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NYG WR OVI Arrest Is BS ... Prosecutors Agree

7/24/2017 8:42 AM PDT
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NY Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis -- who was famously part of Odell Beckham's Miami yacht party -- claims his OVI arrest last month was unlawful ... and now he's essentially off the hook. 

We broke the story ... Lewis was stopped on June 4 in Reynoldsburg, Ohio when an officer said he was speeding in a car with illegally tinted windows. During the stop, Lewis was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of either drugs or alcohol. 

Lewis says he was immediately placed in handcuffs, searched and patted down -- for essentially no reason. After that, he was told to submit to field sobriety tests.

Lewis claims he was told the tests were mandatory. They were not. But he took them anyway and was eventually arrested for OVI.

His attorney, Neil Rosenberg, says the tests were "compelled" and that everything from the arrest was unlawful.

Prosecutors must have felt that Lewis had a point -- because a plea deal was struck in which the OVI charge was dropped in exchange for Lewis pleading guilty to driving in marked lanes and tinted windows.

In total, he paid $175 in fines -- a pretty solid victory for Lewis ... who's now off to Giants training camp.

DeAndre Jordan Rages with Kevin Durant at Vegas Bday Pool Party

7/24/2017 6:12 AM PDT
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It's summertime ... so, here's DeAndre Jordan teaming up with his best party pal, Kevin Durant, to celebrate his birthday in Vegas ... with a guest appearance by one of the hottest DJs in the world. 

DeAndre and his brothers hit up the Encore Beach Club at the Wynn in Vegas to celebrate the Clippers star's 29th birthday.

The NBA superstars kicked it with Diplo at the DJ booth -- they also had 3 cabanas for their party crew.

Sources at the party tell us the guys sipped on everything from Don Julio 1942 to Ciroc and even some Moet Nectar Champagne.

From what we're told, everyone had a blast -- despite the blistering 108 DEGREE temperature day!

By the way, KD and DJ are pretty tight off the court -- last summer, they traveled to Greece together after the Olympic gold medal victory to celebrate with a bunch of hot chicks in bikinis.

'Trading Spaces' Host Paige Davis Yeah, I'm Hosting Again But It Wasn't Easy

7/24/2017 12:10 AM PDT
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Incredible to think "Trading Spaces" would come back with anyone other than Paige Davis helming its reboot.

The home improvement show, where neighbors have 2 days and a $1,000 budget to make over a room in each other's home, just announced it's returning with Davis as host. But Davis says she wasn't a shoo-in for the gig, despite the show's dedicated fan base, including Tina Fey who once stalked out their set.

We didn't believe it either, and sounds like Paige didn't when Fey rolled up.

O.J. Simpson Gets Prison Protection ... Possibly In Danger

7/21/2017 10:14 AM PDT
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O.J. Simpson has been moved to a special housing area in Lovelock Correctional Center to protect him from inmates possibly looking to harm him in order to make a name for themselves, TMZ Sports has learned. 

After Simpson was granted parole during Thursday's hearing, Simpson was moved out of the general population and into confined housing, a rep for the prison tells us.

We're told there's no specific threat on O.J.'s life but several inmates in the prison have life sentences "and nothing to lose" and may be "opportunists" looking to hurt or kill Simpson before he leaves to raise their own profile.

The prison rep said O.J. did not request the special protection but explained, "It's in the best interest of O.J. and the prison to make sure that he's safe and comes out in one piece."

We also asked if the special protection would impede Simpson from being the commissioner of the prison softball league. We were told, "It would be pretty hard unless he watched from a window."

O.J. is expected to be released on October 1. 

O.J. Simpson Old Crib Hits Market for $1.3M!! O.J., Want Your House Back?

7/20/2017 11:23 AM PDT
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O.J. Simpson's former crib in Miami is waiting for him if he wants it should he walk free in October ... for the right price, of course.

Oscar Ramirez from FB Agents Corp is the listing agent and tells us if the NFL Hall of Famer wants to buy it back, he'd consider an offer. Simpson said during his parole hearing that he'd like to move back to the Sunshine State when he's released from prison.

The 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom pad sold in foreclosure for $513k in 2014 while O.J. was in prison. In a sign of the times ... the house is back on the market and its value increased exponentially -- it's for sale at $1,299,900.

