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'Remember the Titans' Coach

Arrested for DUI

2/25/2015 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The "Remember the Titans" actor who starred as a coach in the film -- and was NOT named Denzel Washington -- got busted for DUI in South Carolina.

Will Patton, who ended up being Denzel's assistant coach in the classic football flick ... was arrested Tuesday night in Isle of Palms, SC. He was released on $997 bond.

Patton played Coach Bill Yoast in 'Titans' -- and 10-year-old Hayden Panettiere played his daughter. He also starred in "Armaggedon" and "Gone in 60 Seconds."

Patton's hometown is Charleston ... not far from Isle of Palms. He'll be back in court next month to face the DUI. 

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Aziz Ansari

I'm Devastated Over 'Parks' Exec's Death

He Will Be Missed

2/21/2015 8:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0221-ansari-wittels-instagram-01Aziz Ansari says the loss of his friend Harris Wittels has left him devastated ... and the touching tribute he penned for the "Parks and Rec" exec who died this week is heart breaking.

Ansari posted a lengthy blog Friday night where he revealed the two had been working on a project together, and they were planning a move to NYC together in March.  Harris had just locked down an apartment on Monday.

Ansari says he had worked on two different movie scripts with Wittels,  but neither were greenlit.  But Ansari contined to support his friend, recommending that others hire him to write.

TMZ broke the story ... Wittels died at his home Thursday from an apparent drug overdose.

The "Parks and Rec" actor also included a few scenes from the movies Harris wrote ... and they're HILARIOUS. Aziz went on to describe Wittels' terrible eating habits, his arm wrestling skills and his writing expertise.

The whole thing is on Aziz's blog.  It's tear-jerking.

'Parks and Rec' Exec

Harris Wittels Found Dead

Signs of Overdose

2/19/2015 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Harris Wittels, one of the executive producers of "Parks and Recreation" died at his home Thursday from a possible drug overdose ... TMZ has learned.

According to law enforcement sources ... Wittels was pronounced dead around 1 PM. We're told the 30-year-old was found lying on his couch ... and there was drug paraphernalia in the house. There were no signs of trauma to his body. 

Wittels spoke openly about his battles with drug addiction. He'd gone to rehab twice. 

In addition to working on 'Parks & Rec' ... Wittels produced and wrote for "Eastbound and Down" and "The Sarah Silverman Program." He's also credited with making "Humblebrag," a thing on social media ... and even turned it into a coffee table book. 

'Parks & Rec' is in its final season, and the last episode is set to air next week.  

Wittels performed stand-up Wednesday night at The Meltdown -- an L.A.comedy theater. During his set he talked about being clean and sober ... and said he was in a good place.

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Oscars

Would You Like a

Lime or Cockroach in Your Drink?

2/19/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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A gaggle of stars will hit the bars at the Oscars Sunday as the show goes on, and on ... but those bars have been filthy for weeks ... cockroaches, bugs and all.

TMZ has obtained video shot inside the Dolby Theater in Hollywood ... the home of the Academy Awards. We've created a series of screen grabs, which show various bars that look anything but inviting.

You see dead cockroaches, flying bugs, spoiled food on the floor, dirty sinks, garbage strewn on the floor, dirt and a moldy cream container. 

0218-fly-on-the-wall-GIF-TMZ-02The video was shot late last year but we're told by people who have been at the venue the conditions were unchanged as recently as 5 days ago.  

We're told the Heath Dept. last inspected the Dolby in June and gave it a clean bill of health.

We contacted managers at Dolby, but so far no word back.

"Birdman" may win in the main auditorium, but The Fly wins at the bar.

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'Taking Back Sunday' Frontman

Arrested For DWI

2/18/2015 3:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Adam Lazzara -- lead singer of Taking Back Sunday -- has been arrested for allegedly boozing and driving in his hometown of Charlotte, NC. 

According to cops ... Lazzara was pulled over early Sunday morning for blowing a red light. We're told officers smelled booze during the stop, and busted him for DWI. He was later released on a $2,500 bond. 

The band's rep had no comment about Lazzara's arrest, but said their tour will begin as planned ... Wednesday night in New Orleans.

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Wiz Khalifa

Wasted with Chicks

I'm Not Talkin' Amber Rose Tonight!

2/18/2015 7:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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021815_wiz_khalifa_launch_v2Wiz Khalifa stumbled out of a Hollywood club just before 2 AM Wednesday, and his posse railed at our photog for daring to ask the question Wiz himself raised about Amber Rose being a bad parent because she stays out too late.

Wiz was feeling no pain as he left Emerson Theatre. TMZ broke the story ... he's gearing up for a custody fight, claiming Amber Rose cares more about partying than parenting.

No doubt he has every right to party when he isn't taking care of 1-year-old Sebastian, but listen to the outrage from his friends when the subject is raised.

Meanwhile back at the ranch Trinidad Carnival, Amber Rose is partying it up in barely any clothing.

Thank God for nannies. 

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'Bad Girls Club' Arrest

Judi Jackson Threatens Cop ...

'I'll Sue Your F***ot Ass'

2/15/2015 12:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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021315_judi_bgc_launchFormer "Bad Girls Club" star Judi Jackson got wasted, lost her phone, fought her friend, and then, just for good measure ... hurled a homophobic slur at the cop who was arresting her.

