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Aaron Hernandez

He's a Disgrace to Our City

... Says Mayor of Bristol

4/15/2015 8:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Aaron Hernandez isn't just a murderer -- he's a stain on the city of Bristol ... so says the mayor. 

We spoke with Mayor Kenneth B. Cockayne ... who tells us the entire community is disgusted with Hernandez, who grew up in Bristol. 

"He was a role model for the kids and adults of Bristol -- and now the hearts of those children are crushed."

"We're sick of this case, and I'm glad it's over. It puts a bad light on our whole town. He shed a lot of bad light on all of us."

"Aaron Hernandez does not define this community."

Aaron Hernandez

GUILTY OF 1ST DEGREE MURDER

'Life In Prison'

4/15/2015 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Aaron Hernandez has just been found guilty of 1st degree murder in the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd ... and has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

Several people inside the courtroom began crying as the verdict was read ... including Aaron's fiancee and mother. 

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As the verdict was read, Hernandez was shaking his head in disbelief.  At one point, Hernandez turned to his fiancee and mouthed the words, "Be strong."

25-year-old Hernandez -- a former superstar tight end for the New England Patriots -- killed Lloyd on June 17th, 2013.  Lloyd was shot 6 times. 

Aaron was also found guilty of illegal gun possession and illegal ammunition possession. 

After sentencing in the Lloyd case, Hernandez will still stand trial in the shooting deaths of two people in Boston in 2012.  That trial is scheduled to begin in May. 

update_graphic_red_bar8:47 AM PT -- Hernandez has been ordered to serve time at MCI Cedar Junction at Walpole -- which is just under 4 miles from the stadium where the Patriots play. 

8:39 AM PT -- Hernandez has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

8:18 AM PT -- Odin Lloyd's mother Ursula Ward is now addressing the court -- and explaining how Hernandez destroyed her life.  

"I felt like I wanted to go into that hole with my son."

"I miss my baby boy Odin so much. But I know I will see him again some day. At that gives me the strength to go on."

Odin's mother says she forgives the people who had a hand in her son's murder -- and asked for everyone else to forgive him as well. 

Donald Sterling

Side Piece Ordered to Return $2.6 Mil

4/15/2015 6:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Donald Sterling had no right to shower V. Stiviano with lavish gifts, no matter how good of an archivist she was, because the loot he used to buy all the goodies wasn't his to give away.

A judge just sided with Shelly Sterling, concluding Shelly was still very much Donald's wife when he pulled his shenanigans -- giving V. a duplex, a Bentley, a Range Rover and a Ferrari totaling $2.6 mil.

But don't roll out the tow truck -- Shelly doesn't want the cars ... she wants the money. According to the ruling, $830k of the $2.6 mil is due in cash -- with $430k earmarked for the value of the vehicles. 

V. tried in vain to convince the judge Donald and Shelly were separated at the time she scored the goods, so he had every right to shell out the cash. The judge begged to differ, saying Donald had no right to use the Sterling money to fund V.'s lifestyle.

So the question ... how does V. make it right?   

Return, return, return. 

Three 6 Mafia Rapper

Tells Cops ...

I Wanted Coke, Not Meth!!!

4/15/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Three 6 Mafia rapper Crunchy Black is a man who knows what he wants when it comes to drugs ... but according to cops he isn't too good at getting it. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the Oscar winner was roaming the streets of Vegas early Tuesday when he was stopped for walking into an intersection when the "do not cross" light was flashing.

It didn't take long for cops to discover meth.

According to the police report, Crunchy's response was hilariously incriminating. He said, "Oh damn. I was trying to buy that powder, not meth." 

For bad measure the 'Three 6' rapper also had 2 warrants for his arrest. He was booked for possession and for providing a phony name. He's still in custody.

Crunchy has other problems. He's still a wanted man in Minnesota after allegedly beating his girlfriend in a hotel room.

A rep for Crunchy Black tells us the rapper wants to move forward with his life and will handle the charges in court. Some advice ... don't move forward when the "don't walk" sign is flashing.

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Joss Whedon Sued

The 'Avengers' Director

Jacked My 'Cabin in the Woods'

4/14/2015 3:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0414-joss-whedon-cabin-in-the-woods-TMZ-LIONSGATE-01Joss Whedon, current king of the Marvel universe, is being sued for allegedly stealing the idea for the cult horror smash, "The Cabin in the Woods."

