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Taraji P. Henson's Son

Police Video Shoots Down

Racial Profiling Claim

3/27/2015 10:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Taraji P. Henson says her son was racially profiled by cops on 2 different occasions -- but police video of one of the incidents completely refutes that claim ... because the officer could NOT have been nicer.

The "Empire" star recently complained her 20-year-old son Marcel Johnson was pulled over by a Glendale, CA officer who illegally searched the car, cited him for marijuana possession, but didn't ticket him for the original infraction.

Watch the dash cam video of the full stop ... the officer pulls over Marcel for allegedly failing to yield at a crosswalk. When the officer asks Marcel if he has anything illegal in the car ... he confesses he has some marijuana. The officer actually thanked him for being honest.

When you see the clip ... it's hard to say the cop had it out for Marcel. As for the alleged illegal search ... the officer says he smelled the weed -- which alone would give him probable cause, plus Marcel copped to it.

Taraji says the 2nd incident went down at USC when police allegedly stopped Marcel for "having his hands in his pockets." No video of that one yet.

Cookie's rarely wrong, but this time it looks like she is ... or maybe her son gave her bum info about the Glendale incident. We've got a call into her rep.

'Empire' Star Malik Yoba

I Found the Guy Behind False Drug Rumors ...

He Better Apologize!!

3/26/2015 12:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"Empire" star Malik Yoba is shooting down the rumors he was fired from the hit show because he was abusing drugs -- and he's getting an apology from the guy who spread the rumor in the first place.

Malik came on TMZ Live to set the record straight, telling us he spent money to find the blogger behind the false report -- which unfortunately spread like crazy on the Internet. He assured us he's never had any issues with substance abuse ... a claim he says anyone he's ever worked with would support.

In fact, Malik explained how "Empire" creator Lee Daniels had his back when the rumor started spreading.

As for the blogger ... Malik told us the guy promised to post a retraction -- which he did early Thursday afternoon.

Snoop Dogg

Marshawn Lynch Doesn't Smoke Weed

3/26/2015 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

He might have a strain of weed named after him ... and he's always craving Skittles ... but Marshawn Lynch is no stoner ... so says Snoop Dogg

In fact, when our guy brought up the Beastmode strain that started hitting pot shops around Super Bowl time, Snoop made it clear that Marshawn had NOTHING to do with it. 

"My homeboy got a career to play," Snoop says ... "He's still in the NFL. He's got a commissioner to deal with."

There's more -- we also talked to Snoop about UCLA ... and if he's excited to go to the football games with Puff, since their sons will both be on the squad next season. 

He's fired up ... and not just because he pulled out a blunt and smoked it on camera. 

Scott Disick

Fits Parenting Into Busy Schedule

3/25/2015 6:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0325_scott_disick_kids_mason_penelope_splashScott Disick took a break from partying, rehab hijinks, and then partying some more to spend time with two of his kids, Mason and Penelope.

Disick and the kids hit up a sushi joint Tuesday in Calabasas.

Disick bailed on his trippy Costa Rican rehab this week and came back to L.A., but not before some serious Costa Rican clubbing. He's already booked a club appearance in Vegas for this weekend at 1 OAK in The Mirage Hotel & Casino.

Who needs rehab anyway?

Jon Hamm

Completes Rehab Stint for Alcohol

3/24/2015 4:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0325_jon_hamm_lax_gettyJon Hamm completed a 30-day rehab program for alcohol abuse, just days before the premiere of the last season of "Mad Men."

We're told Hamm checked himself into Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut at the end of February. It's a high-end facility.

The final season is already in the can.  

Hamm's people tell TMZ, "With the support of his longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for his struggle with alcohol addiction. They have asked for privacy and sensitivity going forward."

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

TECATE KO'S CORONA

Buys Beer Rights for $5.6 Mil

3/24/2015 7:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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There was a civil war in Mexico surrounding the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight -- TECATE VERSUS CORONA -- but now ... one beer has finally obtained the rights to be the official cerveza of the fight!

Here's the tale of the tape ... Tecate has been a long-time sponsor of Pacquiao -- while Corona has often backed Mayweather. 

According to promoter Bob Arum, both companies were dead set on buying the rights ... which led to a good old fashioned BIDDING WAR!!

But when it comes to beer sponsors, there can only be uno ... and according to Arum, the winner was TECATE ... which bid $5.6 MILLION!!!!

"We've never seen anything like that on a beer sponsor," Arum told ESPN ... "Both companies were after it. It's a huge number."

Arum says Tecate's bid was $400k higher than Corona. 

Hey, life can't always be a beach.  

Scott Disick

Screw Rehab ...

I'm Hitting Costa Rica's Clubs!

3/23/2015 8:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0323-scott-disick-club-rouge-costa-rica-TMZ-02Scott Disick's officially ditched rehab in Costa Rica ... so he can spend quality time at the local nightclubs.

