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Mark Salling Indicted for Child Porn

5/27/2016 12:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0527-mark-salling-tmzMark Salling has been indicted for possessing child pornography.

A federal grand jury indicted the "Glee" star on 2 counts of child porn. Salling's laptop was seized last year, and allegedly contained thousands of images and videos of child porn. One count involves a flash drive which allegedly contained images involving a prepubescent minor and a minor under 12.

U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker says, "Young victims are harmed every time an image is generated, every time it is distributed and every time it is viewed."

If convicted of receiving child porn, Salling faces a minimum sentence of 5 years and a maximum of 20 years in prison. On the charge of possessing child porn, he could receive 20 years.

Crime Watch Daily first reported the indictment was being prepared.


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Amber Heard Claims Johnny's Violence Triggered by Drug, Alcohol Abuse

5/27/2016 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0527-amber-launch-05Amber Heard claims in legal docs ... during their entire relationship Johnny Depp was verbally and physically abusive, and she lays part of the blame on drug and alcohol abuse.

TMZ has obtained the legal docs Amber filed to support her claim that Johnny smashed an iPhone against her face Saturday night, which she claims triggered her move to file for divorce.  As we reported, cops came but she declined to file a report.

Amber claims, before the alleged incident over the weekend -- during her birthday party at home last month ... Johnny showed up "inebriated and high." She says after the guests left, they argued and he threw a magnum-sized bottle of champagne at the wall and a wine glass at her. She says he grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her onto the bed. She also says he grabbed her by the hair and shoved her to the floor.

Amber says she didn't see Johnny again for a month, until Saturday night. She says he was drunk and high again and they were talking about his mom's passing the day before. She says he "suddenly began obsessing" about something, got mad, grabbed the phone, "wound up his arm like a baseball pitcher and threw the cell phone at me striking my cheek and eye."

She claims he also pulled her hair and struck her, then she says he grabbed a magnum-sized bottle of wine, chugged some and then used the bottle to break objects around the house.

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.

T.I. Concert Chaos Backstage as Shots Ring Out (NEW VIDEO)

5/26/2016 8:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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TMZ has obtained video from backstage at T.I.'s NYC concert just as the shots were fired, and it reveals the total chaos and panic in a small confined area.

The video starts with some guys pushing and shoving backstage, and then you hear the gunfire start. Watch the video ... it seems like not everyone immediately realized the danger, because some people were standing around.

That changed quickly as more shots were fired, and everyone tried to squeeze through the exit.

Police have not made any arrests yet, but they've seen several videos, like this one, and say it's helping them close in on the suspect.

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

5/26/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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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Kermit Washington Faces 45 Years In Prison ... For Screwing Needy Africans

5/25/2016 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0525-kermit-washington-gettyEx-NBA All-Star Kermit Washington faces 45 YEARS in prison for allegedly running a scheme where he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars that were SUPPOSED to help needy people in Africa ... officials say. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... the 64-year-old was arrested at an L.A. supermarket on Tuesday for running a scheme to steal from an African charity he started to fund his lavish lifestyle. 

Long story short ... officials say Washington would induce people, including several former pro athletes, to donate to Project Contact Africa, telling them 100% of the money would benefit a clinic in Africa for needy families. 

Instead, the Dept. of Justice says he stole "hundreds of thousands of dollars" to pay for everything from rent to vacations, jewelry and entertainment. 

Translation -- what a scumbag (allegedly).  

He's been charged with several crimes including corrupt interference with tax laws, conspiring to commit wire fraud, obstruction and aggravated ID theft.  

If convicted on all charges, Washington is looking at 45 years in prison -- though it's more likely he'd strike a plea deal and serve significantly less time (if any at all). 

Washington has been released on bond -- but had to surrender his passport and wear a GPS device so authorities can keep track of him.  

Marcia Clark Calls BS on Shapiro He Didn't Try On Glove

5/25/2016 11:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Marcia Clark thinks Robert Shapiro is taking credit for Johnnie Cochran's trial-turning O.J. Simpson glove demo.

We got Marcia leaving Fox Studios in NYC Wednesday and asked about Shapiro's claim on Megyn Kelly's special that he's the one who concocted the scheme for O.J. to try on the glove, after putting it on his own hand.

Marcia says it was Johnnie's idea. She also takes issue with the notion a key piece of evidence was lying around the courtroom for anyone to try on.

NBA's Kermit Washington Arrested In Homeland Security Investigation

5/24/2016 11:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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.  

'Love & Hip Hop' Star Arrested For Identity Fraud

5/24/2016 10:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Karen King was busted for scamming a person's identity for financial gain ... and there's video of the arrest going down.

Karen was arrested Monday night moments after arriving at an 'LHHA' promotional appearance at Level V in Atlanta. Her appearance there had been heavily promoted, so police were ready and waiting to arrest her for the alleged identity theft that went down last year. 

According to docs, King walked into the Saks Fifth Avenue in ATL, and bought $4,946.52 in merchandise under someone else's name. Cops think she was in cahoots with the employee who rang up the purchase.

According to the arrest record, Karen was booked for financial identity fraud, theft and first degree forgery. 

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

 

Sebastian Bach Nanny Jacked Our $16k Chanel Watch!

5/24/2016 7:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0523-sebastian-bach-suzanne-bach-TMZ-01Sebastian Bach and his wife, Suzanne, called cops after she says a wildly expensive diamond-encrusted Chanel watch went missing ... and they're pointing the finger at a nanny.

According to a police report obtained by TMZ, the couple noticed the watch was gone after returning from a night out last week in Memphis. They believe a nanny hired to care for 3-year-old Trace is the culprit.

Suzanne says the $16k watch was inside a hotel drawer before it disappeared. 

Cops are investigating.

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'Fear the Walking Dead' Star Arrested After Fight on CBS Lot

5/24/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0523_frank-dillane_gettyFrank Dillane -- star of "Fear the Walking Dead" and a 'Harry Potter' flick -- allegedly got physical with a CBS security guard, and got hauled off the backlot by cops ... TMZ has learned. 

Our law enforcement sources say Dillane, who plays Nick Clark on 'Dead,' tried to breeze through a security checkpoint on Sunday night. Guards tried to stop him, especially because 'Dead' doesn't even shoot on the lot. At least one guard described his behavior as "erratic." 

We're told Dillane didn't dig all the attention, things got heated and he ended up striking one of the guards. That was the last straw for the security force, which detained the actor with a citizen's arrest.

LAPD arrived and booked Dillane for battery. We've reached out to his reps, but no word back yet.

Chumlee Plea Deal Tells It to the Judge ... I'll Be Good for 3 Years

5/23/2016 9:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Chumlee from "Pawn Stars" laid out his plea deal for the judge in his drugs and guns case, and left court one step closer to dodging a huge bullet ... aka jail time.

TMZ broke the story ... Chumlee's attorneys scored him a sweet deal where he'll get off without a single day behind bars for his arrest for drug and weapon possession.

He was in a Las Vegas court Monday morning to lay out the terms for the judge -- 3 years probation, plus counseling ... and if he keeps his nose clean, the felonies will be dropped to misdemeanors. The judge still has to approve the deal.

Outside the courthouse, we asked Chumlee about his penchant for buying weed "in bulk" -- as he explained to cops when they raided his home.

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