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Ryan Lochte Phelps Got 6-Month Suspension ... And He Could Have Killed Someone

8/24/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0819-four-us-swimmers-ryan-lochte-rio-gunnar-bentz-jack-conger-jimmy-feigen-GETTY-02Ryan Lochte is going to get punished by the USOC ... but sources connected with the 4 swimmers don't think it's fair for the organization to annihilate them to appease those who are out for blood.

Lochte's lawyer, Jeff Ostrow, tells TMZ he has faith in the USOC and that the organization will punish Lochte in a manner that matches his conduct during the drunken Brazilian escapade. Ostrow would not say more.

Michael Phelps' punishment for his 2 DUIs is unquestionably relevant. The reality is ... but for the grace of God, Phelps could have killed an innocent person while driving drunk. After his second DUI in 2014, the USOC imposed a 6-month suspension.

The org. did not strip Phelps of his medals or keep him from competing in the 2016 Olympics.

As for Lochte and crew, they were drunk as well, but none got behind the wheel. Our sources say worst-case scenario ... Lochte damaged a sign outside a gas station bathroom and peed on the grass.

As for the "lies" -- our sources are adamant ... he and the other swimmers were taken out of a cab at gunpoint and ordered to turn over hundreds of dollars ... classic robbery. The sources acknowledge the swimmers were deceptive by implying they were pulled over in a moving cab.

Bottom line ... sources connected with the 4 swimmers say a 6-month suspension would be harsh given Phelps' punishment, but could still be justified. Anything more, they say, is just vengeance to appease the media and the public.

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Ryan Lochte $400 for Cracked Sandwich Sign ... Highway Robbery?

8/18/2016 6:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ryan Lochte and his crew paid around $400 to the Rio gas station owner for a sandwich sign they cracked during their drunken escapade, and the amount of cash may actually help the boys.

Our guy in Rio got a pic of the damage, and all you see is a slight crack on the plastic cover of a sign on the wall outside the bathroom. Although cops talked about a mirror that was broken in the bathroom, we saw no evidence of this and someone who works there said the sign was the only thing damaged.

Lochte claims he and the other swimmers offered around $50 for the damage but the station wanted more. Our Lochte sources tell us he paid around $400.

Our sources say by extracting exponentially more than the damage warranted, with the help of a gun, that constituted robbery and therefore the police report was not false.

As we reported, cops have recommended that Lochte and fellow swimmer, James Feigen, be prosecuted for filing a false police report.

Kris Jenner Bombarded with Obscene Texts ... Alleged Stalker Busted

8/18/2016 6:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0818_kris_jenner_fbi_tmzKris Jenner was terrorized by a woman who hacked her iCloud and social media accounts, impersonated her and flooded her with explicit messages ... according to the feds.

Prosecutors slapped the woman with a 15-count indictment for harassing Kris, several of her family members and 2 assistants in 2014. According to docs, the suspect sent hundreds of emails and texts, many of which were sexual and disturbing. They include:

- "Can I eat you out. Oh you can't block me forever love."
- "I'm gonna duck you right in the p**** hole you are mine and u am in love"
- "Instagram me. Make me famous."

According to docs, she claimed to have a sex tape of Kris and even impersonated the Kardashian matriarch during a phone call to cops ... saying one of her family members was committing suicide.

The woman also sent Caitlyn Jenner texts like, "Kris hates blacks and we made it to TMZ bye Bruce."

The FBI nabbed the woman Thursday morning in Oakland. The indictment includes multiple counts of cyberstalking and hacking.

Ryan Lochte, James Feigen Cops Recommend Indictment for Crime in Rio

8/18/2016 3:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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3:34 PM PT -- ABC News appears to have backed off the indictment story and now says federal cops are "recommending" indictment.

update_grey_gray_barRyan Lochte and James Feigen have been indicted in Rio for filing a false police report ... this according to ABC News.

Sources connected to the 2 swimmers tell TMZ, they're "not surprised" at the turn of events, but they add Ryan and Jimmy told the truth. They reiterated, as Ryan initially said, the swimmers were in a cab, they were confronted by men who appeared to be police and at that point there is a lapse of 3 minutes on the video.

