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Boxer Jermain Taylor

I Have Mental Problems

5/29/2015 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Boxer Jermain Taylor is adamant he's NOT a criminal -- and blames his recent string of bizarre and troubling behavior on mental illness. 

Taylor appeared in an Arkansas courtroom moments ago in connection with an incident at an MLK Day parade earlier this year in which he allegedly pulled a gun on a family and fired multiple shots. 

The former IBF middleweight champ pled not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect ... and his attorney requested that the boxer undergo another mental evaluation. 

But instead of returning to his rehab facility -- where he allegedly assaulted another man this month -- the judge ordered Taylor to go to jail because he violated his conditions of release. 

Taylor's attorney tells TMZ Sports, "He’s in good spirits. I don’t think he’s upset about it. He wants to be out. He has kids."

Meantime, Jermain's mother exploded on the media outside the courtroom ... saying he's a good guy who's done A LOT for the state of Arkansas and the United States of America. 

Guns N' Roses Guitarist

Concert Fight

... Over an E-Cigarette!

5/28/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba's e-cigarette vapor pissed off a Vegas concertgoer so badly ... the guy put an ass whupping on Axl Rose's axman. 

It's not the most rock 'n' roll brawl we've ever heard of ... but here's what went down. Ashba was at Planet Hollywood over Memorial Day weekend to see Romeo Santos perform. Our sources say when the guy said something about the e-cig ... Ashba shot back, "What are you going to do about it, buddy?"

That question sparked the fight, and we're told the guy's girlfriend even got in the mix.

Security escorted all of them out, but cops determined Ashba was the victim ... and the couple got cited for misdemeanor battery. 

Ice Cube to Rabbi

For You, a Beatdown!

Casino Fight Alleged

5/27/2015 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0527-ice-cube-tmz-01So a rabbi and Ice Cube walk into a casino, and the rabbi catches an anti-Semitic fueled ass whuppin' -- at least that's what the rabbi's claiming, but Cube says that's a load of crap.

P. Taras, who says he's a rabbi ... tells TMZ he was at the MGM Detroit on May 24 when he literally bumped into Cube outside an elevator.

Taras claims he said something like ... hey, watch out -- and the rapper/actor responded by having his boys attack. While he was getting stomped, Taras claims he heard several epithets. He thinks that's because he was wearing a yarmulke. 

Taras has filed a lawsuit against Cube for assault and battery, and wants $2 million for his troubles.

Ice Cube's rep says, "Not only are these accusations a lie, he doesn't even know who this guy is."

'Teen Mom 2' Star Jenelle Evans

Wanted By Cops

Allegedly Brutalized Baby Daddy

5/27/2015 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0527-jenelle-evans-tmz-01update_graphic_red_bar9:00 AM PT -- Jenelle's rep claims Nathan actually attacked her by driving over her with his truck. The rep claims Nathan stole Jenelle's phone and refused to hand over their son. Jenelle intends to press charges.update_grey_gray_bar"Teen Mom 2" star Jenelle Evans will be arrested when cops find her, because she allegedly flew into a rage, attacking and choking her baby daddy/former fiance.

Nathan Griffith told Myrtle Beach cops Evans called him early Wednesday morning, informing him she was outside his home damaging his car.

Griffith says he ran outside where they began arguing and that's when she attacked him, slapping, punching and even trying to kick him down a flight of stairs.

According to Griffith, Evans reeked of alcohol and tried choking him with his shirt, then began clawing him with her nails.

Griffith told police he was able to make his way back inside his apartment, as Evans stood outside screaming, "He won't give me back my son!"

Griffith had scratches around his neck, a ripped shirt and bruising on the side of his face ... this according to the police report.  

Police are looking for Evans but can't find her. 

Griffith was arrested in March for allegedly assaulting Evans ... after she was popped the week before that for driving without a license. 


G-Unit's Jack Thriller

Step Up, 40 Glocc ...

I'll Beat the Bitch Outta You

5/26/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rapper 40 Glocc's mama does not want to see this video -- his celeb boxing opponent Jack Thriller recorded a trash talking video laced with threats that go way beyond the boxing ring.

