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Suge Knight

What, Me a Flight Risk?

Let Me Out Now!

3/12/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0311-suge-knight-tmz-01It's ironic ... Suge Knight fled the scene after killing a man in his truck, but now he claims he should be released from jail because he's not a flight risk.

Suge and his lawyer certainly have balls. They say a 6'3", 315 pound African American man doesn't have many places to effectively hide. They also say the famous defendant is one of the most recognizable people in America.

Suge -- who's being held without bail -- also says he's more than willing to accept home detention with an electronic monitoring bracelet ... assuming there's one that fits.

And there's another pesky issue. Authorities believe Suge instills fear wherever he goes and they worry he'd strong-arm eyewitnesses to the truck incident. But Suge's lawyer, Matthew Fletcher, says he's repped Mexican gang honchos who regularly put the screws to people and they get bail.

Suge's bail hearing is set for Friday ... assuming he makes it. His court runs have been regularly interrupted with 911 calls that landed him in the hospital.

Suge Knight's Defense

I Have a Blind Spot

... My Left Eye

3/11/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Suge Knight BlindSuge Knight's defense in his murder case will involve a glock ... glaucoma.

Suge's lawyer tells TMZ, his client is legally blind in his left eye ... the result of glaucoma which is a side effect of diabetes.

Attorney Matthew Fletcher says when Suge pulled back and struck Cle "Bone" Sloan the first time ... he didn't have a clear view of his left side, which may have prevented him from turning left, which would have allowed him to escape down the street.

In addition, Terry Carter was on Suge's left side when he re-entered the parking lot, so Suge may not have clearly seen him before striking him with the truck.

Suge also claims Carter screamed something to the effect of, "Should I shoot him?" Fletcher says because of Suge's vision problem, he couldn't see that Carter was not brandishing a weapon.

Rocko Arrested

My Rolls Can Kick a Beamer's Ass

In Drag Race!

3/10/2015 3:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0310-rocko-mug-shot-01It's the hoity-toitiest drag race ever ... a Rolls-Royce with a big rapper at the wheel vs. a BMW.

It went down in Atlanta Friday on I-75, and it didn't take cops long to track down the high profile whips. They arrested rapper Rocko -- whose hits include "U.O.E.N.O." -- who of course was driving the Rolls. His friend was slumming it in the Beamer, which is Rocko's other car.

The friend tried to escape, but cops had real muscle cars and subdued the guy and arrested him as well for fleeing and eluding a peace officer.  

Here's the rub. By the time cops spotted the cars they had slowed down, so they couldn't charge either with drag racing. Rocko got popped for driving on a suspended license.

And a side note -- that's a really pretty shade of blue in the mugshot.

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Angie Stone Arrested

For Assaulting Daughter

Allegedly Knocked Out Teeth

3/10/2015 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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R&B singer Angie Stone was arrested Monday in Georgia for domestic aggravated assault ... and the victim is her 30-year-old daughter.

Police in Dekalb County tell TMZ ... 53-year-old Angie told police her daughter Diamond punched her in the face. Angie then told police she defended herself with a metal stand, but accidentally hit Diamond in the face ... knocking out her front teeth. 

Angie told police once she realized the mistake she put down the stand and tried to flee ... but claims Diamond came after her again. A family friend eventually broke up the fight.

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Diamond told police the argument started when Angie complained Diamond didn't clean up after her children. Diamond was also taken into custody, but eventually released without being charged.

Angie -- a 3-time Grammy nominee -- was booked for aggravated assault.

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Suge Knight

I Had a Legal Right

To KILL Terry Carter

3/10/2015 10:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Suge Knight was legally justified in pointing his truck at Terry Carter, running him over and killing him ... so claims Suge's lawyer. 

Attorney Matt Fletcher tells TMZ ... he'll present a George Zimmerman-type defense in Suge's murder trial, claiming his client had a legal right to stand his ground and ultimately do in Mr. Carter. 

Fletcher points to a California jury instruction which says, "[Suge] is entitled to stand his ground and defend himself if reasonably necessary, to pursue an assailant until the danger of death or bodily injury has passed."

