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T.J. Miller Arrested for Uber Fight Over Trump ... 'Tis the Season??

12/9/2016 6:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1209-tj-miller-tmz-03"Silicon Valley" star T.J. Miller got arrested in Hollywood for allegedly making his Uber driver see stars, and not the good rating kind either.

Law enforcement sources tell us T.J.'s driver picked him up from the GQ Men of the Year party early Friday morning, and during the ride they got into an argument about President elect Donald Trump. The driver claims T.J. slapped him in the head when they got to his house.

We're told the driver got pissed and decided to make a citizen's arrest. He called cops who showed up and took T.J. into custody. We're told the driver did NOT have any visible injuries, and it's he said/he said at this point.

T.J. was released without having to post bail. Our sources say he seemed intoxicated.

1209-tj-miller-gq-party-GETTY-01Makes sense ... he was in a festive mood Thursday night. Besides the GQ party at Chateau Marmont, T.J. also went to the Vulture Awards bash at Sunset Tower.

Miller's movie, "Office Christmas Party," opens today. #GreatTiming 

Kardashians & Blac Chyna Cease-fire Called in Family Name War ... For Now

12/9/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1208-blac-chyna-kardashians-tmz-2Blac Chyna got railroaded by the Kardashians' attorneys -- not the K sisters themselves -- in her effort to trademark herself as a member of the fam ... and now Kris Jenner's doing damage control.

Sources close to BC tell TMZ ... KimKourtney, and Khloe reached out to her and assured her their lawyers were following standard ops when they filed docs to block Chyna's application to trademark "Angela Renee Kardashian" -- not singling her out.

The assurances were necessary after the language the lawyers used. We broke the story ... the docs said all 3 sisters would "suffer damage including irreparable injury to their reputation and goodwill" if Chyna got the green light to use the Kardashian name in entertainment.

We're told Kris personally told Chyna there's no beef ... it was a simple mix-up and she's calling off the legal eagles. For now, everyone's saying the right things to make Chyna feel better about the legal diss -- but, fact is, her trademark still hasn't been approved.

Until it is ... it's a lot of lip service.

Renee Zellweger Roped into BF's War with Ex ... My Money's MINE

12/9/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1206-renee-zellweger-doyle-bramhall-tmz-01Renee Zellweger had serious issues with her boyfriend's ex-wife trying to pry into her personal life ... so she's desperately trying to get a judge to nip it in the bud.

Renee's boyfriend, rocker Doyle Bramhall, is battling his ex, Susannah Melvoin, over child support. According to docs ... Melvoin wanted Renee's income, living expenses and business deals ... admitted as evidence in the case.

It appears Melvoin wants to paint a picture of what she thinks is Doyle's lavish lifestyle with Renee, but Renee's not having it. She fired back in docs, saying her personal and professional life are separate from her bf's case -- and Melvoin's just trying to force a confrontation in court.

She got it. Renee testified, but mostly about a few gifts she'd bought for Doyle. She didn't seem too pissed outside court, and we're told there were no fireworks ... even though Susannah was there.

Judge Reinhold The Smug Mug After Arrest

12/8/2016 5:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1208_judge-reinhold_mug-wmWe just got Judge Reinhold's mug shot from his Dallas arrest, and looks like he lost his sense of humor once it came time for booking.

We broke the story ... Detective Rosewood from the "Beverly Hills Cop" movies was busted for disorderly conduct after allegedly making a stink with TSA at Dallas Love Field airport.

He was all smiles on his way into the station.

Things always get more serious when you hear ... "And turn to the left."

Art Briles Sues Baylor Officials I'm Not Your Rape Scandal Scapegoat

12/8/2016 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1208-art-briles-getty-01Art Briles claims he did NOT hide knowledge of alleged rapes by Baylor football players while he was the head coach ... and now he's suing 4 Baylor officials claiming they conspired to throw him under the bus. 

Briles -- who was fired back in May -- just sued 3 school regents and a vice president for libel and slander.

In his suit, Briles says he was not made aware of the numbers the regents released to the Wall Street Journal ... that 17 women reported domestic violence or sexual assaults involving 19 football players. 

Briles claims the school officials intentionally went public with the numbers to expose him to "public hatred, contempt, ridicule and cause him financial injury."

He essentially claims they made him the fall guy ... unfairly.

Briles says the allegations have made him college football poison -- severely hurting his chances to coach again. 

"By their actions, [the Baylor officials] are allowing the alleged rapists and assaulters to walk free, thereby confirming that they are more interested in ruining Coach Briles' name, reputation and career than they are bringing criminals to justice."

