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Nelly Arrest

I Let Shady Peeps On My Bus ...

Now I Gotta Be Like TSA

4/14/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0413_nelly_tmzNelly's calling out some of the random people on his tour bus ... for getting him busted for drugs this weekend -- so now he's hand-picking who gets all access passes on his ride.

Nelly tells TMZ ... "I feel the need to take responsibility for my choices in needing to be more aware of all the people I associate with and allow onto my property."

We broke the story ... Nelly's attorney says there were 15 to 20 other people who had access to the bus before Saturday's bust. Nelly was arrested for possession of methamphetamine (his lawyer claims it was ecstasy) and marijuana, but he seems to be laying at least partial blame on someone else.

He adds, "While my instinct of course, is to be accessible to my friends, fans and acquaintances, the last thing I would want to do is compromise the respect and admiration of my friends, family and fans."

In other words ... no more free rides.

Dwight Howard's Baby Mama

Our Son Is Still Terrified Of Him

4/14/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Dwight Howard's ex Royce Reed is FURIOUS that the NBA star is off the hook in his child abuse case ... telling close friends their 7-year-old son is still "terrified" of his father. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Howard was investigated by the Atlanta Police Dept. for allegedly hitting his son with a belt buckle last year. They ultimately decided to drop the case. 

Now, we've learned Reed is fuming over the decision -- with one source close to Reed telling us, "She's extremely upset by the way the system neglected to defend her son."

"She never asked for Dwight to be arrested. She asked for him to get help and take parenting classes. Her child is terrified of his father."

We reached out to Dwight's camp for comment -- and his attorney told us, "Several law enforcement agencies have thoroughly investigated the allegations and all decided against filing charges."

"It is sad that Royce Reed continues to use her son as a pawn with the media, despite court orders prohibiting her from doing so."

Aaron Hernandez Jail I.D.

eBay Shuts Down Auction

... Seller Goes to Craigslist

4/13/2015 11:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The person selling Aaron Hernandez's official jail I.D. card from Suffolk County jail in Mass. says eBay has shut down the auction ... so he's moved it over to Craigslist.

We broke the story ... the seller says he "happened to come across the I.D." while he was locked up in jail with Hernandez ... and managed to smuggle the item out of the clink. Starting bid was $500

But now, the seller says his plan hit a speed bump ... when he got an email from the auction site saying they suspended his account. 

We reached out to eBay for comment -- but haven't heard back. 

The seller tells TMZ Sports he's still optimistic about making a deal ... and has upped the asking price to $5,000. 

So far, no word from Hernandez either -- since he's still on trial for murder. 

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Dwight Howard

ATL Child Abuse Case Closed

... No Charges Filed

4/13/2015 11:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0413_dwight_howard_gtmzDwight Howard will NOT face criminal charges for allegedly beating his then 6-year-old son Braylon with a belt buckle ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported, the NBA star was being investigated by the Atlanta Police Department over an incident that went down in Georgia back in August 2014. 

We spoke with Howard's attorney David Oscar Markus who told us, "We are gratified that the Atlanta Police Department, after fully examining the frivolous allegations against Dwight Howard, has closed the case and decided not to proceed with charges."

"Dwight Howard will continue to act in the best interest of his children and do whatever is necessary to protect their welfare."

Suge Knight

Hit & Run Victim Cries on the Stand ...

I Ain't Snitching!

4/13/2015 9:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0413-suge-knight-cle-bone-sloan-GETTY-01The man who got run over by Suge Knight, and survived, tearfully testified in court that he would not "snitch" and help prosecutors put Suge in prison.

Cle "Bone" Sloan was called to the stand during Suge's preliminary hearing Monday AM, and the prosecutor raised the topic of snitching.

Sloan got emotional and declared he "doesn't want to be used to send this man to prison." He added, "I screwed up and Terry's dead."

It's amazing ... the guy who was laid up for weeks with two fractured ankles, two torn ligaments in his knees and a shoulder injury from Suge plowing over him -- took the stand and tried to take the blame for Terry Carter's death ... seemingly taking some heat off Suge.

But what Bone giveth he taketh away, because by saying he wouldn't snitch and help put Suge in prison, by definition he's saying Suge did bad things that should land him in the big house.

Tina Knowles

Wedding Day #2!!!

4/12/2015 5:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0412-tina-knowles-wedding-gallery-launch-03Tina Knowles is getting hitched for the second time, this time on a fancy yacht ... with Beyonce and Jay Z on board!

Beyonce's 61-year-old mom is marrying 67-year-old actor Richard Lawson on Sunday evening -- and the yacht is cruising around the harbor in Newport Beach, CA.   

Everyone is dressed in white, including Blue Ivy. Solange was also there along with other relatives. The boat holds 300, and we're guessing they could fill it to capacity if they want.

Tina and Beyonce showed up around noon to check out the boat.  They left together in an SUV before returning for the ceremony.

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Rapper YC

Busted Cheating in Vegas

Fiancee Ditches Him at the Altar!

4/13/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0410-yc-tia-anderson-getty-tmz-02Rapper YC -- aka Yung Chris -- just learned fidelity is a key part of marriage ... especially the night before your wedding.

YC and his GF of 5 years, Tia Anderson ... decided to elope at the end of March, and invited a handful of family and friends to join them at the Bellagio in Vegas. What they didn't plan on was the smokin' hot bartender.

