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Ray Allen Accuser We Had Gay Relationship ... NBA Star Calls BS

11/21/2017 3:33 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The man who obtained a restraining order against Ray Allen says he was NOT catfishing the NBA star -- the two were in a romantic relationship ... but Ray's attorney tells TMZ Sports the man is lying. 

As we previously reported, Allen is in a legal war with Bryant Coleman -- a staffer in the communications dept. at the University of Central Florida. 

Coleman says Allen's allegations that he pretended to be a woman to obtain "private information" about Ray are false.

The truth, according to Coleman, is that Allen offered up info -- along with pictures and videos -- knowing full well that Coleman is a man. He says their relationship goes back several years. 

"[Ray's] account of our relationship is false," Coleman says in a statement to TMZ Sports. 

"Ray knows how I look, he knows how my voice sounds, he knows how I think, and most importantly, he knows my heart."

"However, because of confidentially considerations, I am not in a position to provide a more detailed response to Mr. Allen's false and salacious claims. I will rely on the courts to protect me against Mr. Allen's violent threats and false accusations."

The exact nature of the alleged "violent threats" is unclear, but as we previously reported ... Coleman obtained a restraining order, claiming Allen was stalking him.

We reached out to Allen's legal team for comment and his attorney shot down Coleman's claims. 

"Mr. Coleman’s statement would be funny if it wasn’t so crazy," Ray's lawyer tells us. 

"There has never been and never will be a relationship or friendship between Ray Allen and Mr. Coleman. They have never met and never have spoken."

"Ray obviously hasn’t threatened anyone. Any statement or inference otherwise is a complete fabrication. Ray wants nothing to do with Mr. Coleman, who obviously has some serious issues with understanding the difference between fact and fantasy.”

Jeffrey Tambor Quits 'Transparent' Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal

11/19/2017 1:56 PM PST
Breaking News

Jeffrey Tambor is quitting the show "Transparent" -- which he starred in as the lead role for years -- after sexual harassment allegations were made against him.

Tambor released a statement to Deadline Sunday saying playing the transgender character, Maura Pfefferman, had been an honor ... but that the show clearly isn't what he signed up for four years ago. 

He added ... "I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent."

As we reported ... Tambor faced at least 2 allegations of sexual harassment that we know of. He was recently accused by a transgender co-star of making lewd, sexually suggestive remarks ... and even allegedly pressing up against her in a suggestive manner. 

Tambor denied those allegations, as well as the ones made against him by a former assistant on the show. Still, Amazon launched an investigation into the matter ... even though they were considering writing him out the show before all this. 

Looks like he beat 'em to it.

Lee Daniels A Gay Rapper Topping The Charts It's Gonna Happen Soon

11/19/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lee Daniels thinks his hit show "Empire" has helped cure hip-hop's homophobia and it won't be long before a gay rapper dominates the real charts.

Daniels was on "Larry King Live" this week where he told King he thinks his show has "made gays okay” in the hip-hop world. 

For those who don't watch Empire... a big part of the plotline is the relationship struggle between hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyon and his gay son, Jamal, who's an aspiring musician.

When we got Daniels at LAX Friday he gave us a timeline, and well, it's sooner than you'd think.

Jeffrey Tambor Accused of Sexual Harassment Again ... This Time by 'Transparent' Actor

11/16/2017 7:02 PM PST
Breaking News

Jeffrey Tambor is once again facing allegations of sexual harassment ... and once again by a person who happens to be transgender.

Fellow "Transparent" actor Trace Lysette -- who plays Shea on the Amazon TV series -- claims Tambor made lewd, sexually suggestive and unwelcome remarks to her several times, and once pressed up against her during a break in filming in a "sexually aggressive manner" ... according to Deadline.

Tambor -- who's already being investigated by Amazon for harassment claims made by his ex-assistant -- admits he can be "ill-tempered" and a difficult person to work with, but denies any predatory behavior.

Tambor also apologized, saying ... "I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express.”

