Chris Brown says he's back with Karrueche because she finally realized he did NOT have sex on a St. Tropez yacht.
The on-again-off-again couple is now on again ... and Chris says it's because Karrueche now realizes he was telling her the truth when he said he was not having sex with anyone else.
Sources close to Karrueche tell us ... he was frantically texting and calling her -- more than 20 attempts a day -- to acquit himself, but she ignored him.
We're told Saturday ... Karrueche showed up at Chris' celebrity flag football game to talk it out ... which they did, and she believes him.
As for the whole yacht thing ... there definitely was smoke ... he was on the vessel cavorting with several women, including one of Karrueche's close friends.
Chris did cop to something ... he promised Karrueche he would slow down the partying and treat her better.
Ice Bucket Challenge
With a BIG Twist
8/18/2014 6:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen didn't douse himself with water in the Ice Bucket Challenge ... but he did make it rain.
Charlie was called out by hockey star Ryan Miller to take the challenge in support of the ALS Foundation. But Charlie's challenge was H20 free ... and way more awesome.
He also calls out Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher and nemesis Chuck Lorre to meet his challenge. Watch the video ... he doesn't seem hostile toward them.
So how much money do you think was in the bucket?
She's a LIAR
Claims Other Driver In Crash
8/18/2014 9:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kylie Jenner is full of BS by claiming she was rear-ended by a reckless driver Thursday ... because the other driver says she not only caused the crash but copped an attitude.
As we first reported ... the 17-year-old was driving her brand new Range Rover when -- according to her -- a woman swerved into her lane and rear-ended her.
But the woman's lawyer says what REALLY happened is that Kylie made an illegal U-ey with no warning and crashed into oncoming traffic.
The accident was so bad ... the lawyer -- Gary Daglian -- says his client's passenger ended up in the hospital.
And the lawyer goes on ... claiming Kylie was "aggressive" and tried to strong-arm his client into settling up for cash and NOT calling any cops or insurance companies. His client told Kylie to pound sand.
Whitney Houston Had Bad DNA
8/18/2014 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mega-music producer David Foster says Whitney Houston's deteriorating voice was not the result of drug abuse ... she was just saddled with bad DNA.
Foster knew Whitney's highs and lows better than most. He produced some of her tracks from "The Bodyguard," including "I Will Always Love You."
Foster is almost shockingly candid in the video ... in so many words saying she didn't have much of a voice for most of her career.
What's really interesting ... he seems to think, when it comes to vocal ability, substance abuse takes a back seat to genetics.
Detoxes After Hard Partying
8/15/2014 6:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Denzel Washington just left an Orange County residence where he was staying for more than 2 weeks to detox after a wild, alcohol-fueled, gluttonous month-long vacation ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with the actor tell TMZ Denzel was on a yacht during the month of July with his wife ... and was partying and partying hard.
When he returned to L.A. ... our sources say Denzel went to the OC residence where he had professionals help him "detox."
One source says this was more than just alcohol ... it was an overall cleanse for toxins. In addition to the professional who supervised the detox, we're told Denzel had a nutritionist, a trainer and a chef.
Denzel we're told is out and back on his game.
A Little Birthday Fun
in Las Vegas
8/18/2014 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joe Jonas had a small celebration for his 25th birthday in Las Vegas ... with two tiny strippers and David Copperfield. We'll explain ...
Joe hit up a Copperfield show at the MGM Grand where he got pulled up on stage and David asked him when he last got laid. Joe said it's been about a month ... the crowd loved it.
The main event went down Saturday at Beacher's Madhouse ... where Joe was once again called up on stage. But instead of a magician, he was entertained by two little people strippers ... a mini Miley Cyrus and a girl who holds the distinction of being one of the smallest strippers in the world.
We're told the Beau Joie Champagne was flowing ... along with several bottles of Casamigos Tequila sent over by George Clooney.
Remember when the Jonas Brothers were wholesome and boring?
Back on the Prowl
8/18/2014 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Antonio Banderas is single and ready to mingle ... and he zeroed in on an attractive woman while partying in St. Tropez over the weekend.
