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WWE Wrestler Rich Swann Busted for Allegedly Battering, Imprisoning Wife

12/10/2017 11:45 AM PST

12/11/2017 -- Rich Swann was released from jail on Sunday and his case has been assigned to a judge, PWInsider reports.

The WWE superstar faces up to 5 years in jail for false imprisonment.

Former WWE cruiserweight champ Rich Swann was arrested this weekend for allegedly battering and falsely imprisoning his wife -- who's also a pro wrestler -- and now he's suspended.

According to cops, Swann was driving his newlywed wife, Vannarah Riggs, back home after a match of hers in Florida when they got into an argument in the car, which got heated. 

She reportedly exited the vehicle and Swann stopped the car in the middle of traffic to go get her, allegedly grabbing her by the arm and then putting her in a headlock to drag her back as she screamed for help.

Witnesses told police the car was not in park during all this and continued to roll until it hit a telephone pole. Swann denied touching his wife, telling cops she got back in the car on her own. 

He was booked for simple battery and false imprisonment, and is reportedly set to be released on his own recognizance Sunday. ProWrestlingSheet broke the story of Swann's arrest. 

WWE issued a statement saying they had a zero tolerance policy regarding domestic violence, and that Swann is suspended indefinitely. 

Anna Faris Leader of the Pack But Jack's Got A Better View

12/11/2017 8:48 AM PST

Anna Faris' posse is back to a party of 3.

Anna was out Sunday in L.A. taking a stroll with her boyfriend, Michael Barrett, and her son, Jack

Jack looks pretty chill up on Barrett's shoulders and it shouldn't come as a surprise since Anna and Michael have been spending plenty of time together. The two were spotted just a couple weeks ago when they went house hunting together.

As for things with estranged hubby Chris Pratt, the two filed for divorce simultaneously Dec. 1 ... and they're asking for joint custody of Jack.

NYC Pipe Bomber Captured Alive and Identified Inspired by ISIS

12/11/2017 6:45 AM PST
Breaking News

The guy who strapped a pipe bomb to himself and set it off in an NYC subway has been captured alive ... and police say it was "absolutely an attempted terrorist act."

The bomber, now identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, was walking in one of the tunnels underneath NYC's Port Authority when the bomb went off. It appears something malfunctioned, or it was a very small explosive ... police captured the man at the scene.

NYPD says Ullah has been living in the U.S. for 7 years. He's a Bangladeshi immigrant, and police say the attack was definitely a terrorist act, inspired by ISIS.

FDNY says a total of 4 people were hurt in the bombing ... all non-life-threatening injuries. The Port Authority shut down all subways and the walking tunnels near the bombing.

Story developing ...

Ellen DeGeneres I'm Back in New Montecito House ... What's Up, Oprah?!!

12/11/2017 7:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ellen DeGeneres is back in her old haunt -- Montecito, CA -- and, while her new estate there is a little smaller, it shares a property line with Oprah Winfrey ... TMZ has learned.

Ellen's new spread put her back just under $7.2 mil and sits on nearly 6 acres and includes 2 Spanish style homes -- one is 3,000 sq. ft and was built in 1845. The other is 3,600 sq. ft. ... built in 2006. There's also a barn for horses -- and the place has amazing ocean views.

It's in a gated community right next to Oprah. Ellen can literally go knock on her door for a cup of sugar.

Ellen's still in the process of selling her old Montecito mansion -- that one was on 17 acres -- for $39.5 million. And, oh yeah, the land baroness just snapped up a beach pad down the coast in Carpinteria, CA.

Claudia Jordan on Meghan Markle Stuffing Bra, Weight Watching ... Part of the Job!!

12/11/2017 8:23 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Claudia Jordan said models are a lot like boxers -- making weight and looking the part is totally part of the job.

We got Claudia outside Delilah Sunday night in WeHo and asked her about claims her former "Deal or No Deal" co-star Tameka Jacobs made ... saying Meghan Markle was told to stuff her bra and watch her figure in her 1-year stint as a briefcase model.

Check it out ... Claudia gets brutally honest ... not only confirming Tameka's claims, but taking it a step further by saying the inspections didn't cross the line, because models have to look good.

Speaking of which ... here's Her Royal Highness rocking a Santa dress.

Happy Ho-Ho-Ho-lidays!!!

Simone Biles Crushes Texans Cheerleading Debut ... Mostly

12/11/2017 7:50 AM PST
Breaking News

Here it is ... video of Simone Biles' DEBUT as a Houston Texans cheerleader -- and it's awesome!!

The Team USA gymnastics superstar grabbed her pom-poms and hit the sidelines with the team on Sunday as the very first "honorary" member of the squad. 

Biles did pretty well outside of missing a couple of steps ...  but given the fact she only had a few days to practice, it's super impressive. 

And get this ... Biles trained with the team AFTER gymnastics practices, where she's putting in work for the 2020 Olympics. 

Impressed yet?? 

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Mario Batali 4 Women Claim 'Inappropriate Touching'

12/11/2017 7:00 AM PST
Breaking News

Mario Batali is accused of "inappropriate touching" by 4 women -- 3 of them former employees -- and the allegation is forcing the celebrity chef to step away from his restaurant empire.

One of Batali's accusers called him "creepy" and said he gave "me this provocative, icky feeling." Other claims are he groped a woman's breasts, grabbed someone from behind and compelled her to straddle him.