Judge Reinhold Arrested at Dallas Airport

12/8/2016 1:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Judge Reinhold was arrested at Dallas Love Field airport Thursday after allegedly causing a ruckus during an attempted TSA pat down ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us the "Beverly Hills Cop" star was being patted down and for unknown reasons was giving TSA agents a hard time. We're told agents offered to search him in a separate room but he refused.

We got video of him in handcuffs at the airport, and you can hear someone give a shout out ... to Reinhold's 'BH Cop' character.

1208_judge-reinhold_arrest_tmz_wmDallas cops showed up and arrested him for misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Judge was pretty damn smiley on his way into Dallas County Jail for booking.

Story developing ... 

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Drake & Justin Bieber Radio Industry Trying to Get Hits on the Cheap ... Music Licenser Sues

12/8/2016 4:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1208_justin_bieber_drake_shakira_tmzSongwriters for Justin Bieber, Drake, Shakira and a bunch of other celebs are getting robbed blind by an "illegal cartel" of radio stations ... according to the company trying to shut 'em down.

Global Music Rights is suing virtually the entire radio industry for colluding to drive down the payments to all songwriters ... including those repped by GMR, such as Drizzy and Biebs.

According to the docs ... the Radio Music License Committee negotiates rights for 10,216 radio stations as a whole. GMR says because the RMLC negotiates rights in bulk ... individual artists (who write their own songs) are getting screwed.

Translation: if stations compete against each other to buy rights to the best songs ... the artists will make more dough. #FreeMarket

Daniel Petrocelli, the attorney for GMR, says the "cartel" stays together successfully because it keeps compensation to songwriters low.

The RMLC says it "will not roll over in the face of the baseless, bullying lawsuit."

Matt Barnes Accuser I've Got Injury Pics Too ... You Obliterated My Face

12/8/2016 11:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1209_matt_Barnes_alleged_injuries_launchThe man suing Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins just released pics of his alleged injuries ... and it's pretty brutal. 

Myrone Powell and Jasmine Besiso just appeared at a news conference in NYC -- where, along with attorney Michael Lamonsoff, they spelled out their case against the NBA stars. 

Myrone still has a black eye from the incident -- and says he doesn't know why he or his girlfriend were targeted by the NBA stars at Avenue Nightclub Monday morning. 

1208_barnes-alleged-victims_sports_wm-2As for the photos of Barnes' neck -- Lamonsoff says Barnes had choked out ANOTHER woman that night, and his injuries were from her ... as she was trying to defend herself. 

Lamonsoff says there is surveillance footage from inside the club -- which he hopes will prove his clients did nothing wrong. 

As for Barnes and Cousins, they are adamant they were attacked first and only fought back to defend themselves

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George Jung Back in the Can After 2 Years of Freedom

12/8/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1207_George-Jung_TMZGeorge Jung, the guy Johnny Depp played in "Blow," is back in jail for violating his parole, but he's blaming it all on his manager.

Sources close to the infamous cocaine smuggler tell us George took a trip to San Diego to make a little cash for appearing at an event. We're told he couldn't get a hold of his parole officer, but Jung says his manager insisted it'd be okay ... since it was only a 4 hour work trip.

That wasn't the case. He was arrested Tuesday when he got home to Sacramento.

According to jail records ... George, who was released in 2014 after serving 20 years for running drugs, was booked in Sacramento County jail on Dec. 6. He's not eligible for bail, given his record, so he's still behind bars until his next court date.

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Brad Pitt Therapists Won't Listen ... Threatens to Go Around Deal with Angelina

12/7/2016 3:43 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1207-brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-tmz-03Brad Pitt thinks he's getting the short end of the stick when it comes to his visitation time with his kids, and has a plan to change that -- but unfortunately for him, their child therapists don't agree.

Brad and Angelina Jolie's lawyers filed a series of emails for Wednesday morning's hearing. In one of them his attorney, Lance Spiegel, says despite Brad complying with every aspect of the child therapy process ... "the therapy team has ignored or disregarded issues that [Brad] has raised." He's not specific about the issues.

It's clear from the docs Brad is frustrated by the limited amount of time he gets with his 6 kids ... 1 visit per week. The issue is, Brad signed a temporary custody deal months ago in which he agreed -- along with Angelina -- they would both let the therapists call the shots.

The emails from Brad's attorney suggest he's trying to circumvent that deal. In fact, Spiegel says "Regardless of [the therapists'] views, there is no reason for Brad not to request court orders" for more access to the kids.

