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Ex-NFL Star Will Allen

Alleged Ponzi Schemer

Blew Fortune In Casino, Nightclubs

4/7/2015 8:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Former Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen is a mini-Bernie Madoff ... so says the SEC which claims the ex-NFL player ran a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme and blew some of the cash in clubs and casinos. 

According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Allen -- who signed a $12 million contract with the Dolphins in 2006 -- was a co-owner of Capital Financial Partners, which made loans to pro athletes. 

The SEC says 36-year-old Allen and his partner raised $31 million from investors but only loaned out $18 mil ... and used some of the remaining money to PARTY THEIR ASSES OFF! 

Now, the government agency is going after Allen and his partner for all of the money they allegedly stole -- plus interest and penalties. 

FYI -- Allen was a 1st round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft ... and played in the league until 2012. 

Story developing ... 

Aaron Hernandez

I Witnessed the Murder

... But I Didn't Do It

4/7/2015 7:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Shocking moment in the Aaron Hernandez case -- the ex-NFL star's lawyer just suggested that Aaron was a WITNESS in the Odin Lloyd murder ... and the killer was someone he knew. 

Hernandez's attorney just wrapped up his closing statements -- and while once again denying Aaron pulled the trigger ... told the court that Hernandez was merely a witness. 

"He was a 23-year-old kid who witnessed something, a shocking killing, committed by someone he knew," Aaron's lawyer said. 

Hernandez has been moved to a holding area -- and on his way, he mouthed "I love you" to his fiancee. 

Keyshia Cole

I'm Not Going to Jail

Warrant Was a Bum Rap!!!

4/6/2015 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Keyshia Cole just got off scott free in her criminal case where she could have ended up in jail for 30 days.

Kesyhia's lawyer, Shawn Holley, was in Santa Clarita court Monday morning, arguing that a 10-year-old bench warrant should not be enforced. 

It's a bizarre story ... back in 2002 Keyshia got a DUI. She was placed on probation and was required to attend an alcohol ed course. The court records do not show proof of completion so the judge issued a bench warrant.

But Holley told the judge Keyshia completed the program and her former lawyer just screwed up by failing to inform the court. Holley explained the alcohol ed program -- which no longer has the old records -- must have notified the DMV, because Keyshia has gotten 2 drivers licenses since then. 

Holley persuaded the judge so the warrant was recalled and probation was terminated -- yes, Keyshia was unwittingly on probation for the DUI for more than a dozen years.

As for how this all came up ... TMZ broke the story Keyshia was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman in Birdman's West L.A. condo last September. The arrest turned up the warrant. The assault matter was dropped, so Keyshia's a free bird.

Jennifer Lopez

Drunk Driver Wrist Slapped

For Trashing Her Rolls

4/4/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jennifer Lopez Drunk Driver The hammered guy who nailed Jennifer Lopez's brand spanking new Rolls-Royce is getting off easy -- despite a BAC nearly twice the legal limit -- he won't do jail time. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Robert John Reitz plead no contest to one count of DUI, and an L.A County judge sentenced him to 3 years probation and ordered him to complete a 3 month alcohol program. That's it.

Reitz plowed into JLo and Leah Remini last September on PCH ... then fled the scene. He later blew a .15.

JLo did get $25k in restitution ... which probably covers a cracked taillight on a Rolls. 

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Darren Sharper

Locked Up In New Orleans

Preps for Guilty Plea

4/2/2015 8:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Darren Sharper has touched down in New Orleans ... where prosecutors say he's expected to plead guilty to multiple counts of rape next week. 

Sharper had been locked up in L.A. for more than a year -- but officials allowed him to travel to N.O. so he could appear in court for drug charges on Monday and rape charges on Tuesday. 

First, the rape case ... as we previously reported, the former NFL star cut a deal with prosecutors where he'll be sentenced to 20 years in Louisiana for raping 3 women, but will only serve 9 of those years behind bars. 

Sharper will get credit for the remaining 11 years while free on parole and probation.

As for the drugs ... Sharper is scheduled to appear in federal court on Monday to face charges that he illegally distributed drugs with "the intent to commit a crime of violence, that is rape."

Officials tell TMZ Sports ... Sharper is currently in a jail facility in New Orleans and is "receiving no special provisions or treatment compared to any other inmate in the facility."

Jose Canseco

18-Year-Old Daughter

Busted for DUI

3/31/2015 12:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0331-josie-canseco-instagramJose Canseco's model daughter isn't a model citizen ... she just got busted for DUI.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Josie Canseco was pulled over around 1 AM on the corner of La Cienega and Melrose (right in the heart of Hollywood) after cops observed her hitting a curb. 

We're told the 18-year-old -- who's appeared on mom, Jessica's reality show -- was given field sobriety tests, which she didn't pass, and was subsequently arrested. But our sources say cops didn't think Canseco was under the influence of alcohol ... they believe it was drugs. 

Canseco was booked around 6:15 AM and, as of this posting, is still locked up on $15,000 bail.

We've reached out to Josie's rep, and also Jose ... no word back yet.


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Dave Chappelle

Drunken Idiot Arrested

After Throwing Banana Peel

3/31/2015 8:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Dave Chappelle was the victim of a drunken racist attack during a New Mexico show -- a guy in the crowd threw a banana peel at him ... then got thrown in jail for it.

Santa Fe cops busted Christian Englander after he hit Chappelle in the leg with the banana Monday night. Not shockingly ... police say he appeared to be wasted, and confessed to doing it.

