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The Lovin' Spoonful Guitarist Booted After Child Porn Bust

10/11/2017 5:24 PM PDT

Founding members of The Lovin' Spoonful didn't wait long to can guitarist Jerry Yester -- he's now officially out of the band after his arrest for child porn possession.

Mark Logsdon, publicist for the band, tells TMZ ... drummer Joe Butler and bassist Steve Boone held a meeting shortly after Yester was charged, and decided he had to go. We're told they don't have a replacement yet, so they've canceled concert dates until October 27 while they search.

The band says, "We are as numbed and shocked as the public is about these serious charges that have been brought against [Yester]."

TMZ broke the story ... 74-year-old Yester was busted last week and faces 30 counts of possession of child porn

Seth MacFarlane 2013 Weinstein Joke was Personal ... I was Angry for My Friend

10/11/2017 1:06 PM PDT

Seth MacFarlane says his joke about Harvey Weinstein at the 2013 Oscar Nominations wasn't just meant to be funny ... it was a deliberate shot at the Hollywood honcho on behalf of his friend, Jessica Barth.

MacFarlane claims Barth -- who he's worked with on "Family Guy" and the "Ted" films -- confided in him in 2011 about Weinstein's attempted advances ... and it pissed off Seth so much, he ripped Weinstein at the Oscar noms event.

He says ... "I couldn't resist the opportunity to take a hard swing in his direction. Make no mistake, this came from a place of loathing and anger. There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this."

As we reported ... MacFarlane joked about Weinstein's sordid reputation for making moves on actresses. Now, like countless other celebs, he's speaking out against Weinstein and commending the women who've come forward.

Ben Affleck Sorry for Groping Hilarie Burton As More Inappropriate Vid Surfaces

10/11/2017 11:23 AM PDT
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Ben Affleck is apologizing for apparently groping former MTV host-turned-actress Hilarie Burton, but he's also dealing with another, arguably worse video of himself and a female reporter.

The incident came to light when former "Total Request Live" host tweeted, "I didn't forget" in response to a fan tweeting Ben "also grabbed Hilarie Burton's breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though" back in 2003.

Ben tweeted an apology on Wednesday saying, "I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize."

Ben's come under fire since Rose McGowan put him on blast for acting like he didn't know about Harvey Weinstein's rampant sexual harassment.

Burton, who was 21 at the time, tweeted an MTV clip where she joked about the incident with Ben, saying, "He comes over and tweaks my left boob."

Another video has also resurfaced from 2004 -- in which Ben gets a Canadian TV host to sit on his lap while his hands are all over her. Ben told her, "They would like the show better if you did it topless, wouldn’t they?"

Also, around the 4 minute mark, Ben mocks people with Cerebral Palsy. It's bad.

He's yet to say anything about this incident.

Cara Delevingne Weinstein Made a Hotel Room Pass And Made a Woman Join In

10/11/2017 10:58 AM PDT

Cara Delevingne says she too was a victim of Harvey Weinstein, but unlike other accusers ... she says the movie mogul tried to force another woman on her as well.

Cara says she had a meeting with Weinstein and a director about a role, and when the director left ... Weinstein asked her to stay behind. She claims he bragged about all the actresses he slept with and then invited her to his hotel room. She initially declined, but reluctantly went up when her car service was delayed.

The 25-year-old claims there was another woman in the room when she got there ... and Weinstein asked them to kiss. She says she rejected the woman's advance, and then "swiftly got up and asked him if he knew that I could sing. And I began to sing ... I thought it would make the situation better ... more professional ... like an audition."

In her letter to Huffington Post ... Cara says when she finished singing she bolted for the door, but Weinstein blocked her and tried to kiss her on the lips. Still, she managed to get out.

She doesn't say when or where the meeting went down. It appears the only Weinstein Co. movie Cara's made is "Tulip Fever" which just came out last month.

Rapper Z-RO D.A. Charges in Just Brittany Case After Grand Jury Passed

10/11/2017 10:19 AM PDT

Houston icon Z-RO isn't walking away clean from his alleged beating of his ex-girlfriend, Just Brittany -- the D.A. is refiling a misdemeanor assault charge one day after the grand jury refused to indict him.

TMZ has learned the Harris County D.A. marched into court Wednesday and charged the rapper with assault on a family member, a Class A misdemeanor. We're told Z-RO was in court for the hearing.

