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Team USA Hoops Star I'M NOT AFRAID OF ZIKA ... I'm Getting That Gold Medal!

6/29/2016 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Good news, America -- one of the best basketball players in the country says she's NOT SCARED of Zika -- and will absolutely travel to Rio to lock up that gold medal at the 2016 Olympics. 

We spoke with WNBA superstar Angel McCoughtry -- 4-time All-Star, 2-time scoring champ -- who tells us she believes the Zika situation is being blown WAY out of proportion. 

"There's always something that comes out every year," Angel said. 

"Last year it was Ebola. Before that it was swine flu. It was something before that ... guess what 00 we ain't worried about that Zika Virus!"

In fact, Angel says she already has plans for that gold medal Team USA is gonna lock up -- check out the clip. 

Tank Back Off Justin Timberlake People ... He's Not the Problem

6/29/2016 2:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tank thinks Justin Timberlake has gotten a raw deal from people on Black Twitter, who skewered him for responding to some of the things Jesse Williams said at the BET Awards.

The R&B singer appeared on "TMZ Live" Wednesday, and said Justin had a right to say there should not be a wall between blacks and whites, especially when it comes to music. Jesse accused white people of stealing from the black culture, and Justin said we're all one ... and Black Twitter attacked.

Tank makes the case for Justin, although he doesn't think every white singer deserves a pass.

Walgreens DJ Sues ... Your Earplugs Screwed My Hearing

6/29/2016 1:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0629-joseph-alpern-walgreens-getty-linkedin-02A DJ claims Walgreens sold him defective earplugs and the results were catastrophic.

Joseph Alpern says in a new lawsuit he bought the plugs in 2013 because he was about to start working at a Brooklyn club known for its powerful sound system.

Alpern claims he used the plugs for several hours and when he left the club he removed them, only to experience "an immediate sharp pain, accompanied by a ringing sound."

He says the pain didn't go away, and 6 months later he realized the damage wasn't going away either ... he had constant ringing in both ears and couldn't sleep on his right side.

Alpern went to a specialist, who gave him bad news ... he had permanent nerve damage and blames it on the plugs. The doc said the plugs were sealed so tightly, when he pulled them out it severely pulled his eardrum.

Alpern says now he suffers headaches, he's constantly fatigued and can't even listen to music at regular volumes.

He's gunning for $640,000 ... minimum.

Walgreens had no comment.

Kevin Sorbo Jesus Would Vote for Trump

6/29/2016 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Sorbo is not a big fan of either presidential candidate, but between Hillary and Trump, he says ... "I'm with him." 

Kevin was at LAX when he got into a contentious conversation with our photog, who suggested the reputed Middle Eastern son of God could not gain entry into the U.S. if Trump gets elected.

The 'Hercules' star doubled down, saying there's a reason to be especially concerned about Muslims.

Check out the video ... super interesting.  

Wiz Khalifa Sued You Stiffed Us For More Than $2 Mil!!!

6/29/2016 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

062916-wiz-khalifa-tmzThe man who discovered Wiz Khalifa says the rapper owes his company more than $2 million after not ponying up big chunks of dough.

Rostrum Records -- founded by Benjy Grinberg -- claims in a new lawsuit it had a deal with Wiz for a 15% cut of touring and music royalties when the rapper started back in 2005. The company says it's also owed 20% of any merch sales.

The company claims Wiz has earned a ton of money in touring, merchandise and music sales recently and Rostrum wants $2 mil to make things right.

Wiz first sued Rostrum and Benjamin to get out of his contract, claiming they mismanaged him and entered into deals to line their own pockets. 

Hugh Hefner to Cosby Accuser Dragging Me Into Your Suit is a Sham

6/29/2016 10:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

062916-hefner-chloe-goins-cosby-tmzHugh Hefner's no rapist enabler ... so dragging his name into Bill Cosby's sexual assault case is ABSURD ... so claims Hef in new legal docs obtained by TMZ.

The Playboy magazine founder just asked the judge to dismiss him from Chloe Goins' lawsuit against Cosby, arguing the suit reeks of a desperate ploy to drum up publicity and force Cosby to settle.

Hefner goes on to say he's never been implicated in a single act of sexual impropriety against a woman.

As we reported ... Chloe added Hefner's name to her lawsuit claiming he put her in harm's way when he introduced her to Cosby at a Playboy Mansion party in 2008. She claims Cosby spiked her drink, and while she was out of it, he fondled her breasts and sucked her toes.

Johnny Manziel Those Ain't My Drugs ... I'm Going Sober

6/29/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0628-johnny-manziel-cabo-tmz-instagramSomeone's doing drugs in the Mexico house where Johnny Manziel is staying ... but the QB swears it's not his stuff and further says he's going stone-cold sober ... in a few days. 

Check out this picture posted by a woman staying in the house ... holding several bags of what appear to be drugs. She doesn't say whose drugs and does not even insinuate they're tied to Johnny.

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We spoke with Manziel who was adamant they are NOT his drugs ... period. 

"They're absolutely not mine. I don't even know that girl."

