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T.I. Concert Shooting NYPD: Video Shows Troy Ave Firing Handgun

5/26/2016 2:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar3:45 PM PT -- Cops have added an attempted murder charge and another count of criminal possession.  We're told ballistic testing is ongoing, and depending on results, he could also get a murder charge.update_grey_gray_barNYPD released video they say shows rapper Troy Ave -- who's now been arrested -- opening fire Wednesday night during the NYC concert T.I. was headlining.

The surveillance video shows the man stumbling into a room, pointing his handgun and firing at least once into the crowd.

Troy was hit in the leg during the shootout, and it appears to be bloodied in the video. Police arrested him at the hospital where he was getting treatment. He's been booked for reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing.

As for why there's no attempted murder charge? We're told the investigation is ongoing, and more charges could be coming.

3 people were injured and 1 killed in the incident. The fatality was Troy's bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter.

Gucci Mane I'm A Free Man!! Fresh Outta Jail

5/26/2016 12:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0526-gucci-mane-gettyGucci Mane is finally free ... getting sprung from behind bars 4 months early.

The rapper's lawyer, Drew Findling, tells TMZ Gucci was released Thursday morning from an Indiana prison. We're told he already has a home just outside the city. Findling says the rapper will be on house arrest for a few months and will then be on probation.

Findling and his team filed a motion months ago stating Gucci hadn't received credit for previous time served, and it looks like the judge agreed since he's out early.

Sources close to Gucci Mane -- who's been behind bars since September 2013 on a probation violation -- tell TMZ he's also ready to get back in the rap game. 

His girlfriend, Keyshia Ka'oir, just posted a pic holding hands with who we're guessing is Gucci.

#FreeGucci #GucciIsFree

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Justin Bieber Sued You're a Sorry Thief

5/26/2016 11:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0526-justin-bieber-skrillex-tmz-02Justin Bieber is being sued by an indie pop star who claims the Biebs jacked her vocal loop for his monster hit "Sorry."

Casey Dienel, aka White Hinterland, claims the "unique characteristics of the female vocal riff" off her 2014 hit "Ring The Bell" are identical to "Sorry." She also names Skrillex, who produced JB's hit, and its writers as defendants.

Bieber only uses 8 seconds of the riff ... but Casey says he repeats it 6 times in the track. That's not the only similarity ... according to Casey, both songs feature keyboard synthesizers, samples, synth bass, drums, and percussion.

Casey points out her track was a hit in its own right ... racking up more than 800k streams, and Rolling Stone singled it out as a mag fav.

Casey says she warned Bieber to stop using the sample last December but he ignored her.

She wants Bieber to stop playing her tune ... and she wants $$$$$$$$$.

Baylor School Officials 'Retaliated' Against Sexual Assault Accuser

5/26/2016 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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This is disgusting ... 

Baylor University officials actively discouraged possible sexual assault victims from reporting incidents against athletes -- and in one case RETALIATED against a woman who did. 

It's all part of an investigation by a law firm hired by Baylor to look into alleged misconduct by school officials regarding SEVERAL violent allegations against student athletes, primarily football players. 

The report states clear as day ... investigators say University administrators directly discouraged complainants from reporting or participating in student conduct processes ... contributing to a hostile environment.

"In one instance, those actions constituted retaliation against a complainant for reporting sexual assault."

The report does not specify how they retaliated. 

Investigators also say school officials failed to "identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player, to take action in response to reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, and to take action in response to a report of dating violence."

As a result of the investigation, Baylor fired head football coach Art Briles, demoted Baylor president Ken Starr and axed several members of the administration and the athletic dept.

Kim and Kanye Threaten Blabbing Bodyguard with $30 Mil Lawsuit

5/26/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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7:57 AM PT -- A rep for Kim and Kanye tells us the money won't be enough ... they also want a full retraction of everything he said in the interviews.

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Kim and Kanye have threatened their former blabbermouth bodyguard with a $30 million lawsuit, and he's gotta drop to his knees and apologize.

