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Usher $20 mil Herpes Lawsuit Dismissed

11/17/2017 2:20 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The lawsuit filed against Usher -- claiming he gave a Georgia woman herpes -- has been dismissed, but there's an asterisk.

Laura Helm filed a $20 million lawsuit against the singer, claiming he had unprotected sex with her and transmitted the disease. She had a problem -- she told someone on a recorded phone call 2 days before the suit was filed that she only had protected sex with Usher.

Helm's lawyer withdrew from the case and Helm got a new attorney, who immediately filed legal docs to dismiss the case. It is, however, dismissed without prejudice, "with intent to refile." It's unclear why her lawyer made the move to dismiss.

We reached out to Usher's lawyer, Steve Sadow, but we were not able to reach him. Helm's lawyer had no comment.

Marcia Clark O.J. is a Loose Cannon

11/17/2017 1:22 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Marcia Clark's studied O.J. Simpson as closely as anyone on the planet ... so, it means something when she says his post-prison behavior seems totally out of control. 

We got the famed O.J. prosecutor at LAX Friday and asked her about the story TMZ broke -- Simpson getting booted and banned from the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Vegas.

Marcia's heard the news, and seems baffled by the choices her nemesis continues to make. Will it be enough to get his ass incarcerated again?

The way she sees it, O.J.'s totally unpredictable ... and that's not a compliment.

Meghan Trainor Named Final Judge on 'The Four' Joins Khaled, Diddy, Walk

11/17/2017 1:13 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Meghan Trainor will fill the remaining seat on FOX's new singing competition "The Four" ... TMZ has learned.

Production sources say FOX execs were noodling on 3 female candidates for the final spot -- Trainor, Fergie and BeBe Rexha. She'll be joined by some superstar talent on the panel ... DJ Khaled, Diddy and music honcho Charlie Walk.

The show -- which has an emphasis on hip-hop -- features 4 contestants who will face challengers throughout the course of the season who try and knock them off their spots. The winner will start a music career mentored by "The Four" judges.

We're told Meghan will actually tour with the winner and help launch the singer's career. 

The show is set to premiere in January.

Tyrese Gibson Not Sounding Optimistic on D-Day In Court Battle with Ex-Wife

11/17/2017 11:55 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tyrese Gibson will finally find out today if the restraining order that's keeping him from his daughter will be lifted -- but on his way into court Friday he didn't sound horribly optimistic.

The operative words he used as he arrived at court ... "sacrificial lamb" ... and it was clear he thinks that's what he's going to be when the judge rules. He also went off about the medication he was prescribed ... which he blames for his recent emotional outbursts on social media.

As for what's happening in court ... the judge has dropped the restraining order keeping Tyrese away from his ex-wife, Norma Gibson. But what matters most to him is whether he gets to see his daughter, Shayla.

Stay tuned for that ruling ... 

David Otunga Jennifer Hudson is Lying About Abuse and Parenting

11/17/2017 11:14 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jennifer Hudson is dreaming when she says she's the primary caregiver of 8-year-old David Jr., and she's lying when she says her baby daddy was physically abusive ... so says baby daddy David Otunga.

Otunga's lawyer sent a statement to TMZ, in which David "denies each and every allegation" Hudson has made against him. TMZ broke the story, cops removed David from the family home Thursday night after Jennifer got an order of protection claiming David was a threat to her and their child.

Otunga's lawyer says the breaking point was Wednesday night, when Jennifer brought the 8-year-old to their recording studio until 12:30 AM. David felt it was irresponsible, especially since it was a school night.

The statement goes on to say "At no time did Mr. Otunga 'physically push' Ms. Hudson as she has alleged."

As we reported, we're told David broke up with Jennifer several months ago after he confronted her and claimed she was cheating on him. The 2 tried reaching a custody arrangement but negotiations broke down Wednesday.

David says he's been their child's primary caregiver since birth because Jennifer's on the road a lot, and he scoffs at her new claim in legal docs that she's the primary caregiver.

David's lawyer says they're going to court to undo the order of protection so he can spend Thanksgiving with his son.

Ben Affleck Hot and Bothered After Grilling on Colbert

11/17/2017 11:33 AM PST

This is the face Ben Affleck had after getting GRILLED by Stephen Colbert.

Ben was leaving the 'Late Show' studio Thursday night where he was promoting his new flick, "Justice League." Everything seemed fine and dandy ... until Colbert brought up Harvey Weinstein.

Seems the subject threw off Ben, who then got grilled about his own sexual misconduct. You'll recall Ben apologized for apparently groping a former MTV host in 2003. Another video surfaced showing him in 2004 getting handsy with a Canadian TV host.

The subject's clearly got him heated.

Jameis Winston Uber Driver Is Confused I Wasn't Sitting Next to Her

11/17/2017 10:46 AM PST
Breaking News

Jameis Winston says reports he sexually assaulted a female Uber driver are FALSE -- and claims he was NOT the only person in the car that night as the driver has claimed. 

Winston just tweeted about the BuzzFeed report in which Uber driver Kate claims Winston grabbed her crotch during a rowdy drive home from the Scottsdale bar scene in March 2016.

