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Samantha Hoopes Someone Smashed My Maserati And I Think I Know Who

4/6/2016 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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040116-samantha-hoopes-tmzSwimsuit model Samantha Hoopes fell victim to some punk burglarizing her car ... and she's telling friends the suspect could be the same guy who's been harassing her for years. 

Sources close to the model tell TMZ her Maserati was broken into while it sat in her driveway last month. The thief smashed a window and made off with her designer purse and wallet. No one's been arrested yet, but TMZ has learned Samantha has an obsessed fan who has bothered her for years.

We're told the guy constantly shows up at events and begs for dates. She's never reported him to cops before, but our source says Samantha told cops the guy should be their prime suspect in the burglary ... and now they're investigating.  

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MTV Star Arrested For Drinking In Public

4/4/2016 5:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Real World: Skeletons" star Tony Raines narrowly avoided a DUI, but still got busted for boozing in public after a crazy night in Charleston, South Carolina.

Witnesses told cops Raines was driving his truck in a motel parking lot Wednesday night when he almost struck a pedestrian -- and then backed the truck into a parked moped. Someone called the cops and an officer spoke with Tony, but he was not arrested since the moped owner wasn't there at the time to file a complaint. 

Tony wasn't done -- an hour later he was in a Burger King parking lot and almost hit another vehicle. This time police responded and found him sitting in his truck with an open can of Budweiser. 

He was booked for drinking in public, and had his car towed. Since the car was parked, he dodged a DUI.

According to his manager ... Tony thought it was okay to have an open container, like he does back home in Baton Rouge, and he's learned a hard lesson.

'O.C. Housewives' ATV Crash Disaster Scene ... Vicki Puking and Numb

4/4/2016 6:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0404-vicki-tamra-crash-photos-GALLERY_LAUNCH-TMZ-01'O.C. Housewives' Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Barney were way worse off than we initially thought after they rolled an ATV while taping on Saturday. 

TMZ obtained these photos and video from the crash scene in Glamis, CA ... where Vicki had to be airlifted to a hospital for treatment. Witnesses on scene tell us she was puking after the accident, and couldn't feel her fingers. Both women complained of neck and back pain, and you can tell from these images ... everyone on scene was concerned about the severity of the injuries. 

We're also told Tamra, who was driving the Polaris RZR, had been warned several times by the people training her to slow down. 

TMZ broke the story ... both women had to be hospitalized after the accident, which happened while they were shooting for the show.

Both have been released, and we're told they're recovering well.

 

Pope Francis Tiny Popemobile Sells For $300k

4/1/2016 12:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A used Fiat just sold for $300,000 -- and, no, this is not an April Fools' joke.

Auction site Charitybuzz just sold one of the Fiat 500 Lounge hatchbacks that Pope Francis cruised around in during his trip to NYC and D.C. last year.

Its new owner, ironically, is a Jewish businessman named Miles Nadal.

Nadal tells TMZ he won't actually be driving the car -- it'll go in his personal automotive museum along with the other 130 cars and motorcycles he's got in there.

And get this ... the car purchase comes with a free holy blessing! We're told Nadal will meet with either Cardinal Timothy Dolan at St. Patrick's Cathedral or the Archdiocese of New York to bless the Fiat.

Retail value for a non-Pope Fiat is about $24,000.

Mazel tov, Miles!

Kendall Jenner Drops $10,000 To Match Mom's Car

4/1/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0331-kendell-kirs-jenner-car-4bKendall Jenner has a bad case of mom envy, as proven by the big money she just spent to make her Range Rover a near carbon copy of Kris Jenner's whip.

Sources tell us Kendall went to RDB LA auto shop to get a brushed steel vinyl wrap, which is actually kinda cool -- feels like a soft brush to the touch. If it looks familiar ... mom just got her car done last summer. 

No surprise ... repeat customers like the Kardashians get primo service -- we're told Kendall dropped her ride off Sunday, and was cruising by Tuesday. 

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Chris Brown Check Out My New Monster Wheels ... Totally Eco-Friendly

4/1/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0331_chris_brown_electric-bike_tmzChris Brown's newest fancy ride came complete with a new paint job that cost even more than the electric whip.

A rep from ScootEBike tells TMZ they slapped a $2,500 customized paint job on the EBike they sent Chris. The art's based on the graffiti art monsters CB painted on his house years ago. The brand new bikes go up to 20 mph and feature Bluetooth speakers which also fold up for portable use.

As TMZ Sports reported, Floyd Mayweather's already dropped serious dough to trick out an electric bike ... which seems like the new 'it' toy for celebs.

Diddy, The Game, French Montana, Ray J and Soulja Boy are also repping for ScootEBikes, which retail for $1,599.

Countdown to Mike Tyson riding one of these. Consider a helmet this time, Mike. 

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'Wheel of Fortune' Genius Sinking My Winnings Into Some New Muscle!

3/31/2016 4:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The "Wheel of Fortune" wizard who nailed puzzles with just one letter and took home $76k is about to drop some of that dough on a sports car.

Robert Santoli came on "TMZ Live" to explain how he pulled off a near sweep of every puzzle on last Friday's episode of 'Wheel' -- and his strategy was downright genius. And a lot of hard work. 

