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Dustin Diamond

Convicted in Stabbing Case

5/30/2015 7:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0530-dustin-diamond-getty-02Dustin Diamond was convicted Friday in the case where he stabbed a guy in a bar, but in a way it's really a victory for him.

Diamond was convicted of 2 misdemeanors but acquitted of the far more serious felonies.

1226-dustin-diamond-at-bar-fight-christmas-TMZ-02As TMZ reported, Diamond, who was with his girlfriend, stabbed a man in the Wisconsin bar last XMAS, but he claimed self defense. Diamond testified, "I felt like we were being set up for antagonistic purposes." The actor who famously played Screech claimed he was merely waiving a pocket knife around to fend off aggressors, never intending to stab anyone.

The guy he stabbed didn't even know he was cut until after he left the bar.

Diamond was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.  Worst case scenario is a 9 month jail sentence. 

Tyson Beckford

Tells Chris Brown

Your Threats Don't Scare Me

5/25/2015 7:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0525-tyson-beckford-instagramChris Brown had a meltdown Sunday after Tyson Beckford dared to post a pic of himself with Karrueche Tran, but Tyson made it clear, he's not scared one bit.

It started Sunday when Chris saw the pic, then posted a flurry of tweets, saying among other things, "U wanna keep walking them runways.  I need ta legs for that.  Keep playing like I ain't wit the bulls***." 

Chris deleted the tweets, but Tyson fired back, seemingly impervious to the threats, saying, "It's all about fun in Vegas, come thru papa."

Tyson then posted video of himself shooting a gun range, saying, "Just in case your forgot!"

But Chris wasn't done.  Late Sunday night, Chris posted a pic of Vegas cops behind a building, saying, "This n**** Tyson got the whole Vegas PD out here.  Suckah!  This fruitz!"

Chris has been making a play to get Karrueche ever since she found out he had a child by another woman.  

Don't know whether this helps or hurts Chris' chances.

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Mark Curry

Hey, Delta ...

All Black People Don't Carry Guns!

5/19/2015 6:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

update_graphic_red_bar2:40 PM PT -- Delta says it's taking Curry's "claims of discrimination very seriously." A rep for the airline adds they are in touch with Curry and investigating the incident. update_grey_gray_barMr. Cooper strolled into Dallas/Fort Worth Airport with a loaded weapon! At least that's what a Delta first class agent thought ... according to Mark Curry.

The former star of "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper" was pissed off when he landed at LAX ... and told us about the "loaded" question. We all know it's a standard security question to be asked if you have any weapons or ammo -- but Mark is talking about a different situation.

Mark says the agent, who was black, asked him to his face if he was carrying a loaded weapon ON HIM. He adds the agent told him ... she thought she'd overheard Curry say he had a gun.  

Watch the clip ... he's seriously freaked out, and angry about the incident, and has a warning to Delta about its black passengers.

We've reached out to the airline for comment -- no word back yet.

The Game

Dating Show Crew Strikes

Our Lives are in Danger!!!

5/19/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Game had his dating show derailed a few days ago when his TV crew went on strike after the rapper pulled a loaded gun when cameras were rolling ... sources tell TMZ.

Game is doing a show called "She's Got Game," in which he searches for true love. That search took him to New Orleans earlier this month, where they filmed in a nightclub. It was a memorable evening, because that's when Game took the mic and threatened Young Thug.

Sources connected with the production tell us Game then grabbed a loaded gun from his bodyguard's holster and waved it in the air. The crew freaked out. 

The final straw was a day later when Thug shot back with a video calling out Game, with a guy in the background holding a semi-automatic weapon.

We're told the crew told producers they would not continue shooting the show because they felt their lives were in danger.

Our sources say show honchos capitulated, and agreed they would not film the rest of the show in nightclubs. The following shoot in Atlanta, we're told, was then cancelled.

We reached out to Game and the production company. So far no word back.

George Zimmerman

Cops: Shooter Said ...

'I Hope I Got Him This Time'

5/15/2015 5:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0515_george_zimmerman_getty2The guy who shot at George Zimmerman during a road rage incident this week ... allegedly taunted Zimmerman moments before opening fire, yelling ... "You remember me, you fat motherf****r?"

