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Brooklyn Shooting Victim

Sharpton Pulls Out of Funeral

Due to Family Rift

12/6/2014 7:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1206-al-sharpton-tmz-01Rev. Al Sharpton is bailing on delivering the eulogy at services for the Brooklyn man who was gunned down by NYPD -- and he says it's because he's caught in the middle of a family battle. 

As TMZ first reported ... Akai Gurley's mother and aunt had demanded Sharpton stay away from Friday night's wake and today's funeral. His aunt claims the Rev. is making a circus out of the tragedy.

Gurley was shot and killed by a cop in a Brooklyn housing project stairwell. There's been outrage over the case because the cop who shot him allegedly texted his union rep before calling 911.

Sharpton say he's been working with Kimberly Ballinger ... Akai's domestic partner and mother of his child at her request -- but late Friday he decided he would skip the services due to "confusion and division" amongst Gurley's family members.

Further, Rev. Sharpton says claims by Gurley's aunt that he's grandstanding for money ... are unfounded. He tells TMZ he has never asked Ballinger, or any other family member for money -- and would have no reason to do so, since his TV contracts keep him flush.

He added his only motive is seeking justice for Gurley on behalf of his child and domestic partner.

Shania Twain

Tosses Hometown a Bone

Yeah, You Can Keep Some of My Stuff

12/6/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Shania Twain Centre Closed

The Shania Twain Centre is nothing but a pile of rubble these days, but at least the citizens of Timmins, Ontario will have something to remember the $6.1 million money pit by -- a few dresses.

By all accounts, the shrine to the town's greatest star was a disaster. Shania didn't show for its 2001 opening (she was pregnant) ... and she didn't set foot in the thing until 2004. By the end of its run ... it was losing over $300,000/year. 

So this week it was torn to the ground, and everything inside it -- which was donated by Shania in the first place -- was supposed to go back to her. But the city asked to keep a few dresses and other outfits. 

Shania agreed to let 'em go. Apparently the items don't impress her much. 

A city official says the leftovers will be displayed at the airport, at convention centers, and wherever their presence is requested (yes, really). In other words ... get in line, local Tim Horton's. 


Justin Bieber

I'm so Transparent

... In My New House

12/5/2014 9:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1205_justin_bieber_glass_house_launch_2 As the saying goes, people who live in glass houses ... now including Justin Bieber.

We've learned Biebs has moved into a landmark house near Beverly Hills ... one that was built recently but has captured the interest of architectural aficionados.

We're told the house is renting for just shy of $60K a month. He can afford it.

As we previously reported ... Justin moved out of his BH condo this week -- to the delight of his neighbors. Justin turned the building upside down.

The house is big enough so the ragers won't disturb nearby residents ... it's 6,537 square feet with a 7 car garage, 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms.

We're told it's a short-term lease which, when it comes to Justin, is about all people can take.

Adrian Peterson

Huge Rapper's Got My Back

12/5/2014 11:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Adrian Peterson finally has a celebrity ally ... rap superstar Lil Boosie ... who hooked up with the embattled running back for a photo in Texas. 

We're told the two ran into each other in Dallas earlier this week ... after Peterson returned from NY where he was attending appeal hearings in his effort to get back in the NFL. 

Boosie -- who's a huge sports junkie -- is still a fan of the embattled running back ... and wants everyone to know he still sees "greatness" in Peterson. 

As for AP's appeal, a decision in the case is expected to be announced sometime in the next week.


Charges iPhone in Woman's Vagina


12/4/2014 5:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Here's Usher charging his iPhone at Art Basel in Miami ... using a battery pack jammed inside of a woman's vagina. 

Usher paid $20 in exchange for 10 minutes of juice Wednesday night. A crowd of distinguished art enthusiasts stood by and watched the entire thing. 

The woman wanted to show how humans have become dependent on technology and she felt a super-charged vagina would help make her point.  We totally get it. 

Don't worry, the vagina was equipped with a second battery pack ... in case anyone had a Droid.

Fun Fact: The woman tells TMZ she could take two phones at the same time. 

Art -- it's deep.

Ohio State Wrestling Team

Honoring Kosta Karageorge

With Uniform Tribute

12/2/2014 12:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The Ohio State University wrestling team has decided to pay tribute to former teammate Kosta Karageorge by putting his initials on their singlets next season ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Karageorge's body was found near the OSU campus on Sunday -- and officials says it appears he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 22-year-old wrestler and football player had a history of concussions. 

We spoke with Ohio State University wrestler Josh Fox who tells us Kosta was beloved by his teammates -- which is why they've decided to put "KK" on their singlets to honor him next season. 

"He was the kind of guy that if you were in a brawl, he would be the last one standing because he refused to quit or give up," Fox says. 

Karageorge will be laid to rest tomorrow at a funeral ceremony in Ohio.


Busted for DUI After Wedding

I Look Good in Cuffs!

12/2/2014 10:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Most people spend a fortune on wedding photogs, but Xzibit got his for free, courtesy of the police who took his mug shot after he got arrested for DUI immediately after his reception.

Xzibit tied the knot Saturday night near Laguna Beach, CA.  He and his bride, Krista Joiner, partied hard at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. After getting pelted with rice early Sunday ... he left, presumably with her.  

But the coitus got interrupted in Laguna, when cops pulled Xzibit over for speeding.  He reeked of booze so cops cuffed him and took him to the station.

