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Lindsay Lohan Egor Hit Me And He's Broke!

9/22/2016 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0922-lindsay-lohan-egor-tarabasov-gettyLindsay Lohan had to hide her abusive relationship with Egor Tarabasov, and she also paid through the nose to keep them afloat ... at least that's what she claimed on Russian TV. 

During her interview with Russia's Channel One, Lindsay said Egor hit her throughout their relationship ... to the point she had to cover her bruises. 

She also said she supported Egor financially ... even buying her own engagement ring -- which would explain why she's still wearing the emerald since they split. Kinda shocking because Egor is the son of a super wealthy Russian businessman. 

Lindsay went on to say the abuse made her more like her mom, Dina ... who, of course, had a rocky and abusive relationship with Michael Lohan. 

As we first reported, Lindsay was very keen on meeting President Putin while she's in Russia ... and she doubled down on that during the interview, saying ... "I really like him, he is very persistent." Whatever that means. 

Egor's already firing back -- his rep tells us Lindsay's claims are all false, and he'll pursue legal action to clear his name. 

Here's the interview, if you want to check it out ... it's in Russian. 

JonBenet Ramsey Murder House Owners Rejected CBS Documentary

9/22/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0921-jonbenet-ramsey-house-splash-getty-01The owners of the Boulder house where JonBenet Ramsey was killed told documentary producers to take a hike when they literally tried to return to the scene of the crime.

Carol Schuller Milner and her husband currently live in the home, and she tells TMZ ... a production company contacted them months ago asking to lease their house. She says they immediately turned them down ... saying they had NO interest in dredging up horrific memories.

If you saw CBS' special, "The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey" ... you noticed producers had to build replica rooms, because they had zero access to the real deal. 

Even if the Milners had played ball ... Carol says they made major renovations 10 years ago, which included the basement. She says it wasn't because they were creeped out -- they'd already been there for 2 years -- it was just time for a makeover.

Carol says they didn't watch the documentary, and they've always separated the JonBenet tragedy from their home.

JonBenet Ramsey Brother's Atty Rips CBS ... Special Was an 'Asinine' Lie

9/21/2016 2:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The lawyer for JonBenet Ramsey's brother laid out exactly why he plans to sue the crap out of CBS for airing "experts" who concluded Burke Ramsey killed his little sister.

Burke's lawyer, L. Lin Wood, came on "TMZ Live" and accused CBS of using "phony experts" on its documentary ... just so it could profit off the impending 20 year anniversary of JonBenet's unsolved murder.

Wood explained why he believe the evidence completely refutes the findings of "The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey." As we reported ... Wood intends to sue CBS for defamation.

'Modern Family' Creator Blistering Email to Ex ... Dear Krista Schmuck

9/21/2016 2:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0921-steve-levitan-getty-tmz-fa-01Steve Levitan's estranged wife is just out for a petty cash grab in their divorce ... at least that's how the "Modern Family" creator put it in a very candid email to her. 

Levitan set the tone right off the bat, starting the email with ... "Krista Schmuck." We should point out ... that's her maiden name, but there's a chance he was going for a double entendre.

In the email -- which was filed in their divorce case -- Steve warns Krista she's going to have to blow millions on her lawyers just to get a dime out of him. He also calls her out for having loose lips -- and says he wishes she handled the split more like Ben Affleck and Jen Garner ... or Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin.

Y'know, more conscious uncoupling-ish.

JonBenet Ramsey Brother to File Defamation Suit Against CBS

9/21/2016 8:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0921-jonbenet-ramsey-doc-cbsCBS is about to be sued by JonBenet Ramsey's older brother, two days after the network aired a documentary in which experts concluded the brother killed her.

Burke Ramsey's lawyer, L. Lin Wood, tells TMZ, "You damn betcha I'm gonna sue CBS, the phony experts and everyone else that put this thing together."

The documentary concludes Burke, then 9, killed his little sister by hitting her on the head with a heavy flashlight, while John and Patsy Ramsey covered up the kill to protect him.

The theory flies in the face of autopsy findings, which concluded JonBenet died from "asphyxia strangulation" associated with head trauma. There were scores of theories ... the most prominent being someone struck the 6-year-old with a flashlight and one of the parents used a garrote to finish her off. The theory -- the parents allegedly killed JonBenet to then make it seem that an intruder murdered her.

The theory was never pursued by prosecutors.

CBS tells TMZ, the network "stands by the broadcast and will do so in court."

If it goes to court this could become a de facto murder trial.

'Modern Family' Creator Steve Levitan Estranged Wife Accuses Him of Threatening WWIII Shut Down by Judge

9/21/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Modern Family" creator Steve Levitan has a new idea for a functional modern family ... lose the wife who drags him to court for daring to visit his daughter.

Levitan -- who grosses $2.4 million a month -- is in the throes of a super nasty divorce in which his wife has now twice tried, unsuccessfully, to keep him away from the family home.

The latest blowup occurred the day before the Emmys. Steve invited his daughter, Hannah, to come home from college for the weekend so he could take her to the awards ceremony. Hannah was staying at the family home with her mom, Krista, when Steve drove up to take her for a drink.

Steve says he was on a public sidewalk when Hannah came up to hug him. Krista was out of town, but a burly security guard was ready to pounce. The guard got out of a car, walked up to Steve and said, "Can I help you with something." Steve simply responded, "No."