Suge claims Carter was in cahoots with Cle "Bone" Sloan in attacking him as he drove his truck into the Tam's parking lot. Suge says he heard Carter say something to the effect of, "Should I shoot him?" Suge believed Bone and Carter were both known gang members who would make good on the threat.

Fletcher believes Carter's alleged threat is enough to justify Suge intentionally running him over. The lawyer adds, Suge hit Carter accidentally in an effort to escape, but he had the right to kill.

Suge Knight

Hit and Run Victim

There Was No Gun

3/10/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Suge Knight Hit And Run Victim GunSuge Knight is lying when he says one of the people he mowed down was armed and dangerous ... this according to the guy who was hit. 

The manager for Cle "Bone" Sloan tells TMZ, his client did not have a gun. The manager says Bone did not threaten Suge's life and there was no reason why Suge couldn't have just made a clean exit down the street rather than roaring back into the Tam's parking lot. 

As for the video we posted -- showing an injured Bone handing something to a man who then tucked it in his waistband ... the manager says it was a walkie-talkie. 

Here's what doesn't make sense. Why would a man laying on the pavement with multiple broken bones make the effort to hand off a walkie-talkie before authorities raced to the scene?   

The cops are on Bone's side. They still insist the video shows there was NO gun. But our law enforcement sources refuse to explain why they're so sure Bone didn't hand off a weapon. 

Suge Knight's Lawyer

Both Victims Had Guns

3/9/2015 4:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Terry Carter -- whom Suge Knight ran over and killed -- was packing heat, according to his own family.

Suge's new lawyer, Matthew Fletcher, told TMZ, after Carter died, his relatives called the L.A. County Sheriff and asked detectives if they had Carter's gun.  

Our Suge sources say after Carter was pronounced dead, his daughter showed up to retrieve his car and noticed his gun wasn't inside a bag in which it was routinely stored.

Fletcher plans to use the gun reference to prove Suge was ambushed by armed men ... both of whom Suge struck in the Tam's parking lot.

As we showed you earlier Monday, after the other victim -- Cle "Bone" Sloan -- was hit by the vehicle someone took an object from Bone and placed it in his waistband.

Suge Knight

Video of Fatal Crash

Proves I'm Innocent!!!

3/9/2015 3:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0131-suge-knight-tmz-01Suge Knight is elated ... video of his fatal hit and run proves he's an innocent man.

Suge called a family member after we posted the video, and he says it's his ticket out of jail. Suge acknowledges if it were just his word against the word of others, "I'd be so far up under the jail," because everyone assumes he's always the bad guy.

Suge says the video answers critical questions:

-- He was attacked by Bone the second he arrived at Tam's

-- Bone had a gun, which he claims you can see in the video when Bone hands it off to someone

-- There was a crowd out for blood, making it impossible for him to escape past them down the street

We're told Suge and his team are planning to use the video in a bail hearing so he can get out pending trial.

Chris Johnson

Shooters Gunned For Jeep

Not Necessarily CJ2K

3/9/2015 11:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0308-chris-johnson-GETTY-03Police in Orlando are operating under the assumption that shooters targeted the Jeep NFL star Chris Johnson was in Sunday morning ... which led to his injuries and the death of another man.

While cops believe the Jeep was the intended target, they are unsure if the shooters were specifically going after Chris or anyone else in the vehicle.

According to the report, Chris was "uncooperative and would only state that he saw 'a car roll by, and they shot.'"

Police say Chris was riding in the front passenger seat when an unknown driver pulled up at a stoplight and opened fire - shooting him in the shoulder. The driver was declared dead on the scene with a gunshot wound to the head. Reggie Johnson, the other passenger - was shot twice in his right leg.

Neighbors near the crime scene tell TMZ Sports they heard at least 4 shots Sunday morning from what sounded like a large handgun - before hearing police arrive a few minutes later.

Chris Johnson

Cops on the Hunt

for Surveillance Video

3/9/2015 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0308-chris-johnson-INSTAGRAM-03Local businesses in Orlando say police are hoping surveillance video may hold the key to solving the shooting involving NFL star Chris Johnson ... and they're making the rounds in the hopes one of them caught the shooting on video.

