Just like her beloved chimpanzees ... Jane Goodall is throwing crap at the wall -- at least that's the word from people who witnessed Michael Jackson's relationship with Bubbles.
Several people who were with Bubbles on almost a day-to-day basis tell TMZ ... MJ adored the chimp, and treated him like a member of his family -- and the notion that he or anyone around him brutalized the chimp is garbage.
We're told the Michael Jackson Estate has recognized how much the singer loved Bubbles by contributing money to the sanctuary where the chimp now lives.
Bubbles, we're told, was almost joined at the hip with Michael, mimicking him and various others at Neverland. We were told one story where Bubbles got down on his knees after seeing one of the maids and started dusting the floor. The whole slave labor thing aside, Michael proudly hugged the chimp.
And Michael actually made Bubble's his plus one at his lawyer John Branca's wedding. Bubbles showed up in a tux to cheer on Branca -- who now runs the MJ Estate.
Geraldo, Kate, Brandi, Kenya and Keshia
Joining the Cast
3/14/2014 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Celebrity Apprentice" is still weeks away from announcing its latest contestants, but TMZ spies have come through again ... with a list of celebs who will be duking it out this season.
TMZ has learned Geraldo Rivera and former "Cosby Show" star Keshia Knight Pulliam are among the cast members for the upcoming season.
In addition, our spies say two "Real Housewives" -- Brandi Glanville from Bev Hills and Kenya Moore from Atlanta -- will also be doing the show.
Kate Gosselin's name has been rumored for a while now ... and TMZ can confirm she'll be trying to get on Donald Trump's good side as well.
"Celebrity Apprentice" is still a ratings force on Sunday nights and has helped re-launch the careers of Joan Rivers, Arsenio Hall, Trace Adkins and Piers Morgan.
Wait, maybe not that last one ...
I'M GONNA BE ON 'CELEBRITY APPRENTICE!!!
3/14/2014 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He's already been axed by the Cowboys, Eagles & Bengals .. but now Terrell Owens is gonna have a chance to be FIRED BY DONALD TRUMP ... 'cause he's gonna be on "Celebrity Apprentice," TMZ Sports has learned.
Sources tell us ... T.O. is all set to appear on the 14th Season of Trump's mega-hit show on NBC.
And it's not just for the paycheck, now that Owens is on board, he's got a HUGE opportunity to blow up his post-NFL career ... just like Joan Rivers, Clay Aiken and Arsenio Hall who all enjoyed a serious resurgence of fame after appearing on the show, which is #1 on Sunday nights.
But Owens may not be the only jock on the show ... we're told tennis superstar Martina Navratilova is in talks with producers and really wants to do it ... but isn't a lock yet.
Stay tuned ...
Are You Banging Selena???
Lawyer Demands Answer
3/14/2014 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber can run, but he can't hide -- the lawyer who deposed him last week wants to force the singer to answer the Selena Gomez questions he rudely dodged last week ... and then have Bieber punished for acting like a self-entitled jackass.
As we reported, Bieber stormed out of his Miami deposition stemming from his photog-beating lawsuit -- after the pap's attorney tried to ask if he's dating Selena. Bieber cut him off, saying, "Don't ask me about her! Do not ask me about her!" and took off.
The lawyer has now filed court docs, insisting he was entitled to ask Bieber about Selena -- because she was present during another alleged photog attack in 2012 ... and what transpired then is relevant to the current case because it shows Bieber has a pattern of aggression toward photogs.
But really, it appears the lawyer wants to establish Bieber and Selena are close -- in the event Selena tries to discredit the photog's case at a later deposition. If Selena and Justin are dating, Selena could be considered a biased witness ... and therefore not credible.
The lawyer wants a judge to force Bieber to answer his Selena questions.
He also wants the judge to fine Bieber for acting like a jerkoff during the deposition -- especially for cussing out the poor innocent court reporter.
Michael Lohan to Son
Mommy's in Jail Again ...
