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Ben Affleck Completes Rehab

3/14/2017 3:29 PM PDT
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0314-ben-affleck-tmz-1Ben Affleck announced he's just completed a stint in rehab.

Sources tell us he was at a facility almost immediately after the Oscars 2 weeks ago. 

Ben says he took it upon himself to get help because he had renewed problems with alcohol abuse. A source familiar with the situation says the problem has been going on "a long time."

It's not Ben's first time in rehab. He went to Promises in Malibu back in 2001 for alcohol abuse.

There have been reports he was reconciling with Jennifer Garner and she was dropping the divorce, but our sources say that is not true.  

Ben says, "I'm lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I've done the work I've set out to do."

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Willie Nelson Smokes the Diaz Bros!

3/14/2017 6:58 AM PDT
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Willie Nelson can take BOTH Diaz brothers at the same time ... at least when it comes to smoking weed.

The country music legend (and pot icon) was proudly displaying his new boxes of the new Nick and Nate Diaz line of marijuana cigarettes.

The company behind the pot products say "Nate's Energy" weed is a pre-workout blend and "Nick's Recovery" is to help athletes post-training.

Or, if you're Willie Nelson ... pre-show, post-show?

Kate del Castillo Send My Hologram to Mexico! I Won't Go Due to El Chapo

3/14/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0313-kate-del-castillo-el-chapo-guzman-tmz-getty-01Kate del Castillo's fear of an El Chapo related backlash, and possible jail time, is forcing the actress to bail on her Netflix event -- but a hologram might save the day.

Sources close to the Mexican soap opera star tell TMZ Kate will be skipping the Netflix premiere down in Mexico City for her new show "Ingobernable." We're told she's still worried Mexican cops will arrest her to grill her about Sean Penn's infamous interview with El Chapo ... which she arranged.

We're told Netflix honchos are looking into the cost of creating a Kate hologram to attend the event. If that doesn't work out, she's also planning a Q&A via Skype -- but that's as close as she'll get to the border.

As we reported ... Kate was wanted by the Mexican government for possibly getting illegal funds from El Chapo as payment for brokering the Penn sit-down. 

Coincidentally, Kate plays the Mexican First Lady who allegedly kills the President in "Ingobernable."

Stern 'Wack Packer' Joey Boots Cause of Death ... Accidental Heroin Overdose

3/13/2017 1:39 PM PDT
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Howard Stern 'Wack Packer' Joey Boots died from an accidental heroin overdose.

The Medical Examiner's Office in NYC tells TMZ it's determined his official cause of death is "acute heroin intoxication." The 49-year-old's body was found slumped over in a chair in his apartment on Dec. 23.

Joey had openly discussed his battles with cocaine and crack addiction on the radio. After his death, some of Joey's friends told us they thought he was no longer using.

Fellow 'Wack Packer' High Pitch Erik found Joey while recording a podcast.

Mariah Carey Celeb Hairdresser Busted for Drugs at Buffalo Airport

3/12/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

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Hollywood hairdresser Danielle Priano was busted at the Buffalo Int'l Airport with several containers of illegal prescription drugs.

Priano -- known for working with stars like Mariah Carey and J Lo -- was detained February 12 while attempting to board a flight to NYC. We're told the Buffalo PD obtained a search warrant to check her duffel bag and purse ... and found nearly 400 Rx pills.

According to court docs ... the pills included Adderall, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Xanax and a Suboxone strip commonly used to treat addiction. Priano was charged with 4 counts of possession of a controlled substance. She pled not guilty to all 4 counts.

Priano recently appeared on "Mariah's World" as Carey's hairstylist.

Jackie Warner Sleep Driving Defense Will Get Me Off

3/10/2017 10:46 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jackie Warner strongly believes her attorney and the Ambien defense will help her escape jail time in her arrest for nearly backing into a cop's patrol car.

Jackie and a friend were out at Gracias Madre Thursday night in West Hollywood, and on the way out the fitness guru talked about her dramatic arrest at gunpoint. As we first reported, sources close to Jackie say she was "sleep driving" when she got into an accident.

She allegedly reversed her car abruptly, forcing an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy to jump out of the way, and got arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.

But Jackie's fully confident here she'll be acquitted. In fact, 2 weeks after the accident, she's feeling good enough to enjoy a margarita.

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George Clooney & Rande Gerber Party with the Bandit's Trans Am! And Tequila, Of Course

3/10/2017 8:41 AM PST
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George Clooney and Rande Gerber just raised the bar for office parties by throwing a tequila-soaked bash -- with the most awesome movie car thrown in for good measure.

