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Rosie O'Donnell Infuriates Autism Group ... She's A 'Piece Of Dog S***'

2/11/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0210_ROSIE-ODONNELL_TMZRosie O'Donnell pissed off the autism community with a joke about autistic kids, which is why they're now calling Rosie a "piece of dog s***" ... and Rosie now has regrets.

O'Donnell performed at Carolines on Broadway Sunday, where she joked that parenting her teenagers was so tough she'd trade them in for autistic triplets in an instant. 

A rep for the National Autism Association says her org is beyond offended. The rep didn't hold back, saying Rosie wasn't only "dog s***," she was mushy dog s*** on the bottom of their shoe.

The rep railed on, saying O'Donnell "crossed all lines of being a good human being to make a desperate, low-blow joke."

Rosie tells TMZ, "Although it was not my intent to hurt people, I realize I did. It was my fault." Rosie added, "I have 2 children with spectrum disorders. I'm aware of the challenges and stigma associated with autism." She also notes she's raised money and done documentaries for the autism community.

Michael Sam Using 'DWTS' Pics To Pull Dudes on Tinder

2/6/2016 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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020516-michael-sam-tinderMichael Sam knows his audience ... which might be why he is using a "Dancing With the Stars" photo as his lead pic on Tinder.

Sam's been on the market ever since he broke things off with his fiance last June and has taken to looking for love online. 

We've confirmed the account's legit ... so feel free to swipe right if Sam's your type!

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Meek Mill Dodges Jail Time ... Gets House Arrest for Up to 12 MONTHS!

2/5/2016 12:38 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0205-meek-mill-tmz-02Meek Mill just got the best possible outcome at his sentencing for probation violation -- zero time behind bars.

A Philadelphia judge gave Meek 6 to 12 months in county jail, BUT he will be allowed to serve the time on house arrest. He will do a minimum of 90 days, and won't be able to do his regular job -- rapping and performing, he can only do charitable work for the community.

That ban from work includes releasing any mixtapes. Translation: No new diss tracks aimed at Drake ... for a while.

The judge will reevaluate after 90 days to determine how much longer he'll remain under house arrest. 

Meek had been on probation for a 2009 drug and gun conviction when he skipped town for the AMAs in November without getting written permission from his probation officer. He also failed a pee test.

A judge ruled in December he was in violation, despite heartfelt testimony from gf Nicki Minaj and Meek's own waterworks. Nicki was in court on Friday, and was even brought into chambers with Meek and the judge to discuss what kind of charity work he'll be doing.

Meek has to turn himself in by March 1st, when he'll get his ankle monitoring bracelet.

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Johnny Manziel Police Report He Hit Me Several Times ... GF told Cops

2/4/2016 2:58 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0204-johnny-manziel-tmz-01update_graphic_red_bar4:44 PM PT -- Dallas PD says Manziel will not be charged with a crime and the criminal investigation is closed ... according to Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot.

The Dallas PD issued a statement saying, "The [DPD] has conducted the appropriate investigative follow-up to the report forwarded to us by the Ft. Worth Police Department regarding an alleged incident involving Johnny Manziel."

"Investigative efforts to date have not resulted in the filing of a criminal complaint and the incident is determined to be closed. No further statement is expected at this time."

Similarly, Fort Worth PD's Sgt. Enright tells TMZ Sports there's no investigation there either ... because "no criminal offense was reported to have occurred within our jurisdiction." Colleen lives in Fort Worth ... so police there took the initial report. But the alleged hitting would have happened in Dallas. 

It's pretty clear ... the cops have problems with Crowley's version of events.

update_grey_gray_barJohnny Manziel's girlfriend Colleen Crowley told police the NFL star struck her "several times" during a dispute on January 30th ... this according to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports.

Cops say Colleen described Johnny as being "on some kind of drugs." 

She was insistent he was NOT drunk.  

Colleen told cops she was struck several times by Johnny -- including a strike to her left ear.

WFAA in Dallas says ... during the drive to her apartment, Colleen says she yelled at Johnny, "I hate you." According to the report, Colleen told cops he was going to drop her off and "go kill himself."

She says Manziel "started laughing" and told her to "shut up or I'll kill us both."

According to the document, Colleen told cops ... she had met up with Manziel at the Zaza Hotel in Dallas earlier in the evening with a bunch of friends ... but left together in the same car. 

They both left the hotel in Colleen's vehicle. With Johnny at the wheel, they drove to Ft. Worth but argued in the car "shouting angrily." 

Colleen says Johnny struck her several times while he was driving. 

When they reached her apartment in Ft. Worth, Colleen says she fled the apartment and went to a neighbor to seek help. Johnny fled on foot. 