The Juice -- who bought the crib in 2000 -- enjoyed some fine luxury when he lived there. The 1.65 acre lot has a basketball court and separate guest house. It's since been renovated with a new kitchen and remodeled pool and porch.

Beats a cellblock.

Khloe & Tristan Go House Hunting S***. JUST. GOT. REAL!!!

7/19/2017 5:06 PM PDT
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Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson might be shacking up together in a new crib .. kinda.

Khloe and her NBA superstar BF spent their Wednesday house hunting in L.A. We're told they're not buying a house together ... he's looking to rent a place in the Hollywood Hills or the Valley where he and Khloe can stay when they're in the city. She has a house in Calabasas -- Bieber's old house -- about an hour's drive from Hollywood..

We're told Tristan's budget is around $60k a month, and he wants to rent through September.  

Khloe's said she'd marry Tristan if he proposed ... maybe this is the first step.

Beyonce 'Whitewashed' Wax Figure Just Overlit Says Madame Tussauds

7/19/2017 1:02 PM PDT
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Beyonce's controversial new wax figure -- which looks a lot like "White Chicks" Bey -- has the perfect complexion ... when the lights are down low.

That's Madame Tussauds' explanation for the freshly unveiled statue of Beyonce in their NYC museum. It's come under fire because ... well, there are a lot of reasons:

- Fans think she looks more like Lindsay Lohan,
- Or Mariah Carey
- Or Kate Hudson
- Or Maya Rudolph
- Whoever she looks like, she's white as hell 

Madame Tussauds tells TMZ ... "Our talented team of sculptors takes every effort to ensure we accurately colour match all of our wax figures to the celebrity being depicted. Lighting within the attraction combined with flash photography may distort and misrepresent the colour of our wax figures."

That's their story. No word if Beyonce's buying it.

Megan Fox might though ... 'cause that's definitely more Megan than Bey. Right?

WWE's Shane McMahon Helicopter Crashes ... Escapes Uninjured

7/19/2017 11:00 AM PDT
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A helicopter carrying Shane McMahon -- son of Vince -- crashed off the coast of Long Island Wednesday after the engine failed, but the WWE exec escaped unscathed.

FAA sources tell TMZ Sports the Robinson R-44 chopper -- with McMahon and a pilot onboard -- conducted an emergency landing after an the malfunction.

Shortly before ending up in the Atlantic, the chopper departed Westchester airport in NY.

We're told the pilot issued a mayday call prior to the crash landing. Once in the water, emergency crews responded and rescued the men.

McMahon, 47, is the Commissioner of "SmackDown LIVE."

The FAA is investigating the crash.

Puddle of Mudd Wes Scantlin Forced to Go Solo When Band Gets Stranded

7/18/2017 12:30 AM PDT
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Wes Scantlin didn't let a thunderstorm ruin the night for a bunch of Puddle of Mudd fans ... after the rest of the band's flights got canceled, he whipped out a one man show instead.

PoM was scheduled to play in Hartford Friday but Wes, who flew separately, was the only one who managed to get in town, while his bandmates were stuck in Baltimore.

Normally, it's Wes missing flights or derailing shows -- but he decided to wing it with an acoustic guitar ... since the only other option was canceling the gig. We got footage of him playing PoM's "Blurry" ... which some fans said sounded Kurt Cobain-esque.

We're not going that far, but good on Wes for powering through.

R. Kelly Denies Abusive 'Cult' Allegations

7/17/2017 1:23 PM PDT
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R. Kelly's vehemently denying explosive allegations that he's the mastermind behind an abusive "cult" that subjects women to sex slavery.

A rep for the singer tells TMZ, "Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him. Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name."

BuzzFeed report paints R. Kelly as a monster who allegedly housed 6 women in Chicago and Atlanta and controlled their everyday lives -- from when they can shower, eat and use the restroom to how they can dress and engage in sexual encounters.

TMZ has confirmed cops in Georgia and Illinois conducted welfare checks for one of the women ... at her parents' request. According to docs, obtained by TMZ, the woman told deputies she was fine and "did not want to be bothered with her parents because her father was threatening people."

Story developing ...

