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Kevin Sorbo Comic Convention is Killing My Freedom of Speech!

3/22/2018 3:23 PM PDT

'Hercules' star Kevin Sorbo's says he's being silenced and he suspects it's all being done for a shameless publicity stunt.

ThunderCon, a comic convention in Thunder Bay, Canada, recently rescinded Kevin's invitation for the October event. It was pretty odd because organizers had JUST announced he was attending. When we got Kevin at LAX, he said ThunderCon peeps never contacted him to explain why they were booting him, and left him feeling like they were trying to jack his freedom of speech.

He might have a point. A rep for ThunderCon said they felt Kevin's ultra conservative views were "distressing to their community." Kevin's stance on political and societal issues have drawn criticism in the past ... so, he's certainly used to that.

This time he feels like the convention is using him to make a name for itself -- but ultimately, Kevin says he's not the loser in this situation.

Jacquees' Miami Beach Arrest Cop Used 'Excessive Force' on Me ... Hints at Legal Action

3/22/2018 4:00 PM PDT

Jacquees might be gearing up for a potential lawsuit against Miami Beach PD after one of its officers got rough with him during a traffic stop ... according to Jacquees himself.

The singer recorded a video for his fans, and addressed what he calls the "excessive force" a cop used Wednesday while busting Jacquees for allegedly driving without a seat belt.

He stops short of saying he's suing, but he refers to his legal team -- and its advice for him -- enough for you to read between the lines.

We broke the story ... Jacquees was arrested in Miami Beach Wednesday when cops say he refused to hand over his license, or cooperate with the officers. In the video, you can see an officer give him a good, hard yank by his arm.

One positive -- Jacquees says he's physically and mentally okay after the Ocean Drive incident.

Jacquees was booked for failure to obey a lawful command, and for the seat belt violation. He clearly bonded out of jail and is back on the outside.

Toys 'R' Us Founder Charles Lazarus Dead at 94

3/22/2018 12:18 PM PDT
Breaking News

Charles Lazarus, the man who founded Toys 'R' Us in 1948, has died, just days after the company went belly up.

After Lazarus returned from WWII, he realized quickly the baby boom generation was ripe for a cool, interactive toy superstore. Barbie Dolls, Hula Hoops and Slinkys were all the rage, and he had the idea to create a fun experience for kids and parents.

He experimented with a nondescript children's store, Children's Bargain Town, but then in '57 opened the first Toys 'R' Us in Maryland. Fast-forward ... at its height there were 1,600 stores around the world.

Toys 'R' Us just released a statement ... "There have been many sad moments for Toys'R'Us in recent weeks, and none more heartbreaking than today's news about the passing of our beloved founder, Charles Lazarus. Our thoughts and prayers are with Charles' family and loved ones."

Charles was 94.


Owen Wilson Dances Away with Date After Causing Hotel Evacuation

3/22/2018 1:51 PM PDT

Owen Wilson might need another cigarette after this -- there's footage of the actor carelessly leaving the scene of chaos he just created ... after lighting up a cigarette inside a hotel and causing a mass evac.

The actor and his mystery date were seen smoking near the restrooms inside Miami's Tavern bar at Hotel Croydon after midnight a few weeks back, which set off the fire alarm. In the security vids -- obtained by TMZ -- Wilson and the blonde woman are seen dancing together as they leave the bathrooms and exit the bar ... with alarm lights flashing.

Another camera captures the couple walking through the courtyard right after to leave the hotel ... Owen sets down his drink while his date is seen still smoking her cig. Other hotel guests -- many in their PJs -- are then seen evacuating.

While Wilson's not busted on camera smoking inside, sources at the hotel tell us he and the woman were definitely having a puff in the bar near the restrooms -- there's just no cameras there.

It's unclear if the actor's in any legal trouble over the cigarette snafu, but he might not be welcome back at the hotel anytime soon.

We reached out to Owen ... no word back so far.

Judd Apatow on Garry Shandling I Read Through All His Diaries ... Turns Out, He Achieved Zen!

3/22/2018 1:11 PM PDT

Judd Apatow says his late mentor Garry Shandling became a nicer, wiser guy toward the end of his life, which will be explored in a new documentary about the comedian.

