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Stevie J Catches Huge Break ... No Prison Time in Child Support Case

5/18/2018 2:13 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Stevie J got a get out of jail free card from a judge Friday, even though prosecutors were gunning to lock him up ... TMZ has learned.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY ... the 'Love & Hip Hop' star will not have to serve any prison time despite repeatedly failing to pay back child support and violating his probation from a 2017 plea deal.

In addition to not giving him any prison time -- we're told the judge took Stevie off of supervised release. So, he's completely free.

He's not out of the woods yet, financially speaking -- he's still on the hook for the $1.3 million he owes in back child support. We're told he'll have to work with the feds' Financial Litigation Unit to square up the massive debt.

As we reported, prosecutors had been pushing for him to do hard time

Bow Wow Give Lil Tay a Pass on Fake Ass Vids ... 9-Yr-Olds Gotta Eat Too!!

5/18/2018 1:35 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Tay getting busted for frontin' about her cars and her money is simply her take on the infamous Bow Wow Challenge ... according to BW, himself.

We got Bow Wow Friday in Marietta, GA -- where he's shooting a music video -- and got his take on the foul-mouthed 9-year-old rapper who was recently exposed as a social media fraud. Her red sports car really belongs to her realtor mom's ex-boss, and all the fancy cribs are just homes her mom was showing.

Bow Wow says don't knock Tay's hustle 'cause she's just doing her j-o-b ... which is to entertain her 2 million followers. In fact, sounds like he has a project in mind for her.

Lil advice for Lil Tay, this could be an actual paying gig -- unlike talking trash on Danielle Bregoli. Although that's also pretty damn entertaining.

Meghan Markle & Mom These Smiles Say It All We Can't Wait!!!

5/18/2018 11:50 AM PDT

Meghan Markle and her mother looked incredibly happy and every bit as stunning ... which should come as no surprise with the Royal wedding just a mere hours away.

Meghan and her mom, Doria Ragland, arrived at the Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust's Cliveden Estate in Buckinghamshire to spend the night before Meghan weds Prince Harry.

The historic event hasn't come without some hiccups, and that's putting it lightly. As TMZ first reported ... Meghan's father, Thomas, wanted to walk Meghan down the aisle but had to back out because of his heart condition.

Doria was expected to walk Meghan, but Prince Charles took the honors ... at Meghan's request.

As we first reported ... Thomas gave his blessing.

Texas School Shooting Parkland Students Respond Slam Trump, Politicians, NRA

5/18/2018 9:55 AM PDT
Breaking News

12:30 PM PT -- Texas Governor Greg Abbott has confirmed at least 10 dead and 10 more wounded in this morning's attack. In addition to the two guns the shooter brought with him -- which were owned by the suspect's father -- he had also planted multiple explosive devices in his home, vehicle, and at the school.

The suspect has been identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. The Governor claimed the student had admitted to initially intending to take his own life, however he was taken into custody alive.At least 8 people have been brutally killed at a high school in Texas after yet another mass shooting in America ... and Parkland, FL students are venting their anger and frustration.

President Trump responded to the shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday morning by tweeting, "School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!"

Those words didn't sit well with students Jaclyn Corin and Cameron Kasky, who accused the President of treating the tragedy "like a game" ... instead of doing something to stop them.

Emma Gonzalez made a an immediate call to action, saying Santa Fe High deserves "more than Thoughts and Prayers, and after supporting us by walking out we will be there to support you by raising up your voices."

David Hogg called out other politicians for simply "acting like they give a s**t." Several students have blasted the NRA as well.

Trump just addressed media at the White House, saying, "Everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe."

Meghan Markle's Dad Tells Daughter ... I'm Honored Prince Charles Will Walk You Down the Aisle!!!

5/18/2018 10:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Meghan Markle's father had a talk with his daughter Meghan and Prince Harry Thursday and tells us his daughter has his blessing on Prince Charles walking her down the aisle.