The allegations, spanning at least two decades, surfaced in an Eater NY article published Monday. Batali responded to the article, saying he's stepping away from day-to-day operations of his business. ABC has also asked "The Chew" co-host to step away from the show while it reviews the allegations.

Batali added, "I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact match up with ways I have acted."

Anthony Bourdain hinted Monday morning he knew about Batali and claims he knew of firsthand stories.

Kim Kardashian's Ex-Assistant I've Got Cheeky Skills Too

12/11/2017 7:57 AM PST

Kim Kardashian's ex-assistant, Stephanie Shepherd, didn't just leave her old gig with a sweet resume ... she left with a whole lot of experience in the hot body department.

Steph was in Miami for Art Basel over the weekend where photogs got her stepping out of the pool in a black bikini ... with her cheeks on full display. You can't help but think ... Steph learned at the foot of the master.

She and Kim parted ways amicably in September, and from the looks of these pics it looks like Steph has put it all behind her. Well behind her.

Harvey Weinstein Rape Charges in Paz de la Huerta Case ... Highly Unlikely

12/11/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Harvey Weinstein is under investigation for allegedly raping Paz de la Huerta on 2 occasions, but law enforcement sources tell TMZ a prosecution is highly unlikely.

De la Huerta says in November 2010, Weinstein went to her apartment, pushed her on the bed, lifted her skirt and raped her. She says in late December, Weinstein showed up again in her hotel lobby, she asked him to leave but he ended up in her apartment and he raped her again.

Law enforcement sources tell us there are problems with the case. The fact that it's more than 7 years old creates issues, including memory of events.

Our sources say the case is made even more difficult by the fact that the actress had repeated interactions with Weinstein between the first and second alleged rape.

De la Huerta has said she told her therapist about the rapes, but our law enforcement sources say it's not as clear as that. Law enforcement is aware of a correspondence in which the therapist recollects the 2010 session this way:

"I recall you reporting to me a sexual encounter with Harvey Weinstein involving intercourse in your apartment in 2010 that resulted in you feeling victimized. I recall you telling me that it felt coercive to you and that you didn't want to have sex with him, but felt you had to as he was a man of power and rank and you couldn't say no to his sexual advances."

Our law enforcement sources say the therapist's recollections do not show a lack of consent sufficient to prove rape.

One source said the weaknesses in the case don't mean she wasn't raped, but the standard of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt is extremely high and prosecutors don't want to take a case to trial if the proof doesn't meet the legal standard.

Christopher Plummer Thanks, Spacey! Gets Golden Globe Nom for 'All the Money'

12/11/2017 7:07 AM PST

Christopher Plummer's gotta be saying ... that was easy!

The veteran actor earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor Monday just weeks after he replaced Kevin Spacey in "All the Money in the World."

As we reported ... Spacey was axed from the Ridley Scott film in early November on the heels of sexual assault allegations ... even though the movie was completely done. Plummer just started reshoots about 3 weeks ago, and presumably the Hollywood Foreign Press already saw enough to nominate him.

It's no wonder CP had zero qualms about taking on the role after Spacey was kicked to the curb.

Gigi Hadid When the Holidays Get Hairy!!!

12/11/2017 7:22 AM PST

Boxing's paying off for Gigi Hadid... who's flashing rock-solid abs, although they're a bit overshadowed by her hairy armpits in the new LOVE video.

Gigi's featured for day 11 of LOVE Magazine's Advent calendar, and she shows off her best boxing combinations and footwork for the clip, and it's as hot as you'd assume.

Especially if you dig unshaven pits.

Rita Ora wore leather, Kendall Jenner chugged raw eggs -- but Gigi decided to just keep things au naturel for her shoot. Who knew? 

Giancarlo Stanton Rages in Miami w/ 2 Chainz Hours After Yankees Trade

12/11/2017 6:46 AM PST
Breaking News

Giancarlo Stanton wasn't in a hurry to leave Miami after he was traded to the Yankees -- he stuck around an extra day to rage in Miami with 2 Chainz

The big trade news was announced late Friday night -- but less than 24 hours later, Stanton was at Rockwell x 1OAK Art Basel pop up event in Miami on Saturday ... where he got onstage and partied with the rapper. 

Also, CHECK OUT THAT PINKY RING -- LEGENDARY!!!!!

2 Chainz also hooked Stanton up with a magnum sized bottle of Ace of Spades bubbly.

The ex-Marlins superstar is set to be introduced as the new face of the Yankees Monday ... so, this could have been his unofficial "goodbye" to the city he ran for half a decade.

It's almost kinda sad -- until you remember his $325 MILLION contract. 

Ty Dolla $ign, YG Pay 6 Figures to Aussie Soccer Star Over Club Beating

12/11/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ty Dolla $ign and YG's alleged beatdown of an Australian soccer star apparently cost 'em big-time -- 'cause the guy says they dropped at least $100k to keep the matter out of court.

Aussie footballer Nelly Yoa tells TMZ he settled with Ty and YG for a low six-figure amount to avoid a potential lawsuit against them for allegedly beating the crap out of him in 2015.

We broke the story ... Nelly says the rappers punched and kicked him in the head when they tried clearing out a VIP room at a nightclub in Melbourne that he refused to vacate. He claimed the alleged beating cost him a soccer deal that woulda made him a fortune.

Nelly put T&Y on official notice a couple months ago, letting them know a lawsuit was coming. 

We've reached out to Ty and YG to confirm the settlement ... so far, no word back.

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