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."
Ordered To Take Drug & Booze Classes For DUI
8/14/2014 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Kattan will spend the next 3 years on probation and will have to attend drug and alcohol classes as punishment for driving under the influence of drugs, TMZ has learned.
The L.A. City Attorney's office tells us ... Kattan was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and will have to pay restitution for the freeway crash last Feb. ... when he slammed his Mercedes into a parked Cal Trans vehicle.
Kattan will have to attend a 3-month alcohol program and 104 Narcotics Anonymous classes. Plus, he's forbidden from driving with any drugs in his system ... unless he has a valid prescription.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Kattan had been driving on Ambien at the time of the crash.
We're told Kattan will also have take part in the Hospital and Morgue Program ... a scared straight type of program where he'll see first-hand the consequences of dangerous behavior.
Greg Oden Arrest
His Mug Shot
Creates T-Shirt Frenzy!!!
8/7/2014 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Greg Oden's loss is someone's else's gain ... because the t-shirt the NBA star was wearing in his mug shot has instantly become the top seller for the company that makes it.
The "Ohio" t-shirt has the image of a man holding two middle fingers in the air for the "H"-- and is made by Lamp Apparel, a company based in Columbus, OH ... home of Oden's alma mater Ohio State.
TMZ Sports spoke to Brandon Fuss-Cheatham, one of the co-founders of Lamp Apparel, who says since Oden's mug was released ... their website's getting crushed by people trying to get their hands on the shirt.
In fact, the feeding frenzy on the $28 dollar tee has been so intense ... the Lamp Apparel website is struggling to handle the traffic.
Despite the boost, Fuss-Cheatham -- who played at Ohio State before Oden did and does know him -- says he's getting no joy from Oden's current situation.
He tells TMZ Sports, "I'm friends with Greg, so it's kinda weird that he'd be wearing this shirt when all of this happened. But he's a good guy and I hope things work out for him."
'Cheer Perfection' Mom
10-Year Prison Sentence
For Having Sex with 13-Year-Old
8/7/2014 9:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A mom who appeared on the reality TV show, "Cheer Perfection" has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars for having sex with a 13-year-old boy.
Andrea Clevenger pled guilty to sexual assault and engaging a child in sexually explicit conduct in a visual or print medium.
The 34-year-old had sex with the boy in her home and in her car ... and texted sexually explicit pics to him. She was arrested after the boy's parents saw the photos.
Clevenger is also forbidden from having any contact with the boy ... and she has to register as a sex offender.
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.
In El Paso
8/6/2014 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Wiz Khalifa -- who famously thumbed his nose at cops in El Paso by posting a jailhouse selfie -- is now a wanted man in that fair city.
Khalifa -- who was arrested in May for trying to sneak weed onto a plane at the El Paso Airport -- failed to appear in court Wednesday, so the judge issued an arrest warrant.
You may recall ... when Wiz was in the El Paso slammer he took a selfie and tweeted it out ... which triggered an investigation into jailhouse security.
Looks like there may be more opportunities for Wiz to practice his photography skills.
Man Accused Of Raping 17-Year-Old
At Alcohol-Fueled Concert
7/30/2014 3:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Keith Urban's alcohol-crazed show Saturday outside Boston created more than a drunken mob scene ... police say it may have fueled a rape ... right there at the venue.
18-year-old Sean Murphy has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting the 17-year-old girl ... right in front of several witnesses who stood by and filmed it with their cell phones but did nothing to thwart Murphy.
Cops say both Murphy and the girl had consumed alcohol.
Murphy pled not guilty, claiming the intercourse was consensual. FYI ... the age of consent in Massachusetts is 16.
Saturday's show was the same one where more than 50 people were taken into protective custody and many others arrested for alcohol-related issues.
Murphy's attorney, Neil Crowley, tells TMZ, "This was a consensual act, not a sexual assault. There are no allegations of force or violence against him. This was a private act that regrettably occurred in a public place. The young woman was neither intoxicated nor overcome by drugs at the time."
Ex Destiny's Child Member
She's Hysterical and High
7/22/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former Destiny's Child member Farrah Franklin was "hysterical and drugged" ... so says NFL player Da'Quan Bowers who told the 911 dispatcher he was certain his houseguest was high on something.
Franklin is screaming bloody murder as an uber-calm Bowers tells the dispatcher she had been drinking and was under the influence of drugs.
We broke the story ... Franklin was arrested for disorderly conduct early Sunday morning after she allegedly became drunk and belligerent.
Cops found Franklin lying in a neighbor's front yard, telling them she wanted to sleep in the woods.
Ex-Destiny's Child Member
I Just Wanted to Sleep in the Woods
7/21/2014 6:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former Destiny's Child singer Farrah Franklin was so drunk when she was arrested Sunday morning ... she was found laying in a random person's front yard and told cops she planned on sleeping in the woods.
TMZ broke the story ... Franklin was arrested early Sunday morning for disorderly conduct, and the details are crazy.
According to the police NFL player Da'Quan Bowers flew Franklin to Myrtle Beach. The two of them, along with NFL player Ricky Sapp went out on the town Saturday day and night ... and the alcohol was flowing. They all went back to Sapp's place and it became apparent to everyone Franklin was wasted.
Sapp and Bowers both told police they thought Franklin had been doing drugs. Bowers told police he was suspicious of Franklin because she would go to the bathroom for extended periods of time.
Bowers and Sapp say they called cops after Franklin went nuts, screaming and slamming doors. They told police Franklin fled. Cops combed the neighborhood and eventually found Franklin laying down in a neighbor's lawn.
Police described Franklin as "highly intoxicated" and "unsteady on her feet," but she denied using drugs. She told police she had nowhere to go and planned on sleeping in the woods.
She was arrested for disorderly conduct.
Ex-Destiny's Child Member
Arrested For Disorderly Conduct
7/20/2014 11:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-Destiny's Child singer Farrah Franklin was arrested in South Carolina early Sunday morning for disorderly conduct ... TMZ has learned and our sources tell us alcohol was definitely involved.
Franklin -- who who spent 5 months with the group in 2000 before Beyonce and Kelly Rowland gave her the boot -- was booked into the Horry County Detention Center in Conway around 5AM.
So far, it's unclear what led to the arrest ... but we're told she was ticketed for disorderly conduct.
Hours before, Franklin happily posted a picture on the beach.
She was released Sunday afternoon on bond.
This is not Franklin's first arrest for flying off the handle. She was popped in 2011 in L.A. for disorderly conduct ... and we're told booze was also involved. She claimed she was the victim of racial profiling.