Rapper Bobby Shmurda was a "driving force" in a gang that committed murders and other violent crimes ... this according to NY prosecutors.
Prosecutors from the NYC Special Narcotics Office just released their indictment, claiming more than 15 defendants committed a variety of crimes, including murder, attempted murder, assault and drug dealing. Bobby himself was charged with conspiracy to commit murder but not the murder itself and a few other weapon and drug charges.
Bobby -- who at one time called himself "Two Socks Bobby" -- is charged with firing a gun at a group of people outside a barber shop. Prosecutors say "socks" is code for firearms.
According to the indictment, members of the gang used other code words, including "suntan," which means shooting someone.
The complaint says Bobby confessed to a fellow gang member, "You know I suntan him and shot, do issues, you know what's going on."
Prosecutors also say the ring dealt heavily in narcotics, with a pattern of violence that spread from Brooklyn to South Beach, Florida.
The D.A. says the violence was so prevalent, it turned Brooklyn into a shooting gallery.
Bobby pled not guilty to all charges Thursday in NYC. He's being held on $2 million bail.
Arrested in Sting
Involving Drugs and Shootings
12/17/2014 11:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Bobby Shmurda was arrested Tuesday night during a sting involving multiple shootings and drug trafficking ... TMZ has confirmed.
The indictment is sealed and the specific charges have not been disclosed, but we know it's part of a long-term investigation conducted by the NYPD and a special narcotics prosecutor.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... Shmurda was under surveillance by police and was arrested while he sat in a car outside a NYC recording studio.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday.
Shumurda was arrested in October for smoking a joint with two friends while double parked on a Brooklyn street ... and in June for possession of a weapon.
Confesses to Sexual Abuse
'I Did Something Terribly Wrong'
12/17/2014 6:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Stephen Collins is publicly acknowledging he sexually abused three underage girls, but he says, "I have not had an impulse to act out in any such way" in the last 20 years.
Collins made his comments to People -- and will sit down for an interview with Katie Couric -- where he will discuss his confession about molesting and/or exposing himself to 3 underage girls decades ago.
He writes, "Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. I have been working to atone for it ever since."
Collins says he apologized to one of the victims 15 years ago, but decided against contacting the other two because he thought it "could actually make things worse for them by opening old wounds."
Law enforcement has been investigating the incidents, but our sources say the cases will go nowhere because the statute of limitations has long since run.
30-Day Jail Sentence Looms
For Being Alcohol Ed Truant
12/12/2014 3:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Keyshia Cole faces jail time over a DUI she got a decade ago ... and no one would have been the wiser had she not flown into a jealous rage in Birdman's condo.
Cole was in a L.A. County court this week ... trying to explain to a judge that a very old arrest warrant was a gigantic mistake. The warrant was issued in 2004, because Keyshia failed to submit proof to the judge that she completed her alcohol ed class after a 2002 DUI conviction.
Keyshia's lawyer tried explaining the singer completed the course, but the judge was unmoved. There was no paperwork to prove it, so the judge indicated he'd throw her in jail for 30 days.
But the judge also showed some mercy, telling Keyshia's lawyer he would let her skate if they could submit proof she finished the classes. A hearing is set for February.
Now here's the bitch. Authorities had no idea there was a warrant and probably wouldn't know, but when Keyshia was arrested in September for assaulting a woman in Birdman's condo, cops did a warrant check and ... bingo.
Boyfriends cause such trouble.
Indicted In New Orleans Rape Case
12/12/2014 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former NFL star Darren Sharper has been indicted for rape in New Orleans -- stemming from an alleged 2013 incident involving two women.
According to the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office ... Sharper was indicted on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of simple rape.
Officials believe Sharper and two other men were involved -- and raped two women at a N.O. condo back in September 2013.
Sharper's alleged accomplice, Erik Nunez, was indicted on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of obstruction of justice.
A Sheriff's deputy has also been tied to the incident -- Brandon Licciardi who was indicted on three counts of human trafficking and obstruction of justice.
As for Sharper, he's still behind bars in L.A. on separate rape allegations. He's also been accused of raping women in Arizona.
The Neighbourhood Lead Singer
Busted for Drugs
12/11/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Neighbourhood's frontman Jesse Rutherford did the walk of shame through Newark Airport after being nabbed by the cops for drug possession.
According to police, Jesse had already passed through TSA last weekend when cops spotted him trying to ditch a bag of marijuana in the terminal's food court. But officers were hip to his game and he was SOL.
Rutherford was nabbed and booked for possession of a controlled substance ... but apparently it was a very small amount because cops describe it as a lower level offense.
The 23-year-old singer is now just five arrests shy of catching up to Motley Crüe's Vince Neil.
Rock 'n' roll.
Arrested for Attempting to Make A Bomb
12/10/2014 5:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dan Bilzerian was trying to make a bomb TMZ has learned ... which is why he was arrested when he landed at LAX late Tuesday.
We've learned an arrest warrant was issued in Clark County, Nevada. Bilerzian has been charged with violating a law making it a crime to possess an explosive or incendiary device with the intent to manufacture it.
According to the criminal complaint -- obtained by TMZ -- Bilzerian had ammonium and aluminum powder, along with ammonium nitrate mix -- and when mixed it acts like pure TNT.
The warrant was issued last month but it was confidential ... under seal, presumably because cops were continuing to investigate and they didn't want their cover blown if the warrant became public.