Thriller -- who hosts 50 Cent's web network -- is fighting 40 Glocc on July 27th in Atlantic City for the first ever Hip Hop celebrity fight night. Last week 40 released a video of himself training with Jeff Mayweather ... Floyd's uncle.

If it was supposed to intimidate ... it FAILED miserably. Watch Thriller's response. Highlights include gems like -- bitch boy, p**syface, bitch Glocc, and the timeless classic ... d**khead.

His sign off is the best. 

Benzino & Althea Eaton

Getting Marriage Counseling ...

And it Pays TOP Dollar

5/24/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Althea Eaton and Benzino's non-stop drama cost them their "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" gigs -- but it also helped them score $200k to appear on "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars."

Sources close to the show tell TMZ that the powder keg lovebirds will work through their issues and see if they are truly ready for marriage in Season 4 -- and they'll rake in a sweet payday while they do it.

No doubt they make for good TV ... Benzino and Althea got tossed off 'LHHA' last year after allegedly instigating the now infamous all out brawl with Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez

Word of advice: the boot camp counselors should probably keep boxing gloves handy.


Fan Beaten By Security

Video Shows Excessive Force

5/19/2015 2:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


A B.o.B. fan got his ass whupped during a concert, and the security team continued beating the man long after he was subdued and cuffed.

It went down Sunday at KSFM's 102.5 Live concert in Sacramento. A fan aggressively charged the stage and seemed to just flip out on festival security. The team swarmed the guy and unloaded punch after punch.

Eventually, they took the guy behind a barrier where they thought they were shielded from the crowd. One of the guards decided to throw 2 extra punches to his face for good measure. 

The fan was out of line in the first place, but there's no justification for the security guard gratuitously smacking the guy. 

Sacramento PD says its aware of the video, but unless the victim files a complaint there will be no investigation.

‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’

Emergency Ratchet Meeting ...

Cast Told No More Fights

5/18/2015 5:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" has more punches than Mayweather-Pacquiao, but the show’s producers are dead serious about putting an end to all the fighting ... even if it pisses off fans. Collective WTF, right?

Production sources tell us the ATL ladies and gents were forced to sign docs agreeing to put their manicured claws (and fists) away ... after major advertisers started complaining. Show execs flew to Atlanta 2 weeks ago to lay down the law.

We're told all cast members who brawl during taping will be cut from the episode without pay and suspended. They could also face possible termination.

It's a risky move, since 'LHHA' has become VH1's most popular show, by far -- and let's face it, fights are part of its winning formula. 

But the threat of hardcore punishment seems to be working. We hear the cast has resorted to screaming matches because nobody wants to lose their money -- the definition of a true thug.

Floyd Mayweather's Uncle

Vows to Beat Up Woman

... After He Gets Maced

5/18/2015 9:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Floyd Mayweather's uncle says he was going to make a woman "feel the real deal" ... after she blasted him with pepper spray in Vegas ... insinuating he was going to beat her up ... and TMZ Sports has the video. 

FYI -- Roger Mayweather was a famous champion fighter in his own right who went on to train Floyd for some of his biggest bouts ... and worked in Floyd's camp for the Pacquiao fight. 

In the video, which we're told was shot on March 14th in a discount shop in Vegas ... the 54-year-old admits he was blasted with mace ... and vows revenge on the woman who did it. 

Sources connected to the incident tell us ... Roger had approached two women and began to hit on them ... saying they had "fat asses."

But we're told the women weren't having it ... and tried to tell him to leave. When Roger pressed on ... one pulled out the pepper spray, fired on him, and ran out of the store. 

In the clip, shot moments after the incident, the photog suggests the women were lucky Roger didn't punch them -- to which Roger replies:

"Man, don't worry about that ... I don't even wanna think about what I'm gonna do to her ass when I see her, for real."

He continues, "When I see her again, she gonna feel the real deal."

We're told the people at the store wanted to call the police -- but Roger insisted they leave the cops out of it. 

FYI -- Mayweather was convicted of battery in 2011 for attacking a female boxer he used to train at his Las Vegas apartment. 

We reached out to Roger -- his camp told us they have "zero comment."

Bobby Shmurda

Knuckles Up for Crips vs. Bloods

... Jailhouse Edition

5/16/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Bobby Shmurda had to bust out his quick hands when a gang war erupted in his NYC jailhouse.

