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Don King

Undergoes Kidney Surgery

Get These Stones Outta Me!

4/17/2015 2:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0417_don_king_tmzLegendary boxing promoter Don King is recovering from kidney stone surgery ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

A rep for the World Boxing Commission confirmed King was hospitalized ... after doctors located several kidney stones in the 83-year-old's body. 

We're told he's recovering at the hospital -- surgery went well and he's doing fine. 

King was recently out in public to speak at an event at Howard University on March 28th and seemed fine. 

We've reached out to King's family for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Kate Major Lohan

Arrested for Attacking Michael Lohan

in Drunken Rage

4/17/2015 5:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kate Major Lohan had an alcohol relapse and then drunkenly attacked husband Michael Lohan ... so say cops who cuffed and arrested her. 

Law enforcement tells us Michael called Boca Raton police at 7:02 PM Thursday, claiming Kate had struck him. He told cops Kate came home after picking up some dinner and was visibly drunk. 

Michael says they squabbled, and it eventually turned physical. He told cops he wasn't wearing a shirt and she scratched him down his back. 

According to the report, when police arrived Kate was visibly intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. The officer described her speech as slurred, her eyes blood shot and glossy, and her face red and flushed.  

The officer says Kate admitted she'd been drinking, then ranted about nonsense. Kate then claimed Michael accused her of cheating and provoked her into a fight.

Kate also claimed Michael grabbed her by the throat. But according to the officer, she had no visible injuries. And get this ... she then "scratched her throat area in an attempt to create red marks."

Officers hauled Kate in to the Palm Beach County Jail and booked her for battery.

She's currently in custody and is scheduled to go before a judge at 9:00 AM ET. 

Michael Lohan is actually blaming ex-wife Dina and their ongoing child custody dispute. Michael tells TMZ, "At the end of the day, this is all because of what Dina is doing in court ... It affects Kate too, and like anyone with a drug or alcohol problem, when they can't handle the stress, they resort to drinking."

Kate and Michael got married in November and have two kids together. She recently served a few months behind bars after a DUI arrest (following a fight with Michael) triggered a probation violation stemming from a battery case in 2012 in which she allegedly attacked a police officer.

Police were also called to the couple's home in February of last year for an alleged domestic incident.

update_graphic_red_bar10:15 AM PST -- TMZ has learned ... Kate Major has been released on her own recognizance.update_grey_gray_bar


Britt McHenry

Tow Truck Company Fires Back

'It's Your Own Damn Fault'

4/16/2015 4:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0416_britt-mchenry_advanced_twitterThe woman on the receiving end of Britt McHenry's impound lot tirade is praised by her bosses -- who say they're PROUD of the way the employee kept her cool amid the ESPN reporter's attacks. 

As we previously reported, McHenry exploded on the impound lot attendant -- calling her an unattractive, uneducated loser. It was nasty evil stuff. 

TMZ Sports spoke with the manager of Advanced Towing in Arlington, Virginia who says ... "It's unfortunate that [our employee] had to withstand that."

"It wasn't [our employee's fault] that Britt's car was towed. It's her own fault. She was in the wrong. That's why she was towed."

"Now people can see what really happened. Sometimes you have to own up to your own actions."

As for the employee, the manager says -- "She's the kind of person we try to employ here. She handled this the right way. She kept her cool the whole time."

Britt has since apologized and ESPN has suspended her for a week. 

So, how did the tow company feel about her punishment? 

"Honestly, it doesn't matter what happens to her. It's irrelevant to us."


Investigating Reporter

Who Berated Tow Truck Employee [UPDATE]

4/16/2015 12:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar2:10 PM PT -- ESPN just suspended McHenry for one week.

1:30 PM PT -- McHenry issued an apology on Twitter, saying, "In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things. As frustrated as I was, I should always choose to be respectful and take the high road. I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake."

update_grey_gray_barESPN tells TMZ Sports ... the network has launched an investigation into reporter Britt McHenry -- after footage surfaced showing her recently BERATING a towing company employee.  