What a difference a day makes. TMZ broke the story ... Z-RO dodged felony charges Tuesday when the grand jury declined to hand up an indictment. It appears the D.A. went with plan B, and slapped him with the misdemeanor.

As we first reported, Z-RO allegedly attacked his then-gf, Just Brittany, for hours in his home. She recorded audio of the alleged incident and handed it over to cops.

If convicted, Z-RO now faces up to a year in jail.

His attorney, Charles Adams, is shocked because the grand jury didn't feel Z-RO should have been charged with a felony OR a misdemeanor. He adds, "I have to assume this is a result of the media grandstanding of [Brittany's] California counsel and we will continue to vigorously defend him in criminal and civil court. 

Las Vegas Shooting Victim Sues Stephen Paddock Estate ... Live Nation, MGM Too

10/11/2017 8:26 AM PDT
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12:05 PM PT -- An MGM Resorts spokesperson also tells us:

“The tragic incident that took place on October 1st was a meticulously planned, evil senseless act. As our company and city work through the healing process, our primary focus and concern is taking actions to support the victims and their families, our guests and employees and cooperating with law enforcement ... Out of respect for the victims we are not going to try this case in the public domain and we will give our response through the appropriate legal channels.”

12:00 PM PT-- A rep for Live Nation tells us, "We continue to be devastated by the tragedy at the Route 91 Festival, heartbroken for the victims, their families and the countless people forever impacted by this senseless act of violence and are cooperating fully with the active FBI investigation.  We are, however, unable to comment specifically on pending litigation."

One of the Las Vegas shooting victims has filed the first lawsuit against Stephen Paddock's estate along with MGM Resorts and Live Nation, claiming they're all to blame for her life-threatening injuries.

Paige Gasper, a 21-year-old from CA, filed the suit in Clark County, Nevada ... and in the docs she says the venue and promoter are just as responsible as Paddock because they failed to properly protect concertgoers from mortal danger.

Gasper says she was struck by a bullet that entered her right underarm, cut across her right breast, shattered her ribs and lacerated her liver before exiting her body. She says the bullet incapacitated her, and fleeing concertgoers ended up trampling her, which she partly blames on Live Nation for having an inadequate exit plan.

A Good Samaritan eventually picked her up and put her on a flatbed truck with other victims, and they were raced to a hospital. Gasper is also suing the manufacturers of bump stocks, which helped turn Paddock's semi-automatic rifle into a near fully-automatic weapon.

We've reached out to MGM and Live Nation, so far no word back.

UNLV Hockey Coach Released From Hospital After Shooting ... 'I'll Be Around'

10/11/2017 7:21 AM PDT
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UNLV hockey assistant coach Nick Robone has been released from the hospital ... one week after getting shot in the chest during the massacre in Vegas.  

The 28-year-old -- who was hit with a bullet that barely missed his lung -- released a statement Tuesday thanking hospital staffers, friends and family for helping during his recovery.

"You've all shown me a sense of compassion that I'll be spending the rest of my life (hopefully much longer now) repaying. I'm excited to back in the community helping any way I can."

Robone's brother Anthony -- a paramedic -- was with Nick at the concert and dragged him to safety. He treated Nick on the scene and helped keep him alive until help arrived.

BTW, one of Nick's friends started a GoFundMe page to raise money for medical costs and it's already at $65k. 

Nick posted a message saying, "Ok, you'll be seeing me around now. THANK YOU, for being my staple during all this. Look forward to helping others now. #VegasStrong."

Alex Morgan Disney Police Video 'I Can't Imagine What Black People Go Through'

10/11/2017 6:15 AM PDT
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Soccer superstar Alex Morgan was so upset when she was being kicked out of Disney World, she told officers, "You guys are lying right now. I can't imagine what black people go through."

It was all captured on body cam footage released by the Orange County Sheriff's Dept. stemming from an Oct. 1 incident in which Morgan and several other soccer stars were kicked off the property for being drunk and aggressive. 

As TMZ Sports first reported, Morgan's group had been boozing at the bars at Epcot Center when things got testy with another group. 

Cops were called and officers say Morgan and her friends were "highly impaired" and "verbally aggressive."

Morgan has since apologized for the incident -- saying she will learn and make sure it does not happen again. 

