Chris Brown's been partying his ass off, but as far as the judge in his Rihanna beating case is concerned ... he's been a model citizen -- and his reward will be fewer random drug tests.
Chris was in court in L.A. Wednesday for a progress report on his probation, and the results were glowing -- all his random drug tests were negative and he attended bi-weekly therapy sessions.
So the judge agreed to cut the singer a break, and scale back the number of drug tests from 3 a week ... to just 2.
Pretty impressive for a guy who had to be carried out of a club back in June.
Attempt to Keep Kids in U.S. FAILS
Freaks Out In Court
8/13/2014 2:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kelly Rutherford burst into tears and freaked out after a judge shut down her last ditch effort to keep her kids in the U.S.
Rutherford claimed another judge had illegally awarded custody of her 2 kids to her ex-husband, Daniel Giersch, who lives in France. Rutherford claims the judge effectively deported the kids.
So she was in federal court Wednesday ... asking a judge to step in, but the federal judge said he didn't have the power. Outside the courtroom, Rutherford broke down, saying "My own country won't save my children and I pay taxes!"
The judge gave Rutherford a ray of hope, saying although he didn't have jurisdiction over custody, he would set up a conference call Friday with him, Rutherford and Giersch's lawyer ... to figure out a way for Giersch -- who has immigration issues -- to come back to the U.S. to live.
The clock is ticking ... if the judge's Hail Mary doesn't work ... the kids go to France August 19.
Jail Is Worse Than It Is On
'Orange Is the New Black'
8/13/2014 1:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Remy Ma is finally free after six years behind bars and apparently they have Netflix in the joint ... because she totally got our reference to "Orange Is the New Black."
Ma was in New York City Tuesday afternoon when our photog asked her to compare her time inside to life at Litchfield Penitentiary. Ma must have binge-watched the show hardcore, because she answered the question ... despite only being out of jail for less than two weeks.
Hard to blame her ... it's an addicting show.
Repo Man Gunning for Ferrari
In Upside Down Car Deal [UPDATE!]
8/13/2014 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A rep for Akon tells TMZ ... Akon loaned the Ferrari to someone who was supposed to make the payment, but did not. The says once Akon learned of the missed payments, he immediately made it right and the car remains in his possession.
Akon not only has money problems, he may have a significant problem with math ... he now faces repo on a car that is worth LESS than what he owes.
The rapper's leasing company has filed docs to repossess his 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia. According to the docs ... Akon stopped making lease payments and now owes a whopping $250,000.
Here's the real bitch. Blue Book on the car is $225,000.
And it gets worse. The total cost of the lease is $360,000, so Akon could be on the hook for even more.
As for his position ... he says he made at least 37 payments. That's his position.
Victim Starred in Crime-Riddled Reality Show
8/13/2014 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Corey Thomas -- the guy War Machine beat up before attacking Christy Mack -- has the distinction of being on a reality show riddled with tales of violent crime -- including murder.
Corey -- who made a fortune in web design -- was one of the stars of VH1's "Megan Wants a Millionaire." You may recall his co-star Ryan Jenkins hanged himself in 2009 ... days after killing his wife, cutting her up, and stuffing her in a suitcase which he deposited in a dumpster.
Corey's now got his own problems ... a broken nose and 2 black eyes. War Machine allegedly also bit him on the face.
As bad off as he is ... it pales in comparison to his porn star girlfriend Christy, who's in the hospital with 18 broken bones and a ruptured liver.
War Machine is still on the run with 7 warrants out for his arrest.
Cops Plea Deal
In Miami DUI
8/13/2014 3:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber has struck a plea deal in his Miami Beach DUI case in which he will agree to anger management but dodge a drunk driving bullet.
TMZ has learned ... prosecutors will allow Bieber to plead guilty to careless driving and resisting an officer without violence.
Bieber will have to attend a 12-hour anger management courses and has agreed to a $50,000 charitable donation.
Sources tell TMZ ... Bieber's lawyer, Roy Black, had one big concern ... that Bieber NOT be placed on probation, for fear he'd go to jail if he violated even a minor law ... something you can count on with the Biebs.
It's not a surprise prosecutors accepted a lesser plea. There were big problems with the case. It appears the cop lied when he said JB was drag racing and that police could smell alcohol when he hadn't been drinking.
This is Bieber's second plea deal. He pled no contest to misdemeanor vandalism in the egging case, was placed on 2 years probation, 5 days labor, ordered to pay his neighbor $80,900 and he was ordered to attend anger management classes.
If Bieber keeps going, he'll get a PhD in anger management.
Cops Who Took My Pic
Did NOTHING Wrong
8/13/2014 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If the LAPD officers who snapped a few photos with Ray J need a character witness, they can just call him ... because he's got nothing but love for the L.A. popo.
TMZ broke the story ... 2 cops are under investigation after they posed with Ray J after letting him off the hook for allegedly texting while driving.
Ray J told our photog Tuesday night at LAX ... the cops did not cross the line and he will sing their praises to the skies.