Disick was spotted hanging near the bar in a club called Rouge on Saturday night. Sporting a black tee and ball cap ... Scott seemed like he was trying to keep a low profile -- but hanging with a big bodyguard in purple ain't exactly inconspicuous. 

Witnesses tell us he also hit up a spot called Vertigo.

TMZ broke the story ... Scott bailed on the Costa Rican rehab program after less than a week. He's coming back to the states, and already has club gigs booked back here. 

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update_graphic_red_barAfter we posted our story, Scott posted (and then deleted) a photo touting his upcoming appearance at 1OAK in Las Vegas.

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Dr. Drew

Scott Disick Is in Desperate Shape

3/23/2015 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Dr. Drew believes Scott Disick is in far worse shape than anyone believes, because his choice of rehab is dangerous, generally used by heroin addicts, and he's destined to relapse.

The good doc was at LAX Sunday when our photog asked about Disick's decision to leave the Costa Rica rehab facility Monday, after only one week of treatment. Scott says he has pressing business in L.A., but Drew says it's a common rich-people's avoidance technique.

Dr. Drew seemed alarmed Scott was being treated with a hallucinogenic plant called Iboga, saying it's usually used for heroin addiction, not alcohol, and it's very dangerous. 

Scott Disick --

I'm Too Busy for Rehab

3/21/2015 2:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0321-scott-disick-tmz-02Scott Disick has decided he's too busy to stay locked down in rehab ... we've learned he's bailing on the facility in Costa Rica. 

Sources close to Scott tell TMZ ... Disick had actually booked a flight Saturday to LA but he didn't get on the plane. Scott entered a rehab facility in Costa Rica last Monday, where he was undergoing an intensive therapy involving the African psychedelic shrub Iboga

Disick's people tell us he decided not to take that flight but will leave that facility Monday because he has too much business in LA to deal with. As for why he didn't get on the plane today, we're told he wanted to complete a full week of treatment before bailing. The normal length of treatment is three times that -- 21 days. 

Scott has the option to return for more treatment when he is ready. 

Liza Minnelli

Checks into Malibu Rehab Facility

3/18/2015 4:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0318_Liza-Minnelli_TMZLiza Minnelli is getting treatment for substance abuse in a Malibu rehab facility ... TMZ has learned.

A rep for Minnelli confirmed the legendary singer and actress is making "excellent progress" in the treatment center. 

We're told 69-year-old Liza's been in the facility for several days, and her main issue is alcohol.  

She's been in rehab multiple times ... most recently in 2004. As the rep put it, "Liza has valiantly battled substance abuse over the years." Of course, her mother Judy Garland also battled addiction most of her life, and ultimately OD'd in 1969.

Liza was offered half a million back in 2010 to do the reality show "Celebrity Rehab." She passed on the offer.

Ravens' RB Bernard Pierce

Told Cops During DUI

'I'm Gonna Get Cut Tomorrow'

3/18/2015 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

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Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce told cops that he KNEW he was gonna get cut from the team during his DUI arrest ... saying, "Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI?"

TMZ Sports obtained the police report detailing the DUI arrest ... in which the Baltimore County Police Dept. says Pierce admitted to taking "3 shots of Jack" before he was popped. 

As we previously reported, Pierce was initially pulled over around 2AM for speeding -- and then bombed his field sobriety test

In the report, the officer asked Pierce how much he weighs -- and Pierce slurred, "530." The officer pressed him on it and he repeated it twice before correcting himself and saying, "230 pounds."

While he was being taken to a nearby police station, Pierce reportedly uttered, "Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI? I'm getting cut tomorrow, not like you care." 

Pierce was clearly referring to Victor Hampton who was arrested for drunk driving in February -- and was later cut by the team. 

Scott Disick

Straight Trippin'

Into Rehab [TMZ TV]

3/18/2015 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Scott Disick is finally addressing his substance abuse problems ... by taking a fabulous psychedelic trip into the Costa Rican jungle! Sound like groovy fun? Well, it's actually serious therapy, man!

But also most likely ... pretty groovy.

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Baltimore Ravens RB

Bernard Pierce

Arrested for DUI

3/18/2015 6:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce -- who started for the team after Ray Rice got fired last season -- was arrested for DUI in Maryland early Wednesday morning. 

Baltimore County police say Pierce was initially stopped for speeding around 2AM -- and during the stop, the officer suspected the 24-year-old was hammered. 

Pierce was asked to step out of his ride -- and then bombed some field sobriety tests. He was eventually arrested for DUI and hauled to a nearby station where he was processed and later released. 

A rep for the Ravens says, "We are aware of the situation and learning more about it. We take these matters seriously."

It's not the first time Pierce has had issues with booze -- TMZ Sports broke the story, Bernard and a couple of his teammates were booted from a Maryland bar during a party last year because "they couldn't maintain their composure."

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