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BLM's DeRay McKesson Sues Jeanine Pirro ... She Lied, Now I'm in Danger!!!

12/12/2017 6:03 PM PST
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6:15 PM PT -- A FOX News spokesperson tells TMZ ... “We informed Mr. McKesson's counsel that our commentary was fully protected under the First Amendment and the privilege for reports of judicial proceedings. We will defend this case vigorously.”DeRay McKesson -- one of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement -- is suing FOX News personality Jeanine Pirro for saying he directed protesters to attack a police officer.

McKesson says Pirro was on "FOX & Friends" on September 28, discussing a lawsuit filed by the cop against BLM. According to the suit, Pirro made a series of outrageous and false statements about him.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, DeRay says Pirro blamed him for directing the violence, and added, "You've got a police officer who was injured, he was injured at the direction of DeRay McKesson."

DeRay believes Pirro made her statements knowing they were false -- and it's damaged his rep and endangered him as a civil rights activist. As we reported, a federal judge ruled McKesson was expressing his right to free speech at the demonstration, and it wasn't his fault the officer got hurt. 

DeRay's suing both Pirro and FOX News for defamation.

Tony Gonzalez Don't Crucify Sapp & McNabb Yet ... But If Stories Are True, Fire 'Em!

12/12/2017 4:51 PM PST
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Tony Gonzalez says it ain't fair to label all the NFL legends accused of sexual harassment as the next Harvey Weinstein ... but if the allegations are legit, guys like Warren Sapp and Donovan McNabb should get canned. 

"You can't give judgment on those things until you hear it from both sides," Tony told TMZ Sports in L.A.

BUT -- "If you're abusing using your power to manipulate or control ... heads gotta roll."

Tony says the accusations levied by wardrobe stylist Jami Cantor against Sapp, McNabb, Marshall Faulk and other NFL Network colleagues are "tragic" ... adding that serious damage will be done to their legacies if Jami's complaints hold water.

That said, Gonzalez made it clear that his NFL bros should not have their names dragged through the mud. Yet.

Roman Polanski Calls New Sexual Assault Claim BS But LAPD Launches Investigation

12/12/2017 4:23 PM PST
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Roman Polanski is sharing information with LAPD detectives who've opened a new investigation into an allegation he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl back in 1975.

LAPD just announced the investigation into claims made by Marianne Barnard. She recently filed a police report about the alleged assault during a photo shoot. Barnard claims Polanski was directing the shoot, which initially involved her mother, but claims she was eventually left alone with him -- and that's when he allegedly attacked her.

Marianne hinted her mother might have been paid off to leave.

Polanski says Barnard's claim is bogus, and his attorney Harlan Braun tells TMZ ... they hired their own private investigators to look into the allegation. Braun says Marianne's mother refused to talk to their investigators, and they've turned over their findings to LAPD. 

LAPD acknowledges the statute of limitations have long since run for Polanski to be charged, but says it's investigating because any evidence collected could help in other cases.

Anthony Bourdain Blasts Batali, Food Industry Culture ... I Stand with Women!!!

12/12/2017 3:01 PM PST
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Anthony Bourdain would've gladly helped women who were allegedly sexually harassed or abused by Mario Batali ... if they'd shared the allegations with him.

Bourdain's been taking some heat for his reaction to the Batali claims because he hinted he knew about some of the inappropriate behavior. Now, he wants to make it clear he stands "unhesitatingly and unwaveringly with the women."

He says his past admiration for Batali and famed restaurateur Ken Friedman -- who's also been accused -- doesn't matter. He says he's "ashamed that I was clearly not the kind of person that women friends who knew -- and had stories to tell -- felt comfortable confiding in."

Bourdain's girlfriend, Asia Argento, is one of numerous Harvey Weinstein accusers who claims he sexually assaulted her, and Anthony says their relationship helped open his eyes to the plight of women. He even apologized "to the extent which my work in 'Kitchen Confidential' celebrated or prolonged a culture that allowed the kind of grotesque behaviors we're hearing about."

Earlier Tuesday another celeb chef, Giada De Laurentiis, told us this is a time for cleansing.

Giada De Laurentiis Mario Batali News Is Sad But It's 'Time for Cleansing'

12/12/2017 12:40 PM PST
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Giada De Laurentiis says she's very sad over the allegations against fellow celeb chef Mario Batali ... but doesn't really seem too surprised.

