Rosie O'Donnell got into a heated showdown over abortion with CNN's S.E. Cupp during a 'View' test show taping with Whoopi Goldberg ... who ended up taking a thinly-veiled shot at Barbara Walters.
Production sources at "The View" tell us Cupp -- who's vying for the conservative role on the show -- had a "nasty" debate yesterday over the Australian couple making headlines for asking their surrogate to abort a Down syndrome baby.
We're told things escalated when Whoopi jumped in and asked Cupp if she ever had to make a decision about abortion. That shut everyone up momentarily ... until Rosie chastised Cupp, saying she didn't want another Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
Here's where Babs comes in. After the taping ... Whoopi -- in front of producers and several potential replacement hosts -- said she'd been "working with a cranky 85-year-old woman who's mad about everything for 2 years, and I need a break."
Hard to tell who Whoopi was really upset with -- Rosie or Cupp -- but the shot at Barbara was undeniable.
As for Cupp ... doesn't sound like she left on Rosie's good side -- but then again ... that may be exactly what "The View" needs.
SETTLES Bitch Slap
With Bitch Slapee
8/8/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tim McGraw made nice with the woman he hauled off and slapped during an Atlanta concert last month ... TMZ has learned.
TMZ broke the story ... McGraw became infuriated when the woman -- Jesslyn Taylor -- grabbed onto his jeans and ripped them during a song. He whisked her hand away ... hesitated ... and then delivered the wallop.
Taylor's lawyer, Eric Hertz, tells TMZ the case is now settled. He says, "it's been mutually resolved the old-fashioned way ... with a simple conversation."
Hertz wouldn't say if McGraw ponied up any dough, but that's how personal injury lawyers make money. We do know Taylor wanted an apology.
So now it Hertz less.
Porn Star Sasha Grey
My Abusive Ex
Claimed He Was a DIA Spy!
8/8/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sasha Grey says she was lured into porn by a violent and abusive ex-BF-- who convinced her he was a military spy who needed her for "cover" ... and now she fears he's come back to hurt her.
Grey claims in new court docs Ian Cinnamon subjected Grey to years of abuse and sexual assaults -- starting in 2005 when she was 16 and he was 29.
Grey claims it was Cinnamon who convinced her to become a porn star, telling her he was a covert agent and she would be the perfect "cover" for him. And get this -- he convinced her he worked for the DIA.
Grey claims Cinnamon got physically abusive. On one occasion she told him she forgot to check one of her porn sex partner's STD test and he flew into a rage, hurling household objects at her.
Grey says she broke off the relationship in 2012 ... and recently he started sending her numerous threatening messages ... some showing pictures of handguns.
A judge agreed Cinnamon was a threat ... and has ordered him to stay at least 200 yards from her.
Attempts to reach Ian were unsuccessful.
Rages at Strahan's Hotel Door
8/7/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicole Murphy went on a search and destroy mission to find Michael Strahan in a Beverly Hills hotel room -- where she suspected he was cheating -- and flew into such a rage she got kicked off the premises.
It all went down at the famous Beverly Wilshire Hotel back in January. Sources tell us Nicole had gotten word that Michael was staying there ... and she suspected he was with another woman.
We're told Nicole showed up at Michael's hotel room, unannounced ... and began banging on the door shortly before midnight, causing a major scene.
Witnesses tell us Nicole was screaming Michael's name, saying, "I know you're in there with some bitch." She also yelled, for all to hear, "It's Michael from 'Kelly and Michael' in there."
The commotion woke up several guests in neighboring rooms -- some of whom stuck their heads out into the hallway. She ranted for 20 minutes before hotel security booted Nicole from the hotel.
We have no idea if Michael was ever in the room ... but the door never opened.
Arrested for Brutalizing Ex-Girlfriend
8/7/2014 5:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The report says police observed blood, swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area of the victim's face. There was also blood on the sofa and floor.
