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Rosie O’Donnell

Suspect in Daughter's Disappearance

To Raise Tinder Defense

8/25/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Steven Sheerer, the man arrested in the disappearance of Rosie O’Donnell's daughter, will claim he relied on Tinder to ensure the girl was of legal age.

Sheerer, who's 25, claims he met 17-year-old Chelsea after she came up in his Tinder feed, leading him to believe she was an adult. His lawyers say Sheerer relied on the app separating users into age groups.

Sheerer allegedly sent Chelsea a nude photo over the Internet, which is a crime if she's underage. His legal team also believes the child endangerment charge is bogus for several reasons. First, she came to him and also, she wasn't harmed in any way.

As for his recent, drug-related legal troubles … Sheerer's lawyers say he's getting treatment and has fully complied with his probation.


Charged in Fireworks Stunt

8/24/2015 4:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0824_steve_o_crane_facebookSteve-O's human King Kong stunt atop a Hollywood crane earlier this month could land him in jail -- the Jackass star's been hit with 5 misdemeanors.

The L.A. City Attorney charged Steve for creating a false emergency, use of unregistered fireworks, storing and possession of fireworks without permit, and trespassing. 

Cops responded to calls that a jumper had climbed a construction site crane over Sunset Boulevard on Aug. 9 -- but eventually realized it was Steve-O protesting SeaWorld with an over-the-top stunt.

If he's convicted of all charges he faces up to 4 and a half years in jail.

Rosie O'Donnell

Suspect Sent Nude Pic to Daughter

... According to Cops

8/24/2015 8:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0822-steven-m-sheerer-mug-5The man arrested in the disappearance of Rosie O'Donnell's daughter allegedly sent her at least one naked photo ... TMZ has learned.

According to docs ... Steven Sheerer knowingly distributed "a nude photo over the internet." As we reported ... police say they found evidence on a phone belonging to Rosie's 17-year-old daughter, Chelsea.

It's unclear when Sheerer sent the pic.

Sheerer was booked for 3rd degree endangering the welfare of a child, and 3rd degree distribution of obscenity to a minor. He's being held on $40,000 bail.

Young Buck

Urine Big Trouble Now

8/24/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0821-young-buck-INSTAGRAM-01Young Buck could go to prison for faking a piss.

The rapper -- who is on a probation -- used someone else's urine to pass a drug test ... so claims his probation officer.

The P.O. says Buck came in for his drug test and concealed a plastic bag with someone else's clean pee, and then used a tube to transfer it into a sample cup.

Turns out it's a felony to falsify a court-ordered urine test, punishable by up to 5 years in prison.  

According to court docs, Buck had been smoking weed while traveling with another rap artist. TMZ broke the story ... that artist is none other than Snoop.

Wiz Khalifa

Busted At LAX

For Riding Hoverboard

8/22/2015 7:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar2:00 PM PST -- A law enforcement source tells TMZ Wiz was only detained for failure to comply ... he was eventually released after apologizing and will not face charges. A spokesperson for CPB says that all travelers are subject to inspection and obeying orders but they will not discuss individual matters.

update_grey_gray_barWiz Khalifa was taken down and cuffed at LAX and the rapper claims it was all because he refused to get off his personal hoverboard.

Wiz posted a pic to his Twitter account Saturday night with the caption, "They love saying stop resisting." The rapper also posted a video of himself on the hoverboard, surrounded by cops saying, "All because I wouldn't ditch the technology everyone will be using in the next 6 months."

A video on Twitter of the incident shows Wiz surrounded by officers.

We've reached out to law enforcement for comment -- so far ... no word back.

Story Developing ...

Rosie O'Donnell

Man Charged

in Daughter's Disappearance

8/22/2015 8:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0822-steven-m-sheerer-mug-01The man found with Rosie O'Donnell's 17-year-old daughter could end up doing some serious jail time, he was just charged in connection to her disappearance. 

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato says his office was given permission by Rosie to check her daughter's cellphone. He says that on the phone there was "evidence of inappropriate communications over the last several weeks between Sheerer and the minor."

Sheerer was arrested at his home last night and charged with 3rd degree endangering the welfare of a child and 3rd degree distribution of obscenity to a minor. His computer was also seized.

O'Donnell's daughter Chelsea was found with Sheerer on Wednesday at his home in Barnegat, NJ.

Sheerer is currently being held on a $40,000 bail and if found guilty, each charge carries the possibility of a 5 year prison sentence.

Gene Simmons

Home Raided for Child Porn

Gene NOT a Suspect

8/20/2015 7:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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6:24 AM PST: Shannon Tweed tweeted: "Thanks for your support. We couldn't be more horrified that someone used our residence for such heinous crimes. Law enforcement is on it. Goodnight and don't forget to change your passwords."

update_grey_gray_barGene Simmons' house was raided Thursday morning by cops looking for evidence of child porn, although we're told neither Gene nor anyone in his family is a suspect.

The LAPD's Internet Crime Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at 8 AM, and we're told cops seized computers and other evidence.  

