David Duchovny says his beer commercial musing about living his life as a Russian does NYET mean he supports Russian politics -- especially the invasion of the Ukraine.
Duchovny's statement to TMZ comes in the middle of a flurry of criticism over his commercial for a Russian Siberian beer -- Siberian Crown. Duchovny wonders in the spot what his life would be like if he was Russian ... fantasizing about being a cosmonaut, a ballerina, and other Russian stuff.
The actor tells TMZ, "I am proud of my Russian, Ukrainian, Scottish and Polish heritage as I am proud of my American heritage."
Duchovny goes on, "But being proud of one's ancestry is not a political statement on any current government or public policies."
He insists the beer commercial is not a political statement, but adds, "In retrospect, and in light of recent tragic events, I can now see the potential for misunderstanding and hope people will understand."
12 Weeks Anger Management
7/28/2014 9:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Situation just accepted a plea deal for 12 weeks of anger management following his arrest for assaulting his brother last month ... TMZ has learned.
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino has been incentivized ... if he completes the program to the judge's satisfaction ... the assault charge will be reduced to a petty crime - disorderly conduct.
The plea deal was unveiled this morning in court in Middletown, NJ. Sitch was with Frank ... the brother he punched in their tanning salon ... and told us he's not looking forward to anger management, but admits he could probably use it.
Sitch's attorney Edward Fradkin says the anger counseling will be done on a one-on-one basis.
GTL and AM.
This Time It's a Lambo!
7/28/2014 6:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Let's all take a moment to congratulate Sean Kingston on his repo hat trick ... because Sunday night in Hollywood, he got a third car repossessed.
Kingston's white Lamborghini was parked near the intersection of Hollywood and Vine ... until it was lifted up on a flatbed and towed away. The singer is never seen in the video.
Sources connected with the singer tell TMZ ... the Lambo was a lease and Sean hadn't made payments for 6 months.
This has happened to Kingston not once, but twice in the last few months. On March 26, Kingston had his Bentley repo'd outside a swanky Hollywood hotel ... while he was inside. A huge fight broke out when his boys tried to stop it ... but the car was towed away nonetheless.
The week before that, his Mercedes Benz G-Class SUV met the same fate after he fell three months behind on the payments.
We reached out to Kingston ... so far no word back.
I'm Done with L.A.
Wanna Buy My Home for $100 Mil?
7/28/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Petra Ecclestone -- the fashion designer and daughter of a Formula One billionaire who plunked down $85 Mil on Aaron Spelling's mega-mansion just 3 years ago -- wants to unload the property, but ONLY to someone who will pay more than the most expensive house in L.A.
Real estate sources tell TMZ ... Ecclestone and her husband are moving back to London and want to unload the 57,000 square foot Holmby Hills estate. She's given 5 top L.A. realtors a secret listing ... aka a pocket listing.
Petra -- who came to L.A. hoping to be the next big socialite thing -- bought the mansion from Candy Spelling for $85 mil. Petra spent a fortune redoing the joint, and now she's got a price ... and it's astronomical.
Petra wants AT LEAST as much as the most expensive property in L.A. -- it's called Fleur de Lys, and it sold in March for $102 MIL. To give you an idea ... it has a ballroom that accommodates 650 rich souls.
We're guessing part of the problem might be the fact that Petra and her hubby have one kid, and maybe 57,000 square feet is a little too big.
I'm Too Broke To Pay My Ex
I Live On $6K A Month
7/28/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Terrence Howard's ex-wife threatened to blackmail him to get a RIDICULOUS amount of spousal support -- or so he claims -- leaving him with a scant $6K a month ... and now he's gunning to undo the injustice.
Terrence filed new court docs ... asking a judge to throw out his divorce settlement with Michelle Howard. He says they were only married a year and he was extorted and blackmailed into signing the settlement.
Michelle's not backing down, claiming he owes her $325K in spousal support.
Terrence claims he could never pay her that money ... because he only takes home $5,878 a month.
Howard claims the balance of his earnings are earmarked for another ex-wife, Lori McMasters, to pay spousal and child support.
Howard says he's actually an employee on Lori's payroll -- his Hollywood movie money goes directly to her ... and she cuts him his monthly check.
The single life ... so underrated.
Ex-'Bad Girls Club' Chick
Popped for DWI & Drugs
7/28/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Florina "Flo" Kaja is still a 'Bad Girl' to cops in NY, where she got busted for DWI and drug possession -- but not before she tried to dupe 'em with the oldest move in the book ... TMZ has learned
Kaja -- from Season 4 of "The Bad Girls Club" -- was stopped by cops in Yonkers, NY on Monday night for making an illegal U-turn. According to police, she appeared to be under the influence ... acting erratic and fidgety.
Cops say they found a bag of weed and another substance they believe to be cocaine. Officers say Flo also gave them a fake name, which -- as every delinquent teen knows -- NEVER works.
Flo's been charged with possession of a controlled substance and DWI -- and cops say she also had an outstanding warrant for harassment.
Yeah, she bad.
'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trailer
Hardcore BDSM Crowd Left Limp
7/28/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The first trailer for mommy porn "Fifty Shades of Grey" might be exciting some lonely fans -- but serious BDSMers aren't ready to peg the movie for success ... because to them it kinda looks like amateur hour in the ole dungeon.
