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Brittny Gastineau's Ex-BF

Artist Arrested For Pap Slapping

Pulls a Reese with Cops

2/10/2015 5:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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020915_retna_launchBrittny Gastineau's ex boyfriend was hauled off in cuffs while doing his best Reese Witherspoon impression ... after a fight with a photographer ended with a blast of pepper spray outside Craig's.

Street artist Retna -- who had a brutal fight with Gastineau last year -- was leaving the West Hollywood restaurant Monday night when he got into an argument with an independent paparazzo ... not one of our guys. 

Witnesses say Retna appeared to have been drinking, and got in the camera guy's face. When the pap complained about Retna getting in his "personal space" -- Retna allegedly slapped the guy ... who retaliated by firing a can of pepper spray. 

Law enforcement sources confirm he was pretty wasted, and say he was booked for misdemeanor battery.

You gotta see Retna getting stuffed in the patrol car, and yelling things like -- "I'm a U.S. government!" Reese did it better

Easy to see why Brittny's moved on ... and is now rumored to be seeing ex-bf, singer Luis Miguel again. 

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Bruce Jenner

'Black Boxes' Could Hold Key to Fatal Crash

2/10/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Bruce Jenner's fate could be determined in part by a metal box embedded in the twisted metal that was left on Pacific Coast Highway ... TMZ has learned.

We've learned the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. is in possession of all 4 vehicles and the trailer that was attached to Bruce's Escalade. We're told Bruce's Escalade has a sophisticated "Black Box" that contains critical data ... including speed and braking info. The other 3 vehicles have similar data.

We're told the boxes gauge what the driver was doing for the 5 seconds before impact. In one-second intervals, the boxes show speed, braking, the position of the accelerator, etc.  

We're told accident reconstruction experts can use the data from all 4 vehicles and determine the speed and distance between each of them. That could help determine with some precision if Jenner was following too closely behind the Lexus.

Many of the "Black Boxes" are activated by the airbag, but we're told even if the airbag does not deploy the information is still available. 

As we reported, once the investigation is complete the Sheriff's Dept. will send the file over to the L.A. County D.A. for review -- which is SOP when someone dies in a car crash. If Bruce was following too closely, prosecutors could charge him with vehicular manslaughter, however we're told such prosecutions -- when the offense is following too closely -- are "very rare."

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Bruce Jenner

Lawyers Up

D.A. Will Review Fatal Crash

2/9/2015 2:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0209-bruce-jenner-attorney-Coleman-Rayner-04Bruce Jenner has lawyered up in the wake of Saturday's fatal car crash, in an investigation that will make its way to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office ... TMZ has learned.

Bruce was leaving the West Hollywood law offices of Blair Berk, a top criminal defense lawyer who has repped an untold number of celebs.

We've learned once the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. finishes its investigation, they will send the case to the L.A. County D.A. for review. A law enforcement source says it's SOP to refer such a case to prosecutors when a driver breaks the law and someone dies.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... they now believe Bruce was not texting and driving. But cops think Bruce was following too closely which is a traffic violation, and such a violation that results in the death of another motorist could theoretically be grounds for misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

We found a Northern California case in which a driver who was following too closely was prosecuted for vehicular manslaughter, so it is possible. An official from a L.A. prosecutor's office tells TMZ ... it's "very rare" to charge a driver with vehicular manslaughter when the traffic offense is following too closely. 

'Moesha' Star Marcus T. Paulk

Pleads Guilty

In Super Bowl DUI

2/9/2015 3:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Marucs T Paulk Pleads Not Guilty

"Moesha" star Marcus T. Paulk would love to slam the book closed on the Super Bowl partying that landed him in an Arizona jail ... but he'll have to wait another year to do it.

Paulk pled guilty to a misdemeanor DUI in court Monday morning ,and must complete an alcohol program and 12 months of unsupervised probation. 

Paulk was busted in Scottsdale -- the night before Super Bowl XLIX -- for possession of marijuana and blowing well over the legal limit. The pot charge was dismissed.

He also dodged jail time in 2013 in a domestic violence case.

