Nick Cannon is the one who decided to bail on his marriage -- not Mariah -- sources connected with the couple tell TMZ.
Nick has made it clear to all involved ... he's deeply concerned about Mariah's emotional state and is ending the marriage for the well being of their kids. He believes the environment around Mariah is toxic and fears for his kids.
We're told Nick believes his kids have already shown signs of emotional upset living with Mariah.
Our sources say Nick's MO is simple ... he wants to create an environment separate from Mariah that gives the kids a safe haven from the "chaos" at her home.
Nick is also telling his people he's deeply concerned about Mariah's mental health and believes her people don't care about anything but her ability to make money and pay their salaries.
And finally we're told Nick is taking a "passive" role in the divorce ... telling his lawyers to take the path of least resistance to end things as peacefully as possible.
'Friday' Star John Witherspoon
Robin Williams Was A Coke Fiend
8/23/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Witherspoon has thrown cold water on the homages to Robin Williams ... saying he was a hardcore junkie.
Witherspoon -- who played the father in "Friday" -- worked with Robin back in 1977 on the set of "The Richard Pryor Show" ... and tells us not only was Robin an addict, but that he even stole his coke right out from under him.
John actually cracked a cocaine joke describing Robin's prior penchant for coke.
Million Dollar Shopping Spree
For 3 Cars!
8/23/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Petra Ecclestone just dropped a million bucks on 3 cars parked in the driveway of her massive L.A. mansion ... which seems odd for someone who's selling the place and moving to England, right?
Petra -- whose dad Bernie is a billionaire Formula One honcho and her hubby James Stunt who is also a billionaire -- is now the proud owner of a $600K Lamborghini Aventador convertible ... a $422K Rolls Royce Phantom ... and a Range Rover Autobiography that goes for $190K.
Celeb consultant Richie Rich hand delivered the wheels from Exotic Euro Cars.
TMZ broke the story ... Petra went to 5 L.A. realtors and told them she wanted to sell the crib for $110 million -- making it the biggest sale in L.A. history -- because she was going back to the UK.
But we're told she's now decided the estate is worth $150 million, so until she gets it she's staying put.
Cops Investigating SeaWorld Stunt
8/22/2014 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The California Highway Patrol is investigating Steve-O for breaking the law during his SeaWorld protest.
Steve-O essentially made a video confession ... giving a blow-by-blow of how he defaced a public sign on the 5 Freeway which leads to the theme park.
Caltrans was pissed ... got the CHP involved and now Steve-O could face criminal charges -- defacing public property.
Our sources say ... it's likely the case will be referred to prosecutors and Steve-O will be charged.
Steve-O tells us, "Go ahead and charge me, Sea World Sucks!"
Scott Weiland Doppelganger
Like Looking in a Mirror
8/22/2014 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
On a purely visual level ... it's understandable how Beverly Hills cops got fooled by the guy claiming to be former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland
Jason Michael Hurley -- the guy who claimed he was Scott after getting busted for stealing razors and meth possession -- is the singer's spitting image.
In fact ... before his arrest he was boasting his attempt to create a cover band called Stone Tempered Pilots.
As we reported ... cops took Hurley at his word that he was Weiland ... and he was so convincing jailers put him in the celeb wing for 3 weeks and never had a doubt he was the famous singer.
NFL Rookie Mike Evans
INSANE NIGHTCLUB BRAWL
Throws Punches at Bouncers [Update]
8/22/2014 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tampa Bay Bucs rookie wide receiver Mike Evans was in the middle of an INSANE nightclub brawl -- fighting bouncers in the street ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
It all went down outside Dream Nightclub ... where the #7 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft was screaming at bouncers. We're told Evans had been partying inside the club moments before the video begins.
The person who shot the video tells TMZ Sports the footage was captured Saturday night. However, Mike's agent insists the incident took place back in March.
While Evans -- who just turned 21 yesterday -- unloads on the staff, a person who appears to be in Mike's entourage throws a punch at a bouncer ... and that's when all hell breaks loose.
During the melee, Mike gets knocked out of frame ... but comes running back into the center of the madness ... throwing a haymaker.
He continues to throw punches -- while bobbing and weaving like the superstar athlete that he is.
Despite the presence of several men wearing "police" vests -- we're told Mike was not arrested. In fact, we're told NO ONE was arrested.
According to the nightclub's website, you have to be 21 to enter -- and Mike was only 20 at the time of the incident.
We reached out to Mike's rep and the Bucs. So far, no word back.
1:36 PM PT -- Mike's GF posted a photo of the couple back in March, wearing the same clothes they were in on the night of the fight. It's pretty clear, this thing went down in March.
MASSIVE Law Enforcement Screw Up
8/22/2014 10:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Scott Weiland impostor was able to fool 3 BIG law enforcement agencies into believing he was the Stone Temple Pilots front man ... despite the fact he was fingerprinted immediately -- which was a dead giveaway -- and they even had his real name.
It's an unbelievable story and an incredible screw up. Jason Hurley was arrested July 26 on burglary and meth charges. He told Beverly Hills cops he was Scott Weiland and that was good enough for them.
It's breathtaking ... because cops actually fingerprinted Hurley, which should have been enough for them to know it wasn't Weiland, who himself has been fingerprinted before.