Matthew Apperson was arrested by Lake Mary PD on Friday and charged with 3 crimes --aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, and firing a deadly missile. 

According to police a detective on the crime scene overheard Apperson say, "I hope I got him this time." As we've reported, Apperson and Zimmerman had another road rage incident last year -- and cops say it appears Apperson is now obsessed with Zimmerman.

Zimmerman told police Apperson pulled up behind him and started yelling the "fat" comment, and also ... "You owe me your life. The only reason I didn't press charges on you is because I wanted to kill you myself." 

Moments later Apperson pulled up next to Zimmerman's truck and fired one shot into his vehicle.

Apperson tells a slightly different story ... claiming Zimmerman pulled out a gun and said, "I'm going to kill you" -- prompting Apperson to shoot. Apperson's maintained he fired in self defense.

Suge Knight

I Got My Mind Made Up

Don't Remove My Tupac Bullet!

5/14/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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 has given doctors a piece of his mind ... refusing to have a bullet fragment removed that’s been lodged in his head for the past 19 years ... a bullet intended for Tupac Shakur.

Rewind to 1996 … Knight infamously drove the car carrying Tupac the night of the rap legend’s drive-by murder off the Las Vegas strip.

One of the bullets missed Tupac but grazed Suge's head; a fragment lodged in his skull, and was never removed.

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Here's the problem. Suge's in bad shape as he lingers in a jail cell, and doctors want to perform an MRI so they can figure out why he keeps passing out. But the bullet fragment causes interference with the machine, so doctors want to remove it.  

Suge’s attorney, Matthew Fletcher, tells us Knight thinks he'll die if doctors start screwing with his head and try to remove the fragment, especially given his fragile state.

Aside from medical concerns, you gotta admit ... how cool is it to have a Tupac bullet in your head?

George Zimmerman

He Threatened Me with a Gun

... Motorist Claims

5/12/2015 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0512-george-zimmerman-getty-02George Zimmerman flashed a gun at the motorist who fired a shot into Zimmerman's car ... at least that's what the motorist is telling his lawyer.

Matthew Apperson's lawyer, Mark NeJame, tells TMZ, his client did NOT flash his headlights at Zimmerman Monday nor did he chase him down. NeJame says Apperson ended up side-by-side with Zimmerman when the famous former defendant waved a gun.

NeJame says it was pure self-defense, buttressed by the fact that Apperson is the one who initiated the call to 911. He actually had to hunt someone down who had a cellphone because he didn't have one at the time.

Apperson has not been arrested for firing the shot, and NeJame is adamant ... charges are not warranted because Zimmerman has a violent past and provoked the incident.  

 

George Zimmerman

Shooting Was Unprovoked

He Chased Me Down

5/12/2015 7:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0512-george-zimmerman-getty-01George Zimmerman was fleeing for his life when a man opened fire on his truck ... this according to Zimmerman's attorney who's calling BS on the shooter's claim it was self-defense.

Matthew Apperson admits firing one shot at Zimmerman's truck Monday afternoon in Lake Mary, FL -- and Zimmerman's attorney Don West tells TMZ ... George did nothing to set off the attack.

West says Zimmerman was driving down the highway when he noticed a car behind him flashing its headlights ... and when the driver stuck his head out the window to yell something -- Zimmerman recognized it was Apperson.

As we've reported ... Apperson and Zimmerman have a road rage history.

West tells us Zimmerman made the first available u-turn to get away from Apperson -- who also turned to follow him, and then pulled up on the right side of Zimmerman's truck ... and opened fire through the passenger side window.

As for Apperson's claim of this being a self-defense shooting -- West says his client NEVER brandished his weapon ... and cops confirm he never fired it either.

Zimmerman was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released. Apperson has not been arrested.

The 911 call from the scene is interesting though. It was made by a guy Apperson flagged down, and the caller says ... "He had to shoot at somebody."

Sounds like Apperson was already telling people it was self-defense.

George Zimmerman

Injured in Shooting ...

Possible Road Rage Incident

5/11/2015 10:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

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1:05 PM PT -- The other person involved is Matthew Apperson -- and he is the same man Zimmerman had a road rage incident with last September. Police also say Zimmerman did NOT fire any shots, and Apperson called police to report the incident.