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Suge Knight

Stuck in Jail

D.A. Looking at More Criminal Charges

2/9/2015 10:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Suge Knight Bail HearingSuge Knight will be stuck in jail for another month-and-a-half minimum, and bail seems less likely because the D.A. is looking at filing even more charges. 

Suge was in court Monday morning when the D.A. announced she has a "very large stack of uncharged crimes" that relate to his bail. It's pretty clear she's looking at other things Suge did before he struck and killed Terry Carter last month. He also mowed down another man who lived.

Suge has been charged with murder, attempted murder and hit and run and is being held without bail in L.A. County Jail.  

Suge's lawyer held a press conference after court ... he says Knight's health is still in pretty bad shape ... take a look:

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'Party Down South' Star

Arrested

For Drunk Driving & Drugs

2/9/2015 9:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"Party Down South" star Lyle Boudreaux must think Mardi Gras means, "please arrest me officer" -- because he just got busted for the 2nd consecutive year in Louisiana ... this time for boozing and driving. 

Cops in Lafayette, LA confirm they pulled over Lyle Sunday night when he made a turn without signaling. Police noticed a smell of alcohol, and when the 29-year-old refused to take a breathalyzer test ... officers cuffed him and took him in for alleged drunk driving.

Bonus round -- for cops, not Lyle -- while checking him into jail ... cops say they found marijuana, and also booked him for possession. He was eventually released on $4,000 bond. 

Lyle got a jump on his Mardi Gras celebration this year ... it officially starts next weekend. A year ago he got busted for burglary during a Mardi Gras celebration.

Maybe lay off les bon temps next year, Lyle.

Tyga

Targeted by Burglar

Who Made the Perfect Getaway

2/8/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Tyga BurglaryTyga's house in a gated community got rolled by a crook who plotted an escape straight out of a Hollywood script ... and actually got away -- only problem is Tyga doesn't live in the house anymore. 

It all went down in the same Calabasas 'hood where Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, and Katie Holmes live. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the burglar asked someone on the block which house was Tyga's ... and then slipped into the backyard. 

What he didn't know was ... Tyga had sold the crib to music exec Anthony Tiffith. Sources connected to the Tiffith fam tell us the suspect managed to bust in through a back window while Tiffith was in a different part of the house. 

Now to the great escape. We're told the burglar fled the house, and immediately called 911 and said he had mental issues and needed to be taken away. Paramedics responded and took him to a hospital for evaluation.

Meanwhile, back at the house ... Tiffith realized there'd been a break-in, reviewed his surveillance camera footage, and then called neighborhood security ... who called cops.

Short story ... by the time cops connected the dots and went to the hospital -- the burglar had bolted from the hospital. Police are still searching for the suspect.

One more weird note ... after all that, we're told the guy only made off with 2 cell phones. Hardly an Ocean's 11 heist, but effective.

Bobbi Kristina

Foul Play Criminal Investigation Underway

Boyfriend Targeted

2/6/2015 4:56 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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There is an active criminal investigation underway in Georgia in the Bobbi Kristina case ... it centers on possible foul play and the target is her boyfriend ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... Bobbi Kristina had certain injuries that have piqued their interest. We do not know the nature of the injuries. Multiple sources tell TMZ there is a history of violence between Bobbi Kristina and boyfriend Nick Gordon.

We're told police are looking into a possible altercation more than an hour before Bobbi Kristina was found submerged in a bathtub.

We're told Max Lomas -- the friend who discovered Bobbi Kristina in the tub -- arrived at around 9 AM last Saturday. He says he hung out with Nick but did not see Bobbi Kristina. He was told she was in the bedroom. Nick wandered away and Max says he didn't pay attention to his whereabouts.

The cable guy showed sometime after 10 AM and Max says he let him in -- Nick was nowhere to be seen. The cable guy said he needed access to the bedroom so Max let him in and discovered Bobbi Kristina in the tub. He screamed for Nick, who ran in and administered CPR.

We're told Max claims Nick allegedly cleaned up the home and removed blood stains.

Cops interviewed both Max and Nick and they want to debrief Max again, but our law enforcement sources say Max's lawyer insisted on immunity before he spoke again. We're told as of Friday morning Max hadn't gotten immunity or talked to cops.

Our sources say Nick Gordon has also lawyered up. We could not reach Nick for comment.

