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Robin Williams

Wife & Kids Still Fighting

Over High-Priced Bike Collection

8/28/2015 12:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0828-robin-williams-bike-GETTY-01Robin Williams' widow and his three kids are still warring over his possessions, including his super-expensive collection of bicycles.

The attorney for Susan Williams, Robin's widow, was in court Friday morning ... asking a San Francisco judge to settle the remaining property disputes with Robin's 3 children ... Zak, Zelda and Cody.

Robin was an avid cyclist and owned dozens of bikes when he died. It's been reported he spent more than a million bucks on the sport. Some of his cycles were extremely rare and worth tens of thousands of dollars.

The attorney for the children says Robin's will is clear about who should get what ... and doesn't think the court needs to intervene.

Both sides will meet next week in a last ditch effort to settle the matter without the judge.

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Skype Founder Sues Ex

We Had a Bad Connection

Now I Want My Ring Back!!!

8/28/2015 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0828-janus-aura-getty-01The guy who co-founded Skype -- and sold it for $2.6 BILLION -- claims he got the picture when he found out his fiancee allegedly cheated on him, and now he's suing to get the ridiculously expensive ring back. 

Janus Friis claims in a new lawsuit, he got engaged to Maria Louise Joenson -- a Danish recording artist who goes by Aura Dione --  back in 2013. As a symbol of his love, he gave her a $471,000 engagement ring, an apartment and cash, but claims there were strings attached to the gifts ... they had to seal the deal.

Friis claims he learned she had "multiple affairs and sexual encounters with other men" and broke off the engagement. So now he wants his stuff back.

If Maria's holding on to the ring, it's pretty obvious why ... Janus describes it as a 950 Platinum band inset with a number of diamonds, including a 1.76 ct round brilliant cut diamond -- D color, internally flawless, excellent symmetry and cut grade.   

The ring also has a pair of blue pear shaped diamonds of South African origins with a collective weight of .91 ct. 

Friis wants minimum $1 million. 

Jerry Rice

Adrian Peterson's Still a Beast

... Make Him Your #1 Pick

8/28/2015 7:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The NFL may be a passing league, but when it comes to fantasy ... the greatest wide receiver of all time says your #1 pick should still be a RUNNING BACK. 

We got Jerry Rice out in NYC Thursday -- and he told us Adrian Peterson is the key to a fantasy championship.  

Interesting pick, considering A.P. has crossed the dreaded 30-year-old barrier AND he didn't play a single snap last season. 

But if Jerry believes in him ...  

Seacrest's Ex-GF

Taste Matters

When It Comes to My Men

8/28/2015 8:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

We got to know Shayna Taylor when she was dating Ryan Seacrest -- but after this encounter she will forever be known for her skills in the kitchen ... and possibly the bedroom.

Shayna was leaving Nice Guy in West Hollywood when we hit her up for some recipe advice -- she hosts an online cooking show, after all.

The question: What can a woman cook to make a man go crazy for her? Shayna -- in a near-sheer top, btw -- actually had a great suggestion for men AND women ... and tasty too. 

Seacrest (missing) out!

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L.A. Mayor

Caitlyn Jenner Should Carry Olympic Torch

... In 2024

8/28/2015 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

If L.A. gets the Olympics in 2024, the Mayor says he already has one person in mind for the all-important lighting of the Olympic Cauldron ... Olympic legend Caitlyn Jenner!!!  

The lighting of the cauldron is a HUGE honor -- with the host country usually selecting someone it feels can proudly embody what the country stands for on a global stage. 

Past cauldron lighters have been Muhammad Ali, Wayne Gretzky and countless inspiring athletes from all over the world.  

So, with the City of Los Angeles battling to get the 2024 games, Mayor Eric Garcetti told TMZ Sports the first person to come to mind for the honor is Caitlyn.  

Now, all Garcetti has to do is beat out Paris, Rome and Hamburg for the 2024 bid -- and then Caitlyn should start to clear out her schedule.  

Zak Bagans

I Bought Dr. Kevorkian's

Death Mobile!

8/28/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0827-MAIN-Zak-Bagans-jack-kevorkian-van-AP-TWITTER-01Zak Bagans is adding another twisted piece of history to his growing collection ... he's the proud owner of Dr. Jack Kevorkian's former mobile death assistance laboratory.

Zak says when he heard Les Gold from Detroit's "Hardcore Pawn" was selling the 1968 VW van ... he snatched it up for $32,500.

Dr. Kevorkian used the van during his string of 130 assisted suicides before his own unassisted death in 2011.

Zak also got the original registration and a copy of Jack's driver's license. The bad news ... the van doesn't run.

This is the second piece of historical gore the "Ghost Adventures" star scooped up this year ... back in March he bought the cauldron serial killer Ed Gein used to secrete dismembered body parts.   

We're told Zak plans to use the van for a paranormal project. 

