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Tom Wopat I Need to Get Sober

8/8/2017 10:07 AM PDT
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Tom Wopat is admitting he has a substance abuse problem on the heels of his arrest for indecent assault and cocaine possession.

The former "Dukes of Hazzard" star's rep released a statement, saying he's "taking personal time to address his ongoing struggle with substance abuse. While death and illness in the family, combined with the intensity of his recent schedule, certainly contributed to his misstep, Tom definitely understands that sobriety is the sole course for a successful future."

Wopat pled not guilty to the felony assault charge last week. TMZ broke the story ... he's accused of groping a woman's butt and putting his finger in between her butt cheeks. The alleged assault happened on the set of a stage production of "42nd Street" ... in which Tom was supposed to star.

His rep said Tom hopes his "good name will be restored" once an investigation is completed.

The Plaza in NYC It's Ground Zero for Rape Culture Current, Ex-Employees Sue

8/8/2017 9:02 AM PDT

The Plaza Hotel is a cesspool of sexual harassers ... according to current and former female staffers suing the historic hotel in a new lawsuit.

Six women filed a lawsuit against the iconic NYC hotel claiming The Plaza forced them to endure a rape culture. In docs, obtained by TMZ, 3 current and 3 former employees say they've been subjected to a barrage of unwanted groping, kissing and repulsive sexual remarks ... all while Plaza management ignored their complaints and retaliated against them.

In one instance, one of the plaintiffs says her manager followed her into the coat check closet, shut the door behind him, cornered her and started grabbing her by the waist and forcibly kissing her. She says the manager did this 3 times on the same day and when she continually refused his advances, she says he started crying and saying, "I don't understand why you don't want me."

Another plaintiff says one male coworker tried looking under her skirt. And, among the vulgar comments the women say they've been subjected to:

- "I can tell you had sex last night."
- "I want to taste you."
- "My d**k hurts, I had sex with 3 girls I met at the bar last night."

In the suit, one of the women says a male coworker told her he'd "eat your p**sy," and began hugging her from behind. Another male coworker brought a large cucumber and white sauce to work and repeatedly told one of the plaintiffs she should dip the cucumber in the white sauce which "has lots of protein."

Another plaintiff says she tried deflecting a male coworker's advances by reminding him he's married, but he responded, "Well, you can't eat the same food all the time, you have to switch it up sometimes."

In the suit, a plaintiff says a male coworker showed her pictures of his penis and another male employee said, "If you know you're dressing like that with guys around, you can't expect a man not to react. I'm a human being what am I supposed to do?"

The women have hired attorney Andrew Goodstadt, and they're suing The Plaza for unspecified damages. We've reached out to the hotel, so far no word back. 

Donnell Rawlings Alleged Assault on Chappelle Fan Caught on Video 'We Asked For Privacy, Son!'

8/8/2017 12:50 AM PDT

Dave Chappelle and Donnell Rawlings are in the middle of a crazy, violent fight triggered by a guy who was determined to get pics of Dave.

Thurston Greer shot the video, obtained by TMZ. We broke the story ... Greer was somewhere in the vicinity of a bathroom early Friday morning at the Soho Grand Hotel in NYC when he spotted Dave and tried taking a pic, but he was blocked. He says he went outside to do a Facebook post, talking smack on Dave and Donnell, when he ran into them and he says Donnell struck him.

Dave and Donnell say the guy was trying to get pics in the bathroom, they told him no but he persisted and got aggressive. Donnell insists he never laid a finger on Greer and in the video you don't see Donnell ever make contact with the guy.

But the video is insane, and the fight seems to last forever ... lots of n-words hurled back and forth.

As we reported ... Donnell's wanted by police for questioning.

Greer says he was injured in the altercation, citing a sore back, neck and head ... among other scrapes and bruises. 

'Mighty Ducks' Goalie Busted for Possession of Meth ... 5 Days After Jail Release

8/8/2017 12:10 AM PDT

Shaun Weiss -- who played Goldberg in 'The Mighty Ducks' -- got busted again 5 days after serving a jail sentence ... this time for meth.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... cops in Burbank got a 911 call last Wednesday for a suspicious person stumbling around yards in a neighborhood near the Warner Bros. studio lot. 

Cops responded and arrested Weiss around 2:30 PM, booking him for possession of a controlled substance. We're told he had meth on him ... unclear exactly how much, though. He's being held on a $20,000 bond.

We broke the story ... Weiss was sentenced to 150 days in jail for petty theft just last month, but only served 12 days due to overcrowding. His manager told us at the time Weiss was hoping jail could help him, and that he'd be trying to write a script or jokes while behind bars. 