YC's rep Kali Bowyer says Tia spotted YC -- best known for his hit, "Racks" -- getting handsy with a hotel bartender on Friday night ... and immediately pulled the plug on the Saturday ceremony.

YC's telling friends nothing happened with the drink-slinger, but admits it was heading in that direction. Not that it matters to Tia ... the damage was done.

As for the ring -- we're told Tia's keeping it. If YC's looking for ice ... try the bartender.

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Akon

Dear President ...

Enjoy This Ballin' Bulletproof Van

4/13/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0408-akon-and-van-TMZ-01Akon has the same crisis we all do -- what the hell do ya buy an African president who has everything?! The answer, according to Akon ... is a $350k tricked out bulletproof ride.

The guys over at The Auto Firm in South FL. tell us Akon ordered a 2014 Mercedes Sprinter from them a year ago ... and asked them to reinforce the whole thing in bulletproof armor. That's the kinda order that raises eyebrows -- but we're told Akon's not saying much.

He copped to it being a gift for an African president, but wouldn't say which one. Our best guess -- Akon's homeland of Senegal ... but again, he won't confirm. 

We're told the 8-seater whip was rebuilt with the armor, plus a ton of bells and whistles inside: DirecTV, surround sound, etc ... all iPad controlled.

Interestingly, the exterior is very plain ... probably so the mystery prez can ride low key. Always a good idea if you're worried about bullets.

Hail to the chief?

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Kanye West

Gets Wet and Wild

During Surprise Free Armenian Concert

4/12/2015 3:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Turns out Yeezus can't walk on water, he just falls in it like the rest of us. 

Kanye West performed a free concert Sunday night in the capital of Armenia, which came to an end after Kanye jumped into Swan Lake ... and dozens of fans followed suit. 

Kanye's been over there with Kim Kardashian all week as she taps into her Armenian roots -- and shoots scenes for 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians'. He performed six songs: "Stronger," "Jesus Walks," "Power," "Touch the Sky," "All of the Lights" and "Good Life."

West's lake dive ended the show -- the crowd went bonkers and cops had to shut it down -- but you know it'll make great promo footage for the reality show.  

Nelly

Not My Meth

Challenges Drug Arrest

4/12/2015 8:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Nelly's lawyer is already mounting a defense in his meth arrest Saturday, claiming the drugs found weren't his.

Nelly was arrested on his tour bus in Tennessee after it was pulled over for not having proper stickers. Cops say they smelled pot, then searched the bus and allegedly found meth, marijuana and guns.

Nelly's lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, tells TMZ  there were 15 to 20 people who had access to the bus prior to the stop and there were multiple people on the bus when cops searched it. Rosenblum seems to take issue with cops on the meth issue saying, "a small quantity of [MDMA/Ecstasy] was discovered." 

Rosenblum adds, "Nelly will not be associated with the contraband that was allegedly discovered."

Bobby Brown

Performs at Soul Food Festival

Everyone Goes Through Heartache

4/12/2015 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bobby Brown was an enormous hit at the Soul Food Festival Saturday night ... and he moved the crowd to tears as he opened up about the hard time he's going through.

Bobby said there was never any question about him fulfilling his obligation to appear at the festival.  As you know, his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, lay in an Atlanta hospital, clinging to life.  It's been 2 1/2 months since Bobbi Kristina was rushed to a hospital after she was found submerged in a bathtub.

Bobby went right to the airport after his gig to return to Atlanta ... and his daughter.

The Game

Allegedly Attacks Another Guy

Connected to Basketball Brawl

4/12/2015 7:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Game allegedly attacked a photog who was part of a team serving him with a lawsuit for allegedly assaulting a cop ... lots of allegeds here.

TMZ broke the story ... Game got into it with an off duty cop during a basketball game last month and sucker punched the guy.  The cop has sued game, claiming the punch may have caused brain damage.

But lawsuits must get served, so Saturday afternoon a process server went to Game's Calabasas home to get the job done.  He brought along a guy to record the service on video.

Apparently Game didn't much like the spotlight, because the photog says the rapper attacked him, pushing him to the ground.

The guy called 911, cops rushed over but by that time Game was gone.  So the photog filed a police report for battery.

Basketball ... not always fun.

Nelly

Busted for Pot & Meth

Cops Say Guns Also On Tour Bus

4/11/2015 6:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Nelly's tour bus got nailed by cops in Tennessee for a bunch of alleged offenses -- and the rapper  himself got hauled off to jail for felony possession of drugs ... including meth.

A state trooper pulled over the bus Saturday morning for not having a required Dept. of Transportation sticker ... and when the officer caught a strong whiff of pot ... he decided to conduct a search.

Cops say they found a baggie with crystal rocks that tested positive for meth, and a small amount of marijuana in the sleeper area of the bus. They say they also found quite the stash of guns -- a .50 caliber pistol, a .45 caliber pistol, and a .500 magnum Smith and Wesson.

Nelly was booked for the meth -- a felony -- and misdemeanor marijuana possession. He was also booked for drug paraphernalia -- cops say there were about 100 small Ziplock bags commonly used for the sale of drugs.

Another passenger, Brian Jones, was busted for possession of a handgun.

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