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Amber Heard My $7 Mil Settlement Is Fighting Violence Against Women

8/18/2016 3:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0818_amber_heard_tmzAmber Heard is giving ALL of her Johnny Depp divorce settlement money to 2 charities.

Amber confirmed what TMZ first reported ... the settlement amount is $7 million, and she tells us, "The donation will be divided equally between the ACLU, with a particular focus to stop violence against women, and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, where I have worked as a volunteer for the past 10 years."

Amber's also reiterating what she and Johnny said in their joint statement -- that the divorce wasn't about financial gain. She says, "Money played no role for me personally and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing so, hopefully help those less able to defend themselves." 

Amber says she forfeited all residuals Johnny earned from movie deals he made during their 15-month marriage ... which she'd be entitled to because there was no prenup. 

A rep for Children's Hospital thanked Heard and said, "her generosity will support the lifesaving treatments and cures that CHLA provides for critically ill children each year." 

Amber added, "Hopefully this experience results in a positive change in the lives of people who need it the most."


Ryan Lochte, James Feigen Cops Recommend Indictment for Crime in Rio

8/18/2016 3:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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3:34 PM PT -- ABC News appears to have backed off the indictment story and now says federal cops are "recommending" indictment.

update_grey_gray_barRyan Lochte and James Feigen have been indicted in Rio for filing a false police report ... this according to ABC News.

Sources connected to the 2 swimmers tell TMZ, they're "not surprised" at the turn of events, but they add Ryan and Jimmy told the truth. They reiterated, as Ryan initially said, the swimmers were in a cab, they were confronted by men who appeared to be police and at that point there is a lapse of 3 minutes on the video.

When the video restarts the swimmers come out with their hands up, Ryan is standing and then goes down. And the sources add armed security took their money.

Jimmy Feigen is still in Rio and could be arrested. Ryan is back in the U.S.

The crime of filing a false police report is punishable by 6 months in jail. We've done some checking and the crime is not listed as an extraditable offense, which means the U.S. cannot force Lochte to go back to Rio for prosecution.


Dana White McGregor Will Be Punished For Bottle War ... Lawsuit On the Way

8/18/2016 2:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dana White says Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will BOTH be punished for their roles in the UFC 202 bottle fight ... and says someone who was struck at the event is already planning a lawsuit. 

The UFC prez joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Thursday on FS1) -- and we asked if the fighters will be reprimanded for the incident, in which a child was allegedly hit with a projectile. 

"They're both getting punished," White says. 

"What everybody's gotta understand is .. we're overseen by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. I guarantee both of these guys will get massive fines. And there's probably gonna be a hearing too after the fight."

White says both guys could be hit with suspensions and community service -- "It's gonna be ugly."

"And the word is that in this thing, somebody was injured. So, there's gonna be a lawsuit ... who knows how it's gonna play out."

White didn't say who is filing the suit -- but says "the wheels are in motion on it."

There's A LOT more in the entire interview, which airs tonight on FS1. Don't miss it. 

Katt Williams Sued You Knocked Me Out Cold!! I'm Gonna Need $1 Million

8/18/2016 1:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0818-katt-williams-tmzKatt Williams' ex-assistant says he attacked and knocked her so senseless, she was laid up in a hospital for days ... and now she's suing him for big money.

Angelina Triplett-Hill says the oft-arrested comedian flew into a rage in 2014 while they were on a movie set in L.A. According to the lawsuit, Katt got pissed when she took a phone call, and violently lunged toward her and ordered her into a van.

She says Katt snatched the phone out of her hands and lobbed it inside the van. Triplett-Hill says she became frightened and fearful because she claims she'd previously seen Katt violently beat other women in her presence. 

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Triplett-Hill says Katt called her a bitch and got even more enraged when she repeatedly told him ... he's "bigger than that." She says that's when Katt hit her in the face, slamming her to the ground and knocking her unconscious.

Triplett-Hill says she spent 3 days hospitalized after the attack and immediately quit. She's suing Katt for physical pain and damages in excess of $1 million. 

We reached out to Katt, so far no word back.


WWE Legend Tammy Sytch Ducks Jail In Triple DUI Case

8/18/2016 12:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Sytch -- aka Sunny -- just caught a HUUUUGGGE break in her triple DUI case ... avoiding serious jail time thanks to her 97 days in rehab. 

Sytch appeared in court in Pennsylvania on Thursday to be sentenced for the three DUI convictions she racked up in 2015. 