We got the star TV chef at LAX Tuesday and asked about Batali stepping away from his restaurant empire amid claims he sexually harassed 5 women. It was clear she's sad, but says it had to happen and hopes it makes everyone feel better.

As she puts it ... "It's a time of cleansing."

Also, very interesting -- Giada's reaction when we asked if she's shocked by the accusations. You've gotta see it ... she says a lot without using a word.

Seems she might know some stories herself, just like Anthony Bourdain.

Ex-Arizona Cop Who Killed Daniel Shaver Involved in Brutal Arrest

12/12/2017 10:36 AM PST

The former Arizona cop who was acquitted for the murder of Daniel Shaver had previously been investigated for body slamming a teenager during an arrest captured on video.

The footage shows Mesa police officer Philip Brailsford and other cops arresting 2 men at a gas station in 2015. While attempting to apprehend a group of teens for criminal damage to a store ... Brailsford put one of them in a headlock, spun him around and slammed him to the ground.

While the suspect was pinned down, Brailsford put him in cuffs. Two other officers used a similar tactic to take down another suspect who appeared to be resisting. The suspects were booked for criminal damage, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest.

According to police docs, obtained by TMZ, Brailsford and 3 other cops on the scene were investigated by Internal Affairs for using an "inappropriate amount of force." They were eventually cleared.

Brailsford was found not guilty of 2nd degree murder in the death of Shaver. Attorneys for Shaver's family called it an "execution" upon seeing the dramatic body cam footage of the shooting.

As we reported, Brailsford was a failed actor before he joined the police force.

R. Kelly Burglary Suspect Turns Himself In

12/12/2017 11:05 AM PST

The guy who cops think is responsible for ransacking R. Kelly's Atlanta homes has given himself up ... and he's only about a week late.

According to Johns Creek Police Department, Alfonso Walker turned himself in Monday on charges stemming from Kelly's burglaries over Thanksgiving weekend. 

He was booked on 2 counts of burglary, 2 counts of theft by taking and 2 counts of theft by deception. 

As we reported ... an arrest warrant was issued for Walker after he told them he'd turn himself in last Tuesday and didn't. Cops say they were told he'd hired people to clean out the cribs and sell all of the singer's stuff. Kelly said Walker was just a part-time employee.

Meanwhile ... Kels released a statement thanking Johns Creek PD and fans for their support. Unfortunately, he's still probably dealing with some emptiness at home.

NYC Pipe Bomber to Trump 'You Failed to Protect' America

12/12/2017 8:43 AM PST
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The New York City bomber allegedly went on Facebook just before setting off a homemade device and told President Trump he'd failed to protect the U.S.A.

According to the federal criminal complaint filed Tuesday against Akayed Ullah, the bomber took to the social media site with his message to the Prez while on the way to the Port Authority subway before the explosion. 

Per the docs, obtained by TMZ, Ullah allegedly wrote ... "Trump you failed to protect your nation" ... which prosecutors say he posted Monday morning before the incident. They go on to say the message was written with ISIS in mind. 

During a presser about the attack, US Attorney Joon Kim also revealed a search of Ullah's apartment uncovered a handwritten note that read, "Oh America Die In Your Rage."

As we reported ... Ullah was captured alive after detonating what many called a pipe bomb strapped to his person. Three other people were injured, leaving one temporarily deaf.

As for Trump ... he released a statement Monday essentially saying his travel ban was necessary to prevent attacks like this. Sounds like he'll have more ammo for that point now.

Lawsuit: Marshall Faulk Pinned Woman Against Wall ... Demanded Oral Sex

12/12/2017 6:10 AM PST
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Marshall Faulk -- along with NFL legends like Warren Sapp, Donovan McNabb and others -- are named in a lawsuit by a former NFL Network employee who says she was aggressively sexually harassed by talent and execs. 

The accuser is Jami Cantor, who was hired by NFL Network in 2006 as a wardrobe stylist. 

During her employment, Cantor says she was "subjected to ongoing and continuing sexual harassment by current and former on-air talent." 

Here's the list of allegations: 

Marshall Faulk (current on-air talent) -- asked invasive questions about sex, "such as favorite sex position, whether she liked oral sex, and whether she dated black men."

"As time went on, Mr. Faulk became more aggressive, such as inviting Plaintiff to his hotel room, stroking and pulling out his genitals in front of her, pointing to his crotch and asking Plaintiff, 'when are you gonna get on this already?' He also pinned Plaintiff against a wall, demanding oral sex while he pulled his pants down."