It's fitting ... Xzibit was associated with the group, The Alkaholiks.



'Operation Repo' Star

Nabs Car Chase Suspect ...

You're Welcome, Cops!

12/1/2014 8:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The star of "Operation Repo" was Johnny-on-the-spot ... ending a L.A. car chase by blocking the fleeing suspect until cops could arrive -- but no one recognized him due to his extreme weight loss. 

Lou Pizarro played the hero at the end of the chase -- which, of course was televised (this is L.A.) -- when the suspected car thief abandoned the vehicle ... and tried to run away on foot.

Pizarro -- who's been hauling in vehicles on 'Repo' for 8 years -- happened to be in the right place with the famous red pickup truck he uses on the show. Pizarro made a hard right turn to pin the suspect up against a fence ... allowing cops to catch up to the guy.

Here's the thing ... local news talked to Pizarro after the chase, but never recognized the TruTV star -- probably because he's half the man he used to be. We're told Lou's dropped about 150 pounds after getting a gastric sleeve 15 months ago!

Way to go, not-so-big guy. 


DeMarco Murray

Ex-Teammate Filing for Divorce

After Affair Accusations

12/1/2014 10:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1201-breennan-clay-insta-01DeMarco Murray's former college teammate Brennan Clay tells TMZ Sports he's filing for divorce from his wife Gina ... after publicly accusing her of banging Murray behind his back. 

Clay -- who played with Murray at the University of Oklahoma -- says the Dallas Cowboys superstar was his mentor at OU ... "the person who I looked up to the most as a running back and as a friend."

But Clay says everything changed when he found one of his wife's old cell phones -- which allegedly contained more than 50 "inappropriate" text messages between DeMarco and Gina which "made me disgusted." 

Clay says he also found graphic cell phone pics that he believes Gina and DeMarco had sent each other. 

Clay put both Gina and DeMarco on blast on Twitter Sunday -- saying, "So Demarco Murray was having an affair with my wife ..I'm done."'

Now, Clay says he's escalated the situation -- and filed for a divorce from Gina. The two have only been married for 4 months. Clay says he's currently meeting with lawyers to discuss the next step.

A rep for DeMarco tells TMZ Sports the running back has no comment ... saying, "DeMarco is focused on the Bears."

Ray Rice


After Winning NFL Appeal

12/1/2014 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1201-ray-rice-instagram-01Ray Rice has finally returned to the bar scene -- partying at a NYC nightclub for the first time since he attacked his wife at an Atlantic City casino back in February ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. 

Rice hit up Bounce Sporting Club in Manhattan late Saturday night/early Sunday morning -- where he posed for pics with fans and chatted with anyone who approached him. 

We're told security was trying to keep fans away from Rice -- but Ray was talking and making conversation with people anyway.

The timing is interesting ... considering Ray won his appeal on Friday -- and then hit the club right after. It feels like a celebration.

One source tells us Janay was with Ray at the club -- though we can't confirm that yet.  

Everyone we spoke with says Ray was NOT drinking at Bounce.

As we previously reported, Ray claimed he was highly intoxicated when he struck Janay in Atlantic City -- and says ever since that incident, he's cut hard liquor out of his life. 


Paul Walker

Hundreds Pay Tribute

On Death Anniversary

11/30/2014 1:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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RIP-Paul-Walker-Gallery-Launch-TemplatePaul Walker fans paid tribute to the deceased actor Sunday on the one year anniversary of his death ... by appearing in droves at the site of the crash.

Hundreds huddled around the crash zone to leave flowers and pay their respects ... but the rain put a damper on candle lighting.

There was a heavy police presence -- it's unclear why -- but it went down without incident.

Walker was the passenger in a Porsche last year when the driver of the car, Roger Rodas, lost control and crashed into a tree. The car instantly burst into flames with both men inside.

He was 40 years old.

Lil Wayne

My Daughter Got TWO CARS

For Her 16th Birthday

11/30/2014 11:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Lil Wayne's 16-year-old daughter can put a bumper sticker on her new BMW that reads, "My other car is a Ferrari!"

It's insane ... Reginae Carter celebrated her Sweet 16 in Atlanta with a baller party featuring a mini-concert by Nicki Minaj, as Kandi Burruss, Tiny Harris and Fantasia Barrino looked on.

And get this ... Reginae scored a Ferrari GTO ... AND a BMW.

Unclear if each of her parents bought her a car -- Toya Wright was also there with husband Memphitz.

There will be some serious shaming Monday in the school parking lot.

Dallas Cowboys Legends

We're Soccer Dads Now

Our Daughters Are Ballers!

11/25/2014 12:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Three Dallas Cowboys legends are back on the same sideline ... rooting on their daughters who all play in the same elite youth soccer league ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Emmitt Smith, Tony Dorsett and Charles Haley -- together they have 9 Super Bowls, 17 Pro Bowls and 2 Hall of Fame busts -- and they get together every weekend as soccer dads. 

"[Our daughters] are out there ballin', Dorsett tells us ... "The apples don't fall far from the tree."

Tony -- who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in '94 -- says his daughter plays on the same team with Haley's kid ... and even though Emmit's daughter plays on another squad, "They go head to head sometimes."

"When we're together, we talk about football. It's not usually about the old days. We talk about what's going on in the league now," Dorsett says. 

Tony says the guys are all very supportive of each other's kids -- "All of the girls are very talented" -- but says Charles' daughter is a star among stars. 

Pretty cool, right?

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