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Pippi Longstocking

Back To School for DUI

10/6/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Pippi Longstocking DUICute pigtails ain't gonna get Tami Erin outta this one ... the actress who played "Pippi Longstocking" has been ordered back to school as part of her DUI sentence.

Erin has to enter an alcohol education program, and attend a weekly AA class for 10 weeks. 

As TMZ first reported ... Erin was busted last December for felony hit-and-run and drunk driving. She plowed into 3 cars before cops stopped her. 

Erin will be on probation for 3 years, and has to perform 240 hours of community service. Sorry, Erin ... making another sex tape will not count toward that number.


Michael Phelps

I'm Going to Rehab

10/5/2014 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Michael Phelps says he's going to rehab ... this, after his 2nd DUI arrest in 10 years. 

Phelps says the days following the Sept. 30th arrest have been "extremely difficult" ... and he acknowledges it's not the 1st time he screwed up.

"I am extremely disappointed with myself. I'm going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself."

Phelps added, "Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual, and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future."

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Phelps was busted in Baltimore after an 8 hour gambling binge at a local casino last week. Back in 2004, he was arrested for DUI in Maryland.

Phelps did not say whether he will be receiving treatment for gambling as well -- but it's no secret the guy has a penchant for playing cards.


Amanda Bynes

Kicked Out of Fashion School

For Weed, Bizarre Conduct

10/1/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Amanda Bynes Kicked Out Fashion School

Amanda Bynes
was out of control at her fashion school ... showing up high and offering fellow students money to do her homework ... and we're told it got so bad she was kicked out.

Several classmates at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Irvine say Amanda has shown big signs of trouble for a while ... and various people have told us she often went to class high on weed.

Student Rachel Loritz tells TMZ ... Amanda often ditched classes ... but even when she showed up, she was clearly high, and not good at hiding it ... she almost always wore sunglasses and laughed out loud at inappropriate times.

We're told the pendulum would often swing and she would then get in "horrendous arguments."

Rachel says ... Amanda paid fellow students to do her homework ... and some took her up on it. Rachel says she rejected Amanda's offer.

We're told Amanda was caught cheating off someone during a test ... and when she was called out she threw a fit.

Multiple sources tell us Amanda was kicked out of the school last month.

Michael Phelps

8-Hour Gambling Binge

... Before DUI

10/1/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Phelps had just finished up an 8-hour gambling session at a Baltimore casino before he was popped for DUI early Tuesday morning ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

According to our casino sources, Phelps hit up the Horseshoe Casino around 5pm Monday afternoon ... and sat in a private VIP gambling room for hours ... finally leaving around 1am. 

We're told Phelps was playing blackjack ... though it's unclear if he also played other card games that night. There have been several reports that he's big into poker. 

Clearly, Phelps had been drinking inside the casino ... we're told his booze of choice was beer ... and when he was pulled over around 1:40am, it was just a few miles from the casino. 

We're told Phelps is a regular at the casino ... in fact, he was just there last month playing poker. 

We reached out to Phelps for comment -- so far, no dice.



Michael Phelps

'I'm Deeply Sorry'

... For DUI Arrest

9/30/2014 12:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Michael Phelps just issued a statement on his DUI arrest in Baltimore this morning ... saying he takes "full responsibility" and is sorry he let everyone down.

Here's the statement Phelps just issued on Twitter:

"Earlier this morning, I was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines."

"I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility."

"I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down."

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Phelps was pulled over around 1:40 AM for going 84 in a 45 ... and during the stop, the officer noticed the Olympic legend was hammered.

He was charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lanes.


Michael Phelps


... Again

9/30/2014 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Michael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence in Baltimore, Maryland early this morning ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Our sources tell us ... the USA Olympic legend was pulled over around 1:40 AM in his white Land Rover. We're told he bombed his field sobriety test ... and his B.A.C. was almost twice the legal limit. 

Officials just issued a statement saying Phelps was initially pulled over for going 84 in a 45 ... and during the stop, the officer noticed he was hammered. 

Our sources say Phelps was hauled to a nearby station where he was booked for DUI -- and was eventually released.  

Cops say Phelps was charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines.  

It's Michael's 2nd DUI arrest -- he was popped in Maryland in 2004 when he was 19 years old. He struck a plea deal with prosecutors and pled guilty in exchange for 18 months probation.

We've made multiple calls to Michael's reps -- but they would not take our calls. 
1:00 PM PT -- Michael is now apologizing for the arrest.

Ryan Lochte

Phelps 'Made Dumb Decision'

... Should've Had a Driver

9/30/2014 9:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ryan Lochte says he doesn't understand why Michael Phelps didn't just hire a driver to take him home early Tuesday morning ... telling TMZ Sports his decision to get behind the wheel after allegedly drinking was just plain dumb. 

We reached out to Phelps' Team USA swimming teammate and asked if he was concerned for the Olympic legend ... to which Lochte replied, "I'm not concerned ... he just makes dumb decisions."

Lochte continued, "He has so much money to get a driver. I even have a driver. Just stinks for the sport of swimming."

"But he will become smarter from this. Luckily he did not hurt himself or someone else."

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Phelps was arrested early Tuesday morning for DUI ... his second DUI arrest in the past 10 years.