Thomas Markle tells TMZ he's "honored and grateful" Charles will give his daughter away, since he can't be there because of his heart condition

Thomas told us he has no reservations or shock regarding Meghan's choice. Lots of people thought Meghan's mom would do the honors, but Thomas is down with her choice.

Thomas says Meghan was super sweet on the phone, telling him she loved him and worrying about his health. He reassured her he's recovering and doing okay, adding he will "proudly" watch her tie the knot Saturday on TV "in a secluded place with friends, hopefully with no press."

Thomas says Meghan and Harry told him they had no plans to visit him. He told them he hoped to travel to the UK to meet Harry and see Meghan "sometime in the near future."   

'Collide' Singer Howie Day Caught on Video Pushing GF in Anger Before Dom. Violence Bust

5/18/2018 11:09 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Singer Howie Day's flip out on his longtime girlfriend, including at least one shove, was captured by surveillance cameras moments before he was arrested for domestic violence.

TMZ's obtained video of the incident that went down last month at the Seattle airport, where Howie threw a violent tantrum when Carrie Pencek, his gf of 8 years, came to pick him up. You can see him kicking the hatch of his Toyota RAV4 ... and slamming his guitar case and luggage onto the sidewalk.

As we first reported ... cops say Howie -- who scored a huge hit in 2004 with "Collide" -- was arrested at home later that night for fourth-degree assault.

The video shows Howie getting in and out of the car, and slamming doors as well as the hatchback. Carrie eventually bails to flag down a cop, and was visibly shaken. Howie also took off ... which is why Seattle PD had to nab him at home. He entered a not guilty plea.

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Chris Paul On TX School Shooting: We Gotta Do Something About It

5/18/2018 11:08 AM PDT
Breaking News

Chris Paul is speaking out about the Texas school shooting that happened roughly 35 miles from Houston on Friday ... and he's calling for change to prevent similar tragedies from happening again.

“First and foremost, aside from the playoffs going on, which is minor compared to what is taking place down in Santa Fe," Paul said Friday morning at Rockets practice.

"Our prayers going out to the victims and the families having to deal with that situation."

FYI, 10 people were killed and several more injured at Santa Fe HS when a shooter opened fire inside the building.

"We have a lot of fan support there. Those people come out and support us night in, night out. So, this is very minor compared to what those people are dealing with.”

"It's scary that that's becoming a norm here and we gotta do something about it, 'cause yeah, I can't imagine something like that taking place with one of my kids."

Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez Time to Wrap Up This Divorce Stuff ... Or Else

5/18/2018 10:31 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Halle Berry needs to get off the dime and tie up loose ends with Olivier Martinez.

According to new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Berry's got a final notice to appear in court at the end of June to deal with the unresolved matter in her divorce. Fact is ... she and Olivier are already officially divorced -- that happened in December 2016.  They also resolved custody issues involving their son, Maceo

We know there's a prenup, so there are no real issues. But the case is still technically active ... we've learned because Halle and Olivier have never filed their formal custody arrangement.   The judge wants it done once and for all.  

The judge wants them in court next month, and if they don't show they could be fined. 

Meek Mill Jay-Z Convinced Him to Cancel Trump Visit

5/18/2018 7:12 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

9:50 AM PT -- A Jay-Z source says Jay did not force or even convince Meek to cancel the White House trip, adding Meek made the decision after talking to several people.Meek Mill bailed on a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Friday after a late-night call from Jay-Z ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ broke the story ... Meek agreed to travel to the White House to discuss prison reform. President Trump is hosting a Prison Reform Summit. Participants include members of Congress, various activists and, clearly, people who have become victims of the system.

We're told Jay called Meek Thursday night and made it clear ... meeting with Trump would be problematic for his image and for the cause.

We're told other high-profile African-Americans also called Meek and voiced serious concern.

