Adrian Peterson turned himself over to authorities early Saturday morning on child abuse charges ... faintly smiling for his mug shot.
Peterson was booked in Houston just after 1 AM and released a half hour later.
The football star is accused of beating his 4-year-old son with a tree branch ... hitting him so hard it left welts and caused him to bleed.
Peterson actually admitted to cops he gave his son "a whooping" and says it's the same treatment he got as a kid. Peterson's lawyer adds that his client "deeply regrets the unintentional injury."
The Vikings have deactivated Peterson for Sunday's game.
UFC Star Nick Diaz
Popped for DUI
Allegedly Tries To Puke Out Evidence
9/12/2014 3:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
UFC superstar Nick Diaz was arrested for DUI in California last week -- and cops say to make matters worse, he attempted to "destroy evidence" by trying to make himself puke.
We've learned ... Diaz was pulled over around 2AM on Sept. 6th in Lodi, CA for a routine traffic violation -- and during the stop, cops say they noticed Diaz appeared to be wasted.
Diaz was taken to a nearby jail -- where cops say he went to the bathroom and attempted to make himself vomit in what seems like an effort to get the booze out of his system.
For the record, cops say Diaz was unable to pull his own trigger -- and never actually barfed.
He was eventually hit with 4 charges -- misdemeanor DUI, driving on a suspended license, obstructing a police investigation and destroying evidence.
Diaz -- who's supposed to fight Anderson Silva in January -- was eventually released on his own recognizance.
The UFC issued a statement saying they are aware of the situation and are gathering the facts.
Mug Shot Shockface!
70s Singer Popped for DUI
9/12/2014 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Grammy winner Lynn Anderson -- who had a string of hits in the 70s and 80s -- was arrested early Friday morning for DUI after a car accident in Nashville.
According to cops ... Anderson said she'd mixed alcohol and Rx meds before crashing her car.
The 66-year-old singer -- most famous for "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden" in 1971 -- has had a couple of previous DUI arrests ... and spent some time at the Betty Ford Center.
She was released on $5,000 bond.
'RuPaul's Drag Race' Winner
Security Beat ME Up
But I Got Arrested For Assault
9/11/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Season 2 winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race" got busted for assault ... but he tells TMZ he's the one who got beat down by a security guard during an autograph session.
James Ross, who goes by Tyra Sanchez, tells TMZ he was signing autographs at the Rainbow-Cactus Company in Virginia Beach a few weeks ago ... when a guy in the crowd started heckling him.
Tyra claims he approached the man to try to calm the situation, but a security guard for the venue suddenly grabbed him, slammed him to the ground, and cuffed him ... though he eventually let him go. He claims he suffered a cut to his head, a sprained shoulder, and bruises.
On Monday, Tyra went to police to file charges against the venue ... only to discover there was a warrant out for HIS arrest. He says he turned himself in, posted bond, and was released.
Tyra says he still plans to take legal action against the guard and the Rainbow-Cactus Company. We haven't heard back from the venue.
'Sons of Guns' Hayden
Charged With Another Rape...
From 22 Years Ago
9/8/2014 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Will Hayden's skeletons are running out of the closet ... because another person is coming forward claiming she was forcibly raped 22 years ago at 12-years-old.
The victim -- who is now 34-years-old -- claims she was living with Will at the time because a fire destroyed her home.
According to the law enforcement release ... she claims she and Will smoked marijuana together one night -- and then he allegedly placed his hand over her mouth, laid his entire body on top of her, and raped her.
The woman claims Will told her not to tell anyone ... and she didn't come forward earlier because she didn't know if her family would believe her.
Officials in Baton Rouge have now charged Will with another count of forcible rape ... as he still sits behind bars.
As we previously reported ... Will's oldest daughter Stephanie now claims she too was sexually abused by her father when she was a minor ... and plans on meeting with investigators.
SF 49er Ray McDonald
Arrested for Domestic Violence
8/31/2014 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday morning on allegations of felony domestic violence.
Police in San Jose, CA tell TMZ Sports ... McDonald was arrested at his home at around 3:00 AM. No other details were known.
Earlier this week, NFL commisioner Roger Goodell announced the NFL would hand out stiffer penalties for players accused of domestic violence. The league took harsh criticism when it suspended Ray Rice for just two games following his domestic violence incident earlier this year.
Transferred to Las Vegas
New Mug Shot
8/30/2014 12:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
War Machine has now been transferred to Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas where he will faces charges in the alleged beating of porn star Christy Mack.
As TMZ first reported, the former MMA fighter was captured at a hotel in the Los Angeles area after he avoided police for days following the alleged beating of Mack and her new boyfriend at her home in Las Vegas.
He had been held in the Ventura County Jail until his transfer on Saturday.
