Dwight Howard's son has had a rougher time than anyone thought ... the baby mama who reported Dwight to Children's Services for belting their son was herself investigated for the exact same thing.
The Florida Dept. of Children and Families (DCF) got a call in February from 6-year-old Braylon's school, informing authorities the boy had been belted on the back of his neck and leg for using "potty words."
According to docs, baby mama Royce Reed fessed up and said she did indeed belt the boy because he "dropped the f-bomb" in school. Authorities checked out the kid and there were no obvious marks ... she told them she only hit him once with a child fabric belt. The case was closed out, but school officials spoke with Reed and accused her of using excessive force on the child.
TMZ broke the story ... Reed called DCF in August, saying Howard belted Braylon badly ... and Howard subsequently copped to it. Howard is currently the subject of a criminal child abuse investigation for the incident.
Thinks We're Soulmates
11/20/2014 3:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ryan Gosling just got a restraining order against a woman he says has been stalking him for 3 months because she believes she's his "twin flame."
According to legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Gosling says Grace Marie Del Villar has been sending harassing emails and packages ... in one case she sent a torn-out page from a magazine featuring Eva Mendes and stapled a copy of her contact info to the page.
She has also bombarded the inbox of Ryan's sister with messages, saying, "I am kicking your brother's head."
The tipping point came on Oct. 28th, when Del Villar traveled from NYC to L.A. and showed up at Gosling's family residence, rang the security gate and said she was "Ryan's twin." She left a doll catalog at the gate.
She's ordered to stay 100 yards away from Ryan, Eva, and their daughter Esmeralda.
His sister Mandi also got a restraining order against the stalker.
Motown Legend Dead At 78
11/19/2014 12:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jimmy Ruffin, the crooner who was a staple in Motown for decades, has passed away at the age of 78.
Ruffin reached legendary Motown status in 1966 with his hit "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" ... and had incredible staying power, hitting the Top 10 yet again with "Hold On To My Love" in 1980.
Ruffin's family ties were just as impressive ... his younger brother, David Ruffin, was the lead singer of The Temptations. David was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
Ruffin's 2 kids -- Philicia and Jimmy Lee -- confirmed that he passed Monday at his home in Las Vegas.
Baby Mama Throws Son's
B-day Party At Hooters
11/19/2014 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A seven-year-old boy should be having his birthday at Chuck E. Cheese's, NOT Hooters ... but that's exactly what Dwight Howard's baby mama did for their son's 7th birthday.
"Basketball Wives" star Royce Reed, the boy's mother, posted the photo on her Instagram showing Braylon grinning from ear-to-ear ... and it probably wasn't because of the wings.
As TMZ first reported ... Howard is angling for full custody, while simultaneously being investigated for child abuse.
In court docs, Howard has accused Reed of exposing Braylon to sexual situations. Howard claims his son has witnessed Reed engage in sexual acts with her "numerous companions."
We're told Howard believes this photo is just the latest example of his son being exposed to sex.
A source close to Royce says her son's birthday party was at a Monkey Joe's bounce house earlier in the day -- with his classmates -- and she merely stopped at Hooters for food. The source also says Royce has never had any man in and out of her house, and has never exposed Braylon to sex.
A rep for Howard tells TMZ, "Dwight isn't going to engage in the back and forth about his son in the media. He only wishes that his mother would do the same and protect the boy instead of exposing him."
Floyd Mayweather's Son
14-Year-Old Blasts Boxer
... He's a Coward
11/19/2014 8:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Floyd Mayweather's 14-year-old son is lashing out against his father -- claiming he's a coward for refusing to admit he beat the crap out of his mother Josie Harris back in 2010.
Koraun Mayweather spoke with USA Today with his mother's permission and described what happened in September 2010 ... when he witnessed Floyd punching and kicking Josie ... so he snuck out of his Vegas home and alerted security, who then summoned police.
"[My dad] said to lock my door and stay in my room. I sat there and thought about what I was going to do next ... just for like a minute."
Koraun said he eventually "ran back out my bathroom and then hopped over the gate and went to the main entrance gate. I just told [the guard] that my mom was getting hurt and to call the ambulance and the police."
Eventually cops arrived ... and Koraun told investigators what he saw. Mayweather pled guilty to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and was sentenced to 90 days behind bars. Koraun says he's upset that his father never apologized for the incident publicly.
Koraun also says he still spends time with his father -- but he's less than enthusiastic about it.
"We just hang out. We either watch a movie or something, or go bowling. I find [boxing] boring. It is just like how people sit in the ring and fight for 12 rounds and it gets boring after a while."
Floyd's team has yet to respond to the story.
I'm Cool With My Mom's
... 32-Year-old BF
11/19/2014 8:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James is 29. The guy dating his mother is 32 ... and apparently, the NBA star is totally cool with it.