Meek tells us, "I was originally scheduled to be part of a panel on Prison Reform at the White House to help shed light on the issues within the system. Unfortunately, the focus turned to the President and Myself which concerned me that it might take away from creating a positive result from today’s discussions."

He continues, "As a result, I decided not to attend so that the focus would be solely on fixing our prison system. Most importantIy I remain fully committed to improving our criminal justice system."

Bob Kraft Being Deposed In Colin Kaepernick Case

5/18/2018 9:08 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Another major NFL honcho is being deposed in the Colin Kaepernick collusion case -- this time it's New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Kraft follows a long list of powerful NFL people questioned by Kaep's team -- earlier this week, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway answered questions at team headquarters in Colorado. 

Colin had personally attended Elway's deposition -- just as he had when Houston Texans owner Bob McNair was deposed in the case back in March. 

No word if Kaep is currently present at Kraft's depo ... but it's a pretty safe bet he's there, too. 

Other big wigs who have reportedly been deposed include Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider, NFL commish Roger Goodell, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Ravens coach John Harbaugh

As we previously reported, Kaepernick filed a grievance against the league claiming owners and other high-ranking NFL officials were in cahoots to blackball Colin after his national anthem demonstration

The Royal Wedding Fans Are Getting Union Jacked Up!!! (Yes, Already)

5/18/2018 9:16 AM PDT

The Royal wedding's got women AND men of all ages -- and all over the U.K. -- dolled up and ready to celebrate the historic event.

With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials less than 24 hours away, fans wasted no time getting in the spirit by throwing on their best red, white and blue -- Union Jack and Old Glory -- to honor the couple.

Seriously, they're head-to-toe in this stuff, and you gotta see it! Imagine what's gonna happen tomorrow.

As we reported ... Meghan will be walked down the aisle by Prince Charles. TMZ broke the story ... Meghan's dad, Thomas, planned to but at the last hour couldn't fly to England because of heart surgery.

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Nikki Bella I Believe John Wants Kids But, I Still Have My Doubts About Marriage

5/18/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

John Cena's very public campaign to win back Nikki Bella is working, but she's still not ready to seal the deal with the wrestling/movie star.

Nikki tells TMZ, John's public hand-wringing -- including posting a photo of John Cusack holding the boombox over his head in the film "Say Anything" -- has convinced her his change of heart about wanting kids wasn't hollow. She says, "I believe 100% he wants kids. It makes me want to run back and jump into his arms."

She says she believes he's now sincere that he wants children ... which was the deal breaker that caused her to break up with him. Until this week, Nikki believed she had forced John to say what she wanted to hear so she'd take a walk down the aisle.

Here's the problem ... Nikki says it's kind of been like a Pandora's Box. The conflict over children has raised issues in her head about the relationship. She says, "I care about him and love him a lot," but now she has to do some serious thinking about the turn in their relationship and feel if it's still right.

She says she's really hurt by the buzz that the whole conflict -- and even the relationship -- is fake to goose ratings for her reality show and John's career. She says, "A lot of people get married for publicity. I'm not like those reality show people. I don't want to be hesitant. I want to do what my heart says."  

Nikki says she has no idea what she'd say if John comes face-to-face with her and begs her to marry him. She says, "I'm a girl who lives in the moment and I honestly don't know what I'd say."

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle The Last Ride Together as Single Folk

5/18/2018 6:55 AM PDT
Breaking News

Think of it as 'last call' for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry -- the couple's left their London home for the final time as unhitched peeps.

The betrothed duo was all smiles Friday as they pulled out of Kensington Palace, where they live, making the chauffeur-driven one-hour ride out to Windsor ... where the royal wedding will go down tomorrow.

They headed out shortly after the Palace's 11th hour shocker-- that Prince Charles will walk her down the aisle.

If they're at all superstitious this will be the last few hours Harry and Meghan will see each other before the big day. If they've got any jitters, they're hiding 'em well.

Meg's definitely got that royal wave thing down pat.

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