Michael Jackson had code words and signals that he used with a boy he allegedly molested to describe various sex acts ... including "duck butter."
James Safechuck -- now 36 -- claims in his lawsuit against the MJ Estate ... the singer started abusing him when he was 10 ... when he traveled with Michael to Paris for the "Bad" tour in 1988.
In new court docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Safechuck says Michael taught him to use code words ... referring to his erection as "bright light, brick city" ... and calling semen, "duck butter."
Safechuck claims Jackson also used secret signals -- when they would hold hands, Michael would scratch the inside of James' hand with a finger ... to show he wanted to have sex.
Safechuck says MJ wanted a full-blown relationship with him ... to the point he performed a secret wedding ceremony with the boy with wedding ring and a marriage certificate.
He also describes how Michael would take him to various homes -- including a place called "The Hideout" in Century City -- where they would drink sweet, pink wine and watch porn ... including movies of children masturbating.
Safechuck says at one point ... he questioned his own sexuality -- because he also had a crush on Sheryl Crow, who was one of Jackson's backup singers. He says Michael found out and became jealous ... showing him unflattering pics of Crow without makeup.
Safechuck says the abuse stopped entirely when he reached puberty.
Howard Weitzman, attorney for the MJ Estate, tells TMZ the whole lawsuit should be scrapped because it was filed more than 20 years after the incidents supposedly happened ... and says Safechuck "has given sworn testimony that Michael never did anything inappropriate to him."
'Star Trek: Voyager' Actor
My Ex Claims I'm Banging Bill Nye
8/5/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Star Trek: Voyager" actor Robert Picardo says he way too old to experiment with Bill Nye the Science Guy ... in the bedroom.
Picardo is asking a judge to stop his soon-to-be ex-wife from spreading rumors he's in a gay relationship with Nye.
The actor says in court docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Linda Pawlik lured him over to her house on July 4th by falsely telling him the family dog was missing. While he was there, he claims Linda had a P.I. attach a GPS device to his car.
Days later ... Linda started telling family friends the P.I. reported back that Picardo and Nye spent 3 hours together in Nye's bedroom, which she believes is proof of an affair.
Picardo says in docs, "I'd made it to 60 without having sex with a man and a 'walk on the wild side' at this age seemed unlikely to anyone who knows me."
The actor acknowledges he and Nye have been friends for years and have taken many pics together ... but he says it's purely platonic.
Final Steps in Male-To-Female Change
8/5/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Zoey Tur -- the famed L.A. chopper pilot who just completed gender reassignment surgery -- wants to make 2 more changes to make it all legal.
Tur -- who was born Robert Albert Tur -- just filed court docs to legally change her gender ... and her name.
Tur included in the docs a letter from the surgeon in Bangkok, Thailand ... he's the doctor who completed the sex reassignment surgery.
According to the doctor ... the surgery consisted of a penectomy, a penile skin inversion to create a vagina, a bilateral orchiectomy to remove his testicles and a clitoral hood reconstruction.
The surgeon says Tur -- who famously shot the O.J. Simpson slow speed chase and Reginald Denny beating during the 1991 L.A. Riots -- will need to take female sex hormones for the rest of her life.
Tur is also changing her name to Hanna Zoey Tur.
We talked to her about the change on TMZ Live last summer.
David Tutera, Ryan Jurica
Twins From Split
Have Never Met
7/29/2014 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The twins born more than a year ago to David Tutera and ex-partner Ryan Jurica have never met.
As TMZ previously reported, Tutera and Jurica each fertilized an egg that was implanted in the same surrogate, who gave birth to the two babies at the same time. David and Ryan split before birth ... David kept the girl, Cielo, and Ryan kept the boy, Cedric.
David -- who hosts CELEBrations on WE tv -- told Harvey and Charles on "TMZ Live" ... the kids have had zero contact because of the nuclear breakup.
Ryan tells TMZ ... he's attempted to create a relationship between the twins, but David would have none of it. Ryan says he thinks the kids need to establish a bond sooner than later, and, "I will do all that I can to foster it."
David hedged on "TMZ LIve," saying he's open to the kids connecting one day.
Goes Out a Hero
By Saving Senator's Life
7/15/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Only question now is -- how quickly does crown-wearing creep Jughead put the moves on Veronica? AND Betty for that matter!
Olympic Swimmer Ian Thorpe
I'm Comfortable Saying I'm Gay
7/13/2014 9:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe confirmed he's gay during an Australian sit-down interview Sunday ... after years of speculation over his sexuality.
Thorpe had denied he was gay for a long time, but told Network Ten he realized the truth about himself sometime in the past few weeks ... and started coming out to the people closest to him.
The Thorpedo -- who dominated the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney -- says he lied about his sexuality because he was too young at the time to know the truth.
Thorpe says he doesn't feel bad about lying either, explaining, "I’m comfortable saying I’m a gay man. And I don’t want young people to feel the same way that I did. You can grow up, you can be comfortable, and you can be gay."
