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Justin Bieber

Impromptu Acoustic Show

Move Over, John Mayer!

1/21/2015 6:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012115_justin_bieber_launchThe new-and-improved Justin Bieber continues his march through L.A. ... this time popping up and doing a random acoustic guitar set at a West Hollywood hot spot ... and he was good.  

It all went down Tuesday night at State Social House ... the same restaurant where Bieber crashed a gay Republicans meeting.

We're told Biebs spontaneously grabbed a guitar and hit the stage. He sang four songs and as you can tell from the video ... there was no Belieber craziness -- just a guy singing some tunes.

As TMZ previously reported, Bieber has changed dramatically over the last few months ... and he actually wanted to be roasted by Comedy Central to put the past to bed and move on as an adult.

Check out the video. It's good.

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MMA Star Dave Herman

TASED DURING ARREST

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1/21/2015 7:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012115_dave_herman_launchFormer UFC heavyweight fighter Dave Herman was hit with a taser during an arrest in Indiana this week ... and now Dave's wife has released the video she shot during the incident in which she calls out the police.   

Cops say Herman had been speeding with no headlights or taillights -- and when they tried to pull him over, he led them on a 3 mile chase before finally stopping at a gas station. 

During the stop, cops say Herman "approached Officers in an aggressive manner" -- so they fired the taser to take him into custody. 

But Herman's wife Madeleine -- who was in the car at the time with their young son -- tells TMZ Sports she's FURIOUS over the incident and claims her husband is the real victim. 

Madeleine says Dave was NOT trying to run from cops when they initially tried to pull him over -- they were merely looking for a well lit place to stop.  

As for allegations Dave was being aggressive, Madeleine says that's also BS -- explaining, "Dave, not wanting armed strangers walking up behind the vehicle, especially with our infant son in tow, stepped out of the vehicle and asked them if there was something he could help them with."

Madeleine says cops overreacted and violently took her husband to the ground. He's being charged with several criminal counts including resisting arrest and battery against an officer. 

Dave is still in custody -- but she's calling for the officers involved in the arrest to be charged with assault. 

We reached out to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Ex-UFC Champ BJ Penn

Slammed Head Against Bar

... Before Fight

1/20/2015 4:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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BJ Penn slammed his head against a solid wooden bar 3 times in anger ... before the ex-UFC champ went outside and got into a fight this weekend ... bar sources tell TMZ Sports

We're told ... BJ was a "perfect gentleman" when he arrived to the South Shore Tiki Lounge in Maui on Saturday night -- but became agitated and at one point began banging his head into the bar. 

"He was definitely aggravated at something," one source tells us who also says Penn did NOT appear to be drunk.

"He only had one drink.  At first he was okay, then he was hitting his head on the bar .... and 20 minutes later he was outside fighting."

As we previously reported, Penn allegedly attacked one of his friends in the parking lot -- and reportedly injured the guy so bad, he was hospitalized for a broken eye socket. 

Penn was later arrested for assault. Cops are still investigating the incident.

'Mortal Kombat' Actor

Darren Shahlavi

Dead of Apparent Overdose

1/20/2015 2:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Darren Shahlavi, who appeared in popular TV shows including "Mortal KombatLegacy" and "Arrow," died of an apparent overdose ... TMZ has learned.

Shahlavi was found dead January 14 at his L.A. home and law enforcement sources tell us ... it appears he overdosed on prescription meds.

We're told the 42-year-old actor sadly had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. 

He pursued a stunt career in Hong Kong in the '90s and eventually came to the U.S. to pursue acting.

In addition to the various shows, Shahlavi starred in the 2012 TV movie "Aladdin and the Death Lamp." He also had a classic fight scene in the cult movie "Ip Man 2."

We're told the L.A. County Coroner is conducting toxicology tests before determining the exact cause of death.

"Arrow" star Stephen Amell -- who fought Darren on the show's first episode -- called him a "great dude & a patient, thougtful partner."


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Justin Bieber

THE ROAST IS ON

Bring On Jeff Ross!

