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NY Jets' Nick Mangold

Pro Bowl Citizen ...

Helps Take Down Car Burglary Ring

8/28/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0826_Nick-Mangold_gettyNY Jets stud Nick Mangold is an All-Pro level crime stopper after playing a crucial part in cops busting a roving pack of teenagers, turned alleged car burglars.  

Here's how it went down ... cops say Nick was awakened early Sunday morning at his Chatham, NJ home when his car alarm started blaring. Nick ran to his garage and found the door was open ... so he immediately dialed 911.

Cops rushed to the 'hood and tracked down 5 suspects, just one mile from Mangold's crib. An 18 and a 19-year-old were arrested, along with 3 juveniles -- and the J-E-T-S center might have hit the jackpot with that phone call.

We're told there's been a string of more than 40 car burglaries in the area recently!

So far the suspects have each been charged with 5 counts of burglary, 3 counts of theft and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime.

Cheetos’ Chester Cheetah

I Got Maced

Over Serious Dog Issues

8/28/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0827-chester-cheetos-voice-actor-GETTY-FRITOLAY-01Chester Cheetah confronted a neighborhood bully about his barking dogs but got maced in the face instead ... so he says.

Adam Leadbeater, the voice actor behind the Cheetos mascot, says he got pepper sprayed in his PJs when he tried reasoning with his neighbor's son about their barking dogs.

Leadbeater said he couldn't defend himself because he has a condition which prevents him from closing his left eye.

He says he thought the neighbor was about to pull a gun, but instead got hosed with a can of mace.

Leadbeater got a restraining order against the neighbor, so looks like the guy was messing with the wrong cat.

Jerry Bruckheimer

Sued, Handyman Claims

'You Put Me in a Hole!'

8/27/2015 1:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0827_jerry-bruckheimer_TMZJerry Bruckheimer is one of the most powerful men in Hollywood who can make careers, and now a guy is suing him because he couldn't get his foot in the door. 

Isidro Jauregui -- a handyman -- claims he was at Bruckheimer's LA pad in December 2014 when he was invited to come in through the sliding glass door. According to the lawsuit, there was a metal plate at the base of the door, covering a 2-foot hole.

Jauregui says he stepped on the plate and it shifted, sending him down into the hole.  

It's also unclear what injuries he suffered, although he does say they were "severe."

Jauregui doesn't say exactly how much he wants, but worst case scenario ... Jerry can cover it.

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Joe Brown

TV Judge in Jail

8/27/2015 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Judge Joe Brown -- who made a name for himself during his run on syndicated TV -- is now watching the boob tube from jail. 

We've learned Judge Joe is currently in custody after being sentenced to 5 days for contempt of court.  

Joe was acting as a lawyer in March 2014 -- representing someone in a child support case. When he showed up in court and the clerk informed him they had no record of the case, he lost it, screaming Al Pacino style

The 5 day sentence was delayed for nearly a year-and-a-half, but today, Joe's in jail. 

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Brandi Glanville

Says Truth is a Defense

In Smelly Vagina Lawsuit

8/27/2015 10:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0826-krupa-glanville-tmz-01Brandi Glanville may have figured out a way to stave off Joanna Krupa's defamation lawsuit ... by forcing Joanna to come clean about her vaginal odor.

Brandi's lawyer has fired off a series of written questions which Joanna must answer under oath, notably:

"Is it your contention in this lawsuit that your vagina and/or vulva are odorless? If yes, please explain with specificity why your vagina and/or vulva are odorless."

It would seem Brandi and her attorney are going down a path that could lead to some interesting courtroom testimony ... and demonstrations.  

Yes, we'll be livestreaming.

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Kim and Kanye

Win Big Settlement

Over Leaked Engagement Video

8/27/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are even richer today, after settling up with a YouTube founder over a video of their engagement he secretly shot and then leaked online.

TMZ has learned Chad Hurley, the YouTube dude who went on to found MixBit, has agreed to pay K&K $440,000. The couple sued Hurley, claiming he manipulated his way into AT&T Park in San Francisco back in 2013 to witness Kanye's proposal. He even signed a confidentiality agreement.

But Hurley secretly recorded the video and posted it on MixBit.

Kim and Kanye were furious, and their lawyer, Eric George, filed suit claiming Hurley was desperate to find a second act after 2 failed flops following his YouTube sale. 

We're told Hurley must pay the loot within the next few days, and then the lawsuit will be dismissed.

$400k is a fortune to most, but Hurley sold YouTube for $1.6 billion, so he's not hurting.

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Jerry Seinfeld

No Lemonade Stand for You!

Cops Shut Down Kid's Biz

8/27/2015 8:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0827-seinfeld-lemonade-stand-instagramIf Jerry Seinfeld thought the Soup Nazi was bad ... he must've loved the Lemonade Gestapo busting his son's roadside charity biz out on Strong Island. 

The stand was set up last week in an area of Seinfeld's hood where city code prevents any type of peddling. According to a local report, some neighbors complained about a traffic buildup, and the East Hampton Village PD swooped in to pull the plug.

The stand still managed to raise some cash for Baby Buggy ... Jessica Seinfeld's clothing charity for families in need. She posted a photo of Jerry, their son and his pals assuming the position. 

Straight Outta Hamptons.

Derrick Rose

'Rape' Lawsuit Is ...

Just a Money Grab

8/27/2015 12:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0826_derrick_rose_getty_2Derrick Rose and his attorney are coming out swinging against the ex-girlfriend who sued him for allegedly drugging and gang raping her -- saying she's repeatedly tried to squeeze him for money.

