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Bryan Singer Talks Firing From 'Bohemian Rhapsody' And Fate of Kevin Spacey

12/8/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Bryan Singer was shockingly candid and patient with our photog, who asked him a wide range of questions, from sexual assault allegations, to getting fired from "Bohemian Rhapsody" to allegations involving an actor he made famous -- Kevin Spacey.

We got Singer Thursday coming out of Mel's Drive-In in WeHo and started the conversation by asking about getting 86'd from the flick about Freddie Mercury and Queen. He says at first the firing had nothing to do with the various sexual assault allegations. He says he never got a straight answer from the studio, but a few minutes later certainly suggests the firing was connected to the allegations, saying the studio wouldn't offer a public explanation because "the reason would be, in my opinion, inaccurate and embarrassing."

As for Kevin Spacey, he says actor Gabriel Byrne is just dead wrong when he says "The Usual Suspects" was shut down for a time because of Spacey's behavior. But, when our photog asked if he'd work with Spacey again, Singer said it was a "loaded question."

Finally, Singer says a lawsuit against the studio that just fired him is an option he's considering. 

Police Involved Shooting Body Cam Shows 'Execution' of Daniel Shaver ... Ex-Officer Found Not Guilty

12/7/2017 8:53 PM PST
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Police body cam footage shows the moment a Mesa, AZ police officer gunned down an unarmed man in a hotel hallway -- a shooting where the jury found the officer not guilty of 2nd degree murder.

The 2016 shooting happened in a hotel where police were responding to a report of someone pointing a gun out a window. Philip Brailsford was one of the responding officers, and in this video you see and hear the cops barking out commands to a man, Daniel Shaver, and woman the moment they walk out of their room.

While attempting to take Shaver into custody ... Brailsford fired his AR-15 five times, shooting and killing the 26-year-old. Brailsford, who is no longer on the force, was on trial for 2nd degree murder and reckless manslaughter -- until the jury returned not guilty verdicts Thursday on both counts.

Mark Geragos represented Shaver's family and described the shooting as "an execution, pure and simple. The justice system miserably failed Daniel and his family."

This footage was critical in the trial, and was released hours after the verdict. In it, you see Shaver on his knees, begging cops not to shoot him. After struggling to follow some of Brailsford's directions ... he starts crawling toward the officers as commanded. 

Brailsford testified he opened fire because it appeared Shaver was reaching for a weapon. 

And this is interesting, though not admitted in the case -- Brailsford's AR-15 rifle had the words "You're fucked" inscribed on the side of it.

The judge did not allow that to be entered as evidence, saying it was too prejudicial.

Bryan Singer Sued for Allegedly Sexually Assaulting 17-Year-Old Boy Singer Denies Allegations

12/7/2017 4:25 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

7:15 PM PT -- Singer's lawyer, Andrew Brettler, had some additional comments for TMZ ... "Bryan categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end ... When Sanchez-Guzman filed for bankruptcy only a few years ago, he failed to disclose this alleged claim when he was supposed to identify all of his assets, but conveniently, now that the bankruptcy court discharged all of his debts, he is able to recall the alleged events."

Brettler adds, "The attorney behind this lawsuit is the same lawyer who represented Michael Egan, the convicted felon who sued Bryan Singer in 2014. In the end, Egan was forced to dismiss that case once the facts came out and his story completely fell apart."

Famed director Bryan Singer is being sued for allegedly forcing a 17-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him and then raping him, but Singer categorically denies the allegations.

According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Singer was on a yacht in the Seattle area back in 2003 ... a yacht owned by wealthy tech investor, Lester Waters. The suit claims it was a party populated by young gay males, including the plaintiff, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman.

The suit claims Singer offered to take Guzman, who was 17 at the time, on a tour of the yacht. When they got to one of the rooms, the suit alleges Singer thrust his body on Guzman, forced him to the floor, shoved Guzman's face against his crotch and demanded he perform oral sex.

The suit claims Singer pulled out his penis, smacked Guzman in the face with it and forced it into his mouth. Guzman claims he pleaded with Singer to stop, but he kept going ... causing him to choke.

The suit goes on to allege Singer then forcibly performed oral sex on Guzman. Guzman says he again pleaded with Singer to stop, to no avail. He says Singer then forcibly anally penetrated him, all while ignoring Guzman's pleas.

The suit, filed by attorney Jeff Herman, claims Singer later approached Guzman, said he was a powerful Hollywood producer and he could help Guzman get into acting as long as he kept silent. Guzman says Singer warned him no one would believe him, and Singer could hire people to ruin his reputation.

Guzman says he suffered emotional distress, mental anguish, and physical and mental pain.

A rep for Singer tells TMZ, "The lawsuit was filed by the same lawyer who represented Michael Egan. Those claims were dismissed by Egan himself, and he later went to Federal prison for lying in a fraud case." The rep also says Herman was sued by other defendants related to the Egan case for malicious prosecution and he settled and acknowledged Egan's claims were provably false

TIME P.O.Y. Honoree Adama Iwu Thanked Ashley Judd Face-to-Face ... She Inspired Me!!!

