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'Millionaire Matchmaker' Bachelor Gets 5 Yrs for Beating Woman

10/19/2016 3:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1019_John-Bonavia_twitterFormer 'Millionaire Matchmaker' bachelor John Bonavia just got hit with a 5-year prison sentence for attacking a woman in his house last year ... TMZ has learned.

Bonavia pled no contest to felony domestic violence Wednesday in an L.A. court -- the judge immediately sentenced him. A charge for making criminal threats was dropped as part of the deal ... according to the D.A.

TMZ broke the story ... cops found Bonavia's victim so battered and bloody, they initially arrested him for attempted murder.

Shailene Woodley Pleads Not Guilty In Pipeline Riot

10/19/2016 11:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1019-shailene-woodley-tmz-01Shailene Woodley pleaded not guilty to rioting at the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the rush is on to cover every second of the case. 

Shailene wasn't in the North Dakota court Wednesday morning, but her attorney entered the plea. She's charged with one count of misdemeanor criminal trespass and one count of misdemeanor engaging in a riot. As soon as local media caught wind of her plea, they filed docs asking for video cameras to be allowed in court.

The judge approved, so if her case goes to trial she'll have another platform to state her protest against the pipeline. 

But since she's facing 2 misdemeanors ... we smell a plea deal.


Bobby Shmurda 7 Year Sentence Is a Screw Job! My Lawyer Forced Me

10/19/2016 10:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1019-bobby-shmurda-twitter-02Bobby Shmurda's desperate attempt to get out of his plea deal fell on deaf ears ... as a judge sentenced him to 7 years in prison for gun possession charges.

The rapper was in court Wednesday and in a last-ditch effort ... told the judge he was forced to take the plea, and tried to withdraw it. He even turned to his lawyer in open court and said he wanted to fire him.

Judge wasn't having it, and stuck with the plea deal Bobby had agreed to last monthwhich he says he took to help his friend ... days before he was to stand trial.

Bobby's already been behind bars for 21 months, so at least he'll get credit for that.

Dream Hotel Founder Arrested for Dog Burning

10/18/2016 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1018-vikram-chatwal-INSTAGRAM-02Lindsay Lohan's friend and Dream Hotel founder Vikram Chatwal was arrested by NYPD Tuesday morning for burning 2 dogs with an aerosol can and lighter.

As we reported ... Chatwal allegedly walked up to the dogs on a NYC street outside his apartment last week and opened fire as they were being walked. We got some bizarre video of him right after the incident.

Chatwal was booked on one felony count of criminal mischief -- and 3 misdemeanors ... torturing an animal, reckless endangerment and arson. 

George Zimmerman Road Rage Shooter Gets 20 Years

10/17/2016 9:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1016-George-Zimmerman-mattew-apperson-gettyThe man who shot at George Zimmerman in an apparent road rage incident has just been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Matthew Apperson, who was convicted of attempted 2nd-degree murder back in September, claimed he shot at Zimmerman in self-defense during a 2015 incident that went down near Zimmerman's home in Lake Mary, FL.

They have a history, having feuded in a separate road rage incident in 2014.

Apperson was also convicted for armed aggravated assault, and will serve a concurrent 15 year sentence for that. 

Olympian Tyson Gay Daughter Killed In Shooting

10/16/2016 10:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1016-tyson-gay-trinity-daughter-FACEBOOK-01Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay's 15-year-old daughter, Trinity was shot and killed early this morning in Kentucky.

According to police ... Trinity was shot in the neck during a shootout between 2 cars in a Lexington restaurant parking lot. Police say she was not in either car, and was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead within an hour.

Tyson is reportedly flying to Kentucky right now. He told a local news station ... "She didn't make it. She was just here last week for fall break ... I have no idea what happened."

Police have located 1 of the vehicles involved and detained 2 persons of interest who were at the scene for questioning. No arrests have been made, though ... and they're still looking for the other vehicle.

Trinity was a high school track athlete herself.

UFC's Luke Rockhold Greg Hardy's So 'Far Lost' He Doesn't Deserve To Fight

10/14/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UFC superstar Luke Rockhold is BLASTING Greg Hardy and anyone considering training the ex-NFL star ... saying, "it's crazy to think that someone would actually train this guy."

Rockhold joined the "TMZ Sports" TV show ... when he was asked about Hardy's plan to hang up his cleats and fight mixed martial arts. 

Luke absolutely goes in on Hardy ... calling the domestic violence accusations against him "beyond anything of what a normal human is capable of."

FYI -- Hardy was convicted of domestic violence in '14 ... before the guilty verdict was dismissed after the accuser stopped cooperating with authorities.

Check out the clip ... it's clear Rockhold vehemently feels Hardy has no place in MMA.

Be sure to watch the full interview (Luke also weighs in on Ronda Rousey's comeback) Friday at 8:30 PM PT on FS1!

The Game to Judge Let Me Tell the Jury My Sexual Assault Accuser Was a Whore

10/14/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1013-the-game-tmz-01The Game's asking the judge in his sexual assault case to make his accuser's sexual history fair game ... history that allegedly includes prostitution.