The famous buddies looked like extremely hot moonshiners Thursday in L.A. ... as they loaded up the Trans Am from "Smokey and the Bandit" with 20 cases of their Casamigos tequila.

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We're told they were wrapping a commercial shoot, and wanted to treat the cast and crew of about 100 to a little fiesta. The Trans Am, reportedly worth $550k, wasn't just for the surprise ... we're told it was part of the commercial.

Yup ... we wanna be them, and so do you.

Bandit ballers!

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K.C. Chiefs Tight End Arrested for Weed

3/8/2017 11:50 AM PST
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K.C. Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris was arrested for weed on Tuesday -- when a routine traffic stop in Missouri went very poorly. 

The 25-year-old was a passenger in a car that was stopped by the Missouri State Highway Patrol around 4:22 PM ... and during the stop, officers suspected there was marijuana in the car. 

Cops say they found more than 35 grams -- which is considered a felony in Missouri and carries serious penalties including 7 years in prison.

Look, 35 grams isn't a small amount of weed ... but it ain't exactly Snoop Dogg territory either. 

He was booked for felony possession of weed and drug paraphernalia.

Story developing ...  

NBA's Ty Lawson Tested Positive for Booze 3 Times ... Officials Say

3/8/2017 9:43 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0308-ty-lawson-tmzTy Lawson broke the terms of his probation by testing positive for alcohol THREE TIMES over the past 7 months ... this according to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports.

As we previously reported, the Sacramento Kings star is on probation stemming from his 2015 drunk driving case in Denver ... and part of the terms required Lawson to stay completely sober and submit to alcohol testing. 

But officials say Lawson tested positive for booze on 9/27, 9/29 and 2/7.

FYI, the Kings had the day off on 2/7 in between two home games.

Lawson spoke with reporters at Kings Media Day on Sept. 26 ... giving interviews about his troubled past, including the drunk driving arrest ... and vowing to move forward.

The next day, officials say he tested positive for booze.

Officials want the judge to revoke Lawson's probation and subject him to harsher punishment -- which includes jail time.

A court date has been set for March 22 -- the same day the Kings play the Bucks -- and if he doesn't show, a warrant will be issued for his arrest.

Dr. Drew Nothing Natural About George Michael's Death!

3/8/2017 9:25 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Dr. Drew isn't buying the coroner's report about George Michael dying of natural causes ... because there were too many markers of substance abuse.

We got the good doc Tuesday night at Catch and he was pretty fired up about the official report because, as he puts it ... there's NOTHING natural about the contributing causes.

Drew argues Michael's heart and liver issues scream alcohol and drug abuse ... at least to him they do.

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Jay Z Life Is a Cabernet ... It's a GOAT Thing

3/8/2017 7:24 AM PST

0308-jay-z-akm-01If you're wondering why Jay Z can drink wine on the streets of NYC ... his shirt kinda says it all.

Jay stepped out of his chauffeur driven ride Tuesday night -- glass of red in hand, pinky finger down, Audemars Piguet on his wrist -- as he strolled to a friend's house.

Open container laws do not apply to the GOAT.

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Spike Dudley Once Asked Vince McMahon for Weed ... Says Bubba Ray Dudley

3/7/2017 7:25 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

And now: "When 3 AM Phone Calls Go Wrong" ... starring ex-WWE superstar Bubba Ray Dudley

Here's the deal ... we asked Bubba Ray for his best Vince McMahon story (everyone's got one) and the "Busted Open" radio co-host came through strong. 

It involved a 3 AM phone call to the CEO while in a car with Shane McMahon, Tommy Dreamer and Spike Dudley ... and ended with Spike asking Vince if he had any "kind buds."

Whoops! 

Greg Hardy Punished In Cocaine Case

3/3/2017 12:24 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

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Greg Hardy just dodged a bullet ... he will NOT go to prison in his cocaine possession case, TMZ Sports has learned.

The ex-NFL star -- and current MMA fighter -- has struck a plea deal with prosecutors in Dallas in which his felony drug possession charge was reduced to a misdemeanor. 

As a result, Hardy was sentenced to 2 years unsupervised probation along with other fines ... a clerk at the Dallas County Court tells us. 

As we previously reported, Hardy was arrested on Sept. 25 when cops pulled over a 2010 Dodge Challenger for turning without signaling -- and during the bust, found a baggie of the white stuff in Hardy's brown Louis Vuitton wallet.

Officials say the coke weighed in at .7 grams.

Hardy was indicted on 1 count of felony possession of a controlled substance -- and faced up to 2 years in prison if convicted.

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