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Swizz Beatz Sued for $42 Million Allegations of Massive Car Theft

9/22/2016 6:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0922-swizz-beatz-TMZ-01Swizz Beatz screwed a car leasing company out of 10s of millions of dollars in super expensive whips, including McLarens, Bentleys, Porsches and Ferraris ... this according to a new lawsuit.

The famed music producer formed a car leasing company and used another company -- Metro-Gem Leasing and Funding -- to bankroll the venture.

Metro claims it plunked down millions so Swizz's company could snag the fancy cars, but over a 3 year period screwed them out of millions.

The suit mentions Swizz's wife, Alicia Keys, claiming in 2013 Swizz and Alicia started leasing some of the vehicles for personal use. She is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

The suit alleges massive fraud with 27 vehicles. Metro is asking for $42 mil in damages.

Swizz has responded, "People just do and say anything these days for $ Wow! The crazy part is people also believe anything these days SMH! Going back to bed." 

Heisman Winner Troy Smith Sentenced in Drunk Driving Case ... Avoids Jail

9/21/2016 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0921_troy-smith_gettyEx-NFL QB Troy Smith has struck a plea deal in his drunk driving case, but won't serve any time behind bars ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The former Ohio State star was busted for OVI (operating vehicle while impaired) and weed possession on April 3rd after cops pulled him over and realized he was hammered

According to court records, Smith pled guilty to willful or wanton disregard and, in exchange, the other charges were dismissed. 

He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 177 days suspended. We spoke to Smith's lawyer, who said he is going to complete a 3 day driver intervention program instead of going to jail. 

The judge also sentenced him to a year of probation and suspended his license for 6 months. He's not allowed to drink any alcohol while on probation.

JonBenet Ramsey Brother's Atty Rips CBS ... Special Was an 'Asinine' Lie

9/21/2016 2:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The lawyer for JonBenet Ramsey's brother laid out exactly why he plans to sue the crap out of CBS for airing "experts" who concluded Burke Ramsey killed his little sister.

Burke's lawyer, L. Lin Wood, came on "TMZ Live" and accused CBS of using "phony experts" on its documentary ... just so it could profit off the impending 20 year anniversary of JonBenet's unsolved murder.

Wood explained why he believe the evidence completely refutes the findings of "The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey." As we reported ... Wood intends to sue CBS for defamation.

Chris Bosh Interior Design Firm Sues You Screwed Us Out of Millions!!!

9/21/2016 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0921_chris-bosh_GETTYChris Bosh committed a flagrant foul on an interior design company, hiring them to work on his fancy new Texas home with no intention of paying up ... according to a new lawsuit.

MJB Design Group claims Bosh and his wife, Adrienne, sought their help with the Texas project because they had worked with them already in Florida, where the firm is based.

According to the docs ... MJB entered into an agreement with the Boshes in January 2015 to provide interior design services and all materials for the Texas property until it was done, which was supposed to be in May 2016.

MJB claims this was all a sham ... because the Boshes dragged their heels during construction knowing it would never be done on time, but still promised them a paycheck.

The Boshes' home was not built on time and they backed out of their deal with MJB last month ... according to the suit.

MJB is suing Bosh and his wife for more than $2 mil -- a huge price tag for the NBA star whose playing days might be over.

We reached out to Bosh for comment ... so far, no word back.

NFL's Josh Gordon Wanted Man ... Arrest Warrant Issued

9/21/2016 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar6:00 PM PT -- According to Cleveland.com, Gordon submitted a DNA test this afternoon and settled the warrant. His attorney said he was unaware of the case and didn't realize he was supposed to be in court.update-grey-gray-barAn arrest warrant has been issued for NFL star Josh Gordon, 'cause the 25-year-old blew off a judge several times in a paternity case. 

According to court docs, an Ohio woman claims Gordon is the father of her 1-year-old daughter ... and filed a lawsuit against him last year seeking child support. She said the child was born on 5/14/2015.

A judge ordered the Cleveland Browns wide receiver to provide a DNA sample and attend hearings -- but Gordon failed to comply with any of the orders -- so a warrant was issued for his arrest on August 31. 