We spoke to Judd on "TMZ Live," and he gave us a rundown on what's behind his new project with HBO -- a 2-part documentary about his deceased pal and comedy great, Garry, that's airing March 26 and 27 on HBO at 8 PM. 

Judd tells us Garry's diaries and journals -- which are the centerpieces in the doc -- revealed the comic became much more compassionate and giving throughout the years ... as neurotic of a creative genius as he was. He says Garry realized giving more to others was a W.

It sounds like a crazy deep dive into the mind of Shandling, who was groundbreakingly innovative with his shows like "It's Garry Shandling's Show" and "The Larry Sanders Show."

And lucky for Judd, he was in Garry's good graces ... until that one year.

Model Adwoa Aboah Sues Management Co. You're Holding My $190k as Ransom!!!

3/22/2018 1:22 PM PDT

Model Adwoa Aboah is getting royally screwed out of tons of dough from her former managers ... this according to a new lawsuit.

Adwoa -- who recently posed nearly nude on the cover of Allure -- is suing The Lions Management, claiming they stiffed her on $190k, and they're holding it as ransom because she left the fold.

In docs obtained by TMZ, Aboah says she earned around $670k between January 2015 and July 2017, but her managers kept almost half of it. She demanded what she was owed, and says TLM wired some, but not all of the cash.

Adwoa eventually left TLM, and says it's holding the money over her head ... just to punish her for bailiing. As she puts it in the suit, "Fashion models are not indentured servants." She's suing to get the remaining balance, plus damages.

We've reached out to Lions Management, so far no word back.

Barack Obama I Got a New Move for Ya, Michelle ...

3/22/2018 1:45 PM PDT

Barack Obama hit it on the nose in New Zealand -- saying hello the right way by pressing his face up against his hosts. No lip locking, of course.

Obama flew solo way down under for a couple meetings, and moments after touching down he got a traditional welcome ... Maori style. At least 3 female tribe members went forehead-to-forehead with the former prez and rubbed noses with him. Think Eskimo kisses, with a Kiwi twist.

44 also got some customary gifts -- 2 whale tooth pendants ... one for him, and one for Michelle. Although, we think she'd settle for some nose-to-nose action with her man.

Just sayin' ...

Stormy Daniels Pay Me, I'll Tell Ya About Trump ... Maybe (But, Probably Not)

3/22/2018 1:06 PM PDT

Stormy Daniels will blow off her "hush" agreement with President Trump -- and torpedo her "60 Minutes" interview -- for the low low price of $3.99 per minute.

Stormy posted a promo for Camster -- the online cam service she uses to book private video chats and sex shows with fans -- and she's playing the Trump card to the max. The ex-porn star says, "I would love to tell you the real story about what happened. Maybe even with you-know-who."

Clever business move on her part ... although Anderson Cooper can't be thrilled, considering his interview with her is set to air on Sunday's "60 Minutes."

But to keep it real -- Stormy's a giant tease.

She knows if she lets all her secrets out to random people online, she has ZERO guarantee those secrets stay private. Imagine all the reporters who'd be signing up for a cam session.

Plus, political scandal ain't what most Camster customers pay to see. Or so we hear.

Donald Trump I'd Tell 25-Year-Old Me Don't Run for Prez!!!

3/22/2018 12:25 PM PDT
Breaking News

Donald Trump definitely has big regrets about being President, based on the advice he says he'd give his much younger self.

Trump was either joking -- or echoing the thoughts of at least half of the country -- during an interview Thursday at D.C.'s Generation Next Summit ... where he said he'd warn 25-year-old Donald not to run for office. The comment definitely landed with the audience.

Joke or not, POTUS made it clear he's yearning for the good ol' days when he got much better publicity -- which was the perfect segue to his fave topic -- fake news!

Anton Yelchin Family Settles with Automaker In Fatal Jeep Accident

3/22/2018 10:51 AM PDT

4:45 PM PT -- The family says the settlement will go to the Anton Yelchin Foundation -- which focuses on supporting young people in creative arts with debilitating diseases or disabilities -- and will also be used to film a documentary on his life.

Anton Yelchin's family has settled their lawsuit with Fiat Chrysler over the actor's tragic death.

