Michael Jace just pled not guilty to murder ... in the shooting death of his wife, April.
Jace was arrested May 19 after he called 911 to report he had shot and killed his wife in their L.A. home. Their two young sons were home at the time.
Authorities haven't discussed motive ... but, as we previously reported, the couple had been fighting over money problems.
He's currently being held on $2 million bail ... and faces 50 years to life in state prison if convicted.
Three People Busted
After Hurling Beer Bottles at Mansion
6/18/2014 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Three people were arrested Sunday outside Taylor Swift's Rhode Island palace after they allegedly threw beer bottles and screamed, "f*** you" to her security guards ... and shocker -- alcohol was involved.
Swift was not home at the time of the incident.
Two guys and a woman -- all in their 20s -- were charged with disorderly conduct after they hurled beer bottles onto Swift's property, gave guards the middle finger and then cussed them out.
We spoke with Tristan Kading -- one of the 3 people arrested. He says they harbored no ill will toward Swift. They were just drinking and it got out of hand.
Kading also tells us ... they were not flipping off anyone ... they were simply throwing up the peace sign like Taylor does in her "22" music video.
Tell that to the judge.
After Arrest in Tanning Salon Brawl
6/17/2014 12:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Situation got 2 things today ... arrested and what's gonna be a nasty black eye -- both after brawling with his brother in the tanning salon they co-own ... TMZ has learned.
Mike "Situation" Sorrentino was busted at Boca Tanning Salon in Middletown, NJ ... according to law enforcement sources.
We're told cops got a 911 call reporting a "fist fight" inside the salon ... and when officers arrived -- Sitch was arrested, and eventually booked for simple assault. He posted $500 bail ... and on the way out he explained he and his bro, Frank were scrapping over how to run the business.
We broke the story ... just last week salon employees called cops when their paychecks bounced. Sounds like that mess led to today's fight.
Situation makes it sound like he got the best of Frank in the fight ... despite his shiner, but on a related note -- check out the guns on Sitch.
He's doing a lot more G than TL lately ... or something like that.
All About Peyton Manning, Right?
6/17/2014 2:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kato Kaelin compares his experience in the O.J. Simpson case to O.J.'s weapon of choice -- a double-edged sword.
Kato was out to lunch with GF/news anchor Leyna Nguyen when our photog asked him about today's 20th anniversary of the slow-speed chase.
Kato -- who clearly heard the sounds of O.J. burying the murder glove outside his guest house -- thinks the case doesn't resonate with young people, who probably thing the Bronco chase has something to do with Peyton Manning.
Kato is unwavering ... that O.J. did the deed.
Paul Simon & Edie Brickell
Domestic Violence Charges Dropped
6/17/2014 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Simon and Edie Brickell will both walk away clean from their domestic violence incident -- the charges against each of them have been dropped ... TMZ has learned.
The court clerk in Norwalk, CT just told us that prosecutors declined to file any charges ... which means the case is over.
TMZ broke the story ... Simon and Brickell got into a heated argument at home in April that turned physical. Both were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
Shortly after the incident, Simon assured us they were still in love.
So, troubled water ... under the bridge.
Busted for DUI
6/17/2014 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shannon Leto -- brother of Oscar-winning actor Jared and drummer for 30 Seconds to Mars -- was arrested Monday night for DUI ... TMZ has learned.
Leto was popped in Hollywood around 7:00 PM after cops spotted his car stalled on Fairfax Blvd. in Hollywood. According to law enforcement sources, cops thought Leto showed signs of impairment ... and arrested him.
We're also told Leto had an outstanding traffic warrant for driving without a license.
Leto is still in custody and being held on bail -- $5,000 for the DUI ... and $2,500 for unlicensed driving.
Cleared By City Attorney
In Alleged Batting Cage Robbery
6/16/2014 2:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber will NOT be prosecuted by anyone for allegedly snatching a woman's cell phone at a batting cage in the San Fernando Valley ... because the L.A. City Attorney just rejected the case.
TMZ broke the story ... the L.A. County D.A. tossed the case last week and referred it to the City Attorney, after all 9 witnesses said the woman made up the alleged robbery. As we predicted, the City Attorney rejected the case based on "a lack of evidence."
The only open matter now is the egging case. We reported this morning the D.A. would file charges today. We know word went out inside the D.A.'s office that today was the day, but we're now told it's changed again.
D.A. To File Vandalism Charges Today
In Egging Case
6/16/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber will be charged with criminal vandalism Monday in connection with the egging case ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ.
We do not know if Bieber will be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. TMZ broke the story ... the prosecutor who investigated the case told the victim, "If this isn't a felony, nothing is." The neighbor has estimates showing $20K in damages from the egging. The case was sent to the top honchos in the D.A.'s office for a final decision.
The charge comes on the heels of the D.A.'s decision not to charge Bieber in an alleged incident last month at a batting cage ... where a woman claimed he verbally abused her and grabbed her cell phone. The D.A.'s investigation turned up no evidence to support the woman's claim. The L.A. City Attorney is reviewing the matter, but it will almost certainly go nowhere.