In late November, Brad's lawyer asked if Angelina would agree to the following schedule in December:

- one session with the twins (Knox and Vivienne)
- one session with the middle kids (Zahara and Shiloh)
- one session with the twins AND the middle kids
- one session with the older kids (Maddox and Pax)

The sessions would be monitored and 30-60 minutes long. Spiegel adds, if Maddox and Pax don't want to see him ... Brad wants an extra session with the other 4 kids.

Angelina's team turned down the offer. Her attorney, Laura Wasser, fired off a very firm response saying Brad's team is ignoring what therapists feel is best for the kids. She implores them to give the therapists a chance to "tell us how the kids are feeling." 

As we reported, Brad was shut down in his effort to keep the case sealed ... but it's now clear from these emails he's determined to spend more time with his brood, ASAP.

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Matt Barnes & DeMarcus Cousins Sued Over Nightclub Brawl 'Vicious and Unprovoked Attack'

12/7/2016 2:58 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins have just been SUED over the nightclub brawl at Avenue in NYC this week ... with the alleged victims claiming they were brutalized by the NBA stars. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... the Sacramento Kings teammates were involved in a violent altercation with two people at the VIP booth next to them around 3 AM on Dec. 5. 

According to the lawsuit filed in NYC, Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell claim they were innocently hanging out when Barnes approached Jasmine and began to choke her. 

In the suit, Powell says he saw the attack and tried to intervene but that's when Cousins stepped in and punched him in the face. 

At that point, Barnes allegedly released Jasmine's neck and elbowed her in the face -- knocking her unconscious. Myrone claims he was taken to the ground and Barnes and Cousins proceeded to kick and punch him in the head and body. 

The NYPD was called to the scene but Barnes and Cousins had left by the time they arrived. 

A rep for the alleged victims calls the incident a "vicious and unprovoked attack" And says Cousins' initial blow was a "blindside punch."

The rep also says the two were transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where they were treated for "serious injuries."

A rep for Barnes has previously told us that the NBA stars were the real victims -- who were attacked by the other clubgoers over an accidental bump in the VIP section. 

TMZ Sports obtained video of Barnes and Cousins in the moments after the fight -- rehashing their version of what happened inside.

Bobby Shmurda Less Jail Time On Table In Prison Shank Case

12/7/2016 2:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1207-Bobby-Shmurda-tmzBobby Shmurda's lawyer just pulled a legal rabbit out of the hat -- the rapper has a new opportunity to reduce his prison time. 

Shmurda was in court Tuesday with attorney Alex Spiro for allegedly getting caught with a shank behind bars. We're told prosecutors are offering Bobby the chance to plead guilty to a reduced charge of "attempted promoting prison contraband." If he does he could get 1 to 4 years.

Bobby's already serving 7 years for his murder conspiracy case, but if he takes the plea deal for the shank ... the sentence will run concurrently.

Sources close to Bobby say his friends, family and lawyers are all pushing him to take the deal. They're concerned because he's been a loose cannon in court lately.

One of Bobby's counterparts was sentenced to 98 years back in May ... so the possibility of him getting out in anything less than 10 is some damn good deal. Shmurda can think over his decision on the plea until a January 7 hearing.

We reached out to Spiro ... but he had no comment. 

Brad Pitt Judge Denies Emergency Sealing in Custody Case

12/7/2016 10:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1207-brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-tmz-02Brad Pitt's effort to seal his and Angelina Jolie's custody battle from the public was rejected by the judge Wednesday morning.

We broke the story ... Brad requested an emergency hearing to address locking down all the proceedings related to their war over their 6 kids. Lawyers for both sides marched into court, but the judge quickly denied Brad's request.  

His side has been fuming since Jolie filed their temporary custody arrangement in court last week -- a move Brad believes only served to air their dirty laundry in public and damage the children.

We're told Angelina felt it necessary to file the docs in order to have the court enforce the terms -- specifically the part about letting a therapist make the call on when Brad can start having unmonitored visits.

In docs, Angelina's lawyer says Brad's effort to seal the whole case isn't so much about protecting the children -- as his side has claimed -- but more about keeping his own actions hidden ... because it was "[Brad's] conduct at the center of the DCFS and FBI investigations."

Sources connected to the case tell us Brad has been trying to "push past the process." As one source put it, he was acting like a "celebrity who is used to getting whatever he wants" ... and after the DCFS investigation cleared him of criminal wrongdoing, what he wanted was to have solo time with the children. 

Our Brad sources deny he's made any effort to change the temporary custody deal.

We're told Angelina also wants the whole case to remain private -- as long as Brad sticks to the custody arrangement they both signed off on months ago.

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