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Harrison Ford

Plane Crashes

[Video Update: Paramedics Treat Harrison]

3/5/2015 3:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

update_graphic_red_bar6:20 PM PT -- A rep for Ford says, "Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which stalled upon takeoff." They added, "He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely.  The injuries sustained are not life-threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery."

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5:05 PM PT -- TMZ just obtained video of first responders on the scene treating Harrison ... just yards away from the plane he just crash landed on the golf course.

5:00 PM PT -- Harrison's son Ben just tweeted, "At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is."

4:30 PM PT -- We've obtained intense audio of Harrison talking to the Santa Monica Airport control tower just moments after he'd taken off. Listen ... you hear him report engine failure and request an emergency return to the airport. 

4:41 PM PT --  A witness who was golfing at the time of the crash tells us she heard the engine sputter ... and watched the plane do a "nose dive straight on the 8th hole tee box."

The witness adds, "I was one of the first people to run from the hole toward the plane. 4 to 5 men pulled the pilot out of the plane."

"They got him away from the plane. They were concerned it would catch on fire."

"Two doctors were there – and they had a 1st aid box with them. He was conscious, talking a little -- a HUGE cut on his head."

The witness tells us the cut was VERY deep -- "A swath of his skin was missing. There was blood dripping down his face."update_grey_gray_barA small plane piloted by Harrison Ford has crash-landed at an L.A. golf course ... but we're told the actor has survived. 

TMZ has learned ... Ford was piloting what appears to be a vintage 2-seater fighter plane Thursday ... when something went wrong and he crashed into Penmar golf course in Venice, CA. Remarkably, it appears Ford veered off course from the runway in order to avoid crashing into homes.

0305_plane_and_runway_foxWe're told Ford suffered multiple gashes to his head and was bleeding. Two doctors who happened to be at the golf course rushed over to treat the actor. 

Emergency personnel arrived to the scene a short time later. Ford was transported to a nearby hospital. 

72-year-old Ford is a longtime aviator -- piloting planes and helicopters -- and has crashed multiple times in the past. 

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'Street Outlaws' Driver

Murder Charges

For Street Racing Accident

3/5/2015 2:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Izzy Valenzuela Arrested Murder

Izzy Valenzuela -- who appeared on the Discovery channel show "Street Outlaws" -- was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of murder for his role in a street racing accident.

According to the L.A. County D.A.'s Office, Valenzuela was racing another man, Michael Gevorgyan, on February 25 when Gevorgyan lost control of his car and crashed into a crowd.

Two people in the crowd died and a third was injured.

Los Angeles has strict street racing laws, which is why Valenzuela is being charged even though his car didn't kill anyone. He's currently in jail, and prosecutors want him held on $2 million bail.

If convicted, Valenzuela faces 33 years to life in prison.

TMZ spoke to Valenzuela the day after the fatal street race -- we had a tip he might have been involved, though he claimed he'd been at his auto shop that night ... and wasn't involved.

'Storage Wars' Star to A&E

Pay Up or

I'm OUT!!

3/5/2015 1:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The A&E hit show "Storage Wars" could lose one of its biggest stars ... because of guys who are younger, cheaper and hungrier.

Sources connected to "Storage Wars" veteran Darrell Sheets tell us the network is going to cut his pay in half, from around $30k an episode to $15k.

And there's more bad news for Sheets ... we're told he's slated to appear in only 4 of the show's 26 episodes. Sheets thinks the handwriting is on the wall -- he's being phased out so the network can put in new guys who will work for a lot less.

Our Sheets sources say he's willing to walk, because he's gotten offers to do other TV shows.

A rep from A&E tells TMZ they plan to go forward with the season,  whether Darrell's a part of it or not.

Mo'Nique

Blackballed or Not ...

I'm Not Afraid of Lee Daniels

3/5/2015 2:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mo'Nique just did something remarkable ... fearlessly speaking out about her feud with Lee Daniels -- one of the most powerful directors in Hollywood -- for claiming she's been blackballed. 

The 2010 Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress came on TMZ Live to reveal what went down when her "Precious" director Daniels -- who's also co-creator of "Empire" -- called her to say Hollywood execs think she's "difficult" ... and don't want to work with her.

Actors almost never take on a director in public, but this interview is different -- Mo'Nique did not back down to Daniels. As for what started the beef -- Mo'Nique thinks it's all because she didn't name drop someone during her Oscar speech. Check out the clip.

Politics ... they're not just for D.C.

Lil Wayne

Lurker Told Cops

Wayne Invited Me to His Crib

3/5/2015 12:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Wayne LurkerThe plot thickens in last weekend's scare at Lil Wayne's Miami Beach mansion ... the guy who was lurking around Wayne's house told cops he was there at Wayne's invitation, but Wayne wasn't even there. 

TMZ broke the story ... cops were called at 3 AM Saturday after a suspicious person was seen creeping around the place. An eyewitness tells TMZ someone gave cops permission to come onto Wayne's property and inside the house, but nothing unusual was found.  

We're told police then spotted the guy outside and grilled him. He said Lil Wayne had given him permission to come inside, but when cops told him Wayne wasn't there the story kind of fell apart.

It's a tense time for Wayne, who's locked in a battle with his mentor Birdman and Cash Money

In the end ... the lurker had done nothing wrong. He did not enter the property so there was no crime. The guy left and the cops called it a day. 

Drake Fans Scammed

I'm No Fake ...

But These Shows Are

3/5/2015 8:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0304-drake-tmz-01Drake will be performing in 8 cities beginning in May ... sounds awesome, except we found out it's a scam. 

A promoter is advertising the tour ... but not with Drake's permission. The rapper is NOT performing at any of the venues this spring and is asking his fans to call the cops if they got duped into buying tickets.

