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Gene Simmons Sued for Sexual Assault ... Woman Claims He Grabbed Her Ass

12/15/2017 5:49 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Gene Simmons is being sued for allegedly groping a woman during the opening of a restaurant last month.

The lawsuit -- filed by a Jane Doe -- claims she interviewed Simmons last month at the opening of a Rock & Brews in San Bernardino. The accuser claims during the interview, Gene reached over, grabbed her hand and forcibly placed it on his knee. She says it made her feel uncomfortable, but continued the interview.

The docs claim Gene grabbed the reporter's hand, commented on how soft it was and creepily suggested she must use lotion ... things got more weird when Simmons reached over and allegedly flicked the interviewer's throat.

The defendant says following that action, she did her best to stop the interview, but Gene tried to keep going. Finally, she claims he touched her ass when everyone posed for a group photo.

We reached out to a rep for Gene ... so far, no word back.

Skylar Grey My Ex-Husband Has Hidden Cameras in My House

12/15/2017 4:19 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Skylar Grey says she desperately needs protection from her ex-husband ... a man she claims is secretly recording video of her in her home, and threatening her boyfriend.

In legal docs, Skylar says Todd Mandel hired private investigators to track her current bf, Elliott Taylor. She also says her ex has threatened to physically harm Elliott. 

According to the docs, Mandel is also surreptitiously recording her in her home ... using hidden cameras and recording devices to monitor her every move and word. Skylar -- who's featured on Eminem's new album -- says she found out about this Wednesday night during a party ... when Mandel told her he was "stalking me and is following and monitoring me and my boyfriend."

In the docs, she says she learned Mandel has screenshots of private pics of her. The most menacing part came when Mandel allegedly told her "he planned to physically hurt her," and he was going to do it within the next 2 hours.

Although he, apparently, didn't attack her that night ... she believes he's violent and dangerous. She requested, and was granted, a restraining order requiring Mandel to have no contact and stay 100 yards away from her, Elliott and her roommate/assistant.

Benji Madden Sues Designer for Half Mil You Jacked Up Our Remodel!!!

12/15/2017 4:02 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Benji Madden hired a remodeling crew to overhaul the house where he and Cameron Diaz live, but after what he call shoddy, overpriced work ... the rock star is suing.

The Good Charlotte member says he made a deal with Ryan Silverman and The Wooden Palate in Spring 2015 to remodel his spare bedroom, kitchen, laundry room, deck and a man cave.

According to the docs ... workers finished the project in October 2016 -- at which point Madden had forked over $478,509 -- but he said the job "was done improperly and would have to be redone" ... especially the man cave.

In the suit, Benji says custom built doors for the wine cellar had to be repaired, along with other defects, to the tune of an extra $78k. All in all, Madden wants more than $500k back in damages and a big refund ... plus his legal fees.

We reached out to Silverman ... no word back yet.

Antonio Brown Can Easily Break Jerry Rice's Record ... Says Chad Johnson

12/15/2017 2:29 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jerry Rice better watch his back ... 'cause there's one current NFL superstar who's on pace to take the crown from the 49ers legend ... this according to ex-Pro Bowler Chad Johnson.

TMZ Sports spoke with Ochocinco about Antonio Brown dominating today's game ... and asked straight-up whether it's possible AB84 can end up at the top of the all-time receiving yards list.

Johnson completely believes Brown can eventually pass Rice's record of 22,895 career yards ... and explains exactly what needs to happen in order to actually get those numbers.

FYI -- Brown is currently at 9,886 through almost 8 seasons in the league ... getting nervous yet, Jerry??

XXXTentacion Locked Up ... With His Locks Up

12/15/2017 1:52 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

XXXTentacion's straight-laced look -- button down shirt, with his locks pulled up and off his face -- was NOT enough to sway the judge, but it made for one helluva mug shot.

TMZ obtained the pic XXX took when he was booked into Miami-Dade County Jail Friday morning. We broke the story ... the judge locked up the rapper Friday morning following a hearing in his domestic violence case.

XXX could be looking at seriously hard time after prosecutors added 7 new felony counts to his case. The 5'6" 19-year-old is being held without bail.

Story developing ...

Joe Mixon Went On $200k Jewelry Spree Before NFL Draft ... Lawsuit Says

12/15/2017 12:09 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Joe Mixon was so confident he was gonna sign a big NFL contract before the 2017 Draft -- he dropped nearly $200,000 on some insane jewelry ... this according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports

Remember, before the Bengals selected the RB with the 48th pick -- there were serious questions on whether a team would pull the trigger based on his violent 2014 incident with a female Oklahoma student.

But Mixon wasn't questioning himself ... and allegedly made at least 3 major purchases in February, March and early April which included the following items:

-- Custom diamond Rolex ($25,000)

-- Custom diamond necklace ($20,000)

-- Second Rolex watch ($16,000) 

-- Men's gold and diamond tennis bracelet ($35,000)

-- Gold and diamond dog chain ($22,000)  

Problem is ... when it came to pay the $190k bill, Mixon only ponied up around $100k, according to the jewelry broker, Eleow Hunt. 

Hunt says he's been pestering Mixon for the $85k balance -- but he keeps getting crickets.

Of course, Mixon ended up signing a 4-year $5.45 million contract -- so, he's got the money.

We reached out to Mixon's rep who says he's unaware of the lawsuit.

Candice Swanepoel Lookin' Purrfect In Tiny Leopard Bikini

12/15/2017 11:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Here we have model Candice Swanepoel in her natural habitat ... on a beach in paradise looking straight fire.

