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Led Zeppelin Wins 'Stairway' Lawsuit It's NOT a Rip-Off

6/23/2016 10:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0614-jimmy-page-robert-plant-getty-02Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant didn't jack the rock classic "Stairway to Heaven" ... according to the jury in their song theft trial.

The verdict came in Thursday morning -- after less than a day of deliberation -- and the jury ruled in favor of Zeppelin.

The trustee for songwriter Randy Wolfe, from the group Spirit, had sued claiming the iconic 'Stairway' guitar riff was lifted from Spirit's song, "Taurus." The jury didn't hear that and said there was no substantial similarity.

During the trial ... Spirit bassist Mark Andes recalled the band played "Taurus" at a Denver show where Led Zeppelin opened. Zepp's attorney claimed the bands were never onstage together and never toured together.

But a 1968 concert review in the Rocky Mountain News -- found on LZ's own website -- puts the bands together at the Denver concert. It was Zeppelin's U.S. debut.

In court ... guitar and piano renditions were played by musicians from both sides. Defense experts argued the songs only share a descending chord sequence that's common -- and clearly, the jury agreed.

"If you listen very hard ... the tune will come to you at last."

Desiigner I'm My Own Hype Man ... Goes HAM at Party!

6/23/2016 10:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Desiigner proved one thing for sure ... he is his own biggest fan.

The 19-year-old "Panda" rapper held a listening party in NYC Wednesday night for his upcoming mixtape ... and went OFF. Sources at the event tell us Desiigner lip-synced the whole performance for over an hour ... and you can see from the vid, he shed some clothing while he did it.

We're told he also chopped it up with fans, took pics and even signed autographs for anyone who asked. 

At this rate, he'll have broads in more places than just Atlanta. 

'Million Dollar Listing' Star I'm Getting Anti-Semitic Death Threats

6/23/2016 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0623-josh-altman-matt-altman-TMZ-02update_graphic_red_bar9:00 PM PT -- A rep for Alex tells us Altman's allegations are "ridiculous" and "completely false," because Alex is Jewish ... and even had a Bar Mitzvah.  The rep also scoffs at claims Alex is anti-semitic and homophobic, telling us he was an invited guest at the real estate reception, which he attended with his Jewish contractor and gay interior decorator.update_grey_gray_barA man who says he hates all Jews is threatening to kill Matt Altman from 'Million Dollar Listing' ... according to the docs filed by Matt.

Altman just requested and got a restraining order against Alex Khadavi, a famous L.A. dermatologist, who Matt says has been threatening him by phone and in person.

In the docs Matt says Khadavi walked up to him at a real estate event, and when Matt asked him to leave the private event ... Khadavi blurted out he "hated all Jews" ... and said he was going to kill Matt.

Matt says Khadavi's been making racist and homophobic comments by phone for years, but now that the guy's doing it face-to-face ... he needs protection.

The court order says Khadavi must stay 100 yards away from Matt and his girlfriend, Johanna ... plus Josh Altman and his wife, Heather.

Amber Heard Miraculous Weight Gain?

6/23/2016 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Amber Heard arrived back in L.A. after getting fitted for her "Justice League" costume in London ... exactly one week after the fitting was supposedly cancelled because she was 20 lbs underweight. 

TMZ broke the story ... Johnny Depp's team wanted to take Amber's deposition a week ago, but her lawyers said she was unavailable because she was going to London for the movie fitting.  

We found out Amber never went, and her people said the fitting had been cancelled because she had been so stressed out she lost 20 lbs ... so the fitting was scrapped.

Our Johnny sources are scoffing ... they never believed she was supposed to be in London a week ago and that the story was concocted so she wouldn't have to be cross-examined under oath about the alleged beating.

Fact is ... she looks thin in the video.

We're told settlement talks between Amber and Johnny are continuing, but it's a rocky road.

'Little Women: LA' Star Has Lil' Birth

6/23/2016 9:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0623-briana-renee-matt-ericson-tmz-lifetime-02"Little Women: LA" star Briana Renee overcame a difficult  pregnancy and gave birth to a baby boy ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to Briana and her husband, Matt Ericson, tell us their kid arrived Wednesday at a San Diego hospital ... tipping the scales at 5 lbs, 3 oz. We're told they're keeping the name under wraps for now.

The birth came 4 and a half weeks early, but we're told everything went smoothly. As we reported ... Briana was briefly hospitalized when she experienced early contractions 6 months into the pregnancy.

This is their first child together. Mazel!

  

Ben Affleck Slurring, Ranting On HBO Talk Show

6/22/2016 8:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

(WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE)

Ben Affleck appeared on the series premiere of Bill Simmons' "Any Given Wednesday" and it was extremely bizarre ... to say the least.

A red-faced Affleck ranted about "Deflategate" on the HBO show and even though we can't say for sure what was up with him ... social media was quick to call Affleck out for his slurred speech and angry tone.

Sources close to Affleck tell us he's stone-cold sober, and the slurring is just how passionate he is about Tom Brady. We're told he and Simmons got into a heated, loud debate before cameras started rolling. So when the taping started at 11 AM, Ben was already fired up.

