Richard Simmons had visitors Friday night ... cops who were doing a welfare check because he's been MIA for more than year ... and guess what? He's fine.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 2 LAPD officers showed up to Simmons' Hollywood Hills home at 7 PM. Richard answered the door and showed them in. The cops' feedback -- he couldn't have been nicer and more gracious. They say he was articulate, lucid, relaxed and appreciative of their concern.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the visit was triggered by a long-time friend of Simmons who sent an email to the L.A. County D.A.'s Elder Abuse Unit last month and said he believed the 66-year-old fitness guru was being abused.
TMZ broke the story, Simmons went radio silent a year ago. He hasn't spoken to his friends, gone to his fitness studio or been seen in public. His friends say there is no way Richard would shut himself off this way. His manager says Simmons is simply depressed over a knee injury.
But we've learned the 2 cops who spent an hour with Richard say he seemed genuinely happy. Simmons, who now has a beard, told them he was "exhausted" after spending 30 years in the public eye. He said, "I just want to spend time with myself," although he says he's in regular touch with the people in his life who matter to him. He was alone in the house Friday when cops were there.
Simmons was walking with a slight limp, which is consistent with the knee injury. As for why he hasn't been to his fitness studio for the better part of last year, he said, "I've got people who run things. I don't need to be there." Until he disappeared he was a fixture at the studio.
Roc Nation Boxer
'Jay Knows What He's Doing'
... We're Blowin' Up
1/24/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Roc Nation Sports boxer Dusty Harrison-Hernandez tells TMZ Sports ... being a part of Jay's company is AWESOME ... not just because it's blowin' up his career, but he also met Rihanna.
20-year-old DHH is 25-0 and recently headlined the Roc's first "Throne Boxing" event in NYC ... where some of the biggest stars from the Roc Nation family came out to support, including CC Sabathia, RiRi and Jay himself.
"They made a big entrance," Dusty says ... "They showed that they're here to make a big impression. They're not just gonna be some small company. They're gonna be a powerhouse."
Dusty admits he was a little apprehensive when he was first approached by Roc Nation Sports -- but says he quickly learned the concerns expressed by guys like Adrien Broner are non-issues.
"Everyone they have working for the boxing division has been involved in boxing. They have a lot of experience in boxing. They know what they're doing. They have a plan."
Some other fun facts ...
Dusty on Jay's Office -- "Jay-Z's office was cool. It's a huge company. A lot of manpower. Very organized. He's really into art. They had some Keith Haring paintings."
Dusty on Rihanna -- "I talked to Rihanna after the fight. She did say she was impressed ... she said she enjoyed it. Maybe she'll be at my next match!
Injury Hurts Local Restaurants
Expecting Fans to Bail
1/24/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It's not just the Lakers who will take a hit with Kobe Bryant out the rest of the season -- local L.A. restaurants are also concerned ... telling TMZ Sports business is significantly slower when the Mamba isn't on the court.
FYI -- Staples Center is located right next to L.A. Live ... a major entertainment center packed with restaurants often trafficked by people before and after events at the arena.
But with Kobe going down with a torn rotator cuff, several restaurant staffers tell us everyone is going to suffer.
We spoke with Mike Zislis -- owner of Rock ‘N Fish at L.A. Live -- who tells us, "We feel like we’re gonna lose at least 10 percent of our sales per home game."
"Last year when Kobe was out we calculated we lost $250k in revenue," Zislis says, noting that Kobe only played in 2 home games during the '13-'14 season.
"Lakers fans generally spend more than Kings or Clippers fans so when they suck and Kobe isn’t there to draw fans, it hurts."
We also spoke with staffers at Katsuya at L.A. Live who echoed Mike's statements. One staffer told us, "When Kobe is out, the restaurant is empty and business is slow. It sucks for the staff because less people equals less tips."
Of course, there's one simple solution to the problem -- the Lakers could go on a winning streak and bring the fans back to the arena.
No pressure Swaggy P.
Birdman vs. Lil Wayne
War is On
1/24/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Birdman and Lil Wayne have officially declared war ... settlement talks have broken down and Wayne will now sue his mentor, claiming among other things Birdman owes him $8 million.
