Stephen Collins says he's not a pedophile, but rather someone who had a "distortion" in his thinking.
Collins told Katie Couric ... he does not fit the "clinical or dictionary definition" of a pedophile ... so concluded his therapist. That same therapist, Collins says, told him that if Collins really was a pedophile ... he would have repeated the misdeed way more than he did.
Collins told Couric he has no attraction toward children and that the incident in 1973 -- where he made physical contact with one of the victims -- stopped him dead in his tracks ... saying, "It was the opposite of excitement or gratification."
TMZ spoke with that victim on Wednesday ... who feels Collins is downplaying the incident and doesn't buy his decision not to apologize to her.
Rev. Al Sharpton
Meets with Amy Pascal
All Talk, Let's See Some Action
12/18/2014 2:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Al Sharpton is willing to give Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal a chance to prove she'll do the right thing for African Americans, but he says, "The proof is in the pudding and you don't know until you eat it."
Sharpton tells TMZ he met with Pascal for 90 minutes Thursday in NYC, and she admitted she was "wrong and silly" to engage producer Scott Rudin in speculation that Prez Obama only likes "black movies."
Sharpton says the head of the National Urban League was also on hand and told her they were "outraged" by her comments. She said it was "an isolated incident," but Sharpton retorted it was indicative of a bigger problem in Hollywood ... no blacks at the top.
The Rev says he's not calling for Amy's head, but he wants to see real action before making a final decision. The contrition is clearly not complete, because he says he and Amy will sit down for another chitchat next week.
Cancels Studio Tour
Until Further Notice
12/18/2014 10:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sony is telling people who signed up for their studio tour to take a walk ... anywhere but on the Sony lot.
Sources at the studio tell TMZ ... their tour has been put on ice since the hacker attack ... and a big reason is that its 2 hour walking could pose a big threat to Sony. The tour is touted as a behind the scenes look at a working studio. The idea of someone straying from the group is too real a possibility.
We're told the tour will not resume until sometime after the first of the year, but no date has been set.
Kris and Bruce Jenner
12/18/2014 9:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kris and Bruce Jenner have settled their divorced ... TMZ has learned, and the goodies have been divided, with Bruce scoring several million from his ex.
A L.A. County judge has signed the legal docs.
It's about as clean a divorce as possible. As we previously reported, they did not sign a prenup. Kris gets the family house and they divided up various bank accounts and other assets.
We're told based on the settlement agreement ... neither Kris nor Bruce will get spousal support. As for 17-year-old Kylie, she's so close to becoming an adult they share joint custody and each parent will foot the bill while she's with them.
Under the agreement, Kris has to pay Bruce $2.5 million to equalize things.
Kris gets a 2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost, a 2014 Bentley and a 2014 Land Rover. Bruce gets a 2011 Porsche 997 Coupe, a 2013 Cadillac Escalade and a 2007 Harley motorcycle.
Kris filed for divorce in September, citing irreconcilable differences. She listed the date of separation as June 1, 2013.
They each get to keep their airline miles.
It looks like the actual date they are legally allowed to tie the knot with someone else is March 23, 2015 ... but the fat lady has sung.
They're on the market folks.
'Real Housewife' Phaedra Parks
Me and the Kids Are Going
To the Big House For XMAS!
12/18/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Phaedra Parks says she's going to prison for the holidays, and she may be bringing her kids.
Phaedra's hubby Apollo Nida is serving an 8 year sentence for money laundering and check fraud, and it looked like it would be the loneliest of times because Phaedra said she would NOT visit him.
But she's softened for the holidays, and now says her and the kids will probably go on a field trip to the big house.
And check this out ... even though she's said she'll divorce Apollo, she's still wearing the ring.
'The Voice' Winner Craig Wayne Boyd
Snubs Fans Hard
12/18/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Craig Wayne Boyd may have just won "The Voice," but he wouldn't even be a finalist in "The Brain," because he almost immediately disrespected the fans who will determine his long-term success.
Boyd was leaving an NYC office Building Wednesday ... when he squeezed in an autograph and a mid-stride selfie, and then blazed past the other fans.
The little people know the game, and warned the singer he's starting off on the wrong foot.
"The Voice" is a really good show. Now name one of the past winners.
Soap Star Crystal Hunt
I Cut a Woman's Face
And it Only Cost Me $3,600!
12/18/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Soap star Crystal Hunt destroys faces and dreams according to the woman she attacked this year ... now she's paying out ... but it seems like a drop in the bucket.
The "One Life to Live" actress went to town on Elizabeth Nam during a bar brawl, cracking a bar glass on her face, requiring doctors, plastic surgeons and even a shrink.
You'd think the bills, along with her pain and suffering, would be in the tens of thousands of dollars.
But a criminal court judge just ordered Crystal to pay a measly $3,600 to Elizabeth in restitution. It's unclear why the amount is so low.
