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Usher Ping-Pong Master on 6th Ave

7/28/2016 3:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Usher's just the latest celeb to piss off drivers on NYC's 6th Ave ... only this time it was for the sake of ping-pong. 

The R&B superstar obviously needs to work on his serve -- as you can see -- after getting into a quick match with jeweler to the stars Mr. Flawless ... who's made it a habit to block off the busy one-way street for photo shoots right outside his shop. 

Usher proved to be a good sport though -- and apparently this publicity stunt hasn't gotten anybody busted ... at least not yet. 

Check out the vid for yourself ... something tells us it won't be the last time you see Mr. Flawless getting honked at on 6th Ave

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Phaedra Parks Bombing Suspect Is Former Client

7/28/2016 2:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-phaedra-parks-TMZ-02Phaedra Parks has history with the man who allegedly threatened to blow up her law office, because she was once his manager and lawyer ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Terrence Cook -- aka Drama -- tell us Phaedra managed his music career back in 2000 when he was an up-and-coming rapper in Atlanta.

She was also his lawyer in a 2003 robbery case before she was removed as counsel. Cook served 12 years in prison for that case.

0728-phaedra-parks-man-arrested-cook-in-custody-TWITTER-03We're told after Cook was released from prison in 2015 ... he told friends he was going to Miami to meet up with Phaedra and shoot an episode of 'Real Housewives.' While in Miami, we're told he got seriously injured in a skydiving accident, and has been on the mend since.

Sources close to Cook say he blamed Phaedra for his downfall in life ... including his long prison term, defunct rap career, and skydiving injury. For the record, Bravo says Cook was never invited to shoot a 'Housewives' episode.

As we previously reported -- Cook was arrested Thursday morning when he showed up to what he thought was Phaedra's law office claiming he had a bomb strapped to his leg. Cops said he had an envelope and book, but determined there was no bomb. 

  

Justin Timberlake Face Slap Culprit Was Bombed ... Cops Say

7/28/2016 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The overzealous fan who slapped Justin Timberlake on a golf course was beyond drunk at the time of the incident, according to cops.

TMZ obtained the Douglas County Sheriff's report which says Keith Weglin's BAC was 0.18% when he got to jail ... more than twice the legal limit.

TMZ broke the story ... Keith was nabbed by cops after striking Justin in the face at the American Century Celebrity Pro-Am in Lake Tahoe. He could have gotten off scot-free, but cops say he refused to leave the course ... so, they arrested him for disorderly conduct.

One law enforcement source said Weglin talked himself right into jail. We've reached out to him, but no word back yet.

Lindsay Lohan Baby Bump ... Or Breakfast Burrito?

7/28/2016 12:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0728_linsay_lohan_belly_launchLindsay Lohan's definitely showing ... mixed signals.

She's still hanging with friends on a yacht in Sardinia, Italy ... and this time we see what appears to be a bump ... of sorts.

You'll recall Lindsay went on a social media tirade -- and teased on Twitter she's pregnant -- after her blow-up with fiance Egor Tarabasov. Last time we saw her, Lindsay was smoking a cig, which is a major no-no when there's a bun in the oven.

News she's pregnant hasn't been confirmed ... and for all we know she coulda just been trying to stick it to Egor with a guilt trip. Interestingly enough ... sources tell TMZ Lindsay has privately told some family members she's preggo.

We'll anxiously wait for the second trimester.

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'Training Day' Gang Member Types Answer the Call ... 'That's All Me Right There!!'

7/28/2016 11:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A bunch of gangstas invaded Burbank Wednesday armed with ... headshots.

As TMZ reported ... Central Casting put the call out for "gang member types" for the upcoming CBS adaptation of the movie "Training Day" ... and more than a few OGs answered the call.

Check out the vid ... the wannabe actors were NOT offended with CC's call ... if anything, they embraced it.

As one homie put it ... all he had to do was tie his shoes!

John Hinckley Jr. History of Deception During Previous Releases

7/28/2016 11:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0727-john-hinckley-jr-mug-01Prosecutors strongly objected to John Hinckley Jr.'s release from a psychiatric hospital due to the fact he lied about his whereabouts multiple times when he was temporarily released in recent years.

Federal Judge Paul Friedman wrote a 103 page opinion when he signed off on Hinckley's release -- and in the docs he says the government pushed for more restrictions and protective measures for President Reagan's would-be killer.

The government pointed out that when Hinckley was released in 2011 on a work furlough he told supervisors he intended to go see movies ... which was approved -- but instead he went to a Barnes & Noble. They say Hinckley did this twice ... but both times he lied to supervisors and said he'd gone to the movies.

His supervisors knew he was lying because he was under constant observation.

Then in 2015 during another release ... he broke from his approved itinerary and visited a musician friend, instead of a photographer. This time though he fessed up to supervisors about the lie.

Judge Friedman called the 2011 incidents "troubling from a risk management perspective" ... but said Hinckley had made great progress. Friedman considered 2015 an improvement since he self-reported his lie.

It's clear why Hinckley's lies could be concerning to members of the Reagan family as well as Jodie Foster and her loved ones. Part of Hinckley's release does include a protective order requiring him to stay away from them.

