On a purely visual level ... it's understandable how Beverly Hills cops got fooled by the guy claiming to be former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland
Jason Michael Hurley -- the guy who claimed he was Scott after getting busted for stealing razors and meth possession -- is the singer's spitting image.
In fact ... before his arrest he was boasting his attempt to create a cover band called Stone Tempered Pilots.
As we reported ... cops took Hurley at his word that he was Weiland ... and he was so convincing jailers put him in the celeb wing for 3 weeks and never had a doubt he was the famous singer.
MASSIVE Law Enforcement Screw Up
8/22/2014 10:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Scott Weiland impostor was able to fool 3 BIG law enforcement agencies into believing he was the Stone Temple Pilots front man ... despite the fact he was fingerprinted immediately -- which was a dead giveaway -- and they even had his real name.
It's an unbelievable story and an incredible screw up. Jason Hurley was arrested July 26 on burglary and meth charges. He told Beverly Hills cops he was Scott Weiland and that was good enough for them.
It's breathtaking ... because cops actually fingerprinted Hurley, which should have been enough for them to know it wasn't Weiland, who himself has been fingerprinted before.
And get this ... Hurley's prints came back as HURLEY.
So, the first big screw up ... the press office apparently didn't know about the fingerprint results ... and wrote a press release touting a "celebrity arrest" -- Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots.
Get this ... the D.A. charged Hurley almost immediately with 5 crimes. The case is written as People v. Scott Weiland a.k.a. Jason Michael Hurley. So somehow it got to the D.A. that Hurley was the guy, yet everyone kept saying it was Scott Weiland.
So Hurley went to L.A. County Jail -- where he's been sitting for 3 weeks -- and no one put 2 and 2 together.
Cops didn't have a clue they had misidentified a guy who was in custody ... until TMZ posted a story based on the BHPD press release and Scott fired back he was in a recording studio.
I Will Pee On You
If You Hot Tub with Me
8/15/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The star running back just tweeted, "I don't think I've ever not peed in the hot tub."
Warning to Arian Foster's teammates -- he's not afraid to piss all over you if you dare to get in the hot tub with him.
Not that anyone asked, but Foster's confession is definitely news his buddies on the Houston Texans can use during training camp.
Foster went on to explain, "If you go in having any prior liquids in you, and dip your whole body into warm liquid relaxing every muscle, it's inevitable."
We smell a ploy to get the hot tub all to himself.
Pic of Dead Body NOT Him
8/13/2014 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Someone has posted a pic of what they claim to be Robin Williams' body at the Coroner's Office ... but we've learned it is NOT Robin.
We've traced it back ... the pic was taken from a Spanish language website that deals with strangulation and has several images posted to illustrate. The image that was sent around Tuesday night resembles Robin, but it was posted several years ago.
Zelda Williams was extremely upset by the pic, tweeting, "I'm shaking. I can't. Please. Twitter requires a link and I won't open it. Don't either. Please."
Zelda then deleted her tweet and apologized, saying "I should've risen above."
Law enforcement confirms to TMZ ... the pic is NOT Robin's body.
Casey Kasem's Body
On the Road Again
8/11/2014 10:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Casey Kasem's body is about to top James Brown's on the mileage front ... because we've learned it's being moved again ... this time thousands of miles away.
Casey's body is currently in a Montreal funeral home -- nearly 2 months after he died in Washington.
Sources tell us ... Jean Kasem is making arrangements to have the body flown to Europe ... possibly Oslo, Norway.
The move is significant. TMZ broke the story ... the Santa Monica Police Dept. is investigating Jean for elder abuse ... after one of Casey's daughters filed a complaint alleging Casey developed a fatal infection as a result of Jean taking him on a multi-state car ride to evade the family.
The Santa Monica PD wants a full autopsy ... which so far has not been performed. Casey's kids believe Jean is on the run because she knows if the family finds the body and gets a court order it could be incriminating for her.
We know Casey's kids are scrambling right now in an attempt to keep the body in Canada until they can get a court order.
Tate Murder Anniversary
Fire Alarm Goes Off
During Midnight Seance
8/10/2014 7:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There was a spooky seance early Saturday morning -- the 45th anniversary of the Sharon Tate murders -- that would probably please Charles Manson to no end.
The seance was held 200 feet from the site where Manson Family members slaughtered 7 people, including Tate.
Just after midnight ... as the seance was in full swing, a fire alarm went off for no apparent reason. There was no evidence of fire or smoke, although 2 candles on the table lit up the scene.
The Tate house is no longer there, but there have been supernatural tales spun for decades.
Maids Say Neverland Mansion
Laced with Pee and Poop
8/10/2014 7:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson threatened his staff with animal poop balls ... and would freely piss all over the house ... so claim 3 former Neverland maids.
The 3 maids spoke with the New York Post, but did not want their names revealed. They tell scatological stories that paint a shocking tale of uncleanliness. One maid says when the urge hit, MJ would just unzip his pants and pee in the grand entry of Neverland.