Ellen Page

Help!

A Delusional Man's Living in My Carport

2/6/2015 10:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ellen Page StalkerEllen Page is a frightened homeowner ... after finding out a delusional man moved into her carport and turned it into a bachelor's flop house -- and now she needs protection. 

Page and her lawyers ran to court after police arrested the stranger she says was crashing in her carport. She says the man -- Jordan Dillard -- made himself cozy with all the necessities: bedding, a cell phone, a laptop, iPod, a pot pipe, and for some reason ... one PlayStation game controller.

We're told Ellen was out of town when Dillard set up camp.

She claims she wasn't aware he was living large by her car until Tuesday ... when Dillard repeatedly knocked on her windows and tried to bust in through her front door. Page says Dillard told police ... she's a "nice" person who wouldn't mind him squatting on her property.

Dillard pled no contest to a trespassing charge and a judge ordered him to stay 100-yards away.

Warren Sapp

Bud Light Pulls Commercials

After Prostitution Arrest

2/6/2015 7:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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020515_buckaneers_launchBud Light's up for whatever ... but clearly, there's a line ... because the beer giant has officially pulled Warren Sapp's commercial after this week's prostitution arrest ... TMZ Sports has learned.

You know the spot ... Warren bursts into the home of a Tampa Bay Bucs superfan and gives the guy a Buccaneers-themed makeover ... complete with a cannon-firing pirate ship in the backyard. 

But after Sapp was arrested in Arizona on Monday for allegedly soliciting and assaulting a prostitute in his hotel room ... the spots mysteriously disappeared from the air and were yanked from YouTube. 

We reached out to Anheuser-Busch about the situation ... and a rep told us, "Warren Sapp appeared in one of our television commercials last fall, but he is not currently being featured in any of our advertising."

Translation -- the ads have been pulled.  

For the record, the commercial was still airing during the NFL playoffs. 

It's another blow to Sapp's career -- the NFL Network immediately fired the Hall of Famer from his analyst gig hours after he was taken into custody. 

Dreamy McMug Shot

Flashing His Baby Blues ...

In Federal Prison Now

2/5/2015 4:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Take a good long look at convicted felon Jeremy Meeks -- whose mug shot made him a thing last summer -- 'cause he got shipped off to the big house Thursday ... for more than 2 years.

Meeks, better known as "Dreamy McMug Shot" ... was sentenced to 27 months in a federal prison in California for being a felon in possession of a .45 caliber pistol.

Meeks' mug shot landed on the Internet in 2014 after his arrest in Stockton, CA for carrying a loaded firearm. Despite being in and out of prisons for more than a decade ... thousands of admirers were drooling over the con, and modeling agencies were even lining up -- y'know, just in case.

The only modeling he'll be doing now is for his next mug shot at the federal pen.

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Suge Knight

Out of Hospital

Back in Jail

2/5/2015 6:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Suge Knight is out of the hospital where doctors treated him for a blood clot and he's back in familiar territory ... the slammer. 

TMZ broke the story ... Suge suffered chest pains after his court appearance Tuesday and was rushed to the hospital, where doctors determined he had another blood clot. We're told he was given blood thinners and now his condition can be treated in the jail infirmary.

Suge's blood clots have been an ongoing problem since he was shot 6 times last summer. He almost died several weeks later from a blood clot while in a Las Vegas jail. 

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Dallas Cowboys RB

ARRESTED FOR WEED

Baby Mama Claims He Had Gun

2/4/2015 8:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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9:14 AM PT -- Cops tell TMZ Sports ... the woman who initially called police claimed Randle had a gun in the hotel room and was "being out of control."

However, when cops got to the scene ... we're told no gun was found. 

As for the woman, we're told she did not have any injuries -- and Randle was not arrested for any kind of assault. 

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Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was arrested in Kansas Wednesday morning ... after cops say the 23-year-old had weed in his hotel room. 

FYI -- Randle is the same guy who was busted for stealing underwear and cologne from a Dallas department store a few months ago. 

According to law enforcement, cops were called to a hotel in Wichita after the mother of Randle's child called police around 3AM to report a domestic incident between them. 

When cops arrived, they found weed -- and popped Randle for misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Story developing ...

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