Each DUI carried a maximum of 90 days in jail -- but Sytch pulled off a miracle in court. 

The judge sentenced her to a grand total of 90 days in jail for all 3 DUIs -- but gave her jail credit for the 97 days she spent in a rehab center earlier this year ... so says her attorney Matthew Schnell. 

In addition, she got 5 years parole with bi-weekly alcohol testing, 125 hours of community service and will have to pay roughly $2,100 in fines. 

We're told the judge also made it clear ... Tammy's in a zero-tolerance situation -- one slip-up and it's the pokey for her. 

Tammy tells us ... she's 152 days sober, feels great and dedicated to staying on track. 


Ryan Lochte My Story Was Mostly True Tape Edited At Critical Point

8/18/2016 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0817-ryan-lochte-tmzRyan Lochte did not lie about the "robbery" incident ... and there are 3 minutes of missing surveillance video that will back up most of his story ... this according to sources directly connected to the swimmer. 

Our sources say Lochte and his team claim they were indeed taken out of a cab at gunpoint, but the video doesn't show that because the gas station edited it out. 

We're told Lochte mistook the uniforms worn by the security guards as police uniforms, and he claims during the missing 3 minutes he and the other swimmers were pulled out of the taxi at gunpoint. 

As for his claim the cab was pulled over en route, one of the sources concedes, "That's a problem."

And our Lochte sources say reports that his 3 teammates admitted the story was a lie are untrue.

In fact ... Jimmy Feigen just spoke with local news in San Antonio, denying a cover-up and affirming he was robbed.


U.S. Swimmers Damaged Gas Station ... Guard Forced 'em to Pay Up

8/18/2016 8:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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9:08 AM PT -- Security camera footage from the gas station shows the swimmers walking through a hallway back toward the bathroom, and then leave. You can't see what happens by the bathroom door.

Once they get in their taxi though, gas station employees approach and after some discussion they all get out of the cab. At the very end of the footage ... the swimmers have their hands up and it appears they're being forced to sit on the ground.

There's no gun visible in the video.


Ryan Lochte and his teammates left out a huge part of their "robbery" story -- which is that they busted up a gas station bathroom, and THEN a security guard pulled a gun on them ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Sources connected to James Feigen tell us the real deal is ... the 4 swimmers -- including Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz -- were on their way home from a party early Sunday morning when they stopped to take a leak at a gas station. We're told one or more of the guys was peeing outside the bathroom, and also kicked in the bathroom door.

Our sources say the swimmers were all wasted.

That's when the gas station's armed security guard rolled up, pulled his gun and demanded they pay for the damage. We're told he did take money from the swimmers, but only to cover the expenses, and then let them go.

Rio police say the gas station manager tells a slightly different story -- claiming the guard never pulled the gun and the manager merely asked them to pay, which they did.

Bottom line ... it's possible Lochte and co. didn't lie about a gun or losing money. However, they DID create a whole bogus scenario about their taxi getting pulled over and fake badges -- and totally omitted the part about them starting the trouble in the first place. On Wednesday night, Lochte repeated most of those lies to Matt Lauer.

They could face prosecution for lying to Rio cops. They have a news conference scheduled for later Thursday.


Kendall Jenner Alleged Stalker Repeatedly Followed, Harassed and Chased

8/18/2016 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0817-kendall-jenner-tmzA guy who has been tailing Kendall Jenner, chasing her, banging on her windows and scaring the hell out of her has just been ordered to stay far far away.

Shavaughn McKenzie has been shadowing Kendall for a long time, and it all came to a head Sunday night at her Hollywood Hills home. We now know details about the encounter that resulted in an arrest and stalking charges.

McKenzie was lying in wait for Kendall to arrive, and when she drove in her gate he followed and then banged on her car window and screamed, "Can I talk to you?" ... this according to the police report.

Kendall started screaming, and cops say McKenzie tried reassuring her, saying, "Hey look, I don't have a gun" as he held his hands in the air to accentuate the point.

According to the report, McKenzie also camped out at her West L.A. condo, once chasing her car as she left and actually running into traffic.

When Kendall moved, McKenzie followed. He's now been charged with misdemeanor stalking but maybe more important ... now that Kendall has a restraining order, thanks to her lawyer, Shawn Holley, if he comes near cops will hook him up.

Bam Margera Hauled Off by Cops ... You're Finnished Drinking, Pal!

8/18/2016 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0818-bam-margera-nicole-boyd-tmz-getty-01Bam Margera spent a night in a Finnish drunk tank after getting into an argument with his wife.