Lysette has reportedly not filed an official complaint with Amazon, but the company plans to add the new allegations to its current investigation.

It's interesting timing -- reports Thursday suggested "Transparent" writers were prepping for next season to be without Tambor, even before claims made by Lysette.

Bijou Phillips Apologizes to 'Mean Girls' Star Over Gay Shaming

11/13/2017 6:43 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Bijou Phillips is apologizing to a "Mean Girls" star for bullying him over his sexuality.

Actor Daniel Franzese went after Bijou recently, claiming, "She body shamed me and ridiculed me about my sexuality and physically assaulted me" on the set of the 2001 movie, "Bully."

He says she loudly and repeatedly asked him in front of others if he was gay, and when he said he was bi, she followed up the next day by screaming, "Oh look! The Bi guy is here!" He says she, on a different occasion, grabbed his nipple and "twisted it hard through my shirt and laughed," and at one point during filming kicked him in the head so hard he still is not sure if he had a concussion.

Bijou tells TMZ, "I want to write to address what Daniel has said. I don't remember that time well, those years are a blur. I was a teenager and reckless in my behavior. I know Daniel to be a trustworthy and honest person, and to find out through social media that I was not the friend I thought I was to him made me so sad."

Bijou goes on ... "I am so mortified by this behavior and have contacted Daniel and apologized to him privately. I am not and never have been homophobic. I have nothing but love for the LGBTQ community and Daniel."

Daniel tweeted Sunday night that he has received and accepted her apology.

Portia de Rossi Claims Steven Seagal 'Unzipped' When She Auditioned

11/8/2017 3:46 PM PST
Breaking News

Portia de Rossi claims Steven Seagal put her on the casting couch in his office during an audition -- and she's also blasting her then-agent for a callous and nonchalant reaction.

Portia says the incident happened during her final audition for a part in one of Seagal's movies -- she does not say which one. She alleges the action star told her "how important it was to have chemistry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather pants."

She says the next bombshell came when she ran out of the office and called her agent. According to Portia's tweet, her female agent only said, "Well, I didn't know if he was your type."

That makes it seem like whenever this happened, it was before 2005 ... when Portia came out. It also hints at premeditation if, in fact, her agent was aware Seagal intended to make the vulgar move.

We've reached out to Seagal's reps.

Juliana Margulies recently described a late '80s hotel room meeting with Seagal, and claims he brandished a gun, but never touched her before she fled.

Jeffrey Tambor Ex-Assistant Claims Sexual Harassment ... Amazon Investigating

11/8/2017 1:10 PM PST
Breaking News

Jeffrey Tambor is being investigated by Amazon over sexual harassment claims made by his ex-assistant, who happens to be transgender -- but Jeffrey's calling BS.

The former assistant, Van Barnes, made the claim about Tambor on Facebook ... saying only that he acted inappropriately around her. The allegation was not more specific. However, it was enough for Amazon, which produces "Transparent," to start looking into it ... according to Deadline.

Meanwhile, Tambor is already responding, saying ... "I adamantly and vehemently reject and deny any and all implication and allegation that I have ever engaged in any improper behavior toward this person or any other person I have ever worked with. I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation."

Amazon says it's interviewing "Transparent" cast and crew, including Tambor.

Amazon Studios exec, Roy Price, recently resigned after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him.

O.J. Simpson If Bruce Jenner Wants to Be an Old Woman ... Good for Her!!!

11/2/2017 10:31 AM PDT

O.J. Simpson's taking a transphobic shot at Caitlyn Jenner for her claim she and Kris Jenner knew damn well O.J. killed Nicole and Ron Goldman.

Simpson was out in Las Vegas when a photog asked him about Caitlyn's recent comments. At first, he said he's never met Caitlyn and claims he barely knew Bruce, despite the fact they vacationed together. Then he started jabbing.

Watch ... O.J. seems to think his comment is lighthearted, or even a joke.

We're guessing Caitlyn won't be laughing about it, and we're sure, after seeing this ... there's bad blood between the old friends.

