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WWE Shooting

Cop Guns Down

Dangerous, Obsessed Fan

8/31/2015 1:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0831-wwe-shooting-TWITTER-01A deputy opened fire on a man outside the WWE's training center in Orlando -- seriously injuring the guy ... who has a history of bizarre incidents at the WWE.

An Orange County Sheriff's deputy confronted Armando Montalvo at the WWE Performance Center on Monday afternoon. The situation reportedly turned violent, and that's when the deputy fired. 

According to docs, obtained by TMZ, the wrestling org. got a restraining order against Montalvo earlier this month after a string of violent run-ins at the facility. Earlier this summer, the WWE says Montalvo spread his feces and urine on the building. He even posted video of himself mixing the human waste and reduced fat milk in a bucket.

On multiple occasions ... he allegedly showed up in a wrestling outfit, banged on windows, and threatened to kick everyone's ass because they wouldn't hire him. One of the times he was swinging a large chain, and police had to subdue him at gunpoint.

Just 5 days ago, Montalvo posted a video of himself outside the building saying he was going to go ask for a job. He said, "What's the worst they can say?"

Montalvo had to have surgery after Monday's shooting.

The Weeknd

Viral Music Video Shoot ...

NOT Busted by Cops

8/28/2015 10:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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That viral vid of LAPD officers brutally shutting down The Weeknd's music video shoot Thursday night in downtown LA is nothing more than a wicked game ... of promotion.

The LAPD tells TMZ ... the video going around on social media is 100% staged.

The clip shows several cops ripping through The Weeknd's set with nightsticks, demanding permits, and shutting down all video recording.

We also know the guy who posted the clip is actually Weeknd's creative director -- and since his new album drops today ... it's a little too perfect.

The beauty behind the madness here -- pure guerrilla marketing. 

Joe Brown

TV Judge in Jail

8/27/2015 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Judge Joe Brown -- who made a name for himself during his run on syndicated TV -- is now watching the boob tube from jail. 

We've learned Judge Joe is currently in custody after being sentenced to 5 days for contempt of court.  

Joe was acting as a lawyer in March 2014 -- representing someone in a child support case. When he showed up in court and the clerk informed him they had no record of the case, he lost it, screaming Al Pacino style

The 5 day sentence was delayed for nearly a year-and-a-half, but today, Joe's in jail. 


Bryce Williams

History of Racial Allegations

Sued TV Network, Called Me 'Monkey'

8/26/2015 9:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Bryce Williams -- aka Vester Flanagan -- sued his former bosses at a TV station in Florida back in 2000 ... claiming his bosses verbally abused him because of his race, and even called him a "monkey."

After killing 2 members of a TV news crew this morning, Flanagan accused one of the victims of racism. 

Now, we've learned it wasn't the first time he hurled such accusations ... because in his lawsuit, filed against WTWC-TV in Florida, Vester claimed he was constantly targeted because of his race. 

Here are his allegations: 

-- Claims producer called him a "monkey"

-- Claims an "official" joked about a black murder suspect with gold and green grillz, saying he had "collared greens" stuck in his teeth

-- Claims he heard a manager tell another black employee to "stop talking ebonics."

Vester claims he filed a complaint with the powers that be -- and was fired because he blew the whistle. 

WTWC adamantly DENIED race had anything to do with his termination -- claiming he was a crappy employee who often used profanity in the workplace.  

Ultimately, the case was settled out of court in 2001. 

Donald Trump

Would You Buy a Used Car From this Man?

8/23/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0821-subasset-marla-trump-ebay-nsx-3Donald Trump has the Midas touch ... a car he bought for a famous ex-wife nearly a quarter century ago just sold for thousands of dollars above the original sticker price.

It's a 1991 Acura NSX Trump bought for Marla Maples, who looked hot posing next to it back in the day. Purchase price: $35k. She unloaded it in 2005 to Mark Dobkin for the original price.

Mark's a clever guy ... he put the car up for sale on eBay recently, and made it crystal clear it has a Trump/Maples pedigree. 

His marketing worked fantastically ... the car fetched $48,000. Mind you, the Kelly Blue Book values the car at $20k.

When you think about it, Mark isn't a Trump believer, because if he held the car until late January 2017, think about what it could be worth.


Biggie Smalls Detective

Dies While Interviewing Cop

For Explosive Book

8/21/2015 8:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0821-smalls-poole-getty-youtube-01The LAPD detective who investigated the death of Biggie Smalls died of an apparent heart attack while interviewing an L.A. County Sheriff's captain about Biggie's murder ... TMZ has learned. 

Russell Poole was at the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau Wednesday interviewing the captain for a book he was writing about the case. Poole believed LAPD officers who worked off duty for Suge Knight had a hand in Biggie's killing ... as retaliation for Tupac's murder. 

We're told Poole was interviewing the captain when he clutched his chest, said "I think I'm having a heart attack," and then keeled over. 

Law enforcement sources tell us Poole -- who was 58 -- made it known he believed the LAPD wanted him dead. There's no evidence of foul play, and in fact we're told Poole suffered from chronic high blood pressure.

We're told the L.A. County Coroner's Office has conducted an autopsy but did not establish cause of death yet ... they're waiting for toxicology results.