Here's what we do know ... Manziel is staying in the insanely expensive Cabo mansion with 20 people, not all of whom he knows.

For his part, Manziel tells TMZ Sports he's NOT doing any drugs in Mexico and says he's going completely sober starting July 1st ... no booze, eating right and training like crazy. 

Manziel has said he's determined to make a comeback to the NFL -- and tells us he's finally ready to get back to work ... right after one last turn up

Kylie, Tyga In Case There Was Any Doubt ...

6/29/2016 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0629_kylie_tyga_back_together_hugging_launch_2Kylie and Tyga are no longer coy about giving it another good 'ol faux college try.

They went Bentley shopping Tuesday and couldn't keep their hands or lips off each other. Kylie was test driving a convertible as Tyga rode shotgun.

Our Bentley spies tell us Tyga was giving her advice about the car ... ironic since his Bentley got repo'd in February

They left without buying.

D.A. to Trevone Boykin You Don't Have a Plea Deal ... Yet.

6/29/2016 8:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0323-trevone-boykin-getty-01-Trevone Boykin's agent is sorely mistaken if he thinks his client has already cut a plea deal for his Alamo Bowl bar fight. 

We broke the story ... the ex-TCU player was formally charged with misdemeanor assault for attacking a police officer in San Antonio Dec. 31st. 

Boykin's agent, Drew Pittman, said the information -- which came straight from court documents filed on June 27th -- was incorrect ... saying, "Trevone has already agreed to terms with the authorities on a lesser charge."

But we spoke with a rep for the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office who tells us there is NO DEAL set in stone with Boykin ... at least not yet. 

"We are still discussing the terms of a possible plea agreement with Mr. Boykin and his attorney," the rep said. 

"Our Office does not release the details of any possible plea until it has been finalized and entered with the Court."

We also spoke with Pittman -- who ADMITTED he didn't read the full TMZ Sports article before issuing a statement in which he called the report incorrect. 

Calvin Harris I'm Done Dating Celebrities

6/29/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0628-calvin-harris-tmz-4Calvin Harris is DONE dating famous chicks, and blames his terrible experience with Taylor Swift for the change of heart.

Sources close to the DJ tell TMZ ... Calvin believes celebs are narcissistic, and all he wants is a normal girl.

As for his type ... he's very, very clear -- sexy latina ... a Sofia Vergara-type who is not famous.

As for why Calvin thinks Taylor's a narcissist ... he can't believe she dumped him when he was down after his car accident ... just because she found a shiny new object. He also says she was so obsessed with her life and career she felt put out whenever he had plans that conflicted with what she wanted him to do. 

We're told Calvin doesn't want back in a relationship anytime soon, and he shouldn't have much of a problem ... as the resident DJ at the biggest nightclub in Vegas. 

As for reports he hooked up with Megan Rees ... we're told Calvin laughed at the stories and says it's BS.

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Justin Bieber I'm Finally a Free Man

6/29/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0628-justin-bieber-tmzJustin Bieber has not been a free man for 2 years, but that all changed in the last few weeks because we've learned he's finally off probation.

Bieber copped a plea in the now-famous vandalism case in which he chucked eggs at his neighbor's house, causing $80k in damages. Justin paid for the repairs and performed 40 hours community service. He was then placed on 2 years probation and ordered to keep his nose clean.

Justin not only lived up to his end of the bargain ... he impressed the folks at the Probation Dept. So his lawyer, Shawn Holley, went to court a month early and got a judge to end probation.

On June 9th -- 30 days before his probation officially expired -- he became a free man again.

Congrats! 

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Nick Young I Lost Iggy's Ring Let's Get that Insurance Money!

6/29/2016 6:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

How do you LOSE a gaudy $500,000 diamond ring? Ask Nick Young ... 

The NBA star hit up The Nice Guy in WeHo Tuesday night -- along with his Lakers teammate Jordan Clarkson -- when we asked what he did with the engagement ring he got back from Iggy Azalea

His response? He "lost" it ... to collect the insurance money! 

Clearly, he's joking ... wonder if Iggy's laughing? 

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'Star Wars' 'Death Troopers' ... The New B-Day Clowns!

6/29/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0628-death-trooper-rogue-one-star-wars-YOUTUBE_LUCAS_FILM-01Make room for a new villian on the 'Star Wars' block -- Lucasfilm is finally prepping to cash in on the legendary "Death Trooper" character.

Lucasfilm just filed docs in Europe to secure rights to make and sell all "Death Troopers"-related gear -- clothing, footwear, toys, games, birthday party paper hats and favors ... even Christmas tree stands. Nothing says happy holidays like a DEATH Trooper under your tree!

The DTs first appeared in the 'Star Wars Legends' novel, but there's heavy fan speculation they'll debut onscreen in 'Rogue One.' No less an authority than Wookiepedia believes this brief image from the trailer is an actual DT.

The merchandising strategy seems to back up that theory -- plus, Lucasfilm pulled the same move earlier this year with the "Shadow Trooper." 

Lotsa troopers in that far, far away galaxy, eh?

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