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Bruce Jenner's Ex-Playmate Friend

Breaks Down in Tears ...

He Doesn't Realize His Own Power

4/26/2015 7:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

One of Bruce Jenner's friends -- a former Playboy Playmate -- couldn't hold back her emotions about his transition ... and the impact he's having on society.

Deborah Driggs -- Miss March 1990 -- told us she's known Bruce for years, and admitted outside Spago Saturday night ... she couldn't hold back the water works when we asked her about the ABC special.

Watch ... Deborah's explanation about why she thinks Bruce is saving lives is pretty moving. She's also, we suspect, echoing the feelings of countless people.

By the way, Deborah has a golden connection to Bruce. They became friends though her ex-husband Mitch Gaylord -- the first male American gymnast to score a perfect 10 ... which earned him Gold in the '84 Olympics.

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Blac Chyna

Tyga's Been After My Ass FOR MONTHS

4/26/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0424-blac-chyna-butt-crack-instagram-01Blac Chyna says Tyga didn't just text her out of the blue this week trying to get back with her ... she says he's been making that play for 7 months.

Sources connected with Blac Chyna tell TMZ ... the text -- in which he said "I want to be with u" -- was the last in a flurry of texts, conversations and private face-to-face meetings in which he made his play to reconcile their relationship.

Sources close to Chyna says she never believed he was physically with Kylie Jenner -- partly because she's 17, and partly because they were all neighbors and close to the Kardashian family.  She says she believed Tyga when he called out the media for suggesting he was dating Kylie, but doesn't believe it anymore.

Blac Chyna posted Tyga's texts out of anger, but she claims she wants nothing to do with him anymore. It's complicated by the fact that they have a kid together.

As for Tyga, he has never said he's with Kylie and in the past has denied it ... but he's recently insinuated it, and even put it in writing.

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Prez Obama

Upstaged by 'Angry' Key & Peele Star

4/26/2015 7:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Barack Obama made, arguably, the best decision of his presidency when he jacked a "Key & Peele" skit for his standout moment at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

If you missed it -- 'cause like most Americans, you don't watch CNN or C-Span on Saturday nights -- the prez brought out 'K&P' star Keegan-Michael Key to play his "anger translator" ... who says what POTUS is really thinking during speeches.

The bit always killed ... like it always does. Check out the pot shots at the media (including the W.H. Correspondents), Ted Cruz, and even Hillary Clinton.

Good move, B.O. ... leave the comedy to comedians. 

John Larroquette

Alleged Crash Victim ...

His Insurance Co. Is Screwing Me

4/26/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

John Larroquette Crash Victim"Night Court" star John Larroquette was involved in a brutal car accident that severely injured a reality TV star, who claims he can't get no satisfaction ... from John or his insurance company. 

The alleged victim is Joe Meinwieser -- a tattoo artist on Oxygen's "Tattoos After Dark" -- and his list of injuries are horrific: broken ribs, fractured spine, fractured hand, and loss of half his kidney.

Meinwieser claims Larroquette made an illegal turn out of a Venice, CA parking lot in December -- smashing into him and his motorcycle. 

0423-sub-joe-meinswieser-twitter-01Police investigated, and law enforcement sources tell us it's unlikely JL will face criminal charges.

That's not sitting well with Joe -- who claims Larroquette promised to cover his medical expenses ... but the actor's insurance company won't pay up. He says he can't work, and his unpaid medical bills are mounting. 

Unclear if Larroquette is aware of Meinwieser's situation. We've made multiple attempts to contact him, but his people aren't responding. Joe says his next move will be a lawsuit.

Kim Richards

I Checked Myself Into Rehab

4/25/2015 4:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0425-kim-richards-01Kim Richards had an ah-ha moment a few days ago ... she needed help, so she made the decision on her own to check into rehab.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, Kim is in a live-in facility in Malibu which specializes in substance abuse. We're told she made the decision after consulting with family.

As we reported ... the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star was arrested 9 days ago at the Beverly Hills Hotel after allegedly causing a scene while heavily intoxicated. She was booked for trespass, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer, and public drunkenness.

We're told she will stay at the rehab facility "as long as it takes."

Darius McCrary

My Son's Paralyzed with Fear

Claims He's Being Abused

4/26/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Darius McCrary Son AbusedDarius McCrary refused to return his son to his baby mama because he claims the boy has been abused by his stepdad, but he lost the fight and the boy is hysterical with fear.

We're told everything unraveled last week at LAX, when he was putting his 7-year-old boy on a Michigan-bound plane to return to his mom.  The boy had a tantrum and cops were called.

According to the police report, McCrary told officers the boy was terrified to return home because his stepfather had physically abused him back in January.  Cops then spoke with to the boy and got the same story. 

Cops got the message and allowed Darius to leave the airport with his son.  The Dept. of Children and Family Services was notified, and that triggered a court battle.

Darius tried to convince an L.A. County judge to award him full custody, but the judge decided the case could only be handled by the Michigan courts and the kid had to be returned to his mom.