When he turns himself in, his bond will be set at $500. The warrant can be recalled if he submits a DNA test.

The Browns issued a statement, saying, "We are aware of the situation. Josh and his attorney are working with the Cuyahoga County Courts to resolve this matter. We have no further comment at this time."

Cleveland.com was the first to report the story.

Chris Brown Lawyer D.A.'s Got Zilch on My Client LAPD Says Not So Fast

9/21/2016 9:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0921-chris-brown-tmzChris Brown's attorney seems to have an idea where the singer's assault case is headed ... nowhere. But cops are saying ... the investigation's in full swing.

Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, just suggested the case against Chris has fallen apart. When Chris was arrested August 30, he was due in court for an arraignment this past Tuesday. Not only did the authorities miss that deadline, we've confirmed cops haven't even presented the file to the D.A.

But law enforcement sources say ... detectives are knee-deep in the investigation, interviewing witnesses and compiling evidence. We've learned the arraignment date has been extended 15 days so detectives can complete their investigation and send the case on to prosecutors.

As we reported, Brown was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, after allegedly pointing a gun at houseguest Baylee Curran.

Meantime ... Chris is cashing in on the whole ordeal. He's selling these shirts and, in his own artistic way, tells us exactly how he feels about Curran. 

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Adrien Broner Charges Dropped ... In Bowling Alley Robbery Case

9/21/2016 8:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0921-adrien-broner-tmzBoxing superstar Adrien Broner will not be prosecuted for allegedly pulling a gun on a man and violently robbing him earlier this year ... TMZ Sports has confirmed. 

We broke the story ... Broner was charged with felonious assault and aggravated robbery after allegedly getting into a fight over a bet at a Cincinnati bowling alley back in January. 

A jury trial was scheduled to begin Wednesday, but according to a Hamilton County court clerk, the prosecutor's witness was a no-show ... so the judge dropped the charges.

Broner was present in court with his lawyer.

It seems like AB is completely off the hook in this case -- the alleged victim dropped his civil suit against him a few months ago.

A rep for the boxer tells us, "We are happy that the charges were dropped. It was a major setback, but we're glad we can move on from this and focus on getting AB back in the ring."

JonBenet Ramsey Brother to File Defamation Suit Against CBS

9/21/2016 8:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0921-jonbenet-ramsey-doc-cbsCBS is about to be sued by JonBenet Ramsey's older brother, two days after the network aired a documentary in which experts concluded the brother killed her.

Burke Ramsey's lawyer, L. Lin Wood, tells TMZ, "You damn betcha I'm gonna sue CBS, the phony experts and everyone else that put this thing together."

The documentary concludes Burke, then 9, killed his little sister by hitting her on the head with a heavy flashlight, while John and Patsy Ramsey covered up the kill to protect him.

The theory flies in the face of autopsy findings, which concluded JonBenet died from "asphyxia strangulation" associated with head trauma. There were scores of theories ... the most prominent being someone struck the 6-year-old with a flashlight and one of the parents used a garrote to finish her off. The theory -- the parents allegedly killed JonBenet to then make it seem that an intruder murdered her.

The theory was never pursued by prosecutors.

CBS tells TMZ, the network "stands by the broadcast and will do so in court."

If it goes to court this could become a de facto murder trial.

Lena Headey to Ex-Husband You Signed Off On Moving Our Kid to the U.K.

9/21/2016 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0920_Peter-Loughran_lena_headey_tmz_gettyLena Headey's ex-husband is pissed she moved to the U.K. with their son -- but she's calling BS because she says they had a clear understanding about the move across the pond.

Headey's lawyer, Joy Stanley, tells TMZ ... Peter Loughran agreed with the "Game of Thrones" star they'd both move to the U.K. during the summer, with their child, and continue to have joint legal custody.

Lena's team says Loughran ended up staying in the U.S., and is now claiming he never agreed to leave. But Stanley tells us, "Ms. Headey has not taken the parties' child against any custody arrangement."

Sources close to Headey tell us she has a great family support system in the U.K., and that's the only reason for the move.  

'Modern Family' Creator Steve Levitan Estranged Wife Accuses Him of Threatening WWIII Shut Down by Judge

9/21/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Modern Family" creator Steve Levitan has a new idea for a functional modern family ... lose the wife who drags him to court for daring to visit his daughter.

