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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
EXCLUSIVE

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
EXCLUSIVE

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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Steve Aoki Animal Rights Group Goes Apes*** Chimps Don't Like Dress Up

5/10/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0509-steve-aoki-tmzSteve Aoki's new music video borders on bestiality ... or at least chimp-on-woman love ... so claims a very angry animal rights group. 

The brouhaha is over Steve's vid, "Can't Go Home," where a chimpanzee goes bananas over a chick. The girl in the video parades her prize around in various outfits, including a silver chain and gym shorts. 

The North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance is outraged at Aoki and Adam Lambert, who's featured in the song.

NAPSA claims trained primates are poorly treated, often ripped away from their mothers at a very early age and put in training houses where they're abused. Once the entertainment projects are completed, the chimps are viewed as useless and left to psychologically suffer for the rest of their lives.

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

Tony Curtis & Sean Connery Grandsons Tagged In Graffiti Crime

5/7/2016 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0506_tony_curtis_sean_connery_graffiti_compositeThe grandsons of Sean Connery and Tony Curtis are giving their family names a bad rap ... because cops say they snuck onto someone's property and egged on a tagger.

Law enforcement sources tell us the young adult grandsons were caught on tape last month jumping a wall with a teenager and watched the guy tag a wall and garage door. We're told LAPD hunted down the trio and the juvenile fessed up.

Law enforcement tells us ... cops are sending the case to the L.A. City Attorney for possible prosecution for criminal trespass.

Hey ... you only live twice. 

50 Cent Family Wants $10k for Autism Bullying

5/4/2016 11:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0504_50cent_Andrew-Farrells_tmz-instagramThe family of the autistic teen 50 Cent bullied still wants the rapper to open up his wallet, but this time it's for a good cause and far less cash ... the family's attorney tells TMZ.

Attorney Matthew J. Hammer says Andrew Farrell and his family want 50 to cough up $10k for Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy group.

The donation is far less than the $1 million Andrew's stepdad was first eyeing.

We're told Andrew and his family received 50's signed, albeit short apology Tuesday via an email after news broke of Andrew's disabilities and were happy he said sorry.

As we reported, 50 got in Andrew's face at an airport accusing him of working while on drugs, when in fact he's autistic and is also afflicted by Asperger's.

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50 has yet to answer back about the $10k donation.

Dana Stubblefield I Didn't Rape That Woman ... Sex Was Consensual

5/3/2016 6:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0503-stubblefiald-getty-01Ex-NFL star Dana Stubblefield says he's NO RAPIST -- claiming the allegations he sexually assaulted a mentally disabled woman are "false and fraudulent." 

As we previously reported, the former 49ers superstar was charged with 5 felonies -- after prosecutors say he raped a woman he found on a babysitting website and had invited to his home for a job interview. 

But Stubblefield is adamant the sex was consensual -- and he claims he can prove it ... with a lie detector test.

In fact, Stubblefield's lawyer, Ken Rosenfeld, says he's already provided the District Attorney's Office "with professional lie detector results that clearly show the encounter was consensual."

Rosenfeld says the woman had also asked Dana for a job and money after the encounter -- which he claims is further proof there was no rape. 

"Dana Stubblefield is being unfairly targeted due to his celebrity and wealth by someone with full motivation to lie," Rosenfeld said.

Stubblefield's lawyer also says his client wasn't even notified of the allegations until nearly a year after the incident. 

"The clear motivation here is money."

If convicted on all counts, officials say Stubblefield faces "substantial prison time." 

MLB's Carlos Martinez Calls BS on STD Lawsuit ... '100% False'

4/29/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0422-carlos-martinez-getty-01St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is ferociously disputing a lawsuit -- in which the 24-year-old is accused of giving a woman non-life threatening STDs ... after swearing he was clean. 

The woman behind the suit, filed in district court in Miami, claims she began a romantic relationship with Martinez in 2012 -- and the two had an on-and-off relationship for years.

According to the suit, the two reconnected last year -- and began having sex again on Dec. 16th. Two days later, the woman claims she began to feel ill and later tested positive for multiple STDs. 

The woman claims she had grilled Martinez about his sexual health before they hooked up and he "swore to God that he was not infected with any sexually transmitted disease."

Soon after the woman informed Martinez about her condition, he allegedly bolted for the Dominican Republic and never called her back. 

Now, she's suing him for battery, negligent transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, fraud and more ... and she's demanding more than $1.5 million in damages. 

We spoke with Martinez's attorney Ruben Scolavino who tells us Carlos adamantly denies the allegations.

"I can tell you most assuredly the allegations are 100% false."

Iggy Azalea I Told Nick Vegas Was Bad Idea ...

4/22/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Iggy Azalea says she tried to warn Nick Young that his boys trip to Vegas last weekend would "look bad" in the wake of the whole cheating scandal ... but he went anyway -- and she's cool with it. 

The rapper says her fiance actually had a pretty good reason for the trip -- and it wasn't to party and go crazy ... it was more business than pleasure. 

We asked if the fact she went out sans engagement ring over the weekend was a message to the NBA star -- but she shot that down hard ... saying she doesn't think women have to rock the rock 24/7. 

"It's nothing personal ... it doesn't go with the outfit."

Long story short ... seems Nick's out of the doghouse and the engagement is still on. 

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Madonna Surrenders In Driveway War ... Dodges Fine

4/20/2016 9:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0420-madonna-driveway-tmz-08Madonna's Upper East Side driveway just got the facelift it needed to clear her name with NYC ... and it was done just in the nick of time.

TMZ broke the story ... Madonna was warned by the city to remove the illegal "no parking" signage she had posted in front of her driveway. The city's Dept. of Transportation tells us homeowners have 30 days to resolve the issue, or get a $250 fine. 

The deadline is 2 days away, and Wednesday morning we spotted the curb had a fresh grey paint job, and the "no parking" stamp had been removed. A D.O.T. rep confirms they've since re-inspected the location and found it to be in compliance.

Not that the $250 would have been a hardship for Madge.  

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