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Boxer Jermain Taylor Dodges Prison ... In Violent Gun Cases

5/20/2016 8:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0520-jermain-taylor-getty-01Ex-boxing champ Jermain Taylor just caught a HUUUGE break -- he will NOT go to prison for his role in multiple frightening and violent incidents ... as long as he keeps his nose clean. 

Taylor appeared in court for 3 different cases: 

1) The time he shot his cousin in 2014

2) The time he pulled out a gun at an MLK Day parade and fired shots in the air 

3) The time he beat up a fellow patient at the rehab facility where he was being treated 

Taylor had previously pled guilty to 2 counts of battery, 2 counts of terroristic threats, 5 counts of aggravated assault and possesion of a controlled substance. 

On Friday, the former champ was back in an Arkansas courtroom -- where the judge gave him a 19 year suspended prison sentence. 

Which means ... as long as Taylor completes 120 hours of community service, pays fines and court costs and passes regular drug screening tests, he will NOT serve the 19 year sentence. 

But one screwup ... and the judge could force him to serve the entire term behind bars. 

Considering the allegations against him, Taylor caught a huge break. 

Chumlee from 'Pawn Stars' No Sex Assault Charges ... Plea Deal for Guns & Drugs

5/18/2016 3:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0518-chumlee-tmzChumlee is dodging serious jail time in his drugs and guns case, and will NOT face any sex assault charges ... TMZ has learned.

The "Pawn Stars" cast member was busted back in March when Vegas cops raided his home during a sex assault investigation. TMZ broke the story ... cops say they found at least one gun as well as a bunch of marijuana.

According to docs obtained by TMZ ... the D.A. will charge Chumlee with felony possession of a firearm and felony possession of a controlled substance -- but the twist is ... his attorneys got him a sweet plea deal.

We don't know all the terms of the deal, but our sources say the big one is Chumlee will get probation and NO jail time. We're told the 2 felonies will eventually become misdemeanors once he completes probation. 

As for the alleged sexual assault ... we're told police and Chumlee's attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, ran an exhaustive investigation. Both sides found there was not enough evidence to charge him.

We're told the judge still needs to sign off on the plea deal.

George Zimmerman Trayvon Gun Sold for Over $120K

5/18/2016 9:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0518-zimmerman-getty-02George Zimmerman's auction for the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin has closed ... and the winning bid topped $120,000.

We're told roughly 7 verified users participated in the bidding war. Zimmerman has to verify the winner and his or her funds before the sale is finalized. The top bidder is anonymous at this point, due to the auction site's rules.

TMZ previously reported United Gun Group decided to pull the listing due to fake bids driving up the price. The site added a private email verification to sift out the fake bids.

There are reports the gun sold for $138k, but we're told that number is one of those fake bids.

Ex-Titans LB Keith Bulluck Convicted in DUI Case

5/17/2016 7:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0517-keith-bucket-getty-01Ex-Tennessee Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck has struck a plea deal in his DUI case ... stemming from a February arrest, when the 39-year-old smashed his car into a light pole. 

As we previously reported, Bulluck -- who was nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015 -- was busted in Nashville on Feb. 23rd when cops responded to the crash scene around 3 AM and realized Keith was bombed

Bulluck appeared in court early Tuesday morning -- where he pled guilty to reckless endangerment and, in exchange, he was sentenced to 1 year probation and ordered to pay court fines. 

Cops never said if Bulluck was injured in the wreck -- but he's been traveling around the world and recently joked about wanting to fight Conor McGregor ... so we're guessing he's okay. 

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Wendell Pierce Bernie Supporters Were Dragging ME ... Into Their Hotel Room

5/16/2016 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Wendell Pierce from "The Wire" remembers things much differently from the alleged victim in his battery arrest -- because he says HE was the one held against his will.

According to docs obtained by TMZ ... police say Pierce and his girlfriend started talking politics with three people in the hallway of their Atlanta hotel. As we've reported -- Pierce backs Hillary Clinton and the alleged victim is a Bernie Sanders supporter.

