It's so eerie ... Jennifer Hudson's half-brother is in jail ... for allegedly repeatedly stabbing a man in the face ... a man who was involved in a relationship with his estranged wife.
The incident mirrors another tragedy in the Hudson family. William Balfour -- the ex-boyfriend of Jennifer's sister Julia -- murdered her mom, brother and nephew in a jealous rage triggered by what he thought was a gift to Julia from her new boyfriend.
Steven Simpson is now in custody in Paw Paw, Michigan, and he's expected to be charged with home invasion and attempted murder.
Rick Perry Mugshot
8/19/2014 3:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Texas Governor Rick Perry pursed his lips with a faint smile as he posed for his mug shot ... and the pic is a study in politics and spin control.
As you probably know ... Perry has been indicted for felony abuse of power ... trying to coerce a political enemy -- a D.A. who was convicted of drunk driving -- out of office by threatening to veto a law enforcement bill if she didn't resign.
Perry -- who says the charges are BS -- has a lot at stake in this mug shot. He clearly wants to run for President in 2016, so the way he looks and dresses in the pic is critical.
Nice suit, crisp white shirt, appropriate blue tie. The look is confident, defiant but not too smug. It's way better than James Brown's mug and on a par with Armie Hammer and Lindsay's 6th.
'Sons of Anarchy' Star Chuck Zito
If War Machine's GF Cheated
She Deserved Beating
8/18/2014 12:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chuck Zito says he would beat the crap out of his girlfriend if he ever caught her cheating.
The "Sons of Anarchy" actor was leaving Coogies restaurant in Malibu when our photog asked about War Machine's brutal assault on his GF, porn star Christy Mack. His reaction was loud and clear ... if she cheated, she deserved everything she got.
You gotta see his gestures as he describes the plan of action.
Apparently cops disagree ... War Machine is now in custody and faces 7 criminal charges in connection with the beating.
'Cat Daddy' Rapper
Fails to Surrender for Jail
Arrest Warrant Issued
8/18/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Jovan Clayton failed to "Cat Daddy" into court to begin a 4-month jail sentence ... so now a judge has issued a bench warrant for his arrest.
As TMZ first reported, Clayton got 120 days in L.A. County lockup after he pled no contest to one count of receiving stolen property during a nightclub incident last April.
Clayton had until 8:30 AM Friday to surrender. Now that the bench warrant was issued ... a judge could possibly tack on additional jail time.
We shot this video in April of Clayton getting out of jail, so ... imagine it in reverse ... once the law catches up to him.
Rapper Kid Ink
Busted in Vegas
Disturbing the Peace ...Huh?
8/16/2014 1:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Kid Ink was arrested early Saturday in Las Vegas for disturbing the peace ... which raises the question, is there really peace in Vegas?
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... cops raced to 1Oak nightclub in the Mirage just before 3 AM after a 911 call about a fight in the club.
Several eyewitnesses tell us ... Kid Ink's female friend started the scuffle.
We're told the woman was acting belligerent as the 2 left the club ... and when security confronted them the "Show Me" rapper and his crew started getting physical.
Police hauled the rapper and his female friend off to jail. The woman was booked for giving a false statement to officers -- we don't know what she told them -- and Ink was booked for disturbing the peace.
He'll be released Saturday afternoon without posting bail. He's ordered to appear in court Monday.
UPDATE: A rep for Kid Ink claims the rapper and some of friends were taking photos on the closed red carpet ... but when there was an issue between a third party and security -- police stepped in.
Dropped From His Own Clothing Line
8/15/2014 4:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
War Machine no longer does Alpha Male S*** ... that's because he's been dropped by the clothing line he helped create.
The company has a new owner, who wants nothing to do with the wanted MMA fighter, saying, "ALPHA MALE clothing has been taken over by a NAVY SEAL. We have NO affiliation with Jon/WarMachine."
The Alpha Male clothing website links to a site for Christy Mack merchandise, which weirdly still features War Machine.
'Ultimate Survival Alaska' Star
Steals Car, Crashes, Pinned, Hospitalized, Escapes
8/15/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Ultimate Survivor Alaska" star Tyler Johnson is miraculously still on the run ... after allegedly getting drunk, stealing a car, then suffering a horrific accident that should have killed him.
The unbelievable story started in typical criminal fashion ... the police report says a drunken Tyler stole a car in Anchorage 2 weeks ago and went on a joyride ... before losing control and flipping it.
Tyler wasn't wearing his seat belt and was thrown through the windshield ... and he ended up pinned under the car.
Tyler was taken to the hospital but somehow was discharged before cops were able to nab him.
