Rapper The Game is raising money to pay for the funeral of a 7-year-old boy killed during a shooting in L.A. this week -- a crime that's suspected to be gang-related -- and the irony ... Game tells TMZ, he's getting financial help from the city's top gang leaders.
Game called in to "TMZ Live" moments ago, explaining he heard about Talib Pecantte's death this morning on the news and decided he wanted to do something for the victim's family ... especially since it happened so close to Christmas.
Game tells us he's already raised $7,000 to help cover the boy's funeral expenses -- but the crazy part, Game says a huge chunk of that money is coming from top-ranking L.A. gang members ... rival gangs too ... Crips, Bloods, and Latin gangs alike.
Game says he doesn't have a goal in mind ... he's just gonna keep raising money until he can't raise any more. He also says he's speaking to rival gang leaders about instituting a cease-fire ... at least during the holidays.
It's not the first time Game's got involved in charity -- the guy has a seriously incredible track record of jumping in to help families in times of tragedy ... like when that 6-year-old was shot in September ... or the house fire in Ohio.
Burglarized In Her Home
While She Slept!
12/4/2013 8:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Keri Russell had a frightening wake-up call early this morning ... when she awoke to intruders burglarizing her home ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement tells TMZ ... the "Felicity" star was awakened about 3 AM this morning in her NYC townhouse when she heard noises upstairs. She got up to investigate and discovered her living room window and front door were wide open.
According to police, the thieves escaped ... and Keri reported they made off with a Filson handbag, a laptop computer and a necklace.
Cops tell us ... they arrested two guys -- a father-son team -- several blocks away for allegedly burglarizing another home ... and police are now looking at them as possible suspects in the Russell break-in.
THREATENED BY AUSTRALIAN MAYOR
Clean Up Your Graffiti, OR ELSE!
12/4/2013 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber picked the wrong city to spray tag, 'cause the mayor of Gold Coast, Australia just issued an ultimatum to the "pop princess" -- clean up your mess ... OR SING FOR ME!!!!!
Mayor Tom Tate just issued a video message to Bieber after the singer went graffiti crazy all over a hotel wall during a visit to the city last week.
"I've got a message for pop princess Justin Beaver," Tate said ... "We love your music but we hate your graffiti and your vandalism here in our city."
He continued ... "Mate, you've got two choices -- come back and clean up your mess or come back and sing at the [Mayor's Christmas Carols event] on the 7th of December."
It's unclear what will happen if Bieber ignores both requests ... but here's our advice for Mayor Tate: Don't hold your breath.
Feeling Good About Ecstasy Case
'The Darkest Part Is Over'
12/3/2013 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
CeeLo Green sounds optimistic about the felony drug case he's currently facing ... telling TMZ, "The darkest part is over."
"The Voice" judge -- who stands accused of giving a woman ecstasy last year -- was rolling out of LAX when he gave us the lowdown on his court case.
Green's got a preliminary hearing scheduled for next month, but he says it's pretty much all formalities from here out ... and he's hoping things will work out in the end.
Drugs? What Drugs?
12/3/2013 12:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Riff Raff was just given a gift courtesy of the D.A. in Greensboro, NC ... TMZ has learned his drug case has gone away.
We broke the story ... the rapper was popped back in August when cops saw his car stopped in the middle of a street at 2:30 AM. A search allegedly turned up some weed, drug paraphernalia and an open container of alcohol.
But despite what seemed to be strong evidence, the D.A.'s office ultimately didn't believe they had enough to get a conviction. And, since this is the season for giving, the D.A. gave him a break ... and dismissed the case entirely.
Score one for Riff Raff.
Pauly D's Baby Mama
History of Domestic Violence
Bloodied Ex-BF in Brutal Fist Fight
12/3/2013 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Pauly D better learn to duck and cover ... 'cause his baby mama had no qualms about beating the crap out of another guy who knocked her up ... according to police records obtained by TMZ.
We've learned ... Amanda Markert was arrested in July 2009 for opening a can of whoopass on her first baby daddy -- Lance Gerbino -- leaving him with bloody lips, a nasty gash above his eye and injuries inside his mouth.
Gerbino tells TMZ ... Amanda had been out drinking with friends ... and was pissed because she had to come home to help take care of their infant son.
He claims Markert just started "going crazy" ... wailing on his face with her fists while she was holding their son. Gerbino felt the baby was in danger ... and that's why he called police.
According to police records, Markert turned herself in to cops --booked under her legal name, Amareda Markert -- but the assault charge was eventually dismissed after she completed an anger management course.
As we've reported, Markert and Pauly D are involved in an ugly custody fight over their 6-month old daughter, Amabella ... and they've both been very clear about how much they hate each other.
We contacted Amanda for comment on the domestic violence case ... she hung up on us.
DRINKING WHILE DRIVING
And Cops Say It's Legal
11/30/2013 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Country music superstar Luke Bryan -- the guy behind the hit "That's My Kind Of Night" -- slammed a beer WHILE driving his truck back in July ... but cops say he did NOTHING wrong.