Pierce's side of the story is he followed the Bernie fan and her friends to their room as they argued about Clinton and Sanders -- but stayed outside the room. He claims they tried to pull him into the room ... as he tried to run away.

The alleged victim has a more brutal memory of what happened. She says when Pierce followed, he stuck his arm in the door and tried to enter her hotel room. She claims when they tried to push him out, Pierce grabbed her hoodie and ripped it so hard it came off.

Pierce was booked for simple battery

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Madeleine Stowe Naked & Afraid ... I Was Robbed at Gunpoint

5/16/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0512-madeleine-stowe-tmz-01Madeleine Stowe says she survived a terrifying ordeal -- a home intruder putting a gun to her neck in the middle of the night, and making off with $75k worth of jewelry. 

According to law enforcement docs ... Stowe and her husband, Brian Benben, were asleep at home last September, when she was awakened by someone rummaging through their master bathroom. Madeleine, who was nude at the time, says she went to check it out -- and was confronted by a Latino man, the intruder, who pointed a handgun to her neck. 

The former "Revenge" star told police the man spoke in broken English and demanded, "I want all the valuable, I want something." She says she gave him a bag filled with $75k worth of antique jewelry, and then he made a clean getaway.

 A few months later cops busted the suspect, Walter Canizalez, as he was allegedly attempting another heist. Police believe he's pulled 3 other armed home robberies, and he's been charged with more than 15 counts ... including robbery and sexual battery.  

When Canizalez was caught, cops say he was wearing a Spiderman mask -- just as he was during some of the alleged robberies.

WWE's Adam Rose Faces the Judge Wife Begs For Mercy

5/12/2016 7:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Shackled and sporting an orange jail jumpsuit, WWE superstar Adam Rose appeared in Florida court Thursday in his domestic violence case ... where his wife begged the judge to cut the guy a break. 

Rose was arrested Wednesday morning after allegedly roughing up his wife -- and then smacking the phone away from her when she called 911. He's been charged with battery and tampering with a witness. 

The judge wanted to hit Rose with a restraining order -- barring him from contact with his wife. But shockingly, she begged the court to reconsider ... because she wants him to come home. 

During the hearing, Rose's wife said they have a special needs child who needs both parents.

Rose's lawyer also argued Rose's actions were "not aggressive or painful" but rather "more of a passionate, 'Hey, let's talk about this.'"

The judge mentioned a PREVIOUS domestic violence incident in March -- and expressed concern about a pattern of abusive behavior. But in the end, Rose's wife got her wish ... and the judge held off on the restraining order.

The judge also set a low bond -- $1,000 -- which means Rose will probably be out of custody by the end of the day. He's been ordered to see his pastor for counseling once a week until his next court date in June.

Chris Brown Pisses Off Cops with Doughnuts

5/12/2016 6:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0512-chris-brown-tmz-01Chris Brown is no Ice Cube ... because when he says "f*** the police" they take it real personal.

Brown was going crazy Wednesday at around 6 PM on an ATV in his Tarzana neighborhood. He and a buddy were doing doughnuts, ending up on a lawn or 2 ... then racing up and down the street.

The neighbors were pissed for several reasons. The ATVs were making ear-shattering noise ... also kids were playing in the street. Someone confronted Brown and threatened to call the cops if he didn't stop. We're told Brown responded, "F*** you and f*** the cops."

The neighbor was true to his word and called police, who came knocking at Chris' door and asked to speak with him. The person who answered said Chris would not come to the door and if they had a problem they should call his lawyer.

The police were not amused. We're told they will go to the L.A. City Attorney and recommend prosecution for the crime of disturbing the peace.

Law enforcement tells us Brown has become hated in the neighborhood. Residents have been complaining of non-stop nocturnal noise and they say gangbangers have been coming in and out of his house.

WWE Superstar Adam Rose Arrested for Domestic Violence

5/11/2016 9:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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12:39 PM PT -- Rose has now been suspended indefinitely by the WWE, according to our friends at ProWrestlingSheet.