The scam is no small potatoes ... we're told in Miami and Houston, ticket prices are upwards of $350 a pop and people are falling for it.  

We're told Drake and his team have no idea who the promoter is, but they're definitely on the hunt and out for blood.

Chris Brown

My Baby is Royalty!!!

3/5/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0304-chris-brown-fun-art-getty-tmz-01Chris Brown's baby girl answers to Royalty!

We've learned Nia named the kid Royalty. What we don't know ... whether she consulted Chris before inking the birth certificate.

TMZ broke the story ... Chris and Nia got it on summer of 2013 and she gave birth 9 months ago. As we reported, Karrueche was blindsided ... she had no idea until minutes before TMZ posted the story Tuesday afternoon.

As for Chris' involvement ... we're told he calls Nia regularly and now says he wants to openly participate in raising the baby. Nia and Royalty live in Texas, and Chris says he'll gladly fly there regularly to parent her.

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Houston Texans Star

Allegedly Steals Own Truck

... Cops Investigating [Update]

3/5/2015 8:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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update_graphic_red_bar3:29 PM PT -- A rep for Swearinger tells TMZ Sports ... "This incident was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and we are working on resolving the issue."

The rep adds, "DJ is just focused right now on his off-season training and looking forward to the upcoming season."update-grey-gray-barHouston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger is under investigation in Texas ... after the 23-year-old allegedly stole his own truck from a customizer without paying for $20k in upgrades ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

It's a bizarre story, but here's how it breaks down: 

According to a police report filed in Houston, Swearinger took his 2013 F250 truck to Espi Motors to get his ride pimped out like a boss -- matte black paint with a Batman logo, speakers, new wheels, custom grill, train horn, etc. 

But according to Espi, when he came to pick up the whip, he got sticker shock ... and drove it off the lot WITHOUT paying for the work. 

Espi tried to track down Swearinger to get the cash, but D.J. went M.I.A. so Espi filed a police report.  

Law enforcement sources tell us cops are investigating the situation. 

We reached out to Swearinger, his agent and the Texans for comment -- so far, radio silence. 

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NFL's Chris Johnson

That Chick Almost Broke My Neck!

3/5/2015 7:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Here's video of NFL running back Chris Johnson ... so distracted by a hot chick in L.A. he had to look back at it ... twice. 

CJ2K was hanging out at The Grove when we started asking about his recent dry heave-inducing workout at Jay Glazer's MMA gym. 

But just as Chris started talking about his intense workout routine, some attractive lady came walking by in the other direction ... causing both Chris and his pal to whip their heads around for a closer look. 

Head on a swivel, right?! 

Mike Tyson

No $1.6 Million Bet for Me

'I Don't Have The Money!'

3/5/2015 6:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mike Tyson has finally weighed in on the fight of the century ... telling TMZ Sports he likes Manny Pacquiao to beat Floyd Mayweather on May 2nd. 

But when it comes to putting his money where his mouth is ... don't expect Tyson to make a 50 Cent style $1.6 MILLION bet on the fight. 

"I don't have the money!" 

Tyson's never been shy about his financial situation -- he made more than $300 MILLION during his boxing career ... only to end up broke.

But now, Mike's way more responsible when it comes to his cash -- and plans to hold on to it by not making crazy bets.

... especially when the betting line is virtually even. 

Kim Richards

Harry Hamlin Dirt All Made Up ...

To Piss Off Lisa Rinna

3/5/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kim Richards Lisa Rinna FightKim Richards is great at creating drama on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" -- and even better at creating stories ... TMZ has learned.

If you missed it ... Richards accused fellow cast member Lisa Rinna of hiding a family secret involving her husband Harry Hamlin -- prompting Lisa to do the whole shout, threaten, and shatter a glass thing the 'Housewives' do so well.

Fans have been speculating wildly about what dirt Kim has on Hamlin -- but we've learned she made the whole thing up just to get under Rinna's skin.

Production sources tell us the issue will be brought up again on the reunion episode -- and Kim will admit she created the whole story.

Fake or not ... it made for great TV. 

Jameis Winston

'It Would Be Great to Play In Florida'

3/5/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jameis Winston tells TMZ Sports -- yes, TMZ Sports -- that it would be "great" to play for an NFL team in Florida ... this just days after he wrapped up a meeting with the Tampa Bay Bucs. 

The Heisman Trophy winner landed in New York Wednesday ... and with the NFL Draft just 2 months away, we had to ask the possible #1 pick if he had a preference on which team calls his name. 

Winston didn't exactly give anything away ... but he did tell us his favorite movie of all time -- shout-out to Tom Hanks

One last thing ... Jameis was rockin' Nike sweatpants and a Nike sweatshirt ... but an Under Armour backpack. So, we're guessing he hasn't decided on a sponsorship yet. 

But at this point, it's probably just a matter of time. 

Nick Gordon

I'm Spilling Bobbi Kristina Secrets

... to Dr. Phil

3/4/2015 4:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Nick Gordon Bobbi Kristina Dr PhilNick Gordon will finally tell his version of events that led to Bobbi Kristina face down in a bathtub near death, but he won't be telling cops ... he'll be yakking to Dr. Phil

We're told Phil will meet Nick in the next few days and they will set a time for the formal sit-down. We're told the good doctor will ask about his battles with Bobby Brown and family ... battles that have kept him from Bobbi Kristina's hospital bed.  

Here's the tricky part. Nick is the target of a criminal investigation that was launched when authorities noticed that Bobbi Kristina had visible injuries. As the saying goes ... whatever Nick says can be held against him, and it would be weird, to say the least, if Nick pled the 5th on Phil's show. 

And finally, warning to Dr. Phil ... Nick has proven flaky in the past, so cross your fingers and hope he shows.  

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