Lisa Cohen, a rep for Rose's legal team, tells TMZ Sports the lawsuit is "an attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete." 

Cohen adds the plaintiff and the Chicago Bulls superstar were in a "non-exclusive, consensual sexual relationship for over two years" ... and there were never any complaints until lawyers started telling her to go after Rose for a payday. Cohen claims this is the third attorney the plaintiff hired to sue Rose.

TMZ Sports broke the story ... the plaintiff -- going as Jane Doe in the suit -- claims Rose and 2 friends drugged her, then broke into her apartment and gang raped her while she was out of it. She says she waited 2 years to come forward because of embarrassment.

Cohen says, "We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated. This lawsuit is outrageous."

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Kardashian Fireworks

Not Our Fault!

Officials Play Blame Game

8/26/2015 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0826_james_harden_klhoe_kardashian_getty_tmz-2The U.S. Coast Guard and L.A. County Sheriff's Department are stuck between a rock and a Kardashian place ... after Khloe's explosive birthday gift for her BF James Harden.

TMZ has learned both agencies are getting flooded with complaints about the massive fireworks display that went off at midnight, waking up thousands of people. So, who's to blame? Let the finger pointing begin. 

According to our law enforcement sources ... the Coast Guard informed the Sheriff on Monday -- via email -- that Boulevard Management (Kris Jenner's production co.) would be setting off fireworks at 11:59 PM. The CG also made it clear NO permit was necessary. 

The Sheriff's Dept. says because the boat was 100 feet outside the breakwater ... the CG was the primary enforcement agency. As for noise violations? Both agencies agree that falls under the Sheriff's watch -- but the Sheriff's Dept. says it would only check a noise problem IF the Coast Guard reported it.

Here's why that doesn't add up. We're told at least one Sheriff's official in the area heard the noise himself -- plus, there were dozens of 911 complaints about it. So, the Sheriff's Dept. knew and did nothing.  

Caitlyn Jenner

Criminal Charges NOT Likely

8/26/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0820-bruce-jenner-infphotoThe L.A. County D.A. now has the Caitlyn Jenner case, and sources connected to the office tell TMZ the initial sentiment is that the collision was a tragic accident but not criminal. 

Our sources say the attorneys in the Major Crimes unit which reviewed the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. 161-page report thought it was relevant Jenner braked several seconds before impact in an attempt to avoid hitting a Lexus on PCH in February  ... a collision that killed the Lexus driver.  

The D.A. could file misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges because Jenner violated the speed law by not slowing down quickly enough. But the D.A. doesn't automatically file criminal charges because a driver was inattentive. It usually has to be more than simple negligence to trigger a prosecution. 

It's interesting ... the D.A. did not charge an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy who was typing on his patrol car computer last year and drifted into a bike lane killing a man, so it seems unlikely they'd file against Jenner, who was not on the phone or texting.

We're told the D.A. should make a decision within a week.

Miss Cleo Lawsuit

Psychic Network Tarot Parts

French Toast Crunch Ad

8/26/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

A call to Miss Cleo could cost General Mills a chunk of its cereal fortune -- thanks to a lawsuit you'd think a certain Jamaican lady woulda seen coming. 

The Psychic Readers Network -- which owns rights to the famed psychic persona -- is going after the cereal giant for using MC in new French Toast Crunch commercials. 

In the suit, PRN says it's dropped more than $100 mil in advertising to make Miss Cleo a pop culture phenom -- and then French Toast Crunch came along and jacked the whole Cleo look.

The psychics want all profits attributed to the ad campaign. General Mills had no comment on the lawsuit.

Chief Keef

New Kid IS My Son, Or Is NOT My Son

... I Can't Decide

8/26/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0824-chief-keef-baby-mama-main-tmzChief Keef's got a brand new baby mama situation -- she says she just had his son ... his lawyer says take a number, lady ... and Keef can't decide whether to celebrate.  

According to docs filed in Kentucky ... a woman named Lauren wants CK to pay child support for her 2-month-old baby boy, and lists him as the daddy.  

Sources close to the situation tell us they met last year at one of his KY shows, then he flew her to Chicago a few times -- and yada, yada, yada ... baby! 

Keef actually posted a photo of the boy Monday with the caption, "The White Sosa" (referring to his nickname) and then deleted it after an hour. Our sources say Lauren sent CK the pic, and he hasn't met the kid yet. In the docs, Lauren says she hasn't seen Keef since conception.

Keef's lawyer says Lauren's claims are untrue, and the rapper's constantly targeted by women looking for easy paydays.

Apparently the lawyer forgot about this story ... and this one.

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Tyga

Loses $70k But Still

Fighting for Crib in Kylie's 'Hood

8/26/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Tyga needs to just move in with Kylie Jenner already, because he's been ordered to fork over $70,000 in back rent on a house in her gated community -- a pad he claims he's actually buying.  

Tyga's gone to war over the Calabasas home -- just a few minutes from Kylie's -- and on Monday a judge ruled he had stiffed the landlord. Even with $70k on the line, Tyga didn't even bother showing up in court ... possibly because he says he's no renter.

Last week he filed suit against the landlord, saying he has an agreement to buy the property, and even plunked down $200,000 as a down payment. Until that's settled, the bottom line is ... he's gotta pay up AND move out.

The good news -- as of 2 weeks ago he can bunk up with KJ. Legally.

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