The incident went down on Luke's private ranch in Tennessee -- Luke can be seen chugging a can of Busch ... the brew that's "as smooth as it's name."
But according to the Knoxville Police Department, Luke was within his legal right -- 'cause in TN, it's perfectly OK to booze while operating a motor vehicle AS LONG as it's on private property.
So, while it might not be the safest thing to do -- it definitely ain't illegal.
Still, kids -- don't drink and drive.
Hand Over The Guns, NOW!
11/30/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Gucci Mane's got a problem with the United States government that goes beyond taxes -- it's like a bullet to the heart ... because Uncle Sam wants to take his Glock.
According to a federal indictment, the government wants Mane to surrender his 2 guns -- a 40 caliber Glock and a 45 caliber Taurus. They also want the ammo that goes with it.
As for why the government has a hard-on for Mane ... the rapper has 2 priors -- aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of more than 20 grams of pot.
The priors trigger a forfeiture. Trigger ... get it.
'Wolf of Wall Street'
Was My Idea!!!
11/29/2013 5:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Leonardo DiCaprio owes his latest paycheck to Tommy Chong, who tells TMZ, the new "Wolf of Wall Street" movie never would have happened if not for him ... and he might be right.
Chong was out in L.A. yesterday when we asked about the time he spent in the clink with Jordan Belfort, the criminal stock market genius who the movie "Wolf of Wall Street" is based on.
FYI, Chong was sentenced to 9 months in prison in 2003 for selling bongs online.
Chong says he was working on a book at the time -- it was 2004 by then -- and he encouraged Belfort to write one himself ... so Belfort did ... and that book eventually became the bestseller "Wolf of Wall Street."
Years later ... that book is now a film. We're no math geniuses, but we're pretty sure that means Chong deserves some royalty money. Check the clip. Funny story.
Even Accused Murderers Deserve Turkey
11/28/2013 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Aaron Hernandez -- the ex-New England Patriots star who is behind bars as he awaits trial for murder -- will be celebrating Thanksgiving with SOME of the trimmings ... TMZ has learned.
Here's what we're told Aaron will be eating:
-- 5 ounces of turkey
-- mashed potatoes
-- mixed veggies
-- fruit punch
We're told the reason the inmates get turkey dinner is to remind them there's still a lot to be thankful for.
And the pièce de résistance ... for desert he gets one slice of pumpkin bread.
And you know what he has to do to get 2 slices ....
One last thing ... He's not allowed to watch football. NO TV.
Dead Photog's Mom
I Think Bieber's SUV May Have Killed My Son, and Fled
11/27/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The woman whose son was killed while photographing Justin Bieber's Ferrari January 1 claims not one but TWO cars struck the photog. The second driver is wanted for felony hit-and-run and TMZ has learned the hit-and-run vehicle fits the basic description of an SUV in Bieber's entourage.
Bieber was NOT in the Ferrari. Lil Twist was behind the wheel when he was allegedly speeding on the 405, and a CHP officer pulled him off the Freeway. The deputy spoke to Twist and let him go, and then told photog Chris Guerra -- who was standing on the side of the road -- to get out of the area. As Guerra walked across the road, he was struck by a car, and shortly thereafter hit by a second vehicle.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ -- based on surveillance video and forensic evidence -- the second vehicle that struck Guerra was a black, high-profile SUV that was either a Range Rover or a Hummer.
Guerra's mom believes it's possible the SUV could have been someone from Bieber's camp either trailing the Fererari or coming to assist Twist. Cops are not embracing or discounting the mom's theory ... and the investigation is ongoing.
Guerra's mom wants the LAPD to show her the surveillance footage so she can see for herself, but they've told her it's an ongoing investigation so no dice.
We've contacted Bieber's camp for comment, but haven't heard back yet.
Emotional After Dom. Violence Arrest
'I Love You, Monkey'
11/26/2013 2:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Aiden Turner wasted no time trying to patch things up with his GF last night -- sending an emotional message to the woman he's accused of attacking, right when he was released from jail.
We broke the story ... Aiden was arrested for domestic violence Monday after allegedly chucking a TV remote at his girlfriend ... giving her a black eye in the process.
Turner didn't have much to say about the incident when he left the Hollywood Police Station last night ... but the ex-"All My Children" star got super emotional when he turned to our camera and delivered a message to his GF ... complete with a pet nickname.
Deputies Find Gun Stockpile
11/26/2013 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
George Zimmerman was well armed last week when he was arrested for domestic violence ... according to Seminole County Sheriff's deputies who got a warrant to search the home Zimmerman shared with his girlfriend.
According to law enforcement, Zimmerman had stockpiled five guns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition ... including the 12-gauge shotgun his GF, Samantha Scheibe, claims he used to threaten her ... by shoving it in her face.
The search warrant ... obtained by TMZ .. shows in addition to the Kel-Tec shotgun, Zimmerman also owned an AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle and three handguns.
Deputies also confiscated a pocket knife and a religious pendant.
Zimmerman is currently free on $9,000 bail ... his whereabouts are unknown.