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Ed Westwick I Feel Vindicated

8/18/2018 6:53 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ed Westwick is back in circulation, after the D.A. rejected 3 sexual assault cases.

Westwick was leaving Craig's in WeHo Friday night, when we asked how he felt about the outcome. He clearly feels the D.A. did what had to be done -- reject the cases.

Two of the cases were dismissed for lack of evidence and the third because the alleged victim failed to cooperate. Westwick has maintained he did not sexually assault anyone.

The "Gossip Girl" star says it's now time to get back to work.

Kodak Black Released from Jail ... Fresh Start Starts Now

8/17/2018 10:05 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kodak Black is a free man, which means the time has come for the life of Bill K. Kapri to begin anew.

The Florida rapper was released from the Broward County Jail early Saturday morning after serving 7 months. As you'll recall ... he was doing time for 2 probation violations stemming from being arrested in January.

Kodak was initially facing 12 years behind bars, but 5 of the 7 charges against him were dropped and he was looking at an October release before a judge cut his sentence even more last month.

This was all good news for the rapper while he was sitting in a jail cell and, on top of it, he took steps to better his life and get a fresh start upon his release ... including a legal name change!

Kodak also got a jail tutor to help him get his GED.

The world's your oyster now, Bill.

NBA Commish Adam Silver Death Threat Sender Gets Break ... Charges Dropped

8/18/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The man who threatened to kill Adam Silver over an NBA roster spot just caught a huge break ... and he has the commish to thank for it.

27-year-old David Pyant was arrested and charged with aggravated harassment back in May after sending an email to Silver, saying "If you don't let me play, I'm going to come up there and kill you with my f*cking gun." 

But, Pyant won't be serving any time for the threat, 'cause TMZ Sports has learned Silver simply did not want to move forward with the case ... and the charges were dropped.

It's a HUGE break for the guy ... he was facing up to a year in jail.

Now go work on your jumper.

Young Thug Arrested After Album Release Party ... For Felony Gun Charge

8/17/2018 5:32 AM PDT
Breaking News

5:48 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell us as they were leaving, a member of Thug's crew ran into a police cruiser, prompting the vehicle search which uncovered the weapons.

Young Thug was busted by cops after they allegedly found the rapper and members of his crew in possession of multiple weapons.

Thug held a party at Dave & Buster's Hollywood Thursday for the release of his new album, "Slime Language," that also was serving as his 27th birthday party. In a video shot outside the venue, officers can be seen escorting the rapper in handcuffs to a waiting police cruiser.

YT was booked just after 3 AM for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle ... a felony.

He's currently being held on a $35,000 bond.

Story developing ...

Ex-NBA Star Tom Chambers Charged with Assault ... In Drunken Bar Fight

8/16/2018 4:22 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

If someone told you, "Your mom should have killed you when you came out of the womb" -- would you consider those "fighting words?"

Ex-NBA star Tom Chambers certainly did -- admitting he got physical with a trash-talking 22-year-old at an Arizona bar ... and now he's been charged with assault. 

It all stems from an April 15 incident at Isabella's Kitchen in Scottsdale -- where Tom says he was innocently hanging out when another patron started insulting him. 

Witnesses told police the other patron, Alexander Bergelt, began to take verbal jabs at Tom including, "You're not sh*t," "You're tall and scrawny" and "Look at your big head."

Tom told police the final straw came when Bergelt said, "Your mom should have killed you when you came out of the womb as ugly as you are, your arms are skinny, your chest is this. Your belly is big."

Tom admits he "absolutely put hands on [Alexander]" but never punched him. Tom says he was trying to get Alexander to "show respect."

Alexander told police a different story -- saying Chambers came at him from across the bar, grabbed him by the throat and threw him backwards. 

Cops say Alexander had a mark on his neck and a bruise on his lip. 

When cops arrived, Alexander told police all he wanted was an apology -- he didn't get it. 