If he's caught .... he'll face DUI and felony vehicle theft charges.
Ordered To Take Drug & Booze Classes For DUI
8/14/2014 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Kattan will spend the next 3 years on probation and will have to attend drug and alcohol classes as punishment for driving under the influence of drugs, TMZ has learned.
The L.A. City Attorney's office tells us ... Kattan was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and will have to pay restitution for the freeway crash last Feb. ... when he slammed his Mercedes into a parked Cal Trans vehicle.
Kattan will have to attend a 3-month alcohol program and 104 Narcotics Anonymous classes. Plus, he's forbidden from driving with any drugs in his system ... unless he has a valid prescription.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Kattan had been driving on Ambien at the time of the crash.
We're told Kattan will also have take part in the Hospital and Morgue Program ... a scared straight type of program where he'll see first-hand the consequences of dangerous behavior.
Released From Prison
Half Way Home
8/14/2014 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Beanie Sigel is back on the streets ... a free man after spending 2 years behind bars.
Beanie was popped in 2012 for dodging the taxman to the tune of $700,000 between 2003-05.
Beanie's worked with some of the biggest names in rap -- including Snoop and Jay Z -- but his career essentially died after his first trip to the big house in 2004 ... for drug and gun crimes.
Law enforcement sources tell us Beanie will spend time at a halfway house to help him transition.
DJ Drama posted a photo of Beanie on Instagram ... welcoming the rapper home.
Paul Walker Death
Thief Gets HAMMERED By Judge
8/14/2014 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A judge just hammered the guy who stole a piece of Paul Walker's death car ... jailing him for 6 MONTHS.
Jameson Witty and another guy lifted a panel from the T-top roof of the Porsche as a tow truck was transporting the wreckage. TMZ actually got hold of the video ... which caused prosecutors to charge the 2 men with 3 crimes.
Witty and the other guy copped a plea ... and Thursday was judgment day for him. The other guy is expected to get the same sentence when he goes before the judge in October.
Arrest Could Lead to
Drone Controls in Hollywood
8/14/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Authorities have confiscated a drone from a man on a mission against the LAPD ... and the action could end up protecting celebrities in Hollywood from unmanned aircrafts.
We've learned Tom Zebra -- the guy who flew a drone over the Hollywood Division of the LAPD a few weeks back -- was flying his drone around the harbor in San Pedro, CA when the Port Police confronted him and ordered him to land the aircraft.
The cops grabbed the drone and then placed Zebra under arrest for a city law that prohibits anyone from flying an unmanned aircraft around a public beach. He was cited and released.
We've learned the arrest got the LAPD buzzing ... because L.A. authorities have been stumped on how to regulate drones. Up to now the LAPD and prosecutors saw no way to prohibit drones that fly under 400 feet.
But the arrest got law enforcement thinking ... they never thought about this particular law ... which not only prohibits drones around public beaches, but all publicly owned spaces and adjoining parking lots, pools, piers, golf courses and the like.
We're told L.A. law enforcement now thinks that law can be used to protect celebs who live along California's coast ... including the throngs of famous folks in and around Malibu.
Turns out the law also prohibits drones from buzzing over horse paths and hiking trails, and lots of celebs -- especially in the Calabasas area -- have homes that would be protected.
For celeb homes not protected under the existing law ... we're told authorities are working to draft new legislation aimed at protecting all private residences from drones.
War Machine & Christy Mack
3 Weeks Ago
8/14/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Porn star Christy Mack and War Machine were still close enough 20 days ago that they were holding hands in public at an MMA fight.
TMZ obtained the pic taken in Temecula, CA while they were attending the fight ... and their coziness seems to contradict Christy's initial claim that they've been broken up for several months.
Christy's family and friends tell us although the pair "officially" broke up in May ... they still consistently hooked up from time to time. The pic may explain War Machine getting jealous of Christy's new boyfriend Corey Thomas.
What it doesn't do is justify the fugitive's alleged brutal beating of Christy and Corey last Friday.
Convict Claims Reality Show
Set Him Up in Drug Deal
8/13/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A drug supplier who served more than 7 months for drug-related crimes claims he was set up by MTV's "True Life" ... so he claims in a new lawsuit.
David Nickell says in legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- he was instructed by a producer on "True Life: I'm Addicted To Pills" to buy pills from a dealer, then give them to a woman on the show ... in front of her 5-year-old son.
Nickell claims the producer told him it would be better TV if the kid was around when the deal went down ... and she assured him he wouldn't get in trouble.
Nickell and the woman who got the pills from him were both arrested after authorities saw the show. And prosecutors used the video in court to convict him.
He's suing the producer, MTV and its parent company Viacom.