When the video restarts the swimmers come out with their hands up, Ryan is standing and then goes down. And the sources add armed security took their money.

Jimmy Feigen is still in Rio and could be arrested. Ryan is back in the U.S.

The crime of filing a false police report is punishable by 6 months in jail. We've done some checking and the crime is not listed as an extraditable offense, which means the U.S. cannot force Lochte to go back to Rio for prosecution.

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Ryan Lochte Rio Cops Are Full of It ... Chicks Were NOT with Us

8/18/2016 2:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Cops in Rio are making things personal by claiming Ryan Lochte's teammates rolled over on him, and by dragging random women into the story ... according to sources connected to the swimmer.

Sources in Lochte's camp tell us the police news conference was full of lies -- including the bit about two female witnesses the cops said were hanging with the 4 U.S. swimmers. We're told that's absolutely BS ... and a personal attack designed to make the guys look bad, especially since some of them have girlfriends.

Lochte's camp also says there's no truth to the cops' claim one of the swimmers confessed to lying. We're told Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen all stand united on what went down, including the fact a gun was used to commit the robbery.

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Ryan Lochte My Story Was Mostly True Tape Edited At Critical Point

8/18/2016 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0817-ryan-lochte-tmzRyan Lochte did not lie about the "robbery" incident ... and there are 3 minutes of missing surveillance video that will back up most of his story ... this according to sources directly connected to the swimmer. 

Our sources say Lochte and his team claim they were indeed taken out of a cab at gunpoint, but the video doesn't show that because the gas station edited it out. 

We're told Lochte mistook the uniforms worn by the security guards as police uniforms, and he claims during the missing 3 minutes he and the other swimmers were pulled out of the taxi at gunpoint. 

As for his claim the cab was pulled over en route, one of the sources concedes, "That's a problem."

And our Lochte sources say reports that his 3 teammates admitted the story was a lie are untrue.

In fact ... Jimmy Feigen just spoke with local news in San Antonio, denying a cover-up and affirming he was robbed.

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'The Brady Bunch' Crooks Break into Famous TV House

8/18/2016 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0818-brady-bunch-house-GETTY-01The famous 'Brady Bunch' house became more than just a tourist attraction Wednesday ... cops say it was a target for a couple thieves. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the North Hollywood home -- used for exterior shots during the show -- was broken into through a sliding glass door around 10:30 PM by 2 men who ransacked the main floor.

We're told the homeowner, an elderly woman, was upstairs and could hear them, so she flipped on a light and saw the 2 guys dart away.

The homeowner hasn't noticed anything of significance missing yet ... and police don't have suspects.  

Kendall Jenner Alleged Stalker Repeatedly Followed, Harassed and Chased

8/18/2016 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0817-kendall-jenner-tmzA guy who has been tailing Kendall Jenner, chasing her, banging on her windows and scaring the hell out of her has just been ordered to stay far far away.

Shavaughn McKenzie has been shadowing Kendall for a long time, and it all came to a head Sunday night at her Hollywood Hills home. We now know details about the encounter that resulted in an arrest and stalking charges.

McKenzie was lying in wait for Kendall to arrive, and when she drove in her gate he followed and then banged on her car window and screamed, "Can I talk to you?" ... this according to the police report.

Kendall started screaming, and cops say McKenzie tried reassuring her, saying, "Hey look, I don't have a gun" as he held his hands in the air to accentuate the point.

According to the report, McKenzie also camped out at her West L.A. condo, once chasing her car as she left and actually running into traffic.

When Kendall moved, McKenzie followed. He's now been charged with misdemeanor stalking but maybe more important ... now that Kendall has a restraining order, thanks to her lawyer, Shawn Holley, if he comes near cops will hook him up.

Ryan Lochte More Changes In Robbery Story

8/18/2016 6:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0818-ryan-lochte-matt-laurer-getty-01Ryan Lochte is changing his tune about the alleged Rio robbery ... sorta ... with new claims about the incident that don't exactly jive with the story he told Billy Bush

First, Matt Lauer says Lochte now insists he did NOT have a gun pressed up against his forehead during the incident -- but rather, one of the gunmen was pointing the gun in his general direction. 

