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Usher Ping-Pong Master on 6th Ave

7/28/2016 3:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Usher's just the latest celeb to piss off drivers on NYC's 6th Ave ... only this time it was for the sake of ping-pong. 

The R&B superstar obviously needs to work on his serve -- as you can see -- after getting into a quick match with jeweler to the stars Mr. Flawless ... who's made it a habit to block off the busy one-way street for photo shoots right outside his shop. 

Usher proved to be a good sport though -- and apparently this publicity stunt hasn't gotten anybody busted ... at least not yet. 

Check out the vid for yourself ... something tells us it won't be the last time you see Mr. Flawless getting honked at on 6th Ave

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Chris Darden Too Bad O.J. Didn't Run Into Fuhrman with that Knife!

7/16/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Christopher Darden said something pretty shocking ... it has to do with O.J., former LAPD Detective Mark Fuhrman, and the knife used to kill Ron and Nicole.

Darden appeared on the "Reasonable Doubt" podcast, featuring Adam Carolla and Mark Geragos. Darden joked -- we're guessing it's a joke -- that he wished the detective whose use of the n-word torpedoed the case would have bumped into Simpson sometime around 10 PM on June 12, 1994.

Too soon?

Robert Downey Jr. Cool Juror in Car Crash Case

7/14/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0713_robert_downey_jr_outside_court_TMZ_WM-2Robert Downey Jr. has a full week of work ... but he's not going to make his customary $20 - $40 million for the project. He'll make $15 a day ... as a juror.

We've learned Downey is an alternate juror in a car accident case which is being tried in L.A. Downey has been there since Monday, and the jury won't even start deliberating until Friday.

As for how he got selected, one source connected with the case tells us, "Everyone just thought he was a fair guy." He didn't make a big deal he's a movie star. To the contrary, he identified himself only as Robert Downey and said he was in the film industry.

We're told Downey's been super friendly and attentive during the trial. It's not exactly a riveting case. Two biomechanical engineers are testifying, along with both drivers, and 4 eyewitnesses. The injuries were not horrific ... we're told best case scenario the case is worth $50k.

The lawyers asked only a few questions before settling on the actor. He assured them neither he nor anyone in his family was in a car crash that resulted in injury.

One source connected with the case said, "He actually seems happy to be here."

Hey ... it beats "Due Date."

Snapchat Sued Kids Should Not Be Exposed to 'Fingering People'

7/7/2016 10:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0707_snapchat_launchupdate_graphic_red_bar1:45 PM PT -- A rep for Snapchat tells us, "We are sorry if people were offended," adding, "Our Discover partners have editorial independence, which is something that we support."update_grey_gray_barA bunch of kids are suing Snapchat for allegedly corrupting them with sexually explicit content.

Famed attorney Mark Geragos has just filed a lawsuit against the social media giant, claiming its new feature, Snapchat Discover -- which curates posts from various media outlets -- has become a haven for raunchy topics.

Geragos gives examples:

-- 10 Things He Thinks When He Can't Make You Orgasm

-- I Got High, Blown, and Robbed When I Was a Pizza Delivery Guy

-- 23 Pictures That Are Too Real If You've Ever Had Sex with a Penis (the Buzzfeed post features Disney characters with pornographic captions)

-- What It Is Really Like to Let People Finger You in Public  

The class action suit, on behalf of the minors, seeks a $50k penalty for each violation of the Communications Decency Act, and an order forcing Snapchat to warn parents and minors of graphic content.

Software Giant John McAfee Mime Changing Careers At 70

7/6/2016 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0701-john-mcafee-getty-tmz-01Antivirus software legend John McAfee should be counting his piles of money and settling into retirement, but no -- he says he's looking for face paint and a park to pester people ... as a mime. 

We've seen the hilarious email McAfee fired off to L.A. publicist Domenick Nati -- who's looking to rep McAfee. He says at the age of 70, he's "finally come to terms with the full nature of my ambitions. I have always wanted to become a mime."

McAfee wisely asked Nati if he has experience working with mimes, and adds, "Specifically, have you advanced their careers?"

We reached out to McAfee and, while there was no "LOL" in his original email, he says he was kidding ... he's actually considering becoming a puppeteer.

We're guessing this is a joke since John's already juggling a lot. Besides his alleged mime and puppeteer ambitions ... the multimillionaire inventor of McAfee AntiVirus software has been trying to get the Libertarian presidential nod.

Never hurts to have a plan B or C.

Michelle Rodriguez I Have Monkeys In My Head ... I Have To Do Psychedelics!!!

7/4/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michelle Rodriguez is a real trip when she talks about her experiences with psychedelics.

The video was deleted from "The Reality of Truth" ... the documentary in which Michelle got deep over Ayahuasca and Paul Walker's death.

We're told the footage didn't make the cut because Michelle just sounds out there.

Maybe the new "Just say no" campaign.

Cavs' Channing Frye Yes, I Made Out With The Trophy ... BUT I CLEANED IT FIRST

7/2/2016 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Cavs forward Channing Frye says he made sure the Larry O'Brien Trophy had a clean bill of health before he sucked face with it ... disinfecting the gold trophy prior to the love-fest.

