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Johnny Manziel's Lawyer Accidentally Texts Reporter Re: Drugs, Crash, Dom. Violence Plea

6/24/2016 3:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Johnny Manziel's attorney accidentally texted an AP reporter about Johnny's domestic violence case, alleged drug use and more ... in one of the most epic screwups of all time. 

The AP reporter had reached out to Bob Hinton seeking a comment on Johnny's hit-and-run case. What the reporter got back was a lengthy message he wasn't supposed to see ... a message intended for another attorney. 

The highlights ... 

-- Hinton said his team are seeking a plea deal in the Colleen Crowley domestic violence case ... and that the D.A. is "very interested in working with us to arrive at some agreement."

-- Hinton suggested Manziel would be in trouble if one of the terms of the plea deal included drug testing ... saying, "Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle."

-- In the text, Hinton also refers to a receipt from a Dallas head shop called The Gas Pipe -- suggesting Johnny spent $1,018.77 at the shop, which sells everything from pipes to bongs and other stoner stuff. 

-- Hinton also said there was "conflict" as to whether Johnny actually went to police after his alleged hit-and-run crash Monday night. 

As TMZ Sports reported, the Dallas PD initially said they had no report of an accident involving Manziel ... but hours later said they did. It was weird. 

The AP says Manziel's lawyer threatened to sue them if they published the info from the accidental texts. 

Clearly the threat didn't work. 

Gladys Knight Chicken & Waffles Joints Raided

6/21/2016 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1:45 PM PT -- A rep for Gladys tells TMZ the singer "lent her name to her son's restaurants in the Atlanta area, similar to a celebrity endorsement. Ms. Knight was not involved in any way with the operation of the restaurants and she is sure that her son and his business partners will rectify the situation."

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Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffle restaurants just got shut down by Georgia authorities.

We're told agents with the Georgia Dept of Revenue raided all 3 of Knight's chicken joints Tuesday morning ... clearing out customers and ordering employees to leave.

Agents removed computers, files, and the contents from safes.

Gladys' son -- who runs the business -- is reportedly at the center of the investigation. It appears authorities believe $1 million may have been inappropriately diverted.

We reached out to Gladys ... so far no word back.

Story developing ...

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Disney Attack Hilton Apologizes for Biting Email

6/17/2016 12:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0617-hilton-hotel-orlando-03Hilton Grand Vacations Club is apologizing for sending an email urging members to "take a bite out of Orlando" just hours after 2-year-old Lane Graves' body was retrieved from Disney's Seven Seas Lagoon.

Hilton reps tell us the email was written and scheduled for distribution far in advance of Tuesday's horrific alligator attack. They became aware of the poor choice in words when people began blasting them on social media. 

According to HGVC, "a bite" was in reference to the new Mako hypercoaster at the nearby SeaWorld whose mascot happens to be a shark.

Hilton says from now on it will review pre-scheduled content more carefully.

Quentin Tarantino I Was Not Looking for Movie Whores

6/17/2016 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Quentin Tarantino called BS on stories that have been circulating that he was casting for real-life whores.

We got Quentin Thursday at LAX and he scoffed at reports attributing a Facebook casting call to him.

The awesome director also distinguished between him and his characters using the n-word.

Baylor School Officials 'Retaliated' Against Sexual Assault Accuser

5/26/2016 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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This is disgusting ... 

Baylor University officials actively discouraged possible sexual assault victims from reporting incidents against athletes -- and in one case RETALIATED against a woman who did. 

It's all part of an investigation by a law firm hired by Baylor to look into alleged misconduct by school officials regarding SEVERAL violent allegations against student athletes, primarily football players. 

The report states clear as day ... investigators say University administrators directly discouraged complainants from reporting or participating in student conduct processes ... contributing to a hostile environment.

"In one instance, those actions constituted retaliation against a complainant for reporting sexual assault."

The report does not specify how they retaliated. 

Investigators also say school officials failed to "identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player, to take action in response to reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, and to take action in response to a report of dating violence."

As a result of the investigation, Baylor fired head football coach Art Briles, demoted Baylor president Ken Starr and axed several members of the administration and the athletic dept.

