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Lenny Dykstra Uber Driver In Trouble with Cops ... Over Ride with MLB Star

6/8/2018 6:24 AM PDT
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Lenny Dykstra claims he was essentially kidnapped by an erratic Uber driver -- and now, we've learned the driver's been hit with a criminal charge.   

The night in question (May 23) is the same evening Dykstra was arrested in NJ for allegedly threatening to shoot the driver when cops say they also found Dykstra in possession of weed, cocaine and ecstasy. 

The driver had claimed Lenny asked to change destinations in the middle of the ride and when the driver refused, Lenny flipped out and threatened to shoot him. 

But, Dykstra says that's B.S. -- admitting he did ask to change locations, but it was the DRIVER who flipped out ... locking the doors and driving 100 mph in the wrong direction. 

Dykstra says the driver eventually pulled up in front of a police station -- where Lenny claims the driver lied to cops about what really happened. 

Cops investigated and according to court documents, the driver has been hit with 1 count of false imprisonment. 

Lenny says he was afraid for his life and called 911 several times from the back seat. Lenny says when the driver realized he was talking with police, the driver freaked out even more. 

Dykstra's charges have not been dropped -- but now, it seems both the driver and the passenger could go down together in what may be considered as one of the most bizarre Uber rides ever. 

8:40AM PT  -- Dykstra and his attorney Matthew Blit held a news conference this morning in NYC .. where they described the incident. Lenny says he was kidnapped by the driver and was in fear for his life.

"I literally thought this guy was going to kill me."

Lil Pump Charlie Sheen's My New Homie ... Bust Down Watch Included!

6/7/2018 7:57 AM PDT

Lil Pump is handing out bust down watches like the Cavaliers are handing over games to the Warriors ... and the latest guy to get one is Charlie Sheen.

Pump recruited Sheen for his latest music video shoot and while the pairing might seem random, it's actually not once you consider it's for a song called "Drug Addict." 

Sheen's struggle with drugs has not exactly flown under the radar, but from the looks of the footage on the set, Sheen is looking great. Here's a scary thought though ... he's playing a doctor.

Pump courted Sheen for the video with a ton of cash a couple weeks ago. Unclear if Pump actually forked over the dough for the cameo along with the flashy timepiece.

As for the watch ... it's covered in diamonds, just like the ones Pump gifted to his crew last month.

Kate Spade 'Drinking a Lot' and Depressed Over Separation, Business Problems

6/6/2018 6:17 AM PDT

Kate Spade was depressed over her business problems and separation from her husband, which was causing her to drink a lot ... this according to cops.

Law enforcement sources tell us, Kate was alone in her apartment when she tied a scarf around her neck, attached it to her closet door knob and hanged herself in her bedroom.

We're told her husband, Andy Spade, was not in the apartment. As we reported, the couple had separated and he was living in a nearby building. Sources say Andy told cops he was separated from Kate for a couple of months. Andy added he was at his apartment when he learned Kate had committed suicide.

Andy told cops Kate "was drinking a lot," and was depressed by business problems and their separation. As we reported, he wanted a divorce but she did not.

It puts her suicide note in a somewhat different light. In the note, she tells her 13-year-old daughter it was not her fault, adding, "Ask Daddy!" One interpretation is that she blames Andy.

Rasual Butler Fatal Crash Autopsy Alcohol, Weed & Pills

5/31/2018 11:02 AM PDT

Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler had multiple substances in his system at the time of his fatal crash back in January ... including alcohol, marijuana and painkillers ... according to the autopsy obtained by TMZ Sports

As we previously reported, Butler was behind the wheel of a Range Rover -- with a female passenger, Leah LaBelle -- when he lost control around 2:30 AM and crashed into parking meters and a concrete wall. Both died immediately from injuries suffered in the crash

Toxicology results show Butler's blood alcohol level was tested from blood collected from his heart and leg. The heart sample showed a BAC of .118, above the legal limit.

The leg sample showed a .062, which is under the legal limit. One law enforcement source told us the results are consistent with a person who was legally drunk. 

Tests also show Butler tested positive for cannabinoids (marijuana), methamphetamine and oxycodone. 

The report shows an empty box of Don Julio tequila was recovered at the crash scene. 

