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Dana White McGregor Will Be Punished For Bottle War ... Lawsuit On the Way

8/18/2016 2:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Dana White says Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will BOTH be punished for their roles in the UFC 202 bottle fight ... and says someone who was struck at the event is already planning a lawsuit. 

The UFC prez joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Thursday on FS1) -- and we asked if the fighters will be reprimanded for the incident, in which a child was allegedly hit with a projectile. 

"They're both getting punished," White says. 

"What everybody's gotta understand is .. we're overseen by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. I guarantee both of these guys will get massive fines. And there's probably gonna be a hearing too after the fight."

White says both guys could be hit with suspensions and community service -- "It's gonna be ugly."

"And the word is that in this thing, somebody was injured. So, there's gonna be a lawsuit ... who knows how it's gonna play out."

White didn't say who is filing the suit -- but says "the wheels are in motion on it."

There's A LOT more in the entire interview, which airs tonight on FS1. Don't miss it. 

Katt Williams Sued You Knocked Me Out Cold!! I'm Gonna Need $1 Million

8/18/2016 1:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0818-katt-williams-tmzKatt Williams' ex-assistant says he attacked and knocked her so senseless, she was laid up in a hospital for days ... and now she's suing him for big money.

Angelina Triplett-Hill says the oft-arrested comedian flew into a rage in 2014 while they were on a movie set in L.A. According to the lawsuit, Katt got pissed when she took a phone call, and violently lunged toward her and ordered her into a van.

She says Katt snatched the phone out of her hands and lobbed it inside the van. Triplett-Hill says she became frightened and fearful because she claims she'd previously seen Katt violently beat other women in her presence. 

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Triplett-Hill says Katt called her a bitch and got even more enraged when she repeatedly told him ... he's "bigger than that." She says that's when Katt hit her in the face, slamming her to the ground and knocking her unconscious.

Triplett-Hill says she spent 3 days hospitalized after the attack and immediately quit. She's suing Katt for physical pain and damages in excess of $1 million. 

We reached out to Katt, so far no word back.

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Thomas Gibson Guy Who Got Me Fired Ain't So Innocent

8/18/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0817-thomas-gibson-virgil-williams-getty-twitter-01The writer Thomas Gibson kicked on the set of "Criminal Minds" had his own issues with violence on the set of "ER" -- and Gibson might use it to fight back against his firing ... TMZ has learned. 

Virgil Williams wrote for "ER" back in 2006 and was also a player/manager for the show's softball team. Our sources say Virgil went ballistic when he got wind a female production assistant was going to take his spot on the team.

Multiple "ER" sources tell us Williams called the woman into his office, closed the door and went off -- threatening her life, and promising to ruin her career. We're told it never got physical, but still, the 22-year-old PA was left in tears.

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The show suspended Williams and ordered him to take anger management classes. Sources close to the writer tell us he learned his lesson, and hasn't had any issues in the workplace since then.

Thomas is aware of Virgil's past, and we've learned he's prepared to use it. We're told he feels he was wrongfully fired from "Criminal Minds" -- he insists the kick was in self-defense and Virgil rushed him and got in his face -- and is strongly considering legal action.

Sources at ABC, the producers of 'Criminal,' reiterate their investigation showed Thomas was the aggressor, and Virgil's keeping his job.

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U.S. Swimmers Video Reportedly Shows Brawl with Security ... At Gas Station

8/18/2016 7:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0818-ryan-lochte-james-feigen-jack-conger-gunnar-bentz-TMZ-GETTY-01An American swimmer was allegedly caught on video breaking down a bathroom door at a gas station and fighting with a security guard in Brazil ... a police source tells ABC News. 

The video is part of the investigation into Ryan Lochte and 3 other U.S. swimmers who claim they were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning. 

The police source claims the gas station fight was captured on surveillance video -- though it's unclear which swimmer was fighting. 

