Al Sharpton is willing to give Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal a chance to prove she'll do the right thing for African Americans, but he says, "The proof is in the pudding and you don't know until you eat it."
Sharpton tells TMZ he met with Pascal for 90 minutes Thursday in NYC, and she admitted she was "wrong and silly" to engage producer Scott Rudin in speculation that Prez Obama only likes "black movies."
Sharpton says the head of the National Urban League was also on hand and told her they were "outraged" by her comments. She said it was "an isolated incident," but Sharpton retorted it was indicative of a bigger problem in Hollywood ... no blacks at the top.
The Rev says he's not calling for Amy's head, but he wants to see real action before making a final decision. The contrition is clearly not complete, because he says he and Amy will sit down for another chitchat next week.
'Driving Force' in Murderous Gang
12/18/2014 1:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Bobby Shmurda was a "driving force" in a gang that committed murders and other violent crimes ... this according to NY prosecutors.
Prosecutors from the NYC Special Narcotics Office just released their indictment, claiming more than 15 defendants committed a variety of crimes, including murder, attempted murder, assault and drug dealing. Bobby himself was charged with conspiracy to commit murder but not the murder itself and a few other weapon and drug charges.
Bobby -- who at one time called himself "Two Socks Bobby" -- is charged with firing a gun at a group of people outside a barber shop. Prosecutors say "socks" is code for firearms.
According to the indictment, members of the gang used other code words, including "suntan," which means shooting someone.
The complaint says Bobby confessed to a fellow gang member, "You know I suntan him and shot, do issues, you know what's going on."
Prosecutors also say the ring dealt heavily in narcotics, with a pattern of violence that spread from Brooklyn to South Beach, Florida.
The D.A. says the violence was so prevalent, it turned Brooklyn into a shooting gallery.
Bobby pled not guilty to all charges Thursday in NYC. He's being held on $2 million bail.
Returns to Work at Sony ...
With Hard Feelings
12/18/2014 1:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Seth Rogen is back in the saddle, showing up at Sony Thursday morning, but we're told he feels betrayed by the studio's decision to shelve "The Interview."
If you believe Rob Lowe ... Seth was fuming over Sony's decision Wednesday. Rob -- who was also in the movie -- said he and Seth were in lockstep and that Sony showed cowardice by crumbling.
Sources connected to Seth tell TMZ ... Rob did indeed chitchat with Seth at JFK about the Sony decision, and it wasn't hard to read between the lines that Seth is pissed.
It makes sense ... during the premiere in Hollywood last week ... Seth praised Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal for having the balls to stand up to the hackers.
The Sony lot probably seems smaller today.
The Kardashian Men
French, Tyga, & Scott
We Share a Common Interest
12/18/2014 1:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
French Montana, Tyga and Scott Disick found some common bonding ground ... at a lingerie party in Hollywood.
The boys were there alongside Chris Brown, Snoop, Sean Kingston and Matt Barnes. VH1 "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" star Sincere Show served as hostess for the Facet Studio Black Tie Lingerie Party ... which required men to dress up and the ladies to dress ... with not much at all.
Scott's presence was a little surprising ... he just became a third-time dad this week.
But hey, who could turn down this invite?
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Everybody Was Peeing
... So I Peed Too!
12/18/2014 11:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Floyd Mayweather Jr. only made his run to the restroom after other people in his crew did ... and Floyd believes he only got singled out because he is Floyd Mayweather Jr.
As TMZ first reported, Floyd got into it with a woman -- to the point where she called police -- after she tried to stop him from using a restroom Wednesday night at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. The woman claimed Floyd called her a bitch, but ultimately police did nothing.
According to our sources, Floyd didn't think it was a big deal when he used the restroom ... because he wasn't the first one to use it -- other people went in before him.
We're told Floyd believes the woman only gave him a hard time because he's famous ... and if anyone had a terrible attitude during their exchange ... it was her.
Our sources say Floyd was shocked that the woman called the cops over the whole thing, especially considering he walked out with about 10 bags worth of stuff.
Apparently none of those bags contained his bathroom pass.
Cancels Studio Tour
Until Further Notice
12/18/2014 10:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sony is telling people who signed up for their studio tour to take a walk ... anywhere but on the Sony lot.
Sources at the studio tell TMZ ... their tour has been put on ice since the hacker attack ... and a big reason is that its 2 hour walking could pose a big threat to Sony. The tour is touted as a behind the scenes look at a working studio. The idea of someone straying from the group is too real a possibility.
We're told the tour will not resume until sometime after the first of the year, but no date has been set.
In other news...
Khloe Kardashian has a lot of junk to work with, so just imagine what it looks like squeezed into a tight leather skirt ...
