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Brutus 'The Barber' Beefcake My Knee's Destroyed ... I Need Help!

5/22/2018 11:26 AM PDT
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Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake says he busted his knee so badly during a recent fall he needs a full replacement surgery ... but the cost is putting a serious financial burden on his family.

The 61-year-old WWE legend says he has already suffered major damage to his knee from his 35-year wrestling career ... but the fall made it much worse. Now, he's asking the fans for help through a GoFundMe page. 

Brutus says he knows he's been blessed with a great career and a great life -- but tells TMZ Sports he doesn't have a lot of money and needs help to pay for his medical costs. 

"The costs completely overwhelmed me and my wife," Beefcake says.

Brutus says he never got health insurance so everything is out of pocket -- and, while he admits he didn't want to ask fans for money, he feels it's his best move. 

His surgery is set for June 12 -- good luck!!

Tekashi69 Charged with Assaulting a Cop ... After Traffic Arrest

5/22/2018 6:38 AM PDT
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Tekashi69 was charged with assaulting a police officer this week in New York after a traffic violation quickly escalated ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us Tekashi was approached by an officer in Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn Sunday while his SUV was illegally parked in front of a fire hydrant and, when asked to produce a license ... the cop found it was suspended.

Tekashi was taken in to a Brooklyn precinct to be given a desk appearance ticket, but police soon learned there was an open warrant for his arrest in Texas. We're told that's when they cuffed him and tried taking him into custody ... but not before he allegedly got grabby.

Cops say Tekashi squeezed a lieutenant's hand while being apprehended, squeezing it so hard apparently that it caused swelling. He was booked for assaulting a police officer -- a felony -- and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

He was arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court and released on $25k bail.

The New York Post broke the story of Tekashi's arrest.

T.I. I Want Houston's Chain Shut Down For Alleged Attack on Female Customer

5/21/2018 10:24 PM PDT
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T.I. is fuming and wants a piece of a Houston's security guard he claims manhandled an innocent female customer in Atlanta. 

T.I ripped into the security guard -- who is also an ATL police officer working a 2nd job -- and the restaurant in a video he posted Monday night ... alleging the guard went into the women's restroom to drag a customer out through the restaurant, and eventually out the front door. Tip called out the guard, saying, "I need to see you! Come do me like that!!"

A video shot by the woman's friend shows her being held down by the guard. He appeared to be holding her arm behind her back, while her friends yelled at him to let her go.

One of the friends said she was calling police, and the security guard said he was "detaining" the woman until police arrived.

T.I. posted pics showing the woman's alleged injuries, including a black eye and several bruises on her leg.

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, all 3 women -- actresses Britney Lucio, Erica Walker and Asia'h Epperson -- were charged with criminal trespass. Britney was also charged with felony obstruction.

Remember, this incident comes after T.I. organized a boycott against another Atlanta area Houston's last year when a staffer threw out a group of black female customers. T.I. had worked closely with Houston's ownership to improve relations, before lifting the ban.

Monday night he said, "We done tried to do it the Martin Luther way. It's time for Malcolm X!"7:15 AM PT -- We got T.I. Tuesday morning, as he was flying out of L.A., and he says his mission is clear ... shutting down the WHOLE Houston's chain.

Racist Lawyer Aaron Schlossberg Serenaded in Spanish By Street Protesters

5/18/2018 5:34 PM PDT
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Aaron Schlossberg -- the Manhattan lawyer who went viral for his anti-Latino rant at a sandwich shop -- hasn't been getting much peace and quiet since then ... even at his own apartment.

A group of protesters gathered on the street outside Schlossberg's building Friday and jeered him with signs, chants of "Si Se Puede" (Yes We Can), and Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina."

We're told the owner of nearby restaurant Jade Sixty is the guy who supplied the crowd with Chinese tacos. Other business owners in the area are joining in too -- including the bar American Whiskey, which is offering free tequila shots and blaring tunes in Spanish all night.

It's been a bad week for Schlossberg since the video of him berating Fresh Kitchen employees for speaking Spanish and threatening to call ICE on them went viral. His law firm's Yelp page got spammed with 1-star reviews, his office lease was terminated ... and now this.

Too bad, hombre.

Jack Osbourne Wife Files for Divorce

5/18/2018 2:02 PM PDT
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Jack Osbourne's wife is calling it quits -- she's filed for divorce after 5 and a half years of marriage, and on the heels of expanding their family. 

Lisa Osbourne filed divorce docs Friday in L.A. County. The couple just had their third child in February -- a girl named Minnie Theodora. They have 2 other girls, ages 6 and 2. 