Frye posted a video of him kissing (almost sensually) the trophy to his Instagram, which was both hilarious and disgusting ... when you think about how many guys it has been with.

We got Frye out at LAX and asked him about it ... and he assured our guy the trophy had been properly disinfected BEFORE he made sexy time with it.

Put on some Barry White, and watch Channing get it on with the trophy below.

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Ghostbusters We're the Ones You Call for a Lyft!

6/30/2016 1:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Ghostbusters" fans can roll up to the club in full Peter Venkman swag ... for a couple days anyway.

Ecto-1 replicas will be on call to Lyft riders July 1st and 2nd, but you gotta request GhostMode. 

It's similar to what Lyft did with DeLoreans for 'Back to the Future' day, but better since the Ghostbusters deal will be in multiple cities -- L.A., NYC, San Fran, Boston and Washington D.C.

We got one of the Ectos rolling through Bev Hills Wednesday night, and even Jeff Beacher was impressed, along with Paris Hilton -- who is busy launching her new fragrance 'Gold Rush.' They both took time out to admire the ride.

Lyft's expecting this is to be very popular, so it's also wrapping Toyota Highlanders to look like the car. Small consolation, but it'll lower your wait time. 

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Kim Zolciak I'm Not Selling My 'Lazy' Daughter's Car

6/30/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0629_Brielle-Biermann_jeep_instagramKim Zolciak did not put her daughter on blast by calling her a deadbeat and selling her car to teach her a lesson.

Someone posted on a car sale website that Brielle's 2013 Jeep was up for sale for a reasonable $50k. The seller's description had these choice words, "This car belongs to my lazy daughter Brielle Bierman."

It looks legit enough ... there are even pics of the Jeep in the driveway of the former 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star. One of the photos was taken from the other side of Kim's gate.

We spoke with Kim, who says the Jeep's not for sale and she's looking into the person behind the post.

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Dwyane Wade Banana Boat Pic Immortalized With Wacky Snapchat Filter

6/28/2016 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Anyone hoping to see Dwyane Wade, LeBron James & Chris Paul back on the banana boat is in luck ... kinda ... 'cause the most bromantic moment in NBA history is officially a Snapchat filter.

The guys are all back on vacation -- we're not sure where, but it's nice -- and Wade took to Snapchat to document the festivities using a mini cartoon picture of the guys' famous ride.

Check out the vid -- You can tell it's still the beginning of the trip ... but everyone looks like they're ready to turn up, expect for LeBron ... who's obviously a little tired from carrying an entire city on his back.

No word on whether there will be another boat ride ... but even if there isn't, we'll always have summer 2015.

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Colin Kaepernick Cornered Over Cam Newton 'We Ain't the Same Person'

6/27/2016 9:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Bizarre video of Colin Kaepernick ... who was cornered at an L.A. hotel on Friday and interrogated by some overzealous fans -- who forced the 49ers QB to compare himself to Cam Newton.

Kaep was strollin' through the Ritz-Carlton in shorts and a t-shirt when he was stopped by fans asking for some selfies. One of the fans launched into a quasi-pep talk -- it turned weird. 

The fans INSIST Kaep is as great as Cam. Colin's response -- "We ain't the same person."

It gets weirder from there ... but Kaep handles the situation like a pro.  

Verne Troyer I Was The Tiniest Linebacker Ever ... Here's My Football Glory Story

6/26/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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TMZ Sports content quiz ... would you rather hear a harrowing story of sports glory from one of the most feared athletes of his generation?

Or ... do you wanna hear about the time Verne Troyer made a single tackle in a full-contact football game against a guy (obviously) three times his size.

We thought so ...

Verne was out at LAX when the subject of football came up and he broke the epic news to us that he's not just a fan of the game ... he used to be a player!!

Check out the clip -- and remember, dynamite comes in small packages.

Johnny Manziel's Lawyer Accidentally Texts Reporter Re: Drugs, Crash, Dom. Violence Plea

6/24/2016 3:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0624-johnny-manziel-tmzFile Under: Oops.  

Johnny Manziel's attorney accidentally texted an AP reporter about Johnny's domestic violence case, alleged drug use and more ... in one of the most epic screwups of all time. 

The AP reporter had reached out to Bob Hinton seeking a comment on Johnny's hit-and-run case. What the reporter got back was a lengthy message he wasn't supposed to see ... a message intended for another attorney. 

The highlights ... 

-- Hinton said his team are seeking a plea deal in the Colleen Crowley domestic violence case ... and that the D.A. is "very interested in working with us to arrive at some agreement."

-- Hinton suggested Manziel would be in trouble if one of the terms of the plea deal included drug testing ... saying, "Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle."

-- In the text, Hinton also refers to a receipt from a Dallas head shop called The Gas Pipe -- suggesting Johnny spent $1,018.77 at the shop, which sells everything from pipes to bongs and other stoner stuff. 

-- Hinton also said there was "conflict" as to whether Johnny actually went to police after his alleged hit-and-run crash Monday night. 

As TMZ Sports reported, the Dallas PD initially said they had no report of an accident involving Manziel ... but hours later said they did. It was weird. 

The AP says Manziel's lawyer threatened to sue them if they published the info from the accidental texts. 

Clearly the threat didn't work. 

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