Big Pimpin' in Georgia ...
BEFORE Mama June Split
9/27/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sugar Bear can protest all he wants ... but he was hot to trot the weekend before June sent him packing ... TMZ has learned.
The "Honey Boo Boo" star was riding the bull with a very hot chick who was at the Macon, GA bar celebrating her 21st birthday.
TMZ broke the story ... June pulled the plug after she caught Sugar Bear trolling an online dating website.
We're told S.B. was at the bar with an older woman, but traded up when the birthday girl spotted him and asked him to party with her and her friends.
As far as we know the bar is where it all ended, but one thing's for sure ... Mama June was nowhere near that bull.
Look-Alike Living the NYC High Life
9/27/2014 7:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rod Stewart has been getting free drinks and partying his face off in NYC ... but wait ... Rod's rep says it's not him.
Faux Rod has been spotted partying in the Meatpacking District, crashing World Cup parties and for some reason loitering around a schoolyard ... according to Page Six.
The man reportedly has been showered with free drinks and meals -- ya know ... shop owners trying to impress a celeb.
A dude who looks A LOT like the 69-year old singer was recently pictured on the subway -- it's unclear if this is the same person claiming rock royalty.
'Pitch Perfect' Star
My Candle Torched My Condo Bldg.
9/27/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Alexis Knapp's kumbaya moment with a candle went up in flames ... and so did her condo bldg.
Alexis -- famous for her roles in "Project X," "Pitch Perfect" and "I'm Ryan Phillippe's baby Mama" ... left her unit with a candle still burning and it caught something on fire which ignited the blaze that engulfed the entire building ... according to the L.A. Fire Dept.
It took 75 firefighters, 30 fire trucks and 3 separate agencies to knock down the blaze. The damage is so extensive the building is now red tagged.
A firefighter was injured ... which could be a problem for Alexis.
But there's good news ... a couple of cats were rescued.
We reached out to Knapp for comment ... so far, no word back.
STARS TAKING SPILLS!
9/27/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Drone Pilot Arrested
Judge Grounds Flyboy
After Beach Buzz
9/27/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Flying drones all over L.A. is all fun and games until somebody winds up in jail -- which is exactly what happened to a guy who pissed off cops AND a judge with his flyboy antics.
TMZ broke the story ... Tom Zebra was cited for flying a drone over the San Pedro harbor -- because L.A. law forbids flying unmanned aircraft around a public beach.
The drone was confiscated and Saulmon was ordered to appear in court last Monday ... but TMZ has learned he showed up on Tuesday instead. No bueno -- the judge immediately threw him in jail and set bail at $30K.
As we first told you ... Saulmon and his drone have been on LAPD's radar since July, when he buzzed one of their parking lots. The city is considering new laws to control drone activity.
Zebra was released from jail Saturday morning.
Down with Peter Griffin Now, Esé
9/27/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Travis Barker is doing a new mash up with none other than Peter Griffin ... after scoring an apparel deal with "Family Guy."
Travis' clothing line ... Famous Stars and Straps will be selling gear with artwork featuring characters from Seth MacFarlane's hit show. Sources connected to Travis tell us he got his favorite tattoo artist to draw up the first design ... with a little East L.A. flavor.
We're told Trav and co. plan to crank out all kinds of themes for the line.
9/27/2014 12:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'Down Home With The Neelys'
Cooking Couple Call It Quits
9/26/2014 5:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The husband-wife chefs from "Down Home With The Neelys" have officially made mince meat of their 19-year marriage -- Gina Neely's filed for divorce.
Gina and her estranged husband Pat Neely became household names with a long-running Food Network show. According to the docs, they've been separated for 2 years ... though you'd never be able to tell from their show ... which they've continued to shoot all along.
Gina cites irreconcilable differences in the papers -- but according to a joint statement ... they're splitting on good terms, and will continue to run their NYC barbecue restaurant together. They also say they'll be focusing on their "individual brands" ... which sounds like the show might be cooked.
They have 2 daughters, but both are over 18 -- so, no child support. The biggest issue for them might be ... who gets the delicious wing recipe!
Taxes, Schmaxes ...
I Gotta See Snooki's Baby!
9/26/2014 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Situation is so confident he'll beat the federal tax fraud rap he's facing ... he'd rather talk about more important things -- like Snooki popping out another kid.
Sitch was leaving a vitamin store in NJ Friday morning when a photog tried to grill him about the tax charges, but when he found out Snooki had delivered ... he was all about the baby.
Interesting that Situation didn't know already -- apparently he and his 'Jersey Shore' co-star don't stay in touch that much anymore.
His excuse for missing the news though was classic GTL.
Investigated for Sexual Assault
9/26/2014 2:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NFL star Adrian Peterson was the target of a criminal sexual assault investigation, but authorities ultimately cleared him ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... the alleged incident occurred in 2011 at a party in Eden Prairie, a suburb of Minneapolis. We're told ... the woman complained to authorities and Adrian denied anything occurred without the woman's consent.
A criminal investigation was opened, and numerous witnesses were interviewed. Peterson's lawyer, Peter Wold, tells TMZ ... "all witnesses who we interviewed concurred with Adrian's story." Further, Wold tells us ... authorities tested 3 DNA samples ... 2 excluded Peterson and one was inconclusive.
Wold also says Peterson submitted to a polygraph test and the results showed he was truthful and the authorities closed the case and no charges were ever filed.
The attorney calls the allegation "a bogus story that has nothing to do with reality."
Peterson currently faces criminal child abuse charges.
I'm Ready to Go Back on Tour ...
After 3 Days in a Coma
9/26/2014 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
August Alsina is getting back on the horse -- as in, the stage -- after severe seizures and a scary fall landed him in a hospital for nearly 2 weeks ... the singer thinks he's ready to go on the road again.
August is finally recovering at home in New Orleans ... after being released from the hospital earlier this week, but he'll only have about a month to heal before starting a 27-date tour with Usher on Nov. 1st.
TMZ broke the story ... August ended up in a coma earlier this month when he fainted and tumbled off a stage in NYC.
August's rep tells us doctors are prescribing lots of rest before he attempts the tour. We're told the seizures were the result of a head injury when he fell -- and August doesn't need medication.
Randy Jackson's Wife
I Want A Divorce, Dawg!
9/26/2014 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-"American Idol" judge Randy Jackson just got voted out ... of his marriage. His wife filed for divorce ... TMZ has learned.
Erika Jackson filed docs to end their 18-year marriage ... citing irreconcilable differences.
She wants full physical custody and joint legal custody of the 1 minor son, 17-year-old Jordan. They have a daughter who is an adult.
Erika also wants spousal support and she wants him to foot her attorney's fees.
This is Jackson's 2nd marriage. He has 1 other daughter from his prior marriage.
Jackson spent 12 seasons judging "American Idol" ... but announced he was leaving in 2013. He later returned as a musical mentor for the contestants.