Don't ask how, but TMZ got in tight with some members of the Threshold Society -- a BDSM/leather club in L.A. -- and they say overall reaction to the trailer is ... where's the good stuff???
Threshold's corporate secretary (for reals) Azurell says the buzz from members is there are tons of other books and movies that better reflect their lifestyle -- and based on this first taste ... 'Grey' looks kinda "vanilla."
Azurell adds ... the movie could use more of their specialties -- light bondage, caning, needle play, fire play, and pegging. We're not telling you to Google that last one. Especially at work.
Over at Hollywood's Bar Sinister ... pro dom Feenix says 'Grey' has gotten a rise out of people in their 40s. He says more middle-aged couples are lining up for their loft area. Think VIP ... for people who want a good spanking. Or a bad one.
Seriously, don't look up pegging.
Producer Mally Mall
I'm Siding With Palestine
7/27/2014 2:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hip hop producer Mally Mall is taking a stand in the raging conflict between Israel and Palestine ... he's siding with "the victims."
The man who played a key role in bringing peace between Chris Brown and Drake is following in the footsteps of Joan Rivers ... only M.M. says he's siding with Palestine, "the victim right now."
The rapper quickly followed up by telling us he's not supporting the terrorists, just the kids who are dying in Gaza.
He also says it's a shame ... because the Muslims and the Jews have so much in common.
Comic Con Accident
'Zombies' Say They Were Peaceful
7/27/2014 11:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The zombies in the annual march outside of Comic Con say the guy who ran someone over is lying to police ... because his claim about undead walkers attacking before the accident is total crap!
According to eyewitness -- who look like "Walking Dead" extras -- the driver was trying to get through the mob of people while honking his horn and yelling he had somewhere to be.
We're told two spectators sat on the driver's hood in protest -- but they weren't zombies -- and the car lurched forward -- presumably to scare them off.
The other guy on the hood became angry and started punching the driver's windshield -- so the car drove off ... accidentally hitting the victim and rolling over her arm in the process.
As we previously reported ... police say no arrests have been made, but they're investigating.
'Major Crimes' Star
Twitter Criminal Wishes Him Death
On Malaysian Jet
7/27/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Major Crimes" star Graham Patrick Martin is being terrorized by a cyber stalker who wished him a violent death aboard one of the doomed Malaysian jets.
Someone has created a Twitter account with Martin's name ... using a different middle initial but making it appear it's the actor's official Twitter account. The impostor is going to town, sending more than 100 tweets a day, in one case tweeting, "How unlucky I wasn't on board Flight 370."
The fake Martin also wrote, "I sure have the likability of a Hitler youth." And the fraud is also bashing the real Martin's girlfriend, tweeting, "I think it's sad dat now at her 30s whore doesn't look older than 80, but tomorrow she'll look like infinity."
The guy has been sending more than 100 tweets a day. Twitter shut down the account but the guy just fired up a new one.
The 22-year-old actor has gone to the LAPD asking for help. He's worried people are confusing the impostor for him, which is hurting his image and scaring him and his family.
LAPD just executed a search warrant on Twitter to get info allowing them to track the guy down and arrest him.
Ex-'RHONJ' Star Danielle Staub
Sex Tape Partner Gets Screwed
7/27/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Danielle Staub will probably get the cold shoulder the next time she shops at Nordstrom ... because she just screwed them over in bankruptcy court ... and she royally screwed the guy in her sex tape in the unforgettable onion bagel scene.
Staub got a sweet deal in bankruptcy court, excusing more than $200,000 in debt. Among those who are saying bye bye to their money ... Sex tape partner Stephen Zalewski won't get $100K from his defamation lawsuit against her.
In addition to Nordstrom, which is out more than $7K ... Ford is saying bye bye to $3K, American Express is out more than $7K. and her lawyers are out more than $30K ... but no one feels sorry for them.
Finally for Danielle ... a clean discharge.
'Queen of Versailles' Jackie Siegel
Lasers Scorched My Face
7/27/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jackie Siegel's face turned into an even bigger disaster than her nightmare of a mansion -- featured in the famous "Queen of Versailles" documentary -- when she suffered a major allergic reaction to a laser treatment.
Jackie looked like an over-cooked lobster when she got home from a skin rejuvenation session in Orlando. She tells TMZ the plan was to celebrate the end of her long-running lawsuit over the docu about her and husband David Siegel's attempt to build the biggest mansion in the U.S.
Siegel FREAKED when she saw her face, and went back to the doc, who assured her everything was okay. She says it took a long, painful week for the swelling to go down, but her face did return to normal.
They should be so lucky with Versailles. Jackie says they're STILL building and it's scheduled to be done next year.
'Big Brother' Contestant's G-Ma
There's No Curse
I'm Not in Fear For My Life
7/26/2014 11:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
People die in threes ... so the urban legend goes ... but the grandma of "Big Brother" contestant Amber Borzotra is fearless -- despite the fact grandparents of two other contestants died this week.
Producers broke the news to Frankie Grande -- Ariana's bro -- about their beloved grandpa. And Friday night house guest Derrick Levasseur got similar bad news.
Nonetheless ... 64-year old Iris Beverly isn't nervous -- and same goes for her 67-year old husband. She tells us, "We don't believe in curses, when God calls my name I will go."
Beverly adds, "Them dying is a tough coincidence, but he stays healthy walking and I'm a professional piddler."
We made calls to the grandparents of some of the other contestants, but there was no answer.