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Desiigner Race Not An Issue In Arrest ... Says NYPD

9/12/2016 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0912-desiigner-nypd-tmz-02The NYPD is calling B.S. on Desiigner's legal team claiming he was targeted for being black ... saying they arrested him because he committed a crime.

An NYPD official suggests to TMZ ... it's wrong to play the race card in a case like this because the man in the road rage incident who called 911 -- claiming Desiigner pointed a gun at him -- is Hispanic.

The official says, "There was a male Hispanic complainant who said he was menaced with a black firearm from individuals in the car. There was no targeting of him because he was black, NYPD arrested him because he committed a crime."

The intimation is clear  ... this is not cops favoring white over black ... both parties in the alleged road rage incident were minorities, so the arrest was not racial.

Desiigner's rep claims it's a case of trying to keep a successful young black man down.

Lil Wayne I'm Out of This Mother****** Whether It Sells Or Not!

9/12/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0908_lil_wayne_and_house_tmz_wforLil Wayne's latest home 911 swatting incident was the last straw -- he's packing his bags and going inland. 

Sources close to Weezy tell TMZ the rapper is beside himself over last week's police invasion into his home ... resulting in the rapper getting hooked up by cops. 

Wayne's been trying to sell the mansion on a fancy schmancy, super exclusive island, but he hasn't gotten any serious bites for a year. Wanye was willing to stay while he tried selling the joint, but now he just wants out and will let it sit until a buyer comes along with the appropriate amount of cash.

He's had nothing but problems since moving in. He was a swatting victim back in March 2015 and he's had all sorts of issues with people ogling his estate from the water and snapping pics.

In case you're interested in helping Wayne out, he has it listed for $18 million. He bought it for just over $12 mil in 2006.


Consul General of Qatar Rolex Watch Crime Caper ... SOLVED!!!

9/12/2016 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0907-qatar-general-faisal-bin-abdullah-al-henzab-FLICKR-Rolex-01An international jewelry heist is over -- at least partially -- and the break in the case came when a very expensive piece of jewelry broke.  

Faisal Abdulla Al Henzab -- the Consul General of Qatar -- became a crime victim back in 2013, when thieves broke into his L.A. house and stole more than $48k in jewelry and watches belonging to him and his wife.

The case went cold for a few years, but a $20k women's Rolex belonging to the Consul General's wife turned up recently at the Rolex watch service center in Bev Hills.  

So here's how the case was cracked. The Consul General smartly had serial numbers for the stolen watches, and the Bev Hills detective notified Rolex and had the digits entered into the computer system. Someone from the service facility flagged the watch as stolen.

The good news ... the Consul General's wife got the watch back. Bad news ... the other jewelry is still missing and the suspects haven't been caught. The LAPD obtained a search warrant for the info that will lead them to the person who brought the watch in for repair.


Desiigner Drug Charges Include Methadone, Steroids and OxyContin

9/10/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0908-desiigner-tmzDesiigner is in a heap of trouble, because TMZ has learned the drugs cops allegedly found in the SUV in which he was riding included OxyContin, methadone and illegal steroids.

TMZ broke the story, the passengers in the SUV and the driver of a car were involved in a road rage incident Thursday night on the streets of New York. The driver of the car claims Desiigner, who was sitting in the back seat of the SUV, pulled a gun and pointed it at him.

The driver of the car called 911, and cops found the SUV, searched it and found a cache of pills in the console ... so many that all 5 people in the car were charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell.

It's interesting ... methadone is used to treat opiate addiction -- opiates like OxyContin, but methadone can also be abused. As for steroids, it's unclear why they were in the car.

Desiigner was also charged with felony possession of a loaded firearm. Law enforcement sources tell us, cops did not find a gun in the SUV but the rapper was still charged based on the description given by the other driver.  

You gotta wonder, how would the other driver know the gun was loaded? He doesn't, but we're told cops routinely file such a charge when they have evidence a gun was in a car. They presume it's loaded.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops have obtained a search warrant to literally take the SUV apart, to see if there's a gun in a hidden compartment.


'Making a Murderer' Brendan Dassey You're Not Getting Out Without a Fight

9/9/2016 1:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0909-brendan-dassey-making-netflix-01Brendan Dassey will not get out of prison, despite a federal judge throwing out his conviction ... if prosecutors have their way.

The Wisconsin Attorney General is appealing the decision to overturn the conviction, on grounds authorities violated his rights by interrogating the then 16-year-old without an adult present.

Dassey was convicted of murdering Teresa Halbach, along with his uncle, Steven Avery. The saga was chronicled on "Making a Murderer," which triggered outrage and almost certainly helped in the appeal.

As of now, Dassey will get out in November, but prosecutors now want a federal appeals court to overturn the lower court's reversal. 

Drake Burglary Suspect 'I Came to Smoke & ****' with ASU Chicks

9/9/2016 9:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The guy arrested for stealing $3 million worth of jewelry off Drake's tour bus got caught red-handed after getting really high, breaking into a woman's dorm room and offering her sex ... according to docs. 

As we reported ... Travion King was arrested at Arizona State University Wednesday, but we've now learned he allegedly broke into a student's dorm room in the middle of the night. The woman said she woke up to King trying to climb into her bed, telling her he'd never been with a white girl ... and offered to "eat her out."

The woman freaked and ran to another room, where she and a friend called campus cops and had Travion arrested. Cops say King told them he'd been smoking weed and PCP, and broke into the dorm because he wanted to "smoke and f***" and was thinking with the "wrong head." 

King was booked for criminal trespassing. Police also found a briefcase full of jewelry ... which linked him to the tour bus heist outside Drake's Tuesday night concert. 