Baylor Football Head Coach Fired Alleged Mishandling of Player Rape Accusations

5/26/2016 9:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0526-art-briles-getty-01Baylor football head coach Art Briles has been fired -- in the midst of allegations that several of his football players were accused of sexual assault on his watch ... but essentially no action was taken by the school.

Baylor president Ken Starr has also been removed from his position -- and will instead serve as Chancellor "on terms that are still being discussed." 

Additional members of the administration and athletics program have also been dismissed.

The school issued a statement saying an investigation by an independent law firm "revealed a lack of strong institutional management and control on a number of levels."

ESPN's "Outside the Lines" had reported that several Baylor officials, including coaches, knew about violent allegations against football players -- but essentially did nothing. ESPN points out that most of the accused players didn't miss a single second of playing time. 

“We were horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus," said Richard Willis, chair of the Baylor Board of Regents.

"This investigation revealed the University's mishandling of reports in what should have been a supportive, responsive and caring environment for students."

The law firm, Pepper Hamilton, found "specific failings within both the football program and Athletics Department leadership, including a failure to identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player, to take action in response to reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, and to take action in response to a report of dating violence."

"Pepper’s findings also reflect significant concerns about the tone and culture within Baylor’s football program as it relates to accountability for all forms of athlete misconduct."

Briles took the job in 2008 and led the Bears to BCS bowl games in 2013 and 2014. 

Boise State Football 2 Players Expelled After Sexual Assault Investigation

5/26/2016 8:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Two Boise State football players have been expelled from the school -- and another player has been suspended for a year -- in the wake of sexual assault allegations against them. 

The school launched an investigation after the alleged victim claimed she was forced into performing oral sex on all three players during incidents last year, this according to the Idaho Statesman

Redshirt freshman linebacker Marquis Hendrix and redshirt freshman corner Donzale Roddie were expelled. Redshirt freshman safety Darreon Jackson has been suspended. 

The woman reportedly told investigators the men essentially trapped her (blocking doors) on different occasions, and intimidated her into performing oral sex.  

All three men have denied wrongdoing -- with Jackson saying, "nobody forced her to do anything.”

BSU issued a statement saying, "Boise State is committed to thorough and fair investigations into all allegations of sexual misconduct -- and to holding parties accountable when they are found to be responsible for violating the student code of conduct."

So far, no criminal charges have been brought against any of the players.

A rep for the Boise PD tells us, "The Boise Police department has not received a report concerning Marquis Hendrix, Donzale Roddie and Darreon Jackson and there is no current investigation."

Kermit Washington Faces 45 Years In Prison ... For Screwing Needy Africans

5/25/2016 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0525-kermit-washington-gettyEx-NBA All-Star Kermit Washington faces 45 YEARS in prison for allegedly running a scheme where he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars that were SUPPOSED to help needy people in Africa ... officials say. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... the 64-year-old was arrested at an L.A. supermarket on Tuesday for running a scheme to steal from an African charity he started to fund his lavish lifestyle. 

Long story short ... officials say Washington would induce people, including several former pro athletes, to donate to Project Contact Africa, telling them 100% of the money would benefit a clinic in Africa for needy families. 

Instead, the Dept. of Justice says he stole "hundreds of thousands of dollars" to pay for everything from rent to vacations, jewelry and entertainment. 

Translation -- what a scumbag (allegedly).  

He's been charged with several crimes including corrupt interference with tax laws, conspiring to commit wire fraud, obstruction and aggravated ID theft.  

If convicted on all charges, Washington is looking at 45 years in prison -- though it's more likely he'd strike a plea deal and serve significantly less time (if any at all). 

Washington has been released on bond -- but had to surrender his passport and wear a GPS device so authorities can keep track of him.  

Johnny Manziel NFL Investigating Hollywood Car Crash

5/23/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0520-johnny-manziel-tmz-01Johnny Manziel is the subject of an active NFL investigation -- with the league taking a particular interest in the QB's role in last month's Mercedes Benz crash on the Sunset Strip.

We broke the story ... Manziel told police he was the passenger in an S550 that smashed into a light pole after a night of partying back in April. Neither Johnny nor the driver was arrested or charged with a crime.