"Puss in Boots" takes on a whole new meaning.
From Cabaret to Costco
8/18/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shia LaBeouf is getting clean by going back to nature ... as in Nature Valley Bars.
Shia was shopping at the Van Nuys, CA Costco and this was a serious food run. In addition to Nature Valley, it looks like he got "Dirty" Potato Chips and Welch's Fruit Snacks. It looks like he also has a box of Honey Bunches of Oats.
Shia's LaBuff and healthy after all the alcohol-fueled craziness in L.A. and NY.
Something troubling however ... it looks like he only got one flavor of the "Dirty" chips.
In other news...
Miranda Lambert went totally makeup-free on Instagram and although she looks nothing like her stage-ready self, she is ADORBS!
Champ is Here
8/18/2014 7:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Brock Lesnar's appetite was still in full effect after his epic SummerSlam victory Sunday night ... so he decided to wash down John Cena with a steak dinner.
Lesnar hit up Morton's in downtown Los Angeles with Paul Heyman after becoming the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He brought his championship belts with him to dinner ... and they still have Cena's name on them!
But Lesnar didn't let his performance rest on its laurels ... he was still talking serious smack about Cena even after the match. He also drops a hint about the future of dual belts.
Eat. Sleep. Conquer. Repeat.
Won't Free Widow of Criminal Charges
8/18/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Casey Kasem's widow is NOT off the hook just because she's thwarting the efforts of cops to get a full autopsy ... to determine if she committed elder abuse ... because we've learned cops are confident they have the goods to nail her.
We've confirmed Jean Kasem is moving Casey's body from Montreal to Oslo, Norway, where Casey's body will be buried.
TMZ broke the story ... the Santa Monica Police Dept. is investigating Jean ... because they say they have evidence she compromised his health by taking him on a wild, multi-state ride to evade the rest of her family ... causing him to get an infection that contributed to his death.
Law enforcement sources now tell TMZ ... although they'd like to have a full autopsy, detectives believe they have enough evidence to present the case to prosecutors. They've interviewed doctors and others who examined Casey during the car ride ... and cops say it's incriminating stuff.
We're told the case will be submitted to the L.A. County D.A. ... soon.
8/18/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There's a damn good reason Denzel Washington is considered one of the best actors around ... he can flash a big, bright smile on his face and deftly deflect!
Denzel was on his way out of Tra Di Noi in Malibu Saturday when our photog asked the 59-year old actor about his recent 2 week detox at a residence in Orange County.
As we previously reported ... the detox was not just for alcohol ... it was an overall cleanse for toxins. He had partied for a month on a yacht with his wife and ... overindulged in a big way.
Whatever he did worked ... he looks great.
In other news...
Katy Perry totally lost her bikini bottoms a couple summers ago, so how did she fare this year when she hit up a Kansas City water park?!SEE MORE »
Porn Star Christy Mack
Free Facial Reconstruction
8/18/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Christy Mack faces a long road to recovery after being viciously beaten ... allegedly by War Machine ... but a Bev HIlls plastic surgeon has come to the rescue.
Dr. Harrison H. Lee has reached out to Mack ... offering facial reconstructive work for free. Dr. Lee says he feels a special responsibility because he's trained in mixed martial arts and knows it should never be abused.
It's unclear if Mack is down with the offer ... but it sounds like a good deal.
As TMZ previously reported, Mack's porn star friends have been raising money on her behalf ... nearly $65,000 so far on GiveForward.com.
'Cat Daddy' Rapper
Fails to Surrender for Jail
Arrest Warrant Issued
8/18/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Jovan Clayton failed to "Cat Daddy" into court to begin a 4-month jail sentence ... so now a judge has issued a bench warrant for his arrest.
As TMZ first reported, Clayton got 120 days in L.A. County lockup after he pled no contest to one count of receiving stolen property during a nightclub incident last April.
Clayton had until 8:30 AM Friday to surrender. Now that the bench warrant was issued ... a judge could possibly tack on additional jail time.
We shot this video in April of Clayton getting out of jail, so ... imagine it in reverse ... once the law catches up to him.