Dr. Drew Harvey Weinstein Deserves A Second Chance ... But I'm Worried About Him

10/11/2017 7:09 AM PDT

Harvey Weinstein needs to follow Anthony Weiner's lead if expects to get better and get a second chance ... so says Dr. Drew.

Drew was in WeHo Tuesday night leaving Catch when our photog asked if Weinstein could bounce back from the scandal. He heard about the TMZ story -- that Weinstein was set to board a private jet Tuesday night for Europe where he was going to check into a rehab facility for sex addition and behavioral issues.

The good Doc seems to think Weinstein needs a much greater commitment, a la Anthony Weiner, to rejigger his psyche.

Harvey Weinstein Says Brother Bob Responsible for His Demise

10/10/2017 5:36 PM PDT

12:35 PM PT -- A rep for Harvey tells us, "No matter what derogatory things Bob Weinstein says about his brother, Harvey Weinstein believes his brother is his brother and does not believe his brother would leak his personnel file to the NYT." The rep continues, "Harvey is dealing with his family and is currently in counseling.  These are his priorities."

Harvey Weinstein believes his own brother was responsible for his demise, and he has the proof in the form of a receipt ... but Bob Weinstein says Harvey's a "very sick man" who's slinging fake stories to deflect from his own misdeeds.

Sources connected to H.W. tell TMZ, Harvey firmly believes it was his brother Bob who fed The New York Times the information for its sexual harassment story. He believes it was a well-orchestrated plan by Bob to remove Harvey from the company he built.

Weinstein, we're told, firmly believes the entire board knew about his sexual harassment troubles for years. Our sources say 7 months ago Bob received Weinstein's entire personnel file which detailed a number of the claims, and he believes Bob leaked the file to The NY Times.

As for proof the file was sent, we're told Harvey Weinstein's people have a FedEx receipt which shows his brother got the material.

Bob Weinstein came out swinging, telling TMZ, "My brother Harvey is obviously a very sick man. I've urged him to seek immediate professional help because he is in dire need of it. His remorse and apologies to the victims of his abuse are hollow. He said he would go away for help and has yet to do so."

Bob goes on ... "He has proven himself to be a world class liar and now rather than seeking help he is looking to blame others. His assertion is categorically untrue from A to Z. I pray he gets the help that he needs and I believe that it is him behind all of these stories to distract from his own failure to get help."

Harvey Weinstein Flying to Europe Tonight For Sex Addiction Rehab

10/10/2017 4:40 PM PDT
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Harvey Weinstein is boarding a private jet Tuesday night, bound for a rehab center in Europe for sex addiction ... sources connected with the former mogul tell TMZ.

We're told Harvey has decided to take the advice of the people around him and leave immediately. We're told he will enter a live-in facility and will deal both with sex and other behavioral issues.

Our sources say Weinstein is surprisingly calm, considering the PR nightmare engulfing him. As one source put it, "He has his moments where there are bursts, but for the most part he's pretty calm."

We're told Weinstein still believes he can get help, come back and make a fresh start. As a source close to Weinstein put it, "He wants to come back with fresh, new ideas." As we reported, he and his team are in settlement discussions with The Weinstein Co. and the idea of him serving in some outside capacity is still on the table.

Harvey Weinstein's Wife Peace, Bitch ... I'm Leaving You

10/10/2017 4:09 PM PDT
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Harvey Weinstein's wife has announced she's leaving his ass. 

"I have chosen to leave my husband," Georgina Chapman announced in a statement to People ...citing the horrible sexual harassment and assault allegations against her husband. 

"My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions."

41-year-old Chapman -- co-founder and designer of the Marchesa high-end clothing line -- has been married to Harvey since 2007. They have two young children together. 

"Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time."

Harvey had previously told the media he believed Georgina stood by him "100%."


President Obama I'm Disgusted by Harvey Weinstein

10/10/2017 4:04 PM PDT

President Obama has added his name to the list of famous people who are disgusted by the stories that have surfaced about Harvey Weinstein.

The former Prez just said, "Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein. Any man who demeans and degrades women in such a fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status."

Obama went on ... "We should celebrate the courage of women who have come forward to tell these painful stories. And we all need to build a culture -- including by empowering our girls and teaching our boys decency and respect -- so we can make such behavior less prevalent in the future."

You'll remember, Malia Obama was an intern at Weinstein's company in January.

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