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Artie Lange Jetting to Rehab ... After Pleading Guilty

12/15/2017 9:07 AM PST
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9:53 AM PT -- The Essex County Prosecutor's Office tells us Artie pled guilty to possession of 81 small bags of heroin worth $300-$500. In exchange, prosecutor's dismissed a possession of cocaine charge.

Artie Lange's life is at stake ... and that's why friends are getting him on a private jet to rehab after appearing in court Friday.

Artie's attorney, Frank Arleo, tells TMZ ... Artie pled guilty to possession of a controlled dangerous substance at a hearing in Essex County court in Newark, NJ. TMZ broke the story ... Artie was busted after missing a court date about his May drug arrest.

Artie is headed to an in-patient drug rehab program at an undisclosed location. Artie's set to be released from jail in a matter of hours and he'll hop on a private jet paid for by 2 comedian friends, who are rallying to save Artie's life.

The comedian's scheduled to be sentenced February 23. 

Harvey Weinstein Undercover Drinks Gets 'Starr' Treatment

11/16/2017 11:24 AM PST
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Weinstein's camp tells us the women came to the meeting to deliver info about an anger management program they're urging him to enter. We're told the trio was waiting to meet with Weinstein's rehab sponsor.Here's Harvey Weinstein -- or maybe a Blues Brother, or a long-lost member of Run DMC -- wining and dining 2 blondes in the desert. 

TMZ obtained the photo, taken last Saturday night at a restaurant in Carefree, AZ ... just outside Phoenix. A witness says Weinstein was at the table waiting for the ladies when they arrived, and he'd pre-ordered 2 glasses of white wine for them. He drank what appeared to be water.

The women appeared captivated by Weinstein's conversation -- but we're told both of them arrived with small portfolios, and it seemed more business-like. They all left together, exiting off the patio instead of walking through the restaurant.

The leather jacket, fedora and shades are, arguably, an upgrade over the wigged out getup he was rocking earlier this month at a different Phoenix-area eatery.

Best of all, we're told he signed his tab with the alias "Nick Starr." You can take the guy outta Hollywood, but ya can't ... 

Matt Damon & George Clooney Weinstein Was an A**hole! But We Never Witnessed Him Preying on Women

10/23/2017 7:32 AM PDT

Harvey Weinstein was proudly a bully and a womanizer -- but kept his sexual preying on women secret from his inner circle ... according to Matt Damon and George Clooney.

Matt spoke out about the Weinstein scandal Monday on 'GMA,' and said he'd never seen Harvey assault anyone, but was aware of the Gwyneth Paltrow incident. Still, he says he only saw Weinstein treat Gwyneth "incredibly respectfully."

George said it was beyond infuriating that Weinstein was silencing women, but thinks the scandal will finally shut down the infamous casting couch ... IF Hollywood reacts the right way.

Weinstein ended a one-week rehab treatment program. As for second chances -- Clooney and Damon don't sound too open to the idea.

Harvey Weinstein Completes 1-Week Outpatient Program Psychologist Says, 'He Took it Seriously'

10/20/2017 5:09 PM PDT
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5:43 PM PT -- A Weinstein rep just called to say the plan has now changed. Weinstein will stay in Arizona for another month or so because he doesn't want excessive distractions and wants to continue working with his doctors. The outpatient program which Weinstein entered still ends Saturday.

Harvey Weinstein is leaving Arizona Saturday after completing a one-week program treating various psychological issues, and Weinstein's psychologist tells TMZ the fallen mogul took it seriously.

Weinstein gave his treating psychologist permission to speak with TMZ. The psychologist asked us not to use his name, but he was a key member of the team treating Weinstein.

The psychologist says Weinstin's program lasted 1 week, and involved "intensive therapy" on an outpatient basis. 

The psychologist says he helped Weinstein focus on "dealing with his anger, his attitude toward others, boundary work and the beginnings of work on empathy." He says Weinstein was "invested in the program."

He disputes reports that Weinstein didn't take his sessions seriously and that he ranted that there was a conspiracy to get him. The psychologist says Weinstein "was able to focus on his therapy despite a ton of distractions," adding, "He showed up for all the meetings and was fully engaged."

