The L.A. County D.A. has thrown the book at Ray J ... charging him Monday with 4 CRIMES in connection with his drunken antics last May ... and get this -- the D.A. charged Ray J with sexual battery even though cops say no such crime was committed.
Ray J was at a bar at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel when he got rowdy, brushed up against a woman's ass and was ordered to leave. Police told TMZ at the time it was NOT sexual battery because the contact was "incidental" -- not intentional. Apparently the D.A. begs to differ.
Ray J left the bar and then went nuts in an alcohol-fueled rampage. He was arrested, kicked out the window of a cop car and spit on an officer. Ray J told TMZ ... he kicked out the window because he was claustrophobic.
In addition to the misdemeanor battery charge, Ray J was charged with resisting arrest, assault and battery and vandalism ... all misdemeanors.
The Beach Boys NEVER Play
Their Charles Manson Song
7/22/2014 2:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
BACKSTORY: Dennis Wilson befriended Manson before he became famous for all the wrong reasons. Manson had written this song, which Wilson re-worked into "Never Learn Not to Love," which made it onto their early 1969 album "20/20."
Manson became manic after the release, bugging The Beach Boys to work with him again but he was so weird their producer Terry Melcher shunned him. Manson became enraged and the story goes ... the real target the night of the Tate murders was Melcher.
Melcher -- the son of Doris Day -- had rented the Tate house with then girlfriend Candice Bergen but moved weeks before the murders.
Monday night in New York, our photog asked Stamos -- who regularly plays with the band -- about the Manson track. It's clear from Stamos' answer ... it's a wild part of the band's history.
He Slapped Me, Now I'm Slapping His Wallet
... Says Concertgoer
7/21/2014 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A$AP Rocky allegedly slapped a female fan during a Philadelphia music festival ... and now she's dragging him into court with a lawsuit.
Lisamarie Wade claims the rapper hauled off and smacked her -- for no apparent reason -- as he made his way through the crowd last year -- knocking her to the ground and disorienting her.
In her docs, Wade claims the rapper has a long history of bad behavior ... including a similar incident two months before the Philly show ... in which he allegedly smacked a female fan in Australia.
TMZ broke the story ... Wade filed a private criminal complaint ... but eventually withdrew it when she couldn't locate him to serve him with the complaint.
Wade's already making a play for the heartstrings of a potential jury ... claiming Rocky's slap caused a string of ailments which interfere with her ability to "enjoy society with her minor child as a young, single mother." Well played, ma'am.
Wade is suing for damages of at least $75K. She called in to TMZ Live a few days after the alleged smackdown.
Drops Lawsuit Against 'Rape' Liar
7/21/2014 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bright Eyes singer Conor Oberst is letting the chick who falsely accused him of rape walk away clean -- he's decided to drop his $1.2 million lawsuit.
According to court docs filed Friday ... Conor dismissed the suit against Joanie Faircloth 4 days after she finally admitted she made up the whole story.
Incredibly gracious move on Conor's part ... considering he said the bad publicity created by Faircloth's lie cost him $200K from his publishing company. Not to mention she probably doesn't have the million bucks.
Conor's dismissal was filed without prejudice -- which means he could refile if more lies start flying out of Faircloth's lying liar face.
The MJ Sophie's Choice ...
Jordan or Jackson?
7/21/2014 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
When our photog hit Da Brat with the question ... she was dressed head-to-toe in #23 Jordan gear, but also showed off an awesome Michael Jackson tattoo.
So, we gotta ask ...
Talks Bitch Slap
'Nobody feels good about it'
7/21/2014 11:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tim McGraw is finally speaking out about slapping a female fan in the face during a concert after she ripped his jeans ... but he's leaving out one important detail.
McGraw spoke to ET Canada ... saying, "It happened in a split second, it was pure instinctive reaction, I think you just got to move on."
The country star added, "Nobody feels good about it, but there's nothing that could be done about it."
TMZ broke the story and got the video of McGraw laying the smack down during a concert in Atlanta.
But here's what he didn't address ... McGraw shakes the woman's hand off his pants, THEN hesitates and follows up by reaching down and smacking her in the face.
As far as the law is concerned ... cops in Atlanta side with Tim ... telling TMZ the slap was justified.
YouTube Star Michelle Phan
Responds to Song-Stealing Lawsuit
I HAD PERMISSION!!!
7/21/2014 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michelle Phan had every right to use the music she had in her wildly famous YouTube makeup videos ... because the company that owned the rights said she could ... at least her lawyers claim they did.
As TMZ previously reported, Ultra Records -- home to EDM giants Deadmau5, Kaskade, Calvin Harris, and many more -- sued Phan for copyright infringement ... claiming she stole dozens of their songs for her videos.
But Phan's lawyers tell TMZ ... Ultra fully agreed to allow Phan to use the music and feels her videos have promoted their music and "showcased [them] to an international audience."
Phan's legal team says Phan plans to file a lawsuit of her own.
For his part, Kaskade has taken to Twitter to defend Phan, writing over a series of tweets ... "I’m not suing @MichellePhan + @ultrarecords isn’t my lapdog. I can’t do much about the lawsuit except voice support for her."
Loud Partying Could Trigger
7/21/2014 9:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber is playing with fire after cops responded to complaints at his Beverly Hills condo 6 TIMES over the weekend ... and his freedom is literally on the line.
Cops received 4 separate complaints for loud music and partying on the roof top Saturday night and they sent patrol cars each time -- at 8:30 PM, 12:50 AM, 1:50 AM and 3:00 AM. We're told Bieber was not cited because he agreed to turn the music down.
There were 2 other incidents involving disturbances with fans and paparazzi.
Here's what's so significant ... Bieber is currently on 2 years probation for egging his neighbor's house. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... if the Bev Hills PD cites Bieber ... they will forward the matter to the L.A. County Probation Dept., which could trigger a probation violation and then he's in jail territory.
Cops have responded to numerous incidents involving Bieber at the condo over the last month ... incidents involving both noise and weed.
Goes to Rehab
... Addicted to Ass
7/21/2014 9:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jason Derulo checked into Rehab this weekend -- the legendary Las Vegas pool party at the Hard Rock -- where the singer had to follow a 12-step program of his own:
Step 1 -- Admit you are powerless over ass.
Step 2 -- Embrace and enjoy.
Steps 3 through 12 -- repeat Step 2.
Get jazzy on that.
Thanks to our friends at SpyOnVegas.com for the pics.
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.
Losing My Religion ... But Getting My Game On
7/21/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
On-again, off-again rapper/pastor Mase has officially left his parishioners of the El Elyon International Church high and dry ... and has run back to the rap game full time.
TMZ broke the story ... and it's sensational in every way.
Mase, who "retired" from rap in 1999 to pursue a career in the ministry, built up thousands of followers split into two churches in Atlanta and Phoenix ... preaching the virtues of marriage and family values.
That all came crashing down earlier this year when Mase and his wife divorced, causing most of his flock to flee in anger. As for those stalwart loyalists, well Mase says ... screw them.
He's dropped all ties with both churches and is playing regular rap gigs around L.A., jumping back into his former lifestyle hardcore.
Praise the lord.
7/21/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
DMX is a dog food connoisseur ... appreciating the nuances of dry vs. wet.
The dog-lover/rapper was on his way out of LAX when we asked if he'd ever sampled dog food.
X gave an educated answer from experience. He also had a strong, quick opinion on the healthiest canine food for human consumption.
Enjoy your breakfast!
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.