Ezekiel Elliott Incident Video Of Victim In Pain On Bar Floor

7/17/2017 6:01 AM PDT
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1:45 PM PT -- Dallas PD was filmed by multiple news cameras arriving at Clutch Bar this afternoon ... but cops were tight lipped about the exact reason for their visit, and where the case stands.

7:54 AM PT -- TMZ Sports has obtained video of the victim moments after he was struck in the face by an assailant at Clutch Bar in Dallas. 

The person who shot the video tells us the man was involved in a verbal altercation with a woman who was in Ezekiel's party ... when Ezekiel got involved.

The witness says she saw Ezekiel punch the man -- corroborating the story the victim's friend told police. However, cops at the scene could not confirm Zeke was the attacker and he has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

In the video, you can see the victim writhing in pain on the ground. We're told he was on the ground for a few minutes.

An ambulance arrived to the scene, and you can see the man being treated by paramedics outside the bar. He was transported to a nearby hospital.

Elliott's people will only say the RB was not arrested and no complaint has been filed against him.

We spoke with the NFL -- and we're told the league is now looking into the matter to "understand the facts."

6:32 AM PT -- The Dallas PD now says it DOES have a record of an incident at Clutch Bar and it appears to be connected the Ezekiel Elliott investigation. 

We spoke with SGT. Williams who tells us ... cops were called to Clutch around 9:30 PM for a "disturbance."

Cops at the bar spoke to a man who said his nose was just broken -- but the man appeared to be extremely intoxicated and couldn't remember who hit him. 

The man's friend told police, "It was that Dallas Cowboys running back."

We're told the victim was transported to a nearby hospital for his injuries. 

Cops said they did NOT speak with Elliott at the scene. He was not at the club by the time they tried to look for him. 

Cops said, based on the lack of information and the fact the accuser appeared to be intoxicated, no arrests were made.

A rep for Elliott would only say his client was not arrested and no formal criminal complaint has been filed against the RB.Ezekiel Elliott was involved in an incident Sunday night at Clutch Bar in Dallas, TMZ Sports has confirmed with a source directly involved in the situation.

The details about what went down inside the bar are still sketchy -- we're digging.

TMZ Sports spoke with multiple people at the Dallas Police Dept. -- but no one seems to have a record of an incident involving the Dallas Cowboys running back.

In fact, we were specifically told by a Sgt. that the only arrest in that area was for public intoxication, but it wasn't related to Zeke.

We're also told there were off-duty DPD police officers working at Clutch late Sunday night but none of those officers filed a report detailing a bar fight or mentioning an incident with Ezekiel.

There is buzz on social media that the incident is a fight and Elliott was the aggressor -- but at this point, no one we've spoken with can confirm that.

We've reached out to Elliott's camp -- so far, no word back.

Wizards Star Kelly Oubre Jr. My Smile's A K.O.!! ... Drops $12K on Diamond Grill

7/15/2017 12:05 AM PDT
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Washington Wizards player Kelly Oubre, Jr. ain't throwin' any punches, but he's still going for a knockout ... getting a custom-made, 14k white gold grill with his "K.O." initials on it!!

TMZ Sports has learned ... KOJ decided to treat himself to the white and purple VS+ diamond piece ... and hit up jeweler IF & Co. about a month ago for the job.

We're told Oubre dropped $12,000 for the finished product ... which is pretty tame compared to what other athletes have paid for their blinged-out mouth pieces in the past.

Regardless, the grill looks fresh as hell. 

Venus Williams Attorneys Demand Her Phone Records In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

7/14/2017 3:22 PM PDT
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Venus Williams' phone records could be crucial in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against her ... or attorneys for the man who died in the accident think so, anyway.

According to docs, attorneys for Jerome Barson's estate have filed a request for documents from the tennis star. They want all bills for the month of the accident for any smartphones and devices Venus owns.

Sources connected to the case tell us Barson's team wants to make sure Venus was not talking, texting or using her phone in any way in the moments leading up to the June 9 accident win Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

In the surveillance video ... you can see Venus' left elbow resting on the door through an open window -- we've slowed it down, but it's still not clear if she's holding a phone.

The estate's attorney, Michael Steinger, is also requesting prescriptions for any medications Venus may have taken within 72 hours of the accident.

Police have already said drugs and alcohol did not play a role in the accident. They also say she was not distracted by her phone.

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