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R. Kelly Sued for Sexual Assault ... He Locked Me Up, Gave Me Herpes

5/21/2018 2:25 PM PDT

R. Kelly is being sued for sexual assault by a woman who claims he held her against her will and abused her ... TMZ has learned.

A woman named Faith Rodgers filed the lawsuit in NYC, and claims they met in March 2017, when she was 19 ... after a performance in San Antonio. In the suit, she says a couple months later Kelly flew her to NYC for one of his concerts.

After the show, she says Kelly "bombarded" her hotel room and initiated "unwanted sexual contact" ... including oral and vaginal intercourse. After what she calls "abusive sex" ... Kelly allegedly criticized her for being boring in bed.

According to docs, obtained by TMZ, Faith caught herpes from Kelly. She says they dated for about one year, during which he mentally, verbally and sexually abused her. Faith claims he locked her in rooms, studios and cars to punish her for failing to fulfill his sexual desires. In the suit, Faith says Kelly had a female assistant stand guard to make sure she didn't flee. 

Faith's attorney tells us she is the woman who secretly recorded Kelly. TMZ broke the story ... she recently recorded a phone conversation, attempting to coax a confession out of him.

She is suing Kelly for sexual battery, false imprisonment and failure to disclose an STD.

Mario Batali Cut from Restaurant Group ... Biz Partners Fed Up

5/21/2018 10:44 AM PDT
Breaking News

Mario Batali's being kicked to the curb by his business partners on the heels of new claims of sexual misconduct, including allegedly raping a customer.

B&B Hospitality Group released a statement calling the new allegations "chilling and deeply disturbing." TMZ broke the story ... NYPD's investigating Batali for allegedly raping a woman at his NYC restaurant, Babbo, back in January 2004.

His partners say they were also shocked by the "60 Minutes" report -- an employee at Batali's Spotted Pig restaurant claims Batali drugged her and sexually assaulted her in 2005.

B&B Hospitality says it's actively negotiating with Batali to buy him out, and expect to have a deal done by July 1. The group says it wants to "reinforce our core values for our employees and our guests."

Batali issued a bizarre apology after allegations first surfaced in December. He's denied the "60 Minutes" report.

R. Kelly Alleged Sex Slave Victims Families in New Lifetime Documentary

5/21/2018 3:44 AM PDT

Lifetime's diving deep into R. Kelly's alleged sex cult with a documentary series ... and TMZ's learned the network's getting tons of help from the families directly affected.

Tim Savage -- the father of alleged brainwashed sex slave Joycelyn Savage -- tells TMZ ... 3 families are directly involved with helping Lifetime produce the documentary. Along with the Savages, Tim tells us Michelle Gardner's playing ball, as is Angelo Clary.

And get this ... one of the scenes features Michelle in L.A. looking for her daughter, Dominique. Michelle tells us she recognized her daughter in a video we posted earlier this month interviewing Joycelyn. Dominique's the one wearing the baseball hat and black t-shirt.

We're told Michelle somehow found Dominique and brought her back home with her. As far as Angelo ... he's been trying to find his daughter, Azriel, for some time now. As we reported ... Angelo claims Azriel met Kelly when she was 17 and shortly after meeting Angelo says she moved in with him.

In addition to the doc, Lifetime also has a movie in the works. We've reached out to Lifetime ... so far no word back.

Famous Brothel To Vegas Golden Knights: Win & You're In ... Us

5/19/2018 12:40 AM PDT

As if the Vegas Golden Knights needed more motivation to win the Stanley Cup, now a famous Nevada brothel is sweetening the deal ... offering a massive sex victory party if they can seal the deal. 

A rep for Sheri's Ranch tells TMZ Sports ... they've noticed an uptick in business during the team's insane run -- and the girls have decided they want to show their appreciation. 

Dena -- the madam of the bordello -- says, "If the Golden Knights win, we all win. Offering the team a victory celebration at our adult resort is the least we can do."

"The victory party will involve the full complement of over two dozen gorgeous women and the entire sex menu will be available to any and all players wishing to partake of the brothel’s highly coveted erotic services -- compliments of the house."

Allissa -- one of the prostitutes -- added, "If the Knights go all the way, I’ll go all the way."

Sooo ... go Golden Knights? 

Ex-DMB Violinist Boyd Tinsley Sued for Sexual Harassment ... By Boy Band Member

5/17/2018 5:01 PM PDT

5/18 1:18 PM PT -- Tinsley tells us, "I will defend myself against these false accusations. I can only assume the motivation for the lawsuit filed against me. These accusations have caused embarrassment for my family, my friends and my fans. I will fight both in and out of court to repair the damage that has been done."Boyd Tinsley, the former Dave Matthews Band violinist, has been sued by a man who says Boyd sent him disgusting, sexually suggestive texts, and even masturbated next to him when he was sleeping.