So Friday afternoon, Darius met the baby mama at the Hollywood Police Station and handed off their son, who became an emotional wreck.

Darius plans to carry on the fight in Michigan.

We've reached out to the baby mama's attorney for comment ... so far, no word back.

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AL PACINO

GOOD GENES OR

GOOD DOCS?

4/26/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0424_al_pacino_good_genes_launchWhen it comes to good looks ... Al Pacino is anything but a "Scarface."

Here's a 39-year-old version of the "Michael Corleone" stud at a celebrity benefit back in 1979 (left) and 36 years later ... the godfather of cool -- who is celebrating his 75th birthday this weekend -- at a NYC movie theater last month (right).

Hoo-ah!

The question is ...

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Bravo's Greg Plitt Sued

I Know You're Dead, Bro

But About that $50k ...

4/26/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Greg Plitt Owes Money After DeathBravo fitness star Greg Plitt allegedly made a handshake deal with a filmmaker to create his popular fitness show, but never paid the guy ... who's now going after Greg's estate to get the cash.

According to docs ... filmmaker Devin Coury says he and Plitt had an oral contract for his online "Raw Series" back in 2009. Coury says he shot the footage for the program, and was owed $50,000 for his services.

Of course, Plitt died last year when he was hit by a train -- but Coury says he never got a dime of the 50 large. In the docs, Coury says he saw Plitt one last time in 2013, and got his word he would make things right ... but that never happened.

As for proof there was really a deal -- Coury's submitted invoices he sent to Greg.  

Coury admits trying to get the money from his dead friend's estate is a "fragile situation" -- but he's pressing forward with his claim. 

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Celebrity Scramble

GUESS WHO!

4/25/2015 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0420_scramble_launchPlease don't try to adjust your screen because these stars' faces are scrambled on purpose ... focus in on these wonky pics and test your celebrity spottin' skills!

Tyga

Kylie Is The One ...

Here's the Ink to Prove It

4/25/2015 4:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0425-tyga-kylie-tattoo-sbs-instagram-01When it comes to Tyga's women ... there's only one on his arm -- in permanent ink -- and her name is Kylie Jenner ... NOT Blac Chyna.

A photo surfaced today of Tyga with a fan, but more importantly ... he's flaunting fresh ink -- his 17-year-old GF's name is now on his inner right elbow. Sources close to the rapper tell TMZ ... he got the tat yesterday to prove to Kylie he is fully committed to her and no one else.

It's no coincidence he got the ink the day after his baby mama, Blac Chyna put him on Insta-blast -- posting his texts to her saying, "I want to be with u" ... and have a relationship. 

If the texts were real ... it looks like Tyga's had a quick change of heart.

Of course, getting someone's name tatted is also known as the absolute kiss of death -- at least according to Eva Longoria, Iggy Azalea, Melanie Griffith, Ciara, etc ... 

Good luck, Kylie.

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ESPN's Britt McHenry

Back to Work

... I'll Never Be Rude Again!!

4/25/2015 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0425-brit-mchenry-facebook-01ESPN reporter Britt McHenry is finally back to work after serving a week-long suspension for berating a tow truck employee ... and she SWEARS she'll never bitch anyone out again.

McHenry has been assigned to cover the NHL playoffs ... but before she goes back on the air, she issued ANOTHER apology.

"Now that the suspension is over, I want to say again that I'm so sorry for my recent hurtful actions."

"My remarks were completely out of line. Under no circumstances is it ever acceptable to speak to another human being in the manner in which I chose that night."

"That's not who I am as a person and hope those who only know me from this incident will give me a second chance to prove to you how much I value integrity, character and treating people with respect."

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Justin Bieber

Ringside for BFF's Boxing Debut

... Lil Za Wins!!

4/25/2015 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber was part of ANOTHER boxing entourage last night ... to watch his BFF Lil Za get in the ring during a college fight night in Los Angeles ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.

Bieber -- who's usually in Floyd Mayweather's corner -- sat in the front row and held up a sign saying, "WE LOVE YOU ZA" ... as JB's posse member made his boxing debut. 

Once the bell rang, Za actually held his own ... and looked PRETTY GOOD as he traded blows with his opponent at the gym at Valley College.

Ultimately, Za WON the fight by decision ... and even got some props from pro boxing superstar Andre Berto, who happened to be in the crowd.

Check out the footage -- Za's no Mayweather ... but he was pretty damn good for a rookie.

Republican Congressman

We Welcome

Bruce Jenner

4/25/2015 12:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz is happy Bruce Jenner will continue to embrace the GOP, telling us his party needs all the Cali support it can get. 

Chaffetz -- an ultra conservative from Utah who has become extremely influential in DC -- told our TMZ photog it's not his job to judge Jenner's choices.

It's interesting ... Chaffetz has become a powerful voice promoting the right of privacy. Although it seems Chaffetz is saying live and let live, he clearly has limits because he has opposed both gay marriage and medical marijuana use in the past.

Jenner told Sawyer he's a long time Republican with no plans of jumping parties. 

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