The maids were shocked, because when guests like Oprah or Elizabeth Taylor would visit the floors would be waxed but all they could think of is ... they're stepping where Michael took a wiz.
Another maid says Jackson would track in animal poop from his mini-farm on the property and then threaten to throw poop snowballs at the help.
The maids say Jackson lived like a pig ... his bedroom was littered with half-eaten chicken, potato chips, empty wine and whiskey bottles. One maid said it was so bad, the place was infested with bedbugs.
And there's this ... one maid claims, when MJ would see pictures of the Jackson 5 in magazines, he send someone out to collect as many as they could and then he'd shred them, saying, "Yuck, they don't deserve to have my name. They are gutless moochers. I'm the only star. They should be cleaning my shoes."
'Guardians of the Galaxy' Star
Drax the Lunch Box Destroyer
8/9/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Step aside Benicio Del Toro ... the real collector from "Guardians of the Galaxy" is Dave Bautista -- and he just copped a one of a kind treasure for his collection.
Fun fact ... Dave is an avid lunch box collector -- he's got around 100 -- so "GOTG" director James Gunn had a custom Drax box made for the former wrestling champ. The first of its kind.
Bautista didn't just receive ... he also gave custom WWE Championship belts to some of his co-stars like Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana.
We are groot at gift giving.
Put TMZ Photog on All Fours
8/8/2014 3:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sadomasochistic sex just got sexier ... as 3 jacked TNA wrestlers ripped off their shirts and put our photog in a camel clutch ... so he could put the move on his GF.
Here's how it went down -- our camera guy approached Robbie E, Jessie Godderz, and DJ Z and copped to "a wrestling fetish" ... asking for a few pointers in the bedroom.
The guys put our guy on all fours, and for some reason partially stripped down and gave him a lesson that ... well, kind of turned him on.
No judgement here.
Terrible Meth Face
Warns Tenn. Sheriff Dept.
8/7/2014 11:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Someone in the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee has just learned Photoshop ... mocking up a pic of Kim Kardashian as a meth head in a "scared straight" gallery.
The Drug Enforcement page on the Sheriff's website features a photo gallery showing the effects of meth use. Most of the "after" photos look like "Walking Dead" extras.
We rang up the good folks in Bradley County and they claim they had no idea Kim was part of the gallery. They say it was the brainchild of a volunteer who's no longer with them.
12:35 PM PT -- The sheriff's site has now been taken down and replaced with, "Under Construction."
I Fear Electrocution By Drone
8/6/2014 3:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West fears the paparazzi will fly drones over his home to get shots of his child in the pool and accidentally electrocute her.
TMZ has obtained a copy of Kanye's deposition in the lawsuit filed by a photog who was attacked by the rapper at LAX.
In the depo ... Kanye sarcastically asks the photog's lawyer, "Is your daughter stalked by like drones? Are there drones flying where she's trying to learn how to swim at age 1?"
Kanye goes on ... "Wouldn't you like to just teach your daughter how to swim without a drone flying? What happens if a drone falls right next to her? Would it electrocute her?"
As for how that could happen, Kanye says, "Could it fall and hit her if that paparazzi doesn't understand how to remote control the drone over their house?"
Kanye then explains he and Kim are selling their $11 million Bel Air mansion because they didn't realize paparazzi could shoot directly from the street.
TMZ broke the story ... Kim and Kanye are in escrow for a $20 million secluded estate in Hidden Hills -- near Calabasas. But Kanye clearly thinks even his 3 1/2 acres are not private ... because of paparazzi-controlled drones.
Thwarts Bear Attack
8/6/2014 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Teenage girls come running when you play Justin Bieber music ... but bears run from it.
Igor Vorozhbitsyn told the Croatian Times he was heading to his favorite fishing location in northern Russia's Yakutia Republic ... when he was attacked by a bear.
Vorozhbitsyn was in deep trouble ... when his cell phone rang. The ringtone -- Bieber's "Baby" -- upset the animal so ... it ran away.
So what's more amazing ... a Justin Bieber song scared a bear ... or a middle-aged Russian named Igor has a "Baby" ringtone?
Correspondent Allegedly Bit EMTs
In Drunken Rage
8/4/2014 10:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
CNN is being sued by 2 EMTs who claim one of the network's reporters bit them in a drunken rage.
Arwa Damon -- the Beirut-based senior international correspondent for CNN -- was in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad back in July. According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- she became "seriously intoxicated" and became unruly and violent.
Authorities arrived and according to the suit ... EMTs Tracy Lamar and Charles Simons were trying to help Damon when the correspondent bit both on their left arms. Simons also claims his knees and elbows were injured. Lamar says she was also bruised.
The suit claims while the EMTs were providing assistance ... Damon played the famous card, saying she was a "major reporter for CNN."
The suit claims CNN knew Damon had a history of becoming drunk and abusive, and had a penchant for violence, even when sober.
Lamar and Simons are each suing CNN and Damon for $1 million.
We contacted CNN ... so far now word back.