Watch the clip -- this is one way to get a buzz ... for Simmons' show.

In other news...

Britney Spears Posts BIZARRE Video Of Herself That Makes No Sense -- What's Going On?!

The 34-year-old pop star just shared a SUPER CONFUSING video of herself that has left people very concerned

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David Hasselhoff I Slashed My Spousal Support! The Judge & I Are Thrilled

6/23/2016 9:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0621-david-hasselhoff-pamela-bach-tmz-01David Hasselhoff and his ex agreed to dramatically reduce his monthly check to her, and their judge ecstatically approved the truce.

According to legal docs obtained by TMZ ... David and ex-wife Pamela Bach agreed to cut his spousal support from $21k per month to $10k.

TMZ broke the story ... David asked to adjust the figure, saying he was low on cash, and Pamela clearly agreed to cut him some slack. The only one as happy as David had to be the judge -- check out the note he left for David and Pamela in the docs.

Smiles all around.

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X-Pac I Loved Chyna Til the End ... Sorry I Couldn't Save You

6/23/2016 7:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

An emotional X-Pac took the stage at Chyna's memorial Wednesday night and apologized to his ex-girlfriend for "not taking better care of you" ... while revealing he loved her until the day she died. 

Click here... it's not over yet

Omar Mateen Gay Rendezvous Evidence Captured On Hotel Security Cameras

6/23/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0622_omar-mateen_gay_lover_myspace_UnivisionPortions of Omar Mateen's alleged hookup with at least one gay man were captured on surveillance cameras at an Orlando hotel ... TMZ has learned.

Sources at the Ambassador Hotel tell TMZ, Mateen was seen on camera footage recorded December 14, 2015 around 11 PM. We're told the video bolsters the claims of the heavily disguised man who told Univision he met up with Mateen 15-20 times at the hotel between November and December.

Our sources say the video shows Mateen walk to the front desk, speak to a staffer and then walk around a corner toward the room where the anonymous man says he was staying during their rendezvous.

We're told management showed the video to staffers and asked if anyone recalled seeing Mateen. The only person who noticed him is a guy who works the night shift.

We're told the FBI went to the Ambassador Tuesday night and took a copy of the surveillance footage. 

The Bureau wouldn't confirm, but the video could go a long way to figuring out if Mateen attacked a gay club as part of a twisted revenge plot.

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In other news...

SHOCKER: Mariah Carey Wears LINGERIE To A Red Carpet Appearance -- You Gotta See This!

HOLY !@#$! Mariah Carey just BLEW OUR MINDS with this ridiculously sexy ensemble -- Who else besides Mimi could pull this off?!

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Anton Yelchin Death Certificate Minimal Suffering

6/23/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0622-launch-anton-yelchin-death-certificate-02Anton Yelchin did not suffer much before his tragic death this past weekend ... this according to the death certificate obtained by TMZ.

The document restates Anton's death was caused by blunt traumatic asphyxia. It goes on to say his death was "rapid" after impact. 

TMZ broke the story ... a source connected with the investigation told us the actor died within a minute of impact, when his jeep pinned his body against a security gate.  

The death certificate also states there were no other significant conditions contributing to his death.

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'Walking Dead' Star Josh McDermitt Success Can Be a Pain in the Ass

6/23/2016 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"The Walking Dead" star Josh McDermitt says the popularity of the show is a blessing, but it's also a curse.

Josh was amazingly candid, showing his frustration that the show is so insanely popular, producers have to go to extreme lengths to protect plotlines ... specially, who was killed in the cliffhanger.

There are reports the show has individually shot death scenes with every main character so no one knows which will actually air when the show comes back in October.

Success is a bitch. 

In other news...

WHOA! Nicole Richie's Lil Sis Is A SMOKING HOT Babe Now -- UNRECOGNIZABLE!

Nicole Richie's little sister Sofia has grown up... WAY UP -- and you will not believe how GORGEOUS she is. Of course, she's a flourishing model now too!

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Joan Rivers No Kibble, Just Caviar ... Dog Bowl Fetches $14,000!!

6/23/2016 7:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0623-joan-rivers-christies-auction-spike-dog-bowl-01Joan Rivers turned someone's dog into a major baller ... 'cause Fido's gonna be drinking or eating out of a sterling silver dog bowl that mommy and daddy dropped $14k to get! 

The Tiffany and Co. bowl belonged to Joan's beloved Spike -- a Yorkie with caviar taste, we're guessing -- and it went for 5 figures during a Christie's auction of a bunch of Joan's stuff.  

The buyer, who might love their pet a little too much, is choosing to remain anonymous for now. Christie's thought the bowl would only get about $800. 

It hasn't been used in quite a while -- Spike died in 2001. He was 17. 

#RIP

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John Legend Republicans are Owned by NRA

6/23/2016 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

John Legend says there's only one way to curb gun violence ... get rid of the Republicans.

Legend, Chrissy Teigen and the kid were leaving Wolfgang's in Bev Hills Wednesday when we asked about the congressional sit-in and stalemate.  

You hear the frustration/anger in his voice.

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