Oprah Winfrey broke down the key to successful Christmas shopping for us ... when we ran into her in NYC. She even addressed the toughest gift giving question of them all -- what in the hell do you buy for Oprah??!!
We have a few suggestions that might make the cut.
Pump the Brakes, Marvel! You're Scaring My Kids!
12/15/2014 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Boxing Opponent ...
Finally Cops to Taking a Dive
12/16/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The guy Mickey Rourke knocked out last month in Russia is now admitting what everyone with eyes has suspected all along -- the whole match was a total SHAM.
Elliot Seymour tells TMZ Sports the deal was he would go down from a body shot in the 2nd round ... and he would get $15,000 -- $10k up front and the rest when he got back to the U.S.
62-year-old Rourke made headlines for the KO against 29-year-old Seymour because it looked so much like a fix. As we told you ... Seymour initially denied any hijinx, but over the weekend in L.A. he came clean.
You gotta watch him describe the alleged set up -- he claims almost all his punches were choreographed. As for why he's spilling his guts now ... Seymour says the pressure to keep lying was getting to him -- and he's angry Rourke's people "dragged their feet" on paying up.
So, was Mickey in on the fix? Seymour's got a strong opinion on that.
Rourke's trainer still denies the fix, and tells us he believes Seymour will change his story to whatever he thinks will make him more money.
Bill Cosby Accuser
Shrink Says I WAS Molested as a Kid
12/15/2014 3:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Judy Huth -- the woman who claims Bill Cosby got her drunk and then sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion when she was just 15 -- says a psychologist validates her claim of childhood sexual abuse, but the shrink doesn't say who did it.
Huth is suing Cosby -- even though the alleged incident occurred in 1974 and the statute of limitations has long since run. She just filed legal docs saying she met with Dr. Anthony Reading, a clinical psychologist and a UCLA professor.
The docs quote Dr. Reading as saying, "I have concluded, based upon my knowledge of the facts and issues, that there is, in my professional opinion, a reasonable basis to believe that Ms. Huth had been subject to childhood sexual abuse."
Cosby has asked that the case be dismissed and sanctions imposed, arguing Huth tried extorting him with a phony story.
It's Scary Being Santa in Tha Hood
Backs Out of Toy Drive
12/15/2014 2:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Sterling pulled out of a charity toy drive in Watts Saturday night ... because his security team feared for his safety in the hood with racial tensions running so high across the country.
TMZ Sports broke the story -- Sterling was scheduled to show up for something called the Chrismukkah Soiree "Party in the Projects." But a rep for the ex-owner of the Clippers tells us he abruptly canceled after we posted the story.
Apparently, Sterling wanted his appearance to be a surprise. We're told his security team was worried too many people knew where he was going to be -- and considering his track record with the black community ... things could go south quickly.
Donald's rep says he still donated a sedan-full of toys during a Friday night event held in a much more ... Sterling-safe environment -- Beverly Hills.
L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino -- who reps Watts -- probably didn't help matters by coming on TMZ Live, and demanding Sterling stay away ... unless he's ready to donate much more than toys.
Sex Tape Biz Is Just a Fantasy
12/15/2014 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Bill Cosby's Wife
'He is the Man You Thought You Knew'
12/15/2014 2:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bill Cosby's wife just broke her silence and fiercely defended her husband over various sexual assault allegations, saying, "He is a kind man, a generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend. He is the man you thought you knew."
Camille didn't attack her husband's accusers, but said the media has been way to quick to pass judgment, saying, "A different man has been portrayed in the media over the last two months. It is the portrait of a man I do not know."
She then zeros in on the accusers saying, "It is also the portrait painted by individuals and organizations whom many in the media have given a pass."
Camille warns, "We all followed the story of the article in the "Rolling Stone" concerning allegations of rape at the University of Virginia. The story was heart-breaking but ultimately appears to be proved to be untrue." She adds, "Many in the media were quick to link that story to stories about my husband."
And her final salvo ... "None of us will ever want to be in the position of attacking the victim. But the question should be asked -- who is the victim?"
Stuck in Canada
What About Amnesty for Me!!!
12/15/2014 1:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Randy Quaid and his wife went to Canada and now they're not allowed to come home ... so they're suing the United States Secretary of State so they can return to their homeland.
Seems Randy and Evi are paying the piper for all the trouble emanating from some hotel hijinks. They skipped out on their $10K hotel bill in 2009 by using bogus credit cards. Criminal charges were filed but they evaded authorities and felony arrest warrants were issued.