Cops investigated and decided to press charges against both parties -- Chambers was hit with assault and Alexander was charged with disorderly conduct. 

Chambers was a 4-time NBA All-Star and famously had one of the greatest dunks in NBA history over Mark Jackson. 

'Teen Mom' Jenelle Evans Cleared in Child Abuse Criminal Investigation

8/15/2018 3:04 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jenelle Evans has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing in a child abuse investigation ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Jenelle's baby daddy, Nathan, triggered the investigation by telling cops their son, Kaiser, would repeatedly come to his house with bruises. Nathan thought the bruises were at the hands of Jenelle's husband, David Eason.

Social workers from the Dept. of Social Services visited Jenelle's home late last month and determined there was no abuse. We don't know how they determined the nature and cause of the bruises.

We've learned the Columbus County Sheriff's Office has just cleared both Jenelle and David of any impropriety.

When Nathan filed the police report, he also tried to wrestle custody away from Jenelle and refused to return Kaiser to her, but that was short-lived ... authorities ordered him to return the child to his mother.

It's not the first time this summer Jenelle has been involved in family controversy. Just last month, Jenelle brandished a handgun in a road rage incident with her other son riding shotgun.

XXXTentacion Murder Suspect Begs Judge to Let Him Outta Jail ... My Fiancée's Pregnant!!

8/15/2018 12:06 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

One of the suspects in XXXTentacion's murder case is swinging for the fences ... trying to convince the judge to let him outta jail, despite being indicted for first degree murder.

According to new legal docs obtained by TMZ ... Robert Allen wants the judge to allow him to post bail because he claims there's no proof he committed a crime. He wants the judge to let him out until the trial so he can take care of his pregnant fiancée.

Allen also says if he's let out, he'll go back to work for a lawn care business in Broward County where he says he's lived his entire life with his mom. Allen, along with the 3 other suspects, remains in custody.

As we reported ... Allen was the third of four murder suspects arrested in July after he was tracked down in Georgia. Allen was the guy who was originally named a person of interest in the killing because he was caught on surveillance video at the motorcycle dealership moments before XXX was gunned down.

Broncos' Adam Gotsis Rape Case Dismissed 'Thorough Investigation'

8/15/2018 2:22 PM PDT
Breaking News

Denver Broncos DE Adam Gotsis has just learned prosecutors will NOT push forward with rape charges stemming from allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in 2013. 

Gostis was arrested on March 7 in Fulton County, Georgia after a woman told authorities the football star vaginally raped her while they were both college students at Georgia Tech.  

The Fulton County District Attorney's Office launched a full investigation -- but ultimately decided there was not enough evidence to prove Gotsis committed the crime. 

"After a careful and thorough investigation, The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has decided not to proceed with the case against Mr. Adam Gotsis," D.A. Paul Howard Jr. said in a statement.

"My office understands the sensitivity and significance of these investigations, but the evidence presented does not warrant any further action in this case."

Gotsis was a 2nd-round pick for the Broncos in 2016 and played in all 16 games for the Broncos last season, making 13 starts.

50 Cent & Tekashi69 Gunfire On Music Video Set

8/15/2018 10:26 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

Tekashi69 and 50 Cent were in harm's way during the filming of a music video, when someone opened fire.

Witnesses say someone in a white Porsche with New Jersey license plates fired at least 11 shots during filming in Brooklyn Tuesday at around 10:30 PM. Based on the shell casings it appears the shooter use a 9 mm semi-automatic weapon. No one was hit.

Tekashi and 50 were on set at the time of the shooting, along with Casanova and Uncle Murda. Sources connected to the situation believe the shooter wasn't targeting any of the rappers, but law enforcement sources aren't so sure.

Although no one is connecting prior incidents, you may recall earlier this year someone fired shots at Chief Keef, and at the time Keef was beefing with Tekashi. There's no evidence -- at least so far -- that Keef's people were involved in the latest incident.