We've reached out to his manager again ... so far, no word back.

Chance the Rapper Bodyguard Busted For Body Slam in Chi-Town

8/7/2017 10:45 AM PDT

Chance the Rapper's bodyguard allegedly unleashed some WWE moves on a guy right in front of the MC ... and the whole thing was caught on surveillance video.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Chance's private security guard, 44-year-old Star Thomas, was arrested Thursday night at the W Hotel in Chicago after he allegedly body slammed a man in the lobby. We're told Chance had a front row seat as it all went down.

The alleged victim was trying get into the same elevator as Chance and his crew around 9 PM, according to our sources ... and the bodyguard blocked him. We're told about 2 hours later they ran into the man again in the lobby, and that's when Thomas threw him down.

Chance's bodyguard was booked for misdemeanor simple battery. We've reached out to his camp for comment ... so far, no word back.

We spoke with Thomas's lawyer, Elias R. Hilal, and he tells us Thomas was not the aggressor. According to Hilal, the altercation started when the alleged victim "shoulder hit" Thomas and mouthed off. That's when Chance's bodyguard grabbed the guy. Hilal adds that Thomas never took the alleged victim to the ground.

Fetty Wap Claims Fired Asst. Stole $250k ... She Says It's All BS!!!

8/6/2017 12:40 AM PDT

Fetty Wap says he had to fire a woman for allegedly skimming a quarter mil off his bookings -- but she says it's really the exact opposite, and Fetty owes her for a ton of expenses.

Sources close to Fetty's RGF Productions tell TMZ ... they fired Shawna Morgan Friday for falsely representing herself as his booking agent and manager. RGF claims Morgan charged additional fees to venues that booked Fetty. They believe she collected real booking fees on behalf of RGF, and then emailed on the side pretending to be Fetty's manager.

They claim she would request added fees, or as they say in the biz ... "double dip." RGF also believes she took cash off the top by lying about fees, and pocketing the extra dough.

Morgan denies the allegations, and tells us RGF owes her $250k in unpaid expenses. She says she repeatedly put her credit card down to cover tour expenses, such as hotels, but was never reimbursed. As for bookings ... she says she only took the industry standard 10% fee.

Morgan says she has receipts to back up her version of events. She also denies being fired.

Our sources say RGF doesn't plan to go to cops, but will consult with attorneys on further action. Morgan says she's doing the same.

Martin Shkreli Convicted in Securities Fraud Case

8/4/2017 12:04 PM PDT
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Martin Shkreli-- dubbed the most hated CEO in America -- was convicted in his long-drawn out federal fraud case.

Shkreli was found guilty on 3 of 8 counts. He was charged with securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud Friday. The charges stem from his time as head of the drug company Retrophin, as well as hedge funds he managed. The 34-year-old was found not guilty of 5 other counts, including wire fraud.

Shkreli was arrested in 2015 after being accused of losing millions of dollars of investors' funds, and then trying to pay them back with stock in a new drug startup.

His defense attorneys reportedly argued many of the investors cashed in big-time when the new drug company went public. One of his attorneys even told the jury that just 'cause he wasn't well-liked doesn't make him a "Ponzi guy."

Shkreli famously hiked up the price of the AIDS drug Daraprim by 5,000% in 2015 (which wasn't related to his case) ... causing the price of each pill to inflate to $750. That hasn't gone over well with people, and he's made A LOT of enemies since ... including Lil Wayne.

Shkreli faces up to 20 years in prison for the 3 convictions.

'SYTYCD' Winner Sentenced to 1 Year Behind Bars ... for Attacking GF

8/3/2017 4:37 PM PDT

Joshua Allen -- the Season 4 winner of "So You Think You Can Dance" -- was sentenced to 1 year behind bars for attacking his girlfriend ... TMZ has learned.

Allen pled no contest Thursday to felony domestic violence and felony assault with a deadly weapon. He was then taken directly to jail. Allen wept in court after he was sentenced.

He also got 5 years probation and was ordered to complete 52 weeks of domestic violence classes. He can't go near the victim for a decade.

TMZ broke the story ... Allen went after his gf back in June and chased her into a coffee shop. When a woman tried stepping in, Allen allegedly threw a glass vase at her and trashed the shop before bystanders took him down.

Tom Wopat Charged with Sticking Finger in Woman's Butt Crack

8/3/2017 11:04 AM PDT

Tom Wopat allegedly grabbed a woman's butt and put his finger between her butt cheeks, and that's why he was arrested for felony indecent assault.