James Winn claims in a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, he was a street musician in San Francisco when Tinsley discovered him in 2007, when he was 18. Winn says Tinsley created a boy band called Crystal Garden. Winn was the trumpet player in the band. 

Winn says things turned really bad in 2015, when Tinsley allegedly started flirting, sexting and physically touching him. Winn claims in 2015, he bought 5 tickets to a sporting event for Winn, saying, "Man, you better suck my d*** or something."  

In another instance, Winn says the same year they were working on music in Tinsley's living room when they both got tired. Winn says Tinsley began touching him on his leg, putting his feet on his butt and rubbing his back. Winn says he fell asleep and woke up horrified to see Tinsely ejaculating right next to him, rubbing his penis with one hand and Winn's butt with the other.

Winn claims a week later Tinsley texted, apologizing and saying he was "messed up" and he had "confused his pills."

And there were other texts, Winn claims. In one, Tinsley allegedly wrote, "You're such boner material and I want you at your best. I'm actually masturbating to the thought of your shots." It goes on ... "prob will have you shave your pubes, at least above the c*** base."

Tinsley took an indefinite break from the Dave Matthews Band in February, when rumors of the allegations began to surface, saying he needed to focus on his family and health.

A rep for DMB told us, "We are shocked by these disturbing allegations and we were not previously aware of them."

Teairra Mari Suing Ex & 50 Cent For Leaking the Sex Tape

5/17/2018 9:51 AM PDT
Breaking News

'Love & Hip Hop' star Teairra Mari said her ex-bf leaked a sex video as revenge for breaking up with him ... so she's suing him and 50 Cent for reposting a sexually explicit image.

Teairra -- flanked by her attorneys, Lisa Bloom and Walter Mosley -- broke down in tears during an emotional news conference Thursday to announce the suit. Teairra said the ugly episode was triggered after she broke up with Akbar Abdul-Ahad after finding out he was cheating on her.

The reality star claims Akbar had her Instagram password and posted a video and an obscene photo of her as payback and to humiliate her. Teairra claims Fiddy, Akbar's close friend, then reposted an image to his 18 million followers before it was taken down.

Lisa said they'll file a police report later Thursday along with the suit. She added, "We have a significant piece of evidence that points to [Akbar]." AAA denies he was behind the act.

Should be noted ... questions as to whether Teairra was allegedly behind taking a metal rod to Akbar's G-Wagon were not raised. 

Chris Brown Friend Under Review for Rape Charges

5/15/2018 3:44 PM PDT
Breaking News

Chris Brown's friend, Lowell Grissom Jr., who's been accused of raping a woman during a party at the singer's house ... is now officially on the L.A. County District Attorney's radar.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... LAPD has sent the case to the D.A.'s Office. You'll recall, an anonymous woman claims Grissom, Brown and another woman held her captive in a room at Chris' house ... and that Grissom raped her twice.

The woman, who's suing as a Jane Doe, said she reported the rapes to police. LAPD's completed its investigation, but our sources tell us the evidence is thin, and it will be hard to prove a lack of consensual sex.

Still, it's been presented to the D.A. to make a final decision about charges.

Grissom has denied the allegations, and claims the woman -- and her attorney, Gloria Allred -- are just out for a money grab.

Christie Brinkley Uptown Girl Gettin' Down with Stormy Daniels' Lawyer

5/13/2018 1:19 PM PDT

Christie Brinkley's been divorced from Billy Joel for decades, but it seems she still likes big shots ... this one in the form of Stormy Daniels' lawyer.

Christie got super cozy Saturday night with Michael Avenatti. Christie and her brood were dining at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, NY, when Avenatti pulled up a chair toward the end of the meal. Everyone else left, but Christie and Mike stuck around to chat, laugh and be merry.

It's unclear what exactly they were discussing, but we imagine one subject might've come up -- Donald Trump. She's claimed Trump hit on her while he was married to Ivana Trump, and when she was dating Billy. She said Trump invited her to Aspen on his private jet ... she declined.

Avenatti tells us he and Christie are friends. He says she's a "classy, smart woman with great insight."  

Michael Avenatti ... he hangs with women who banged Trump and women who didn't.

'A Different World' Cosby Can't Smear Legacy of Our Show ... Says Kadeem Hardison

5/11/2018 5:11 PM PDT

Bill Cosby's criminal behavior should not overshadow the cultural impact "A Different World" had in the '80s and '90s -- and could still have today -- according to one of its stars, Kadeem Hardison.

We got Kadeem, aka Dwayne Wayne, at LAX and asked him about the show he and Lisa Bonet made a huge hit. Of course, it was a 'Cosby Show' spin-off -- but Kadeem insists Cosby's sexual assault conviction can't drag down the show.

Kadeem does give Cosby credit for one thing and one thing only. Beyond that ... he says the show's impact on black culture stands on its own, and says it can't be tarnished by its creator.

