kitchen, I understand you are also a struggling actress," adding, "You no doubt concocted a fictionalized account of your encounter with my client in order to create publicity for yourself."
Arrest Could Lead to
Drone Controls in Hollywood
8/14/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Authorities have confiscated a drone from a man on a mission against the LAPD ... and the action could end up protecting celebrities in Hollywood from unmanned aircrafts.
We've learned Tom Zebra -- the guy who flew a drone over the Hollywood Division of the LAPD a few weeks back -- was flying his drone around the harbor in San Pedro, CA when the Port Police confronted him and ordered him to land the aircraft.
The cops grabbed the drone and then placed Zebra under arrest for a city law that prohibits anyone from flying an unmanned aircraft around a public beach. He was cited and released.
We've learned the arrest got the LAPD buzzing ... because L.A. authorities have been stumped on how to regulate drones. Up to now the LAPD and prosecutors saw no way to prohibit drones that fly under 400 feet.
But the arrest got law enforcement thinking ... they never thought about this particular law ... which not only prohibits drones around public beaches, but all publicly owned spaces and adjoining parking lots, pools, piers, golf courses and the like.
We're told L.A. law enforcement now thinks that law can be used to protect celebs who live along California's coast ... including the throngs of famous folks in and around Malibu.
Turns out the law also prohibits drones from buzzing over horse paths and hiking trails, and lots of celebs -- especially in the Calabasas area -- have homes that would be protected.
For celeb homes not protected under the existing law ... we're told authorities are working to draft new legislation aimed at protecting all private residences from drones.
Sued For NBA Party Tardiness
$50K Payday At Stake
8/14/2014 7:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj is being sued because time is money -- and NBA All-Star party promoters say she took $50,000 to make a one hour appearance, but came late and left early.
According to the court docs ... Nicki was supposed to appear at Siren Studios in Hollywood during the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend in L.A.. Lil Wayne, Drake, and Trey Songz were also slated to be there.
Nicki's contract said she would attend -- not perform -- from 12 AM to 1 AM. But in the suit, promoters say she didn't get there until after 1:30 and took off before 2 AM.
Now they want their $50K back, and then some to cover the cost of her hotel arrangements and other lost revenue.
'Tattoos After Dark' Star
Artist Sued For
Molly Wopping Good Samaritan
8/14/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Tattoos After Dark" star Asaru Mushavu put his mark on a woman's face -- in the form of a nasty bruise -- after he cold-cocked her for no reason outside of his tattoo parlor ... according to a new lawsuit.
Corey Fortenberry claims Mushavu attacked her last year while she was helping a drunk friend who was puking in front of "House of Ink" -- the Venice tattoo shop featured on the TV show.
According to the police report, Mushavu saw the woman throwing up, came out of the shop and yelled, "What the f*** are you doing? Who the f*** is going to clean that up?" ... and then pushed Fortenberry and punched her in the face.
Fortenberry claims Mushavu left a bruise that's still visible a year later.
A rep for Mushavu tells TMZ ... it's a frivolous lawsuit and he expects it to be dismissed.
Transsexual Porn Star
I'm a Man, Baby!
Now I Can Get Divorced
8/14/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Transsexual porn star Buck Angel is now 100% legit under Louisiana law ... which means he can now legally ditch his wife and go after her money.
According to the court decision, Buck and Elayne Angel's union is legal because they always intended to be married as a man and woman -- and back in 2003 they were granted a marriage license in Louisiana ... as a man and a woman. No one questioned Buck's gender when they got the license.
California also played big in the court's decision because Buck got a legal name and gender change there way back in 1998.
Elayne was hoping the court would rule Buck is a woman -- which would nullify their same-sex marriage under Louisiana law.
As we previously told you ... Buck wants a divorce and is gunning for $2,000/month in spousal support.