1/20/2015 7:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar8:30 AM PT -- The roast was Bieber's idea! We've learned Justin actually called Comedy Central to say he wanted the roast to be a celebration for his 21st birthday ... which is March 1.
update_grey_gray_barLike a tattooed lamb to the slaughter, Justin Bieber has agreed to be the guest of honor at a Comedy Central Roast in March ... and you can already hear Jeff Ross licking his chops. 

Ryan Seacrest broke the news on Twitter ... saying, "Yes I got confirmation @justinbieber is getting roasted by @ComedyCentral in march...love u justin but it's time lol #BieberRoast."

Word on the street is that Bieber was game to be roasted for a while ... and had been hoping to work out a deal with the network. 

Now, it seems like everything's a go ... and it'll be interesting to see which comics come out to burn Bieber.

As for roast topics, it's not like there's a shortage of material, for example: 

-- Pissing in mop buckets
-- Egging houses
-- Lambo arrest
-- Fighting Orlando Bloom
-- Dropping the N-word
-- Calvin Klein modeling shots 
-- Anne Frank shout out
-- Push-ups in jail 
-- Fighting with Keyshawn Johnson
-- Fear of shirts 
... and oh yeah, his music career.

Careful what you wish for.

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Mama June

Couples Therapy Still an Option ...

If Sugar Bear Shows Up

1/19/2015 9:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Mama June might give Sugar Bear one last chance to work things out -- and she might get PAID to do it ... on a reality TV show.

Sources connected to the now ex-couple tell us they've been contacted by 2 different shows -- one of them being "Marriage Boot Camp" on WE tv -- looking to cast them for an upcoming season.

We broke the story ... June kicked Sugar Bear out of their home last week ... claiming she found out he was two-timing her with several women he'd met online. We're told the marital strife is the real deal -- not created for TV -- but June intends to follow through and meet 'Boot Camp' producers.

She's just not sure Suge will do the same.

As for their relationship right now -- watch the video. June brags about torching a bunch of Sugar Bear's stuff ... if that tells you anything.

Michael Sam

I Proposed ...

At The Vatican!

1/16/2015 12:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0116-sam-engaged-twitter-01Michael Sam clearly wanted to make a statement when he proposed to his longtime BF -- 'cause the football player popped the question right in Vatican City. 

Sam posted the pic ... which shows HE was the one who got down on one knee and popped the question to Vito Cammisano last week.

We're told Sam and Vito were inside St. Peter's Basilica at the time.  

It's sort of an act of defiance ... considering the Catholic church is still anti-gay marriage. 

Mazel!  


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Marshawn Lynch

All Gold $1,000 Dollar Cleats

... To Stomp The Packers

1/16/2015 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The Packers D could have gold tracks across their asses Sunday, cause Marshawn Lynch is rockin' some SICK $1,000 all gold cleats for the NFC title game ... and TMZ Sports has the pics.

The cleats were hand made by shoe-customizing guru Solesbysir and feature 24K gold flake paint with a RIDICULOUS gold chrome plate at the bottom ... final value $1,100 bucks.

0116-SUB-marshawn-lynch-golden-shoes-tmz-sports-01We're told Beast Mode had originally planned to rock the kicks on Super Sunday (confidence), but when he saw the finished product, he had to have them for the big game this Sunday.

Marshawn had no comment on the story ... 'cause ... well, you know.

Chris Brown

Probation Revoked Over Shootings

Probation Dept. Wants Singer Locked Up

1/15/2015 2:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0115_Chris_brown_in_court_tmzChris Brown has had his probation revoked in the Rihanna case, in part because he was present at 2 separate nightclubs when people inside were shot, and officials are worried about more shootings and think Chris should serve time behind bars.

Chris showed up for a progress report Thursday, when the judge told him the probation report presented multiple problems. First, the report mentions the shooting last Sunday in San Jose when Chris was on stage. Five people were injured.  

The judge also said the probation report expressed concern over another shooting at 1OAK during VMA weekend last August. Again, Chris was on stage and several people were shot, including Suge Knight.

And the judge said Chris left the county for San Jose without getting the court's permission, which is a violation of his probation.