Helsinki cops tell TMZ ... they detained the "Jackass" star on Sunday night outside the Sea Horse -- a landmark restaurant in that city. Witnesses say things were getting heated between Bam and his wife, Nicole ... when cops arrived and hauled off Bam at 11 PM.

We're told he was not booked for any crime, and they just let him sleep it off until 6 AM Monday.

Bam and Nicole have a rocky past with booze. As we reported, she got busted for DUI earlier this year, and wrecked their Porsche.

Ryan Lochte Olympic Teammates Detained in Brazil

8/17/2016 6:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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10:30 PM PT -- A rep for the USOC says Conger and Bentz have both been released by local authorities ... but will remain in Brazil to continue discussions on Thursday, along with James Feigen, who the rep says is also in contact with investigators.


Team USA swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz -- who were with Ryan Lochte during the alleged robbery in Rio -- got yanked off an airplane as they were trying to leave Brazil.

The USOC confirms to TMZ Sports ... Conger and Bentz were detained by authorities, but says it's still gathering information as to find out exactly why.

Earlier on Tuesday, cops in Rio said they were suspicious of the swimmers' claim they were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning. The USOC says cops went to the Olympic Village to interview Lochte and teammate James Feigen, but discovered they'd already left -- Locate's actually back in the States. 

NBC says Feigen was slated to be on the same flight with Bentz and Conger, but never showed up.

Looks like they nabbed Conger and Bentz at the last possible moment. Late Wednesday night, cops were still interviewing them at the airport.


'Selma' Movie Shoot Lit Me Up with 220 Volts ... Crew Member Sues

8/17/2016 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0817-selma-poster-paramount-01Paramount's Oscar nominated film, "Selma," could have cost an electrician his life ... and now he's suing the studio.

Ron Sands says he was installing a special light for filming -- an "18,000 HMI globe" -- back in June 2014 on the Atlanta set ... when a safety feature failed, and he ended getting a huge zap. He says he suffered severe physical injuries, but isn't any more specific.

In the federal lawsuit, he says he got hit with 220 volts ... something he believes Paramount should've known would eventually happen due to what he saw as faulty wiring on set.

For its part, Paramount says what happened to Sands is just part of the j-o-b, and he "assumed the risk of any hazard" on set ... when he signed on for the production.  

Katt Williams Charged for Fighting Woman

8/17/2016 11:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0817-katt-williams-tmzKatt Williams officially has a new legal battle on his hands, now that the L.A. City Attorney is charging him with misdemeanor battery for allegedly punching a woman ... TMZ has learned.

We broke the story ... Williams was arrested at Sportsmen's Lodge restaurant in Studio City after a female employee accused him of attacking her. Law enforcement sources say it all started when Katt felt disrespected at how the woman was speaking to him.

We're told when cops arrived, they noticed visible minor injuries on the woman and cuffed him.

Katt's heard this before -- many times -- but if convicted, he faces up to 6 months in jail.

We reached out to Katt ... so far, no word back.

UCLA Football Player Off the Hook In Rape Case ... Can't Prove Accuser Was Drunk

8/17/2016 11:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0815-adam-searl-facebookUCLA kicker Adam Searl will NOT be charged for allegedly sexually assaulting 2 women -- after investigators say there are too many holes in their stories. 

As we previously reported, Searl was arrested after a woman claimed he went to her apartment in Oct. 2014 and raped her while she was blackout drunk. 

After Searl was arrested in Oct. 2015, a second woman came to police and said Searl sexually assaulted her with his fingers during an incident in Feb. 2014.  

Accuser #1 claimed she met Searl while drunkenly leaving a party and they went back to her place. She claimed she was so wasted, she blacked out but remembers Searl having sex with her 3 times and found 3 used condoms in her place the next morning. 

She claims she tried to resist but kept blacking out. She went to police hours after the incident. 

Cops say the DNA in the condoms matched Searl. 

But investigators say they spoke with witnesses and ran toxicology and drug tests on the accuser -- and didn't find evidence to prove she was blackout hammered at the time of the incident

Cops also say the fact she led him to her apartment cuts against her argument that he raped her. 

Eventually, the L.A. County District Attorney decided there was not enough evidence to convict Searl, so the case was dropped. 

As for accuser #2, officials spoke with witnesses and say there just wasn't enough there to prove he committed a crime. Plus, the fact she waited 1 year and 8 months made it a weaker case. 

Her case was also rejected. 

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