12/6/2017 3:56 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Adama Iwu -- one of "The Silence Breakers" for TIME's Person of the Year issue -- made the most of the honor during the cover photo shoot and a pretty cool meeting with Ashley Judd.

Adama, an activist who exposes sexual harassment, tells us she didn't think it was a sure thing she and the others speaking out sexual misconduct would land the cover. She says TIME swore them all to secrecy anyway.

She knew the odds of the cover were increasing when she was invited to a photo shoot -- and had a perfectly timed face-to-face with Judd. As Adama put it, Ashley is part of the reason she decided to speak out.

No such moment with Taylor Swift though -- Iwu says she posed separately from the group.  

R. Kelly Burglars Empty ATL Homes ... Cops ID a Suspect

12/6/2017 1:36 PM PST
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Good news for R. Kelly -- cops have ID'd the suspect who allegedly burglarized 2 of the singer's Atlanta homes. 

Cops say Kelly's cribs were cleaned out Thanksgiving weekend in back-to-back burglaries, while he was touring in NOLA. Nearly everything was taken ... including furniture, electronics and other property. 

Law enforcement sources tell us detectives happened to catch 3 men leaving one of the houses in a van, and brought them in for questioning. They told cops they'd been hired by one of Kelly's associates, Alfonso Walker, to sell everything because Kelly was moving his entire operation to Chicago. 

However, Kelly's team told cops Walker was just a part-time employee. Sources tell us cops got a search warrant for Walker's home, and found some of Kelly's property there. We're told he gave cops 3 different stories about how Kelly's gear ended up in his house.

We're told Walker was supposed to turn himself in Tuesday, but no-showed. Police have issued a warrant for his arrest.

Abby Wambach: 'Idiots' Stole My Car ... Wrote Hate Speech

12/6/2017 1:04 PM PST
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Soccer legend Abby Wambach says she's the victim of a hate crime -- claiming some "idiots" stole her car for a joy ride ... and then returned it with hate speech scribbled all over the inside. 

"They stole valuables including a purse and wallet (gift to my wife)," the former Team USA star said in a post on Instagram ... "and wrote hate speech in Sharpie all over the inside of our car."

Wambach says the incident occurred Wednesday morning (between the hours of 1:34 AM and 4:30 AM)  at the Florida home where she lives with her wife, Glennon Doyle.

"They were Caucasian (3 of them). One had a hoodie with cargo shorts. The driver had an Ohio State hat on (O on front of hat) of red or black hat. Same guy had grey top, Nike shorts and Nike shoes. Also, they left finger prints on the car door when they left it back with us."

Wambach says surveillance cameras captured the license plate of a car they believe belongs to the scumbags.

"This neighborhood has each other’s backs. Neighbors camera got you, you idiots!! If you turn yourself in now, and return the stolen property, and pay for the car damages we won’t press charges. If you don’t, you are going to go to jail. You have 24 hours. If you have any info get in touch. Thanks everyone."

TMZ Sports spoke with local law enforcement and we're told they are "aware and investigating."

Harvey Weinstein & TWC Accused of Conspiracy To Cover Up Sexual Misconduct

12/6/2017 8:37 AM PST
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3:27 PM PT -- Dolan's rep Leslie Sloane tells TMZ ... We can state that Mr Dolan is confident that he acted appropriately in all matters relating to his time on the Weinstein board.

The Weinstein Company's Board of Directors, lawyers and consultants all conspired to shame and blackball Harvey Weinstein's accusers ... according to a blockbuster lawsuit filed by 6 women.

The plaintiffs came into contact with Weinstein in situations that now sound familiar -- discussing scripts or movie roles during hotel room meetings where Weinstein sometimes wore only underwear. They claim he either assaulted, imprisoned or propositioned them for sex.

According to the suit, Weinstein enlisted teams of private investigators, and even a National Enquirer exec to dig up dirt on his accusers, including Rose McGowan. They claim his intent was to use the info to discredit accusers.

In the docs, the plaintiffs also point the finger at members of TWC's Board of Directors, including Knicks owner James L. Dolan -- saying they all knew about Weinstein's pattern of predatory sexual misconduct, and took steps to conceal it.

They're filing the class action suit for federal racketeering, assault, battery and infliction of emotional distress -- and they want damages for pain and suffering.

TIME Person of the Year The Silence Breakers In Sexual Harassment Scandal

12/6/2017 6:07 AM PST

TIME didn't pick a person of the year this time around ... they picked people who opened the floodgates in America's sexual harassment awakening.

TIME chose "The Silence Breakers," including Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift -- who sued a DJ and won earlier this year -- and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler. Also pictured on the cover ... activist Adama Iwu and strawberry picker Isabel Pascual.