And get this ... Hurley's prints came back as HURLEY.
So, the first big screw up ... the press office apparently didn't know about the fingerprint results ... and wrote a press release touting a "celebrity arrest" -- Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots.
Get this ... the D.A. charged Hurley almost immediately with 5 crimes. The case is written as People v. Scott Weiland a.k.a. Jason Michael Hurley. So somehow it got to the D.A. that Hurley was the guy, yet everyone kept saying it was Scott Weiland.
So Hurley went to L.A. County Jail -- where he's been sitting for 3 weeks -- and no one put 2 and 2 together.
Cops didn't have a clue they had misidentified a guy who was in custody ... until TMZ posted a story based on the BHPD press release and Scott fired back he was in a recording studio.
Illegally Drives Can-Am on Sidewalk
Almost Nails Disabled Woman
8/22/2014 9:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber took his Can-Am Spyder into Bev Hills Thursday ... and when traffic got too congested for his taste, he maneuvered it onto the sidewalk where he rode illegally ... almost hitting someone.
Watch the video closely ... you'll see Bieber comes off the sidewalk at an intersection, and comes close to creaming an elderly woman with a walker.
He clearly doesn't care ... because seconds later he's rocking out to music as he waits at a light.
BTW ... Bieber's on probation for the egg throwing incident, which means he's not allowed to violate any laws. Lucky for him ... no cops in sight.
Texas A&M Football Star
Arrested for Domestic Violence
8/22/2014 7:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
More trouble for former Texas A&M defensive lineman Isaiah Golden -- the 20-year-old was arrested for domestic violence last night in Louisiana ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Golden was a starter as a freshman for the 2013 Aggies and recorded 32 tackles -- but was kicked off the team after being arrested for aggravated robbery for an incident back in May.
Now, the 6'2", 330-pounder is facing misdemeanor domestic abuse and child endangerment charges after an alleged altercation in Lake Charles, LA.
Our sources tell us Golden is accused of getting into it with the mother of his children -- and it all went down in front of the kids -- hence the child endangerment charge.
Story developing ...
Justin Bieber Is Too Little
To Handle My Ex
8/22/2014 6:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Little boys can't have grown man toys ... is what Tyson Beckford said about Justin Bieber ... and it's AWESOME!
A somewhat drunk Beckford was leaving 1Oak in West Hollywood ... when our photog asked him about Justin hanging out with his ex-GF Shanina Shaik on a yacht in Ibiza.
Beckford then said things about Shanina, himself and most of all the Biebs that rank among the 10 most awesome celeb comments in 2014.
YOU GOTTA WATCH THIS VIDEO!
We anxiously await Bieber's Instagram response.
Freaks Unleashed Broke His Back
8/22/2014 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A guy who took his son to a Korn concert claims unruly fans went nuts during "Freak on a Leash" and a crowd surfer nailed him and broke his back.
A dude named Kenneth Miller wanted to treat his son -- who was celebrating his 17th birthday -- to a Korn concert in Maryland.
Miller felt he had nothing to worry about, because there were signs posted saying "Crowd Surfing Prohibited."
So imagine his surprise when he got nailed. Miller says he felt a snap in his upper back and despite the intense pain he had to flee for his life, crawling on his hands and knees to the entrance.
And get this ... Miller says when he got to the front door he got accusations but no sympathy -- security asked him if he was drunk.
Miller is suing Live Nation and the venue for a million bucks.
Muzzles Nick in Divorce!
8/22/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mariah Carey has gagged Nick Cannon -- but not in a good way. He's not allowed to say boo about their divorce ... or else.
Sources close to the couple tell TMZ ... Nick and Mariah's lawyers hashed out a confidentiality agreement as part of their divorce ... and it's completely one-sided.
Nick is barred from saying anything about the split. If he does, there are severe financial penalties. But Mariah has the right under the agreement to announce the split on her terms.
Nick is clearly following orders ... check out the video from NYC Thursday -- he zipped it.
Nick is allowed to say they're now living separately ... which he's already done. But he cannot say anything about the divorce.
As TMZ first reported ... the divorce is a "done deal" ... the property settlement and child custody have already been hashed out.
Katie Holmes and Suri
Moving, Moving Back, Back to Cali
8/22/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Katie Holmes has left NYC and moved to Black Beverly ... aka Calabasas, CA.
Our real estate sources tell us ... Katie just plunked down $3,795,000 on a 6,000 square foot home in The Oaks ... the fancy area where Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian live. Other residents include Katherine Jackson and her brood, Toni Braxton, Romeo, Mitch Richmond. Tyga recently moved out.
It was a super secret deal ... with a confidentiality agreement that socked anyone who violated it with a $1 million penalty.
Katie and Suri are already in the home. We're told Katie made the move for 2 reasons -- she wants back in Hollywood for her career, and she thinks Calabasas is a better place than NYC to raise Suri.
The cul-de-sac where she lives is populated by lots of kids around her 8-year-old daughter's age.
Weeks before escrow closed, Suri and her bodyguard went to a San Fernando Valley rescue shelter and picked out a chihuahua she named Maple, but they didn't pick it up because they were going to be gone until last week, when they moved in. We don't know if they picked up the pooch.