Amanda Bynes

Parents Knew Nothing of Arrest

No Idea Where She Is Now

9/30/2014 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

The parents of Amanda Bynes are in the dark about their daughter's arrest and have no idea where she is or what she's been doing since her conservatorship ended.

Bynes' father Rick said he and his wife learned about Amanda's arrest from the media ... they weren't the ones who bailed her out. Rick repeatedly said, "We don't know," when asked about Amanda. 

It's interesting … Rick said he thought his daughter might be in New York, but TMZ has learned she's staying in the Hollywood area right now. 

As TMZ first reported, Amanda moved out of her parents' house once the conservatorship ended earlier this month … but many people close to Amanda feel it was a terrible mistake not to extend it.

We're told Amanda is smoking a lot of weed and is off her anti-psychotic meds for Schizophrenia and bipolarity.

We're also told she was busted for DUI because she was under the influence of Adderall.

Amanda Bynes

Driving Under the Influence of ADDERALL

Desperate Situation

9/30/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Amanda Bynes DUI
Amanda Bynes
was under the influence of Adderall when she was arrested for DUI ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... but her problems go much deeper than a criminal case.

We've learned the Adderall was prescribed by a doctor and she had taken the drug before getting stopped in Van Nuys Sunday and failing multiple field sobriety tests. She was arrested for DUI.

Adderall is a stimulant and we're told Amanda was "out of it" when she was stopped.

Fact is ... it's no defense to DUI that the drug in question was prescribed -- it's still operating a vehicle while impaired. But Amanda now faces a probation violation -- she's on probation for reckless driving -- and the fact that the drug was prescribed may help her there.

The deeper problem is this ... As TMZ first reported, Amanda has moved out of her parents house and is now living in Orange County. We're told she's smoking a lot of weed and is off her anti-psychotic meds for Schizophrenia and bipolarity.

Amanda's conservatorship ended earlier this month and we're told her parents saw no need to extend it because they believe she's better now, but everyone else in her life feels it was a horrible mistake to let the conservatorship lapse and they fear for Amanda.


Amanda Bynes

ARRESTED FOR Driving Under Influence of STIMULANT

Weed Problem Resurfaces

9/29/2014 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0929-amanda-bynes-tmz-01Amanda Bynes was arrested in Los Angeles Sunday after cops determined she was driving under the influence ... and our law enforcement sources say she was on a STIMULANT ... but we're told she has also developed a serious weed problem ... again.

Here's what we know -- Bynes was driving a Mercedes in the San Fernando Valley when she stopped in the middle of an intersection on Van Nuys Blvd.  

A CHP officer spotted her and determined she was under the influence. She was taken to the LAPD Van Nuys division where a drug recognition officer determined she was under the influence of a stimulant.   Toxicology tests are being performed now to determine the exact drug or drugs.

According to the incident report ... Amanda had a "disheveled" appearance. 

Amanda was then booked for DUI. She posted $15,000 bail.

Amanda has had trouble with mental problems for years now. Her parents had a conservatorship which ended earlier this month and as one source says, "Things started going haywire."

We're told Amanda has moved out of her parents home and is now living in an Orange County apartment.  We're told she has been smoking weed for weeks and things are bad again.

The arrest triggers a legal problem. Amanda is on probation for a reckless driving conviction last February.


Jennifer Lopez

Nailed By

Drunk Driver

9/28/2014 7:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

and Leah Remini are MADD ... because they got rear ended by a drunk driver .. TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us .. Leah, who was driving JLo's car with the singer and 2 kids, were riding along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu when they stopped at a light.   We're told a driver in a small pickup hit them from behind and then took off.

Either JLo or Leah called 911 ... describing the driver and the pickup.  Deputies raced to the scene and found the driver a short distance away, determined he was driving under the influence and arrested him for DUI and hit and run.

No apparent injuries ... but whiplash pain is often delayed by a few days.

JLo posted this Saturday ... "Sitting at a light.  Riding high right before some drunk fool rear ended us in my new whip!!!  Thank god everyone ok."


Ex-NFL Star


... After Wild Spinout

9/22/2014 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Former NFL star Roderick Coleman -- a former All-Pro defensive end for the Falcons -- was arrested for DUI in Georgia this weekend ... after allegedly losing control of his truck and nearly taking out a pack of motorcycle riders. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... the 38-year-old -- who played in the league for 9 seasons -- was taken into custody in Douglas County (outside of Atlanta) around 5 AM Sunday morning. 

Witnesses tell TMZ Sports ... Coleman was attempting to make a left turn -- and overshot -- hitting a curb and losing control of his truck. We're told he skidded off the road and onto a nearby grassy area before coming to a stop. 

We're told the truck came thiiiis close to hitting a group of bikers who were in town for a motorcycle convention -- but fortunately he missed. 

Cops responded to the scene -- and Coleman was eventually booked for misdemeanor DUI and failing to maintain lane control. He was released after posting $3,500 bond. 

Attempts to reach Coleman were unsuccessful. 


'Ink Master' Judge Chris Nunez

Arrested For DUI

9/21/2014 11:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Ink Master" judge Chris Nunez was arrested Saturday in Florida ... after he got busted for driving under the influence.

The Spike TV star got pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign ... and he was eventually hauled off to jail for DUI -- according to the Broward County Sheriff.

It's unclear what Nunez was allegedly on -- booze or drugs -- but we're told he was released hours later on bond.

We reached out to Chris for comment, so far ... no word back.


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