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Safaree Samuels Run (from) the Jewels ... Post-Armed Robbery

4/19/2018 7:02 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Safaree Samuels is steering clear of any bling that could possibly get him caught up at gunpoint again -- he'll just stick to some window shopping for now.

We got the 'Love & Hip Hop' star Wednesday leaving the Avianne & Co. jewelry shop in NYC, and asked if he'd picked up any ice. He makes it clear -- his chain game is on hold for now.

Can't blame him ... he was recently robbed at gunpoint in New Jersey, during which the alleged perpetrators jacked upwards of $180k in cash and jewelry. Turns out, the rapper knows one of the dudes arrested for the crime ... from back when he was dating Nicki Minaj.

All things considered ... Safaree might be better served laying low on swag. However, he is still rockin' fur coats -- the one thing the robbers left untouched. He tells us why that might be. 

Orlando Brown Swaps Inmate Gear for a New Suit ... After Released from Jail

4/19/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Orlando Brown is back on the outside, and he's got himself nice new duds, too ... all 'cause he was bold enough to ask a random dude near the jail to give him the suit off his back.

TMZ has obtained video from just minutes after Orlando was released from L.A. County Jail Tuesday after a warrant hearing, when we're told he saw two dudes -- Kelvin Asiedu and Raptographer -- doing a photo shoot down the street ... and asked one of them for his outfit -- literally, the one the guy was wearing.

Sure enough, the guys recognized Orlando from his Disney days and happily obliged. Surprisingly, the suit fit ... albeit, it did take a little time to get the pants on.

As we reported ... Orlando was arrested by a bounty hunter in Vegas last week and extradited to L.A. based on outstanding warrants for his arrest. The entire ordeal was pretty dramatic, to say the least ... with Orlando being found in a closet in his underwear

He's got a full getup now, though -- and hey, it's from Zara of all places. You seeing this, Raven?!

Ex-MLB Pitcher Matt Mantei Allegedly Threw Wife to Ground Before Dom. Violence Arrest

4/18/2018 2:46 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Matt Mantei allegedly pushed his wife and threw her to the ground during a fight over a cell phone -- before being arrested for domestic violence ... according to an incident report obtained by TMZ Sports.

We broke the story ... Mantei was arrested for assault and battery in Michigan on Tuesday night. According to the report, Mantei and his wife of 3 months were at home when they began arguing.

In the report, Mantei's wife claims he "grabbed her forearms and threw her to the floor" after trying to grab her phone. Once on the ground, Mantei allegedly got on top of his wife to prevent her from moving ... and squeezed her hands, causing minor injuries to her fingers.

Once Mantei let his wife go, the report says he began "throwing items around the house and tearing things off the wall."

Mantei's wife called 911 and waited for cops to arrive. The report says she had "visible cuts and bruises to her right hand ... and both hands were somewhat swollen."

M.M. appeared in court this afternoon and pled not guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence ... before being released from jail.

He's due back in court next month.

Ex-MLB'er Matt Mantei Arrested For Assault & Battery

4/18/2018 8:46 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

12:21 PM PT -- Mantei appeared in front of a judge  (over a livestream) in Berrien County, Michigan ... and plead not guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence.

MM was given a personal recognizance bond ... meaning he will be discharged from county jail without paying any money.

He is due back in court May 2.

Flame-throwing ex-MLB pitcher Matt Mantei was arrested and thrown in jail for assault and battery Tuesday night in Michigan ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Mantei -- a closer with a 100 MPH heater -- played 10 seasons in the big leagues for the Marlins, Diamondbacks and Red Sox. He had a career ERA of 4.07, and racked up 93 saves ... before retiring in 2005.

According to officials, Mantei -- 44 years old -- was booked into the Berrien County Jail Tuesday night on the charge of assault and battery.

It's unclear exactly what led up to the arrest.

Mantei is still in custody.

Story developing ...

Stormy Daniels 1,500 Tips Pour in for Suspect Sketch

4/18/2018 11:14 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Stormy Daniels' team has been flooded with tips on who her threatening mystery man might be less than 24 hours after she revealed the sketch, but she can't say she's that much closer to finding him.

Stormy's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, tells TMZ her legal team has received well over 1,500 tips on potential leads for ID'ing Stormy's alleged perpetrator. However, he says they've only deemed a couple hundred or so credible enough to pursue.

Avenatti wouldn't elaborate on what differentiated credible versus non-credible tips -- but we can take a guess. TONS of people took to Twitter Tuesday after Stormy revealed the sketch on "The View" to compare it to a bunch of celebs ... most notably, Tom Brady. Some even think it looks like Stormy's husband.

As for the legit leads ... Avenatti says Stormy's team has dedicated 40-60 man hours so far running them down. He says they have people on the ground in Vegas, CA and NY.

