Steve Harvey was accused by his ex-wife and 11-year-old son of brutally beating the boy ... but Harvey's rep tells TMZ the comedian has been cleared.
A judge found Mary Harvey in contempt Thursday and sent her to jail for leaking sealed information about the alleged incident to the media.
As for the incident ... according to a police report -- obtained by TMZ -- Mary claims Steve got a phone call from the boy's school informing him his son lied about turning in homework. According to the kid, Steve hit him with a belt and then a paddle board -- the kind used for hazing in fraternities.
According to the police report ... cops took photos of the boy's injuries, showing bruises on his buttocks and right thigh, as well as cuts on his leg. The police report says the boy told cops, the beating was so brutal he had trouble urinating for days.
The matter was then referred to the Texas Dept. of Family and Protective Services. Steve's rep tells TMZ, the Dept. concluded, "Based on the information obtained, the child does not appear to be at risk ... the case is closed without further investigation."
Mary believes that it's all a cover-up, and she's been on a campaign for several years to expose him. But yesterday the judge had enough and felt she violated the protective order in the case and threw her in jail for 30 days.
Settles $50 Million Libel Lawsuit
Over 'Abandoned' Suri
12/20/2013 3:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The war is over ... Tom Cruise has settled his epic $50 million libel suit against a magazine publisher that accused him of abandoning his daughter Suri ... and part of the settlement included a carefully-worded apology.
The terms of the settlement are sealed. Each side will pay its own legal fees.
Part of the deal was that the defendants issue the following statement: "Bauer Publishing, 'In Touch' and 'Life and Style' never intended to communicate that Tom Cruise had cut off all ties and abandoned his daughter Suri and regret if anyone drew that inference from anything they published."
As we reported ... Cruise sued Bauer Media Group last year over a cover story that appeared in Life & Style magazine claiming he had "abandoned" his then-6-year-old daughter Suri in the wake of his divorce from Katie Holmes.
The conflict was pretty insane -- you'll recall, Tom sat for a deposition in the lawsuit and compared acting to fighting in Afghanistan.
Regardless, it's all water under the bridge now.
Shaq Secretly Negotiated To Put Our Kids On TV
12/20/2013 12:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Shaunie O'Neal claims Shaq is full of BS when he says he was always opposed to doing a reality show with their kids ... and says she has it in black and white ... he's lying.
Shaunie filed unsigned contracts and correspondence with the court -- obtained by TMZ -- in which it's clear ... Shaq was negotiating to become a part of the reality show. Shaq was negotiating not only his participation in the show, but his 4 kids as well.
Shaunie submitted a sworn declaration from the head producer, who claims Shaq gave him the green light to do the show, only to withdraw permission after saying the show is "not a good look for me."
But Shaq tells a very different story. Sources connected with him tell TMZ ... he initially was open to doing the show until he learned one of his kids had a serious learning problem in school. He also wanted creative control to protect his kids and that was denied. Shaunie claims Shaq was offered creative control.
Shaq's Holding My Reality Show Hostage
for $1 Million
12/19/2013 1:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Shaq's blocking Shaunie O'Neal's reality show out of spite ... because of his own failed reality show attempts -- and demanded a ransom of $1 million to give her the go ahead -- so Shaunie claims in new legal docs, but Shaq is calling BS.
Shaunie tried to get a judge to effectively green light her attempt to put her kids in a new reality show with her ... something Shaq is strongly against.
But in her legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Shaunie says it's all sour grapes, claiming Shaq tried and failed 3 times to do a reality show with his kids. But sources close to Shaq tell us ... it's simply not true, and if a network wanted a reality show ... he's way more marketable than her.
Shaunie also claims in the docs that Shaq was ok with her show ...as long as she gave him $1 million, which she refused to do. Our Shaq sources say, ridiculous ... the last thing he needs is $$$.
Shaunie grouses that she needs to do the show to pay the bills, because she gets no alimony. But we've learned Shaq pays her $100,000 A MONTH in child support for their 4 kids.
Shaunie says Shaq barely gives two craps about the kids and only sees them 8-10 days a YEAR. Shaq sources tell us Shaunie's lying ... he sees the kids "plenty" and is very involved in their school.
A hearing on Shaunie's bid to do the show will be held late next month ... which is weird, because she told the judge the show would die if she didn't get the order because filming was scheduled for the first week in January.