As TMZ reported ... the 2 titans tried coming to terms this week but it wasn't meant to be. Now Wayne will ask a judge to declare him free of Cash Money and Birdman's control. Wayne says Birdman has violated their contract by withholding the release of his new album.
As for the $8 MIL claim ... Wayne says Birdman owed the money for his latest album -- it was supposed to be an advance.
Birdman has held firm ... he will release the album "in due time," but clearly that's not good enough for Wayne.
We're told Wayne will keep recording but he will release his works outside of the Cash Money umbrella.
Pap Doesn't Want Jury to Hear
I Also Pissed Off Britney!
1/24/2015 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West has no right to tell a jury the photog who's suing him is the very same guy who Britney Spears famously attacked with an umbrella ... at least that's what the photog is banking on.
Daniel Ramos is suing Kanye for the 2013 LAX attack. Kanye pled no contest to misdemeanor battery, but now Ramos is suing him.
Kanye wants to prove to the jury Ramos is a bad guy ... not only because of the 2007 umbrella incident, but also because he was so gross he tried selling the umbrella and the truck she struck.
But Ramos has filed legal docs asking the judge to exclude evidence of his Britney hijinks, saying it has nothing to do with the LAX attack and it would unfairly turn the jury against him.
Ramos also wants the judge to exclude evidence that he actually made a pretty penny off the video he shot as Kanye went after him.
It's kinda like having your cake ...
Rolls-Royce vs. Royce Rizzy
High End Car Company Sues
... That's Our Name!!
1/24/2015 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
In the hip-hop world, you don't steal another MC's name ... even if MC stands for motor car -- which is exactly what Rolls-Royce claims a rapper named Rolls Royce Rizzy has done.
According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- the legendary car company says Rizzy advertises and sells "Team Rolls Royce" shirts on his website ... and they want him to stop ASAP.
Rolls-Royce claims they've sent R.R.R. multiple cease and desist letters to no avail ... and since he's continued to wear the shirts in pics on social media they've been forced to file suit.
Rizzy tells us he dropped the "Rolls" from his name at least a year and a half ago and he's no longer selling the shirts ... just wearing it. He also claims he's never gotten a letter from Rolls.
Jermaine Dupri -- the head of Rizzy's label -- tells us he personally made sure the name change happened before putting him out as an artist ... adding,"I know how business works."
McDreamy Headed for Divorce Court
1/23/2015 4:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
We just got a joint statement from Patrick and Jillian, saying, "It is with careful consideration and mutual respect that we have decided to end our marriage. Our primary concern remains the well-being of our children, and we ask with profound gratitude that you respect our family's privacy at this very sensitive time."
Patrick Dempsey is headed for the single life but it's not his doing ... we've learned his wife has filed for divorce, and 10s of millions are on the line.
Jillian Fink filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable difference. Fink, who is repped by disso queen Laura Wasser, is asking for joint custody of their 3 kids, a 12-year-old girl and 7-year-old twin boys. She also wants spousal and child support.
We've learned they do NOT have a prenup. Patrick is reportedly worth around $40 million.
The couple has been married for 15 years.
Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ ... "it remains to be seen whether it will be amicable." Sources tell us she's had a problem with his ego for a while now, which she thinks is out of control. As one source said, "She's all about the kids."
NFL's Marcedes Lewis
Cops Called In Paternity War
Baby Mama Allegedly Flips Out
1/23/2015 4:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Cops were called to the L.A. residence of Jacksonville Jaguars star Marcedes Lewis Thursday night -- after his baby mama allegedly went berserk when she found out Lewis is gunning for sole custody of their child ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Lewis has a 5-month-old son with porn star Savannah Stern -- who decided to visit Lewis at his pad, which happens to be in a fancy private building in L.A.
We spoke with Lewis who tells us ... Stern was served with court papers during the visit -- informing her that he has filed official documents in an effort to obtain sole custody of their child.
Lewis says Stern began to flip out once she got served -- and began yelling and screaming ... to the point where building staffers decided to call police for help.
Law enforcement confirms ... cops arrived to the scene around 9 PM and took an incident report but no one was arrested. We're told Stern eventually left the building without further incident.
We reached out to Stern for comment -- no word back.