Epic NBA draft bust Greg Oden was arrested early Thursday morning after he allegedly attacked his ex-girlfriend ... TMZ Sports has learned.
According to the police report, officers arrived at the Lawrence, Indiana home of Oden's mother at 3:30 AM ... to find a woman lying on a bed and holding her face.
A woman who identified herself as the victim's best friend told police Oden punched the victim in the face.
According to the report, Oden told police, "Things got out of control and I started to go after the victim. My relative and witness tried to hold me back, but as I swung my arms to move them out of the way, then punched the victim in the face. I was wrong and I know what has to happen."
He also told police he had dated the victim for about two years, but they broke up two months ago.
Oden was taken to jail and booked for misdemeanor battery.
Oden was the first overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft but his career has been marred by injury and he never became the player he was projected to become.
Da Band Singer Sara Stokes
Thrown In Da Jail
After Brawl With Hubby
8/7/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Da Band singer Sara Stokes -- who's been in and out of trouble since the group's heyday -- is in jail after a knock-down-drag-out brawl with her husband.
Cops tell us ... they were called to Stokes' home July 21st at 3:45 A.M. ... and found her and hubby Tony outside -- fighting on the ground. They say Stokes was drunk.
Stokes was arrested and charged with domestic violence. And as if things weren't bad enough ... she's now in hot water because the arrest has triggered a probation violation for a prior DV incident -- also involving her husband. So she'll be spending the next 93 days in the pokey for that.
Stokes has had other run-ins with the law since Da Band hit it big in 2002 on "Making the Band 2." She was arrested in 2009 for stabbing her husband ... and got 3 years probation in a plea deal.
Ex-MGM Mogul Kirk Kerkorian
Wife Loses Bid for $500K a Month
In Horse Expenses!
8/6/2014 2:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-MGM mogul Kirk Kerkorian just scored a knockout punch against his ex-wife Lisa Bonder ... a judge just shut down her request to up monthly child support from $100K to $565K.
It's a spectacular defeat for Bonder, who claimed their 16-year-old daughter Kira needed $491,000 a month just for equestrian expenses. Kira is an accomplished rider who has Olympic aspirations, but apparently the judge found Bonder's request ridiculous.
The judge felt Bonder could make do with $100,000 a month ... which by the way is the largest child support award on record in the U.S.
The judge scoffed at Bonder's request in his written ruling -- obtained by TMZ -- saying, "There is a difference between the 'needs' of a child and the 'wants' of a child."
Here's what's really amazing. Kerkorian and Bonder were married a grand total of 28 days back in 1999 and the child isn't even his ... when he agreed to pay support he didn't know Kira wasn't his biological child.
Kerkorian, who was repped by attorneys Judy Bogen and Joe Mannis, will continue to pay $100K a month.
Caught Up in Mall Fight
Bodyguard Under Criminal Investigation
8/6/2014 8:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
50 Cent's bodyguard allegedly attacked a man and his son in a shopping mall -- a man who was trying to film the rapper -- and now cops are conducting a criminal investigation.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 50 and his son were at the Burbank Town Center Sunday when Lazzeri Frazier and his son saw 50 and thought it would be cool to shoot some cell phone video.
We're told 50's bodyguard came from behind Frazier and snatched the phone out of his hands. Frazier verbally confronted the bodyguard and the bodyguard then allegedly hauled off and shoved Frazier. The 2 began fighting and Frazier's 16-year-old son stepped in to break up the fight. The son claims the bodyguard punched him in the face.
The bodyguard fled the scene by the time cops arrived. 50 refused to speak to police, but witnesses corroborated Frazier's story.
Cops tell us the case will be sent over to prosecutors. 50 is not a suspect.
'I'm the Smartest Celebrity
You've Ever F***ing Dealt With!'
8/6/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West swears under oath, "I'm the smartest celebrity you've ever f***ing dealt with. I'm not Britney Spears."
We got hold of a transcript of Kanye's deposition in the case where he's accused of beating a photog and smashing his camera.