Btw, O.J. also makes it clear he's loving the Vegas life.

Zachary Quinto Spacey's Coming Out Is 'Deeply Sad and Troubling'

10/30/2017 10:34 AM PDT

Kevin Spacey is taking more heat from the LGBT community -- now, Zachary Quinto is teeing off on his coming out, calling it "deeply sad and troubling."

The 'Star Trek' star says Spacey's announcement he's gay was nothing but a "calculated manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusation" ... that he attempted to molest then-14-year-old actor Anthony Rapp.

As we reported ... Spacey came out in his apology statement to Rapp, in which he also claimed he didn't remember the alleged incident.

Quinto ain't buying that. He added, "i am sorry that kevin only saw fit to acknowledge his truth when he thought it would serve him - just as his denial served him for so many years." 

Rosie O'Donnell has ripped Spacey, and so has Billy Eichner

Rosie O'Donnell to Kevin Spacey You're Like Weinstein ... We All Knew!!!

10/30/2017 9:24 AM PDT

Rosie O'Donnell is calling out Kevin Spacey for allegedly having a rep as a predator in Hollywood, akin to Harvey Weinstein ... saying everyone in Hollywood knew.

Rosie took to Twitter Monday to directly slam Spacey for not remembering an alleged attempt at molesting then-14-year-old Anthony Rapp ... and she didn't mince words.

She tweeted ... "f*** u kevin - like Harvey we all new about u - I hope more men come forward @KevinSpacey." Rosie added ... "no one knew details - like harvey - but u knew both were creepy men with reps that said so."

As we reported ... Spacey came out as gay in his statement addressing Rapp's allegations. Other celebs have blasted him for choosing such a moment to embrace his sexuality.

Kevin hasn't responded to the latest criticism. 

Billy Eichner to Kevin Spacey You're 'Disgusting & Dangerous' For the Way You Came Out

10/30/2017 6:47 AM PDT

Kevin Spacey picked the worst time and way possible to come out as gay ... according to Billy Eichner, who calls the actor's statement "disgusting."

Spacey said he is now choosing "to live as a gay man" ... in an apology to actor Anthony Rapp, who claims when he was 14, Spacey tried to molest him. Shortly after that, Eichner -- who's openly gay -- said, "That Kevin Spacey statement. Nope. Absolutely not. Nope."

The "Billy on the Street" host went on to blast Spacey in a Twitter rant that included him saying Spacey "invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out."

His beef is clearly with Spacey connecting his alleged molesting of a teenager to his being gay. Billy, and many others, say Spacey's doing serious damage to the LGBT community ... and they're letting him know it.

Teddy Geiger Singer Announces ... 'I Am Transitioning'

10/27/2017 10:07 AM PDT

Teddy Geiger -- the singer/songwriter best known for the 2006 ballad "For You I Will" -- just let the world know ... he's started the process of transitioning to a woman.

Geiger made the announcement by responding to a fan's question on social media about why he looked different lately. He says he started talking with close friends and family about a month ago and it gave him the courage to forge ahead.

🙋🏻hi

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He added ... "Love it or hate it this is who I have been for a looooong time."

Teddy's remained busy in the music biz since his platinum hit, co-writing songs for One Direction and Shawn Mendes and soundtracks for "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Ghostbusters."

He also co-starred in the 2008 film "The Rocker" alongside Emma Stone.

Meagan Good Transgender Playmate Will Save Lives

10/20/2017 8:03 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Playboy Playmate Ines Rau represents a cultural shift in America as far as Meagan Good's concerned, and the new message is ... quit all the hating, it's what God wants.

Meagan was at LAX when we asked about Ines becoming Playboy's first transgender centerfold, and it was all positive for her. In fact, she says Rau's biggest impact will be on the lives of young people struggling with gender identity issues.

Remember, Meagan's married to a preacher. While some religious groups aren't exactly known for tolerance of the LGBTQ community, Meagan is clear ... it's all about love and acceptance.

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