Thomas Beatie believes he had every right to track his ex-wife ... so says his current fiancee, who insists the famous "Pregnant Man" LEGALLY GPS'd the woman's whereabouts.
Amber Beatie tells TMZ ... after Nancy Beatie threatened to take off with Thomas' kids ... he secretly placed the GPS tracker on the car she was driving.
We're told Thomas did his own legal research and concluded GPSing her was fair game under Arizona law. He put the tracker on 2 years ago but she didn't discover it until recently.
Turns out he was right ... he was allowed to put the device on the car 2 years ago because at the time he was the registered owner.
But Thomas transferred title to Nancy more than a year ago, and at that point cops say keeping the device on the whip is plain 'ol criminal stalking ... which is why he was arrested.
Beatie was released from jail Friday morning.
Folds Like Cheap Suit
After Fat Shaming
11/21/2014 8:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
50 Cent crossed the line, and he knows it ... retreating big time after taking a shot at Diddy and his competing vodka ... at the expense of an overweight woman.
50 is now endorsing EFFEN Vodka and decided the best way to promote his brand was to go after the competition ... Diddy and Ciroc. But the way he did it was super offensive, posting a photo of Diddy grinding up against a large woman ... equating Ciroc with banging large chicks.
It didn't take long for people to go on the attack, and 50 just waived the white flag by pulling down the post and pretending it never happened.
So much for his EFFEN cheap shot.
Racial Suit Dismissed
You Snooze You Lose, Judge Says
11/20/2014 2:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"American Idol" is NOT racist against Black contestants -- the lawsuit filed by 10 former Idol wannabes who claimed they were cut over race ... has been dismissed, but mostly on a technicality.
TMZ broke the story ... the contestants claimed "Idol" producers dug up criminal charges from their pasts -- including crimes for which they were never convicted -- and this was done strictly because they're Black.
According to new court docs, however ... all but 1 of them waited too long to file their cases, and since the statute of limitations ran out ... they had no leg to stand on. A judge tossed the cases.
The one who DID file in time -- Chris Golightly ... had his case dismissed when "Idol" proved to the court the reason he was booted was because he'd violated a show rule by being in a band.
Idol -- 10 ... Plaintiffs -- 0
Fab Five Freddy
Yo! Rapping Athletes ...
Don't Do It!!
11/18/2014 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rap legend Fab Five Freddy has a message for athletes trying to moonlight as MC's ... put the mic down and back away slowly.
We asked Freddy -- the first host of "Yo! MTV Raps" -- about the trend of athletes busting rhymes. Shaq and Kobe did it back in the day ... and, of course, guys like Iman Shumpert, Lance Stephenson, and LeBron James are doing it now.
Here's the thing about OGs like Freddy -- they rarely mince words ... so you gotta see him explain why most of these guys are in for a "rude awakening."
Silver lining for Lakers fans ... Freddy actually thinks Kobe has skills on the mic. So, he's the one.
Ex Co-Star Raven Symoné Blasts Rape Rumor ...
11/19/2014 3:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
At least one Bill Cosby rape claim is being shot down by the alleged victim -- his former 'Cosby Show co-star Raven Symoné says he NEVER touched her ... despite a story that's gone viral.
A parody website posted a story earlier this week claiming Raven was telling people Cosby had sexually assaulted her ... which is especially sick, considering she was only 3 years old when she debuted as Huxtable granddaughter, Olivia.
Raven finally responded Wednesday afternoon ... saying she was NOT taken advantage of by Cosby ... and ... "This is a truly disgusting rumor that I want no part of!"
In the Instagram post she added ... "Keep me out of this."
Plays Victim Card in Apology for
Cosby Oral Sex Question
11/19/2014 12:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Don Lemon apologized for suggesting an alleged Bill Cosby rape victim should have bitten him during oral sex -- pleading he wouldn't intentionally be insensitive because he's a sexual abuse victim himself.
In case you missed it ... during Tuesday's interview Lemon suggested the woman could have prevented Cosby from allegedly forcing her to perform oral sex. It came off like he was blaming the victim and angered a lot of viewers.
Lemon revealed in 2010 that he was molested as a child.
Baby Mama Throws Son's
B-day Party At Hooters
11/19/2014 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A seven-year-old boy should be having his birthday at Chuck E. Cheese's, NOT Hooters ... but that's exactly what Dwight Howard's baby mama did for their son's 7th birthday.
"Basketball Wives" star Royce Reed, the boy's mother, posted the photo on her Instagram showing Braylon grinning from ear-to-ear ... and it probably wasn't because of the wings.
As TMZ first reported ... Howard is angling for full custody, while simultaneously being investigated for child abuse.
In court docs, Howard has accused Reed of exposing Braylon to sexual situations. Howard claims his son has witnessed Reed engage in sexual acts with her "numerous companions."