Englander told cops he was angry because Chappelle had singled out his friend who was drawing in a book. He says the friend identified himself as "Johnny Appleseed" ... and then Dave started cracking on him. Ironically, Englander says he thought Dave was making racist jokes at his friend's expense ... and that's why he whipped the banana peel. 

He was booked for battery and disorderly conduct.

During the show, Chappelle got pretty angry and started threatening -- jokingly he said -- to retaliate if he found out who threw the peel.

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'Gypsy Sisters' Star

Stepson Stabbed to Death

3/31/2015 8:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0331-rocky-stanley-facebookRocky Stanley -- the stepson of "Gypsy Sisters" star Nettie Stanley -- was stabbed to death Monday night after an altercation in the parking lot of a YMCA. 

According to Kingsport PD in Tennessee, 22-year-old Rocky (whose real name is Huey) was involved in a fight over a basketball game. He was rushed to the hospital with multiple stab wounds and died a short time later.

Police recovered the murder weapon and were able to ID a suspect, Zachary Morris Gardner ... who turned himself in to police Tuesday morning. He was arrested for first degree murder.  

Rocky never appeared on "Gypsy Sisters" -- but Nettie and his father star on the TLC reality show.

TLC tells us, "Our thoughts are with the Stanley family after this unthinkable tragedy," adding that they will work with the family and production company for support during this difficult time.

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Pats Owner Robert Kraft

Aaron Hernandez Told Me He's Innocent

3/31/2015 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft just took the stand in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial -- and told the court his former tight end was adamant he did NOT kill Odin Lloyd. 

Kraft says he spoke with Hernandez at the Patriots facility two days after Lloyd was killed -- and asked Aaron if he had anything to do with the killing. 

"He said he was innocent," Kraft told the court. 

At the end of the conversation, Kraft says Aaron hugged and kissed him. 

Kraft says Hernandez denied having any involvement -- and said he was at a nightclub at the time Lloyd was murdered. 

Kraft says he had never had any problems with Hernandez in the past. 

'Jerry Springer' Producer

Cops Believe Sister's Death Wasn't Suicide

It Was Murder

3/31/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Jerry Springer" producer Jill Blackstone did not carry out her sister's wish to end her life -- she murdered her ... at least that's what law enforcement now believes.

Our law enforcement sources say Wendy Blackstone -- who was deaf and partially blind -- did not want to end her life. During the initial stage of the investigation we're told cops thought this might have been a double suicide plan where Jill backed out at the last minute, but now they believe it's simple murder.

TMZ broke the story ... Wendy was found dead in their garage and Jill had severe carbon monoxide poisoning from a lit barbecue in their closed garage. We're now told in addition to the coals under the grill, there was a metal trash can filled with charcoal which had also burned.

Cops determined early on ... the suicide note found in Wendy's hand was not written by her ... they believe Jill wrote it.

Blackstone was arrested for murder earlier this month but the D.A. felt there wasn't enough evidence to make a case, so prosecutors sent it back to the LAPD for further investigation. In the meantime, Jill remains free.

But now we're told ... after more probing, the cops firmly believe it was murder.

Vanilla Ice

He Can Now Buy the House

He Allegedly Looted ... Legally

3/30/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0327_vanilla_ice_home_launchVanilla Ice can try to unscramble the proverbial egg by buying the house he allegedly burglarized, because it's on the market.

You'll recall ... Ice was arrested for felony grand theft after allegedly looting the joint and taking furniture, a pool heater, bicycles and other stuff. Ice told cops he thought the stuff was fair game because it was on the curb.  

The stuff was returned, and now the owner has put the Lantana, FL house on the market for $1.6 mil. 

Here's the rub. You can't rob a bank, return the money and just call it a day. Ice is expected to be formally charged with the crimes next month.

OT Genasis

I'm NOT in Love with the Popo

3/28/2015 7:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0328-ot-genasis-tmz-02OT Genasis got busted in L.A., but not for what you think.

The dude who has drug abusers and clean folk alike singing "I'm in Love with the Coco" was pulled over Wednesday night for blowing a red. Cops ran his license and, voila ... 2 arrest warrants.

We're told the warrants were for traffic violations, so he was taken to the station and booked.

The good news ... OT seems to be making bank off his song.  He has Tahoe money, and a new one at that.

MMA Hero Phoenix Jones

I Chased Down Stabbing Suspect

Disarmed Alleged Bad Guy

3/27/2015 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0327-phoenix-jones-new-haven-police-TMZSPORTS_01Real-life superhero Phoenix Jones claims he's saved the day again ... this time, the MMA fighter says he chased down a stabbing suspect in Connecticut and DISARMED the perp. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... Jones -- a World Series of Fighting mixed martial artist -- real name Ben Fodor -- filled out a statement with the New Haven PD saying he was walking down the street Friday when, "I saw a man being chased who was bleeding from his face."

Fodor -- who made headlines as a real-life crime-fighter in Seattle -- says he put on his bulletproof vest and confronted a man he believed to be the "stabbing suspect."

Jones says the man then displayed a hunting knife ... so he proceeded to disarm the alleged bad guy. Once he believed the threat was neutralized, Jones says he went back and waited with the victim until medics arrived. 

The 26-year-old undefeated MMA fighter says he captured the entire incident on his go-pro camera ... and handed the footage over to police. 

Cops confirm a report was made -- but say they are still investigating the matter ... including Phoenix's role in the incident.  

Stay tuned ... 

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