Local reports in Brazil say the swimmer was going bersek in the bathroom -- and the security guard, who worked for the gas station, confronted him ... and the two began fighting.

A source connected with one of the swimmers tells TMZ ... the scenario described in local Brazilian reports is "absolutely accurate."

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Nick Diaz: Conor McGregor Hit a Kid ... In Water Bottle Tantrum

8/17/2016 2:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Nick Diaz says Conor McGregor HIT A KID in his water bottle throwing rampage at the UFC 202 press conference ... and even got an exclusive interview with the alleged victim. 

Nick was standing right next to his brother when Conor launched the water attack -- and after the incident, he grabbed the pint-sized alleged victim for a video testimony. 

"Aw, that's f***ed up," Diaz said.

"Bro, why you hitting kids with bottles??"

So far, no word back from Conor.  

Conor McGregor Fires Water Bottles at Nate Diaz ... Threatens 'Crackhead Eses'

8/17/2016 1:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Pandemonium at the UFC 202 presser ... with Conor McGregor grabbing water bottles and THROWING THEM at Nate Diaz ... while calling Nate's crew a bunch of "crackhead eses."

It all went down in Vegas moments ago ... Conor arrived to the event 30 minutes late. 

When he finally got there, Nate stormed off the panel ... setting McGregor off. 

McGregor unleashed a bunch of f-bomb laden insults -- while grabbing any projectile he could find and throwing it at Nate and his crew. 

Dana White warned Conor to stop throwing stuff and then canceled the rest of the event. 

"See you Saturday."

MMA Phenom Gabi Garcia Finally Gets Opponent ... Ex-Pro Football Player

8/16/2016 11:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

081616_gabi_garcia_fight_primaryGabi Garcia ... the female MMA phenom so scary she couldn't find anyone to fight her ... has found a woman brave enough to take the (crazy) challenge and it's an equally terrifying ex-pro football player.

The woman is Destanie Yarbrough ... an MMA fighter who turned pro back in April and won her first fight ... she's also a BEAST in women's pro football ... with an INSANE YouTube highlight reel.

It's going down September 25th in the Japanese RIZIN Fighting Federation ... and it should be a relief to Gabi, who's so frustrated with the lack of female opponents ... she told us she might try men.

We're glad it didn't come to that ... for the guys' sake.

Ex-Raider Barret Robbins Terrifying 911 Call 'He Just Punched a Kid in the Face'

8/15/2016 12:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports has obtained the 911 call made by a witness who saw ex-NFL lineman Barret Robbins on a violent rampage in Florida last week ... and it sounds terrifying.

The caller initially reports a "huge drunk man just literally walked into (a pub) punched this kid in the face" in the late hours of August 8th.

We broke the story ... the former Oakland Raiders lineman (who was listed at 6'3", 320 during his playing days) was leaving a bar in Boca Raton when the rampage began.

The caller says Robbins was yelling to himself and waving his hands around -- before attacking two innocent women outside of a nearby hotel.

"He just punched a woman. He just punched a woman outside of Best Western. Are you OK?! We called the police ... We have to do something. A bunch of people are about to jump him. I have to go, please hurry."

Cops raced to the scene and Robbins was eventually arrested for felony battery. He was transported to a jail and then a mental health facility.

Robbins has a well-known history of mental health issues -- which became public after he went MIA in the hours before Super Bowl XXXVII.

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UFC's 'Rumble' Johnson Praises Jon Jones 'Still Best Fighter In the World'

8/15/2016 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Cheating allegations or not, Jon Jones is still the best fighter in the world ... so says UFC star Anthony "Rumble" Johnson

Johnson was famously supposed to fight Jones at UFC 187 last year -- but Jon was pulled from the fight less than a month before the match when he was arrested for a hit-and-run in New Mexico.

Now, with a potential 2-year suspension looming, Rumble says Jones' reputation has taken another major hit -- but his skills are still world-class. 

