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Pierce Brosnan Quickly Douses House Fire Lawsuit

12/12/2017 2:40 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Pierce Brosnan isn't leaving any loose ends burning -- just 14 days after he was sued over a house fire ... the lawsuit's been dismissed.

TMZ broke the story ... Pierce was sued by Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. claiming in 2015 it was forced to pay for damages to Pierce's neighbor's house. It caught fire after flames spread from a blaze at Pierce's pad. In the suit, the insurance company said the whole thing started because 007 failed to throw out rags susceptible to spontaneous combustion.

What a difference 2 weeks makes? On Monday, the Fireman's Fund Ins. Co. filed new docs to have the case dismissed, the court signed off and that's it. Case closed.

The suit can't be refiled -- usually a strong sign there was some sort of confidential settlement. We've reached out to Pierce, so far no word back.

Giada De Laurentiis Mario Batali News Is Sad But It's 'Time for Cleansing'

12/12/2017 12:40 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Giada De Laurentiis says she's very sad over the allegations against fellow celeb chef Mario Batali ... but doesn't really seem too surprised.

We got the star TV chef at LAX Tuesday and asked about Batali stepping away from his restaurant empire amid claims he sexually harassed 5 women. It was clear she's sad, but says it had to happen and hopes it makes everyone feel better.

As she puts it ... "It's a time of cleansing."

Also, very interesting -- Giada's reaction when we asked if she's shocked by the accusations. You've gotta see it ... she says a lot without using a word.

Seems she might know some stories herself, just like Anthony Bourdain.

Prince William & Prince Harry Come Stormin' In To 'Star Wars' Premiere

12/12/2017 12:05 PM PST

Prince William and Prince Harry were royal guests on the red carpet of Europe's premiere of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" ... and the force looks very strong with these 2.

The princes suited up for the London event Tuesday night and cruised past a line of Stormtroopers before being greeted by one of the film's stars -- BB-8.

The Royal bros are more than just your typical 'Star Wars' fans, too ... they actually filmed cameos for the movie last year. Word is, they play Stormtroopers who appear alongside Tom Hardy's character while guarding John Boyega's character, Finn.

So keep a lookout for a couple 'troopers who look just a tad out of place.

Jimmy Fallon Salivating Over Stanton-to-Yanks ... 'OOOOOOH'

12/12/2017 11:23 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jimmy Fallon's so stoked on Giancarlo Stanton joining the Yankees, dude went straight PRIMAL when we asked him about the blockbuster trade.

"OOOOOOOOOH ... what a season we're gonna have, oh my goodness!" Jimmy grunted/said to TMZ Sports in the Big Apple.

Fallon's New York born and bred ... so he couldn't even try to play it cool talking about Stanton -- and new manager, Aaron Boone -- putting on the pinstripes.

The real question -- how are Jimmy and Giancarlo gonna top Aaron Judge's appearance on "The Tonight Show?"

Ex-Arizona Cop Who Killed Daniel Shaver Involved in Brutal Arrest

12/12/2017 10:36 AM PST

The former Arizona cop who was acquitted for the murder of Daniel Shaver had previously been investigated for body slamming a teenager during an arrest captured on video.

The footage shows Mesa police officer Philip Brailsford and other cops arresting 2 men at a gas station in 2015. While attempting to apprehend a group of teens for criminal damage to a store ... Brailsford put one of them in a headlock, spun him around and slammed him to the ground.

While the suspect was pinned down, Brailsford put him in cuffs. Two other officers used a similar tactic to take down another suspect who appeared to be resisting. The suspects were booked for criminal damage, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest.

According to police docs, obtained by TMZ, Brailsford and 3 other cops on the scene were investigated by Internal Affairs for using an "inappropriate amount of force." They were eventually cleared.

Brailsford was found not guilty of 2nd degree murder in the death of Shaver. Attorneys for Shaver's family called it an "execution" upon seeing the dramatic body cam footage of the shooting.

As we reported, Brailsford was a failed actor before he joined the police force.

R. Kelly Burglary Suspect Turns Himself In

12/12/2017 11:05 AM PST

The guy who cops think is responsible for ransacking R. Kelly's Atlanta homes has given himself up ... and he's only about a week late.

According to Johns Creek Police Department, Alfonso Walker turned himself in Monday on charges stemming from Kelly's burglaries over Thanksgiving weekend. 

He was booked on 2 counts of burglary, 2 counts of theft by taking and 2 counts of theft by deception. 

As we reported ... an arrest warrant was issued for Walker after he told them he'd turn himself in last Tuesday and didn't. Cops say they were told he'd hired people to clean out the cribs and sell all of the singer's stuff. Kelly said Walker was just a part-time employee.

Meanwhile ... Kels released a statement thanking Johns Creek PD and fans for their support. Unfortunately, he's still probably dealing with some emptiness at home.

JWoww Buy My NJ Crib ... You Can GTL, While I Bank Nearly $1 Mil

12/12/2017 11:25 AM PST
Exclusive Details

JWoww's massive 7,000 square foot New Jersey home isn't right on the Jersey shore but it's close and, HUGE BONUS ... the buyer won't have to go far for all their GTL needs.