But Steve was pissed, saying in legal docs he felt like he was being treated like a criminal.

Krista ran to court Tuesday, asking a judge for a restraining order ... keeping him a hundred yards from the family home. She made all sorts of allegations, including aggressive courtroom conduct. She said he tried to intimidate her in the courthouse cafeteria by staring her down.

She also says he assaulted her back in May at their son's volleyball awards ceremony by grabbing her by the arms and saying, "Get ready for World War III."

The judge denied her request for a restraining order. This is the second time Krista's been shut down in court for a restraining order.

Money ... it doesn't buy happiness.

Jimmy Fallon Unpacking Trump's 'Bag' with Hillary

9/20/2016 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jimmy Fallon finally hosted Hillary Clinton on his late night show -- and they did exactly what you'd expect ... took shots at Donald Trump.

The bit went like this -- Jimmy unpacked a brown paper bag he claimed Trump left behind from his 'Tonight Show' appearance. It was full of gag items, including a framed homage to Vladimir Putin

Check out the clip -- Hillary gets in a couple jabs ... first at Jimmy, then at Putin. The Putin could potentially complicate things at a future state dinner. 

The rest of it was more like a stump speech by Clinton -- and Jimmy let her go and go ... 

Johnnie Cochran Protege Marcia Deserves 2nd Chance, But We Whooped Her in Court

9/19/2016 3:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Johnnie Cochran's protege, Carl Douglas, has sympathy for his former O.J. Simpson trial opponent, Marcia Clark ... but only up to a point.

Carl came on "TMZ Live" to talk about 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' cleaning up at the Emmys. Marcia was there with Sarah Paulson, who played her and ended up winning a trophy. Sarah made a special shout-out/apology to Marcia during her acceptance speech.

You gotta hear Carl's take on Marcia getting hammered by the public in the wake of the trial.

Fair to say, he enjoyed Marcia's moment in the spotlight more than he did Jimmy Kimmel's crack about Cochran being in hell.

'Dukes of Hazzard' Star My Ex Is Cleaning Up More Than $18k/Month!

9/19/2016 12:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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John Schneider -- one of TV's "good ole boys" -- is gonna hand over a big ole bundle of dough to his estranged wife in spousal support.

Bo Duke from "The Dukes of Hazzard" was ordered to pay Elvira Schneider $18,911 every month, which sounds like a hefty bill -- 'cause it is -- but it could have been worse. Elvira had requested $31k per month.

If you're wondering how the star of an '80s TV show can still afford to fork out that kinda cash --Schneider says he earned $40,487 last month. He owns a production company where he's directing, writing and producing ... plus he's still acting in several projects.

Elvira filed divorce docs almost 2 years ago. They've yet to reach a final settlement. 

Anthony Bourdain Chef Splits With MMA Fighter Wife

9/19/2016 9:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0919-Anthony-Bourdain-and-Ottavia-Busia-tmz-gettyAnthony Bourdain has split with Ottavia Busia, his wife of 9 years ... but the two are still on pretty good terms, all things considered.

Sources close to the celebrity chef say the relationship hasn't been hot for quite some time now ... but they remain close. They married in 2007. They have a 9-year-old daughter together. 

Ottavia -- a trained jiu-jitsu fighter -- implied Anthony's demanding travel schedule for his show 'Parts Unknown' played a role in the split. 

"Because of professional decisions we both have made, my husband and I have been for years in an unconventional relationship. Nothing has changed. We love each other," she said in a statement to Page Six

"We respect the decisions the other has made. And we’ll always consider ourselves a family."

As for Anthony -- who also trains in MMA -- he isn't talking about the split, but was out with Nate and Nick Diaz over the weekend. 

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'The League's' Steve Rannazzisi I Quit Fantasy Football ... 'No More for Me'

9/19/2016 9:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Steve Rannazzisi -- who starred on a show about FANTASY FOOTBALL for 7 SEASONS -- says he's officially quitting fantasy football forever ... and he's being completely serious. 

Of course, Steve played Kevin on "The League" -- the FXX show about a bunch of friends in an FF league together ... it guest starred a ton of real NFL players including Adrian Peterson, Antonio Gates, J.J. Watt. 

But when we got Steve out in L.A. over the weekend, he explained why he's sworn off fantasy for good.

Give that man the Sacko. 

Jimmy Fallon Donald's a Good Sport ... And I'm Never Hard On My Guests!

9/19/2016 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jimmy Fallon says he gave Donald Trump a 2 minute warning before messing with his hair last week ... and he doesn't think he went too soft on the guy either. 

We got Jimmy after Sunday night's Emmy Awards and he described in detail what it felt like. 

Jimmy also brushed off critics who blasted him for going too soft on Donald.

The 'Tonight Show' host has Hillary Clinton on this week, and it sounds like more gags are in store.

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'The Voice' Producers Yay, We Won an Emmy ... And Screw Kimmel!

9/19/2016 7:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Producers Ashley Baumann-Sylvester and Barton Kimball were thrilled to have won an Emmy for "The Voice" ... maybe Ashley more so than Barton. 

We got them leaving The Governor's Ball Sunday where they riffed on the suggestion that Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys would make good Supreme Court justices. Check out the clip -- Ashley loses sight of the question ... all in good fun.

We even asked about Jimmy Kimmel faking out the Emmy crowd with a Bill Cosby introduction ... they had some choice words for that too.

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