As for what sparked today's incident -- police say they're still waiting to get more info from Apperson and Zimmerman.

12:50 PM PT -- Lake Mary PD is holding a news conference where we're expecting more details about the shooting.update_grey_gray_bar

George Zimmerman was involved in a shooting with another man, and Zimmerman's lawyer tells TMZ ... his client and the other guy may not be strangers.

The shooting went down Monday afternoon on a road in Lake Mary, FL ... where Zimmerman lives. Police tell us they got a call for a road rage incident. News footage from the scene shows a bullet hole in the front passenger side window of Zimmerman's truck. 

0511-zimmerman-car-bullet-holeZimmerman's lawyer, Don West, tells TMZ Zimmerman told him he believes he recognized the other driver as someone with whom he had a run in several months ago.  

The lawyer says Zimmerman told him the other driver drove along side his client and fired into the driver's side window.

The lawyer says Zimmerman was not struck by a bullet, but rather shattering glass.

We do not know the race of the other man involved in the shooting. 

Zimmerman was acquitted in the Trayvon Martin shooting in 2013 -- and more recently was accused of assaulting his girlfriend. She later changed her story and refused to press charges.

Will Smith

Goes Ballistic ...

In 'Suicide Squad' Training

5/9/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Will Smith has career options if this little acting thing doesn't work out ... because this video of him training for "Suicide Squad" proves he can handle cold steel with the best of 'em.

Big Willie is obviously taking his role as gunsling super villain Deadshot very seriously ... because he hit up a tactical shooting range in Moorpark, CA this week for a full day of popping lead.

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We're told Smith spent the day with Navy SEALs and Army Rangers handling serious steel -- a Glock 9mm handgun and an AR-15 competition rifle.

Our sources say Smith was a natural who progressed very quickly -- especially during long range practice with the AR-15.

BTW ... Scott Eastwood also stopped by recently for some 'Squad' training -- even though his role in the movie is still top secret.

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Lil Wayne

Major Beef in Club

Before Bus Shooting

4/28/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0427-lil-wayne-tmz-01The search for suspects in the Lil Wayne tour bus shooting might lead back to the Atlanta nightclub where he performed that night ... and a heated showdown he had with audience members. 

Sources in Compound Nightclub this weekend say Weezy got into it with several people in the crowd. It's unclear what was said to spark the dispute, but we're told Wayne was hot as fish grease during part of his performance. 

We're told club security eventually booted the hecklers, but just to be safe ... Wayne got extra protection while leaving the club and getting onto his tour bus.

As we reported .. the shooting went down minutes after the bus left the club.

Police have no suspects yet -- and continue to investigate -- but the near-melee could be a clue. 

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Lil Wayne

Tour Bus Shot Up in Atlanta

4/26/2015 3:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0426-lil-wayne-police-tour-bus-wsbtv-3 copyLil Wayne's tour bus took on gunfire in Atlanta early Sunday morning ... TMZ has learned.

Wayne performed at Compound nightclub on Saturday night ... and sources tell us the shooting went down shortly after 3:30 AM -- minutes after Wayne's 2 tour buses pulled away from the club.

We're told Weezy and a few other Young Money execs and artists -- including Lil Twist and Hood -- were on board at least one of the buses at the time of the shooting. It appears no one was injured, and it's still unclear if Wayne was on board the bus that was hit.

Law enforcement sources tell us immediately after the shooting the bus was driven to a nearby hotel, and that's when someone in Wayne's entourage called cops.

We're told witnesses on the buses didn't see much -- their only description of the suspects is that they were in 2 white vehicles ... a sports car (possibly a Corvette) and an SUV.

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NFL's Chris Johnson

My Arm Is STRONG!

... Despite Gunshot Wound

4/25/2015 11:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Johnson is FLEXIN' again ... showing off his arm strength last night -- nearly 7 weeks after getting capped in the shoulder in a drive by shooting.

The NFL running back was leaving Hooray Henry's on the Sunset Strip -- when we asked how his recovery has been going ... ever since the incident in Orlando, FL in March 8th which left one person dead.

Chris has been training like a maniac over the past few weeks -- so we had to ask ... where do you want to play next season? His answer is about as honest as it gets. 

Check out the clip.

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