We're Going to Court
3/14/2014 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Another fun photo for the Lohan Family album ... Michael Lohan showed up to court this morning in Florida for baby mama Kate Major's arraignment ... pushing their young child in a stroller.
As TMZ first reported, Major was arrested Thursday night after she got into a huge fight with Lohan, tried to drive away ... but crashed and got busted for DUI.
According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, the officer on the scene asked Major to perform SIX field sobriety tests ... and she didn't pass a single one.
When asked to touch her finger to her nose, the report says ... "Major missed the tip of her nose on her second, third, fourth, and fifth attempts. Touching her nostril on her second, third, and fourth attempts, and touching the space between her nose and upper lip on her fifth attempt."
As for reciting the alphabet -- "On her first attempt she gave the sequence LMX twice and spoke at a really fast pace. On her second attempt she did not keep her eyes closed and got stuck on the letter V. Major was never able the recite the alphabet from A to Z."
Police say her BAC was .243 -- more than 3 times the legal limit. According to the report, she fittingly told police, "I know I have a drinking problem."
Major was arraigned on the DUI charge, plus a battery charge for the fight with Lohan. She'll be in jail until her next hearing ... on Tuesday.
I Might Be Gluten-Free
But I'm Still a Hot Date!
3/14/2014 7:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Going out with a girl with dietary restrictions can be tough on a guy, but when that girl is Emmy Rossum ... guys get over it QUICK.
Our photog in NYC caught the "Shameless" star out and about yesterday and asked her about having celiac disease, which makes the body unable to tolerate foods that contain gluten.
But when our guy asked if it affected her dating life, Emmy made it clear ... it's not a problem AT ALL.
Super hot chick, huge sports fan ... yeah, hard to see guys caring about gluten.
Sorry Denver ...
I'm OFF the Broncos Bandwagon
3/14/2014 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bad news for Broncos fans ... "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul has given up on your team -- just months after he hopped on the bandwagon in the first place.
Aaron -- nicest guy ever btw -- was leaving Gallagher's Steakhouse in NYC last night when we started asking him about all the moves Denver's been making in the past few days.
That's when Aaron -- who proudly rooted for Peyton & the Broncos when he sat behind the bench at the Super Bowl -- made it clear his days of supporting the blue and orange are OVER!
In fairness to Aaron, he was only really a Broncos fan for 1 day to begin with ... but after that Super Bowl performance, we're guessing he's not the only bandwagoner to jump ship.
Floyd Mayweather Accusers
The Cracked Bones
3/14/2014 5:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A broken arm ... a snapped pinkie ... and evidence of extreme torture -- just a few of the injuries suffered by one of the men allegedly beaten by Floyd Mayweather's crew ... and TMZ Sports has the X-rays.
We broke the story ... two men have lawyered up, claiming Mayweather ordered them to be beaten to a pulp recently because he suspected they stole jewelry from his Vegas home.
One of the victims had X-rays taken after the alleged incident and they show a variety of painful injuries, including:
-- Broken right pinkie
-- Severe swelling of the left hand
-- Broken left ulna
-- Cracked right ulna
-- Multiple fractures in left hand that required pins to reset the bones
We're told the left arm was so badly broken, doctors drilled into the bone to attach a titanium plate so it would reset.
The men claim Mayweather was present during the attack, but it's unclear if the boxing champ actually participated in the beating.
For their part, we're told the men adamantly deny they took anything from Mayweather.
Chimp Expert Jane Goodall
Bubbles Was Beaten
On MJ's Watch
3/14/2014 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The world's leading chimp expert says Michael Jackson's famous pet monkey Bubbles was brutalized at Neverland and she blames MJ.
Jane Goodall dropped the bombshell leaving an event in Washington, D.C. ... saying Bubbles was BEATEN while in Michael's care. She doesn't say who beat Bubbles, but she does say she confronted MJ and it "ticked him off."