We're told Weinstein had only one group session at the beginning of his treatment but doctors quickly decided there were confidentiality concerns, so every other session was individual and private.

As for reports that Weinstein was angry, the psychologist says there was anger that manifested itself, but other patients at the facility wouldn't have been privy to it so reports of Weinstein spinning out of control were "just not true."

The psychologist says, "There were things that triggered [Weinstein's] anger and our job was to help him recognize where it was coming from and how to control it. But he was not venting about some conspiracy to get him. It was an appropriate display of anger."

Weinstein will leave Arizona Saturday and begin "significant outpatient therapy" when he returns home.

As for whether he's made progress, the psychologist hedged, saying, "Time will tell."

Harvey Weinstein Will Challenge Firing At Tuesday's Board Meeting

10/13/2017 11:20 AM PDT
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Harvey Weinstein will challenge his firing by The Weinstein Company at this month's Board of Directors meeting ... TMZ has learned.

We're told the firing is on the Board's agenda for the October 17 meeting. Sources connected with Weinstein say he will be present by phone -- Weinstein is expected to be in a live-in rehab facility ... we're told he's checking in as early as Friday.

Our sources also say Weinstein's civil lawyer, Patty Glaser, will be present at the meeting as well to make the case.

We're told Weinstein's position -- he did not violate his current contract, which he signed in October 2015. He maintains no sexual harassment complaints were lodged after he signed the contract. We're told TWC never gave Weinstein it's reason for the firing.

What's more, we're told Glaser will argue Weinstein could only be terminated after mediation and arbitration. 

We're told the company's position is that it had a right to fire Weinstein immediately and he has a right to challenge the decision in mediation and arbitration.

Harvey Weinstein Luxury Detour Before Starting Rehab

10/12/2017 3:58 PM PDT
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Harvey Weinstein is taking a 5-star time-out before he enters rehab.

The disgraced movie mogul checked into the Phoenician Resort Wednesday night in Scottsdale, Arizona, and will remain there until he begins treatment. We're told he could be at the resort until some time Friday -- at which point he'll be driven to a rehab facility.

TMZ broke the story ... there's been heavy debate within Weinstein's camp as to where he should go. Initially, he was going to Europe, but by the time his private jet took off from L.A. ... the choice was The Meadows in Wickenburg, AZ

We're now told it will be a different facility, somewhere near Scottsdale.

Harvey Weinstein Rehab Plan Changes ... Now in Scottsdale Area

10/12/2017 8:46 AM PDT
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Harvey Weinstein's private flight to an Arizona rehab facility was diverted at the last minute, and he touched down in a different city than originally planned ... TMZ has learned.

Weinstein is now getting treatment somewhere in the Scottsdale area ... according to well-connected sources. As we reported, the private jet that took off from L.A. Wednesday evening was scheduled to touch down in Wickenburg, AZ ... near The Meadows rehab center.

We're told there had been continued debate in Weinstein's camp about where he should go. You'll recall, there was also talk of him going to Europe -- but ultimately a last-minute decision was made to touch down in Scottsdale.

Harvey Weinstein Jets off to Rehab

10/11/2017 5:29 PM PDT
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Harvey Weinstein has just taken off to get treatment for behavioral issues that include sex addiction ... TMZ has learned.

The fallen mogul took a private jet from Van Nuys Airport bound for Arizona. He's set to land in the city of Wickenburg near the highly respected Meadows rehab center.

Our sources say some people on his team wanted Harvey to receive treatment at The Meadows facility, but we are getting conflicting information as to whether or not that is the place he will be receiving treatment. We have confirmed, however, he will be getting treatment at an inpatient program.

Our camera was at the airport when Weinstein arrived, but a member of his entourage was anything but happy to see us.

TMZ reported on Tuesday that Weinstein was set to leave the country for rehab. We now know the destination was Switzerland, but the plan changed and he and his team decided he would get treatment in the United States.

If he is receiving treatment at The Meadows, the facility is equipped to handle behavioral issues and sex addiction.