Lauer says he noticed one other difference when he spoke with the swimmer on the phone Wednesday night.  

Lochte now says he did not get "pulled over" by men posing as police -- but rather, 2 men approached their taxi while it was parked at a gas station, where Lochte had used the restroom. Lochte says the crew tried to tell the taxi driver to go, but he wouldn't. 

Lochte says he feels the differences are nothing more than a "traumatic mischaracterization." 

Lauer says he asked Lochte if he made the story up to cover up something else the swimmers were doing that night -- and Ryan adamantly denied that. 

Ryan Lochte Olympic Teammates Detained in Brazil

8/17/2016 6:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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10:30 PM PT -- A rep for the USOC says Conger and Bentz have both been released by local authorities ... but will remain in Brazil to continue discussions on Thursday, along with James Feigen, who the rep says is also in contact with investigators.

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Team USA swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz -- who were with Ryan Lochte during the alleged robbery in Rio -- got yanked off an airplane as they were trying to leave Brazil.

The USOC confirms to TMZ Sports ... Conger and Bentz were detained by authorities, but says it's still gathering information as to find out exactly why.

Earlier on Tuesday, cops in Rio said they were suspicious of the swimmers' claim they were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning. The USOC says cops went to the Olympic Village to interview Lochte and teammate James Feigen, but discovered they'd already left -- Locate's actually back in the States. 

NBC says Feigen was slated to be on the same flight with Bentz and Conger, but never showed up.

Looks like they nabbed Conger and Bentz at the last possible moment. Late Wednesday night, cops were still interviewing them at the airport.

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Kendall Jenner Alleged Stalker Charged ... Has History of Trespassing

8/17/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0815-kendall-jenner-TMZ-01The guy who was busted for following Kendall Jenner up her driveway just got slapped with a couple of charges -- just the latest on his rap sheet of similar incidents ... TMZ has learned.

The L.A. City Attorney is charging the suspect, Shavaughn McKenzie, with one count of misdemeanor stalking and one count of misdemeanor trespassing. 

We broke the story ... Kendall came home Sunday night to find Shavaughn waiting outside her front gate. As she drove in, he followed and Kendall called cops in a panic.

Turns out, Shavaughn's been arrested for trespassing multiple times at UCLA and surrounding campus buildings. Law enforcement sources also tell us ... Kendall says she's seen him around her crib before, but never reported it.

He could be looking at serious jail time for this arrest, due to 2 probation violations hanging over his head.

Aaron Hernandez Court Hearing In Double Murder Case

8/16/2016 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0816-aaron-hernandez-GETTY-01Convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez is expected to appear in court Tuesday -- where a judge is hoping to set a trial date for the double murder the ex-NFL star is accused of carrying out in 2012. 

Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence for the 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd -- but he's also accused of gunning down 2 men in a drive-by shooting after leaving a nightclub in Boston. 

Prosecutors say Hernandez killed the men because one of them spilled a drink on him inside the club. 

The 26-year-old ex-New England Patriots star is scheduled to appear in Suffolk Superior Court for a status hearing and the judge has said he hopes to set a start date for the trial. 

Hernandez is now armed with a brand new lawyer -- Jose Baez, who famously led Casey Anthony's defense when she was accused of murdering her daughter. 

'Making a Murderer' Ex-Fiancee Good For Brendan ... But Don't Let Steven Out!

8/12/2016 3:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0812-jodi-stachowski-brendan-dassey-steven-avery-ap-netflixSteven Avery's ex-fiancee, Jodi Stachowski, is glad Brendan Dassey may be finally getting out of prison... but she's terrified it could lead to the release of her ex.

Jodi tells us ... Brendan's impending freedom could put pressure on the courts to release Steven, who she firmly believes is guilty of raping and killing Teresa Halbach. She says she fears Steven, whom she not only believes is capable of murder ... he's already tasted blood.

Jodi has great sympathy for Brendan and believes the State of Wisconsin has a duty to take care of him because they willfully destroyed his life.  

Steven Avery's brother, Chuck, has a different view. He tells us he won't celebrate until the other person wrongly convicted is also freed ... his brother.

As we reported, Brendan is not home free. Prosecutors have 90 days to decide if they'll retry him.

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