The Victoria's Secret Angel hit up the island of Fernando de Noronha off the coast of Brazil with some friends Friday ... and flaunted her sexy curves in a thong leopard bikini. Mee-yow.

Candice returned to the catwalk last month for the annual VS Fashion Show after missing 2016 to have a baby with her man, Hermann Nicoli.

Clearly, she hasn't lost a step.

Carrie Fisher Traumatic 'Last Jedi' Scene Hard for Family to Watch

12/15/2017 11:27 AM PST
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Carrie Fisher's final 'Star Wars' scenes hit too close to home for the Fisher family ... TMZ has learned.

Carrie's brother, Todd Fisher, tells us the family recently saw 'Last Jedi' and struggled watching General Leia in one particular scene ... which was extremely traumatic for the character. We don't want to say anything more than that with the movie just being released Thursday night.

We're told the family had actually seen an early cut of the film while Carrie was still alive. They saw the scene in question back then, and say it wasn't nearly as gut-wrenching. Again we'll avoid spoilers and leave it at that.

The family did enjoy the tribute to Carrie at the end of the flick. Although Lucasfilm has already announced Carrie won't be in 'Episode IX' ... we're told the family hopes Leia will continue to live on in the 'Star Wars' world in some spirit.

They're also not opposed to a CGI Leia like we saw in 'Rogue One.'

Ray Allen Accuser Drops Stalking Case

12/15/2017 11:09 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The man who accused Ray Allen of making violent threats against him after their alleged relationship went sour is backing off -- he's dropped his case against the NBA star, TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported, Bryant Coleman got a temporary restraining order against Allen in Florida after telling the court Ray sent men after him and made violent threats over the phone. 

Coleman had previously told TMZ Sports he believed his life was in danger. 

Ray had always maintained the allegations were B.S. -- and that Coleman is the real bad guy ... who catfished him in a scheme to get private information from the NBA star. 

Now, we've obtained court documents which show Coleman has voluntarily dropped his restraining order -- though he doesn't explain why the change of heart.

Ray's attorney, David Markus, tells us, "We are pleased Coleman voluntarily dismissed the injunction and false claims he made against Ray Allen."

"Ray has never met Coleman. Ray Allen has never spoken with Coleman. Ray has never threatened him or anyone. He wants nothing to do with him and is looking forward to putting this matter behind him."

Michael Costello Actresses Prepping for Black Dress Award Show Protests

12/15/2017 11:13 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Fashion designer Michael Costello says stylists have cleaned him out of black dresses ... which is hard evidence a silent protest of sexual harassment in Hollywood is going down at the Golden Globes.

We spoke to Costello from his L.A. store, where he told us black designs flew off his racks in the past few days ... in the immediate wake of Monday's Golden Globes nominations. 

There's a report more than 2 dozen women will be wearing black in solidarity, and Costello wasn't shy about name dropping some of his recent A-list clientele, including Meryl.

Costello doesn't think black will stop at the Globes carpet either. Oscars so white? Not this year.

NYG's Brandon Marshall Cussed Out By Heckler In NY ... Smartly Walks Away

12/15/2017 10:42 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Here's a video the NFL should show at the 2018 Rookie Symposium -- NY Giants WR Brandon Marshall being cussed at in NYC by a heckler ... and he handles it like a champ.

It all started when an NYPD officer approached Brandon's Rolls-Royce and started to write him a parking ticket. Like anyone, the WR wasn't happy about it.

A fan spotted the incident and started recording. He then asked Brandon for a selfie, but the NFL star wasn't in the mood (obviously) and declined.

The fan turned on Marshall and yelled at him, "That's why your team sucks, man. That's why your team sucks!" 

He added, "What's y'all record?! F*cking bum!"

But, Marshall smartly kept his cool and walked away ... only saying one thing to the heckler, "Go to work." He left the situation without incident.

This had all the makings of a situation that could have gone very south ... and it didn't.

Props to BM.

XXXTentacion Sent to Jail!!! Facing 7 NEW Felonies

12/15/2017 7:49 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

XXXTentacion was sent straight to jail Friday morning after prosecutors slapped him with 7 new charges, all felonies, in his 2016 domestic violence case.

The new counts include different degrees of witness tampering and witness harassment. Prosecutors believe he coerced the ex-girlfriend he's accused of beating. He was already facing charges of battery against a pregnant woman and false imprisonment.

As we reported ... X filed a document earlier this month allegedly signed by the woman and stating she no longer wanted him to be prosecuted.

At Friday's hearing in Miami-Dade County, the judge said he had violated his bond from his initial arrest ... so he was immediately sent to jail, and is being held without bail.

He'll likely remain behind bars until trial -- and is now facing decades in prison, at minimum, if convicted.

Artie Lange Jetting to Rehab ... After Pleading Guilty

12/15/2017 9:07 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

9:53 AM PT -- The Essex County Prosecutor's Office tells us Artie pled guilty to possession of 81 small bags of heroin worth $300-$500. In exchange, prosecutor's dismissed a possession of cocaine charge.

Artie Lange's life is at stake ... and that's why friends are getting him on a private jet to rehab after appearing in court Friday.

Artie's attorney, Frank Arleo, tells TMZ ... Artie pled guilty to possession of a controlled dangerous substance at a hearing in Essex County court in Newark, NJ. TMZ broke the story ... Artie was busted after missing a court date about his May drug arrest.

Artie is headed to an in-patient drug rehab program at an undisclosed location. Artie's set to be released from jail in a matter of hours and he'll hop on a private jet paid for by 2 comedian friends, who are rallying to save Artie's life.

The comedian's scheduled to be sentenced February 23. 

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