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Lupita Nyong'o Dress

Surveillance Cams So Bad

Ray Rice Could Have Skated

2/27/2015 7:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The now-famous $150,000 dress that was stolen from Lupita Nyong'o's West Hollywood hotel room is no closer to being found because TMZ has learned the surveillance video is a bust.

Law enforcement sources tell us detectives have reviewed video from The London West Hollywood and it shows nothing leading them to the thief.   

A big problem ... the security cameras in the hotel are spotty and there was nothing trained on the area surrounding the door of Lupita's room. 

One source put it this way ... "If Ray Rice did what he did at The London, he would have gotten away with it."

Cops are stumped as to how the dress was taken. One source says it was too "long and stiff" to wear with something over it. It could have been placed in a hamper or a bag ... they just don't know.

They also don't know if it was an inside job or if someone who had access to Lupita's room stole it.

What they do know is this ... it's definitely gone. 

A photog got Lupita at JFK airport early Friday, but she was mum. 

Aaron Hernandez

Gas Station Dance Party

Before Odin Lloyd Murder

2/26/2015 8:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Aaron Hernandez was in one helluva good mood in the hours before Odin Lloyd was murdered ... dancing on his way into a local gas station ... and it was all captured on video.  

The video was shot around 2AM on June 17, 2013 ... about 90 minutes before officials say Lloyd was murdered. 

Prosecutors believe the video plays a key role in the timeline ... connecting Hernandez with the car that Lloyd got into a short time later ... the same car that was seen driving into the secluded area where Lloyd's body was found later that day. 

Prosecutors also say the video shows Hernandez buying gum inside the gas station -- gum that officials say also connects Aaron to the murder. 

'Next Top Model' Mirjana Puhar

Lead Detective Also a Reality Star

2/26/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Americas Next Top Model Death The lead detective assigned to the murder case of "America's Next Top Model" star Mirjana Puhar ironically has a connection to the victim ... they're both reality TV stars.

Det. Norma McKee was on A&E's "The First 48" -- a docuseries about murder investigations -- back in 2011, when she was just a rookie. The episode chronicled a double-murder investigation, her first, involving a couple that was shot point blank in their car by a backseat passenger. 

McKee got her man, who is currently serving 28 years after pleading guilty to two counts of second degree murder. 

Puhar and two other people were killed Tuesday in Charlotte, NC. Police have already arrested a suspect, who has been charged with three counts of first degree murder.

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'Ice Road Truckers' Star Tim Zickuhr

GUILTY of Prostitute Kidnapping

2/25/2015 5:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ice Roads Trucker Guilty Kidnapping Prostitute"Ice Road Truckers" star Tim Zickuhr didn't convince a judge the woman he allegedly tied up and threw in a closet was not a prostitute but a flaky friend, because he was just convicted of kidnapping.

TMZ broke the story ... cops say last April Zickuhr bound a Vegas prostitute named Snow White with backpack straps and locked her in a closet ... then tried to collect a $1,000 ransom from her friend, who happened to be a LVPD cop. 

A Nevada judge wasn't buyin' what Zickuhr was selling and found him guilty Tuesday of kidnapping and extortion. The judge then threw the book at him, sentencing him to a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Zickuhr hasn't appeared on the History Channel show since 2011.

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'Remember the Titans' Coach

Arrested for DUI

2/25/2015 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The "Remember the Titans" actor who starred as a coach in the film -- and was NOT named Denzel Washington -- got busted for DUI in South Carolina.

Will Patton, who ended up being Denzel's assistant coach in the classic football flick ... was arrested Tuesday night in Isle of Palms, SC. He was released on $997 bond.

Patton played Coach Bill Yoast in 'Titans' -- and 10-year-old Hayden Panettiere played his daughter. He also starred in "Armaggedon" and "Gone in 60 Seconds."

Patton's hometown is Charleston ... not far from Isle of Palms. He'll be back in court next month to face the DUI. 

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'Next Top Model' Mirjana Puhar

Killed in Triple Homicide

[UPDATE]

2/25/2015 8:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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02025-mirjana-puhar-instagramupdate_graphic_red_bar8:45 AM PT -- Police have arrested 19-year-old Emmanuel Jesus Rangel and charged him with 3 counts of 1st degree murder.

The boyfriend, Jonathan Alvarado was 23 ... and the third victim was 21-year-old Jusmar Gonzaga-Garcia. Our sources say Jusmar was Jonathan's roommate and best friend. We're told Mirjana had just moved in with the guys.

update_grey_gray_barMirjana Puhar -- a recent "America's Next Top Model" contestant -- was killed Tuesday in a triple homicide at her boyfriend's home in Charlotte, NC ... TMZ has learned.

A source who was very close to Mirjana confirmed to TMZ that she was one of the 3 victims found dead in a home that belonged to Mirjana's boyfriend. The source says a friend of the couple went to the house after getting a call that gunshots were heard.

We're told the friend went into the house, saw 2 bodies -- Mirjana and the bf -- and then called police to report the killings. The friend didn't see the 3rd victim, but did see money scattered around the house.

19-year-old Mirjana was on the 21st cycle of 'ANTM' ... which aired last year. She was eliminated from the show in the 10th episode. 

Law enforcement sources tell us the preliminary investigation leads police to believe the murders were drug related -- and the victims knew the killer.  

Our Mirjana source says the young model had only been with the boyfriend for a few months.

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Bruce Jenner

Likely To Avoid Charges

Cops Say Driving 'HUA' [Head Up Ass]

2/25/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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If you're a gambler, you should bet that Bruce Jenner will NOT be prosecuted for vehicular manslaughter, because his screw up was driving HUA ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Sources familiar with investigating the fatal crash on PCH earlier this month tell us ... conventional wisdom is 60/40 AGAINST criminal prosecution. One source says it's more like 70/30.  

