Sentenced to Hit the Books
Guns in Airports for Dummies
7/20/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Benzino dodged a year in prison for bringing his loaded gun to the airport -- and instead the judge is forcing him to go to school ... the easiest school ever, we're guessing.
The former “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star pled no contest to putting his loaded 9mm through a TSA checkpoint in Atlanta. He says he took the wrong laptop bag.
Benzino was sentenced to one year of probation, a $500 fine, 700 hours community service, and a crash course in gun safety ... which he has 60 days to complete.
Sure, it'll take a while to tick off the 700 hours, but the gun safety class? Just remember this, Benzino ... DON'T TAKE LOADED GUNS TO THE AIRPORT -- and you should pass.
Extra credit: Nightclubs are also bad for loaded weapons.
Crime Pays, Bitches
Watch Me On TV ... Behind Bars
7/19/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Teresa Giudice has figured out a way to make crime pay, because Bravo has opened its checkbook to her family for a special in which she makes guest appearances ... from the slammer.
We've learned Teresa will appear by jail telephone on a 2-part special, showing how Joe is caring for their 4 kids while his wife is serving out her 15-month sentence.
Bravo couldn't get a camera inside, so pay phone is the next best option.
As for money ... there's no problem with Bravo paying Teresa an appearance fee, because the "Son of Sam" law -- which prohibits people from profiting off certain crimes -- only applies to certain violent offenses.
Teresa should be out in February and Joe will then begin serving his 41-month sentence.
'Vanderpump Rules' Jax Taylor
Arrested for Felony Theft
Over Hawaiian Sunglasses
7/18/2015 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jax Taylor from "Vanderpump Rules" took a break from the beach Friday night for an extended visit to a Honolulu jail, after getting busted for allegedly stealing a very expensive pair of shades.
Law enforcement sources tell us, Jax is still in the slammer with no immediate prospect of getting out. We're told he allegedly went to a sunglasses shop and stole a pair. He was arrested at his hotel a block away.
The glasses had to be worth more than $300 ... the minimum in Hawaii for charging someone with felony theft.
Jax has been posting pics of his vacation with GF Brittany Cartwright.
They'll be able to add another pic to the set ... the one taken by cops.
Dog the Bounty Hunter
Hit With $30 Million Lawsuit ...
By Competing Bounty Hunter
7/18/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife, Beth, have been accused of ruining a rival bounty hunter's good name ... and the guy wants $30 million from them to make it right.
Charles Fisher filed a lawsuit against Dog and Beth, claiming they manipulated his story during an episode of their show, 'On The Hunt,' to make him look bad.
Fisher claims the show phonied a phone conversation to make it look like he made off with $20,000 in collateral. He also claims the show -- which described him as a "corrupt bondsman" -- made it seem like he stiffed his insurance company and he used a jail connection to drum up business.
To add insult to injury, Fisher said he sold his phone lines to the Chapmans and they only paid him $5k of the $20,000 agreed upon price.
Fisher says his name in the bounty hunting biz is forever ruined because of the show and the Chapmans ... thus the $30,000,000 demand.
'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta' Star
Sex Tape Dough Ain't Cutting It
... My Rent Is LATE!
7/18/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Nikko London -- star of one of the most successful sex tapes of 2014 -- is now allegedly stiffing his landlord, and on the verge of getting evicted.
According to docs filed in Fulton County -- London owes just $786.29 in back rent on his apartment, but fees and utilities bump it up to $1,083.56.
The pink notice taped to his door is a clear sign Nikko's days are numbered in the place if he doesn't pay up quick. But we're told he's been telling neighbors he's moving to a new place up the street.
I Got a New Accessory ...
A Nipple Ring!!!
7/17/2015 2:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kendall Jenner is officially attached ... to a nipple ring!
It was semi-apparent when the 19-year-old walked the red carpet before the ESPYs. There was a faint trace of what looked like metal balls in the nipple area.
Our Kardashian sources say it's the real deal. The 2 balls that were evident are the ends to a bar that goes right through her left nipple.
Turns out Kendall is following in her little sister's footsteps. Kylie got her piercing earlier this year.
In Hindsight, I Love My Butt Crack
7/17/2015 7:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian has second thoughts about her nipples and butt crack, because the pictures that made her hysterical in 2010 she now views as a badge of honor.
Kim posted this pic for throwback Thursday, from her W Magazine shoot back in 2010.
Kim went all hysterical on an episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," which aired in 2011, saying she was betrayed by the mag and they promised to cover her butt crack and nipples.
A few dozen nude photos really changes things, right?
TLC Needs to Cut
ALL Ties With The Duggars
7/17/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mama June is ecstatic TLC officially gave "19 Kids and Counting" the ax, but thinks the Duggar family needs to be punished even more.
The 'Honey Boo Boo' matriarch's been banging the drum for TLC execs to pull the plug on the Duggars ... just like they did to her fam.
But June's still pissed because she says Jim Bob and Michelle's clan is getting off easy. The network's still got a Duggars docu-special in the works, which June calls BS -- "I feel it will be another situation for them to get paid for doing something bad."
She adds ... "Like, that kinda behavior is not okay."
It most certainly is not.
'19 Kids and Counting'
TLC Pulls the Plug on the Duggars
7/16/2015 7:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"19 Kids and Counting" just got the ax ... TMZ has confirmed.
The show has been on the chopping block since the revelations about Josh Duggar ... that he molested 5 children, including 4 sisters.
TMZ has reported TLC wanted to wait to make a formal announcement in case the winds shifted, but they never did. The public outcry was strong, and the show has been a goner for 2 months.
So now 2 TLC shows have been 86'd after revelations that minor children in the casts have been molested. The second, obviously, is "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."
NBC in the Market for Magic
7/16/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Magic Johnson is on the NBC wishlist for the new host of "Celebrity Apprentice" ... TMZ has learned.
Well-connected 'Apprentice' sources tell us the plan is to find "a successful minority businessperson who's active in the inner cities." Magic certainly fits that bill. We're told there has been NO negotiation with him, but he's high on the list.
We're also told George Lopez is on that list. He doesn't have Magic's business cred, but he's hugely successful and a solid host. He also fills NBC's dream bill of getting a Latino to replace Trump. Lopez says he hasn't been contacted, but we're told all the discussions so far have been internal.
Magic seems to be a gold standard for what NBC is looking for. No word on whether he'd be interested.
Feeling Gray ...
Thanks a Lot, Scott!
7/15/2015 12:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kourt did lunch with Kim and Khloe, and flashed a patch of premature (she's only 36) grays around her right ear.
The gray wasn't there just a week ago when she did the single parent thing at Disneyland.
Look, being a single mom, juggling 4 kids -- including Scott -- this was bound to happen sooner than later.
Silver lining: Hair matched her shoes!
With A$AP Rocky (Video)
7/15/2015 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The two totally crushed the sing-a-long to their song “Everyday” for the grooving host of "The Late Late Show" while rolling around Hollywood for one of the variety show's most popular segments.
Check out the video of this epic HOV lane collaboration.