TIME writes, "Movie stars are supposedly nothing like you and me. They're svelte, glamorous, self-possessed. They wear dresses we can't afford and live in houses we can only dream of. Yet it turns out that -- in the most painful and personal ways -- movie stars are more like you and me than we ever knew."

Also mentioned ... Terry Crews, Rose McGowan, Alyssa Milano, Selma Blair, Senator Sara Gelser, and Megyn Kelly.

Shia LaBeouf Calls Out 'HWNDU' Flag Suspects Triggers Full-Blown Probe

12/6/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Shia LaBeouf took matters into his own hands by naming 2 people who he says stole his "He Will Not Divide Us" flag ... which, in turn, got cops off their asses.

Shia posted a statement Monday in which he ID'd Joseph and Maigann Hutchins as the folks who allegedly jacked his 'HWNDU' flag and replaced it with a Trump t-shirt and hat.

He calls the duo "neo-Nazis," and lays out alleged details about their lives. Shia also calls out cops in Tennessee for not bringing 'em in. Welp, looks like his bitchin' paid off.

Law enforcement sources in Greene County -- where the crime occurred -- tell TMZ a police report was filed in March, but the Sheriff's office just assigned a detective to the case.

We're told the detective has already met with the D.A., and that the Hutchinses are in fact suspects in the probe. Cops are looking to talk to them soon. We've reached out to both Joseph and Maigann for comment ... so far, no word back.

Ask and you shall receive ... huh, Shia?

'Swamp People' Star Chase Landry No-Shows for Trial Arrest Warrant Issued

12/5/2017 6:20 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

One of the stars on History Channel's "Swamp People" is a wanted man after missing day 1 of his criminal trial ... TMZ has learned.

Chase Landry was supposed to be in a Louisiana court Monday for the start of his trial for opening fire on a boat on the bayou -- but he never showed, and the judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

We broke the story ... Chase was arrested last year after he shot at the boat while gator hunting. He insists he thought it was gonna crash into him, and that's why he fired. Chase's attorney was in court, and we've reached out to him to see if he knows why his client no-showed.

Our guess? He's out hunting something.

Donald Trump 'Apprentice' Accuser Back in Court We're Not Letting the Prez Off the Hook

12/5/2017 3:37 PM PST

The former 'Apprentice' contestant who accused Donald Trump of sexual assault in 2007 is back in court ... showing her defamation suit against the Prez is not going away.

Summer Zervos attended a hearing Tuesday at the Manhattan State Supreme Court ... flanked by her lawyer, Gloria Allred. Trump's lawyers argued for the case to be dismissed, while Zervos' team worked on where and how to get the Prez on the stand.

As we reported ... Zervos sued Trump back in January, claiming he defamed her when he publicly called her a liar and referred to her allegation as "totally made up nonsense."

Summer appeared on season 5 of "The Apprentice," and alleges Trump assaulted her during a meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel about working for him. She claims he open-mouth kissed her, grabbed her breasts and asked her to lay in bed to watch TV.

Zervos and Allred were surrounded by reporters outside the courthouse as they left.

Trey Songz Sued He Put the Smack Down on Me In Strip Club VIP, No Less!!!

12/5/2017 3:29 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Trey Songz treated fans like trash, and gave one of them the opposite of a VIP experience -- an alleged smack in the face ... according to a new lawsuit.

A Philadelphia woman says she bought tickets to meet Trey in the VIP at a strip club called the Vanity Grand Cabaret -- but claims the singer was hostile and disrespectful toward patrons all night. In docs, obtained by TMZ, she says afterward, she tried to snap a pic of Trey in the parking lot -- but he attacked her, smacking her phone out of her hand and into her face ... breaking her glasses.

The woman's suing the singer and the venue, claiming it knew Songz had a tendency "toward violence and negative interaction with the public."

As we reported ... Trey pleaded guilty to 2 misdemeanors related to an onstage freak-out last year. That was months before the alleged Philly incident.

The woman's suing for up to $50,000. We reached out to Songz, but no word back yet.

Ex-USC Linebacker Osa Masina Sentenced to Jail ... For Sexual Battery

12/5/2017 2:31 PM PST
Breaking News

Ex-USC football player Osa Masina was sentenced to 3 years behind bars on Tuesday after pleading guilty to 3 counts of misdemeanor sexual battery ... but will only be locked up for 1 year. 

Masina learned his fate at a Salt Lake City courthouse Tuesday afternoon ... after the 19-year-old victim re-told her testimony ... saying she was anally raped by Masina after falling asleep at a party back in 2016.

She also said Masina engaged in oral sex with her while she was asleep.

The ex-USC linebacker was initially charged with rape and two counts of forcible sodomy -- both 1st degree felonies ... but accepted a plea deal on lesser charges in October.

Once Masina gets out, he will spend the next 2 years on probation.

Masina reportedly apologized to the victim and her family, took full responsibility for his actions, and was immediately taken into custody.

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