As we've reported, Cosby was found guilty on all 3 counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand. He's awaiting sentencing, and could get up to 30 years in prison.  

Dominic Monaghan Still Threatened, Sexually Harassed By Alleged Stalker

5/11/2018 1:28 PM PDT

Dominic Monaghan hasn't been able to escape the harassment of an obsessed fan -- despite a restraining order -- so now cops are taking steps to track her online.

According to new legal docs obtained by TMZ ... Meredith McLarty has continued to violate the criminal protective order by repeatedly emailing the "Lost" star and even mailed a letter to his house. McLarty allegedly sent 54 unsolicited emails to Monaghan from October 9, 2017 to November 7, 2017 ... some containing disturbing poems, partial nude photos, links to porn sites and "various sexually explicit messages."

McLarty allegedly wrote in one email ... "I could show up in New Zealand tomorrow and you [sic] I could rip off your clothes and f**k the British out of you and you couldn't use the restraining order against me because it's in L.A. County, not New Zealand."

According to the docs, Monaghan told detectives he's had to delete his public email and change the way he interacts with fans due to the harassment. He's also concerned for his safety because McLarty sent an envelope to his L.A. residence.

Cops now have a search warrant to gain access to McLarty's email addresses and social media accounts.

We broke the story ... McLarty was arrested in September 2016 at LAX for making death threats against Monaghan after he got a restraining order. Cops say she's been harassing and threatening him since 2004.

Teairra Mari Allegedly Smashed BF's Car Windows ... Amid Revenge Porn Claim

5/11/2018 12:50 AM PDT

'Love & Hip Hop' star Teairra Mari allegedly took a metal pole to her boyfriend's car windows after accusing him of revenge porn the day before ... TMZ has learned.

Teairra's BF, Akbar Abdul-Ahad, tells us he was working out at his apartment's gym in North Hollywood Thursday when he got a call from security that a woman was smashing his G-Wagon windows outside. Sure enough ... AAA says he came upon Teairra doing just that.

We're told Teairra was using a metal rod from a bar stool, which he claims she was swinging at his passenger side window and windshield. Based on these photos -- obtained by TMZ -- it looks like someone broke through at least one, and was working on the other.

AAA says Teairra was accompanied by another 'L&HH' star, Milan Christopher, and that they took off when he showed up to confront them. Akbar hasn't filed a police report yet.

The alleged attack appears to be in reaction to lewd photos and video of Teairra engaged in sex acts being posted this week, which she accused AAA of leaking. AAA denies being the one who leaked the sensitive material ... but admits to being the male in the clips.

We've reached out to Teairra for comment ... so far, no word back.

Matt Patricia Coached at Alma Mater ... During Rape Case

5/11/2018 12:30 AM PDT

Matt Patricia was a graduate assistant for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute football team while he was being prosecuted for sexual assault ... but the head football coach says he was kept in the dark. 

Patricia played for RPI from '92 to '95 -- but his coaching career started the very next season when he was a graduate assistant for his alma mater. 

According to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, the alleged rape occurred on March 15, 1996 and Patricia was indicted on August 14, 1996 -- the same day as RPI's opening game of the '96 season. 

So, how was Patricia allowed be a part of the program while being investigated for rape? 

We spoke with Matt's coach, Joe King, who told us it's a pretty simple answer ... nobody ever told him Patricia was involved in a rape case. 

In fact, King says he was completely unaware about the legal proceedings until this week -- when reports surfaced in the Detroit News. 

For his part, King says Patricia was a model student athlete and an all-around great guy. 

"He's as high a quality individual as I've ever coached, as I've ever known. I just find it hard to believe that this happened."

For the record, the case against Patricia was dropped in 1997 and Patricia is adamant he is innocent

Chris Brown Friend Denies Rape Says Allred's Exploiting the Woman

5/10/2018 4:20 PM PDT

Chris Brown's friend, who's been accused of raping a woman while partying at Brown's house, says there's zero evidence of a crime ... and he's blasting Gloria Allred for going after him. 

Lowell Grissom Jr. is the man Allred's anonymous client claims raped her twice during the party. The allegations are pretty graphic -- in her lawsuit, the woman says Grissom grabbed her out of a bathroom and raped her. Then later, found her in a laundry room and raped her again.

But Grissom's attorney Anthony Willoughby tells TMZ ... the matter was fully investigated, and his client's name was cleared. He says, "Lowell vehemently denies these false and defaming accusations originated last year, ending with no arrests, no proof, an inconclusive rape kit and after a police investigation -- no charges filed.

He adds, "This civil lawsuit is a blatant attempt at a money grab and to harm the reputation of my client while encouraging PR noise for Gloria Allred while she exploits this young woman for her own financial gains and public persona."

Grissom's attorney says they're confident they'll win the case. 

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