Ike Taylor (current on-air talent) -- sent Plaintiff sexually inappropriate pictures of himself, and a nude video while masturbating in the shower.

Warren Sapp (former on-air talent) -- came into restroom while plaintiff was preparing clothes and urinated in front of her. 

When she screamed at him to get out, Sapp said, "Sorry mama, but your office shouldn't be our sh*tter."

Sapp is also accused of giving the woman sex toys for Christmas 3 years in a row. 

Donovan McNabb (former on-air talent) -- sent text messages to plaintiff asking if "she was a squirter" and telling her she "looked like the kind of girl that squirted when getting f*cked."

Heath Evans (current on-air talent) -- sent nude pics of himself to plaintiff 

Eric Davis (former on-air talent) -- groped, grabbed and made sexually charged comments to plaintiff. 

Eric Weinberger (former Exec Producer of NFL Network) -- sent nude pics and graphic text messages including telling plaintiff she should be "getting f*cked every day."

Cantor claims she complained but "nothing was done." Instead, the 51-year-old says she was fired in 2016 and replaced with a 30-year-old. 

NFL Network has suspended Faulk, Taylor and Evans in the wake of the lawsuit. 

Britney Spears Trial Date Set for Stage Crasher ... Facing 2 Charges

12/12/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The guy who bum-rushed Britney Spears on her Las Vegas stage now has 2 charges hanging over his head, and he's one step closer to a trial ... TMZ has learned.

According to court docs, Jesse Webb's trial is scheduled to begin January 18. He's been charged with one count of battery and one count of disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.

As we reported, Webb was arrested in August after he jumped on stage, and briefly walked around before Brit's security guards and dancers took him down. Cops say Webb kicked one of the guards during the incident ... which would be the battery charge.

Webb's set to go to trial, but the reality is he's charged with misdemeanors, and the whole thing's on video -- so, all signs point to a plea deal.

We've reached out to his attorney ... so far, no word back.

Charles Manson Death Certificate Released

12/11/2017 5:24 PM PST
Exclusive Document

Charles Manson died of acute cardiac arrest and complication of a battle with colon cancer.

TMZ just obtained Manson's death certificate -- released by Kern County -- and it lists cardiac arrest as the immediate cause of death. Respiratory failure and metastatic colon cancer are the underlying causes.

TMZ broke the story ... Manson died November 19 at a hospital in Bakersfield, CA. He'd been transferred there from Corcoran State Prison when his condition worsened.

The document is short on details about the mass murderer. His mother and father's names are listed as unknown. Ditto for his occupation, but we kinda know that already -- failed songwriter, turned weirdo murderous cult leader.

President Trump Sexual Assault Accusers Demand Investigation by Congress

12/11/2017 7:32 AM PST

Three women accusing President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct are demanding Congress investigate their claims.

Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Cooks held a press conference in L.A. Monday -- detailing their alleged experiences with Trump -- and asked Congress take a closer look into their claims. 

Among the allegations -- Cooks says Trump forcibly kissed her in 2005, and Leeds claims Trump grabbed her breasts and tried putting his hand up her skirt during a flight to NYC more than 3 decades ago.

The news conference comes one day after U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said anyone claiming they're victims of sexual misconduct should be heard.

The White House calls the allegations absurd and false.

WWE Wrestler Rich Swann Busted for Allegedly Battering, Imprisoning Wife

12/10/2017 11:45 AM PST

12/11/2017 -- Rich Swann was released from jail on Sunday and his case has been assigned to a judge, PWInsider reports.

The WWE superstar faces up to 5 years in jail for false imprisonment.

Former WWE cruiserweight champ Rich Swann was arrested this weekend for allegedly battering and falsely imprisoning his wife -- who's also a pro wrestler -- and now he's suspended.

According to cops, Swann was driving his newlywed wife, Vannarah Riggs, back home after a match of hers in Florida when they got into an argument in the car, which got heated. 

She reportedly exited the vehicle and Swann stopped the car in the middle of traffic to go get her, allegedly grabbing her by the arm and then putting her in a headlock to drag her back as she screamed for help.

Witnesses told police the car was not in park during all this and continued to roll until it hit a telephone pole. Swann denied touching his wife, telling cops she got back in the car on her own. 

He was booked for simple battery and false imprisonment, and is reportedly set to be released on his own recognizance Sunday. ProWrestlingSheet broke the story of Swann's arrest. 

WWE issued a statement saying they had a zero tolerance policy regarding domestic violence, and that Swann is suspended indefinitely. 

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