Thorpe added he was worried about reaction from family, but says they've been extremely supportive.
I'm Not Racist or Homophobic
... Just Angry
7/10/2014 12:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dallas Davidson says he only screamed racial and homophobic slurs during his bar fight in Nashville because someone sent him into a blind rage.
Dallas tells TMZ he was provoked into an altercation and lost his temper while defending himself. Cops say he hurled racial slurs and screamed, "There's that f***ing fa****t that punched me."
Dallas says he's not racist or homophobic, adding ... "Although I cannot defend what I said, I am sorry for my insensitivity." He did not elaborate about who started the fight or why.
TMZ broke the story ... the country lyricist was arrested at Tin Roof in downtown Nashville for public intoxication and disorderly conduct after allegedly trying to start fights with various bar patrons.
Workin' The Pole
During Zac Efron Makeout Sesh (PHOTOS)
7/9/2014 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michelle Rodriguez is treating herself to an early birthday present -- Zac Efron -- the two were all over each other Monday during a night of hard partying in Sardinia.
Michelle -- who turns 36 Saturday -- and the 26-year-old "Neighbors" star hit up a club in Porto Cervo off the coast of Italy ... and if there was any doubt they're banging, well ...
The photog says Michelle was drinking and smoking and had to steady herself at times ... grabbing onto an overhead pole while Zac slobbered all over her.
So we gotta ask ...
Drops LOUD Homophobic Slur
7/8/2014 7:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nash Grier -- the most followed person on Vine -- billowed out a homophobic slur so loud and angry it is truly shocking.
The 16-year-old posted the video in April -- then quickly deleted it. It features a snippet from a TV commercial about HIV. Grier clearly took issue with the message.
The reason it just surfaced -- Tyler Oakley, another social media star, got his hands on it and was appalled enough to blast it out.
Grier has since taken to Twitter to apologize.
O.J. Chopper Pilot
Completes Sexual Reassignment
6/30/2014 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former legendary news helicopter pilot, Bob Tur, can officially roar like a woman ... because she's completed gender reassignment surgery.
Bob ... who now goes by Zoey ... famously covered the O.J. Bronco chase and captured the Reginald Denny beating for KCBS in L.A.
Zoey tells TMZ she finished the sexual reassignment surgery last week, and is recovering in the hospital. We're also told she had "major cranial facial surgery."
Zoey called in to TMZ Live while she was in the early stages of becoming a woman ... and explained her experience with gender dysphoria ... and how happy she was with the transformation process.
One of the things that worried her was the ability to fly with the same expertise ... which she admitted had become difficult.
As we previously reported ... Tur's rival helo-pilot, Dirk Vahle, underwent the same transformation to become Dana two years ago, and the two are now close friends.
Refuses To Accept
His Daughter Is Now His Son
6/27/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
R. Kelly can't accept the fact he has a transgender child -- a daughter who chooses to live as a male -- and at least one very close relative is attacking the singer as heartless.
Andrea Kelly says R still refers to 14-year-old Jaya as his daughter ... even though Jaya came out as transgender earlier this month and now calls himself Jay. She tells TMZ, "That's like calling him [R. Kelly] a background singer, not the king of R&B."
The "Bump N' Grind" singer made his feelings clear last weekend ... when a Chicago radio host dared to ask about Jay. It's apparent, Kelly not only can't handle it ... he doesn't believe it.
Andrea says Jay has not had gender reassignment surgery, but Andrea says she's respecting the change. Well, that makes one.
Walks Famous Interior Designer Down Aisle
In Same-Sex Wedding
6/26/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Phil played a supporting role at a wedding over the weekend ... proudly walking the groom down the aisle at a same-sex ceremony.
Neal Wagner and Thomas Piscitello exchanged vows Saturday at Vibiana -- formerly a Catholic church in downtown L.A. -- the guests included Dr. Phil, his wife and his sons.
Sources tells us Phil is both a friend and a client of the couple -- both interior designers. We're told he happily stepped in for Neal's father, who passed away, and agreed to escort Neal down the aisle.
One wedding guest said the ceremony was like the gay wedding in "Sex and the City"... over the top, but amazing.
Alleged Mistress Warns Mag ...
Stop Spreading Lies!
6/25/2014 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The transsexual woman who allegedly had an affair with Hank Baskett is threatening to sue a magazine company she claims is spreading lies about their alleged encounter.
As TMZ first reported, Ava London claims In Touch and Life & Style lied when they said they interviewed her and their reporters harassed her to the point she had to call the cops.
Now London's lawyer has fired off a cease and desist letter to Bauer Media, writing, "You must be delusional ... You must be living in a land of strawberry fields where nothing is real and nothing to get hung about."
London wants the stories in question removed from the Internet. She also says if the mags continue to write these stories ... she'll sue.
The bad news for Baskett ... London acknowledges she did give an interview to another outlet in which she claimed to have hooked up with Baskett. She says the two of them simply engaged in a little fun with their hands, nothing more.
Baskett has yet to comment.