Whedon and "Cabin" co-writer/director Drew Goddard are being sued by a guy named Peter Gallagher (not "The O.C." guy with the eyebrows) who claims he registered a book with the Writers Guild called "The Little White Trip: A Night in the Pines."

Gallagher's book came 5 years before 'Cabin' ... which he claims has several similarities to his work:

-- Five friends (three males, two females), ages 17-22
-- In the book, the girls are named Julie and Dura; in the film, Jules and Dana
-- Each takes place at a cabin in the woods (duh!)
-- Each has a twist where you learn the characters are being manipulated and filmed as players in a real-life horror show (spoiler alert!)

In all, Gallagher says there are 25 similar scenes. 

Gallagher's book is nowhere near a best seller -- but in the suit, he says Whedon might have caught wind of it because Gallagher used to hawk it on sidewalks in Santa Monica, CA. He says Whedon lives in that city. Of course ... so do 92,000 other people. 

Gallagher is seeking damages in excess of $10 million. 

Sugar Bear

Brother Billy Missing

Police Report Filed

4/14/2015 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0414-mama-june-billy-sugar-tmz-splashSugar Bear's brother is missing, and Sugar Bear and Mama June are so worried we're told they've filed a missing persons report.

Billy Thompson was last seen 3 days ago in McIntyre, Georgia. He's gone off the radar, not returning phone calls or texts.

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The last time Billy was seen was Saturday, at Sugar Bear's home where Mama June's daughter Jessica was getting ready to go to prom.

Mama June's people tell TMZ, they're especially worried because he's been going through hard times lately. He's unemployed and unable to find work. He's also having a hard time seeing his kids in the wake of a bad breakup with his baby mama.

Mama June's people say they've gone to the local police department and filed a report, but so far no luck in finding him. 

Thabo Sefolosha

Blames NYPD for Injury

'I'm In Great Pain'

4/14/2015 11:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0414-thabo-sefolosha-GETTY-01Thabo Sefolosha is publicly blaming the NYPD for the "significant injury" he suffered during an arrest last week ... saying, "I am in great pain ... the injury was caused by the police."

We broke the story ... the NYPD has already launched an internal affairs investigation into the arrest -- in which you can see several officers physically corralling the NBA player. 

In fact, you can see one cop pull out a baton and swing it -- though it's unclear from the footage if he connects with Thabo. The NYPD has said Thabo was acting in an aggressive manor which justified the use of force.

Thabo reportedly suffered a broken right fibula and ligament damage in the melee ... and now he's issued a statement blaming the police. 

"On advice of counsel, I hope you can appreciate that I cannot discuss the facts of the case. Those questions will be answered by my attorney in a court of law. I will simply say that I am in great pain, have experienced a significant injury and that the injury was caused by the police."

Thabo Sefolosha

Internal Affairs Investigating

Violent NYPD Arrest

4/14/2015 8:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The NYPD has launched an internal affairs investigation into the arrest of NBA player Thabo Sefolosha -- who claims cops used excessive force during a violent incident last week.

As we previously reported, Thabo was taken into custody early Wednesday morning -- after cops say he was obstructing officers from investigating the stabbing of NBA player Chris Copeland.

We posted footage of the arrest on TMZ Sports -- which showed cops putting Thabo in a headlock and pulling him to the ground. At least one cop brandishes his nightstick. 

Cops say Thabo was acting in an aggressive manor ... which justified the use of force. Thabo's attorney says BS ... and says the video essentially exonerates his client of any wrongdoing. 

Now, an NYPD spokesperson tells us, "The issue has been referred to internal affairs, which is investigating the incident."

Stay tuned ... 

BRUTAL VIDEO

Police Club Suspected DUI Motorist

4/14/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

A man charged with drunk driving was brutally clubbed by Chico, CA cops ... and some of it was caught on video.

Sean Reardon claims he was driving on February 18th at around 9:40 PM when he was pulled over for a broken tail light and expired tags. Reardon, who has filed a claim against the city, claims he was tackled to the pavement without provocation on his part and then struck "multiple times with extreme violence, with a baton, club or stick without provocation."

Reardon, who is white, says in the claim he was "hog-tied," thrown into a van and taken to the hospital. He says he suffered acute respiratory failure when he arrived and was put on a ventilator. He was in ICU for 4 days. He says he also suffered multiple broken bones, including ribs, nose and sternum.  

