Dallas Davidson -- a famous country lyricist who's written huge hits, like "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," "Country Girl, (Shake It For Me)" and "That's How Country Boys Roll," was arrested in Nashville early Thursday morning for fighting, hurling racial slurs and screaming, "There's that f***ing fa***t that punched me."
We're told Dallas was at Tin Roof in downtown Nashville when he got in a fight in the bar with various people.
Law enforcement tells us ... Dallas was challenging various people to fight-- swearing, punching his hand and screaming a string of obscenities. And they say he shouted various racial and homophobic slurs.
Cops say he reeked of booze and was arrested for disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
He was booked at 2:50 AM and is about to be released at the time of this post. We're told during the time he was held jailers administered a "medical screening."
Dallas and his ex-wife, Sarah Davidson, are both stars on the reality show, "Private Lives of Nashville Wives."
Ricky Bobby Arrested
For Throwing Mama Down Stairs!
7/9/2014 12:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The kid who played 10-year-old Ricky Bobby in "Talladega Nights" got busted for allegedly pushing his own mother down the stairs -- his second arrest in the last month.
Cops in Trussville, Alabama tell TMZ ... Luke Bigham was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly pushed his mother down the stairs during an argument. It's unclear why they were fighting.
Bigham was thrown in jail and is still sitting there as of Wednesday afternoon ... since no one's posted the $1,000 to bail him out.
Bigham was popped last month on a reckless driving charge that caused a five-car pileup.
Cops Plea Deal with D.A. in Egging Case
7/9/2014 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber's criminal vandalism case is over before it even began, because TMZ has learned Justin has copped a plea.
Sources connected to the case tell TMZ ... Justin's lawyer will appear in court Wednesday at 1:30 PM PDT and plead no contest to misdemeanor vandalism.
We're told Justin will receive NO jail time. He will be placed on 1 year probation and be ordered to perform community service.
We're told Justin will also be ordered to pay restitution to the neighbor whose house he egged. The neighbor has repair bills totaling around $20,000. A big part of the house needs to be re-plastered ... and it's very expensive Venetian plaster.
We're told Justin's people will have something to say after the court appearance.
Charged With Misdemeanor Vandalism In Egging Case
7/9/2014 8:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We've learned Justin Bieber has just copped a plea deal.
Justin Bieber will be charged Wednesday with misdemeanor vandalism for egging his neighbor's house.
The L.A. County District Attorney will file the charge ... after months of trying to decide whether to file the case as a misdemeanor or a felony.
TMZ posted video -- shot by the victim during the January attack -- in which Bieber's voice is clearly heard. And surveillance video seized from Bieber's home showed he was right there at the scene of the crime during the egging.
One prosecutor who investigated the case told the victim of the attack, "If this isn't a felony, nothing is."
Apparently the big wigs in the office disagreed.
Bieber will be arraigned today at 1:30 PM PDT but he will not be present.
'Housewives' Star Apollo Nida
8 Years In Prison
Sentence Shortened For SNITCHING
7/8/2014 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Apollo Nida just got an enormous break for singing like a canary ... he got 1/4 the maximum sentence for a massive money fraud scheme.
Nida -- who appears on "Real Housewives of Atlanta" with wife Phaedra Parks -- was just sentenced to 8 years in federal prison for cashing stolen checks and laundering more than $2.3 mil through phony bank accounts.
The judge who sentenced him today in a Georgia court said Nida did indeed cooperate with federal investigators by spilling criminal secrets ... and that's why he got leniency.
Nida could have been sentenced to 30 years, so 8 years is a big victory.
It's all relative folks.
'Cat Daddy' Rapper
Hit With 3 Felony Charges
In Nightclub Theft
7/7/2014 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Jovan Clayton -- last seen dancing a jig after his arrest on theft charges -- is gonna have to face the music for real --- 'cause he's been charged with 3 FELONIES.
Clayton was hit with 3 counts of receiving stolen property ... in connection with an incident last April at 1Oak nightclub. He's pled not guilty to all 3 charges.
We broke the story ... the "Cat Daddy" rapper was popped for allegedly stealing a phone and the contents of someone's purse inside the club.
After the bust ... Pee Wee busted a move of his own ... giving a little celebratory dance for our photog after his release from jail.
Shows True Stripes
During Bar Arrest
7/6/2014 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short was surrounded by stars after he allegedly attacked off-duty cops during a 4th of July bar fight.
TMZ broke the story ... Short made it seem he was skipping out on his bar tab at Katy Trail Ice House in Dallas ... according to eyewitnesses. A security guard confronted him and Short became loud and physical.
That's when several off-duty Dallas cops tried to calm short down and he allegedly attacked them. Short was immediately busted for public intoxication.
