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'Buffy' Star Nicholas Brendon Felony Arrest for Dragging Down GF by Her Hair

10/18/2017 4:21 PM PDT

'Buffy the Vampire' star Nicholas Brendon ended up back in handcuffs, and posing for yet another mug shot after an alleged drunken attack on his girlfriend ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Brendon and the woman were at a Palm Springs hotel bar on October 12 when she got up to go back to their room. We're told Nicholas sat her back down by yanking her arm.

She got up again, but this time Brendon -- who's had numerous arrests in recent years -- pulled her down by her hair ... according to law enforcement. We're told a hotel employee called cops, who arrested Brendon for felony domestic violence.

We've reached out to a rep for Nicholas, so far no word back. 

Eric Dickerson O.J. Simpson Called Me to Play Golf

10/18/2017 6:41 AM PDT

Didn't take long for O.J. Simpson to reach out to his old NFL pals -- he called Eric Dickerson THE NIGHT he was released from prison ... this according to the Hall of Famer himself. 

"He's good. He's really good," Dickerson told TMZ Sports ... "He's trying to get me to hang out with him." 

Dickerson and Simpson were pretty tight before O.J. got locked up and have remained friendly throughout the years. 

E.D. says O.J. has already invited him out to Vegas for a round of golf -- and while he's not ready to hit the links with Juice just yet ... sounds like it's just a matter of time. 

'Lean on Me' Star Busted for Nearly 6 Pounds of Weed

10/17/2017 9:24 AM PDT

"Lean on Me" star Jermaine Hopkins might need another meeting with Morgan Freeman -- cops say he tried to speed past them with several pounds of marijuana in his car.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops in Apex, NC spotted Jermaine driving 70 in a 55 last week. Once they pulled him over cops say they found 5.7 lbs. of weed in his trunk and arrested him for felony drug possession with intent to sell.

He also got tagged with a speeding ticket before he was released on $3,000 bond.

Jermaine was also busted in 2011 for buying 200 lbs. of pot from an undercover cop -- so 5 lbs. almost seems like an improvement. By the way, he got 3 years probation for that 2011 arrest. 

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

Melissa Etheridge Delightful Mug Shot in Drug Bust ... 70s Rocker Arrested Too

10/14/2017 12:30 AM PDT
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Melissa Etheridge didn't pass the K-9 sniffing test ... Todd Rundgren did, but they both got arrested for drugs on the U.S.-Canadian border.

Melissa and Todd were both pinched -- on separate dates -- in North Dakota after their tour buses were stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. According to docs, Melissa's bus was returning to the U.S. on August 17. After a K-9 unit detected possible drugs, agents found marijuana oil.

Cops say Melissa said she uses it to manage pain from cancer. That's legal in Cali, where she lives, but in N.D. it's still a no-no. She was booked for possession of a controlled substance ... took a super pleasant mug shot, and pleaded not guilty.

As for 1970s rocker Rundgren -- Customs nabbed him on September 9 when his bus was stopped. The dogs missed it, but agents found 2 vapes and containers with liquid THC.

Hello, it's me ... I just got booked for possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

Carolina Panthers Attacker Arrested History of Violent Allegations

10/13/2017 3:04 PM PDT

The scumbag who socked out a 62-year-old man at a Carolina Panthers game has been arrested for assault, cops have confirmed. 

The suspect is Kyle Adam Maraghy -- and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD says he's currently on his way to jail. 

The CMPD says the 26-year-old is the man who was captured on video brutally attacking another man in the stands at Bank of America Stadium during Thursday Night Football. 

We did some checking ... this ain't the first time Maraghy's been accused of violence

He's been arrested for assault at least 2 times since 2013 -- and has claimed to be a victim in 2 other violent incidents. We're trying to find out if Maraghy was ever convicted. 

'Love & Hip Hop' Star Off the Hook for Identity Fraud ... With a Catch

10/9/2017 12:20 AM PDT

"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Karen King isn't quite breathing a sigh of relief after her identity theft case was dismissed ... it's more like she's holding her breath.

Karen was busted for racking up a $5k tab at Saks Fifth Avenue, and allegedly using someone else's name and credit card. The Fulton County D.A. slapped her with 3 felony charges -- but prosecutors couldn't get the 70-year-old victim to testify on time.

No witness, no case. The judge dismissed the matter, but prosecutors ain't giving up just yet. The D.A.'s Office tells TMZ it intends to refile. They've got 6 months to do so.

Keep that champagne on ice, Karen.

Akon Has Nelly's Back Guys Like Us are Targets!!

10/8/2017 12:40 AM PDT

Akon firmly believes there's no way Nelly raped anyone, and his theory on what led to his friend's arrest echoes what Nelly claims himself.

We got the singer at LAX Saturday, and our guy throws him for a loop right away with the news. Akon's clearly not buying it, though ... and practically guarantees it's not true because he knows Nelly.

