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'The Affair' Ruth Wilson's Body Double Sues ... I Was Humiliated, Fired

7/20/2017 5:05 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The woman who body doubled for "The Affair" star, Ruth Wilson, was objectified and humiliated in front of the crew, and then fired for complaining about it ... according to her lawsuit.

Ashlynn Alexander filed suit against Showtime because she believes she got canned in September 2015 after reporting what she calls sexual harassment. In docs, obtained by TMZ, she says the assistant director posted the call sheet for a scene, and referred to her as "Alison Sexytime Double" on the doc. If you don't watch (you should) Ruth's character is named Alison, and she's frequently naked.

Ashlynn confronted the AD in a meeting, and says he admitted the language was inappropriate -- but belittled her, saying she could easily be replaced. Six days later, she was fired.

According to the suit, Showtime's excuse was Ashlynn's hair color wasn't a good match anymore. She calls BS on that because she always wore a wig for the role.

She's suing the network's production company and the AD. Showtime had no comment.

Christopher Darden The Juice Will Be Loose?! Hide the Women and Children!!!

7/20/2017 2:51 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.J. Simpson will be a menace to society when he's released from prison ... a danger to women and children ... so says (possibly jokes) former O.J. prosecutor Christopher Darden.

We got Darden leaving NBC studios Thursday in NYC when we asked how he feels now that O.J. will walk a free man after being granted parole.

Darden says O.J. was playing with fire by lying to the parole board when he claimed to never have drawn a weapon on anybody and was always a good guy ... to which Darden says is BS. 

Chester Bennington Had Plans Hours After Suicide

7/20/2017 1:45 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chester Bennington's suicide was a shock to bandmates, because the group had plans for a photo shoot in Hollywood just hours after the Linkin Park singer was found hanging at his home.

Multiple sources tell us ... Chester hanged himself in his bedroom. His body was discovered shortly before 9 AM PT Thursday by a housekeeper.

We're told Chester arrived back in L.A. Wednesday from Arizona, where he and his wife were spending time. She stayed in AZ, but his return suggests the singer took his life Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

Our sources say one of his bandmates showed up at Chester's Palos Verdes Estates home shortly after police arrived. He said he was driving Chester to the photo shoot and was "absolutely shocked."

The band also has plans to tour in 1 week, which made the suicide all the more shocking.

TMZ broke the story of Chester's suicide, and that he was profoundly affected by the suicide by hanging of his close friend, Chris Cornell. By the way, today would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

O.J. Simpson 'Conflict-Free Life' Claim Is a Joke ... Says Nicole Brown's Sister

7/20/2017 2:55 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.J. Simpson's former sister-in-law had to laugh when he declared he's led a conflict-free life ... because she's seen and heard all the proof to prove otherwise.

Tanya Brown, younger sister to Nicole Brown Simpson, watched his parole board hearing as it played out Thursday morning. She told us she was concerned about the flash of anger he displayed at one of the board members -- but she was truly floored by his conflict comment.

Tanya reminded him about his history of domestic violence with Nicole.

Carmen Electra Creepiest Version of the 'Notebook' Obsessed Fan Kept One

7/20/2017 3:09 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Carmen Electra fan who told police he was engaged to her, was caught sitting outside her home with a notebook filled with all sorts of personal info ... on her and the people closest to her.

TMZ broke story ... Daniel Leblanc was spotted outside her house in June, but now we have the full picture. According to docs, Carmen's assistant first approached Leblanc while he was sitting in his car. Leblanc asked her if this was Carmen's house, and the assistant -- hoping to throw him off -- said, no. Leblanc creepily responded, "We'll see about that" ... according to the assistant.

That was enough for the assistant to call police. Leblanc told officers he was Carmen's husband, but then downgraded himself to fiance. Cops say Leblanc had a notebook in which he'd gathered a ton of data -- phone numbers, addresses, dates of birth, license plates, emails and more ... all for Carmen, her family members and staffers.

Leblanc told cops he'd paid for some of the info, and he was "madly in love" and would return to marry her. Police put him on a 72-hour hold for psychiatric evaluation.

Carmen requested, and was granted, a restraining order on Thursday. Leblanc must stay 100 yards away from her and cease all contact or harassment.

Khloe & Tristan Eyeing Baller $9 Million Crib With Hoop & Putting Green

7/20/2017 1:54 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The crib Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson checked out Wednesday is a basketballer's dream where the Cavs player can still get in some serious hoopin' in the off-season, as well as work on his putting game.

As we reported, Tristan's looking for a rental in L.A. where he can crash when he's in town. He's got a budget ... $60k a month and Khloe tagged along as they did a walk-through on a $9 million crib in Studio City. 

The 9,733 square foot pad has 6 bedrooms and 8.5 baths. There's a private gym, sauna and indoor hot tub. There's also a movie theater, giant wine cellar and a putting green in the backyard.

Only downside? Kidding. There isn't a single one.

Linkin Park Singer Commits Suicide By Hanging

7/20/2017 11:01 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

12:32 PM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Bennington was home alone at the time of the suicide. We're told his family was out of town and he was found upstairs by an employee.

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM.

Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives.

The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.

