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Rick Ross

Arrested for Pistol-Whipping, Kidnapping

6/24/2015 5:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0610-rick-ross-tmz-01Rapper Rick Ross is behind bars once again after being arrested for the second time this month ... and the situation seems way worse than a simple pot bust.  

The U.S. Marshals Service tells TMZ ... Ross was arrested Wednesday morning in Fayette County, Georgia and charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery. 

The incident in question happened about two weeks ago, according to the Marshals, and it involved a confrontation between Ross and a man doing work at one of his homes (which was previously owned by Evander Holyfield). 

Law enforcement sources tell us the assault charge is for a pistol-whipping, and the kidnapping charge is because the man was allegedly not allowed to leave the house. 

Ross was picked up at his main residence, along with his bodyguard, and arrested without incident. 

We're told the Marshals were contacted a couple of days ago by the Fayette County Sheriff's Department to assist in the arrest. The Marshals typically assist in high profile and dangerous warrants.  

Since Ross travels a lot, the Marshals gathered information about his movements over the course of the past couple of days and decided Wednesday morning at his home was the safest time for the bust.

Two weeks ago, Ross was busted for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, also in Fayette County. 

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UCLA Coaches

We Don't Want Diddy Prosecuted

6/24/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0623_pdiddy_ucla_TMZ-2The football coaching staff at UCLA has huddled and decided the best thing for everyone is for cops to drop the case against Diddy

Sources directly connected with the team tell TMZ, the coaches are regretful the situation escalated to an arrest. They think Diddy is a jerk who they'd like to make persona non grata, but they don't want to make this a courtroom spectacle, largely because it would be bad for the team.   

Sources with direct knowledge of the confrontation between Diddy and Sal Alosi tell us, after the incident the coaches all decided to just let it go. They believe an intern called UCLA police and when the cops arrived, they asked to see the video and that was enough to hook Diddy up.

We're told head coach Jim Mora does not want a criminal prosecution. The interns who were present and allegedly threatened could press the case, but if Mora is against it they would probably follow suit.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the case will go to the L.A. County D.A. for felony review next week. The D.A. could prosecute even without victims ... there is a video, but that's problematic.

Diddy claims he picked up the kettlebell in self-defense after Alosi and 4 others made an aggressive move. 

'Anakin Skywalker'

Dash Cam of High Speed Chase ...

Kicking Up Clouds of Dust!!

6/23/2015 7:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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We just got the first video of Jake Lloyd's high speed chase and it's INSANE!

As we've reported ... cops say Lloyd hit 117 mph in his Nissan as he swerved in and out of traffic -- and this dash cam video shows him going off the highway, passing people on the shoulder, and kicking up huge clouds of dust in the median.

How he didn't crash into an innocent driver ... is amazing. 

The dash cam was mounted in the patrol car of a Colleton County Sheriff's patrol car, and you can see at least 3 other units trying to catch up with Lloyd -- who played young Anakin Skywalker in the 'Star Wars' prequels. 

The chase finally ended when Lloyd abruptly turned right ... going off the road and slamming into a tree.

He was arrested and charged with reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest, and driving without a license. He remains in custody. 

Diddy

Told UCLA Coach ...

'I'm Gonna F**k You Up'

6/23/2015 7:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0623-diddy-tmz-01Diddy's alleged terrorist threat involved a bomb ... an f-bomb ... with sources telling TMZ Sports the rap mogul threatened to "f**k up" the UCLA strength coach during their office fight.  

Law enforcement sources tell us ... after Diddy swung a kettlebell at strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi, he allegedly screamed out that he was "going to f**k him up." 

Prosecutors believe the comments amounted to a "terrorist threat" -- so that's why he was hit with the charge in addition to 3 counts of assault with a deadly weapon.  

As far as the case goes, one insider tells us important UCLA officials met this morning and we're told "charges will most likely be dropped but [Diddy] won't be allowed on the field anymore."

update_graphic_red_bar8:15 AM PT -- More info on what led up to the confrontation ... sources tell us the drama began earlier in the day on Monday when Sal booted Justin from a conditioning session for "lack of effort." 

When Diddy -- who was a once-a-week regular at UCLA practices -- heard about the situation, he was PISSED and stormed down to Alosi's office with Justin. 

When they arrived, Alosi was on the phone and told Diddy and Justin to hold on -- which only made them more upset. Alosi told Justin he would speak with him ... but instructed him to get his father OUT of the office.  

This only pissed Diddy off even more, according to BruinReportOnline.

Alosi reportedly had his hands up in a non-threatening way ... but Diddy "walked into Alosi's hand" ... and then warned Alosi not to put his hands on him.  

That's when Diddy exploded and attacked Alosi -- interns rushed in to break it up. Diddy was pulled out of the office and into the connecting gym, where he picked up the kettlebell and swung. 

Alosi reportedly suffered cuts on his face and a torn shirt. 

