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Dr. Walter Palmer

Surfaces and Contacts U.S. Investigators

7/31/2015 9:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731-walter-palmer-dentistDr. Walter Palmer -- the dentist who gunned down Cecil the Lion -- has resurfaced and contacted authorities after days of hiding ... TMZ has learned. 

Officials for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tell us a rep for Dr. Palmer contacted them late Thursday.

We're told Dr. Palmer is cooperating with the investigation into Cecil's death, which focuses on an international law governing hunters who move their trophies from one country to another. 

Fish and Wildlife have been looking to speak with Dr. Palmer as it conducts its investigation into the killing of Cecil. The U.S. Dept. of Justice is also investigating. 

Zimbabwe officials have already said they want to extradite the dentist to face criminal charges in their country. 

Cecil the Lion

Zimbabwe Says Dentist's a Criminal

Extradition Already in Play

7/31/2015 3:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0730-cecil-palmer-ap-facebook-4The other shoe has dropped ... Zimbabwe officials say the dentist who killed Cecil violated criminal laws in the barbaric hunt and have started the process to get him extradited from the U.S. to the scene of the crime.  

The Environment, Water and Climate Minister says, "We want him tried in Zimbabwe because he violated our laws. Police should take the first step to approach the prosecutor general who will approach the Americans."

The Minister says Dr. Palmer of "a well-orchestrated agenda which would tarnish the image of Zimbabwe and further strain the relationship between Zimbabwe and the USA." 

As for the laws that the Minister says were violated ... the law that controls the use of a bow and arrow and financing an illegal hunt. 

The extradition process in Zimbabwe begins with police going to the prosecutor general who then contacts American authorities.

Taryn Manning

Sues Filmmaker

She Treats Me Like Trailer Trash

7/31/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0730-taryn-manning-tmz-01"OITNB" star Taryn Manning is clearly pissed at her former film collaborator over a movie that has languished for years, even though she's the biggest star by far in the flick.

Taryn's filed suit against Cline Mayo, who was working with her since 2007 to get her film "Droppers" made. Taryn was slated to star in the movie and a trailer was finally cut this past February. 

But something happened between the 2, because Taryn says their partnership abruptly ended, even though she says she worked tirelessly on the project, funding the trailer and creating the "look, feel, and scenario."

It seems Taryn's lawsuit is a preemptive strike, because she says Mayo is about to sue her for copyright infringement.  

According to Taryn's lawyer, "Ms. Manning simply wants to set the record straight - she did not engage in any form of copyright infringement and Ms. Mayo does not even have a valid claim to the sole copyright ownership of 'Droppers.'"

Taryn wants the judge to hold the Mayo ... accountable.

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NFL Coach Aaron Kromer

Pleads NOT GUILTY

In Alleged Kid Beatdown

7/30/2015 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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730_Aaron-Kromer_gettyBuffalo Bills lineman coach Aaron Kromer just plead NOT GUILTY to beating up a young boy at a Florida beach earlier this month. 

As we previously reported, Kromer was arrested for allegedly confronting a group of kids at a beach and accusing them of taking his beach chairs. 

Kromer allegedly pushed one of the kids to the ground and punched him in the face -- and then threatened to kill their families if they told anyone about the incident.  

Kromer and his son were charged with misdemeanor batteryHis son also plead not guilty. 

Kromer has since been suspended from the Bills indefinitely -- though they've already hired a replacement coach to fill in his spot. 

James Woods

Suing Twitter Troll

... for $10 Million!!!

7/30/2015 8:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0730-james-woods-tmz-01James Woods is suing a guy for something every celebrity has to deal with every day -- someone talking trash on Twitter ... and he's gunning for $10 million.

Woods is going after a guy who goes by the name of Abe List. Woods claims List trashed his good name several times -- with tweets calling him a "prick," "joke," "scum," "clown-boy" ... but crossed the line when he accused the star of being a "cocaine addict." 

It's worth noting ... List has a paltry 2,274 followers, but Woods claims his 238,932 could have seen the tweet as well. 

Woods claims his reputation was damaged to the tune of $10 mil. 

Meredith Vieira

I Feel Bad for Cecil the Lion

... And His Killer

7/30/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Meredith Vieira's heart breaks for Cecil the Lion, but she believes the bloodlust for his killer has gone too far.

Vieira was leaving Craig's Wednesday night when she told our photog she feels if Dr. Walter Palmer acted legally (as he claims) then he deserves to be left alone. 

As TMZ first reported, things are so bad for Dr. Palmer ... police in his hometown of Eden Prairie, MN have begun doing regular checks on his home and neighborhood ... even though he hasn't requested it. 

'Law & Order' Director

Busted For Child Pornography

7/30/2015 6:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0730-jason-alexander-mugshotJason “Jace” Alexander spent a decade directing "Law & Order" but Wednesday he was living out an episode when he was popped on child pornography charges. 

Alexander was charged with two felonies -- possessing and sharing illegal and obscene performances of sexual conduct by children under the age of 17. 

He was nabbed after an investigator downloaded child pornography off the internet and traced the file’s IP address back to Alexander’s address in New York. 

Cops searched Alexander’s home and say they found computers and external hard drives stocked with files of minors engaged in child pornography.

His bail is set at $10k. He faces 7 years if convicted.

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Tyga

I Don't Owe Rent ...

I'm Buyin' the Damn House!!!

7/30/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0729-tyga-tmz-01Tyga says the eviction lawsuit his landlord filed against him is bogus, because he's NOT a renter ... he's a homebuyer ... and if he's right it's the most screwed up home purchase ever.