The settlement is confidential, but it's almost certain the auto company that makes the Jeep Grand Cherokee paid a significant amount of money to make the case go away.

TMZ broke the story ... the 27-year-old actor was leaving his L.A. home in June 2016, when he got out of the vehicle possibly to check his mailbox and the Jeep rolled down the driveway, pinning him against a security gate. 

As we reported, Yelchin died almost immediately but his body was pinned for hours before it was discovered.

Authorities had said he thought the shifter was in park when it was actually in neutral. It was apparently a common mistake and the vehicles had actually been recalled for a fix at the time of the accident, but Yelchin had not yet taken the Jeep in.

The Chrysler dealership said after the tragedy the accident was the result of Yelchin's "misuse, misapplication or damage" of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

According to the death certificate, Yelchin died from blunt traumatic asphyxia. 

Bill O'Reilly Sued He's Killing My Career with His Lies Says Ex FOX News Anchor

3/22/2018 9:34 AM PDT

One of Bill O'Reilly's former coworkers isn't standing for what she considers his trash talk about FOX paying sexual harassment settlements -- she's filed a defamation suit against him.

Former FOX News anchor Laurie Dhue is suing Bill for comments he made after FOX News paid settlements to 5 women ... including Laurie, who reportedly got over $1 million. In her suit, Laurie takes umbrage with Bill's statement that he was fired over "completely unfounded claims."

Further, she says his claim, during a Matt Lauer interview, that he "never mistreated anyone on [his] watch in 42 years" is not only a lie ... it's also damaging her career. As she puts it, no one's going to hire a journalist who's been labeled a liar.

And there's this bizarre aside -- Laurie says her image has been used in online ads for male enhancement pills, which also feature O'Reilly. Seems like she's saying she's been unnecessarily dragged into the penis pill market, due to her association with O'Reilly.

A former junior producer at FOX, Rachel Bernstein, filed a similar suit in December against O'Reilly.

We've reached out to a rep for O'Reilly ... so far no word back.

Ben Carson About That $31k Dining Set My Wife's Got Great Taste!

3/22/2018 10:05 AM PDT

Ben Carson's doing his best to get out of the dog house -- after throwing his wife under the bus for buying $31k worth of furniture -- but we're not sure this clip's gonna be enough to get the job done.

We got the HUD Secretary Thursday morning on Capitol Hill, and our guy straight-up asked him what he had to say to women who feel he shamefully put all the blame on his wife when Congress grilled him about the pricey dining room set ... bought with taxpayer's money.

Carson deflected our question at first, making it clear the furniture's been returned ... which we already knew. We persisted with a more personal question about the pieces his wife picked out, and gotta hand it to him -- he fired off the best response possible ... under the circumstances.

Still, the ultimate judge of this clip will be Mrs. Carson. If the homefront looks anything like his Congressional hearing, Ben might wanna invest in a new couch.

On his dime, of course.

Britney Spears Dad Wants K-Fed's Tax Returns 'Cause He Thinks Kev's a Freeloader

3/22/2018 1:00 AM PDT

Britney Spears' dad is calling Kevin Federline's bluff that he needs more child support to care for the 2 kids he had with the singer ... we've learned Jamie Spears will demand to see Kevin's 2017 tax return to see if he's working for a living or sponging off her.

We've learned K-Fed's lawyer sent Jamie Spears a letter Tuesday demanding her 2017 tax return.  Kevin will be getting the exact same letter in the next day or so.

We're told Jamie Spears ain't budging ... he won't agree to pay Kevin a cent over the $20,000 a month he's been getting until Kevin gives him a full accounting on how the money is being spent. Jamie believes Kevin is misusing some of the $20k by spending it on his 4 other children from different women.

So far K-Fed and his lawyer haven't provided such an accounting, although they have demanded more child support. Jamie's position -- the kids needs haven't changed, so the only issue is whether $20k a month cuts it.

We're told Jamie wants to make sure the kids are getting what they need from both Kevin and Britney, and if a judge ultimately says she should pay more, he'll be down with it. But he wants to control the purse strings to make sure Kevin isn't squandering the cash on matters unrelated to Sean and Jayden.

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