Shmurda and 5 other inmates were cleaning house during the brawl last month in Otis Bantum Correctional Center ... according to law enforcement sources. 

We're told the brawl was in full swing when guards came upon the inmates punching the crap out of each other. A little color commentary -- the combatants included an accused burglar, shmurderer, sodomist, and kidnapper. 

Jail officials believe it was a Bloods and Crips thing -- we're told 4 of the inmates, including Bobby, are Crips ... while the other 2 are Bloods. Guards broke up the melee with 3 blasts of a pepper spray like "chemical agent." 

Shmurda's locked up awaiting trial on conspiracy charges. His attorney had no comment on the jail brawl ... which, by the way, went down on April 15.

Even inmates hate taxes.

Floyd Mayweather

Entourage Member In Altercation with Woman

5/14/2015 11:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0514-floyd-mayweather-warriors-game-USA-TODAY-SPORTS-02A male member of Floyd Mayweather's entourage was involved in an altercation with a woman at the Golden State Warriors playoff game last night ... after the woman allegedly struck him with a "Thunder Stick" ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Sources connected to the Golden State Warriors confirm there was a "mini-altercation" that took place between the two involving one of those inflatable noisemakers that fans bang together during a game. 

Before the incident, Mayweather had been booed loudly at the stadium when they showed him on the jumbotron ... and we're told at least one person continued to jeer even after Floyd was off the screen. 

Multiple witnesses who were at the Oracle Arena tell us the woman was heckling Floyd and his crew -- but things escalated when she used one of her "Thunder Sticks" on a member of The Money Team.

People in Floyd's camp insist the entourage member did NOT react physically to the incident ... and never hit the woman -- but he was VERY upset. 

We spoke with a rep for the Oakland Police Department who tells us, "We do have record of an incident that occurred at about 9:45 PM at the Oracle Arena regarding a mutual combat battery which occurred between a man and a woman."

"Neither party wished to press charges against the other, nobody was arrested and no injuries were sustained."


George Zimmerman

Shooting Was Unprovoked

He Chased Me Down

5/12/2015 7:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0512-george-zimmerman-getty-01George Zimmerman was fleeing for his life when a man opened fire on his truck ... this according to Zimmerman's attorney who's calling BS on the shooter's claim it was self-defense.

Matthew Apperson admits firing one shot at Zimmerman's truck Monday afternoon in Lake Mary, FL -- and Zimmerman's attorney Don West tells TMZ ... George did nothing to set off the attack.

West says Zimmerman was driving down the highway when he noticed a car behind him flashing its headlights ... and when the driver stuck his head out the window to yell something -- Zimmerman recognized it was Apperson.

As we've reported ... Apperson and Zimmerman have a road rage history.

West tells us Zimmerman made the first available u-turn to get away from Apperson -- who also turned to follow him, and then pulled up on the right side of Zimmerman's truck ... and opened fire through the passenger side window.

As for Apperson's claim of this being a self-defense shooting -- West says his client NEVER brandished his weapon ... and cops confirm he never fired it either.

Zimmerman was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released. Apperson has not been arrested.

The 911 call from the scene is interesting though. It was made by a guy Apperson flagged down, and the caller says ... "He had to shoot at somebody."

Sounds like Apperson was already telling people it was self-defense.

50 Cent Jeweler

They Left My Face ...

Busted & Bruised

5/11/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0510-50-cent-victim-injuries-MAIN-01A man claiming to be 50 Cent's jeweler left Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s gym looking like he'd gone a few rounds with the champ -- but he says it was 50's goons who pistol whipped him and left swollen and bruised.

TMZ obtained pics of Robin Marin's brutal injuries ... and the jeweler says he's still traumatized. His lip was busted, his face puffy ... and there's a nasty scar on his neck where a gold and diamond chain used to be.

We broke the story -- Marin claims 50's crew attacked him and stole $250k worth of jewelry after taking him to Mayweather's Las Vegas gym ... the night before the Pacquiao fight.

Marin says he's been feeling some lower back pain and went to a doctor, but there were no apparent internal injuries. Externally ... the dude's messed up. 

50 Cent denies any involvement in the alleged attack. 


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