Robert -- whose day job is working IT at a college prep school -- tells us he's eyeballing a new Mustang ... either red or black. He says he fell in love with Ford's muscle car when he was in L.A. shooting 'Wheel.'

Don't worry, Mom ... the 23-year-old also says he's going to pay off his student loans from Fordham.

NBA's Festus Ezeli Pranked By Warriors 'You've Been Cut, Bro'

3/31/2016 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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This is pretty damn funny ... if you're not NBA star Festus Ezeli

The Golden State Warriors star was targeted for a hilarious prank by some of his teammates, including Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson ... who executed a plot to convince Festus he'd been cut from the team. 

It's all a part of Lyft's new "prank mode" -- which will allow people in L.A., NY and SF to pull pranks on their friends on April 1st using the Lyft app.

Iguodala's plan involved a fake sports talk radio broadcast playing in the car ... in which the hosts broke news that Festus had just been fired from the Warriors. 

Several of FE's teammates sent texts saying it was nice working with him and wishing him luck in the future ... and you gotta see the look on Ezeli's face -- he's trying so hard not to get pissed. 

Don't worry ... Iguodala eventually reveals it's a prank ... and wait'll see you how Festus handles it. 

Kaley Cuoco Big Bangs Dude From Behind ... He's Not Complaining

3/30/2016 2:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0330_Kaley-Cuoco_accident_PCNKaley Cuoco got up close and personal with a fellow driver in L.A. -- and his Mercedes-Benz paid the price.

The 'Big Bang Theory' star exchanged information with the guy after she apparently rear-ended his ride with her Range Rover on a street near her home. Based on the pics, doesn't look too bad ... fender bender-ish at worst.

We're not saying the guy enjoyed getting hit from behind, but if you're gonna have an accident -- might as well be with a smoking hot TV star. Perks of life in L.A.

Sweet sandals too, Kaley. Shout-out to comfortable footwear!

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Mo' Money, No Problems ... Drop Stacks On New Ride

3/29/2016 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0329-kanye-kim-west-new-car-akmgsi-01Kim Kardashian and Kanye West added some shiny new wheels to their fleet, but their luxury ride is missing one important option.

Kimye splurged on a white Maybach, which they drove Monday to an appearance on Khloe Kardashian's TV show. Here's the thing ... Maybachs are typically chauffeur driven ... but there was Kanye behind the wheel as they pulled away yesterday.

Base price for this uber fancy Benz is typically $200k. Kanye's has all the bells and whistles, so we're guessing theirs was double that after getting the works from the popular customizers at Platinum Motorsport.

And in case you're wondering, no financing on this whip. They busted a Randy Moss -- straight cash, homie.

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Apollo Nida Feds Want My '64 Skylark!!!

3/29/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0325-apollo-nida-INSTAGRAM-01'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Apollo Nida can't get the feds off his back -- due to a more than $1 million tab -- and now they're targeting another one of his prized possessions.

Court docs show the government wants him to put his 1964 Buick Skylark on the auction block to help pay down the nearly $1.94 million in restitution he owes. 

Nida -- who is in the can serving 8 years for money laundering and bank fraud -- already got his 2014 Ducati and Yamaha Raptor ATV seized.

A '64 Skylark in mint condition fetches $25k ... which is barely a dent in that debt.  

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Tom Hanks Sued For Son's Car Accident

3/28/2016 2:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0328-tom-hanks-chet-hanks-rita-wilson-TMZ-01Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson just got tagged for an accident their son, Chet Haze, had while driving mom and dad's car.

According to a new lawsuit filed against the celebs ... Chet rear-ended a guy named Terry Moogan in February 2015, while driving Tom and Rita's Chevy. Moogan accuses Chet of driving recklessly and being "under the influence of drugs and or alcohol at the time."

Moogan says Chet's parents should be responsible since they negligently handed him the keys.

As for the drugs and alcohol allegation ... Chet didn't get a DUI for this accident, in fact cops weren't even on scene. Moogan's attorneys claim Chet begged him not to call the police at the time.

In the suit, Moogan says he suffered injuries ... though he's not specific. His attorneys claim Moogan got whiplash and a brain injury from hitting his head on the dashboard.

We've reached out to Tom's rep. No word back yet. 

Draymond Green CHP Not Investigating 118 mph Video ... Here's Why

3/24/2016 4:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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032416-draymond-green-tmzSeems Draymond Green is off the hook for that whole 118 mph video -- with the California Highway Patrol telling us "We can’t investigate an infraction that wasn’t committed in our presence."

As we previously reported, Green posted a video of a car hitting 118 mph on a NorCal highway on his Snapchat ... and in what might have been a confession, he later called the whole thing "bad judgment."

We spoke with the California Highway Patrol to find out if they're investigating the situation and they told us straight up -- no. 

"The CHP is not investigating this video because it’s not at the level of reckless driving," CHP public information officer Daniel Hill tells us. 

"Driving over 100, though dangerous, is not necessarily reckless. It would just be an infraction and we can’t investigate an infraction that wasn’t committed in our presence."

Hill adds, "However, we advocate people not to drive that fast. We definitely don’t want people driving like that or videoing themselves and we definitely don’t want people posting it on social media."

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