In fact, LeBron posed for a pic with his mom's BF -- a rapper known as Da Real Lambo -- after the Cavs beat the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.
Lambo has reportedly been dating Gloria James for about a year ... and he's already referring to her as his "wifey" on Instagram.
Clearly, Lambo loves the lifestyle ... posting pics in private jets, boats and expensive-looking resorts ... but it appears LeBron doesn't have a problem with it.
As long as he makes mom happy, right?
Mark McDaniel May Not
Be a Molester Anymore
11/18/2014 10:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mama June lives in a perpetual state of denial, telling Dr. Phil her boyfriend Mark McDaniel may have been rehabilitated and therefore not a danger to children.
It's pretty incredible ... June appeared on Phil's show Monday and pooh-poohed his question about her choice in men, saying McDaniel had no issues when she met him in 2000.
She also trashes her own daughter who was forced to perform oral sex on her boyfriend, saying Anna tends to lie.
You gotta see it to not believe it.
Sniff My Pillow ... For $279K!
11/18/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If you wanna lay your head on Justin Bieber's pillow ... or even frolic in his bed ... all you have to do is pony up $279K -- and you can own Justin's boyhood bedroom.
Justin's grandparents are selling their 3-bedroom home in Stratford, Ontario ... and one of those bedrooms belonged to young Biebs -- who spent about 80% of his childhood at the house.
The house is being marketed as Justin's former crib. As for the asking price ... it's pushing it, but grandma and gramps think a rich Belieber will ante up.
Real estate sources say the home has been updated ... but Justin's room has been left intact -- it's decorated the way he liked it ... with the logo of his favorite hockey team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, emblazoned on the bedding, curtains and wallpaper.
Too bad 14-year-old girls don't buy houses.
Mama June Lies Like a Rug
11/17/2014 1:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Phil thinks Mama June is a compulsive liar who is freakishly drawn to criminals.
Dr. Phil was on "TMZ Live" Monday ... talking about his interview with the former "Honey Boo Boo" matriarch and offering an interesting take ... that her version of events is so obviously false, she indicts herself.
According to Phil ... in addition to Mark McDaniel, June had also previously been involved with a second man who's currently in prison on similar child molestation charges. Two other former boyfriends have also done time.
She also claimed the photo we posted showing her and McDaniel in a hotel room was photoshopped, although she moonwalked out of that allegation.
The interview airs today.
I'm Under Attack
... By My Face!!!!!
11/17/2014 6:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Solange Knowles looked great during her wedding, but after the reception she broke out in hives ... and by process of elimination, she's either allergic to shrimp, or Jay Z.
It doesn't seem to be a case of nerves ... Beyonce's sister's face appeared smooth and radiant in the wedding photos ... but after the reception -- when she got in a car with Jigga -- all hell broke loose on her face.
According to our sources, Solange suffered some kind of food allergy, though she isn't sure what it was from. We're told the hives were gone in a matter of minutes.
Solange got hitched in New Orleans Sunday -- she married music video director Alan Ferguson.
I'm Ready For Motherhood
On BOTH Coasts!
11/17/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Scarlett Johansson is looking to rekindle an old romance ... not Ryan Reynolds -- looks like she's moving back to L.A.
Real estate sources tell TMZ ... "The Avengers" actress scoped out a Spanish-style home last weekend in Los Feliz ... the same area where she and Reynolds lived. When they broke up, they sold the house.
Johansson is currently living in NYC with fiance Romain Dauriac.
Our sources say she passed on the $2.9 mil Los Feliz property after spending close to an hour there. It just wasn't private enough for her.
She's still on the hunt, and it appears she'll go back and forth from coast to coast.
Front and Center At
Solange's Wedding White Party
11/16/2014 12:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jay Z showed up to Solange's wedding Sunday in New Orleans breaking a cardinal rule ... but in this case there's an exception.
Hova and Beyonce arrived hours before the nuptials and Jay dressed to the nines in a fancy white tux.
Wearing white to someone else's wedding is normally frowned upon ... the whole upstaging the bride thing. But when you look at the photos it appears the ceremony has an all-white theme.
Or maybe he's just trying to get revenge for the elevator fight.
Removes Pit Bull From Home
11/16/2014 12:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Richards finally played her hand on the fate of her pit bull ... and it sounds like she's trying to keep it.
Kyle Richard's sis was at the Grove Saturday when our photog asked about her dog, which has now bitten 4 people ... most recently Kyle's 18-year-old daughter Alexia.
It takes a little reading between the lines, but it sounds like she's saying she sent the dog to a professional so it won't continue attacking people. That means when the trainer thinks the dog is socialized she'll take it back.
The question ... who would go to Kim's house hoping the dog had turned over a new leaf?
Once bit ...