Chester was very close with Chris Cornell, who himself committed suicide by hanging in May. Today would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday. Chester wrote an open letter to Chris on the day of Chris' suicide.

Cornell's wife, Vicky, tweeted out a message following the news of Chester's death, saying, "Just when I thought my heart couldn't break any more ... I love you T."

The band has had a string of hits over the years, including "Faint," "In the End" and "Crawling." Linkin Park crossed music genres, collaborating with Jay-Z.

The band's album, "Meteora," was one of the biggest alternative albums in music history.

Bennington was 41.

RIP

'American Idol' Haley Reinhart Bouncer Charged for Beating Her Friend

7/20/2017 11:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The bouncer seen on video choking "American Idol" alum Haley Reinhart's friend has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies ... TMZ has learned.

Adam Sobanski -- the bearded guy in a purple shirt -- was busted Wednesday and charged with 2 felony counts of aggravated battery ... strangling and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.

Authorities say Adam had no legal justification for the choke hold that caused Alan Chislof difficulty breathing. The great bodily harm charge comes from Sobanski allegedly striking Chislof in the face several times with a closed fist.

TMZ broke the story ... Haley and her friends got in the middle of a melee with bouncers at Lamplighter Inn. Chislof suffered a concussion, lacerations to his temple and just above eye, bruising and hematoma.

French Montana I'll Tell You Why Rap Is Better Than Rock ...

7/20/2017 12:41 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

For those wondering, French Montana has the answer for how hip-hop surpassed rock in popularity on the charts -- his new album, "Jungle Rules"!

We got French out in New York where he was mobbed by fans and asked him about the new Nielsen report that hip-hop surpassed rock consumption in America by a little over 2% recently. 

French says he's not surprised since he thinks his own album had a lot to do with the numbers, especially when it comes to a specific audience that's eating it up.

O.J. Simpson Fellow Inmates Tuning In To See If He Walks Free

7/20/2017 9:16 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.J. Simpson will have the prisoners at Lovelock Correctional Center sitting on the edge of their seats.

Law enforcement officials tell us Simpson's fellow inmates at the Nevada prison will have TV time when the parole hearing begins. While they can watch whatever they want ... we're told prison officials expect Simpson's hearing to be in high demand.

No popcorn or snacks will be served. It's still prison, after all.

One law enforcement source told us, while interest is high in what happens to O.J. -- they do expect some inmates to pass because it's a sunny day. Good time to hit the yard. 

You, on the other hand, can watch it right here ... TMZ will live stream the parole hearing.

Kid Ink Makes Tattoo Bet With TMZ Photog Clips Better Beat the Heat!

7/20/2017 8:14 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rap star Kid Ink better hope the L.A. Clippers can win without Chris Paul next year, 'cause if they don't ... he's gonna become a walking TMZ billboard!!

The "Supersoaka" spitter is a HUGE Clips fan! Our camera guy, a big Miami Heat supporter. So when we ran into K.I. out in NYC, we tested his confidence in the team with a wager:

If the Clippers finish with a better record than the Heat next season, our photog will have to get a tattoo of Kid Ink's Batgang crew logo permanently etched on him. But if the Clips end up below Miami in the win column, the rapper's gotta get the TMZ logo tatted on him!!

FYI -- the MIA won 41 games last season. The LAC, 51 ... but that was with CP3.

For being such high stakes, the dude doesn't seem worried one bit. On the other hand, he already has like, a million tattoos. So what's one more?

Giants Co-Owner Steve Tisch Kaepernick's Hair Ain't A Problem He's Not Being Blackballed

7/20/2017 7:18 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Steve Tisch says Michael Vick is dead wrong about Colin Kaepernick ... telling TMZ Sports his hair has nothing to do with his NFL return, because Tisch doesn't think he's being blackballed.

We got Steve, the co-owner of the NY Giants at Craig's out in L.A. and asked him if he thought there was any truth to Michael Vick's controversial statements about Colin Kaepernick's appearance.

Vick said Kaep should cut his afro to show NFL teams a cleaner cut look, with the thinking being that chopping his locks could make him more presentable to owners afraid of his off-the-field activism.

Tisch flatly told us he didn't think it was about the hair, and when we asked if he believed Colin was getting blackballed at all -- something a lot of NFL players think -- he said "No."

O.J. Simpson Driver's License Hits Auction Block Issued During Murder Trial

7/20/2017 6:41 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Just in time for O.J. Simpson's potential release from prison ... the Juice's old driver's license issued during the heart of his murder trial is hitting the auction block!!

TMZ Sports has learned 2 of O.J.'s old California licenses -- including the one issued to him while incarcerated at the L.A. County Jail in 1995 -- are going up for auction and could fetch BIG bucks.

A rep for SCP Auctions tells us they acquired the licenses from one of O.J.'s old bodyguards who decided to part ways with the unique memorabilia.

An interesting note ... SCP says the address listed for his '95 license -- which was given to him 4 months before he was acquitted of murder -- was the location of O.J. Simpson Enterprises.

The other license going up for auction is dated February 22, 2000.

SCP estimates the '95 license could go for over $5k ... while the '00 could rake in $1,500.

The auction goes live from October 4 thru 21 ... so all you O.J. superfans have time to save up.

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