We've learned Kim and Kanye's lawyer has fired off a letter to Steve Stanulis ... the bodyguard who went to anyone who would listen, claiming he was fired for chatting up Kim on the job and making Kanye jealous. Kim and Kanye have both said it's a complete lie.

Turns out, we're told that Steve signed a confidentiality agreement promising never to breathe a word about Kim, Kanye or the klan. We're told the lawyer's letter is quick to mention a provision which says Steve is automatically on the hook for $10 mil if he opens his mouth ... and they believe he did at least 3 interviews.

It's interesting. We're told Kim and Kanye's lawyer gives Steve an out, if he shuts his trap and issues a public apology to the family. Our sources say the letter does not ask Steve to admit he lied but they demand he stop talking to the press. 

Kim and Kanye think Steve's MO is simple ... it's a cheap, underhanded way to get famous. A rep for the couple tells us, "This sad, parasitic maniac has violated every basic human tenet of decency with his story of lies. The Wests will explore all legal means at their disposal to silence this nonsense." 

BTW ... this isn't the first time Kim and Kanye have gone after someone for violating the confidentiality agreement. TMZ broke the story, YouTube founder Chad Hurley weaseled his way into AT&T Park in SF and videotaped Kanye's marriage proposal. Chad signed a confidentiality agreement and ended up paying them $440,000.

Dustin Diamond Saved by the Cell ... Back in Jail for Probation Violation

5/26/2016 6:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Dustin Diamond is back behind bars ... not even 2 months after he got sprung early for his concealed weapon conviction.

Cops in Saukville, Wisconsin busted the "Saved by the Bell" star for a probation violation on Wednesday, and he remains behind bars Thursday morning.

Law enforcement sources tell us Screech's violation screw up is drug related.

He scored an early release on April 11 due to his handiwork with a mop and bucket during his 3 months in jail for stabbing a man in a December 2014 bar fight.

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'The Wonder Years' Star Busted for DUA ... Ambien

5/26/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0524-jason-robert-hervey-mug-shot-01"The Wonder Years" star Jason Hervey just learned the hard way ... never take Ambien before you get behind the wheel. 

Tennessee law enforcement tells TMZ ... they got a call about a swerving pickup truck and were able to locate it. Cops say Hervey was behind the wheel and totally out of it ... slurring, red-eyed and confused. 

Cops say Hervey miserably failed a field sobriety test. They searched the pickup and found a loaded handgun, but the actor had a permit. Hervey was booked for DUI and carrying a weapon while under the influence. 

The incident went down back in January 2015 but it went unnoticed, until this past weekend when Hervey served 48 hours behind bars for a misdemeanor DUI charge. The weapons charge was dropped.

Jason, who played Wayne Arnold on the show, tells us he has a prescription for Ambien and stupidly took one before hopping in the truck for a quick errand, he had no alcohol in his system ... he's thankful cops got him off the road before anything really bad happened.  

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Chris Cornell Historic Grunge Tapes Returned ... After 25 Years!!

5/25/2016 3:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0525_chris-cornell_tmz-2Chris Cornell just got his hands on the mastertapes for his legendary grunge album -- featuring Soundgarden and Pearl Jam members -- and it only took him 25 years to do it.

We're told Cornell and his label, A&M Records, recently settled a bitter, drawn-out lawsuit over the "Temple of the Dog" recordings. Chris and A&M actually got the physical tapes back on Tuesday ... ending the battle with the album's producer, Rick Parashar. 

Parashar had kept the 1991 masters -- which are iconic since the band's one and only self-titled record featured Cornell, Eddie Vedder and future Soundgarden and Pearl Jam members.

When Parashar died his family continued to fight A&M for ownership, but with the settlement ... Cornell finally celebrated with a victory photo.

We're told the label's looking to reissue the album for the 25th anniversary.

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Yo Gotti Sues Employee Crashed My Whip On Joyride

5/25/2016 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0524-yo-gotti-instagram-01Yo Gotti's prized $409k Lamborghini Aventador got wrecked instead of repaired when an employee at the dealership took it out for a joyride ... according to the lawsuit he just filed.