As for Butler's passenger, Leah LaBelle -- a former "American Idol" contestant, who Butler referred to as his wife -- she had a .144 blood alcohol level. 

The information could be relevant to Leah's family if they decided to go after Butler's estate for wrongful death. 

UPDATE: We spoke with Leah's mother who is adamant the two were NOT married. 

Ambien to Roseanne Our Drug Doesn't Make You Racist!!!

5/30/2018 7:14 AM PDT

Roseanne Barr should keep Ambien out of her mouth when trying to explain away her racist tweet this week ... so says Ambien.

A rep for the sleep medication brand tells TMZ quite frankly ... "People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world." Sanofi is the pharmaceutical company under which Ambien is sold.

They go on ... "While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication." In other words ... our Ambien didn't make you tweet that racist BS -- that's all you, Roseanne.  

As we reported ... Roseanne tried blaming the sedative for her racist tweet aimed at former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, in which she called her a baby born out of the 'muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes.' She also tried saying she thought Valerie was Jewish ...

So yeah ... Roseanne's still canceled.

T.I. on Roseanne Racist Tweet Fueled by Ambien?! GTFOH w/ Excuses!!!

5/30/2018 7:07 AM PDT

T.I. straight-up says you wouldn't let a crackhead use being on crack as an excuse for a robbery ... so there's no excusing Roseanne for firing off a racist tweet just because she was on Ambien.

We got the rapper leaving Craig's on Tuesday night in WeHo and had to ask him about "Roseanne" getting canned after the disgraced comedian said President Obama aide Valerie Jarrett was the spawn of the "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes."

T.I.'s reacting to Roseanne pulling the I-Was-Ambien-Tweeting excuse can be summed up with 3 simple letters -- SMH. We also ask the rapper about Pusha T's album cover, his beef with Drake and what it means for hip-hop.

Tip's got strong feelings about that, too.

Auburn Football Recruit Willing to Change CBD Medication ... Dad Says

5/29/2018 1:37 PM PDT
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A high school football star who takes CBD oil to control his seizures is willing to switch to another medication if it will clear the way to play for a top NCAA school ... his father tells TMZ Sports

C.J. Harris says he was told his invitation to join the Auburn football team as a defensive back was rescinded -- and now there are conflicting reports about whether it was due to his CBD medication or his underlying medical condition, epilepsy. 

We spoke with C.J.'s father who wouldn't clarify the reason Auburn pulled the offer -- but told us C.J.'s medication will not be a problem if any other program is interested in his son. 

"He wants to play," Curtis Harris tells TMZ Sports ... "He's gotta find a way and he’s willing to find something that doesn’t have the THC in it.”

"We don’t want to look back and say we didn’t try, but C.J.’s health is most important."

FYI, C.J. has said the CBD oil -- which contains THC -- helps keep his seizures at bay and he hasn't had an episode since January 2017. 

There are reports that the CBD oil was not the reason Auburn pulled the invitation -- instead sources told Auburn Undercover's Brandon Marcello the Auburn medical staff had concerns clearing a person with epilepsy to play full-contact football at the NCAA level. 

As for C.J.'s future, Curtis tells us ... "Chances are he’ll go to a prep school for a semester and hopefully he’ll pick it back up in 2019 with Auburn or another school."

'Deadliest Catch' Capt. Painter Dies Rx Pills Found On Scene

5/29/2018 8:59 AM PDT

Blake Painter -- best known for being a captain on seasons 2 and 3 of "Deadliest Catch" -- has died, and police are testing substances found at the scene of his death.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Painter's body was discovered Friday in his Oregon home. We're told a friend of Painter's became concerned after not hearing from him for a few days ... so he called the police. Officers gained entry, and determined Painter had been dead for several days.

We're told cops discovered substances inside the home that they'll test for possible narcotics. They also found prescription pills, but it's unclear if they were a factor.

No foul play is suspected in his death, and an autopsy and toxicology test will be done to determine the official cause.

Painter was the captain of the F/V Maverick on the hit Discovery Channel show, and appeared in season 3 for several episodes before deciding to quit.

Blake was heralded as an expert crab fisherman. He was 38.