Cops say in the report they were unable to locate Johnny -- so they launched a helicopter to try to find him. 

We spoke with Johnny Manziel

'RHOA' Star Peter Thomas Bar 'Fight' Video ... I Hardly Touched the Guy!!

2/2/2016 12:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

'RHOA' star Peter Thomas denies hitting a bar patron so hard the guy smashed his head, and TMZ has the video that could clear Peter's name.

We obtained surveillance video from inside Sports One -- Peter's bar in Charlotte -- where a guy named Brandon Link claims Peter pushed him into a table and he fell over and hit his head.

The security cameras definitely captured a dispute between Link and Thomas, and there is a shove. The injured head part -- is not so clear. In fact, it's non-existent in the video.

As we've reported ... Link filed a police report, claiming battery, and cops have issued a criminal summons for Thomas to talk to investigators. 

Thomas maintains Link hit his head on ice in the bar parking lot. We're told there's no surveillance footage in the parking lot.

Jayson Williams Ex-NBA Star Arrested ... Drunk Driving Crash

2/2/2016 6:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former NBA star Jayson Williams -- the guy who shot and killed his limo driver in 2002 -- was arrested in Upstate NY last week after cops say he drunkenly crashed his Jeep into a utility pole. 

Officials say emergency responders were called around 11:30 PM on Jan. 26th to a single car crash -- and found the 47-year-old in his banged up Jeep. 

Williams was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries -- and was ultimately charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. You can see scrapes on his face in the mug shot. 

Williams was released from the hospital a short time later.  

It's not the first time Jayson has been popped for drunk driving -- in fact, he served time behind bars in connection with a 2010 DWI conviction.  

Johnny Manziel Cops Say Helicopter was Justified ... No Special Treatment

2/1/2016 9:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0201-johnny-manziel-tmzThe Fort Worth Police Dept. says Johnny Manziel's celebrity status had NOTHING to do with the decision to send a chopper to look for him after an incident with his ex-GF this weekend. 

As we previously reported, the FWPD says it used an Air One helicopter unit to search for Manziel -- after Colleen Crowley expressed concern for the QB's well-being. 

Now, the FWPD says the actions it took "were no different from any other call."

Corporal Tracey Knight tells TMZ Sports, "The FWPD deploys all useful personnel or tools available to fully investigate any call, especially when there is a concern for the health or safety of a person - as expressed by the complainant in this incident."

Knight adds, "Air One is commonly deployed (weather and call priority permitting) to assist in the search for missing persons." 

Cops say they eventually made contact with Manziel and determined he was "safe and in no danger."

As for the initial alleged incident between Manziel and Crowley, Johnny was not arrested. 

'DWTS' Val Chmerkovskiy Sued by Girl with Down Syndrome

1/29/2016 4:59 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0129-val-chmerkovskiy-TMZ-02Val Chmerkovskiy is being sued by a 16-year-old girl with Down Syndrome, who claims the 'DWTS' pro caused her severe emotional distress by posting a pic that mocked her. 

The girl claims in 2008 she was at a baseball game and someone took the picture of her drinking a soda. The guy posted the pic with the heading, "Everything that's wrong with America."   

The pic became a meme in 2014, and Val posted it 3 weeks ago on Facebook.  The caption on the meme read, "Letting your kid become obese should be considered child abuse."

0129-val-chmerkovskiy-meme-TMZ-01The girl claims, thanks to Val and CBS News -- which also posted the pic -- the meme went viral and she's been humiliated. She says her mom sent several emails to Val asking him to take down the meme, and he responded with a post that read in part, "I am truly sorry for the lack of sensitivity ... You're handicapping your kid, and they're defenseless." 

Val went on to criticize the girl's mom, saying, "They don't know better. That's why you're there."

The lawsuit essentially says the reason the girl has weight issues is because of her condition.

The suit alleges defamation, emotional distress and invasion of privacy.

The girl wants $6 million from Val and $600k from the photographer. She also wants $6 million from CBS.

Kia Hamster Actor Cops Plea in Fraud Case I Was Dancing While 'Disabled'

1/22/2016 10:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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One of the hip-hop hamsters in the famous Kia ads has just pled no contest to felony insurance fraud ... after taking disability money while dancing up a storm. 

Leroy Barnes snagged California disability money between Sept., 2010 and Sept. 2011, claiming he couldn't work when in fact he was dancing in the Kia commercials.

Barnes had claimed in 2010 he was injured while working as a dancer and was struck by a piece of ceiling during sound check. As a result, he collected the disability for which he has been prosecuted.

0122-kia-mug-01Barnes was sentenced to 90 days of electronic monitoring and 400 hours of community service. He also has to repay $24k to the State of California. 