Cops are reviewing surveillance video, but so far no one has been taken into custody.

Demi Lovato Alleged Dealer Busted with Guns and Drugs ... Months Before OD

8/15/2018 10:24 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The man who showed up at Demi Lovato's home and allegedly smoked drugs with her hours before her OD is no stranger to the law -- cops nabbed him in a huge bust one month before he connected with the singer.

Brandon Johnson was arrested back in March with a stash of guns, drugs and cash ... according to law enforcement. When cops picked him up in North Hollywood he allegedly had narcotics, a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun and $10k in his pocket.  

Officers then searched Johnson's home and say they discovered more guns, drugs and ammo. He was also arrested in June and charged with DUI and possession of cocaine. 

TMZ broke the story ... Demi had been in contact with Johnson since April, and sources say he had supplied her with drugs.

We're also told Johnson is the man Demi texted to come over at 4 AM the morning she overdosed after freebasing Oxycodone potentially laced with fentanyl.

A source connected to Brandon tells us he's been telling friends he and Demi have had a "romantic relationship" but other sources say there was no romantic relationship.  We're also told he denies "dealing" her drugs.

We're told the D.A. has not charged him yet for the March arrest. 

Taylor Swift Gets Emotional ... About Sexual Assault Victims Being Believed

8/15/2018 7:31 AM PDT

Taylor Swift went deep at her concert on the one year anniversary of her win in her sexual assault trial ... saying how important it is that victims be believed.

Taylor was performing Tuesday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and began choking up as she talked about the verdict she got against former DJ David Mueller who groped her during a 2013 meet-and-greet.

Taylor seems to be addressing the #MeToo movement, lamenting the fact that some victims of sexual assault are not believed ... and seemingly urging others to believe them.

She goes on to thank fans for their support, through the ups and downs of her life ... a life she says is all the more difficult because she lives it in the public eye.

LAPD Hog-Ties Suspect After Wild Hollywood Walk of Fame Chase

8/15/2018 8:03 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Bela Lugosi were all involved in a wild Hollywood arrest Tuesday night (sorta) ... when cops chased down and captured a suspect right on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

TMZ was right by the famous Combo's NY Pizzeria on Hollywood Blvd. when a hit-and-run suspect allegedly smashed into a parked car and then tried to run ... right into the restaurant. 

Cops raced to the scene and subdued the guy -- using a hog-tie-style restraint to haul the man out of the eatery and into a waiting police car. 

The area was packed with onlookers checking out the famous stars -- including Liz, Richard and Bela! 

See, Trump's star isn't the only one getting action these days! 

Casanova Surrenders to Cops ... Over Alleged Attack on Woman

8/15/2018 7:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

3:40 PM PT -- Casanova's management team posted his bail, which was set at $10k, and he's been released ... according to bail bondsman Ira Judelson.

The rapper's attorney, Scott E. Leemon, claims the alleged victim has no credibility and lied to the local media to try to make money. Leemon points out Casanova has not been charged with assault, and says any labeling of his client as a person who beats women "is slanderous and will not be tolerated."

9:16 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell us Casanova has been charged with felony second-degree robbery.

Casanova just turned himself in to police after catching wind that he was a wanted man -- this after he allegedly attacked a woman in brutal fashion for using her phone.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that the "Set Trippin" rapper surrendered to the NYPD in Manhattan Wednesday morning and criminal charges against him are pending.

We broke the story ... a warrant was issued over the weekend for Casanova's arrest in connection to an alleged assault he was involved in from last week. A woman says he and an accomplice beat the crap out of her after they thought she was filming them in a restaurant.

She told PIX11 she was doing nothing more than recording her meal for Instagram Live -- and that her alleged assailants left her with a broken jaw, stitches and a loose tooth.

Casanova's attorney Scott E. Leemon told us his client adamantly denied the allegation.

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