Shut Down in Court
Score one for Shaq
12/19/2013 9:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Shaunie O'Neal was unconvincing this morning in court ... a judge just rejected her bid for an order allowing her to put her kids on a new reality show ... something ex-hubby Shaquille O'Neal is vehemently against.
Shaunie wanted the judge to rule in her favor without a hearing, but Shaq's lawyer, disso-queen Laura Wasser convinced the judge there was no rush and a hearing was only fair ... but that takes time.
TMZ broke the story ... Shaq -- who has joint custody -- has been warring with Shaunie over the reality show, insisting ubiquitous cameras at home would be a terrible distraction for their 4 kids ... some of whom are already struggling in school. He's also worried the show will portray Shaunie and the kids in a negative light.
Shaunie has insisted the show will be wholesome family fun, but with scandal-hungry producers breathing down Shaunie's neck and her own cat-fighting track record on "Basketball Wives" ... Shaq isn't convinced.
Filming for the reality show is scheduled to begin in January ... so Shaunie's really under the gun.
Races to Court Over Reality Show
Shaq Says No Way!
12/19/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Shaunie O'Neal is rushing to court this morning for an emergency order allowing her to put her kids on her new reality show ... but ex-hubby, Shaquille O'Neal, is saying, "Over my dead body."
Shaunie has a deal for a new reality show for VH1 -- "The Shaunie Project." It's about life with her and her kids. But we've learned Shaq has put his big foot down, saying there's no way he'll allow their 4 kids to appear.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Shaunie has tried convincing Shaq that her show is just like "The Cosby Show" -- good, wholesome, family fun. She told him one of the episodes will focus on Shaunie's aversion to working out. The kids will convince her that working out is good and they'll all run a 5K together. Forgive our cynicism, but it sounds like this show may be scripted.
Shaq is not buying it and feels there are too many pressures imposed by producers -- to be able to keep the show wholesome. He's convinced the show will end up showcasing a dysfunctional family that will hurt his kids, some of whom are already struggling in school. Shaq believes no good can come from cameras in the home.
We're told Shaunie will tell the judge she needs an emergency order so she can meet her deadlines -- filming is scheduled to start the first week of January.
Shaq is also leery of Shaunie ... who once proclaimed she would no longer tolerate violence on her show, "Basketball Wives," because it damages the image of Black women ... yet she quickly changed her mind and the cat fights continued.
We'll be in court, so stay tuned.
Judge Does NOT Have contempt for Him
12/17/2013 4:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen just dodged another bullet -- the judge in his guardianship case decided NOT to hold him in contempt for yapping on TMZ Live.
Charlie violated the gag order the judge imposed by railing on Brooke Mueller, the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services and the judge himself, calling him "dishonorable judge douchebag."
But we've learned there was a private hearing today where Brooke said she had no interest in pushing the issue so the judge gave Charlie a pass,
And more good news for Charlie. The judge said he was going to grant Sheen 2, 2-hour monitored visitations with twins Bob and Max, and assuming DCFS gives him good reviews, Charlie will incrementally get his custody restored to 50/50.
We got video of Brooke as she was leaving court. She was mum on everything.
I'm Having Identical Twins!
12/17/2013 3:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jordan is on his way to creating a basketball team of his own ... TMZ Sports has learned he's having IDENTICAL twin girls.
Michael's wife, Yvette Prieto, is pregnant, though we don't know how far along. They were married in April.
Michael already has 3 kids -- 2 boys and a girl. The kids are all in their 20s.
The people we've been speaking with in Jordan's world are being super secretive/scared stiff. But we're told so far ... the pregnancy is progressing just fine.
Charlie to Denise
Get Ready for a
HUGE PAY CUT!
12/17/2013 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen vows to hit Denise Richards where it really hurts -- in the child support department, because he says he's going to court to get a judge to slash the amount she gets.
Charlie is telling friends ... a judge has NEVER signed off on his current child support agreement with Denise -- it was all agreed to privately.
Denise currently gets $55,000 a month in support for their 2 kids. He's enraged that he's been so generous, and not just with child support. Charlie says he shelled out $9 million for the home he bought for her -- specifically so their 2 girls could be close to him.
So Charlie is telling his buddies ... Denise is epically ungrateful because he says she's denying him the right to have XMAS morning with the girls. He says she's actually taken away the girls' phones so they can't call him.