Speaking on behalf of police, the Butte County Chief Deputy D.A. tells us ... Reardon had a warrant for failing to appear on a gun charge -- and attempted to flee when he was pulled over. He says when officers caught up to him, Reardon refused to show his hands and kept them at his waist band. A police incident log says, "Blue vehicle westbound. The subject foot bailed from vehicle. Resisting."

The chief deputy D.A. says the officers used force to get Reardon to cooperate. He adds Reardon's BAC was .14 -- almost twice the legal limit -- and also had methamphetamine and cocaine in his blood.

Reardon, who is repped by Ashley Amerio, was charged with evading a peace officer, DUI, DUI with alcohol or drugs within 10 years of a prior, and resisting an executive officer -- all felonies.

Reardon pled not guilty and is on a no bail hold, because he's on probation for the prior DUI.

Nelly Arrest

I Let Shady Peeps On My Bus ...

Now I Gotta Be Like TSA

4/14/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0413_nelly_tmzNelly's calling out some of the random people on his tour bus ... for getting him busted for drugs this weekend -- so now he's hand-picking who gets all access passes on his ride.

Nelly tells TMZ ... "I feel the need to take responsibility for my choices in needing to be more aware of all the people I associate with and allow onto my property."

We broke the story ... Nelly's attorney says there were 15 to 20 other people who had access to the bus before Saturday's bust. Nelly was arrested for possession of methamphetamine (his lawyer claims it was ecstasy) and marijuana, but he seems to be laying at least partial blame on someone else.

He adds, "While my instinct of course, is to be accessible to my friends, fans and acquaintances, the last thing I would want to do is compromise the respect and admiration of my friends, family and fans."

In other words ... no more free rides.

Olivier Martinez

No Criminal Charges

In Car Seat Assault Case

4/14/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0413_olivier-martinez_tmzOlivier Martinez has dodged a bullet ... he will NOT be criminally prosecuted for slamming a baby car seat into an airport employee at LAX.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the L.A. City Attorney will conduct an office hearing where Martinez and the LAX employee will tell their sides, and then Halle Berry's husband will probably get a warning and the case will be closed. The hearing officer could make anger management part of the deal.

You'll recall, Halle, Olivier and Nahla had just arrived at the Tom Bradley International Terminal in January when the employee tried playing amateur photog, which pissed off Olivier. He took the empty car seat and rammed it into the employee, causing him to fall backward. 

Dwight Howard's Baby Mama

Our Son Is Still Terrified Of Him

4/14/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Dwight Howard's ex Royce Reed is FURIOUS that the NBA star is off the hook in his child abuse case ... telling close friends their 7-year-old son is still "terrified" of his father. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Howard was investigated by the Atlanta Police Dept. for allegedly hitting his son with a belt buckle last year. They ultimately decided to drop the case. 

Now, we've learned Reed is fuming over the decision -- with one source close to Reed telling us, "She's extremely upset by the way the system neglected to defend her son."

"She never asked for Dwight to be arrested. She asked for him to get help and take parenting classes. Her child is terrified of his father."

We reached out to Dwight's camp for comment -- and his attorney told us, "Several law enforcement agencies have thoroughly investigated the allegations and all decided against filing charges."

"It is sad that Royce Reed continues to use her son as a pawn with the media, despite court orders prohibiting her from doing so."

Justin Bieber

Placed in Chokehold and Booted from Coachella

Singer Threatens Legal Action

4/13/2015 4:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber was kicked out of Coachella Sunday night, but not before he was placed in a chokehold ... TMZ has learned.

Bieber and his entourage walked to the artist's entrance where Drake was performing, when they were stopped by security and told the area was at capacity and they couldn't come in. Bieber and his crew showed security they had the proper wristbands to gain entry. 

Eyewitnesses tell TMZ, Bieber argued with security, saying there was no way he could stand in a big crowd because he'd get bombarded by fans. Security wasn't having it and told him to leave.

We're told Bieber persisted and said he was personally invited by Drake and had been waiting all weekend to see him perform. Bieber didn't stand down and security was pissed.

At that point a Coachella staffer came up to Bieber and said she would escort him inside the artist's area. She grabbed Bieber by the arm and began walking him and his security team inside, when Coachella security came up from behind and put Bieber in a chokehold. 

We're told Bieber's team got into it with security and the singer was then ordered to leave the festival.

Sources close to Bieber say he voluntarily left, and they're considering taking legal action against the security guards.  

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