Hollywood at War:
Sony Succumbs to Digital Terrorists
12/18/2014 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kris and Bruce Jenner
12/18/2014 9:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kris and Bruce Jenner have settled their divorced ... TMZ has learned, and the goodies have been divided, with Bruce scoring several million from his ex.
A L.A. County judge has signed the legal docs.
It's about as clean a divorce as possible. As we previously reported, they did not sign a prenup. Kris gets the family house and they divided up various bank accounts and other assets.
We're told based on the settlement agreement ... neither Kris nor Bruce will get spousal support. As for 17-year-old Kylie, she's so close to becoming an adult they share joint custody and each parent will foot the bill while she's with them.
Under the agreement, Kris has to pay Bruce $2.5 million to equalize things.
Kris gets a 2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost, a 2014 Bentley and a 2014 Land Rover. Bruce gets a 2011 Porsche 997 Coupe, a 2013 Cadillac Escalade and a 2007 Harley motorcycle.
Kris filed for divorce in September, citing irreconcilable differences. She listed the date of separation as June 1, 2013.
They each get to keep their airline miles.
It looks like the actual date they are legally allowed to tie the knot with someone else is March 23, 2015 ... but the fat lady has sung.
They're on the market folks.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Got Pissy Over Bathroom Incident
... Woman Alleges
12/18/2014 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A woman in NYC tried to stop Floyd Mayweather Jr. from going #1 ... then dialed 911 to complain the boxing champ got aggressive with her -- but we've learned she's got zero case.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports the barely alleged atrocity went down inside Saks Fifth Ave in NYC Wednesday night where Floyd was doing some holiday shopping. We're told he decided to go to the bathroom, but because there was a private event on that floor of the store -- a woman blocked him from entering the restroom.
Let's face it ... Floyd's quicker than the average bathroom attendant -- and was able to dip past the woman to get inside and get some relief.
According to our sources ... the woman immediately called cops to report Floyd for "calling her a bitch." Police took down a harassment report, but since the alleged offense didn't happen in front of an officer ... she's SOL. Case closed.
So, the winner -- by unanimous decision -- Floyd's bladder.
Got Nothin' to Say
About My Ill-Fated Flick
12/18/2014 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A stoic Seth Rogen arrived in L.A. Wednesday night ... and however he feels about Sony pulling the plug on his movie ... he's keeping it to himself.
Seth was impassive as photogs peppered him with questions. He didn't respond to a question about Rob Lowe's tweet Wednesday, suggesting he and Seth were comrades in arms over their distaste for Sony's decision.
As Rogen and his pooch made their way to the awaiting limo, a guy who looks like security was by his side.
As for Lowe, he went to Craig's in West Hollywood last night ... a sure fire way for any celeb to get on camera. But for some reason he's more into tweeting than talking.
Hey Media, There's 2 of Us
You Got the Wrong Amy!
12/18/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
1:20 PM PDT -- Time.com updated the picture with the right Amy.
Amy Pascal spent Wednesday afternoon tooling around L.A. on the TMZ Hollywood Tour, while Sony was in utter turmoil.
Amy is NOT the same Amy Pascal who runs Sony Pictures, but tell that to USA Today, Time.com and various other media outlets, that have plastered her picture on their publications and dragged her face through the mud.
You gotta see the video ... Amy, a marketing exec, says she was at an AdWeek event a few months ago and had her pic taken on the red carpet. Her pic showed up on Getty Images and was misidentified as the Amy Pascal from Sony.
News outlets took the pic and ran, which pisses her off because she's 41 ... 15 years younger than her namesake.
Now she's getting a torrent of angry tweets from people who think she sent all those emails.
Sony Hacking Scandal
I'm on the Case!
12/18/2014 5:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Carl Bernstein has some serious questions about Sony's decision to pull "The Interview" from theaters ... and he's planning on digging for answers.
The legendary journalist talked to our photog just after the news broke Wednesday afternoon ... saying he hopes Sony made the move because of a credible threat and not out of cowardice.
Bernstein said he'll call his sources to find out if Sony was justified based on real threats ... and the guy clearly has sources.
We spotted Bernstein again later that night (random, right?) where he wondered out loud whether or not it was a good idea to make a film about assassinating a foreign leader in the first place.
'Real Housewife' Phaedra Parks
Me and the Kids Are Going
To the Big House For XMAS!
12/18/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Phaedra Parks says she's going to prison for the holidays, and she may be bringing her kids.
Phaedra's hubby Apollo Nida is serving an 8 year sentence for money laundering and check fraud, and it looked like it would be the loneliest of times because Phaedra said she would NOT visit him.
But she's softened for the holidays, and now says her and the kids will probably go on a field trip to the big house.
And check this out ... even though she's said she'll divorce Apollo, she's still wearing the ring.