Ray declared his undying affection for LAPD but didn't mention the Bev Hills PD ... he's currently facing charges for allegedly kicking in a squad car window and spitting on an officer during a drunken rage.
Porn Stars Raise $$$ For Face Reconstruction
8/13/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Porn star Christy Mack is strapped for cash because she needs major reconstructive surgery after being beaten by ex-BF War Machine ... but her fellow porn stars have come to the rescue.
Adult actress Kendall Karson has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money so Christy can be pretty again. So far she's raised $30K to help pay for the cost of repairing her nose, eye socket and various other procedures. The goal is $100K.
In addition to Kendall, Kendra Lust, Ava Addams and Tasha Reign have donated money ... and so has Dave Navarro. Jenna Jameson has also given her support.
And the kind folks at Brazzers.com have pitched in $10K.
Convict Claims Reality Show
Set Him Up in Drug Deal
8/13/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A drug supplier who served more than 7 months for drug-related crimes claims he was set up by MTV's "True Life" ... so he claims in a new lawsuit.
David Nickell says in legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- he was instructed by a producer on "True Life: I'm Addicted To Pills" to buy pills from a dealer, then give them to a woman on the show ... in front of her 5-year-old son.
Nickell claims the producer told him it would be better TV if the kid was around when the deal went down ... and she assured him he wouldn't get in trouble.
Nickell and the woman who got the pills from him were both arrested after authorities saw the show. And prosecutors used the video in court to convict him.
He's suing the producer, MTV and its parent company Viacom.
'Love & Hip Hop' Star Stevie J
I Kicked Coke and Weed
And Judge is Impressed!
8/13/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Stevie J has clearly been scared straight by a judge ... because he just proved he's been drug free for 7 weeks -- which means he won't be thrown in jail.
Stevie's facing criminal charges for allegedly owing a baby mama more than a million dollars in child support ... he's free on bail, but a judge ordered him to remain drug free -- or else.
We broke the story ... Stevie failed a drug test in June -- testing positive for coke and weed -- so the judge ordered random testing and drug counseling.
Stevie's lawyer tells us the judge has reviewed Stevie's drug tests over the last 7 weeks and he's clean as a whistle.
As for the million dollars in unpaid child support ... no movement.
Dog's On The Hunt
... And the Clock's Ticking
8/12/2014 3:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
War Machine has until 7 PM Tuesday to turn himself in to cops ... or else the most famous bloodhound in the US -- Dog the Bounty Hunter -- will be gunnin' for him.
TMZ has learned ... a member of Christy Mack's family reached out to Dog through a mutual friend with MMA ties, hoping the mulletted one will succeed where the cops haven't.
Dog's told us he's already made contact with War Machine and given him the ultimatum -- 24 hours, and then you're mine. We're told War Machine was not receptive.
We're told Dog's entire crew will rock immediately after the deadline passes.
War is facing 7 criminal charges after using Christy as a punching bag during the 3-person altercation in her home Friday. She was left with 18 broken facial bones and a ruptured kidney.
Cops say he choked Christy's new BF, then licked his finger ... then rubbed Christy's genitals.
Donald Sterling Sued by NBA
We'll Make YOU Pay for Fighting Clippers Sale
8/12/2014 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver just reminded Donald Sterling that his ongoing battle to block the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers is costing the league a ton of money, and ultimately ... it's coming out of his ass.
The league filed a countersuit against Sterling yesterday, and in the docs -- obtained by TMZ Sports -- it points out Sterling's initial agreement to sell the team to Steve Ballmer included a provision that indemnified the league from future claims brought by him, Shelly Sterling, or the Clippers.
In other words, if the sale went awry, and anyone wanted to block it -- the league would not have to foot the bill for legal fees. The countersuit makes it clear ... the league expects Donald to pay up.
Interesting that the league included that provision in the sale. League Commissioner Adam Silver obviously expected a fight from Donald.
According to the docs, the league's already racked up hefty expenses, which continue to mount. They're suing Donald and the Sterling Family Trust to get that money back.
Financially Protected His Kids
With Strings Attached
8/12/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Williams protected his children by creating a trust, but he had the suspicions of a parent who worried the kids would squander the money when they were young.
TMZ has obtained Robin's trust ... which was created in 2009. Under the trust, his kids, 22-year-old Cody, 25-year-old Zelda and 31-year-old Zachary received money ... but in steps.
When each turned 21 they got 1/3 of the share. When they turned 25 they got half of what remained. When they turned 30 they each got their full share.
The trust was not dependent on Robin's death. The kids received their money, although Cody and Zelda have not been paid in full because of their age.
We do not know how much money was in the trust. We're told Robin had a significant amount of money outside the trust and his current wife, Susan Schneider, will almost certainly receive a significant amount.
As for how much Robin was worth ... there were estimates approaching $130 million in 2012. But in 2013 Robin did an interview saying he was on the verge of bankruptcy because of his 2 costly divorces.
Robin said at the time he was selling his $35 million estate to become solvent again.