Nas Rambles Through Vegas Club Gig ... But He's Happy!!!

5/26/2018 11:49 AM PDT

Nas was many things during his club appearance in Vegas Friday night -- happy, funny, forgetful -- but he definitely wasn't on top of his rap game.

The East Coast hip hop artist was at Palms in Vegas for the grand opening of the Apex Social Club, but made a grand exit after less than 10 minutes on the microphone ... according to partygoers.

We're told Nas appeared to be on the sauce, and in the vid he mentions he can barely hear himself. He does get a few bars in, but then laughs and bails on the track halfway through.

It's all good, though ... because Nas closed out by giving a shout-out to "everybody living life."

He was clearly including himself.

Pregnant Chloe Green Vaping Away As Jeremy Meeks Looks On

5/26/2018 7:48 AM PDT

Chloe Green is super pregnant, which is why this pic of her sucking on a vape pen is so interesting.

Chloe and her baby daddy hot felon Jeremy Meeks were cruising on a yacht Friday in Monaco, enjoying the weather, catching a few rays and hugging here and there when she pulled out the pen.

We don't know what she's smoking ... maybe there's no cartridge, but it still raises eyebrows. Doctors have linked marijuana use during pregnancy with increased risk of complications such as low birth weight and premature birth.

There's also a movement afoot promoting edibles for pregnant women to ease nausea.  

It has been reported that Jeremy -- who's in the middle of a divorce -- has said he and billionaire Chloe are going to get hitched once his divorce is final. 

'B&B' Star Winsor Harmon Arrested Again for Drunk in Public ... Snoozin' in SUV

5/26/2018 12:20 AM PDT

Winsor Harmon's gotta learn how to booze and head the hell home -- the soap star got arrested again for being drunk in public ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us the ex-'Bold and the Beautiful' stud was busted earlier this month after cops were called to check on a man sleeping in his car in a burb of the San Fernando Valley. Upon arrival, we're told cops discovered Winsor sleeping in his SUV.

Sources say Winsor was passed out in the back seat, and that beer cans were all over the floorboard. One of the SUV's tires was also flat, apparently. Winsor eventually woke up, and appeared disoriented and inebriated after exiting the vehicle, according to police. 

Cops determined he was too drunk to care for himself, so they cuffed him and took him to jail. He was eventually released and issued a citation. 

Not much different from a few months ago when Winsor was initially arrested for drunk in public -- except this time there didn't appear to be any alleged public peeing. Dun-dun!

Aaron Schlossberg Possible Poison Delivery to Office ... Cops Investigate

5/24/2018 4:25 PM PDT
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Aaron Schlossberg, the attorney whose threats against Spanish-speaking restaurant employees went viral ... was the target of a suspicious white powder delivered to his office.

FDNY was called to his Madison Avenue law firm office where a spokesperson described the scene as a "hazardous materials" situation. The obvious fear is anthrax. At least one person was checked out on the scene, but no one's been transported for medical care ... according to Newsweek.

Schlossberg was reportedly not at the office when the envelope arrived. NYPD has taken over investigating the powder.

Peaceful protesters flocked to his apartment building last week, and blared Spanish language music while serving tacos and tequila shots.

Schlossberg eventually apologized, claiming he's not racist and loves immigrants.

Ex-NFL star T.J. Houshmandzadeh Sues Weed Club Owners ... You Jacked My $200K!!

5/24/2018 4:07 PM PDT

Former Cincinnati Bengals star T.J. Houshmandzadeh claims he got bamboozled into fronting hundreds of thousands of dollars for a bogus weed business.

The retired WR filed suit against two men -- Damien Marzett and John Wiegman -- for allegedly convincing him to invest $200K into construction for their new dispensary under false pretenses.

In the docs obtained by TMZ Sports, T.J. claims Marzett and Wiegman approached him in 2015, trying to get him to fund a new weed club in L.A. ... which they said would make hundreds of thousands of dollars a month.

He also claims they signed a contract to pay him back interest of $180K by Dec. 2017 if he floated them the dough.

Well, he says he paid ... but never saw any of that money by the due date -- and eventually learned they didn't even have a license to operate a weed club in the state.

He wants a judge to make them fork over the $380k he says he's owed ... plus damages.

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