A WWE rep told the site, "WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Raymond Leppan has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest."

update_grey_gray_barWWE superstar Adam Rose got busted for domestic violence after allegedly grabbing his wife by her face during an argument.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Rose was arrested at 1:30 AM Wednesday in his Florida home. Rose grabbed Cassandra Leppan and pulled her toward him as he screamed at her, according to the report.

The docs list the reason for the argument as "marital problems."

Cassandra called 911, but according to the report Adam ripped the phone away from her -- which is why he was booked for felony tampering with a witness, as well as domestic violence.

He's being held without bail until his arraignment.

Rose's arrest comes on the heels of the WWE handing him a 60-day drug suspension.

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Katt Williams Great News!! For His Lawyers

5/8/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0506-katt-williams-tmzWhat Katt Williams calls a Good Samaritan act ... prosecutors call grounds for another criminal charge against the comedian.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... he's been charged with one count of misdemeanor battery for the incident in L.A. in March where Katt allegedly struck bystanders in self-defense. Katt told us the guys were cracking short jokes on him after he ran to help victims in a car crash.

Meanwhile, back east ... prosecutors in Georgia filed a motion to revoke his bond in his bodyguard assault case. The Hall County D.A. said his last arrest -- for allegedly throwing a salt shaker at a restaurant manager -- was the last straw.

If a judge signs off, Katt could be locked up until he goes to trial. He also faces 6 months in jail for the L.A. case.

At this point, Katt's lawyers are booking more gigs than he is.

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Tony Curtis & Sean Connery Grandsons Tagged In Graffiti Crime

5/7/2016 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0506_tony_curtis_sean_connery_graffiti_compositeThe grandsons of Sean Connery and Tony Curtis are giving their family names a bad rap ... because cops say they snuck onto someone's property and egged on a tagger.

Law enforcement sources tell us the young adult grandsons were caught on tape last month jumping a wall with a teenager and watched the guy tag a wall and garage door. We're told LAPD hunted down the trio and the juvenile fessed up.

Law enforcement tells us ... cops are sending the case to the L.A. City Attorney for possible prosecution for criminal trespass.

Hey ... you only live twice. 

Prince 911 Caller May Have Big Criminal Issues

5/5/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

504-prince-andrew-kornfeldThe man who called 911 in Prince's death could face criminal prosecution if he was expecting to get paid for helping the singer ... and it all comes down to the pills in his backpack.

The lawyer for Andrew Kornfeld -- whose dad runs a rehab facility in Marin County, California -- says his client is entitled to immunity from prosecution because he was acting as a Good Samaritan.  

The issue -- Andrew had a synthetic opiate in his backpack, and he's not a doctor. Our sources say investigators are keenly interested in knowing why Andrew brought the pills. They are often used to wean people off drugs like Percocet -- the opiate which fueled Prince's addiction.

Andrew's attorney points to a Minnesota law that protects people who might be committing drug crimes from being prosecuted if they call 911. The idea is to give people an incentive to help others in dire need without fear of prosecution.

Here's the problem. Under the law, the person who calls 911 does NOT get immunity if they receive or expect to receive compensation for picking up the phone and making the call. It's unclear if Andrew and his dad were going to get paid, but the recovery center charges for its services, so it's a good bet they were expecting compensation.

As for the drugs in the backpack ... even if Andrew's dad prescribed the drug for Prince, our DEA sources say it's illegal for anyone to take the drugs across state lines and deliver drugs in states where the doctor is not board certified.

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UCLA Football Star Punished In Uber Driver Attack

5/4/2016 9:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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504-ishmael-adams-gettyUCLA football star Ishmael Adams is finally facing the music for an alleged attack on an Uber driver last year -- but he won't do any jail time ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported ... Adams was arrested for battery back in August after allegedly getting violent with an Uber driver in front of a police station in Westwood. The driver claimed Adams was drunk and belligerent

Now, officials confirm Adams copped a plea deal with prosecutors -- in which he agreed to plead no contest to misdemeanor battery and in exchange he got 3 years probation. 

Adams has been a stud for UCLA the past 3 seasons at cornerback -- but recently switched to wide receiver for his final season. No word if the plea will trigger a new suspension from the team.  

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