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Kim Richards Dodges Jail Bullet

8/24/2016 1:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0824-kim-richards-tmz-02Kim Richards narrowly avoided jail after blowing off her community service and AA meetings in her shoplifting case.

Kim's lawyers were in court Wednesday for a probation violation hearing ... this after she missed the deadline for completing 30 days of community service and 52 AA sessions.  

Her lawyers presented proof that Kim belatedly did most of her community service and is now up to date on AA meetings, so the judge cut her a break.

Kim stays on probation and everything must be completed by the next hearing in November.

Kim was convicted of shoplifting for stealing $600 worth of stuff from Target.

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Nick Diaz Jumped in Las Vegas ... HUGE Brawl Breaks Out

8/24/2016 1:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0824-nick-diaz-tmz-01Nick Diaz ended up in the middle of a huge brawl while partying at Hyde nightclub in Vegas early Wednesday morning ... TMZ Sports has learned.

A rep for the club tells us the UFC fighter went to a bathroom outside the club around 2:30 AM, and accidentally stumbled into another customer ... who started talking smack.

We're told Nick apologized and said he didn't want any trouble, but 3 other men then joined the first guy and jumped Nick ... who tells us, "I didn't start it. They didn't know who I was."

He tried to defend himself, and got hit hard in the head -- and then the fight spilled out of the bathroom, and out onto the Bellagio's casino floor.

The melee was insane -- the club's rep says the attackers were swinging chairs and brawling with club and casino staffers. They were eventually removed by security.

Nick told the Bellagio he didn't want to press charges, and told us, "They got the worst of it." 

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Kerri Walsh Jennings BACK OFF RYAN LOCHTE 'He's Not a Terrible Person'

8/24/2016 12:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ryan Lochte has a strong ally -- Olympic legend Kerri Walsh Jennings who says people need to STOP treating the swimmer like a super-villain ... adding, "He's not a terrible person."

Kerri was at the ASICS Long Beach World Series of Beach Volleyball when she told us people are being way too hard on Lochte ... after that whole gas station incident in Rio. 

"He's not a terrible person," Walsh Jennings said ... "He made a mistake it sounds like and he's going to pay for his mistake."

"I don't think we need to crucify the guy."

There's more ... we asked Kerri -- who won the bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Games -- if she plans to compete in 2020 ... check out the clip.   

Blac Chyna I'm Kool with Kylie

8/24/2016 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0824_blac_chyna_kylie_jenner_tmzBlac Chyna and Kylie Jenner have buried the hatchet and there's no animosity over Kylie playing stepmom to Chyna and Tyga's son King ... so claims Rob's fiancee.

Sources close to Blac Chyna tell us she actually enjoyed the pics of Kylie and King at a mini-golf course.

We're told Chyna's good with the entire Kardashian brood ... a brand she's personally growing -- she's weeks away from giving birth.

She's also not stupid and knows Kylie will become her sister-in-law and if she starts picking fights with her, Kris will side with her daughter, which will cause Chyna financial and other problems.

The Kardashians are also on board ... they've invited Chyna to family events ... most recently the latest DASH store opening and Kris' mom's birthday.

Chyna knows which battles not to pick.

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Kevin Durant & DeAndre Jordan Bikinis, Bottles & Zero Shirts ... Victory Turn Up In Greece

8/24/2016 10:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0824_kevin_durant_deandre_jordan_party_sub_footerHere are Kevin Durant & DeAndre Jordan enjoying the spoils of their Olympic victory ... with a world champion day party turn up sesh in Mykonos.

After absolutely pummeling Serbia in the gold medal game, the guys headed over to Greece and proved once again that America is #1 ... at partying our faces off.

Check out the pics and vids ... and remember that some Americans don't have to tarnish a country's reputation to have a good time.

Justin Bieber & Sofia Richie She's Legal, Baby!

8/24/2016 9:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0824-justin-beiber-sofia-richie-akm-01Justin Bieber isn't dating a kid anymore -- his new girl, Sofia Richie, is now the BIG 1-8.

Justin and Sofia got their juice on Tuesday in North Hollywood, the day before she officially became a woman ... in age, anyway. They hadn't been seen together for about a week while Justin was overseas performing at a British music festival. 

Now they're not only reunited -- they're legal! You can stop cringing.

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Faith Evans Judge OKs Bad Boy Reunion Single Mamas Gotta Eat!!!

8/24/2016 11:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0824-faith-evans-bad-boy-tmzFaith Evans just scored one for single moms everywhere -- a judge shot down a promoter's request to block her from performing at the Bad Boy Family Reunion concert in Atlanta. 

The judge ultimately sided with Faith cause she's a single mom of 3 who makes a living performing ... and it wouldn't be fair to stop her from performing with Diddy on Sept. 8 in Atlanta. On the other hand, Jeremy Hill -- the promoter who sued her -- had already replaced her for his concert ... according to legal docs. 

TMZ broke the story ... Hill sued Faith when she bailed on his Sept. 10 concert at Wolf Creek Amphitheater. He's seeking damages in excess of $100k.

It's interesting ... according to the docs, the judge acknowledged Faith breached her contract with Hill, whose goodwill and credibility was on the line. The judge also noted that since replacing Faith -- with the R&B band Next -- the show hasn't been selling.  