Law enforcement sources tell us, someone downloaded child porn either on one of their computers or using their Internet access. We're told neither Simmons nor anyone in his family are considered suspects or persons of interest. Gene was away on tour when the downloads occurred.

It's unclear who, if anyone is considered a suspect. We're told the family is fully cooperative.


Jared Fogle

A Latte and a Laptop at Starbucks

8/20/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0819-jared-fogle-laptop-TMZ-SUPER_BLUR-SWIPE-04This pic sure seemed innocent enough when it was taken last year around Christmas time -- Jared Fogle and a guy we think is Russell Taylor staring at a laptop --  but now that we know Fogle and Taylor have been charged with heinous crimes involving children and computers, it takes on a whole new complexion.

The picture was taken at a Starbucks near Jared's house in Indiana, just a few months before Russell was charged with 7 counts of production of child porn and possession of child porn.

As we reported, Jared has struck a plea deal in his case and will serve at least 5 years in prison for possessing child porn and traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with minors. Russell's case is ongoing.

You see Jared and a guy who looks identical to Russell staring intently at the laptop. We've blurred his face because there's a remote chance it's not Russell ... but everyone who's seen it in our office says it's a dead ringer. 

The woman who took the pic just saw the guy from Subway and decided to capture the moment. When she saw the news this week and put 2 and 2 together, she says she almost fell off her chair.


Morgan Freeman's Granddaughter

Stabbed 15 Times

8/19/2015 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0819-lamar-edena-hines-facebook-01Morgan Freeman's granddaughter, E’Dena Hines, was stabbed 15 times early morning Sunday before she was pronounced dead, according to the criminal complaint.

Lamar Davenport, her boyfriend and the man in custody for the heinous crime, was arraigned Wednesday from his hospital bed, where he's been under psychiatric hold.

According to the doc, a witness saw Davenport pull a woman into the street and then saw him on top of the woman, who was on the ground, repeatedly stabbing the woman in the back and torso.

He's due back in court on Aug. 21.

Morgan Freeman

Granddaughter Stabbed to Death

8/16/2015 1:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0816-2-morgan-freeman-edena-granddaughter-getty-3update_graphic_red_bar5:10 AM PT -- According to police, the suspect -- Hines' boyfriend, Lamar Davenport -- was screaming about religion during the alleged stabbing. Davenport is currently hospitalized and will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Davenport was charged Monday with second-degree murder.

update_grey_gray_barMorgan Freeman's 33-year-old step-granddaughter was murdered outside of her New York City home early Sunday morning.

Law enforcement tells TMZ E'Dena Hines was found lying on the street and had suffered multiple stab wounds to her torso. She was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A 30-year-old man was taken into custody at the scene and transported to a hospital nearby.

In a statement to People, Morgan said, "Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace." 



Catch And Release

For Crazy Sea World Stunt

8/10/2015 2:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0810-steve-o-instagramA jackass isn't the only animal synonymous with Steve-O anymore …cause the adrenaline junkie got arrested Sunday while performing a killer stunt for some captive killer whales.

The "Jackass" star broadcast the insane protest against Sea World on his Facebook … showing himself climbing to the top of a crane in Los Angeles and set off fireworks alongside an inflatable orca he named “Shammy.”

More than 80 firefighters and a ton of LAPD officers were sent to the crane around 8 p.m. following reports of a possible suicide attempt … he was charged with suspicion of trespassing, setting off fireworks without a permit and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Steve-O was released on $5,000 bail Monday morning and is scheduled in court August 31st.

Kim Richards

How She Got Nabbed at Target

for Shoplifting

8/10/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0807-kim-richards-BOOKING-PHOTO-TMZ-02Kim Richards didn't just try to steal a shopping cart full of stuff from Target ... she tried stealing 2 shopping carts full of stuff ... this according to the Target incident report.

According to the report, Kim grabbed the reusable bags at the Van Nuys Target and began loading them up with merchandise in the dollar section ... the pics below show what she took.

The report says Kim loaded the bags in a shopping cart, took it to the the express line but left it without attempting to check out. She told the clerk the items had already been paid for.

She then grabbed another cart and didn't even bother to bag the items ... she just loaded the cart up with toys and beauty products.

0807-SUB-kim-richards-arrest-shoplifting-TMZ-01The report says Kim then took the second cart to the express line and began lugging the first cart out of the store.

She got 3 feet out of the store -- enough to make a shoplifting case -- when a security guard approached and escorted her to the booking room, where they took her pic.

Kim told security she didn't recall if she paid for the goods or not. 

The cops came and arrested Kim for theft. The items totaled $600.


Rapper Travis Scott

Arrested for Inciting Crowd at Lollapalooza

8/2/2015 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rapper Travis Scott got taken down by cops one song into his set at Lollapalooza in Chicago Saturday, after urging the huge crowd to rush the stage.

Scott was super hyped as he took the stage in front of 100,000 people, telling everyone to ignore security and climb over the barricades.

Chicago's finest sprung into action and arrested Scott for disorderly conduct.

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