Then it gets really interesting ... Akon speculates the rape charge could be a case of mistaken identity or -- even worse -- the accuser might have made it all up to try to score an easy payday from the rapper.

Either way it's evident -- Akon thinks the rape allegations against Nelly are completely bogus ... which is exactly how Nelly feels.

Nelly 'I am Completely Innocent' ... Cancels Gig

10/7/2017 3:25 PM PDT
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Nelly has broken his silence on the rape claim against him, saying he's completely innocent and is a victim of targeting ... but he will not take the stage Saturday night.

The rapper says he's beyond shocked at the "false allegation" and is confident he'll be exonerated once the facts are in. He claims he's been targeted by the accuser, but apologized to his loved ones for the embarrassment and for putting himself in a bad situation. He also vows to take legal action against the "defaming claim" and reaffirms he's not been charged with a crime yet.

However, sources close to Nelly tell TMZ ... he will NOT be performing at Saturday night's show in Washington with Florida Georgia Line.

We broke the story ... Nelly was arrested early Saturday morning after a woman claimed he raped her on his tour bus.

Jordin Sparks Stunned by the Nelly News

10/7/2017 11:40 AM PDT

Jordin Sparks is completely taken aback by the rape allegations against Nelly, and so's the guy next to her at baggage claim ... maybe even more so.

We got the singer at LAX and broke the news to her -- Nelly was arrested for allegedly raping a woman in Washington -- and her jaw almost hits the floor. Jordin looks downright dismayed as the news sinks in ... and it leaves her at a loss for words.

Sparks does manage to tell us she knows the rapper, and clearly ... the story's baffling to her.

The Lovin' Spoonful Member Jerry Yester Arrested for Child Pornography

10/7/2017 1:18 PM PDT

Jerry Yester -- known for playing on The Lovin' Spoonful's smash hit "Do You Believe in Magic" -- has been arrested for having child pornography ... TMZ has learned.

The Boone County Sheriff's Dept. in Arkansas tells us ... Yester was booked Thursday and faces 30 counts of possession of child porn. He was arrested by the Cyber Crimes Unit at the Attorney General's Office. He was released after posting $35k bond.

The 74-year-old rock musician was part of the Modern Folk Quartet in the early 1960s, then joined The Lovin' Spoonful a couple years later. Yester went on to help produce albums by The Turtles, Pat Boone and Tom Waits.

Nelly Arrested for Rape

10/7/2017 8:19 AM PDT

9:25 AM PT -- Nelly's lawyer tells TMZ, "Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation. Our initial investigation, clearly establishes the allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness. I am confident, once the scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges. Nelly is prepared to pursue all all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation."

Nelly has been arrested for allegedly raping a woman ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us, a woman claims she was raped on the rapper's tour bus -- which was parked in a Walmart lot in Washington -- where he's been performing. Nelly is on a tour with Florida Georgia Line and they are set to perform Saturday night in Ridgefield, Washington.  

We're told the alleged rape occurred Saturday morning at 3:48 AM. We're told she specifically said Nelly is the one who raped her.

Nelly was booked on second degree rape charges Saturday morning at around 7 AM and released shortly after. 

Rapper PARTYNEXTDOOR Busted for Xanax and Oxycodone

10/6/2017 11:04 AM PDT
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PARTYNEXTDOOR was one of two men arrested for carrying drugs at the U.S.-Canada border ... TMZ has confirmed.

A spokesman for the New York State Troopers tells us ... the rapper and a 24-year-old man from Ontario were on a bus Thursday morning heading back to the U.S. when it was stopped for secondary inspection. NY State Troopers were then called to assist U.S. Customs and Border personnel.

We're told PARTYNEXTDOOR allegedly had Xanax and Oxycodone on him. The rapper and the other man were charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as first reported by WIVB-4 in Buffalo.

They were arrested, cited and released. We've reached out to PARTYNEXTDOOR, so far no word back.

Alex Morgan Apologizes For Drunken Disney World Incident

10/4/2017 6:58 AM PDT
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The sobering reality has set in for Alex Morgan -- and now the Team USA soccer superstar is apologizing for the drunken bender that got her kicked out of Disney World. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... cops were called to EPCOT Center on Sunday when Morgan and her group, which included several MLS soccer stars, became belligerent after a day of boozing. 

Morgan and 3 other people were told to leave -- but Alex allegedly drunkenly told the officers she knew the SWAT team ... hoping she could bully the cops into letting her go. It didn't work. 

And now the apology ... 

"I want to apologize for my actions that occurred over the weekend," Morgan says.

"I will learn from this make sure it does not happen again. #liveandlearn."

Morgan isn't the first Team USA star to get in trouble in an alcohol-fueled incident .... Hope Solo was punished for an unauthorized boozy joy ride on a Team USA bus and Abby Wambach was busted for DUI. 

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