The footage is shocking -- appearing to show McHenry GOING OFF on a worker while trying to get her car out of an impound lot in Virginia ... ripping the worker's appearance, education and financial status.

Oh, and she dropped the epic, "I’m in the news sweetheart, I will f***ing sue this place."

ESPN tells us, "We are aware of the recent exchange between Britt McHenry and a towing company employee. We are now reviewing the matter with her."

Kim Richards

Arrested In Bev Hills

Allegedly Drunk, Kicked Police Officer

4/16/2015 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0416-kim-richards-tmz-01Kim Richards was arrested at the Beverly Hills Hotel early Thursday morning -- after allegedly going on a drunken rampage and kicking a police officer ... TMZ has learned.

Sources tell us ... Richards had been hanging out at the famous Polo Lounge inside the hotel and was asked to leave because she was too hammered and being "unruly." 

We're told Richards went to a bathroom and refused to come out. Cops were called to the scene and we're told they had to "drag her out" of the bathroom.

Richards -- who has struggled with substance abuse in the past -- was reportedly belligerent, slurring her speech and reeked of booze. 

We're told Kim was taken to a nearby jail -- where she allegedly kicked a police officer. 

She's been charged with trespass, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and drunk in public. 

Cops issued a citation to Richards -- and she was later released.

Richards' sobriety was called into question on the recent "Real Housewives" reunion special -- when Lisa Rinna suggested that Kim was on something during a car ride earlier in the season.

Kim had admitted that she had taken a pain pill -- but was adamant she had not fallen off the wagon. 

Suge Knight

Now I Can Make Bail!!!

4/16/2015 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar11:30 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Suge was rushed to the hospital following the hearing for an unspecified emergency. It's the second time in less than a month he was hospitalized after a hearing.
update_grey_gray_bar Suge Knight just got a big break ... the judge in his murder case drastically reduced his bail, and it looks like bail is now doable. 

The judge second-guessed his decision to set bail at $25 million, and lowered it this morning to $10 mil.

Suge's lawyer, Matthew Fletcher, tells us, he now thinks Suge can make bail ... as early as today.

And good news for Suge on another front. The judge dropped 1 of the hit-and-run counts in the fatal Tam's parking lot collision.

The bad news for Suge ... the judge didn't drop the murder or attempted murder counts. 


Riff Raff

Round Two ...

Bodyguards Obliterate Another Ballsy Fan

4/13/2015 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Riff Raff's bodyguards threw another gutsy fan a clue to staying offstage ... by violently throwing him back into the crowd like a rag doll.

Riff Raff was at Elektricty in Pontiac, MI on Saturday night, when an overexcited fan jumped onstage and laid hands on the man, a huge no-no that Riff's GIANT bodyguard quickly fixed.

It's no secret ... Riff's crew has the green light to manhandle dudes who jump onstage like it's street league football ... but chicks with jugs are still free to bounce.

The guy they pummeled -- Adam -- says he knew a beatdown was coming, but even though security dragged him out by his neck, leaving him battered and bruised, he doesn't plan to sue.

Way to cool it down, son.

BMX Biker T.J. Lavin

Shreddin' With The Troops

... In The Middle East

4/12/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0407_tj_lavin_shredding_military_launch T.J. Lavin rides for America ... literally ... 'cause the BMX star and host of MTV's "The Challenge" is overseas putting on a two-wheeled show for the U.S.A.'s bravest warriors.

T.J. and a group of riders including Ron Kilmer, Morgan Wade, and "Catfish" Zack Yankush are tearing it up in the Middle East for their "Bikes Over Baghdad" stunt tour.

TMZ Sports spoke with T.J. and he says the tour -- which travels to top secret "undisclosed" locations -- is all about "bringing some joy to the men and women serving our country in harm's way."

Check out the pics ... and ask not what your country can do for you.


I Made 50 Cent Rap For Me

... To Pay Off Boxing Bet

4/12/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It turns out songs about killing people sometimes prevent violence ... 'cause Webbie says his $1 million boxing bet with 50 Cent is settled ... and all it took was 50 spittin' some hot fire on the mic.