Levitan -- who grosses $2.4 million a month -- is in the throes of a super nasty divorce in which his wife has now twice tried, unsuccessfully, to keep him away from the family home.

The latest blowup occurred the day before the Emmys. Steve invited his daughter, Hannah, to come home from college for the weekend so he could take her to the awards ceremony. Hannah was staying at the family home with her mom, Krista, when Steve drove up to take her for a drink.

Steve says he was on a public sidewalk when Hannah came up to hug him. Krista was out of town, but a burly security guard was ready to pounce. The guard got out of a car, walked up to Steve and said, "Can I help you with something." Steve simply responded, "No."

But Steve was pissed, saying in legal docs he felt like he was being treated like a criminal.

Krista ran to court Tuesday, asking a judge for a restraining order ... keeping him a hundred yards from the family home. She made all sorts of allegations, including aggressive courtroom conduct. She said he tried to intimidate her in the courthouse cafeteria by staring her down.

She also says he assaulted her back in May at their son's volleyball awards ceremony by grabbing her by the arms and saying, "Get ready for World War III."

The judge denied her request for a restraining order. This is the second time Krista's been shut down in court for a restraining order.

Money ... it doesn't buy happiness.

Metta World Peace Allegedly Terrorized By Deranged Woman Slashed Tires, Stalked Kids, Violent Threats

9/21/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0920-metta-world-peace-TMZ-01Metta World Peace claims he and his family have been targeted by a deranged woman who's threatened violence, attacked his property and waited for his kids after school ... and now, he's obtained a restraining order against her.

TMZ Sports has learned ... Peace went to the LAPD and told cops a "stranger," named Miesha Shakes, had been harassing him in a series of disturbing emails dating back to 2015.

Peace says the emails contained violent threats -- including one that read, "I apologize in advance, I'm going out with a bang. This will be the worst thing to ever happen in Westwood. Call cops I'm ready."

She also threatened to attack his car, accused him of raping women and threatened him with a knife ... Peace alleged in court documents.

Peace claims she made good on some of her threats -- throwing a brick through a window in his building and slashing his tires.

He also claims she physically attacked his 19-year-old daughter and "was waiting outside for my 13 yr old daughter after school."

Peace is clearly scared -- and asked the judge to keep her "1 million" yards away from his family, home, workplace, kids' school and "Earth."

The judge ultimately ordered the woman to stay 100 yards away from all of the requested places ... except Earth.

A hearing in the case is scheduled for later this month.

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Derrick Rose Rape Accuser Must Reveal Identity ... Judge Rules

9/20/2016 2:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0920-Derrick-Rose-gettyThe woman suing Derrick Rose for allegedly gang raping her with his friends may no longer use a pseudonym and MUST reveal her identity when the case moves forward ... a judge has ruled. 

The woman filed her lawsuit under the name "Jane Doe" in an effort to stay anonymous and protect her privacy. 

Typically, the law allows someone who claims to be the victim of a sex crime to file a lawsuit under a pseudonym to protect their privacy rights.

But Rose filed court documents saying Doe has abused the privilege by going on a "nationwide pretrial media blitz" over the past week ... which included phone interviews and a news conference.

Now, it seems the judge agrees ... with U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald ruling that she must disclose her real name when the case goes to trial. 

LeSean McCoy Cops Sue NFL Star Over Bar Fight 'Serious and Permanent Injuries'

9/20/2016 8:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0920-lesean-mccoy-getty-01LeSean McCoy has been hit with a lawsuit by two off-duty cops who say the Buffalo Bills running back and his crew beat the hell out of them during a bar fight in Philly. 

The officers behind the suit, Darnell Jessie and Roland Butler, claim they were partying at Recess Lounge back in February when McCoy and his crew attacked them

An attorney for the officer told ESPN both men suffered "serious and permanent injuries."

The officers are also suing Recess and 3 members of McCoy's party -- Curtis Brinkley, Tamarcus Porter and Christopher Henderson.

McCoy and his party had been investigated by cops in the past, but officials declined to press charges

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