According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, she lists the date of separation as May 4. Jack was already ring-less Friday while out and about in L.A. 

Lisa's asking for joint and legal custody of their children. She also wants spousal support, and Jack to foot the bill for her attorney.

Jack and Lisa got married in October 2012 with a small ceremony of less than 50 guests in Hawaii. He popped the question to the model after just 4 months of dating.. 

Shaq Selling Massive 'Shaq-apulco' Estate ... For $28 mil

5/17/2018 12:20 PM PDT
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CAN YOU DIG IT?!?!?!  

Shaquille O'Neal is ready to move out of his incredible 3-acre Orlando mega-mansion ... and it could all be yours if you've got $28 MILLION floating around.

Shaq's pad is famous and awesome ... 31,000 square feet with 12 bedrooms and a buttload of bathrooms. 

Not to mention ... a legendary "Shaq Center" athletic facility that is made up of a custom 6,000 square foot basketball court (with bleachers) ... where the NBA star once put Harvey Levin on his ass!! 

The estate also boasts the "Shaq-apulco" outdoor area ... complete with a 95-foot long swimming pool and a rock waterfall, according to The Wall Street Journal. Obviously, he's got a hot tub, swim-up bar, walk-in humidor and wine cellar too.

Our sources say these days Shaq's spending most of his time in Atlanta and L.A. -- where he also has Shaq-sized mansions -- so it just didn't make sense to keep the massive Orlando mansion. We're told he plans to buy a smaller place in Tampa, where his mom lives, because that's become home base for the family.

The Orlando crib famously appeared on an episode of "Tanked" -- where Shaq got a custom Shaq Diesel fish tank installed in the home. No word if that stays with buyer or not. 

Shaq bought the property in 1993 for $3.95 mil -- but he's done millions of dollars in custom upgrades and expansion.

Happy bidding ... 

Taylor Swift Granted Restraining Order ... Against Obsessed Fan

5/16/2018 1:41 PM PDT
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Taylor Swift isn't taking any chances on her latest obsessed fan who already got busted for felony stalking -- she just asked a judge for extra protection and got it for now ... TMZ has learned.

Swift filed for a restraining order Wednesday in L.A. County against Julius Sandrock -- the man who was arrested at her property last month for felony stalking.

You'll recall ... cops were called when he was spotted in front of Taylor's Bev Hills mansion, and was later found to have live ammunition, latex gloves, rope and multiple types of masks in his car.

Police say he was arrested while trying to break into her pad wearing one of the masks and a separate pair of gloves. According to the police report, he told cops he suffered from OCD, bipolar disorder, severe depression and manic episodes. He also allegedly divulged he'd recently gotten divorced, and Taylor's music helped him through it.

Cops say Sandrock explained away the masks and gloves by saying he's a germophobe, and that he wears them frequently. He went on to apologize for the live ammunition in his car, saying he'd forgotten to clean it out. 

Cops say Sandrock was on probation in Colorado for a firearms-related offense. As a result, he was slapped with a temporary firearms restraining order here, at the behest of law enforcement. 

Now, it appears Taylor's taking it one step further ... getting a temporary restraining of her own. We've just learned that Taylor was granted the order, which will stay in effect until a court hearing in June. Sandrock has to stay 500 yards away from her, any of her property and any of her concerts or public appearances. 

According to the docs, Sandrock has been released from custody ... and Swift along with her team isn't sure where he is. 

'Yanny' vs. 'Laurel' Mystery Solved!!!

5/16/2018 9:14 AM PDT
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The "Yanny" vs. "Laurel" debate has torn friends, families and the Internet apart ... and we finally have the definitive answer as to what the recording REALLY says.

** SPOILER ALERT BELOW THAT WILL END ALL ARGUMENTS **

Ok, enough debate. It's Laurel.

According to the guy who originally posted the audio -- Redditor RolandCamry -- he recorded the robotic pronounciation of the word "Laurel" from vocabulary.com. Roland says he recorded the audio off his speakers, which caused the distortion.

Roland tells TMZ ... he and a friend were simply surfing vocabulary.com when they came across the word. He says he heard "Laurel," but his friend heard "Yanny" ... and that's why they posted the clip online to spark a bigger conversation.

Audio experts have said the reason people hear it differently is because everyone hears frequencies differently. They also blamed the crappy quality of the recording for the distortion.

Anyway, now ya know. Sooooo, technically -- suck it, "Yanny" people.

Jim Jones Street Brawlin' Over Fan Photos!!!