For the record ... law enforcement sources in Vegas tell us authorities there have not received any calls about the potential identity of Stormy's mystery man, and they're not investigating the matter.

Kodak Black 2 More Charges Dropped ... Inches Toward Jail Release

4/17/2018 12:58 PM PDT
Breaking News

Kodak Black got some good news while sitting in his jail cell that will help him get out much sooner than expected ... TMZ has learned.

The rapper's attorney, Bradford Cohen, tells us 2 remaining charges from the January raid of his Florida home have been dropped. The charges were for marijuana possession and possession of ammunition.

We're told Kodak admitted 2 other probation violation charges -- driving with a suspended license and associating with people engaged in criminal activity. He'll get credit for time served, which puts him in line for an October release with good behavior.

Once the rapper's free, the remaining year of house arrest and 4 years of probation will be wiped from his slate ... according to Cohen. He adds, "Kodak [and I] are extremely happy to resolve this case with an excellent resolution. It was very nice to deal with a fair judge who understood the circumstances -- along with prosecutors."

As we reported ... Kodak was arrested after an Instagram Live vid alerted cops to criminal activity, and he was hit with 7 charges. He was looking at around 12 years behind bars, until 3 charges were initially dropped.

Russell Simmons Jane Doe Rape Lawsuit is Pure Extortion

4/17/2018 11:16 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Russell Simmons says the vile allegations against him in a lawsuit filed by Jane Doe are pure fiction, and an extortion attempt to extract money from a rich man.

Simmons filed new legal docs in the case where a woman claimed he raped her after meeting her at a concert. Simmons says in the docs, obtained by TMZ, the suit is an attempt "to extort large sums of money from Mr. Simmons and for her lawyer to try to make a name for himself.

Russell calls the lawsuit "a work of pure fiction." But he says there's a more fundamental reason why the case should be tossed. He notes the woman claimed the alleged rape occurred in 1988 ... and the statute of limitations has long since run on any such claim.

As we reported ... Jane Doe claims she met Simmons at a hip-hop concert she was at with her elementary school-aged son, and ended up at his hotel room later that night after she dropped off her kid. She accused Simmons of threatening her son when she rejected his advances, then threw her on the bed and raped her. She's suing for $10 million. 

Simmons is asking a judge to dismiss the case.

FSU QB Deondre Francois Busted for Weed ... Blames GF

4/17/2018 12:27 PM PDT
Breaking News

More trouble for Florida State QB Deondre Francois -- who was just busted for weed in Tallahassee ... and immediately tried to throw his GF under the bus. 

According to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports, cops raided Francois' home on April 12 over a tip he may have been dealing marijuana. 

Cops say Francois' girlfriend, Diamond Simone Lindsey, was in the house at the time of the search -- and if you recognize that name, it's because she's the same person who accused the QB of domestic violence back in January. 

Francois was detained while cops searched the place -- but they ultimately determined there wasn't enough evidence to prove he was slangin'. 

Cops did however find 17 grams of "cannabis/tobacco mixture" and "items of drug paraphernalia" on the premises and asked Francois for an explanation. 

Francois -- being the quality BF he is -- tried to pin the whole thing on Lindsey. 

"Francois attempted to minimize his culpability by saying that he 'can't smoke right now' and saying that the cannabis belonged to [Lindsey]."

Cops ultimately didn't buy it and cited Francois for possession. FSU coach Willie Taggart says he's met with Deondre and is handling the matter internally. 

As for the domestic violence case from January ... the investigation was later dropped and no charges were ever filed. 

Jonathan Martin Released From Treatment Facility Ordered to Wear GPS Device

4/17/2018 10:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jonathan Martin has received a judge's permission to leave a mental health treatment facility in the wake of his arrest for criminal threats ... but he'll be tracked by a GPS device. 

TMZ Sports has obtained docs showing attorneys for the former Miami Dolphins lineman appeared in L.A. County Superior Court last week to ask the judge for his release from a facility in Malibu. 

As we previously reported, Martin was arrested back in February after posting a threatening photo on social media featuring a gun and bullets. Martin had included a cryptic message aimed at former teammates and classmates. 

When cops located Martin, they found several weapons including a loaded gun, a knife and an axe. He was immediately detained and transferred to a facility for mental evaluation.

The L.A. County D.A. later hit Martin with 5 charges ... 4 counts of making criminal threats and 1 count of possessing a loaded firearm.

Now, after the clinical director at the treatment facility vouched for Martin in court, the judge allowed him to be released with several conditions: 

1) He must be fitted with a GPS and alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet 

2) He must attend outpatient treatment 5 days a week from 9 AM to 5 PM

3) He's also been ordered to stay away from Harvard-Westlake high school in L.A. and the Miami Dolphins organization -- specifically, his former teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey

Martin is due back in court April 25. 