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Diddy

Felony Terrorist Threats

... In UCLA Fight Case

6/23/2015 5:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Things just went from bad to worse for Diddy ... like "terrorist" worse ... 'cause the rap mogul is now being accused of making TERRORIST THREATS during the fight at UCLA. 

We broke the story ... Diddy was arrested Monday after allegedly attacking UCLA football strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi at the university athletic complex. 

Diddy was initially held on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon because witnesses say he swung a kettlebell at Alosi -- but later that night, officials tacked on more charges:  

-- 3 counts of assault w/ deadly weapon
-- 1 count of making terrorist threats
-- 1 count of battery

It appears Diddy was allegedly screaming threats at Alosi -- and 5 or 6 people rushed in to break up the fight. 

Diddy was eventually released on bail after posting $50k bond -- but this case is far from over.   

Paris Hilton's Brother

Arrested After Breaking Into

Ex-GF's House

6/22/2015 6:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0622-conrad-hilton-hunter-salomon-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01Paris Hilton's brother Conrad Hilton has been arrested for breaking into the home of his ex-girlfriend ... and there's a connection to Paris' sex tape.

Conrad had been dating Hunter Salomon, the daughter of Rick Salomon ... Paris' sex partner in the epic "1 Night in Paris." Hunter claims after they broke up, Conrad became obsessive and scary, showing up at her house at all hours and even threatening to kill himself.

Hunter got a restraining order but on Monday we're told Conrad broke into her family home in the Hollywood Hills. An army of cops, along with helicopters, swarmed the house and arrested him.

Conrad is currently in custody.

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Diddy

Arrested after FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

With UCLA Football Coach

6/22/2015 2:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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10:02 PM PT -- Diddy was released after posting $50,000 bail. According to the university, Diddy was charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery.

6:50 PM PT -- Diddy was cuffed in the back of a campus patrol car as officers transferred him to L.A. County jail.

4:35 PM PT -- Sources connected with Diddy tells us the rap mogul is adamant he acted in SELF DEFENSE and was not the aggressor. 

Our Diddy sources tell us ... Diddy insists the drama began during a workout session yesterday because strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi was "riding Justin badly" and told him not to come back until the end of the summer. 

Diddy went to the campus today to speak with Alosi -- believing he has an "issue" with Justin -- but things didn't go well when he arrived to campus.

Our Diddy sources say the coach would not see him and staff told him to leave ... but Diddy went to Alosi's office instead where Alosi told him to get out and threatened to call security if he didn't leave.

We're told Diddy said, "Fine, I'll call police" ... and Alosi snapped -- going after Diddy with his hands. 

We're told Diddy insists he grabbed a kettlebell and held it up in a defensive position ... but did not attack with an intent to injure the coach. 

4:15 PM PT -- Our UCLA sources tell us Diddy confronted Strength and Conditioning Coach Sal Alosi while Alosi was on the phone. We're told Diddy was told to "hang on" but he wasn't having it and picked up a kettlebell and swung it, narrowly missing Alosi. One source said if Diddy had connected, it could have killed Alosi.

0622-kettle-bells-sub-GETTY-02We're also told the entire altercation is on video.

And get this ... we're told Diddy is referred to by the UCLA staff as a "helicopter dad" for hovering over practices.

By the way ... Alosi is infamous in his own right. He was a NY Jets coach who was suspended by the NFL in 2010 after tripping a Miami Dolphins player who was covering a punt. 

4:00 PM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Diddy allegedly attacked the coach with a kettlebell weight. He was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon ... a felony.

Head Coach Jim Mora called this an "unfortunate incident for all parties involved" -- and said they would let the legal process run its course.update_grey_gray_barP. Diddy has been arrested for allegedly getting into a fight with a football coach at UCLA ... where his son is on the team, TMZ Sports has learned.

We're told Campus Police took the music mogul into custody early Monday afternoon. Diddy's son, Justin Combs, is a defensive back on the team. We're told the fight went down at the UCLA athletic facility.

One source says a strength and conditioning coach was screaming at Justin on the field during a strength and conditioning session. We're told the coach "was riding Justin, screaming intensely at him." Diddy watched the whole thing from the sideline.

At some point later, we're told Diddy confronted the coach in his office and grabbed him. Diddy was arrested for assault. 

A source connected with Diddy tells TMZ Diddy himself initially wanted to call police, but the phone was taken out of his hands.   

Diddy is still in custody at campus jail.  

0622-sub-justin-combs-leaving-ucla-tmz-01It's not uncommon for Diddy, who lives mostly in L.A. now, to be on campus for UCLA football practices. We got video of him roaming the sidelines back in April.

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'Star Wars' Anakin Skywalker

Car Chase Hit 117 MPH ...

Before Crash

6/22/2015 8:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0622-jake-lloyd-facebook-01Jake Lloyd, the actor who played the young Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" -- hit speeds of 117 MPH as he swerved in and out of traffic before hitting a bunch of trees.