As for why the shootings are an issue, they were raised in the probation report. The judge noted so far there's no evidence Chris was criminally involved, but the probation officer says, "There is also concern that when he performs or attends at some of his public events, people will get shot or seriously injured."

The probation officer also notes Chris has been arrested twice while on probation -- once for assault in DC and also for throwing a rock at his mom's car in rehab. And the officer notes Chris was "making comments about knives and guns during a group [rehab] meeting."

The probation officer -- who thinks Chris is focusing too much on his career rather than community service and rehabilitation -- recommends to the judge that Chris serve time. The officer says the singer has shown "a pattern of making choices that are counterproductive."

The judge will hold a formal hearing March 20. If hizzoner determines Chris "willfully" violated probation, he could be in big trouble. The violations are felonies, which means prison is on the line.

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Kevin Nash

Charges Dropped

... In Bloody Fight w/ Son

1/15/2015 7:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Wrestling legend Kevin Nash is officially off the hook in the Christmas Eve brawl with his son -- after cops determined "Big Sexy" wasn't the one who started the fight. 

We broke the story ... both 55-year-old Kevin and his 18-year-old son Tristen were arrested at the family home in Florida after an allegedly drunken Tristen got physical with Kev

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According to the police report, Kevin took Tristen down to the ground hard after Tristen spit in his face. Tristen claimed Kev used his signature choke-slam move and caused him to black out. 

But now officials tells TMZ Sports the State Attorney's office investigated the incident and determined "Mr. Kevin Nash was not the primary aggressor in this situation and that criminal charges should not be filed against him."

As for Tristen ... officials say he's not in the clear -- they're still investigating his role in the fight.

We spoke with Kevin's attorney Michael Politis who tells us, "Kevin is very relieved this got done quickly because of his career with the WWE and his potential induction into the Hall of Fame." 

"He didn't want to be placed in the same category as -- for example -- the NFL player who punched his wife in the elevator."

Levi Johnston

Baby Overboard

New Kid's a 'Water Sign'

1/14/2015 6:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Levi Johnston Baby BornNot sure she'll hunt like her daddy, but she may be a swimmer -- Levi Johnston's new baby made a huge splash during a water birth.

The former nearly-Palin-in-law and wife Sunny Johnston welcomed baby girl Indy Rae Johnston on January 11. With a name like Indy, you'd think she came out fast -- but we're told the 7.4 pounder took 4 hours to cross the slippery finish line. 

If you're keeping score, this is Levi's third after ... Tripp with Bristol Palin and Breeze with Sunny.

Sunny and Indy are doing great, and Levi's determined to make her an outdoorsy chick -- she already has pink-camo gear.

Even Sarah Palin would be proud of that.

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Bill Cosby

Accuser Filing Criminal Charges

1/14/2015 8:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The woman claiming Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion just over six years ago is filing criminal charges.

Model Chloe Goins and attorney Spencer Kuvin are heading to LAPD headquarters right now ... claiming she's the victim of sexual assault at the hands of Cosby.

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As TMZ reported ... Goins alleges in 2008 she woke up naked in a bedroom with Cosby sucking her toes and masturbating after he slipped something in her drink. 

Here's what's unclear ... the alleged incident occurred more than 6 years ago, and in California the statute of limitations for every sexual assault except rape is 6 years. We don't know if she's alleging rape.

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Justin Bieber

Gay Republicans Hijacked My Favorite Joint

1/13/2015 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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111315_justin_beiber_launch_v2There was an elephant in the room at a meeting of gay L.A. Republicans ... and the elephant was Justin Bieber 

The L.A. chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans had a meeting Monday night  at State Social House, one of Bieber's favorite restaurants.

Here's the thing. Justin showed up with 4 friends and wanted his usual perch ... in a placed called The Attic. Problem was ... The gay Republicans were still meetin'.

Justin and his crew were undaunted and just walked into The Attic, sat in the back and ordered chicken wings as the group discussed gay rights in the Republican ranks.

One of the LCR members called in to the Jillian Barberie and John Phillips' show on 790 KABC, and said he thought Justin was just a pretty lesbian ... or a "butcher version of Miley Cyrus.'

He's been called worse.

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