Floyd Mayweather Shooting Photos of Bullet-Riddled Van

4/17/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The shooter who ambushed Floyd Mayweather's entourage in Atlanta fired at least 12 shots -- with 8 bullets striking the car carrying Floyd's bodyguards ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. 

As we previously reported, Floyd's bodyguard Greg La Rosa was struck in the leg -- but now we've learned there were 6 other people in the car ... and it's a miracle no one else was hit. 

You can see the bullet holes all over the vehicle -- one on the hood and several along the side. 

According to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports, police recovered 12 shell casings at the crime scene ... located right next to the hotel where Floyd was staying. 

We're told Floyd was in another vehicle which had just entered the valet area of the hotel when the shots rang out.  

So far, cops have made no arrests -- and wouldn't tell us if they have any leads. 

As for Greg, we're told he's back home and recovering. 

Scary stuff. 

Taylor Swift Obsessed Fan Busted for Felony Stalking

4/17/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

11:41 AM PT -- Beverly Hills PD filed for and was granted a temporary firearms restraining order against Taylor's alleged stalker, Julius Sandrock, in which they claim his car was found to contain an empty gun holster, live rounds of ammunition, latex gloves, black gloves, a knife and multiple types of masks, black rope, Rx medication, and psychologist paperwork. Cops also say Sandrock was arrested attempting to break into Taylor's home while wearing a mask and rubber gloves. They claim he told officers he suffers from OCD, bipolar disorder, severe depression and manic episodes. Sandrock is on probation in Colorado for "disorderly conduct and discharging a firearm," according to police.Taylor Swift's home, a designated historic landmark, keeps attracting bizarre behavior -- another obsessed fan was arrested there after trekking across several states ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops were called to Taylor's Bev Hills mansion Saturday after security spotted a suspicious man in front of the property. Police responded and busted a 38-year-old man who said he'd driven from Colorado to meet with Taylor. We're told she was not home.

After searching the man's car and interviewing him, officers determined they had enough reason to arrest him and book him for felony stalking. He's still in custody, and we're told cops are in the process of issuing an emergency protective order for him to stay away from Taylor. 

Taylor's security was already on high alert -- as we reported, a trespasser was recently sentenced to 3 days in jail and 3 years probation after he attempted to scale a wall at Taylor's home.

Stormy Daniels Cohen's Nothing But 'Trump's Fixer' ... And He's Radioactive

4/16/2018 2:46 PM PDT
Breaking News

President Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, walked away from court Monday with a slight W -- but he couldn't escape Stormy Daniels and her team's wrath afterward.

Stormy and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, blasted Cohen after the New York court hearing over the docs the FBI seized from Cohen's office. Stormy said Cohen has acted like he's "above the law," and Avenatti called him "radioactive."

Avenatti says anyone who interacted with Cohen over the last 20 to 30 years should be worried their secrets might be revealed ... referring to Monday's revelation Sean Hannity was Cohen's secret 3rd client.

As for what happened in court, a judge effectively delayed the feds' case against Cohen, saying they had to provide him copies of everything seized in their raid ... in order to sort out what may be privileged or not.

Stormy Daniels Crashes Cohen's Court Hearing ... Troll Move of the Year

4/16/2018 11:24 AM PDT
Breaking News

1:00 PM PT -- Sean Hannity just responded on his radio show, "The Sean Hannity Show," denying that Michael Cohen ever represented him. He also tweeted that he "assumed those conversations were confidential."

11:52 AM PT -- Cohen's lawyer just revealed in court FOX News host Sean Hannity is Cohen's previously unnamed client.

Stormy Daniels ripped a page right out of "The Godfather: Part II" as she showed up in court to stare down President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Cohen has a hearing Monday in New York to discuss how he feels federal prosecutors should handle documents seized by the FBI after a raid on his office and residence -- especially docs he claims would violate attorney-client privilege if improperly reviewed.

Trump's guy wants a judge to allow him and his team to review the seized docs first so they can single out paperwork they want protected from scrutiny. Trump's own team also reportedly filed docs asking to be allowed to review any seized evidence relating to the Prez.

Oh, and Cohen's asking to keep a third client of his anonymous -- his other 2, which he says received serious legal services, are Trump and GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy ... the latter of whom had Cohen pay a Playboy model $1.6 million after she claimed Broidy knocked her up.

As you might recall ... Cohen admitted to paying Stormy $130k ... which she says was intended to keep her quiet about an alleged affair she claims she had with Trump.

Needless to say, Stormy's presence was probably (most definitely) intended as huge troll move to get under Cohen's skin. Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, said she wasn't there to provoke ... but nobody's really buying that, right?

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