According to Tyga, he plunked $200,000 down on the Calabasas mansion a full year ago and the landlord told him he could move in during escrow, without paying any rent.

If that makes no sense, get this. Tyga says the escrow was supposed to close many months ago, but didn't because the seller didn't provide Tyga's bank with info that would allow the loan to be processed.

The landlord begs to differ, and says Tyga is a squatta. 

His lawyer, Lee Hutton, tells TMZ, "We evidently live in a world where a man's word is no longer your bond."

And that reinforces the age-old maxim ... get it in writing.

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Ben Affleck

Threatening Lawsuit

Over Nanny Dating Allegations

7/29/2015 9:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0729-ben-affleck-akm-gsi-01Ben Affleck is angry over allegations he's dating his children's nanny, so angry he's threatening a lawsuit. 

A rep for Affleck calls the US Weekly story -- which claims Affleck and the nanny, Christine Ouzounian, began dating AFTER Ben and Jennifer Garner split but before they announced their divorce -- "complete garbage and full of lies."

The rep adds Affleck is "considering legal options."

Affleck and Garner announced their split last month after ten years of marriage. 

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Nipsey Hussle

Double Cupping

In Front of Cops

7/29/2015 10:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nipsey Hussle may have dodged a bullet Tuesday, because cops missed what could have been an obvious offense ... all contained in a double cup.

Hussle got into it with a paparazzo, and it got so heated police were called.  

As Hussle jawbones with cops, the telltale double cup sits right by his feet. It's possible it's not sizzurp, but not probable.

You may recall, Hussle was arrested last month for possession of codeine without a prescription.

Bullet dodged.

Hulk Hogan:

Gawker Leaked N-Word Story

... They Should Be Jailed

7/29/2015 6:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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update_graphic_red_bar8:13 AM PT -- Gawker is adamantly DENYING leaking the information. 

Gawker's President and general counsel Heather Dietrick tells us, "Hulk Hogan has only one person to blame for what he said and no one from Gawker had any role in leaking that information."update_grey_gray_barHulk Hogan is on the warpath -- claiming Gawker honcho Nick Denton leaked the story about Hulk using the n-word to poison Hogan's $100 million case against Gawker ... and now he wants Denton thrown in jail.   

Hogan just filed new court docs in his sex tape lawsuit against Gawker -- and in the docs, he asks a judge to launch a full-blown investigation into Denton and former Gawker exec A.J. Daulerio to prove they leaked confidential details from the sex tape video, including the n-word story. 

In the video, shot in 2012 and published on Gawker, Hogan is seen having sex with a friend's wife in a private bedroom. In an unpublished part of the tape, Hulk goes on a racist rant ... using the n-word multiple times.  

In legal docs, filed in a Florida state court, Hogan claims the judge in his $100 million lawsuit deemed the n-word portion of the video "confidential" -- and blocked all parties from making it public. 

Now, as Hogan's case against the media outlet is nearing trial, Hulk says he believes Gawker leaked the n-word story to ANOTHER media outlet last week because they knew it would make Hogan look bad and damage his case against them.  

In the court docs, Hulk says if an investigation proves his suspicions -- he wants anyone involved in leaking the story LOCKED UP ... and he also wants the judge to automatically declare him the winner in the $100 million lawsuit.  

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Bobbi Kristina

D.A. Gunning for Manslaughter Charge Against BF

7/29/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Bobbi Kristina's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, is in the crosshairs of prosecutors who want to charge him with involuntary manslaughter, and they're putting the squeeze on one of Nick's friends to turn on him ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Our sources say authorities believe Nick's alleged crime is arranging to get drugs for Bobbi Kristina the day she almost drowned in her bathtub.   

We know Nick claims both he and Bobbi did drugs that morning, and now sources tell us there was nothing intravenously injected.  

The autopsy is not helping authorities make their case -- it showed no obvious signs of foul play and the toxicology reports will only determine if she was under the influence and not who supplied the drugs.

The key for prosecutors is the third person in Bobbi Kristina's home that day -- Max Lomas, who's currently being prosecuted in Georgia for 2 drug-related felonies, not connected to Bobbi Kristina.

Lomas' case has lingered for nearly 6 months, and one source familiar with the case tells us, authorities are interested in offering Lomas a deal -- probation on the drug charges and immunity in the Bobbi Kristina case in return for spilling all the details of what happened in her house.

We're told prosecutors believe Nick had reason to know Bobbi Kristina had a drug problem and also knew she would indulge to the point of losing consciousness, yet he helped her get and use drugs and then left her in harm's way.

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Tyga

Worst Tenant Ever ...

Sued AGAIN for Stiffing Landlord

7/29/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0728-tyga-tmz-0117-year-old Kylie Jenner owns her own $2.7 million home, and her 25-year-old boyfriend, Tyga, is being sued for not paying his rent ... yet again.

Tyga's being sued by his landlord for failing to pay two months rent on his house in posh Calabasas. The pad rents for $25k/month ... and the landlord says he's behind that amount times 2.

If Tyga doesn't fork over the loot by Saturday, the landlord will go for eviction and charge him $833.33 a day in rent.

Fun fact: this is the house where Tyga lived with Blac Chyna ... so she's named as a defendant too. 

Just last month, Tyga was ordered to pay $80,000 in back rent to another Calabasas landlord.

We have reached out to Tyga's lawyer for comment ... so far no word back. 

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