5/14/2018 7:33 AM PDT
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Jim Jones and his security team threw down with an angry mob, and it looks like the whole brawl started over ... selfies. Yes, selfies.

The Dipset rapper was taking pics with some fans, mostly female, early Sunday morning after he hosted at Club Zone in Springfield, MA. A crowd of dudes gathered and got into a standoff with Jim's security.

After a few tense moments of yelling back and forth ... one guy threw a haymaker, and then all hell broke loose! Police showed up, but everyone quickly dispersed. We're told no one was arrested, and no ambulances were dispatched -- but watch the video. Definitely looks like a few people could've used assistance.

Security did its job though -- Jim came through without a scratch. A source close to Jim says he was not involved in the fight, although someone in his crew had to hold him back at one point.

The source described the chaos as ...  "Just an old-school brawl outside of a club."

Agreed.

NBA Commish Adam Silver Threatened 'Let Me Play Or I'll Kill You'

5/14/2018 6:35 AM PDT
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A 27-year-old man was arrested Friday for sending a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver that essentially demanded Silver to let him play in the league ... or else. 

"If you don't let me play, I'm going to come up there and kill you with my f*cking gun," David Pyant allegedly wrote in an email sent to NBA offices ... police sources tell us. 

It doesn't appear Pyant has any real professional basketball experience -- but he does have a criminal record ... 13 prior arrests, according to the NY Post.  

We're told Pyant was arrested on May 11 and charged with aggravated harassment. A judge granted a temporary restraining order requiring him to stay away from Silver.

Pyant was eventually released without bail. 

Silver is fine. 

Waffle House Hero Joins Up with Parkland Student Heroes

5/12/2018 12:58 PM PDT
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James Shaw Jr. -- the man who heroically disarmed the Waffle House gunman last month and saved lives -- just met with a bunch of fellow young heroes trying to save many more lives in the future.

James shared a pic with Parkland student leader Emma Gonzalez Saturday, saying he met one of his heroes today. Fellow student activist David Hogg also shared a photo with Shaw, saying ... "Wow, just wow ... lots of work ahead but the young people will win. #YPWW"

Sources close to David tell us ... he and a group of Parkland peeps drove to meet with James because he's a hero. We're told they had breakfast together at Denny's in Miami, and they're all hopeful to work with him in the future if the opportunity arises.

That seems highly possible, especially since James says meeting with the young adults of the Parkland incident with "so much fire and inspiration in their eyes was a great joy."

As we've reported ... Shaw says he's now on a mission to bring awareness to mental health problems in the U.S., and we know the Parkland students are serious about gun reform in the country.

Harrison Ford Where the Heck Were Ya?! No-Show at 'Solo' Premiere

5/11/2018 7:57 AM PDT
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Harrison Ford not showing up to the "Solo: A Star Wars Story" premiere would be like Ron Howard not showing up to anything remotely related to "Happy Days" ... so it begs the question -- where the heck was Harrison?

The entire cast and crew -- including Alden EhrenreichDonald Glover and Emilia Clarke -- were at the premiere Thursday in Hollywood. Not there, in an obvious way is Harrison, who burst to stardom after playing Solo in four 'Star Wars' films.

Sources connected to Harrison tell TMZ ... he's seen the flick and thinks it's "phenomenal." He didn't show up because he didn't wanna steal Alden's thunder.

Mission accomplished.

Former Warner Bros./Yahoo! CEO Wife Accused of Warehousing Him

5/10/2018 3:55 PM PDT
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5/11 -- TMZ has learned the lawyer who handles Britney Spears' conservatorship has just been named Semel's conservator. Adam Streisand repped Terry's son in court Friday.

Terry Semel, the former Warner Bros. Chairman and Yahoo! CEO ... once one of the most powerful people in Hollywood, has been moved from his 13,000 square foot Bel-Air compound and warehoused in a 500 square foot apartment, and his son claims it's all the doing of Terry's wife.

Semel suffers from Alzheimer's and according to new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Eric Semel says Jane Semel has been heartless, abusing her authority and not properly caring for his father.

Most concerning to Eric ... he says Jane has put Terry in the Motion Picture & Television Fund House, which he describes as "a retirement home intended for low-income entertainment industry members in Woodland Hills, CA."  

Eric says Terry and Jane have homes in California, New York and London, and there is no reason "Mr. Semel should not be cared for and reside in a suitable, secured home that is accessible for his physical needs."

Eric is trying to wrestle power away from Jane and is asking a judge to appoint the lawyer who handles Britney Spears' conservatorship to manage his dad's affairs. 

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