Desiigner Arrested for Drugs, Intent to Sell and Loaded Gun

9/9/2016 6:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0909-desiigner-arrested-tmz-02Desiigner was arrested Thursday night in NYC in a road rage incident that led to felony drug and weapons charges ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the people in the SUV and the driver of another vehicle began screaming at each other. The driver of the other car called 911 and claimed Desiigner pointed a gun at him. The SUV left but the driver of the car took down the license plate number.

Cops found the SUV a short time later, searched it, and found a large quantity of loose pills in the center console. Our law enforcement sources say they found Oxycontin and other drugs.

Desiigner and 4 others in the SUV were arrested. All 5 were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of drugs with intent to sell, which are felonies.

Desiigner was also charged with felony criminal possession of a loaded weapon and menacing (that's for allegedly pointing a gun at the other driver).

All 5 are still in custody.


Meek Mill Nobody's Jacking My Tour Bus ... Drake Diss?

9/9/2016 6:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

What pisses off Drake, only brings Meek Mill joy ... is how you could sum up this clip.

We got Meek outside Le Jardin in Hollywood Thursday night and asked him what he thought about Drake's tour bus getting hit for $3 million in jewelry.

We'll say this ... he did a pretty good job of hiding his smile, but when we asked if that would ever happen to him -- Meek's bravado came out strong. 

MLB's Hector Olivera Found Guilty Of Assaulting Woman ... Sentenced to Jail

9/8/2016 2:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0907-hector-olivera-gettyEx-Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera was found guilty of misdemeanor assault on a woman stemming from an April incident outside of a hotel in Arlington ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Olivera was arrested on April 13th outside the Ritz-Carlton after cops say he got physical with a woman early that morning. 

Olivera had pled not guilty -- but the case went to a bench trial and the judge found him guilty, this according to Arlington prosecutors. 

We're told the 31-year-old Cuban-born player was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 80 days suspended.

We spoke with Olivera's lawyer, Mark Schamel, who tells us he will appeal the conviction next week.

Olivera -- who was a member of the Braves at the time of the incident -- was suspended by MLB for 82 games after the league ran its own investigation and determined he did inflict harm on the woman. 

He was traded to the Padres back in July before being released altogether. He's currently a free agent. 

Lawrence Taylor Pleads Not Guilty to DUI ... In Cop Car Crash

9/8/2016 1:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0907-lawrence-taylor-gettyLawrence Taylor isn't going down without a fight -- pleading NOT GUILTY to DUI in an incident where he allegedly sideswiped a cop car ... despite the fact cops say he essentially confessed at the scene. 

As we previously reported, LT was arrested in Palm Beach, Florida on Friday evening after a lane change gone bad -- allegedly hitting a mobile home and a cop car in the process. 

During Taylor's arrest, cops say they asked how much he had to drink and he replied, "Apparently too much."

Cops also say LT reeked of booze and blew a .084 on a breathalyzer taken 5 hours after the crash. 

But despite all of that ... LT's attorney went to court Wednesday and entered a not guilty plea on the NFL legend's behalf to 2 charges -- DUI and not carrying a driver's license. 

No word on when Taylor's due back in court. 

Ex-49ers Bruce Miller Charged With Beating Elderly Man ... With a Cane

9/8/2016 12:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0906_bruce_miller_mug-wmEx-49ers tight end Bruce Miller has been hit with 7 felony charges for allegedly attacking a 70-year-old man and his son ... including assault with a deadly weapon -- a cane. 

Officials say 29-year-old Miller was drunk when he went into the Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf hotel in San Francisco early Monday morning and tried to force his way into an occupied room. 

The 70-year-old man and his 29-year-old son tried to explain to Miller that he was in the wrong room -- but Miller allegedly got violent and attacked both men ... knocking the elderly man unconscious and breaking bones in his face. 

Miller was arrested -- and now the San Francisco District Attorney's office has announced the 7 felony charges and 1 misdemeanor filed again him, which include:

-- 1 count of felony assault with a deadly weapon (weapon alleged is a cane)

-- 1 count of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury

-- 1 count of inflicting injury on an elderly person

Miller has already been cut by the 49ers. He's due in court Friday.

Vegas Murder Suspect Breaks Handcuffs, Escapes Police ... In Ezekiel Elliott Jersey

9/8/2016 9:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

This is insane footage of a murder suspect breaking his handcuffs and escaping a Las Vegas police station on Friday ... while wearing an Ezekiel Elliott jersey. 

The Cowboys fan is Alonso Perez -- who was arrested for allegedly murdering a man who didn't hold the door open for a woman at a McDonald's. 

Perez was handcuffed and left alone at the Detective Bureau -- with no guard watching over him. 

So, Perez used his body weight to twist the chain connecting the cuffs ... and pushed so hard, it eventually snapped.

He then used his chair to climb into the rafters and escaped the building ... then stole a truck that was left running nearby. 

Fortunately, cops were able to locate Perez on Tuesday and he's now back in police custody. 

North Las Vegas Police Chief Alexander Perez spoke to the media about the situation ... saying, "We're not perfect. The police are simply not perfect. However, we will learn from our mistakes so they are not repeated and that's the goal."

Ryan Lochte Here's What I Have to Say About My Suspension

9/8/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ryan Lochte was a man of few words after he learned he's being benched for 10 months.

Lochte was on a plane Wednesday afternoon when TMZ Sports broke the story about the USOC's decision to suspend him. When he landed at LAX he was stoic, declining to say if he felt the punishment was too harsh, especially given the 6 months Michael Phelps got for 2 DUIs.

He had more to say about "Dancing With the Stars" ... he has a bad case of the nerves, and says why.


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