As for why it's looking like Bruce will not be prosecuted, our law enforcement sources say there are a variety of factors:

-- He was not under the influence

-- He was not speeding

-- He was not texting 

As one source put it, "It's more a case of HUA" ... that's cop talk for driving while head up ass.  That we're told is the view shared by cops familiar with the investigation.

The underlying offense could be following too closely or driving at a speed that isn't prudent given driving conditions.

We're told the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. investigation is pretty much complete, and after the reports are written it will be submitted to the L.A. County D.A. for review. Our sources say the Sheriff's Dept. in all probability will not make a recommendation on prosecution.

'American Sniper' Trial

Dallas Cowboys Legend Attends Verdict

2/25/2015 6:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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When the judge announced that Eddie Ray Routh was found guilty of murdering "American Sniper" Chris Kyle Tuesday night ... his wife was comforted in court by a famous friend, ex-NFL star Jay Novacek

Novacek -- who was a 5-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Dallas Cowboys in the '90s -- has become close with Kyle's family ... and attended the reading of the verdict in the Erath County, TX courtroom. 

0225-eddie-ray-routh-APJay's wife first met Chris' widow, Taya Kyle, at a gun convention not long after Chris was killed -- and the two have been dear friends ever since. The two families also attend the same church. 

Jay's wife has also praised Taya for being there for her after she was injured in a car accident last year. 

"I’m an only child, and she’s like the sister I never had.”

Bruce Jenner

Speed at Impact ... 38 MPH

2/24/2015 4:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0224_bruce_jenner_crash_splashBruce Jenner was traveling at 38 miles an hour when he struck the Lexus on Pacific Coast Highway earlier this month ... according to data retrieved from his SUV.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the Sensing Diagnostic Module (data recorder) shows Bruce was traveling between 46 and 47 MPH when he slammed on his brakes. Our sources say impact occurred almost immediately after braking.

That would mean Bruce must not have seen the cars backed up at the light until the very last second, which could explain why he was casually holding a cigarette as the cars collided.

TMZ broke the story ... an MTA bus captured the entire crash, showing Bruce's SUV hitting the Lexus, which went into oncoming traffic and struck a Hummer, killing the Lexus driver. Bruce then hit the Prius that was in front of the Lexus.

We're told the entire accident occurred in less than 3 seconds. 

Ex-NBA Star Earl Watson

L.A. Mansion Robbed

Renters Handcuffed, Home Ransacked

2/24/2015 6:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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An L.A. mansion owned by former NBA player Earl Watson was robbed Monday night by at least 4 men in ski masks -- who handcuffed the occupants and ransacked the place. 

While 35-year-old Watson owns the $4 million Encino home, he currently rents it out to a local elderly couple. 

Officials say the men -- at least one of whom had a gun -- broke in through a back door and once inside, they handcuffed the couple and stole various items ... including cash. 

Law enforcement sources tell us a maid was in the house -- who hid and called 911. 

So far no arrests have been made -- and cops are investigating. 

Miranda Cosgrove

Creepiest Fan on Earth ...

Thrown In Jail

2/20/2015 12:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Nickelodeon star Miranda Cosgrove wasn't safe -- even in the Happiest Place on Earth -- from an alleged stalker who was caught creeping around her at Disneyland before getting arrested.  

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Joshua Stockton was hauled to jail Wednesday after he allegedly followed Cosgrove to the theme park and violated a court order to stay 100 yds. away.

We're told Cosgrove notified the cops after she spotted Stockton tailing her. LAPD busted him later for felony stalking ... and for violating the restraining order.

TMZ broke the story ... Cosgrove slapped Stockton with a restraining order back in October after he repeatedly followed her around and sent her disturbing suicide threats and graphic images of a slit wrist.

Stockton is being held on $150,000 bond.

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Porn Star Tory Lane

Goes Nuts on Delta

2/20/2015 10:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0220-tory-lane-brazzers-01A top porn star went nuts on a Delta flight and ended up in jail after attacking the flight crew and a cop.

Tory Lane -- who ironically starred in an XXX flick called "When Porn Stars Attack" -- was flying from ATL to LAX Wednesday night when she apparently got rip-roaring drunk, argumentative and then physical. She was allegedly screaming and kicking people on the plane, to the point where she had to be physically restrained during the last 45 minutes of the flight.

Once on the ground, cops boarded the plane and she allegedly assaulted one of them. The story was covered Thursday, but we just found out the passenger was a multiple AVN award winner.

Lane never made it to the baggage claim. She went directly to the hospital and then jail, where she was booked for battery on a police officer and drunk in public. She's since been released.

Afroman Assault Victim

That Knockout Is Gonna Cost Him ...

Preps for Lawsuit

2/20/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

021715_afroman_facebook_launchThe woman Afromansucker punched during a concert this week is getting ready to strike back ... in court. 

TMZ has learned the woman -- a 21-year-old named Haley -- hired an attorney ... who tells us Haley suffered multiple injuries to her neck, jaw and back after the attack. 

Her lawyer Tim Holleman also thinks she may have suffered a mild concussion ... since she doesn't remember the punch. Even though our video shows Haley wandering on stage -- Holleman says the venue should bear some responsibility since security did nothing to remove her. Especially since Afroman has a violent history with fans.  

Holleman adds ... he's not buying Afroman's claim he didn't know Haley was a woman ... because Afroman saw her when she got on stage -- something the video seems to prove.

Haley's attorney says she's already racked up medical bills, and she'll be seeking reimbursement ... if they go forward with a lawsuit.  

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