Plus ... since Hill announced Faith was no longer performing at his concert, he said he's received around 200 requests for refunds. 

Still ... the judge felt Faith had more to lose. 

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Happy Kobe Day ... Here's How to Celebrate!

8/24/2016 7:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Wednesday will officially be declared "Kobe Bryant Day" in Los Angeles ... 'cause it's 8/24 (his two jersey numbers) ... and even the Mayor of L.A. is pumped about it. 

Bryant will be honored at L.A. City Hall later today -- but before that goes down, we asked L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti how fans should celebrate El Dia Del Mamba. 

Check out the clip ... and HAPPY KOBE DAY!!! 

Skip Bayless Mike Tyson Sat In Kanye's UFC Seats Guess What Happened Next

8/24/2016 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

What happens when you get to your cageside seats at UFC 202 -- and Mike Tyson's sitting in 'em??? 

That's the question Kanye West had to ask himself when that happened to him at the Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz fight in Vegas this past weekend.  

FS1's Skip Bayless says he saw the entire thing go down -- because he was sitting right behind Kanye's reserved seats. 

But what transpired wasn't a fistfight ... one of the stars backed off in a big way -- and it wasn't who you think it would be. 

Check out the clip. 

Ryan Lochte Phelps Got 6-Month Suspension ... And He Could Have Killed Someone

8/24/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-four-us-swimmers-ryan-lochte-rio-gunnar-bentz-jack-conger-jimmy-feigen-GETTY-02Ryan Lochte is going to get punished by the USOC ... but sources connected with the 4 swimmers don't think it's fair for the organization to annihilate them to appease those who are out for blood.

Lochte's lawyer, Jeff Ostrow, tells TMZ he has faith in the USOC and that the organization will punish Lochte in a manner that matches his conduct during the drunken Brazilian escapade. Ostrow would not say more.

Michael Phelps' punishment for his 2 DUIs is unquestionably relevant. The reality is ... but for the grace of God, Phelps could have killed an innocent person while driving drunk. After his second DUI in 2014, the USOC imposed a 6-month suspension.

The org. did not strip Phelps of his medals or keep him from competing in the 2016 Olympics.

As for Lochte and crew, they were drunk as well, but none got behind the wheel. Our sources say worst-case scenario ... Lochte damaged a sign outside a gas station bathroom and peed on the grass.

As for the "lies" -- our sources are adamant ... he and the other swimmers were taken out of a cab at gunpoint and ordered to turn over hundreds of dollars ... classic robbery. The sources acknowledge the swimmers were deceptive by implying they were pulled over in a moving cab.

Bottom line ... sources connected with the 4 swimmers say a 6-month suspension would be harsh given Phelps' punishment, but could still be justified. Anything more, they say, is just vengeance to appease the media and the public.

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Kylie Jenner Stepping Up as Stepmom

8/24/2016 6:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-kylie-jenner-tyga-king-tmz-02Kylie Jenner is arguably stepping up as Tyga's now longtime GF and helping him raise his child ... the other scenario -- she's pissing off baby mama Blac Chyna something fierce.

Kylie took 3-year-old King Tuesday to play a round of miniature golf in Sherman Oaks. Tyga also tried his hand on the putting green. 

It's unclear how Chyna feels about her one-time mortal enemy, who she hedged last week during a Facebook Live session.

We're on the lookout for her reaction.

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Affluenza Mom Now Doing Time ... Behind Bar

8/23/2016 7:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-tonya-couch-tmz-wm-01Tonya Couch, the mother of the "affluenza" teen who fled to Mexico with her son, is back on her feet -- especially during happy hour -- tending bar.

We've learned Ethan Couch's mom is slinging drinks at the Honky Tonk Woman Saloon in Azle, TX. Tonya's telling her customers the Saloon gig was a lifesaver because no one wanted to hire her after she and Ethan were captured in Mexico last year. We're told she's had the job for about a month.

Tonya was cleared to start working in June. She was just released from house arrest on Tuesday, but still has to wear an ankle monitor. Ethan's doing 2 years for violating probation -- and Tonya's still facing 2 felonies -- for their illegal jaunt to Mexico.

The Honky Tonk Woman calls itself a bar for people from all walks of life, hosting pig roasts, NASCAR parties and biker rallies. Definitely a good time, but a long way from Couch's old comfy life in the 'burbs.

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'Bachelor in Paradise' Josh Murray Nick Viall Won't Answer the Phone

8/24/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-josh-murray-nick-viall-instagram-01The beef between "Bachelor in Paradise" stars Josh Murray and Nick Viall is so real, Nick hasn't returned Josh's phone calls since season 3 wrapped ... TMZ has learned.  

Sources close to production tell TMZ ... when 'BiP' wrapped in June, several cast members warned Josh that Nick portrayed him as the villain for stealing away Amanda Stanton. Our sources say Josh felt blindsided by the bad blood but wanted to make things cool with Nick, so he reached out to him before the show aired ... but Nick never responded.

Sources close to Josh tell us he feels Nick seized the opportunity to play the role as a "victim" and feels that he won over Amanda fairly. When Josh first arrived at the house, he asked the girls if any of them were in a serious relationship ... and Amanda said no. However, we're told the clip didn't make the cut.

After seeing the drama unfold, we're told Josh feels it's now too late to ever respect him again.

Now that's tough love.

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