0520-sub-johnny-manziel-tmz-01Turns out, the car was a rental -- and the guy who owns it is pissed ... claiming Manziel and the suspected driver refuse to pay for any of the damages. 

We spoke with Wayne Schneider -- owner of PCLA (which rents luxury vehicles) -- who says the total damage was $90,000. He claims Manziel promised to buy a new car, but says he hasn't heard a peep from him. 

Schneider says he went to the NFL for help -- and was contacted by NFL investigators looking to gather information on the incident. 

Our NFL sources tell us the car crash probe is part of a "larger Manziel investigation which is ongoing."

However, with Manziel not currently in the league, he's not subject to league discipline -- but we're told the NFL is covering its bases anyway in case Manziel does eventually sign with a team. 

We reached out to Johnny for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Phil Mickelson Sued By SEC $930k Profit From Insider Info

5/19/2016 7:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0519-phil-mickelson-GETTY-02Phil Mickelson made nearly $1 MILLION in the stock market off information stemming from insider trading ... this according to the Securities and Exchange Commission which just sued the golfer. 

According to a lawsuit filed by the SEC, Mickelson got a tip about Dean Foods company in 2012 from famed sports gambler Billy Walters. 

The SEC believes Walters got his information from a longtime friend who was a director at the company. 

But since Phil allegedly took Billy's info -- and made roughly $931k in profits from subsequent trades -- the SEC believes Phil's money was ill-gotten and he should have to forfeit the money to the SEC. 

The SEC believes Phil owed Walters money at the time of the trade -- the assumption is that he urged Phil to make the financial moves to make some money to pay him back. 

Shocking allegations, considering Phil has made more than $79 MILLION in career earnings, according to the PGA. 

Waka Flocka Flame Puts Little Girl in Dog Cage 'I'll Bond You Out'

5/18/2016 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Waka Flocka Flame played make-believe with a little girl -- as in, make believe you're in jail ... locking the crying toddler in a dog crate. 

The little girl had tears in her eyes as she reached out between the bars for someone to free her. Waka asks if she "wants out of jail," and then says he'll bond her out.

Even more shocking ... Waka recorded the whole scene and posted it on Snapchat. It's unclear if the girl, who seems less than 3 years old, is his daughter. As far as we know .. he doesn't have any biological kids.

Some people are going OFF on Waka on social media ... others are laughing it off as a joke.

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9:35 AM PT -- Waka just posted an explanation, saying his niece had put herself in the dog crate. His rep says the whole thing was "taken out of context. He found she had accidentally locked herself inside. Waka was simply letting her out."

The rep says he thought it was an adorable family moment and decided to post it. Waka is clearly pissed anyone would think he's locking up kids ...

Blake Lively Butt Out!!!

5/18/2016 7:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0518-blake-lively-instagramBlake Lively has pissed off the black community in a big way ... by captioning this pic that she now has an "Oakland booty."

Blake, who's pregnant with her second kid, is in Cannes and pretty clearly was just joking with the Instagram post, but it's inflamed lots of people on social media.

Blake was clearly gabbing a line from Sir Mix-a-Lot's song, "Baby Got Back (I Like Big Butts)."

Some of the people who are throwing shade think Blake is using black women as a punchline.

Notably, this doesn't seem to be simply a black/white thing. Katy Perry and Khloe Kardashian have used the quote on social media ... without getting ripped.

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Selena & Orlando Post Snuggle Video ... Your Place or Mine?

5/12/2016 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Selena Gomez-Orlando Bloom cuddlefest didn't end in the club ... because now TMZ has obtained video of the duo leaving together in the same car. 

In the video, you can see the pair making a beeline for a waiting car last Friday night as they left LIGHT nightclub inside Mandalay Bay. Selena couldn't hide in that silver dress, while Orlando tried to slip out low key ... head down with a hat.  

The video has all the makings of a sure thing -- but our Selena sources say she's adamant there were other people in the car with them ... and they all made a late night fast food run together. After that though, Selena's insisting she and Orlando went to separate corners (hotel rooms). 

As TMZ first reported, the pair got super handsy at an after-party for Selena's concert. 

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