Pink's Hot Dogs

Car Crashes Onto Sidewalk ...

Of L.A. Landmark

8/19/2015 3:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Pink's Hot Dogs -- the most iconic eatery in Hollywood -- just had a customer come crashing up to its counter ... driving his or her car up on the sidewalk and smashing into parking meters.

According to witnesses ... it appears no one was seriously hurt when the car came to a stop, just inches from Pink's famed counter top. We're told the car careened onto the sidewalk after colliding with another vehicle in the street.

There's always a long line for the dogs -- so, it's really amazing no one was injured. Even more incredible ... looks like no one dared lose their place in line, despite the car wreck!

Warning to tourists: There is NO drive-thru window at Pink's. 



Rosie O'Donnell

Daughter Found Hanging With Heroin Convict

8/19/2015 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0819-rosie-odonnell-chelsea-odonnell-steven-sheerer-TMZ_TWITTER-01Rosie O'Donnell  wants everyone to know that the 25-year-old man who was with her runaway 17-year-old daughter Chelsea when cops found her has a serious criminal record.

O'Donnell set off a firestorm by pointing the finger at Steve Sheerer, who she alleges has done this type of thing before.  

Fact is ... Sheerer does indeed have a criminal record. He was arrested in 2012 for heroin possession, heroin possession with the intent to distribute, and endangering the welfare of a child. He pled guilty to one heroin charge and the other 2 were dismissed. He was sentenced to 53 days in jail.

And just before his sentencing, Sheerer was arrested again for possession of Suboxone -- a drug to treat opiate addiction.  

Police were able to find Chelsea by pinging her cell phone, and they discovered her with Sheerer at a house where he was staying. 

The good news ... cops didn't find drugs when they picked her up, and she was lucid. 

Rosie O'Donnell

Daughter Missing

Cops Called

8/18/2015 10:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Rosie O'Donnell's 17-year-old daughter has gone missing, but we've learned this is not foul play.

Sources close to Rosie tell us, Chelsea ran away from home August 11 with her dog Bear. 

Rosie says it's becoming a serious situation because Chelsea "stopped taking her medicine and is in need of medical attention."

A rep for Rosie tells TMZ, "Chelsea, like millions of people, lives with mental illness. It has been a difficult road for Chelsea and her family and they just want her back safe."

Rosie has called police, who we're told are investigating.  

Rosie has reached out to Chelsea through her Twitter account.


Kylie Jenner

Flying High

To 18th Birthday Bash

8/16/2015 4:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kylie Jenner just touched down in Montreal to celebrate her 18th birthday where she'll be able to booze ... legally!

Kylie posted a video of herself first in a helicopter and then on a boat and it was all just to get to her party at Beachclub. We're told she's sans Tyga or any other family members.

The party, sponsored by InList, is open to the public and hundreds of screaming fans were there to greet her.

As for her drink of choice? We're told so far Kylie hasn't taken sip of alcohol even though it's totally legal in MTL.



Jessica Simpson Lawsuit

Papa Joe Sues ...

This Guy Is Extorting My Family!

8/12/2015 12:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0812-jessica-simpson-joe-simpson-tmz-01Joe Simpson claims the guy suing him, Jessica and family for $12 million is simply trying to extort the Simpson family over a supposed deal that never came to fruition. 

In the lawsuit -- filed in New York -- Papa Joe does say he was working with Jeffrey Bowler in 2010, but says that deal "died on the vine" way back when and has nothing to do with the mega deal that came five years later. 

Furthermore, Joe says the deal he was working on with Bowler was to license her makeup line only ... and had nothing to do with selling the entire product line. 

Simpson claims Bowler essentially extorted him when he sent him a letter demanding his 10% of the $120 million sale of The Jessica Simpson Collection.

'Deadliest Catch' Star

Died from Heart Attack

... In His Sleep

8/11/2015 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0811-tony-lara-02-facebook"Deadliest Catch" star Tony Lara didn't suffer when he died ... authorities believe he suffered a heart attack in his sleep. 

Meade County Sheriff, Ron Merwin, tells TMZ ... the pathologist who performed the autopsy observed scar tissue on Lara's heart, which is consistent with the effects of a heart attack.

Merwin says they'll know for sure when the toxicology report comes back, but there were no signs drugs or alcohol played a role. We're told Lara's body is being transferred back to his hometown in Alaska. 

He was found dead Saturday morning at a home in Sturgis, South Dakota where he was attending the famous motorcycle rally. 

Pierce Brosnan

Stopped by TSA ...

Tried to Board Plane With a Knife

8/4/2015 3:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0804-pierce-brosnan-SPLASH-01Pierce Brosnan tried to board a plane Sunday afternoon with a knife in his bag, but 007 couldn't slip it by TSA agents ... who called him out on it. 

A TSA official from the Burlington International Airport in Vermont tells TMZ ... it is unclear if Brosnan knew the knife was in his carry-on bag, but once they saw the weapon ... they pulled the bag aside and called over Brosnan. 

The official says they gave Brosnan the option to surrender the knife, or put it in his checked baggage. He took door #2, and went on his way. 

No arrest. No citation.


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