JWoww just listed her 6 bedroom, 5 bath home in Toms River for $1.59 million. And while it's got a big kitchen with 2 islands, lagoon pool and slide, the pad is a true "Jersey Shore" fan's dream because there's a gym, tanning bed and laundry room inside the pad. 

JWoww bought the home in 2011 for only $685k, so she's looking to make off with $905k. No word where she's moving to or if the tanning bed is actually included in the sale. Might be hard for her to part with it.

Senator Gillibrand Trump is Trying to Silence Me ... With 'Sexist Smear' Tweet

12/12/2017 10:53 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is firing back at President Trump and vowing to keep fighting him ... on the heels of him saying she'd "do anything" for campaign cash.

We got the U.S. Senator from New York Tuesday morning on Capitol Hill, just a few hours after the President tweeted and called Gillibrand a "total flunky" who had begged him for donations. The shot many call "slut-shaming" came when Trump claimed the Senator "would do anything" for his money.

Gillibrand doesn't seem fazed, and dismissed Trump's tweet as a "sexist smear" -- and suggested he better not hold his breath waiting for her to back down.

Gillibrand called for 45's resignation Monday after Trump's accusers called for Congress to investigate him for sexual misconduct.

Keaton Jones' Mom Those Confederate Pics ... Supposed to Be 'Ironic and Funny'

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

Keaton Jones' mother is defending her social media posts with the Confederate flag and insisting she and her family are not racists.

Kimberly Jones told 'GMA' the photos were intended to be "extreme" and "ironic and funny."

Kimberly said she would take it back if she could. She's made her social media pages private since the backlash started.

As TMZ first reported, Kimberly's posts also hindered online fundraising efforts. One GoFundMe account, which raised $58k for Keaton's case, is now on hold. The person who started the page stresses he has nothing to do with Kimberly ... and only wants to help Keaton. 

Roy Moore Giddyup ... I'm Here to Vote!!!

12/12/2017 8:54 AM PST
Breaking News

Roy Moore went full cowboy mode ... mounting a horse to cast his ballot in Alabama's contentious special election.

The Republican U.S. Senate candidate arrived on horseback Tuesday in Gallant, Alabama. Moore wore his trademark cowboy hat while riding Sassy. Apparently, this isn't the first time he's pulled this stunt. Moore also showed up on a horse to vote in the GOP Primary.

Moore's nearing the finish line of an embattled campaign that includes mounting allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers when he was in his 30s.

Floyd Mayweather Sets Sail on Epic Thailand Vacay ... I'm James Bond!

12/12/2017 9:06 AM PST
Breaking News

Floyd Mayweather's larger-than-life Asia trip has docked in Phuket, Thailand ... and the retired boxer's soakin' in the sun on a frickin' yacht!!

Floyd's retirement vacay has taken him through China, Russia and Dubai ... but it seems like he's REALLY enjoying this leg of the trip -- an island-hopping tour also featuring beach time on the world-famous James Bond Island and guided cave kayaking.

"I don’t know about y’all, but I’m living!!!" Mayweather wrote on social media.

Floyd even managed to squeeze in some time for romance ... swingin' with Jamie Lynn, one of his many lady friends, next to a candlelit pool.

It's good to be rich.  

NYC Pipe Bomber to Trump 'You Failed to Protect' America

12/12/2017 8:43 AM PST
Breaking News

The New York City bomber allegedly went on Facebook just before setting off a homemade device and told President Trump he'd failed to protect the U.S.A.

According to the federal criminal complaint filed Tuesday against Akayed Ullah, the bomber took to the social media site with his message to the Prez while on the way to the Port Authority subway before the explosion. 

Per the docs, obtained by TMZ, Ullah allegedly wrote ... "Trump you failed to protect your nation" ... which prosecutors say he posted Monday morning before the incident. They go on to say the message was written with ISIS in mind. 

During a presser about the attack, US Attorney Joon Kim also revealed a search of Ullah's apartment uncovered a handwritten note that read, "Oh America Die In Your Rage."

As we reported ... Ullah was captured alive after detonating what many called a pipe bomb strapped to his person. Three other people were injured, leaving one temporarily deaf.

As for Trump ... he released a statement Monday essentially saying his travel ban was necessary to prevent attacks like this. Sounds like he'll have more ammo for that point now.

Bethenny Frankel I Want My Daughter!!! Sues Ex for Custody

12/12/2017 7:50 AM PST

Bethenny Frankel is taking her ex-husband back to court for custody of their daughter ... and she might be using his stalking and harassment case as leverage.

Bethenny reopened her divorce case against Jason Hoppy, according to docs filed December 6. She's most likely seeking full custody of their 7-year-old daughter, Bryn ... since they'd previously reached a custody agreement in 2014.

Since then, Hoppy was ordered to stay away from Bethenny after he allegedly told her, "I will destroy you." He was charged with stalking and aggravated harassment, and struck a plea deal in the case.

Unclear if that's the reason for her reigniting a custody battle -- we've made calls in to their attorneys -- but they're due in court in January.

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