The Meadows has a program called Gentle Path ... a 45-day inpatient rehab for those with sex addiction issues. The program includes equine therapy, expressive arts therapy, meditation, yoga and intensive counseling.

DMX Life in Rehab ... Bigger & Better Than Ever

10/5/2017 3:17 PM PDT
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DMX is handling his legal business and his diet like a grown ass man after going to rehab.

We got X Thursday outside court in NYC, where he had a hearing on his tax evasion case. Afterward, he basically confirmed what his lawyer told us last month -- he put on about 40 lbs. while getting treatment, and plans to continue for another month.

Gotta say, he looks good compared to a couple months ago when he was significantly thinner. Sounds like he feels the same way.

As for what he's bulking up on? DMX trusts in the Cap'n!

Jonathan Rhys Meyers What a Rebound Snags Best Actor Award for 'Damascus Cover'

9/30/2017 12:30 AM PDT
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers has had a rough time of late ... his wife had a miscarriage earlier this month, he relapsed and ended up again in rehab for alcoholism, but he's just snagged a huge honor ... Best Actor at the Boston Film Festival.

Jon was tearful as he accepted the award for the lead role in 'Damascus Cover,' a spy thriller about a secret agent who goes on a mission to Syria to smuggle out a chemical weapons scientist. The film, written and directed by Daniel Berk, also won Best Picture and Best Director. 

Meyers broke down as he accepted the award as he talked about working with the late John Hurt, who co-starred in the film, which was his last. 

Meyers left rehab to attend the event last weekend. He's back getting help.

Congrats. 

Aaron Carter Talked Into Rehab After 2-Day Effort from 'The Doctors'

9/26/2017 12:20 AM PDT
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Aaron Carter's getting the help he desperately needs in rehab largely in part to precision, patience and execution from the guys at "The Doctors."

Sources close to the Carter family tell TMZ ... "The Doctors" sent an interventionist to Aaron's Florida crib last week. The person showed up Thursday, knocked on Aaron's door, to no avail. The interventionist wasn't deterred and waited a whopping 4 hours.

The interventionist returned Friday, and the troubled singer finally agreed to talk and ultimately was convinced to go to rehab. We're told the show is footing the bill. It's unclear what it'll cost, but Aaron's supposed to be in rehab in California for 3 months, which can't be cheap.

As we reported ... 'Doctors' offered to send Aaron to rehab when he was on the show, but he refused. A rep for Aaron tells us ... "Aaron’s decision to enter a facility was his own and a choice he made for himself. He very much wishes to be left alone so he can focus on his wellness."

BTW, our sources say Aaron's meeting with the interventionist wasn't filmed for the show. 

AJ McLean Aaron Carter Needs My Help ... I'm Calling Him Today!!!

9/25/2017 12:30 AM PDT
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AJ McLean thinks he's the guy who can take Aaron Carter under his wing and help him get back on the road to recovery ... because he had to do it himself 3 times.

We got the Backstreet Boys singer out at The Commons at Calabasas Friday ... he tells us he's reaching out to Aaron right away because he's worried and hopes to talk some sense into him.

AJ says Aaron's like a little brother and he knows exactly what he's going through ... and he's going to try his best to save him. As for Aaron's real brother, Nick ... AJ suggests he's frustrated with the whole situation because once again -- he knows from experience.

As we've reported ... family members have been worried about Aaron for weeks now, and cops rushed to his house Thursday after getting a call he was under the influence of something.

Aaron Carter Background Check Flagged During Gun Purchase Attempt

9/24/2017 12:40 AM PDT
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Aaron Carter's plan to buy a gun got thwarted by a computer.

As we reported ... a 911 caller told cops Aaron tried to buy a gun but got turned down. We spoke to the manager at the Florida gun shop, who says the singer was automatically denied after his background check got flagged. It's unclear what triggered the alarm. 

The staff also noticed Aaron's odd behavior -- he was jumpy, bragging about himself and hitting on girls at the shop. The manager said he appeared unhinged. 

As we reported ... cops rushed to Aaron's house 3 times in a 24-hour span earlier this month after someone called fearing he'd relapse or hurt himself. Cops rushed to his house again Friday, and he finally decided to enter rehab.

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