Kate claimed Winston was in the front passenger seat when the alleged assault went down. Winston is saying Kate is wrong about the allegations AND who was next to her that night.

"The story falsely accuses me of making inappropriate contact with this driver," Winston says ... "I believe the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the car and who was sitting next to her."

"The accusation is false, and given the nature of the allegation and increased awareness and consideration of these types of matters, I am addressing this false report immediately."

"While I am certain that I did not make any inappropriate contact, I don’t want to engage in a battle with the driver and I regret if my demeanor or presence made her uncomfortable in any way."

The part that's unclear ... is Jameis leaving the door open to the possibility that whoever was in the passenger seat DID sexually assault the driver? He's not saying it didn't happen ... he's just saying, "It wasn't me."

Sources connected to Winston tell us he's adamant there were 2 other people in the Uber with him that night. 

Rev. Jesse Jackson Battling Parkinson's

11/17/2017 10:33 AM PST
Breaking News

Rev. Jesse Jackson has revealed he has Parkinson's disease ... but plans to dedicate himself to treatment in hopes of fighting the disease's progression for as long as possible.

The 76-year-old civil rights icon says he and his family began to notice changes about 3 years ago and couldn't ignore the symptoms any longer. After a visit to the doctor and a series of tests ... he got the diagnosis.

Jackson says his father also had Parkinson's.

The Rev. says the effects of the disease have been painful and he finds it increasingly challenging to perform daily tasks, but adds it's not a stop sign for him.

David Otunga Pulls Out of WWE 'Survivor Series' ... In Wake of J-Hud Split

11/17/2017 10:29 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

David Otunga will no longer be a part of WWE's coverage of 'Survivor Series' on Sunday ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Otunga is a regular as a host/commentator for WWE events and he was scheduled to work the pay-per-view event Sunday ... one of the biggest WWE events of the year. 

But sources close to Otunga tell us he wants to focus on the intense child custody fight with Jennifer Hudson ... and decided to pull out of 'Survivor Series' coverage. 

As we previously reported, Hudson has declared legal war on Otunga -- accusing him of domestic abuse -- and making a play to have majority custody of their 8-year-old son. 

We're told Otunga is denying the allegations and vows to fight for the right to co-parent their child. 

Jennifer Hudson Confronted by David Otunga ... Over Cheating Allegations

11/17/2017 10:24 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga broke up after he confronted her, claiming she was secretly dating music producer Mali Music ... TMZ has learned.

Hudson denies having any relationship with the producer, but Otunga believes Hudson and Mali Music were having a secret affair for months before the confrontation.

We're told Jennifer and Mali Music met a few years ago, when she hired him to perform at a party. They became friends and we're told they have been in the studio together a number of times. She told Charlamagne Tha God back in 2014, "My favorite artist is Mali Music. See, y'all don't even know who he is. Y'all gotta look up Mali Music, trust me."

Mali Music was deep into gospel but crossed over into secular music. She calls him her "dream artist."

TMZ broke the story ... cops kicked David out of the family home Thursday night after Jennifer got an order of protection claiming she feared him, he had gotten physical with her and he was a threat to her and her son. David vehemently denies the allegations.

We reached out to Mali Music, so far no word back.

Bill Hader Separated, Headed for Divorce

11/17/2017 10:08 AM PST
Breaking News

'SNL' alum Bill Hader and his wife, Maggie Carey, are separated and getting ready to file divorce docs after 11 years of marriage ... TMZ has confirmed.

The couple's been separated since July, and although they haven't made it official yet it sounds like a done deal. They got married in 2006, and have 3 kids -- Hannah, Harper and Hayley. The Haders were big on H's.    

Maggie is a director who's worked on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and 'Last Man On Earth.'

People first reported the breakup. 

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Jennifer Hudson Claims David Otunga Got Physical with Her ... He Denies It

11/17/2017 7:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

9:25 AM PT -- Cops tell us they have opened a domestic battery investigation and it's classified as a misdemeanor.Jennifer Hudson claims she's in fear of baby daddy David Otunga -- afraid he will physically harm her -- something Otunga vigorously denies.

TMZ has obtained the order of protection Hudson got Thursday. She claims David has exhibited "aggressive, threatening and harassing behavior toward me." She says, "I am now living in fear of further action David might take."

She claims on Wednesday she was at a recording session in Chicago with their son, David Jr., and David made a series of phone calls to reach her. When he couldn't get her, he asked their son to record the scene. Hudson says David wanted their son to show she was dating one of her producers ... something she denies.

She says when she got home David was visibly angry, grabbed David Jr. by the hand and physically pushed Hudson out of the master suite. She claims their son, a makeup artist and an assistant all witnessed the incident.

She says this was just the most recent in a pattern of escalating and threatening behavior and she says she's especially concerned because David is a 6'3" 240 lb professional wrestler.

Hudson goes on to say in legal docs, on occasion David left a gun and holster on their kitchen counter. He said it was a movie prop, but Hudson says, "David knows that I am and have been very sensitive to firearms after my mother and my brother were murdered by a firearm." She says, "I believe that he left it out to taunt, intimidate and frighten me, which he absolutely accomplished."

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