"Nobody trusts him," Johnson said ... "He's still, to me, the best fighter in the world. It's just, once again, his actions make him ... it degrades him."

Johnson says he's still down to fight Jones at some point in the future -- "It doesn't matter if it's for the title or not. I would like to fight him because he is such a talented fighter."

Johnny Depp Goes Off on Amber ... Smashes Wine Glass, Bottle

8/12/2016 7:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Johnny Depp went crazy on Amber Heard in their kitchen, throwing a wine bottle and glass ... and she videotaped it. 

We're told the video was shot months before the May 21 incident in which Amber claims Johnny struck her.

Amber asks Johnny if he drank a bottle of wine and tries to calm him down. She says she was sorry for something although she was not specific.   

Johnny isn't having it, and appears out of control. After throwing the glass and bottle, you see him swiping at Amber's phone ... trying to get it from her.

Sources connected with Johnny tell TMZ ... the video is "heavily edited" and there are portions where Amber is seen smiling and egging him on. The sources add the video was a complete set up by Amber.

It's also likely the tape would not be admissible in court, partly because it's edited but more importantly because it appears he does not know he's being videotaped and she'd have to get his permission. We've learned, however, the tape is specifically entered in an exhibit in Amber's case. 

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Amber Heard No-Show for Depo In Johnny Depp Case

8/12/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0811-amber-heard-tmzWhat do Amber Heard and Tyga have in common? They both violated court orders to testify under oath in L.A. and both are outside the borders of the USofA.

Sources tell us ... Amber is still ensconced in London, even though she's been ordered to appear for her deposition in her domestic violence/divorce case Friday at 10 AM.

The consequences could be severe. Johnny Depp's lawyers have already asked the judge to prohibit her from testifying in next week's trial because she refused to go in the depo room last weekend and testify. Depp's lawyer, Laura Wasser, says Amber was crying and screaming in an adjoining room, refusing to sit and testify. The judge could also just dismiss the domestic violence case.

Heard faces some tough questions ... among them -- why she thinks cops and apartment staff never saw injuries to her face.

We know both sides have been trying to settle the case, but money is the sticking point.

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Thomas Gibson 'Criminal Minds' Job On The Chopping Block

8/12/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0811-thomas-gibson-getty-01Thomas Gibson may have nothing but time on his hands, because we're told show execs are thinking of axing him from the show.

Production sources tell TMZ, the honchos have had it with Gibson and his antics. TMZ broke the story he's been suspended for 2 weeks after kicking a writer in the shin.  

Now our sources say writers for the show are crafting a story line for next season that eliminates Gibson's character altogether.

We're guessing writer/co-exec producer Virgil Williams -- the guy who was kicked -- is participating with glee.

Our sources say if Gibson does return he will never work as a director again ... his duties will be limited to acting.

Our Gibson sources say they have not been told anything about the actor being 86'd from the series.

Ex-Raider Barret Robbins Arrested for Battery ... At Boca Raton Bar

8/11/2016 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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More problems for ex-Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins -- the troubled 42-year-old was arrested outside of a bar in Boca Raton, Florida after allegedly getting violent with several people.

TMZ Sports has learned ... Robbins was taken into custody around 12:30 AM on Tuesday -- after witnesses say he attacked a person inside of a bar, struck another person outside the bar ... and then roughed up a mother and her daughter after that. 

One witness says after the incident, Robbins sat down at the scene and waited for cops to arrive. 

He was eventually arrested on 2 counts of felony battery. But instead of locking him up in jail, Barret was transported to a nearby mental health facility.

According to court documents, Barret is unable to pay for his own lawyer -- so he was appointed a public defender. 

Barret famously disappeared before the Raiders took on the Bucs in Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003 -- and it was later determined that he was bipolar and had gone into a manic episode. 

After his football career ended, Robbins was arrested several times for violent crimes -- including attacking a security guard and brawling with police in Miami Beach. 

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