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Meek Mill Lawyers File Legal Docs to Boot the Judge

11/14/2017 11:53 AM PST
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Meek Mill's lawyers have just filed legal docs asking the judge who sentenced him to years in prison to take herself off the case because of inappropriate conduct.

Meek's lawyers claim Judge Genece Brinkley has a personal vendetta against Meek, in particular for not leaving his music team at Roc Nation for another music producer ... Charlie Mack. As we reported, we're told the FBI has been in Judge Brinkley's courtroom for more than a year during the various hearings, monitoring her conduct.

There are reports the judge has some sort of business relationship with Charlie Mack ... something Mack has denied.

Meek's legal team strongly hints the judge has a vendetta -- pointing out she made a "surreptitious visit to the community service site" where the rapper was scheduled to serve meals to the homeless. They claim that move was out of line for a judge. 

The legal docs, filed by attorney Brian McMonagle and Joe Tacopina, also reference the judge allegedly trying to get Meek to record a Boyz II Men song and give her a shout-out in the lyrics. 

Mira Sorvino & Christopher Backus Son Gets $100k For Dog Bite Attack

11/14/2017 11:24 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Mira Sorvino and Christopher Backus' 11-year-old son just scored a big payday for suffering a traumatic dog attack when he was a young child.

According to new legal docs ... Mira took her son, Johnny Backus, with her to a house she was looking to buy on a night in September 2013 when the owner's dog went after him, biting and lacerating his legs and knees. Johnny -- who was 7 at the time -- had to be treated and stitched up at the hospital.

According to the docs ... Mira's son has recovered from the injuries but was left with some scarring. He was also traumatized and became fearful of dogs. His doctor says he's regained some confidence by being around his family's dogs.

Christopher sued for the dog bite attack on behalf of Johnny, and it's now been settled for $100k. After Johnny's medical and legal expenses it comes to $67k ... still pretty good for an 11-year-old.

Meek Mill FBI Probes Philly Judge Behind 2-4 Year Sentence

11/13/2017 7:12 PM PST
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Meek Mill might have caught a huge break in his probation case and subsequent prison sentence fight -- 'cause the FBI is probing the judge who threw him back in jail ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us Judge Genece Brinkley is being investigated by the FBI for possible relationships she might have in Philly -- including to a local music mogul, Charlie Mack, whom she asked Meek to sign with -- as well as a possible extortionate demand. The New York Post broke the story.

Undercover agents have reportedly been in the courtroom following Meek's case since April 2016, during which Mack allegedly once told Meek he knew the judge and could help him with his case. Mack has denied that claim. 

As we reported ... Meek's lawyer says Judge Brinkley also once asked Meek to do a remix to a Boyz II Men song and to give her a shout-out on it, and that her harsh sentence was a result of him shooting her down.

Rick Ross and Dr. J took to the streets Monday for a #FreeMeekMill rally that looks like it was picking up steam.

Rick Ross & Dr. J Pour the Love Out for Meek Mill

11/13/2017 4:51 PM PST
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Meek Mill's supporters filled the streets of Philadelphia to demand his release from prison ... as Rick Ross and Dr. J provided some inspiration.

The #FreeMeek campaign got several hundred people marching Monday evening, with his label honcho, Rick, right in the middle of action.

NBA Hall of Famer, Dr. J made a speech to the crowd, but was nearly drowned out by "Free Meek" chants. In addition to the rally, an online petition pushing for Meek's release now has over 350,000 signatures.

The Philly rapper started serving a 2 to 4 year prison sentence last week for violating his probation.

The Gaslamp Killer I Never Drugged and Raped You!!! Sues His Accusers

11/13/2017 2:37 PM PST
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EDM star The Gaslamp Killer is attempting to turn the tables on 2 women who publicly claimed he drugged and raped them ... by suing them for defamation. 

GLK, whose real name is William Bensussen, just filed suit against Chelsea Tadros, RaeAn Medina and one of their boyfriends. Last month, Chelsea claimed in a tweet the DJ drugged and assaulted her and her best friend in 2013.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, GLK calls BS on Chelsea's allegation. However, he admits having a consensual 3-way with the women. He says there's a witness who saw him buy drinks for the women without tampering -- and also says they propositioned him ... not the other way around. 

He claims the bf's been spreading Chelsea's allegation online ... so he's included him in the lawsuit for unspecified damages. 

Banana Republic Ex-Employee Sues ... My Braids Were Too Black for Them!!!

11/13/2017 2:05 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

A former Banana Republic employee says the company is racist because her bosses complained about her "urban" hairstyle.

Destiny Tompkins says she was hired as a sales rep at the BR in White Plains, NY -- and shortly after starting the job, the 19-year-old says she began wearing her hair in braids. According to a discrimination suit, that pissed off her managers.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, she says the store manager, who is white, approached her and told her that her braids were "too urban" and "unkempt" and didn't go with BR's image. Destiny interpreted that as "too black." 

Destiny says she refused to change her hairstyle, and was taken off the store's work schedule. While she wasn't officially fired, she effectively was because she didn't get any shifts.

After she vented on Facebook ... Destiny says BR honchos fired the store manager.

Destiny's suing BR's corporate office, as well as the store and regional managers, for at least $1 million.

Meek Mill Rick Ross & Dr. J Leading Philly Rally

11/13/2017 11:32 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Meek Mill is getting some high-powered support -- Rick Ross and NBA legend Dr. J will lead a rally Monday afternoon in Philadelphia ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the rap honcho tell us Rick and Julius Erving are on a private jet right now heading to Philly. Several Philadelphia Eagles and other local entertainers are scheduled to show up at the event ... which has also been promoted by Kevin Hart and Diddy.