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, Wopat was rehearsing his show, "42nd Street," at the Reagle Theatre in Waltham, MA on July 23 when a woman on the set claims he walked behind her and she felt his hand grab her butt. She also says she felt his fingers go between her butt cheeks.

She complained to one of the honchos about the incident, and Wopat was confronted. According to the police report, he denied touching the woman and said, "F*** them all."

There are 2 other incidents mentioned in the police report, both occurring during rehearsals. In one case a woman says he came up from behind her and wrapped his arm around her hip and lower waist, pulling her into him. In another instance a woman says he peeled sunburned skin off her arm.

When Wopat was arrested Wednesday, he told cops at the station he did not inappropriately touch anyone, but recalled a time he was seated and one of the women walked by him and he "lightly touched her hip" and said to her, "I like the way you work."

Wopat told cops he flirts and likes to be friendly, but never did anything untoward.

As for the drug charge, cops say when they booked Wopat they found a plastic bag containing what they believe was cocaine in his front pocket, along with a blue straw. Cops say they searched Wopat's vehicle and found baggies inside, one of which contained what they believe is also cocaine.

The police report also says one of the honchos in the show reprimanded Wopat for showing up to rehearsal under the influence.

TMZ broke the story, Wopat was arraigned Thursday and pled not guilty for felony indecent assault and battery as well as a misdemeanor drug possession charge.

Tom Wopat Arrested for Indecent Assault And Cocaine Possession

8/3/2017 7:09 AM PDT

11:06 AM PT -- TMZ has learned an understudy will be performing in Wopat's place in tonight's play.

Tom Wopat, who played Luke Duke on the "Dukes of Hazzard," has been arrested for indecent assault and battery in Massachusetts ... TMZ has learned.

Wopat was in Waltham, Mass starring in a play -- a production of "42nd Street." We're told the alleged victim is a woman connected with the production, and the incident involved Wopat allegedly putting his hands down her pants.

According to law enforcement ... police arrested 65-year-old Wopat Wednesday at 10:53 PM. Police were actively looking for him, and pulled him over in his Ford Bronco. We're told cops found a small baggie of cocaine on him, and he was booked for possession. 

The indecent assault and battery is a felony. The coke possession is a misdemeanor. Wopat's being arraigned Thursday.

We've reached out to his rep ... so far, no word back. The play is supposed to open with a Thursday matinee, and according to the box office ... show will go on with Wopat.

Just Brittany Z-Ro Had 'No Soul In His Eyes' During Alleged Attack

8/3/2017 8:07 AM PDT

Just Brittany claims her ex-boyfriend, Z-Ro, turned into someone she'd never seen during his alleged assault on her, and says there's a good reason she didn't call 911 ... survival.

The rapper teared up on the latest episode of "Raq Rants" ... as she shared her version of the alleged attack, blow by blow. Just Brittany waited 3 months to file a police report for the incident which has Z-Ro questioning her motives. Cops arrested him after she played a 21 minute audio recording from that night.

She told us how she managed to capture so much audio, and explained why she couldn't possibly call 911 without risking her life.

Z-Ro plans on fighting the charges in court.

The Kidd Creole Rap Legend Charged with Murder

8/2/2017 6:04 PM PDT
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The Kidd Creole -- a rap pioneer from Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five -- has been arrested and charged for the stabbing death of a homeless man.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the rapper used a small knife to stab the man 2 times in the chest and once in the head Tuesday night in Midtown. The man allegedly called Kidd Creole a gay slur.

The homeless man -- identified as 55-year-old John Jolly -- died at Bellevue Hospital.

Cops say the 57-year-old rapper was taken into custody Wednesday. They used surveillance footage to identify Creole, and believe his motive was an angry reaction to the gay slur.

J. Cole Chills with San Quentin Inmates ... Stays Off Death Row

8/2/2017 4:54 PM PDT
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J. Cole's visit with San Quentin inmates included deep conversation and plenty of photo ops -- but it did NOT include a walk down the green mile ... TMZ has learned.

Photos of Cole hanging with San Quentin prisoners surfaced this week -- showing him, and his Dreamville team, sitting and talking in the yard, cell blocks and a classroom.

While San Quentin is California's only death row prison, sources close to the institution tell us Cole only took a general civilian tour. That means he only got to see Level 1 and 2 inmates. Everyone above that level, including death row, was off limits.

We're told Cole spoke openly about some of his friends who've been incarcerated, and took an interest in San Quentin's media center ... where inmates host a podcast called "Ear Hustle."

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