Yo Gotti is suing Motorcars of Georgia, a luxury car dealership, where he took his Lambo last October for maintenance work. It was still there in December when, according to docs ... an MOG employee took it out for an early morning spin and crashed the whip into a tractor-trailer on the interstate.

Gotti says the accident happened 20 miles away from the dealership, and he points out he never gave the dealership permission to drive his car off the lot.

Gotti talks about the car like a loved one, saying it sustained "serious physical injury."

He's suing for $80k in damages -- to the car -- plus his personal pain and mental anguish. Not to mention the money lost from not being able to use the car in music videos.

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'DWTS' Finale Security Amped Up for Trump's Daughter

5/24/2016 4:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0524-marla-maples-trump-tmz-instagram-01Donald Trump's candidacy will have an impact on the "Dancing With the Stars" finale -- the show's doubling its police detail because his daughter will be in the audience.

Sources close to production tell us Tiffany Trump will be there to support her mom, Marla Maples. The Donald's ex-wife was a contestant this season. We're told there will be 17 officers patrolling in and around the studio tonight, instead of the usual 9.

There's no specific threat, our sources say it's just precautionary.

We're told Tiffany's been to the studio once before this season, but that was before Dad became the presumptive Republican candidate for prez.

Twista Weed Case Dropped

5/24/2016 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0524_twista_tmzRapper Twista and his pals are off the hook for a marijuana arrest, thanks to their driver taking the fall in the case ... TMZ has learned.

We broke the story ... Twista, 2 other passengers and the driver were pulled over by cops in Indiana who found a 1/2 ounce of weed in the vehicle. Initially, all four were arrested because prosecutors said no one claimed the pot.

Sources with direct knowledge of the case tell us Twist and co. reached an agreement with Porter County prosecutors -- 3 of the 4 cases will be dismissed, including Twista's. We're told the driver admitted the weed was his. He's getting off with probation, and no jail time.

NBA's Kermit Washington Arrested In Homeland Security Investigation

5/24/2016 11:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0524-kermit-washington-GETTY-01Ex-NBA All-Star Kermit Washington -- who famously KO'd Rudy Tomjanovich in a game in 1977 -- was arrested by federal agents today as part of an investigation involving Homeland Security, TMZ Sports has learned. 

Homeland Security Investigations spokesperson Shawn Neudauer tells us, "Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) arrested former NBA player Kermit Washington in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, on a federal arrest warrant as part of an on-going investigation."

Our sources tell us the arrest -- which went down at an L.A. supermarket -- is connected to an investigation surrounding NFL Hall of Famer Ron Mix ... who pled guilty to 1 count of tax fraud just yesterday. 

Officials have said Mix -- who became a workers compensation lawyer after his NFL career -- was involved in a scam where an unidentified person known as "Individual F" would refer pro athletes his way and, in exchange, Mix would make a donation to a charity called "Project Contact Africa."

Officials also claim "Individual F" was using the donations -- $155,000 from Mix alone -- for "his own personal enjoyment and to fund his lifestyle."

Officials wouldn't tell us if Washington is "Individual F" -- but Washington is reportedly credited as the founder of Project Contact Africa. 

Usher Alleged Stalker Arrested For Getting Too Close

5/24/2016 11:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0524-usher-tmz-01Usher's got a serious problem shaking an obsessed fan ... and it's gotten so bad she was arrested standing outside a recording studio trying to film him.

Law enforcement tells TMZ Usher was at an Atlanta recording studio earlier this month when Darshelle Jones showed up. We're told Jones was across the street trying to record the singer with an iPad, a big no-no considering he's got a restraining order against her.  

0524-usher-stalker-mug-shot-TMZ-01According to the arrest report -- obtained by TMZ -- Jones was only 100 feet away from the studio and the restraining order says she's gotta be at least 200 yards away from the singer.  

Jones was booked for aggravated stalking and is still in custody.  

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