In other news...

Substitute Teacher Caught Doing The UNTHINKABLE To Her Student -- SO TWISTED!

Mary Beth Haglin, a sustitute teacher in Iowa, could face up to two years in prison after being caught doing this -- This is SO bizarre!

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Keshia Knight Pulliam I Want the House And My 'Cosby' Money

7/28/2016 10:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-keisha-knight-ed-hartwell-instagram-01Keshia Knight Pulliam is demanding the Atlanta home she and Ed Hartwell shared, her pre-marriage possessions and everything she made during their marriage. 

In new divorce docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Keshia's asking for all assets she acquired during their marriage -- which is interesting considering most couples split assets accumulated during a marriage. 

Keshia also makes a point to demand she be awarded all property and assets she had before the two married, which includes even more 'Cosby' cash.

And get this ... in Ed's divorce filing, he stated they had no kids, but Keshia makes it a point to say a child IS expected of the marriage. In other words ... Ed's the daddy.

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Mary J. Blige Files For Divorce From Husband/Manager

7/28/2016 9:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-mary-j-blige-kendu-isaacs-tmz-instagram-01Mary J. Blige just pulled the plug on her marriage to her husband/manager ... filing for divorce to end her 12 year marriage, TMZ has learned. 

Blige just filed docs seeking to end her union from Martin "Kendu" Isaacs -- who she married back in 2003. Blige lists the date of separation as "to be determined" -- unclear why.  

Blige cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. The couple has no children together. 

There is one interesting note ... Blige is asking the judge to block Isaacs' ability to get spousal support. The document does not say if there is a prenup.  

Click here... it's not over yet

Tinashe 'Baywatch' Ain't Got Nothin' On Me Check Out This Spread

7/28/2016 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728_tinashe_bikini_beach_music_video_launchTinashe NEEDS a cameo in the new "Baywatch" movie looking as good as she does from a lifeguard tower. 

The R&B singer was caught filming beach scenes for a new music video in Malibu. She's definitely got the red swimsuit down -- and it's better than anything you've seen on "Baywatch."

In other news...

Ashley Olsen's SHOCKING Transformation -- She Doesn't Look Like A Twin Anymore!

The days of not being able to tell Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are SO OVER now!

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Phaedra Parks Targeted by Man Claiming to Have a Bomb

7/28/2016 9:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-phaedra-parks-TMZ-01A guy claiming he had a bomb strapped to his leg went looking for Phaedra Parks in her Atlanta office Thursday morning -- but he got the wrong building.

Police evacuated the office building the man walked into on Peachtree Road and responded to the scene. According to witnesses he walked in demanding to see Phaedra and said, "I'm not leaving. I've got a bomb." 

The 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star -- an entertainment lawyer -- does have an office on Peachtree, but it's a few buildings down from the one the man entered.

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Police arrested a suspect. It's not clear if he really did have a bomb.

We don't even know if Phaedra was in her office. She's been in Philadelphia this week.

Story developing ...

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'Babylon 5' star Jerry Doyle Dead at 60

7/28/2016 8:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-jerry-doyle-GETTY-01Jerry Doyle -- best known for his role on "Babylon 5" -- died Wednesday ... TMZ has learned.

Sources tell us ... a call was made to his Las Vegas home yesterday afternoon after he was found unresponsive. It's unclear how the political radio talk show host and actor died ... but we're told no foul play is suspected. An autopsy is pending.

Jerry starred as security officer Michael Garibaldi from 1994 to 1998 and was married to co-star Andrea Thompson from 1995 to 1997. He worked on Wall Street before going into acting.

As of late ... Jerry hosted a nationally syndicated radio talk show, "The Jerry Doyle Show."

He was 60.

In other news...

James Corden No Longer Hosting Carpool Karaoke :(

We are SO sad to hear about what's happening to 'Carpool Karaoke' -- Will you still tune in without James Corden?

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Ja Rule & Ashanti We Don't Promote Killings

7/28/2016 7:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-ja-rule-ashanti-tmz-01Ja Rule and Ashanti do not endorse killers, and they've changed the name of their tour ... just in case anyone's getting it twisted.  

Ja tells TMZ ... he and Ashanti have decided to change the original tour name, Natural Born Killers, because they thought it would be "insensitive to the families of the victims" of senseless violence.

Ja reposted a promo for their 12-show tour with the word "Killers" crossed out. It's now called the Natural Born Tour.

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Ja stressed to us ... they have a creative and First Amendment right to call the tour whatever they want, but made the change anyway.

The name's just for promotion purposes, since tickets to the show are being sold simply as Ja Rule & Ashanti.

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Drake & Kanye West Taylor Can't Talk S*** Anymore!

7/28/2016 6:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Drake opened the door ... Kanye West stepped through it, and then took a few pot shots at Taylor Swift.

Drake brought Kanye out as a surprise guest during his Chicago concert Wednesday night, and he immediately went in on the Taylor beef -- "All I gotta say is, I am so glad my wife has Snapchat!"

'Ye's hometown crowd went wild ... which only fueled him to continue the rant.

Drake looked amused.

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