Our photog was clearly caught off guard and didn't ask the circumstances surrounding the alleged beating. La Toya's ex-husband, Jack Gordon, claimed the singer did indeed abuse Bubbles, saying, "I saw Michael punch Bubbles, kick him in the stomach. Michael used to say, 'He doesn't feel it. He's a chimpanzee. I have to discipline him.'"
Various people in the MJ camp denied the claims, and there are stories that Bubbles was actually treated like a hairy king, eating at the dining room table with MJ and having free access to the fridge for Haagen-Dazs fixes.
FYI -- Bubbles -- now 30 -- is alive and well ... living in a Florida animal sanctuary.
Master P Divorce
My Husband's Filthy Rich
And I Need Welfare
3/14/2014 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Master P's estranged wife claims he's worth $200 MILLION ... yet she says he's left her and their 4 minor kids so destitute ... she needs welfare.
Sonya Miller says she's indignant ... because she helped Master P create one of the most successful labels in hip-hop -- No Limit Records -- yet he has cut her off like a bad habit.
Sonya says things have become so desperate ... she had to move in with her adult son, Lil Romeo.
Master P hasn't even responded to her divorce petition. The judge fined him $10K for ignoring the case, but he doesn't seem to care.
Sonya explains in her docs she hooked up with Master P when he didn't have a pot to pee in ... back in '89. They started the label together, and when it exploded, they built an empire, which include clothing manufacturing, sports management, toy manufacturing, and film and TV production.
Oh yeah, they also created an adult erotic phone chatline.
She may be working the phone line if Master P doesn't ante up.
'DWTS' Has Stripped Me Of My Privacy
3/14/2014 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cody Simpson has lost his right of privacy while doing "Dancing With the Stars." He cannot remove his mic while he's on the phone, while he's talking business, while he reveals his most inner thoughts. The only exception -- taking a dump.
The contract Cody signed makes the NSA look like child's play. We got a copy because Cody's only 17 and the doc has to be filed with the court.
Cody agrees to wear a mic during rehearsal's and training, with only a bathroom break out.
The Australian singer gets a guaranteed $125K ... which goes up the longer he stays on the show. It caps out at $50K per week if he's in the finals.
And, "DWTS" cleverly figured out a way to block Jimmy Fallon from hijacking ABC stars. Cody specifically agreed to appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Good Morning America," and "The View."
Here's how onerous the deal is ... "DWTS" has final cut on Cody's hairstyle.
4 Baby Mamas
Pop Out Reality Show
3/14/2014 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Boosie's 4 baby mamas have another bun in the oven -- a reality show.
Sources close to the production tell TMZ, Boosie's babes -- Walnita, Tracey, Trivia, and Gerlissa -- have been putting together a pilot episode over the last few months while the rapper's been locked behind bars. Together, they've mothered Boosie's 7 children (aged 4-11).
FYI, Walnita's the baby mama who was arrested back in 2010 for trying to smuggle Boosie drugs in jail.
We're told the reality show will focus on the ladies' unusual friendships that formed as the result of their ... peculiar circumstances. It's unclear if Boosie -- née Torrence Hatch -- will also be participating now that he's free.
According to sources, the producers behind the show are currently shopping it to several networks -- including Oxygen, WE, and Fuse -- but so far, no deal is in place.
Michael Lohan's GF
Busted for DUI
After Allegedly Smacking Him Around
3/13/2014 6:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Call it the rematch ... Michael Lohan and Kate Major had another blowout fight tonight -- but this one ended with her in handcuffs for DUI ... TMZ has learned.
Michael claims they were in a nasty argument at their home in FL when she hit him multiple times in the face.
We're told Lohan called 911, and just as cops arrived ... Kate was fleeing in her car.
She didn't get far -- according to law enforcement, Kate crashed into some bushes near the house ... and was busted for allegedly driving intoxicated.
We're told she's still in custody, and getting booked for DUI ... and possibly domestic battery.
Less than a month ago Kate locked herself in a bedroom, and claimed Michael was trying to break down the door while brandishing a knife.
Police responded to calm the sitch, but no one was arrested ... that time.