The dancer's credits include dancing for Madonna, Chris Brown and Kelly Roland.

Mariah Carey I'M ENGAGED!!!

1/21/2016 7:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0122-mariah-carey-parker-tmz-03Mariah Carey has a brand new piece of jewelry -- a massive engagement ring -- 'cause her billionaire boyfriend James Packer just popped the question ... and Mariah said YESSSSS!!!!

It all went down in NYC -- where Packer secretly rounded up a bunch of Mariah's close friends for a private dinner at Eleven Madison Park ... so he could get down on one knee and propose in front of the most special people in her life.

Carey and Packer have only been dating since June 2015 -- but their relationship heated up real quick ... with the two famously spending several consecutive weeks together on his yacht over the summer.

The relationship blossomed months after Carey split from husband numero dos, Nick Cannon ... the father of her two children. 

Carey had been married once before Cannon to music mogul Tommy Mottola ... so this will be her 3rd marriage.

As for Packer, the 48-year-old has also been married twice before -- and has 3 children of his own ... so, this is kind of like a celebrity 'Brady Bunch' situation ... with a lot more money.

Packer is Australia's 4th richest man -- thanks to a combination of family money and success in real estate, casinos and entertainment.  

As for the wedding, no word on when it's set to go down ... but at the rate these two are moving, it will probably happen in 2016. 

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Sean Penn & Kate Del Castillo Watch Your Backs ... Cartel Revenge Is Real

1/14/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0110-sean-penn-kate-el-chapo-01Kate Del Castillo and Sean Penn need to beef up their protection STAT because El Chapo's henchmen are likely to seek revenge for his capture ... according to at least one security expert.

Del Castillo's getting credit for setting up Penn's interview with El Chapo, and an ex-member of Kate's security force tells us that's not a good look. The source says drug cartels "act on what they think, not what they know" -- and they could be thinking she and Penn led the marines, even accidentally, to El Chapo.

Our source suggests Del Castillo remain on this side of the border for now, since it's much easier for the cartel's goons to take out people in Mexico. There's been no specific threat made against Del Castillo or Penn, but we're told this is the kind of situation where you want to use an abundance of caution. 

Hindsight's 20/20, but the source says the best move would have been staying away from El Chapo altogether -- "If you play with the rattlesnake enough times, you're gonna get bit." 

Ex-NFL Keith Mitchell Arrested for Domestic Violence Allegedly Struck Pregnant GF

1/13/2016 8:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-NFL linebacker Keith Mitchell -- a former Pro Bowler -- was arrested in L.A. Tuesday after cops say he assaulted his pregnant girlfriend in the face during an argument ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We're told cops responded to the 41-year-old's West Hollywood home after receiving a 911 call -- and when they got there, officers noticed a mark on the woman's face. 

The alleged victim was taken to a nearby hospital.  

Mitchell -- who's now a famous yoga instructor -- was hauled to a nearby jail where he was booked for felony domestic violence. He was later released on $50k bail. 

According to his booking sheet, Mitchell -- who played for the Saints, Texans and Jaguars -- is 6'3" and 230 pounds. 

Mel Gibson Arresting Cop Still on the Hot Seat ... 9 1/2 Years Later

1/12/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0111_mel_gibson_james_mee_tmz_apThe L.A. County Sheriff's deputy who arrested Mel Gibson for DUI back in 2006 is still being aggressively pursued by his superiors ... nearly a decade after TMZ broke the story. Fact is ... he was investigated, fired, reinstated and now there are 2 more investigations.  

The brass at the Sheriff's Dept. has long believed Deputy James Mee leaked the 4 pages of his arrest report to TMZ ... 4 pages that contained line and verse what Mel Gibson said about Jews being responsible for all the wars in the world ... among other things. Mee was ordered to remove the info from the final report.  

The Sheriff's Dept. got a search warrant against Mee, accused him of various misdeeds and started disciplinary proceedings against him. He was fired in 2012 for allegedly lying about a pursuit and the Dept. said it had nothing to do with the Gibson arrest.  

The Civil Service Commission decided in Sept. the Sheriff's Dept. had no basis for firing Mee and reinstated him. But we've learned, although he's getting paid again, he hasn't been at work a single day ... and that's because the Sheriff's have launched 2 separate, new investigations.

As we reported when we broke the 2006 DUI story, the Sheriff's Dept. repeatedly and strongly denied Mel said anything disparaging about Jews or anyone else, until we obtained the 4 pages that were taken out.   

The Sheriff's Dept. says there is "an ongoing Internal Affairs investigation," and the Peace Officers Bill of Rights requires confidentiality.

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