Selena and Zedd
Stir Fried Date ...
Smells and Looks Official
1/23/2015 4:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Most people don't fly cross country to take "a friend" out to eat -- so Selena Gomez and Zedd are looking more like an official couple after their afternoon rendezvous in Atlanta.
Our restaurant sources tell TMZ ... Selena and Zedd were hugging and kissing while eating at Benihana Friday. She's in town shooting a movie -- and the only reason he'd be there is, well ... her.
They've been a rumored couple since they hit a bunch of Golden Globes parties together -- but then SG was spotted at dinner with her on/off/on BF Justin Bieber.
Bottom line? Selena's love life is tricky business ... but Zedd doesn't seem to care.
Sued By Former Manager
He Was NOTHING Before Us!
1/23/2015 3:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tyga's former manager says the rapper's an ingrate and now there's only one way to show his appreciation ... fork over several million dollars as a "thank you."
Back in the day ... Tyga hired C&J Management, and the company claims it did more than a good job, "turning him from a relative nobody to a world known superstar." C&J introduced Tyga to Cash Money, so they may have a point.
But sometimes people and Tygas move on ... and C&J claims the rapper unceremoniously and illegally fired them in 2013 and hired a brand spankin' new manager.
So C&J now wants $4 million and all will be well.
We reached out to a rep for Tyga. So far, no word back.
'12 Years a Slave' Lawsuit
Hans Zimmer Ripped Him Off
1/23/2015 1:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"12 Years a Slave" may have shamelessly ripped off "Desperate Housewives" ... if you believe a new lawsuit.
Famed composer Hans Zimmer is the culprit ... so claims the guy who composed the song for that Housewives show.
Richard Friedman claims in 2004 he composed "To Our Fallen," which appeared on the ABC show. He says in his lawsuit his song was enhanced in Zimmer's studio. Friedman claims it's no coincidence that in 2013 Zimmer's signature song in "12 Years" was eerily similar to his tune.
The allegation is simple ... Zimmer and company had access to his song and ripped him off.
Friedman is suing Zimmer, Fox, Sony and Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment ... and he wants a piece of the pie.
We reached out to Zimmer's people ... so far no comment.
'CRACK VS. SHAQ'
Racy Jokes In Pilot Script
1/23/2015 12:36 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ Sports just got our hands on a script for the pilot episode of Shaq's new sitcom -- and it's laced with hilarious adult-oriented humor ... including jokes about boobs, ISIS and crack.
The show is loosely based on Shaq's real-life business empire -- with people pitching him TV show ideas, products and endorsements.
In one of the scenes from a script that was circulating in December, Shaq is approached with an idea for a TV show similar to "Shaq Vs." ... a real show that didn't do very well on the air.
In the script, an associate explained to Shaq that no one knew what Shaq was "verse" -- and suggested that his new version of the show should include Shaq's foe in the title.
"We could do 'Crack Versus Shaq.' That rhymes. [Shaq] smokes a bowl of crack and tries to dunk."
Another associate suggests, "Shaq Versus Iraq" ... where "[Shaq] goes over there and talks to those ISIS people. We bring in a few basketballs and boom! Peace in the Middle East."
Someone else pitches, "Yak Versus Shaq" ... which evidently involves the mountainous animal.
The script we read -- which was circulating in December -- is actually pretty funny ... with boob jokes, fart jokes and even a Tim Tebow zinger.
It's possible, and likely, that the script will be changed by the time it actually airs -- but we can see why Shaq signed on.
Apologizes for Racist Pic ...
Just a Joke From My Nephews
1/23/2015 12:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mike Epps just thought it would be funny when he posted a photo of a black man whipping white men slaves -- and says the whole mess started as a joke with his nephews.
Mike came on TMZ Live to discuss the controversy over the image, telling us ... he thought the photo was absurd and funny -- but he understands why some people were angry. Ultimately, he says that's why he deleted it.
Mike has a new AOL series -- "That's Racist" -- debuting on Monday ... where he'll be interviewing people around the country about stereotypes, but insists the pic was NOT intended to be a promotion.
As for where the controversial pic even came from -- you gotta hear his explanation. Sorry kids ... Uncle Mike just backed up the bus.