The rally comes on the heels of Meek being handed a controversial sentence last week that has sent him back to prison for 2-4 years after he violated his probation.

As we reported ... Meek's attorney, Joe Tacopina, says the judge's harsh sentence is nothing more than the result of a personal vendetta against the rapper. His team has since said they'll be requesting a new judge ... and filing a petition to reverse his prison stint.

Jay-Z and T.I. have also come out in support of Meek. But it looks like Rick and the Doc are actually taking to the streets for the cause.

Meek Mill's Lawsuit Answer Our Q's Under Oath! ... Even If You're in Jail

11/13/2017 9:41 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Meek Mill might need to answer some questions over a wrongful death lawsuit against him under oath while he's behind bars ... but there seems to be an easy fix.

According to court docs obtained by TMZ, the family of a man who was shot and killed outside of Meek's concert last year is asking a judge to give them the courtroom W if Meek doesn't submit answers to their questions under oath in the next 30 days. 

As we reported ... the family, along with another man who was injured at the concert, are suing Meek for allegedly inciting the deadly violence with his murderous lyrics.

Meek's denied the allegations in court docs, but the family wants him to do one simple thing if the case is to continue ... sign his written answers to their questions -- aka under oath.

The only potential problem for Meek ... will he hear about this in time?

David Hasselhoff My Ex Isn't Injured ... Check Out Her Jump Shot!!!

11/13/2017 9:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

David Hasselhoff claims he's busted his ex-wife lying about being too injured to get a job, and there's video to prove it ... TMZ has learned.

The Hoff filed docs in his spousal support battle with Pamela Bach, and says her claim that a 2003 motorcycle accident is limiting her ability to find work is total BS. According to the docs, Pamela's been posting tons of social media showing herself getting very physical.

For instance, David says a Facebook video Pamela posted in April shows her running around on a basketball court, taking shot after shot. Worth noting ... she's not very good, so it's debatable if this helps or hurts the Hoff's case. 

David says there's more video evidence -- a February post shows her smoking hookah and dancing in a nightclub with young men. Another shows her moving boxes of clothing, and maneuvering around mannequins. 

His point? Pamela doesn't have any physical injuries stopping her from getting a J-O-B ... and therefore, he shouldn't have to continue paying her spousal support.

Meek Mill A Petition Can't Help Me ... But a New Judge Might!!!

11/13/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Meek Mill's going after the judge he believes locked him up because of a personal vendetta ... TMZ has learned.

Meek's attorney, Joe Tacopina, tells us ... he's filing a motion for the judge to remove herself from his case, and will also be filing an official complaint with the judicial conduct board.  As we reported, the judge allegedly has it out for Meek because he wouldn't do a Boyz II Men song with a shout out to her in the middle.

Tacopina feels the judge's bad blood led to the stiff sentence of 2 to 4 years for violating probation.

Tacopina says Meek will also be applying to Pennsylvania's Board of Pardons ... but we're told that's more of a Hail Mary because it's normally a 3-year process at least.

There's a petition circulating, calling for the BOP and Governor Tom Wolf to have Meek's "unjust prison sentence remedied" -- which is now 300,000 strong -- it probably won't help much. A spokesperson for Wolf says his hands are tied by state law.

Usher's Wife To All My Hubby's Herpes Accusers ... From Me (& Usher?)

11/12/2017 7:58 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Usher's wife has something to say to all the folks accusing her husband of exposing them to herpes -- and it seems like she said it with the man himself 6 inches from her face.

We got Grace Raymond at LAX, where our photog asked if she had a message for everyone making allegations against her guy. As we've reported ... there's quite a few now.

She definitely had one thought to share, which was ... not exactly what we were expecting. 

What's interesting here ... Grace appears to be on the phone with Usher himself. Unclear if he caught the question -- but if he did ... this couple sure gets on the same page quick.

George Lopez Hollywood's an Evil Business

11/11/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

George Lopez gives Hollywood low marks for the way it treats its own, but he gives Louis C.K. props for fessing up.

We got George at LAX Friday and he had strong feelings about the floodgates that have opened over the last 3 weeks.  

He's pretty cynical about the way Hollywood runs, but seems to think there is a path to redemption which begins with a mea culpa. That may not be the way Louis C.K. sees it ... he's been summarily fired from almost all of his projects. 

Ex-World Series MVP Josh Beckett Arrested After Alleged Country Band Attack

11/11/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-MLB star Josh Beckett was arrested after allegedly going full NFL linebacker on a country band ... completely laying out the singer and causing injuries, TMZ Sports has learned.

We're told the 37-year-old -- who won World Series MVP with the Marlins in 2003 -- was at an open mic night at a country club in Texas with some friends when he jumped on to the stage mid-performance and tackled the singer.

Cops were called to the scene and Beckett was arrested for public intoxication -- the officer said he determined Beckett was "a danger to himself and others."

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports, Beckett admitted to stage diving and said he hit his leg on the speaker during the incident. 

The worst part ... the singer of the band told cops he suffered serious injuries to his arm, neck and shoulder from the incident ... including a torn rotator cuff and dislocated shoulder. 

Cops say the incident is still under investigation.

Beckett's lawyer tells TMZ Josh claims it was an act of horseplay and he didn't mean to hurt him. He's apologized since the incident, and is trying to do what he can to make amends. 

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