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Nick Viall

I Didn't Ruin

'The Bachelorette'

8/28/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Perpetual 'Bachelorette' runner-up Nick Viall insists he didn't spoil this season's finale by hanging with an attractive woman who wasn't Kaitlyn Bristowe ... on the eve of the show's finale. 

Viall says he's got nothing but love for the newly-crowned bachelor Ben Higgins ... a role Nick coveted. 

As for finding love on reality TV ... he's just not giving up. 

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Cheetos’ Chester Cheetah

I Got Maced

Over Serious Dog Issues

8/28/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0827-chester-cheetos-voice-actor-GETTY-FRITOLAY-01Chester Cheetah confronted a neighborhood bully about his barking dogs but got maced in the face instead ... so he says.

Adam Leadbeater, the voice actor behind the Cheetos mascot, says he got pepper sprayed in his PJs when he tried reasoning with his neighbor's son about their barking dogs.

Leadbeater said he couldn't defend himself because he has a condition which prevents him from closing his left eye.

He says he thought the neighbor was about to pull a gun, but instead got hosed with a can of mace.

Leadbeater got a restraining order against the neighbor, so looks like the guy was messing with the wrong cat.

Horace Grant

Michael Jordan Crushes LeBron

... As An Actor

8/27/2015 3:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Don't hand LeBron James the crown just yet when it comes to NBA stars turned actors -- Bulls legend Horace Grant is riding with his old teammate Michael Jordan until LBJ passes one big test.

Horace was at LAX when asked him to grade King James' debut in "Trainwreck" against Jordan's movie skills. As Ho explained ... for him, MJ still takes the cake until he sees some receipts from LeBron. 

But check out the clip, because Horace couldn't stop gushing about Jordan in a bunch of other areas too. You name it, Jordan's the best at it -- although HG did diss him on one topic!

God, it's almost like Michael helped this guy win 3 of his 4 NBA rings.

Jerry Bruckheimer

Sued, Handyman Claims

'You Put Me in a Hole!'

8/27/2015 1:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0827_jerry-bruckheimer_TMZJerry Bruckheimer is one of the most powerful men in Hollywood who can make careers, and now a guy is suing him because he couldn't get his foot in the door. 

Isidro Jauregui -- a handyman -- claims he was at Bruckheimer's LA pad in December 2014 when he was invited to come in through the sliding glass door. According to the lawsuit, there was a metal plate at the base of the door, covering a 2-foot hole.

Jauregui says he stepped on the plate and it shifted, sending him down into the hole.  

It's also unclear what injuries he suffered, although he does say they were "severe."

Jauregui doesn't say exactly how much he wants, but worst case scenario ... Jerry can cover it.

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Model Lindsey Pelas

Hollas At J.J. Watt

... 'Slide Into My DMs'

8/27/2015 10:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Sacks really do come easy for J.J. Watt ... 'cause the NFL superstar is getting straight up jocked by one of the hottest models on Instagram ... who's inviting him to "slide into my D.M.s."

The model calling out Watt is Lindsey Pelas -- who's already racked up more than 2 MILLION followers on Instagram ... and is basically the "it girl" on social media right now. 

So, when we saw her at LAX Wednesday, we asked if there was a man in her life -- and that's when she invited the Houston Texans star to fill that gap. 

Dude, do it. 

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Brandi Glanville

Says Truth is a Defense

In Smelly Vagina Lawsuit

8/27/2015 10:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0826-krupa-glanville-tmz-01Brandi Glanville may have figured out a way to stave off Joanna Krupa's defamation lawsuit ... by forcing Joanna to come clean about her vaginal odor.

Brandi's lawyer has fired off a series of written questions which Joanna must answer under oath, notably:

"Is it your contention in this lawsuit that your vagina and/or vulva are odorless? If yes, please explain with specificity why your vagina and/or vulva are odorless."

It would seem Brandi and her attorney are going down a path that could lead to some interesting courtroom testimony ... and demonstrations.  

Yes, we'll be livestreaming.

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Kim and Kanye

Win Big Settlement

Over Leaked Engagement Video

8/27/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are even richer today, after settling up with a YouTube founder over a video of their engagement he secretly shot and then leaked online.

TMZ has learned Chad Hurley, the YouTube dude who went on to found MixBit, has agreed to pay K&K $440,000. The couple sued Hurley, claiming he manipulated his way into AT&T Park in San Francisco back in 2013 to witness Kanye's proposal. He even signed a confidentiality agreement.

But Hurley secretly recorded the video and posted it on MixBit.

Kim and Kanye were furious, and their lawyer, Eric George, filed suit claiming Hurley was desperate to find a second act after 2 failed flops following his YouTube sale. 

We're told Hurley must pay the loot within the next few days, and then the lawsuit will be dismissed.

$400k is a fortune to most, but Hurley sold YouTube for $1.6 billion, so he's not hurting.

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