Kanye explains to Nate Goldberg, the photog's lawyer, "I'm in the business of trying to make dope s**t for the world. You're in the business of representing scums and trying to make as much money as long as there's this lapse in the law."
Goldberg grills Kanye about his song, "Flashing Lights," -- a rant against the paparazzi. Goldberg quotes from the song, "Till I get flashed by the paparazzi, damn, these ni**as got me."
At that point Kanye interrupts, "You have to ask for a hall pass. You can't just say the 'n' word around me." adding, "It offends me because you're a white person saying 'ni**a.'"
Kanye says there's a parallel between blacks fighting for civil rights in the '60s and celebs fighting for theirs today: "I mean in the '60s people used to hold up 'Die N****r' signs when my parents were in the sit-ins also." Goldberg asks if he equates the struggle of blacks in the past with celebrities today and Kanye says, "Yes, 100 ... I equate it to discrimination. I equate it to inequalities."
Kanye goes on, "We, as group of minorities here in L.A., as celebrities have to ban together to influence guys like this -- guys trying to take the picture, guys trying to get the big win, guys trying to get the check."
The depo is riddled with Kanye's sarcasm. When Goldberg asks where he lives, Kanye replies, "Earth."
Cops Investigating Violent Studio Catfight
8/5/2014 2:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A Danity Kane recording sesh erupted in violence Monday ... and they actually needed a first aid kit.
We're told bandmates Dawn Richard and Aubrey O'Day got physical during a disagreement at an L.A. studio on Monday, resulting in Dawn slugging Aubrey in the head with a closed fist.
DK's third member, Shannon Bex, was also there and tried unsuccessfully to break up the fight.
This isn't the first time DK's had issues ... the original five members disbanded in 2009, with four of them reuniting last year. Aundrea Fimbres quickly dropped out, leaving the remaining three.
Aubrey filed a battery report. Cops are investigating.
Concert Riot Was Rapper's Doing
8/5/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper YG started the chaotic water bottle melee that abruptly ended his concert ... and he did it to cover up the fact that he couldn't sing.
YG lost his voice 2 songs into his performance ... that's what a rep for the promoters tell TMZ. The promoters say the rapper first tried to get his DJ to pump up the volume to mask his voice, but when that didn't work he resorted to throwing water bottles at the crowd ... which predictably turned bad.
Apparently YG wasn't sure the bottle would do the trick, so he jumped off stage and punched a fan in the face ... and that's when all hell broke loose.
The promoter tells us the club is now in danger of losing its license. We're told the club may take legal action against the rapper.
We reached out to YG's camp for comment ... so far, no word back.
Beyonce and Jay Z
Gruesome Photos of Finger-Biting Aftermath
8/4/2014 2:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
DO NOT EVEN ATTEMPT TO LOOK AT THESE PHOTOS UNLESS YOU CAN HANDLE SOMETHING HARD CORE VIOLENT.
This is what's left of a man's finger after the tip was bitten off at the Beyonce/Jay Z concert over the weekend.
Robert Alcaraz-Garnica is in custody on suspicion of sexual battery and mayhem, after he allegedly groped a woman and began fighting with her boyfriend. Cops say Alcaraz-Garnica bit the tip of the boyfriend's index finger off during the fight.
In addition to criminal prosecution ... we're told Alcaraz-Garncia can expect a lawsuit
'The Wire' Star
Yeah I Got Stabbed
D.C.'s Not all Roses
8/4/2014 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"The Wire" star Anwan Glover is acting like getting stabbed is no big deal ... because everyone knows Washington D.C. is not all roses and rose gardens.
We got Anwan in Maryland Monday ... and he made light of the attack at Cafe Asia Sunday AM. Glover -- who played Slim Charles on the show -- was blindsided when 2 men started beating him and then he was stabbed.
Glover says D.C. is a deceptive place ... it seems like such a nice place, with The White House and all ... but it's a lot tougher.