Crystal has pled no contest to assault, and has been placed on 3 years probation and ordered to perform 45 days of community labor.
Sounds like Elizabeth got hit ... and then slapped in the face. But Elizabeth can still file a civil suit.
Crystal's attorney Shepard Kopp tells TMZ that "nothing from any doctor indicates she will require plastic surgery. In fact, the judge on the case inspected Nam's face close up at the sentencing hearing and could barely see any sign of injury. Nam has also admitted to a private investigator that she believes Crystal was only trying to throw water at her and that the glass slipped out of her hand."
'Married At First Sight' Lawsuit
Till Theft Of My Idea
Do Us Part
12/18/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A&E doesn’t think the idea of a marriage reality game show is sacred … at least that's the allegation in a new lawsuit.
Yaina Williams says she's the mastermind behind “Married at First Sight” -- a show that follows six couples that get hitched the moment they meet.
Williams claims she uploaded her treatment to a site called the TV Writers Vault back in 2011 and later found out an exec at Lifetime -- owned by A&E Networks -- downloaded it a year later.
She says the next thing she knew ... promos for MAFS were running on the network and she flipped out.
Williams says the the show is so similar to her treatment ... they even share the same tagline, "Can Love Happen at First Sight." And she says the use of experts, online voting and a 6-month couples check-up were all copied.
She wants a judge to order the network to stop airing the show. And she also wants money.
Calls to A&E have not been returned.
I'm Going Nowhere
12/17/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sony Pictures Chief Amy Pascal will NOT step down ... and we're told there has been a groundswell of celebrity support for her to keep her job.
Our industry sources tell TMZ ... more than 50 showbiz bigwigs -- many of whom are celebrities -- have contacted Pascal and other honchos at Sony voicing support for her. Ironically, a number of the supporters voice their sentiment via email to various execs at Sony.
We're told the celebs who have come forward include Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, John Singleton, Jack Nicholson and Tyler Perry. As for that pic of Jolie with the steely look as Pascal hugged her ... we're told it was just a moment in time.
We're told Pascal is winning some points by spending much of her time in the last few days focusing on the security and safety of the employees.
Pascal is under fire for her emails with producer Scott Rudin about Prez Obama's film preferences, which Rudin said ranged from "12 Years a Slave" to "Ride Along."
The people voicing support have gone out of their way to say they do not think Pascal is racist.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
I've Reached A Verdict on O.J.
12/17/2014 7:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Cuba Gooding Jr. is already stepping into OJ Simpson's Bruno Magli's ... and he's made up his mind about whether the Juice is guilty of murder.
Outside the Paley Center in NYC ... Cuba told us he's excited about playing Simpson in Ryan Murphy's miniseries “American Crime Story: The People V. OJ Simpson." But to really nail the role, Cuba says he has to go all in -- which raises the million dollar question.
Watch the video -- Cuba gives us an answer. It's cryptic, but telling.
So, we gotta ask ...
Sony Hacking Scandal
Execs Convinced It's an Inside Job
12/17/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sony execs are now convinced someone who worked for the studio is behind the massive hacking ... because no one from the outside could so precisely target the compromising information.
Multiple sources connected to the studio tell TMZ ... the strong, prevailing view is that the North Koreans are probably involved, but they used someone with intimate knowledge of the Sony email system to laser in on the most embarrassing information.
We're told the people at Sony who are investigating believe the hackers had intimate knowledge of mail systems and their configurations. They also believe the hackers have knowledge of the internal media distribution systems and the internal IT systems, including human resources and payroll.
Several people suggested a possible link between the hackers and Sony layoffs, which included a large number of IT employees.
I'm Going to Children's Hospital
12/16/2014 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kylie Jenner gave a bunch of sick kids exactly what they wanted this holiday season ... oh yeah, and she brought some toys too.
Wearing a white, shear, midriff-baring top, a pair of tight, ripped jeans, high heels, and camera-ready makeup ... Kylie showed up Monday with boyfriend Tyga to the Teen Impact Holiday Party at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Maybe not the most appropriate outfit for young kids.
So we gotta ask ...
Forget Santa ...
I'll Save Christmas!
12/16/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Christmas in the town of McIntyre, GA was almost cancelled, but Mama June ponied up out of her own pocket to save it.
The Shannon family has hosted a toy drive for the last 5 years ... with great success. Sometimes 500 people a night would show up at their well-decorated home, where adults deposited toys and the kids would sit on Santa's -- AKA Sugar Bear's -- lap.
But the fallout from the collapse of the Honey Boo Boo empire has taken its toll ... only a few hundred people showed up so far, and it looked like some kids would get nothing next week.
So Mama June says she personally forked over $2,000 for toys and says she'll ante up more if need be. She tells us, "No matter if one or one hundred came out, I was going to make sure the kids here in the county will wake up to something at Christmas."
So she's been naughty and nice.