The pic was taken outside the bar, before Short was hauled off to jail.
Here's happy Columbus inside the bar moments before he took it in the shorts.
Arrested for Being Wasted
7/5/2014 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short celebrated July 4th by getting in trouble with the law for the 4th time in 4 months.
Short was at the Katy Trail Ice House -- a popular bar in Dallas -- for around 4 hours and was drinking a lot. An eyewitness says Columbus got up and it looked like he was leaving without paying the tab. A security guard started talking to him and Columbus started screaming.
We're told Columbus accused the guard of racism, but the guard fired back, he was also black. A scuffle between the 2 ensued.
We're told several off duty Dallas cops -- who work at the bar on weekends -- broke up the fight but the fired "Scandal" star was still hotter than fish grease.
We're told Columbus started screaming at the cops and tried attacking them. As one source at the bar put it, "He was like a dog with a bone who wouldn't let it go."
The cops then did what cops do -- they arrested Short, but not for assault ... for public intoxication.
Short was taken to jail.
It's not his first bar fight. TMZ broke the story Short was arrested over a bar fight earlier this year, when he cold-cocked a guy and knocked him out. He's also been arrested twice for domestic violence.
Hi-Five Singer Russell Neal
Charged with Murder
7/4/2014 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hi-Five singer Russell Neal's wife was killed after being stabbed multiple times and he's now been charged with murder.
Cops say Catherine Martinez died from blunt force trauma and stab wounds.
The victim was a hot, 24-year-old fitness model. She was also an aspiring boxer who went by the name Brasilia.
The 40-year-old singer went to the police station Wednesday and told cops his wife was dead in their apartment and he needed a lawyer.
The couple has 2 kids. Law enforcement sources say there were no witnesses to the murder so it appears the children were not in the apartment when their mom was killed.
Neal is currently in custody on $100K bond.
Hi-Five Singer Russell Neal
After Wife Found Dead
7/3/2014 10:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has learned ... '90s singer Russell Neal from Hi-Five is in police custody ... after he told cops his wife was dead inside their apartment ... and he needed a lawyer.
Neal went to the local jail and apparently told Houston cops he and his wife had gotten into an argument Wednesday ... the singer reportedly asked for a lawyer and then clammed up.
Hi-Five's song "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)" went to number one in 1991 ... and a year later they scored another hit with, "She's Playing Hard to Get."
The group's lead singer Tony Thompson famously died in 2007 after inhaling Freon.
Neal is currently being detained ... no charges have been filed.
The lawyer for Hi-Five, Chris Brown, tells TMZ, "We are aware of the situation and are presently evaluating it."
Claims Ex-Friend Is Stalking Her ...
Throw Her in Litchfield!
7/3/2014 5:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Orange Is the New Black" star Taryn Manning claims she has a full-on Lorna Morello on her hands (that's a stalker, for all you non-"OITNB" fans) and she's filed charges to keep a former pal away from her.
Cops tell TMZ ... Manning pressed stalking charges against Jeanine Heller, a former friend of Manning's, who Manning claims sent her hundreds of texts, emails and phone calls over the last few months.
According to legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Heller went on a campaign to make Taryn paranoid, claiming among other things one of Taryn's friends was selling secrets to a gossip website.
The docs also claim Heller was threatening suicide ... though it's unclear how this impacts Taryn.
Heller was arrested on Wednesday and charged with stalking in the 4th degree. She was released without bail.
According to the NY Post, Manning was given an order of protection barring Heller from contacting her, her mother ... or her dog Penguin.
WWE Star Emma
I Just Got FIRED
7/2/2014 1:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
WWE Diva Emma has got to be kicking herself ... she just lost her prized job over a stupid iPad case she wanted so badly ... she stole it.
Emma was busted Monday by Hartford, CT cops after Walmart security claimed she had just left the store without paying $21.14 for the case.
The WWE acted fast, but didn't prejudge her. Emma already copped a plea and was sentenced to 1 day of community service.
Sometimes when you save money, you don't always live better.
WWE Diva Emma
For Shoplifting iPad Case
7/1/2014 2:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
WWE Diva Emma is a real life heel ... arrested for stealing an iPad case from a Walmart.
Emma was busted in Hartford Monday night after Walmart security spotted her swiping a red iHome 'Slim Swivel' iPad Mini case ... on sale for $21.14.
Cops tell TMZ ... Emma was charged with misdemeanor larceny in the 6th degree ... who knew there were that many degrees?
The legal system in Hartford is lightning quick -- she's already been to court and was sentenced to one day of community service.
WWE RAW was at the XL Center in Hartford as the crime went down.
Emma's lawyer chalks it up to an innocent mistake, saying she just forgot to pay while trying to navigate the self-checkout machine.