Accused of Packing AK-47 on Tour
8/27/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Young Jeezy didn't have just any old weapon when he was busted Sunday ... he was armed with a military style AK-47 ... according to court docs.
We're told Jeezy is one of 6 people who've been charged with possessing the assault rifle ... a felony charge. All of the suspects were on the rapper's tour bus when cops found the weapon, and our sources say they all got charged because no one copped to owning it.
We broke the story ... cops searched the bus while investigating the deadly shooting at Wiz Khalifa and Jeezy's concert last Friday.
Two of Jeezy's entourage members are already convicted felons ... so they got 2 additional charges.
'Sons of Guns' Will Hayden
Daughter: He Took My Virginity
Child Rape Charge Added (UPDATE)
8/26/2014 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
4:30 PM PT -- TMZ has obtained arrest docs in Hayden's case ... and Hayden's daughter is now backing up the allegations. She told investigators Hayden took her virginity in March, 2013 when she was 11-years-old. She said she was orally and vaginally raped almost daily, but did not report it because he threatened her physically.
According to the docs, the victim says Hayden told her, "Don't tell them nothing, because I'm all you got."
Will Hayden has been arrested again -- this time cops are adding a charge of child rape in the molestation case he's already facing ... TMZ has learned.
TMZ broke the story ... the "Sons of Guns" cast member was busted 2 weeks ago in Louisiana for allegedly molesting his 12-year-old daughter. Hayden was released after posting bail -- but we've learned he was picked up again today.
Law enforcement sources tell us the investigation led the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department to tack on a charge of aggravated rape of a child. An arrest warrant was issued today ... and cops, aided by U.S. Marshals, nabbed Hayden in Livingston, LA.
Hayden told us after the initial arrest that his ex-girlfriend -- and mother of the child -- was making false allegations to get back at him for ending their relationship.
Young Jeezy Arrested
Assault Rifle Found
During Concert Shooting Investigation
8/25/2014 12:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Young Jeezy is currently behind bars for possession of an assault rifle ... and TMZ has learned the weapon turned up during the investigation into the deadly shooting at Wiz Khalifa's concert Friday night.
We're told Irvine PD executed a search warrant on the rapper's tour bus Sunday at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in connection with the shooting in Mountain View, CA ... where a man died after being shot 5 times.
Jeezy is on tour with Wiz ... and law enforcement sources tell us during the search cops found an assault rifle they believe belongs to Jeezy. Several members of Jeezy's entourage were also arrested for gun possession.
Jeezy's being held on $1,000,000 bail -- and he's still in custody.
Half-Brother Jailed in Stabbing
8/19/2014 5:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's so eerie ... Jennifer Hudson's half-brother is in jail ... for allegedly repeatedly stabbing a man in the face ... a man who was involved in a relationship with his estranged wife.
The incident mirrors another tragedy in the Hudson family. William Balfour -- the ex-boyfriend of Jennifer's sister Julia -- murdered her mom, brother and nephew in a jealous rage triggered by what he thought was a gift to Julia from her new boyfriend.
Steven Simpson is now in custody in Paw Paw, Michigan, and he's expected to be charged with home invasion and attempted murder.
Rick Perry Mugshot
8/19/2014 3:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Texas Governor Rick Perry pursed his lips with a faint smile as he posed for his mug shot ... and the pic is a study in politics and spin control.
As you probably know ... Perry has been indicted for felony abuse of power ... trying to coerce a political enemy -- a D.A. who was convicted of drunk driving -- out of office by threatening to veto a law enforcement bill if she didn't resign.
Perry -- who says the charges are BS -- has a lot at stake in this mug shot. He clearly wants to run for President in 2016, so the way he looks and dresses in the pic is critical.
Nice suit, crisp white shirt, appropriate blue tie. The look is confident, defiant but not too smug. It's way better than James Brown's mug and on a par with Armie Hammer and Lindsay's 6th.
... But What's She So Happy About?
8/15/2014 11:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
1:45 PM PT -- Sherrie is now being held without bail, and the D.A's Office says she'll be behind bars for several months. We're told she failed to appear for a prior family court case, so a judge remanded her bail until her first hearing in that case ... which is November 4th.
Smile, Sherrie Daly ... you've just been tossed behind bars!!!
Golfer John Daly's ex-wife was jailed Friday in Memphis, TN because their teenage son missed too much school without an excuse.
The Shelby County DA tells TMZ Sports the boy missed more than 15 days, without an excuse, during two separate periods: August 2012 - February 2013 and August 2013 - February 2014.
Daly was booked on multiple charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor. She will go before a judge on Monday and could get sentenced to almost a year behind bars.
A spokesperson for the Shelby County DA tells TMZ Sports, "[Daly is] the poster child for truancy because of her notoriety."