We're told Howard believes this photo is just the latest example of his son being exposed to sex.
A source close to Royce says her son's birthday party was at a Monkey Joe's bounce house earlier in the day -- with his classmates -- and she merely stopped at Hooters for food. The source also says Royce has never had any man in and out of her house, and has never exposed Braylon to sex.
A rep for Howard tells TMZ, "Dwight isn't going to engage in the back and forth about his son in the media. He only wishes that his mother would do the same and protect the boy instead of exposing him."
Don Lemon to Alleged Cosby Victim
You Should Have Been Craftier
In Oral Sex Dept.
11/19/2014 5:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
CNN's Don Lemon thinks one of Bill Cosby's alleged victims could have thwarted any demand for oral sex by just biting down hard ... yes, it's breathtaking.
Joan Tarshis claims Cosby sexually assaulted her twice in 1969, but she scared him from having intercourse by telling him she had an infection. But she says he then forced her to perform oral sex.
So Lemon looks like the cat who ate the canary as he schools Tarshis on how she could have stopped Cosby in his tracks.
Tarshis looked puzzled as Lemon said, "You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn't want to do it."
The suggestion she wanted to do it is just appalling, particularly since Tarshis claims she was stoned.
Lemon's been watching too many "Lifetime" movies.
Boycotts Club for
Banning Underage GF Kylie
11/19/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tyga pulled a no-show for a club appearance when the place shot down his demands to get his underage GF Kylie Jenner into the West Hollywood hot spot.
Sources at Greystone Manor tell TMZ ... Tyga begged and pleaded with promoters to get 17-year-old Kylie admitted -- calling several times throughout the day. We're told he even pushed his arrival time to 1:30 AM while trying to negotiate Kylie's entry.
When the club wouldn't budge -- y'know, because of the law and stuff -- he bailed.
We're told Tyga pulling out of the event pissed off a liquor sponsor in a big way. The club is trying to reschedule, but since the 21-and-over rule isn't changing ... seems pretty hopeless.
They may wanna call him back ... in four years.
A Film by Ken Burns
(That Will Never Happen)
11/18/2014 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Can't ya just see it -- Kim Kardashian, Kim's ass ... and the rest of the family taking their place in history by starring in one of those legendary 5-part Ken Burns documentaries?!!
Yeah, he can't either, but what the hell ... let's give it a shot. Move over Roosevelts, and make room for ... The Kardashians!
'Cleveland Show' Star
Kevin Hart Needs To Lay Off Jameis
... He's Just A Kid
11/18/2014 11:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Hart shouldn't have called out Jameis Winston ... so says one of the stars of "The Cleveland Show" who says the QB isn't a bad guy -- just a "bonehead kid."
TMZ Sports spoke with Corey Holcomb -- the comic who voiced Robert on the sitcom -- who tells us Hart was too hard on the guy this weekend when he told him to stop "doing dumb s**t."
"He's an immature kid," Corey said. "He's in college ... he's supposed to have fun."
Corey says most people do "bonehead stuff" in college ... and Jameis is no exception. He just needs to grow out of it.
Still, Corey does have some advice for the Heisman winner. Check out the clip ...
Busted For Mailing Baby's Head
And Other Body Parts
11/17/2014 4:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The co-creators of the "Bumfights" video series were arrested in Thailand over the weekend for allegedly packaging child body parts stolen from a hospital, and shipping them to the U.S. ... labeled as "toys."
According to multiple reports ... Ryan MacPherson and Daniel Tanner were busted when a scan of the boxes by a Bangkok parcel company revealed the gruesome discovery.
The 3 boxes -- reportedly intended for friends in Las Vegas as a prank -- contained several body parts ... including a child's foot, an infant's head, an adult heart and 2 pieces of adult skin.
Both guys were taken into custody and questioned by cops, but were eventually released for lack of evidence. They've since fled to Cambodia.
MacPherson and Tanner made millions in the early 2000s off their "Bumfights" videos ... which pitted homeless people against each other.
I Was Joking
About Murdering My Dad
11/15/2014 5:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes says she does NOT want to kill her family -- claiming the audio TMZ posted of her saying she wanted to murder her dad and slit her mom's wrists ... was just a joke.
Bynes says, "i was obviously joking about hurting my family - i straight up don't believe in harming a soul."
In a tweet Saturday, she added ... "I said what I said in jest & if you don't understand that then know I'm in therapy to talk about my dad issues and that will solve my concerns with ppl invading my private life. I am one of the most thoughtful girls you'll ever meet so don't read into what I joke about."
As we previously reported ... members of Amanda's family said they wanted us to post the audio -- which could be a wake-up call for medical professionals to intervene and get her help.
Bynes also said she didn't really want Drake to murder her vagina ... adding, "So take what I say lightly because I am the nicest girl."