Miley Cyrus was given the worst birthday gift ever this weekend ... her house was broken into and her stuff got jacked.
The break-in occurred Friday afternoon in Studio City - one day before her b-day - when the thief somehow gained access to Miley's pad ... and made off with some jewelry.
It's unclear how the crook (or crooks) got inside the house ... but cops say they're currently investigating how it all went down.
Thankfully Miley wasn't home when the break-in happened -- and neither was anybody else.
Gun Group Fronting Him $$$
'We Regret Nothing'
11/23/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Ohio gun group that cut George Zimmerman a $12K check to protect him after the Trayvon Martin verdict tells TMZ ... they’d do it all over again, despite this week's domestic violence arrest.
The Buckeye Firearms Foundation was indignant the FBI took George's guns away during the trial, especially because Zimmerman was getting a slew of death threats. So it held a fundraiser and raked in $12,150.37.
As for how Buckeye feels now that Zimmerman can't go a month without screwing up ... they simply say he hasn't been convicted of anything and he's presumed innocent. So, no regrets.
No word on whether the group will be raising money for Zimmerman this time around.
Sex Tape Witness -- FOUND After KIDNAPPING
11/22/2013 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The man who disappeared in the case that involves a Charlie Sheen sex tape has been found ... and law enforcement sources tell us, he told cops he was KIDNAPPED. And, we've learned the LAPD has launched a criminal investigation into the kidnapping allegations.
Darwin Vela was located at 2 PM PT today, after vanishing Tuesday as he took his dog for a walk in South L.A. We're told Vela flagged down someone on the street and that person called 911.
As we first reported ... Vela and another man, Ricardo Orozco, went to Sheen's reps a while back and said they had a Charlie Sheen sex tape and wanted to know how much the tape would be worth -- i.e., extortion.
Orozco was arrested for allegedly stealing computers owned by Nic Cage's baby mama and law enforcement sources say they believe one of the computers contained the sex tape. Orozco was arrested and charged with burglary.
Vela was scheduled to testify in Orozco's preliminary hearing Thursday but on Tuesday, he left his house to walk his Chocolate Lab and a short time later the dog came back with human blood on its leash and was freaked out.
We do not know if Vela was injured. One law enforcement source says there were injuries but we can't be more specific. Cops are about to interview him.
Story developing ...
Sex Tape Linked to Missing Witness
11/22/2013 9:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A man who was supposed to be a key witness in a major burglary case is missing ... and sources tell TMZ there's a direct link to a Charlie Sheen sex tape that was being secretly shopped.
As TMZ reported ... Ricardo Orozco is currently on trial for allegedly breaking into the home of Christina Fulton -- Nic Cage's baby mama -- and stealing computers and boxes of memorabilia, allegedly including nude photos of Nic Cage.
During the preliminary hearing Thursday, a detective testified that one of the items taken was a Charlie Sheen video that we're told was on one of the stolen computers. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... it's a sex tape.
Now here's the link between the sex tape and the missing man. We're told Darwin Vela -- the missing man -- along with Orozco, recently went to meet with Charlie's people, claiming they had a sex tape starring Charlie and wanted to sell it, but Vela and his people never produced the tape.
Vela is a key witness in the Ricardo Orozco burglary case and was supposed to testify in the preliminary hearing as early as today.
Now get this. On Tuesday, Vela took his dog Cocoa for a walk, and the Chocolate Lab returned home without him with human blood on its leash, trembling and whimpering. Vela has not been seen since.
And, TMZ was doing some digging yesterday, and we spoke with several men who have never proven to be fearful in the past but literally were shaking in their boots when we talked to them about Orozco and the burglary.
Nic Cage Nude Photo Case
Cop Says There's A Charlie Sheen Sex Tape Connection
11/22/2013 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The handyman who allegedly stole nude photos of Nic Cage may have also pilfered a Charlie Sheen sex tape ... this according to a cop investigating the burglary.
The handyman, Ricardo Orozco is being tried for felony burglary. He's pled not guilty.
During the preliminary hearing Thursday, an LAPD detective testified there was a meeting between Charlie's people and Orozco about a tape that was allegedly stolen. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Orozco said it was a sex tape starring Charlie that was on a computer.
During the hearing, the prosecutor said there was a possible link between several computers that Orozco allegedly stole and the Charlie tape.
As we previously reported ... law enforcement sources say Orozco allegedly broke into the house of Christina Fulton -- Nic's baby mama -- and stole four computers ... along with the dirty Cage pics.
Nic's rep told us no one has nude photos of Nic.
As for the alleged Charlie sex tape ... Orozco has not produced it and cops haven't located the computers.
For Alleged Photog Assault
11/21/2013 6:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
One of Justin Bieber's bodyguards got busted in the most chill place on Earth -- for getting violent with a photographer and his equipment ... TMZ has learned.
The alleged tussle went down on the island of Kauai Wednesday ... when Bieber and his crew were jumping off the famous cliff on Shipwreck's Beach.
According to cops ... a 29-year-old man was snapping pics of JB & co. until one of Bieber's hired hands approached and demanded he delete all his photos.
The photog refused ... and claims the bodyguard -- Dwayne Patterson -- then got physical ... assaulting him and damaging his camera.
The alleged victim couldn't have been too hurt -- he told cops he had no injuries and refused any medical attention.
Patterson was booked for 3rd degree assault and 4th degree criminal property damage. He was released on $3,000 bail, aka ... Justin's pocket change.