Randy and Evi went to Canada in 2010 but there was a big problem ... they're fugitives from justice because the felony warrants are still active. So the U.S. government revoked their passports.
They've tried to get asylum in Canada but the government shut them down.
The couple just filed a lawsuit against John Kerry, claiming they have been illegally deprived of their legal identity as American citizens.
Nitrous Oxide Made Me Do It!
12/15/2014 12:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen could just attach a DVD of Steve Martin in "Little Shop of Horrors" to explain his defense in a lawsuit claiming he assaulted a dental technician ... because the actor blames it all on the gas.
Sheen just filed legal docs responding to a lawsuit filed by Margarita Palestino, who claims Charlie grabbed her boob and came at her with a knife in October as he sat in a dental chair.
She told cops Charlie's bodyguard claims the star was high on rock cocaine at the time ... something Charlie and his team vehemently deny.They say he was on meds for a shoulder injury and had an adverse reaction to the nitrous, causing him to flail around and accidentally knock over a tray of tools.
The new docs don't mention the shoulder meds but do say he had an adverse reaction to the gas.
Charlie's lawyer says the technician is not only making up stories ... she got fired because she violated HIPAA laws by telling her son Charlie was in the office.
'Love and Hip Hop' Star K. Michelle
Bodyguard KOs Fan
It's Her Greatest Hit
12/15/2014 12:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Love and Hip Hop" star K. Michelle had a close encounter with a touchy-feely fan ... that is until her bodyguard knocked the guy out cold.
Sources close to K. tell us the fan -- who they say appeared to be drunk -- approached the reality star at her hotel early Sunday morning, but when the guy got rude and too close, she warned him to back off.
We're told the fan wouldn't leave and continued trying to touch K. Michelle ... so her bodyguard punched the guy in the face and it was lights out.
Cops were called, but before they arrived the fan came to and then bounced, so authorities will take no action.
From Blue Meth
to White Belt in Jiujitsu
12/15/2014 11:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Breaking Bad" is over, so Lavell Crawford has moved onto breaking blocks ... he's taken up jiujitsu.
Crawford has been training at the Gracie Barra gym in Burbank, CA where the guy best known for playing Huell recently earned a stripe for his white belt. Hey, gotta start somewhere!
The gym's owner -- Alberto Crane (standing next to Crawford in the photo above) -- tells TMZ Sports he's been impressed with Crawford so far ... saying most guys Crawford's size can't do what he does.
Crane says Crawford, who is also a standup comedian, has been keeping things light at the gym, telling us, "He is so much fun to work with. He cracks a ton of jokes, he's a real funny guy and a pleasure to have around."
As for getting his first stripe, Crane says Crawford could not have been more excited: "He was pumped up. He said he couldn't wait to brag to his son about his first stripe."
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Beyonce, Jay Z Sued
Singer Says They're Money Hungary
Over 'Drunk in Love'
12/15/2014 10:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce and Jay Z ripped off a singer from a far away land to make one of their biggest songs ever ... so claims the outraged Hungarian woman who wants "Drunk in Love" put on the shelf for good.
Monika Miczura, aka Mitsou, says Bey, Jay and producer Timbaland pilfered a Roma folk song she recorded in 1995, then used it for the first 13 seconds of the hit song.
Mitsou says she never gave them permission, but even worse, her song is about hopelessness yet Beyonce used it "to evoke foreign eroticism alongside the sexually intense lyrics."
Mitsou says the 3 amigos bastardized her song -- "Bajba, Bajba Pelem" -- by digitally manipulating her voice with Auto-Tune and various cuts.
She wants damages and is also asking a judge to prohibit anyone from playing the song as long as it has her voice.
I'm Not Spreading for Vivid
12/15/2014 9:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mama June will not copulate for cash on camera ... no matter how much money is thrown at her.
The "Honey Boo Boo" matriarch says she would never ever consider Vivid Entertainment's offer for June and Sugar Bear to do the dirty and possibly make north of $1 million.
June says, "I have more respect for myself and my kids and my family," adding, "It ain't happening, not even for a zillion dollars."
As for Sugar Bear ... times may be tough but he feels the same way. He says he would never entertain the idea, regardless of how much they throw at him.
And get this ... we're told Vivid honcho Steve Hirsch is blown away by the attention his offer has received. He's more interested than ever ... but he will probably have to look elsewhere ... just don't do the whole bagel thing with Danielle Staub, please.