There's plenty of evidence Bieber did the egging. TMZ posted video shot by the victim at the time of the January attack, and although it's dark you clearly hear the Biebs. And Bieber's own surveillance video -- seized in a now-famous raid -- shows he was front and center during the egging.
Richard Dreyfuss' Wife
Arrested for DUI
And Hit & Run
6/15/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Richard Dreyfuss' wife is allegedly following in his footsteps -- and not the Oscar winning ones -- TMZ has learned she got busted for drunk driving and hit-and-run.
Law enforcement sources tell us Svetlana Dreyfuss was arrested June 2 in Encinitas, CA after allegedly smashing her car into a wood fence, severing a high pressure water line, and then driving away from the scene. San Diego Co. Sheriff deputies caught up with her 2 miles away.
Svetlana tells us she believes she passed field sobriety tests -- however we're told she was booked for DUI as well as hit-and-run after the accident ... and the case has already been sent to the D.A.'s office.
Svetlana insists she only had one glass of wine before getting behind the wheel.
Richard has been sober since 1982 and often speaks to recovery groups. He's said he made the decision to get sober after blacking out while driving and wrapping his car around a tree.
'Goodfellas' Actor Frank Sivero
Quickie Jail Sesh
For Gun Possession
6/14/2014 7:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Goodfellas" actor Frank Sivero must still have friends in high places ... because he was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Wednesday -- but served less than a week.
It's a little sketchy what happened ... Sivero told TMZ at the time of his arrest ... he was escorting a lady friend out of an apartment building and when he got to the lobby -- to his surprise -- cops were there waiting for him, found he was in possession of a gun and arrested him.
According to legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- part of the plea deal is that Sivero is not allowed to use force or violence against anyone, and the docs single out a woman. The docs don't say for sure if it's the same woman he was escorting out of the building.
Sivero -- known for playing pistol-packing mob guys in movies -- served 3 days this week before his release Friday night. He was also credited with 3 days for time served back in March. The probable reason he was released early ... jail overcrowding.
We're told Sivero cannot possess any deadly weapons for the next 36 months ... and he's required to attend AA meeting a week for 26 weeks. He also had to pay $220 in fines.
Good thing he's popular in jail.
Brittny Gastineau's Attacker
Long History of Violent Accusations
6/14/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Street artist Retna claims his fight with Brittny Gastineau was mutual ... but TMZ has learned he's had other alleged incidents of violence ... with 3 restraining orders over 2 separate attacks.
As TMZ first reported, Gastineau claims her black eye is the remaining visible sign of a viscious attack in a West Hollywood hotel room 2 weeks ago. Retna's lawyer claims Gastineau started the whole thing and Retna was defenseless -- recovering from knee surgery.
But Retna was accused of 2 other violent confrontations in the past 2 years. In late 2012, he was charged with 3 counts of battery after allegedly going ballistic on the employees at an art gallery in L.A.
According to one of the victims, Retna punched two of the employees in the head (one of them he hit so hard it broke the pencil in his ear) ... then left the store ... only to come back later and hit a third.
The case never went to trial -- but Retna was ordered to stay away from the gallery.
Then in July of 2013, Retna allegedly harassed 2 other art gallery employees ... According to the restraining order, Retna ripped and destroyed paintings with knives and beer bottles.
One of the employees claimed Retna tried to strangle him and made crazy threats, including this: "Next time I see you I'm going to take your TONGUE out of your mouth n wrap it around your nexk and staple ur ass to the backboard n charge the kids in the neighborhood 25 cents. To throw rocks at ur some n stone u to death. Booyah."
Both guys got restraining orders against the artist.
'Love & Basketball' Star
Stalker Was Sleeping In My Home!!
6/13/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Love & Basketball" star Sanaa Lathan is being stalked by a man claiming to be her husband ... who was discovered sleeping in her home ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Lathan just got a restraining order against 28-year-old Shawn Caples, who was discovered dead asleep in her laundry room last Friday by contractors.
The man -- who insisted he was Lathan's hubby -- was shooed away ... but she says he reappeared later that day. Lathan screamed at him to "get the f*** out of here" and then called the cops when he refused to leave.
In her docs, Lathan says Caples showed up at her doorstep 3 days later ... and she hid in fear.
Caples is now behind bars after being arrested for stalking. He's been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Lathan once he's released.
Attempted Robbery Investigation
D.A. Rejects Case ... No Evidence
6/12/2014 10:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber is off the hook for a felony in the alleged phone jacking at a batting cage last month ... because there is ZERO evidence he did anything wrong.
According to the Los Angeles D.A. ... LAPD investigated a San Fernando Valley woman's claim Biebs grabbed her phone out of her purse which led to a tug-of-war between the two ... but cops found nothing to support her allegations.
Cops interviewed 9 witnesses at Sherman Oaks Castle Park ... and none of them saw the singer involved in any sort of altercation.
The D.A. rejected felony prosecution -- and sent the case to the City Attorney who could still charge him with a misdemeanor... but given what cops found, it seems unlikely.
Justin's not totally out of the legal woods, however, 'cause the D.A. is still considering charging him with a felony in the neighbor egging case.
One down, one to go.