TMZ obtained video of Judi arguing with a male friend in a gas station parking lot outside Chicago Wednesday night -- and you can see her smash his phone and then yell, "Bitch, find my phone."

The friend wasn't having it, and called police to deal with Judi ... not that they had it any easier. According to the police report, she hit an officer in the chest with an open palm. Once they got her in the car ... cops say she screamed, "You don't know who I am, I am going to sue your fa**ot ass."

In addition to the phone, police say she broke her friend's car key and his rear view mirror.

Jackson tells us she pushed the officer in self defense. She claims he threw her onto the patrol car while cuffing her.

She can tell that to the judge ... Jackson was booked for resiting arrest, battery, and damaging property.

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Matt Groening

Bart Simpson Smokes Blunts

... Here's the Proof

2/14/2015 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Matt Groening Drawing Bart SimpsonMatt Groening can draw Bart Simpson doing anything -- and he can do it in his sleep -- so if you say "make it interesting" when he's doing a custom sketch for you ... buckle up!

"The Simpsons" co-creator was doodling for a few fans at JFK this week, and one guy got way more than he expected. If you've ever wondered what a strung out, crack alley version of Bart looks like ... wonder no more.

Check out the vid to see the sketch, start to finish. Based on the fan's response ... we'd say Matt earned his 'hood pass.

Benzino

Claims There Were No Drugs in His Car

... Only the Police Car

2/12/2015 3:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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021215_benzino_launchBenzino's arrest for drug possession had nothing to do with pot being found in his flashy Maserati -- instead, he says the drugs were in the police car in which he got hauled off to jail.

TMZ obtained the police report from his Atlanta arrest, and it says after Benzino was placed in the back of the patrol car ... the police found a small amount of pot on the seat. Cops say the pot wasn't there before.

The officer says he then checked Benzino's waistband and found a small amount of marijuana residue there, and on the fingertips of his right hand.

Benzino and his attorneys released a video (which kinda looks like a hostage situation) ... claiming the weed was in the cop car before he got there -- even though the police report clearly makes it seem like Benzino dumped it from his waistband. 

Fun fact: The arresting officer uses a "Gain" laundry detergent air freshener ... which he says wasn't strong enough to mask the pot smell in the back seat.

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Redd from 'Bad Girls Club'

Fails Drug Test ...

Gets Locked Up

2/12/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Alyssa "Redd" Carswell can't get back to the "Bad Girls Club" mansion fast enough -- the ex-reality TV star just got busted for failing a drug test.

Cops in Tallahassee, FL tell us she turned herself in Friday night after she learned there were warrants out for her arrest. Carswell is on probation for a 2012 stolen property case, and has to submit to regular drug testing -- but last month's test came up dirty. Hence the warrants.

Redd tells TMZ, she failed because she was smoking pot -- which she admitted to cops.

She's hardly keeping her nose clean -- you'll recall, last summer co-star Natalie Nunn filed a battery report against Redd ... accusing her of chomping down on her foot during a fight. The L.A. City Attorney rejected that case for lack of evidence.

Once a bad girl, always a bad girl.

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Benzino

Busted For Drugs

If Only He'd Buckled Up

2/11/2015 4:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Benzino ArrestedIf you cruise around on a suspended license in a slick Maserati like ex-"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Benzino allegedly just did ... make sure you wear your seat belt and don't have drugs on you.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Benzino was stopped by Atlanta cops late Wednesday afternoon simply for failing to buckle up, but then cops say they found a pot stash on him.

Benzino was hauled off to jail for the belt violation, suspended license and possession of marijuana. Bail was set at $2,269.00

This is Benzino's second arrest in the last few weeks -- he was pinched for trying to sneak a loaded 9MM through airport security in the ATL.

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Bruce Jenner

Not Under Influence of Rx Drugs, Alcohol

During Fatal Crash

2/11/2015 10:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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12:15 PM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell us that Bruce had a blood alcohol level of 0.00 at the time of the accident. 

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Bruce Jenner had nothing in his system that impacted his ability to drive at the time he struck a Lexus on Pacific Coast Highway ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. has determined based on field sobriety tests, blood tests and observations that Bruce had nothing in his system that impaired his driving abilities.  

As one law enforcement source put it, "He was balanced out. He wasn't under the influence. We know that."

Our sources say the blood tests would show anything in his system, including hormonal drugs, but they are confident after their analysis drugs and alcohol played no part in the accident

'In The House' Star

Arrested Twice ...

Calls Cop a Fa**ot!

2/11/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Maia Campbell Arrested

LL Cool J's ex co-star Maia Campbell should really try ordering in -- she just got busted at a restaurant for the 2nd time this year ... most recently for causing a drunken scene at a Waffle House.

Cops in Riverdale, GA tell us they got called to the restaurant last weekend when the former "In the House" star was allegedly wasted and causing a scene. Officers gave her a chance to leave on her own, but she refused -- and then left in handcuffs ... and got booked for disorderly conduct.

The 38-year-old also ended up in an Atlanta cop car last month -- when she went off in a Burger King. According to the police report obtained by TMZ ... she cussed out a family, accused their child of stealing her wallet, and called the arresting officer a "fu**ing fa**ot!"

Cops say she denied using foul words, and claimed to only speak the "King's language" -- which is either some strange BK dialect or maybe she meant the Queen's English.   

Hard to tell.

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