Bilzerian is being held without bail.
Bilzerian is a fan of weapons ... he got washed out of the Navy SEAL program in 1999, 2 days before graduation.
If convicted of the felony he faces between 1 and 6 years in prison.
Story developing ...
Riled Up Killer Before Murder-Suicide
Dump Your Wife
12/9/2014 10:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Floyd Mayweather whipped his friend Earl Hayes into a frenzy over his wife's infidelity ... to the point Hayes gunned her down ... and now the LAPD wants to sit the boxer down for questioning ... multiple sources tell TMZ.
TMZ broke the story ... Floyd was on FaceTime with his rapper friend Monday morning when the shots were fired. Now we're told, Floyd was telling Hayes he should leave his wife, Stephanie Moseley -- a well-known backup dancer and star of VH1's "Hit the Floor" -- because she was bad for his career.
As we reported, Hayes was distraught over what he believed was repeated infidelity, including a fling he said Stephanie had with Trey Songz.
One Mayweather source says Floyd challenged Hayes, saying he was weak for not leaving her.
At that point, as Floyd was on FaceTime, Hayes went off and said he was going to gun down Stephanie. We're told when the boxer realized Hayes was going to shoot Stephanie, he begged Hayes not to go through with it.
Our law enforcement sources say Hayes went into the bathroom and fired 10 to 12 shots as Stephanie was taking a bath. We're told she was hit multiple times.
Neighbors who heard the shots called the LAPD and cops rushed to the scene, but when they got to the door they heard another shot and retreated. That shot was Hayes taking his own life.
The SWAT team showed up and broke down the door. Cops found Stephanie's body in the bathtub and Hayes was in the bedroom.
We're now told the LAPD wants to interview Floyd ... presumably because he was a witness to the murder-suicide.
She'll Stay Locked Up
12/9/2014 11:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Selena's killer could get an early release from prison -- as some websites are reporting -- if she proves her health is deteriorating ... but we know she lacks the proof and will stay locked up.
There are reports Yolanda Saldivar -- who shot and killed the Tejano icon in a hotel in 1995 -- was in declining health due to kidney failure and asked the Parole Board for an immediate release.
But our sources say Saldivar has some medical issues but none serious enough to warrant early release. What's more ... she has NOT even filed a petition for early release.
The 54-year-old murderer isn't eligible for parole until March, 2025.
I Want a Clean Record
So I Can Handle Guns ... as a Cop
12/8/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mark Wahlberg wants to wipe his criminal record clean so he can become a reserve officer ... TMZ has learned.
Wahlberg has filed legal docs in Boston with the Massachusetts Parole Board, asking to expunge his 1988 felony assault conviction. The actor beat two men and left one partially blind.
Mark is still a felon, and he wants to join a L.A. area police force as a reservist. The problem ... he's not eligible because felons can't handle guns and it's generally frowned upon in cop shops.
We're told Mark has become interested in police work as a result of researching roles for movies, including "The Other Guys," "Max Payne" and "The Departed."
He wouldn't be the first celeb to join a police force. Shaq was famously sworn in as reserve cop in Miami, Florida and Jack Osbourne is on the force in Muncie, Indiana.
BTW ... Mark is selling a new reality show called "Port of L.A." in which law enforcement police the containers that come into the country.
LAPD Ready to Investigate
Playboy Mansion Sexual Assault Claim
12/4/2014 6:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The LAPD is ready, willing and able to investigate sexual assault claims against Bill Cosby that allegedly occurred at the Playboy Mansion ... even though the incident is way past the statute of limitations.
As we previously reported ... a woman named Judy Huth sued Cosby Tuesday ... claiming Cosby got her drunk and then sexually assaulted her at Hefner's pad when she was 15 years old back in 1974.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the Dept.'s position is that it has "an obligation to investigate all crimes when a victim comes forward."
According to one source, it would be irresponsible to reject an investigation based on the date of the crime, because cops say there are always twists and turns and one allegation can unearth another.
Our sources say by making it known they are investigating, other alleged victims may come forward.
That said, we're told Huth has NOT filed a criminal complaint with the LAPD.
Mama June, Pumpkin
Man Charged with Death Threats
12/4/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A guy threatened to shoot Mama June and Pumpkin too ... and he's been charged with making terroristic threats ... TMZ has learned.
Cops in McIntyre, GA tell us ... June was threatened on her Facebook page. June tells us he threatened to shoot both her and Pumpkin.
Police got a warrant for Andrew Kurt Summers, who turned himself in Monday. He's been released on $15K bail.
Summers faces the felony charge of making terroristic threats.
Mama June says she takes threats against her and her kids very seriously.
Well, not ALL threats ...
Gun Fears at Concert Venue
12/4/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bill Cosby has reason to worry about his security ... so much so one of the venues where he was scheduled to perform imposed a mandatory gun check on the audience.
The Tarrytown Music Hall in N.Y. was preparing for a Cosby concert this Saturday, the prep included a significant weapons security check, which includes:
-- Metal detector wands at the door
-- No firearms, knives or other weapons
-- No backpacks
The theater also made it clear ... there would be zero tolerance for any protests inside the venue.
The Exec Director of the theater tells TMZ the extra security measures were not routine ... they were rolled out for Cosby's show.
Turns out the show will not go on. It was abruptly cancelled Wednesday, at the behest of Cosby and the promoter.