It's unclear if Bieber did actually cover the bail. His reps haven't gotten back to us yet.
My Jackass Friend Stole My Car
11/21/2013 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
For now, DMX won't have to worry about getting popped for any driving offenses in his 1978 Buick Regal ... because his so-called friend allegedly stole it right out from under him ... according to a police report obtained by TMZ.
DMX and his girlfriend -- Desiree Lindstrom -- told cops they gave the car and a duplicate title to a friend ... who was going to sell it for them. But the friend vanished into thin air some time earlier this month and never returned.
What's more, according to the report, the friend changed his phone number ... and DMX doesn't know the guy's last name ... he only knows him as Lonny. Apparently DMX uses the term "friend" lightly.
Cops are on the lookout for the car ... but their first investigative task is to find out Lonny's last name.
Judge Orders Psych Evaluation
What's In Dina's Head?
11/21/2013 9:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dina Lohan has something going on in her head, and the judge in her DUI case wants to know the contents ... because he just ordered a full psych evaluation.
Dina was in court this AM for her DWI case. Her lawyer, Mark Heller, claims she's alcohol free but the judge isn't necessarily buyin' what he's sellin'.
So now Dina has to get her head shrunk by a court-appointed shrink.
Lohan pled not guilty to DWI in Sept. ... after blowing a .20. Heller blamed Dina's legal predicament on the paparazzi ... claiming Dina is stressed out by the mob of photogs that follow her ... and that's what caused her to flee in a drunken state.
The judge did not impose a sentence today -- he'll wait for the psych report -- but he did say he's considering a stiff penalty -- revoking her driving privileges for 12 months ... and 100 hours of community service.
Lohan's next court date is Jan. 7.
Target In Federal Felony Investigation
11/21/2013 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Situation is on the wrong end of a massive Federal criminal investigation -- which is currently focusing on the "Jersey Shore" star's cash flow ... TMZ has learned.
Sources tell us, Mike Sorrentino and his companies -- MPS Entertainment, Situation Productions, GTL Management, and his clothing line Situation Nation -- are at the center of the investigation.
The exact nature of the crime is unclear, but we know it's a felony, and appears to be finance related. We're told subpoenas have already been issued to Sitch's business associates, asking for copies of payments issued to him, copies of canceled checks, correspondence, and more.
We reached out to Situation's rep for comment. So far, no word back.
Fist pump has a whole different meaning in prison.
Free & Clear After
Drunk BOATING Arrest
11/21/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
THAR SHE BLOWS!!! Erin Brockovich is officially in the clear after her BUI arrest this summer -- that's BOATING under the influence -- because she's finally paid up with the court.
TMZ broke the story, Erin was arrested on Nevada's Lake Mead in June ... after cops found her drunkenly piloting her boat, while allegedly slapping her husband and tossing a cell phone into the water.
Erin pled no contest to BUI, and was ordered to complete 25 hours of community service, a mandatory Boater Safety School, and pay a $750 fine ... all of which she did.
The case is now officially CLOSED. Congrats, Captain Brockovich.
Liberace Lover Back In Lockup
11/20/2013 3:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Liberace's former lover Scott Thorson was a no-show for court -- so now he's back in jail ... and TMZ has his latest mug shot.
Law enforcement sources tell us Thorson -- famously portrayed by Matt Damon in "Behind the Candelabra" -- was arrested in Nevada by Washoe County deputies for an alleged probation violation and for failing to appear in court.
Thorson's had a string of legal issues. He was on probation for a burglary and ID theft conviction -- and back in September he got hauled into court for a drug violation ... but got off with a rehab sentence.
The judge warned Scott one more mistake and he'd be locked up again.
This one's for you, Scotty ...
Ordered To Anger Management Rehab for 90 Days
11/20/2013 2:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown just got confined for 90 days ... but not in jail ... in rehab.
Brown and his lawyer, Mark Geragos, were just in court for a progress report in the Rihanna beating case. TMZ broke the story ... the Probation Dept. notified the judge that Brown flew into yet another violent rage while he was in a Malibu rehab joint for anger management, and was thrown out of the facility after only 2 weeks. The Probation Dept. recommended live-in anger management rehab.
The judge agreed with Probation, and ordered Brown to check into a facility for 90 days, and the facility must be in L.A. County and approved by Probation.
The judge is letting Chris juggle his criminal cases and will let him fly to D.C. for court hearings on his criminal assault case.
Brown must also submit to drug testing at the rehab facility. He must also take any prescriptions recommended by the rehab place.
The judge also wants a report on the D.C. incident ... something that could result in Chris getting his probation yanked in the Rihanna case ... which could then result in prison time.
Singer Got VIOLENT in Rehab ...
D.A. Wants Jail
11/20/2013 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown went into a VIOLENT RAGE while in rehab earlier this month for his anger issues ... TMZ has learned ... throwing objects and breaking them ... and we've learned the D.A. will use this and other incidents later today in court to make the case that he belongs in jail ... NOW.
We're told the rehab facility wanted him OUT after the incident ... and that's why he bailed after only 2 weeks.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... the L.A. County Probation Dept. is submitting information to the judge today about the incident, along with the criminal assault charge in Washington, D.C. We're told the Probation Dept will ask the judge to order Chris into a live-in anger management program for a period of months.
Our sources say the D.A. isn't as forgiving and will ask the judge during today's progress hearing in the Rihanna beating case to revoke his probation and send him to jail -- as early as today.
The hearing is set for 2 PM. We'll be there.