The rapper's legal team is opposing Priscilla Rainey's request to prohibit them from raising issues about her alleged past in the trial, which she claims is only meant to inflame the jury and victim shame.

But Game's team just filed legal docs claiming her history is a direct reflection of her credibility ... specifically allegations she was a prostitute and engaged in a "promiscuous" lifestyle. He also wants the jury to know she allegedly spent time in a mental institution.

Game also wants the jury to know she's allegedly been arrested for theft.

TMZ broke the story ... Rainey sued Game for $10 million accusing him of sexually assaulting her while she was a contestant on his reality show, "She's Got Game." She claims he put his hand up her skirt and rubbed her vagina and buttocks.

Colton Haynes Hollywood Hills Home Ransacked By Thieves

10/13/2016 2:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Teen Wolf" star Colton Haynes fell victim to some punks who busted into his Hollywood Hills home and took thousands of dollars of electronics.

We're told the burglars got in by smashing open a lockbox outside the garage, then snatching between $5-6k worth of stuff, including a TV and a laptop.

We're told cops don't have any suspects ... but detectives are on the hunt.

As for Colton ... he posted a video Wednesday making it clear ... he's not freaked out.

Kendall Jenner Describes Stalking Incident 'I've Never Been So Scared In My Life'

10/13/2016 12:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1013-kendall-jenner-tmz-03Kendall Jenner took the stand Thursday against her alleged stalker ... where she recounted a horrifying ordeal this summer.

"I've never been so scared in my life," Kendall said in L.A. County court.

Kendall testified as a key witness in the criminal case against Shavaughn McKenzie, who faces one count of misdemeanor stalking and trespassing. Kendall looked shaken on the stand ... nervously rambling through her description of the night of Aug. 14

She told a judge she found McKenzie sitting in front of the driveway of her Hollywood Hills home, with his head tucked between his knees. 

Kendall said she drove around him and watched the gate close behind her, not thinking anyone had made it in. That is, until she saw Shavaughn in her driver side mirror. 

She says she screamed, "Who are you?!" -- and McKenzie just stared at her. 

Kendall then cracked her window 6 inches and shouted ... "I WANT YOU TO LEAVE!" She says he started freaking out, banging on all her windows.

Kendall says she was able to pull out of the driveway, drive down the street and call a friend. 

She's expected back on the stand this afternoon. 

Kendall Jenner Alleged Stalker Ordered to Stay Away ... For Half a Decade!

10/13/2016 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0908-kendall-jenner-tmz-01Kendall Jenner will have one less obsessed fan to worry about for a while -- a judge just put a 100 yard shield between her and her most recent ... for the next 5 years. 

Kendall caught a big break in court Thursday when her super lawyer Shawn Holley convince a judge to grant her a permanent restraining order against Shavaughn McKenzie, after he was booked for stalking in August.  

We broke the story ... Shavaughn was arrested this summer after he showed up in the driveway of her Hollywood Hills home ... and allegedly followed her through her gate. She says she'd seen him tailing her before -- and Shavaughn already has a record

Kendall got a temporary restraining order against him at the time, and a judge extended it for the next 5 years. He'll have to stay a football field away from her, her home, her car and her workplace. 

Shavaughn is also in criminal court this week facing a trial for his stalking charges ... where Kendall just took the stand.

Stay tuned ... 

Coolio Felony Gun Charge ... No-Show in Court

10/13/2016 11:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1013-coolio-tmzCoolio was just charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, and he's got even more immediate problems ... he didn't show up in court.

The L.A. County D.A. filed the charge after the rapper tried to get a loaded gun through LAX security.  

TMZ broke the story ... Coolio was yanked off a plane back in September after TSA found the gun in a book bag ... one of his crew members tried to take the fall, but cops searched the bag and it wasn't hard to determine it was the rapper's.

Coolio's lawyer tried explaining to the judge ... his client had a performance in St. Louis and couldn't make it back in time. The judge just cut Coolio a break. He has to show up October 26th ... or else.

Coolio faces up to 3 years in prison if convicted.

Kim Kardashian Robbery Secret Recording in Paris Apt. Sparks Police Investigation

10/13/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Moments after Paris cops responded to the Kim Kardashian robbery scene, someone recorded video inside her apartment and whoever shot the footage is in big trouble ... TMZ has learned.

The video shows Kim on a couch, wrapped in blanket while FaceTiming with someone. Police are combing the luxury pad for evidence ... apparently unaware that someone in the apartment is shooting video, which would be a major violation of French privacy laws.

Our sources tell us Kim's legal team is now working with French authorities to determine who was behind the camera. The issue is, in France it is illegal to film someone in a private setting without their consent. We're told police believe this video fits that description.

The video was posted on websites this week, but Kim's legal team shut it down immediately by sternly reminding the outlets the footage is illegal.

If Kim or others who were present can finger the camera operator, and cops locate the culprit ... he or she could face a year in prison and be fined the equivalent of about $50k.

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