TMZ Sports spoke to a local Goodwill near where the shooting took place. They say they spoke to police and told them their cameras show the intersection where shots were fired  ... but aren't sure if they recorded a good enough look of the shooting. 

The Goodwill says they were visited by law enforcement Monday morning and turned over their surveillance video to them.

A local IHOP tells TMZ Sports they were contacted by law enforcement as well. They say they have yet to turn over their tapes, but want to help in the investigation any way they can. 

Johnson was shot in the shoulder early Sunday morning while riding in a car that was stopped at an intersection. Another man in the car was also shot in the shoulder, but a third man, the driver, was killed.

Chris Johnson

NFL Star Shot in Drive-By

... One Person Dead

3/8/2015 9:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar1:25 PM PT -- TMZ Sports has obtained footage taken moments after the shooting ... showing bullet holes in Johnson's ride.

12:02 PM PT -- A source very close with Johnson tell us ... "When the driver got shot, Chris was leaning back in his seat texting like he always does. If he wasn't leaning back that shot would have killed him."

"It wasn't his time."

update-grey-gray-barNFL running back Chris Johnson was shot in the shoulder during a drive-by in Orlando, FL early Sunday morning  ... and one of the people in his car was killed.

Orange County Sheriff officials say the shooting took place around 4:09 AM -- when a mystery shooter opened fire on a Jeep that Chris was in ... along with two other people.

The victims told police they were stopped at a red light when another car pulled up next to them and began shooting.

29-year-old Chris was hit in the shoulder ... and another person in the car was also hit and died from his wounds. We're told Chris was taken to a nearby hospital -- and cops say he's in stable condition.

Sources close to Johnson tell us the former NY Jets and Tennessee Titans player was returning from a concert and was heading to a recording studio when he was shot.

Johnson posted a picture of himself and a friend together before the show.

Chris had been in L.A. training at Jay Glazer's Unbreakable gym but went home for the weekend to hang with friends and family.

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Porn Legend Asia Carrera

ARRESTED For Drunk Driving

... With Daughter

3/7/2015 10:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0307-asia-carrera-mug-shot-wcso-01Porn legend Asia Carrera was arrested Thursday in St. George, Utah for driving drunk with her daughter in the car ... and cops say her blood-alcohol level was MORE THAN DOUBLE the legal limit.

Cops reportedly received a call saying a woman was passed out on a couch in the Washington County School District building. Officers say they found Asia reeking of booze and she copped to driving beforehand with her daughter.

Asia -- real name Jessica Steinhauser -- took cops to her car, but reportedly attempted to leave during their talk ... so cops detained the former XXX actress for a field sobriety test.

Cops say the AVN Hall of Famer failed to pass -- and even fell during one walking attempt -- then blew a 0.254 and 0.202 BAC on two different machines ... well over the legal limit of .08.

Asia was booked for driving under the influence of alcohol with a minor and released the same day.

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'Outlaw Country' Star

Arrested for Stolen Plates

... But Not Snitching

3/7/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Outlaw Country Arrest

If you're on a reality show called "Outlaw Country" ... you gotta walk the walk like Matt "One-Eye" Brooks -- who chose to go to jail rather than drop a dime on his friends ... TMZ has learned.

Brooks, who usually wears an eye patch, is featured on the show about two Missouri brothers running an alleged crime organization, and 2 brothers in local law enforcement. You can guess which side Matt's on.

According to cops, officers spotted an illegally parked car Monday night at a Gladstone, MO apartment complex, and found out the license plate numbers had been reported stolen.  

Matt walked out as they started towing the car, and told them he had no clue about stolen plates. The car's VIN was registered to him.

Matt said he regularly lends his car to friends, but refused to give cops any full names. According to cops, Matt pointed out he's on a TV show about outlaws ... and couldn't risk getting a rep for snitching.

"One-Eye" was released on a $250 bond after getting booked for stolen property. But no snitching.

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