TMZ broke the story ... Lloyd is in custody after the wild chase last week. It started in Charleston, S.C. when cops noticed Lloyd driving a Nissan at around 80 MPH. They began to chase him, and Lloyd's reaction was to speed up, weaving and narrowly missing cars and trucks. He even used the median to pass vehicles.

Lloyd hit several trees and was taken into custody and charged with reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest and driving without a license. 

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Caitlyn Jenner

Cops Surprised

D.A. Gives Car Crash Special Attention

6/22/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Caitlyn Jenner is under criminal investigation for her fatal car crash in February, and we've learned prosecutors are putting Jenner under a special microscope ... a microscope normally reserved for murderers, kidnappers and extortionists.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. is a couple of weeks away from completing its investigation. The Sheriff would then normally send the case to the D.A.'s closest satellite, which in this case is Van Nuys.

But law enforcement tells us the D.A. has quietly told the Sheriff that the case will be sent to the big guns at the main office in Downtown L.A. ... in the Major Crimes Unit.  

The Major Crimes Unit deals almost exclusively with extremely serious felonies. Think of the way the Navy SEALs are to the Navy. But Major Crimes will be reviewing Jenner's case, and one law enforcement source connected with the case calls it "surprising."

Law enforcement sources familiar with the case feel Jenner should not be charged with a crime at all ... Jenner wasn't texting or on the phone ... it was momentary inattentiveness that ended badly. But the sources say even if Jenner gets charged, it would certainly be a misdemeanor, not a felony.

Although the D.A. wants Major Crimes to make the final decision, it will never be filed as a felony. In the greater scheme, it's a petty case.  

Fact is ... a lot of cases involving celebs end up in major crimes because they're high profile.  

Sometimes it helps to be a celeb ... sometimes not. 

'Star Wars' Anakin Skywalker

Arrested After Crazy Car Chase

6/21/2015 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jake Lloyd, the actor who played the young Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace," was arrested, TMZ has learned, after an insane car chase that ended when Jake plowed into some trees.

Cops say Lloyd was driving in Charleston, South Carolina, when Sheriff's deputies began pursuing him.  The chase was underway and it went on for miles, into another county.  

Deputies say Jake began passing cars on the double yellow line and began driving recklessly, at high speeds.

Cops say eventually Jake lost control of his car, which ran off the road, through a fence and into a wooded area where it struck several trees.

The 26-year-old who also starred in "Jingle All the Way" was arrested for reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest and driving without a license.

He's currently in custody.

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Warren Sapp

Suspect In Domestic Violence Investigation

6/20/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0619-warren-sapp-tmz-01More trouble for Warren Sapp ... the NFL Hall of Famer has been named a suspect in a domestic violence investigation in Las Vegas ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Law enforcement sources tell us ... a report has been filed against Sapp in which the 42-year-old is accused of getting into a physical altercation with a woman in a casino on April 28th. 

We're told cops met with the alleged victim at a different location after the incident and took a report ... though Sapp was not present at that time. Law enforcement sources tell us the woman appeared to have suffered minor injuries. 

Our sources tell us Sapp has NOT been arrested or charged with a crime at this point ... though cops are still investigating. 

It's just the latest legal problem for Sapp ... who was arrested for soliciting and assaulting two prostitutes in Arizona back in February. 

We reached out to Sapp for comment ... so far, no word back. 

Escaped New York Murderers

Headed to Hollywood

6/19/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0618-escaped-convicts-movie-poster-FUN-ART-03Richard Matt and David Sweat, the two killers who escaped from a New York prison, are about to get the chance of a Lifetime ... on TV.

Johnson Production Group -- an entertainment company deep into the world of 'Ripped from the Headlines' TV -- is going to film a show chronicling the escape, the manhunt and hopefully the capture from the vantage point of Joyce Mitchell, the woman who allegedly helped them bust out.

JPG honchos tell us, there’s a market for female crime thrillers and they reckon viewers are probably even more fascinated by Joyce than the killers themselves.

The production company is confident the show can make air within 5 months, and they can easily pivot as events warrant.

As for where it lands, JPG says they have a good relationship with Lifetime as well as online streaming networks like Hulu.

JPG has produced a slew of TV movies, including "Double Daddy" and "Teenage Bank Heist."

Journey

Drummer Booted Off Tour

Following Arrest

6/18/2015 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Journey's got a new beat for the rest of its tour -- the band kicked drummer Dean Castronovo to the curb after his arrest over the weekend ... but the guy filling in has a serious resume.

TMZ broke the story ... Castronovo was busted last weekend for an alleged domestic violence incident at his home in Oregon. It was his 2nd such arrest, and Journey -- currently in the middle of a tour -- decided to pull the rip chord.

The band announced veteran skins man Omar Hakim would take Castronovo's place immediately, starting with their Hollywood Bowl show on Saturday. It's unclear if Castronovo is out of the band permanently. 

0618_neal-schon_NEW-DRUMMER_facebook_3Hakim's drummed with Michael Jackson, Anita Baker, Dire Straits and Sting -- but he better start practicing ... "Don't Stop Believing."

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