As we previously reported ... Webbie's been peeved at Fiddy over a $1 million dollar wager the two made on a fight between Terence Crawford and Yuriorkis Gamboa last May.

Webbie's guy Crawford KO'd Gamboa ... but he claims when it was time to pay up 50 pulled a PSY (remember Gangnam Style?) ... suddenly disappearing without a trace.

It seems like things were gonna go all Biggie and Pac for a second ... (with Webbie actually threatening 50 on a recent track) -- basically telling him to pay up or else.

Well according to Webbie ... 50 paid his debt ... but not in cash -- payback came in the form of a guest verse on a track for Webbie's friend and label mate Lil Boosie. 

"I told him we dont need no money man, we need some verses, get on my boy song."

Check out the video -- Webbie says 50 asked for a week to finish the song but Webbie demanded payment by that night or there was no deal ... and 50 acquiesced.

No rappers were harmed in the squashing of this beef.

Solange Knowles

Sitting Vigil With Friend

Injured in Stabbing

4/10/2015 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0410-solange-assistant-stabbing-instagram-getty-01Solange Knowles has dropped everything to fly home to New Orleans to be with a close friend who was stabbed 10 times ... and remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Sources close to Solange tell us the singer has been at Armina Mussa's bedside ever since she was allegedly attacked on Wednesday by her roommate's friend named Arronesia Christophe.

We're told Mussa got into an argument with Christophe ... who is accused of pulling a knife during the dispute, and stabbing Mussa repeatedly ... including in the neck. 

Solange was in court for Christophe's arraignment on charges of attempted second degree murder and aggravated battery. Her bail was set at $50k.

Mussa is a creative director on a compilation album featuring Solange -- and they co-own a clothing boutique in NOLA.


Metta World Peace

My 15-Year-Old Can Dunk!!!

4/10/2015 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Metta World Peace has a son who can ball -- 15-year-old Ron Artest III -- who was throwing down some ferocious dunks in his high school gym ... and it was all caught on tape. 

Here's what we know ... RA3 is one of the stars of his high school basketball team in L.A. We're told the kid (a sophomore) is already 6'8" and is being recruited by several college programs. 

Plus, our high school basketball sources tell us Ron can dunk from the free throw line!! 

Clearly, Metta's impressed with his son's hops -- he tweeted, "Check out my 15 year old son jumping higher than his dad. This is really weird."

Jay Z

Hosting Mayweather - Pacquiao Party

... $50k for V.I.P. Table

4/10/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0409_manny-pacquiao_floyd_mayweather_jay_z_nighclub_tmzThe competition for the hottest Mayweather/Pacquiao post-fight party is over ... cause Jay Z just announced he's getting in the game ... with V.I.P. tables running up to $50k-a-pop.

It's all going down at Marquee nightclub at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Vegas -- just down the way from where Manny and Floyd will be facing off on May 2nd. 

We spoke with party honchos who tell us they expect this to be the biggest after-party on the strip -- despite fierce competition from stars like Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and 2 Chainz

If you don't have $50k, don't worry ... there are cheaper options. 

General admission tickets are $100 -- if you have a penis. 

Tickets for females are significantly cheaper ... $30. 

Gender equality -- it ain't for everybody. 



Dennis Rodman


... For 54th Bday

4/9/2015 12:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Dennis Rodman -- unofficial ambassador to North Korea -- is celebrating his 54th birthday like a true dignitary ... with a MASSIVE PORN STAR BASH ... TMZ Sports has learned.  

Three of the biggest porn stars in the biz -- Katie MorganTasha Reign, and Teagan Presley -- will help The Worm blow out his candles at Sapphire gentlemen's club in Vegas on May 1st. 

The club is gonna be insane that weekend -- not just because Rodman + porn stars = insanity ... but also because it's the weekend of the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight. 

We're told Rodman and the X-gang will be hanging out in a private area of the club -- and guests can buy tix to enter for $250-a-pop. 

As everyone knows ... Dennis loves birthdays -- just last year, he serenaded Kim Jong-un. No word if Mr. Supreme Leader plans to return the favor. 

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