So Charlie's going to court. Not only does he want child support reduced, he wants the judge to establish his iron-clad right to see his kids on specific holidays.
Denise Richards RUINED Christmas
12/16/2013 6:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Denise Richards is the Grinch who stole Christmas ... at least according to Charlie Sheen -- who's pissed at his ex-wife for pulling the plug on his holiday plans with their daughters.
Sources close to Sheen tell TMZ Denise informed Charlie this weekend she didn't want him to join her, Sam, and Lola on their family Christmas trip -- and didn't really explain why.
We're told the news sent Charlie into a tailspin since he's already not seeing twins Bob and Max this year for Christmas -- they'll be with temp guardian/Brooke Mueller's brother Scott.
Sheen lashed out at Denise by tweeting a pic of a chopped up baseball bat -- a souvenir from their wedding -- with the caption, "The lie is over. I'm done being treated like a relative with a one-way ticket. #DuhNeese."
Our sources say Denise is confused about Charlie's anger -- because as far as she's concerned ... he's still welcome to join her and the girls on the trip.
Clearly, that's not Charlie's understanding of the situation.
It's unclear how there could be such a huge communication gap, but our guess ... we're talking about Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards.
Cindy Crawford and Fam
They Just Look Better than Us
12/16/2013 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Wanna feel bad about yourselves this holiday season ... then check out the couple that never ages and the daughter who looks exactly like her beautiful mom.
Cindy Crawford, hubby Rande Gerber and their daughter Kaia were tooling around the Farmer's Market in Malibu Sunday.
-- Cindy looks as good as she did 20 years ago
-- Rande probably still gets carded at the bars he owns
-- Kaia is going to make millions modeling
Eating right, exercising, getting lots of sleep ... overrated. It's all about good genes.
I DID Pay Child Support
... Someone Set Me Up
12/13/2013 4:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
R. Kelly is not a child support dodging jerk ... so says R. Kelly AND his ex-wife Andrea Kelly -- and now the company who put him on blast for allegedly falling behind is backtracking.
Earlier today, The Custodial Support Foundation put out a press release saying "Hollywood Exes" star Andrea Kelly hired them to call out R. Kelly for falling behind on his child support -- but the singer's rep says their claim is BS ... and he's all paid up
Andrea's lawyer backs him up too ... telling TMZ his client says Kelly is up to date on his payments.
A rep for the C.S.F. tells us they're issuing a retraction to their story.
When a man pays up.
Mike Tyson's Wife
Alleged Mistress Is Threatening to Kill Me & Our Kids
12/13/2013 12:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A crazy ex-military woman claiming to be Mike Tyson's mistress has been threatening to kill the boxing legend's wife and family ... this according to Tyson's wife Kiki ... and now, Kiki's obtained a temporary restraining order.
Kiki Tyson filed the request for the restraining order in L.A., claiming a woman named Mickey Gordon has sent her more than 60 threatening emails in the last two years ... and Kiki desperately fears for her and her family's safety.
Kiki attached the alleged emails from Gordon in her restraining order request, and they're pretty nuts. Here are a few excerpts ... and yes, the emails are all in caps:
-- YOUR FRIEND TOLD YOU ONE DAY ONE OF THESE WOMEN ARE GOING TO TAKE YOU DOWN & YOU ARE GOING TO REGRET IT, WELL I'M THAT BITCH!!!
-- YOU WILL PAY FOR THIS F**KING TWO YEARS OF TORTURE, I SWEAR YOU WILL ON YOUR MAMA & BABY GIRLS GRAVE YOU F**KING WILL!!!
-- I WAS STRONG WHEN WE MET 20 YRS AGO & NOW I'M STRONGER ... I WAS IN THE MILITARY, A DRILL SERGEANT IN THE WEAPONS FIELD, YOU KNOW WHAT THE F**K I'M ABOUT BITCH!!!
Kiki claims she's never met Mickey Gordon before, and has no idea how the woman obtained her contact information, but in one of her emails ... Gordon identifies herself as Kiki's "husband's mistress." She also calls herself "Kiki's nightmare."
Gordon has since been ordered to stay 100 yards away from Kiki, Mike, and their 2 children. Another hearing has been scheduled for next month to decide whether to make the TRO permanent.