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Luke Walton Sued For Sexual Assault By Female Sports Reporter

4/22/2019 7:20 PM PDT
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7:15 PM PT -- The Sacramento Kings tell TMZ Sports, "We are aware of the report and are gathering additional information. We have no further comment at this time." Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton is being sued for sexually assaulting a woman, who claims he forced himself on her in his hotel room ... this according to a new lawsuit. 

In legal docs, obtained by TMZ Sports, Kelli Tennant claims -- while Walton was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors -- he asked her to come meet him at his Santa Monica hotel to drop off a book she had published. Walton worked for the Warriors until April 2016, when he left to become the head coach of the Lakers. She says the 2 had a business relationship that went back several years and that's why she had asked him to write a foreword in her book.

In the suit, Tennant says when she arrived at Walton's hotel, he convinced her to come up to his room so they could "catch up." She claims when they got up to his room, Walton suddenly pinned her to the bed, placing his hips and legs over her body.

In the docs, Tennant claims Walton then began forcing kisses on her neck, face and chest. She claims she screamed for him to stop and tried to free herself, but he held her down, groped her breasts and groin, and rubbed his erection on her leg.

She says he eventually relented and let her get up from the bed, but as she was walking towards the door to leave he grabbed her from behind and again forced his body up against hers. 

Tennant claims when Walton finally released his grasp, she opened the door and left, but could hear him say, "Good to see you."

Tennant claims she did not initially report Walton's conduct but was forced to continually interact with him because of her job. She says each time she saw him, Walton would impose himself on her with a big hug or a kiss, even though she thought she made it clear his advances were unwanted. 

In the suit, Tennant claims in May 2017 -- while Walton was the head coach of the Lakers --  Walton greeted her by uttering, "vulgar, guttural sounds at her" and said, "mmmm ... you're killing me in that dress." She says he then forced an aggressive hug on her and rubbed his body against hers.

It's unclear, based on the docs, what finally prompted Tennant to come forward with her allegations.

Luke recently left his position as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and is now coaching the Sacramento Kings.

We got Luke and his wife out in Los Angeles over the weekend, but he didn't want to talk to our guy ... and it's unclear if he knew about the lawsuit.

We reached out to Walton's reps for comment ... so far, no word back.

Originally Published -- 5:32 PM PT 

Caught on Video Coachella Woman Arrested For Dumping Puppies in Trash

4/22/2019 6:51 PM PDT
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6:43 PM PT -- A suspect is now in custody. Deborah Sue Culwell, a 54-year-old resident of Coachella, was arrested Monday around 5:30 PM PT.Authorities are about to nab the woman caught on video throwing a bag of puppies into a dumpster in the city of Coachella ... TMZ has learned.

The Riverside County Animal Services has ID'd the woman and the agency says an arrest is imminent. We're told she'll face 7 felony counts of animal cruelty. 

As we reported ... the woman was caught on video last week pulling up in a white Jeep Wrangler. She was seen carrying a bag of what turned out to be seven 3-day-old puppies ... which she then dumped into a trash bin. The puppies damn near died were it not for a Good Samaritan.

As you know ... it can get really hot in Coachella. It was in the mid-90s when the puppies were found. They were barely breathing when they were found by an individual rummaging through the trash bin. The puppies were taken to an Orange County shelter where they recovered.

If convicted on all counts, she faces up to 6 years behind bars. 

Originally Published -- 1:17 PM PT

Russell Wilson To Seahawks Linemen ... You Each Get $12k In Amazon!

4/22/2019 3:23 PM PDT
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Forget watches, luggage and fancy booze ... Russell Wilson just thanked his Seahawks offensive line with the most Prime gift ever -- $12,000 in Amazon stock each!!

Remember, Wilson just signed a 4-year, $140 MILLION contract -- making the QB the highest paid player in the NFL. 

So, to thank the guys who protect his ass, Russell busted out the credit card and spent a grand total of $156,000 on his 13 offensive linemen, TMZ Sports has learned. 

Each player got a letter with the stock gift explaining why #3 hooked them up. 

"Every Sunday we go to battle together," Wilson wrote ... "You sacrifice your physical and mental well-being to protect me, which in turn allows me to provide and care for my family."

"This does not go unnoticed and it is never forgotten."

Russell says he wants to help his teammates prepare for life after football and believes stock in Amazon will help these players achieve their dreams.

"When I sat down to think of ways to honor your dedication a dozen different ideas came to mind. Some were flashy, some were cool, but I wanted to give you something that had a lasting impact. Something that would affect the lives of you, your family, and your children."

"You have invested in my life ... this is my investment into yours."

The Seahawks play their 1st regular season game on Sept. 8 -- we'll see if his investment pays off! 

Easter Bunny Vigilante No Time for Questions ... Hopped into Brawl to Save a Woman!!!

4/22/2019 4:19 PM PDT
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The Internet-famous Easter Bunny vigilante says he sprung into action without thinking twice about the fact he was rocking a furry suit ... because he'd spotted a damsel in distress.

The hero-bunny is Antoine McDonald and he tells TMZ ... he saw a guy spit on a woman Sunday outside the Underground Public House bar in downtown Orlando. Antoine says he saw it from across the street and quickly ran over to help her.

It all happened so fast, Antoine says he didn't even have time to unzip his suit or even bother to look for cars as he scrambled to get across the street and to the woman's defense. The video of him -- fully furred out -- going HAM has, naturally, gone viral. When's the last time you saw an Easter bunny open a can of whoop-ass??

The video of Antoine breaking down the brawl is almost as entertaining as the fight itself. Our fave parts? When the boxing bunny went from throwing haymakers to shadow boxing ... much to the crowd's delight.

Also, you gotta see Antoine revealing what cops told him immediately after they broke up the fight. Amazingly, nobody got arrested.

Florida, man.

Kid Cudi Drops $10k on Postmates Provides Popeyes for Homeless

4/22/2019 2:47 PM PDT
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Kid Cudi just wrapped up a very busy weekend at Coachella, but he still found time to feed the needy ... with a huge assist from Postmates.

The rapper got things started off on the right foot in the California desert Friday night by ordering $10k worth of Popeyes chicken, biscuits, mashed potatoes and fries to provide to the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission.

The delivery service dropped off a carload of food to the shelter, which serves hundreds of homeless people in Indio ... and they all got a nice hot meal this weekend thanks to Cudi's generosity.

The good vibes kept going for the rapper, too -- he performed a set at Coachella Saturday night and was part of Kanye West's Sunday Service for Easter the next morning.

No word if Cudi enjoyed any Popeyes himself this weekend, but Saturday was 4/20, so ...

Sofia Richie Sexy Easter Sunday with Scott ... Eggsactly What I Needed!!!

4/22/2019 2:19 PM PDT

Here's Sofia Richie stepping out in her finest Easter Sunday outfit in Cabo and ... JUST KIDDING, SHE'S WEARING THE HELL OUT OF A TINY BIKINI!!!!

Sofia showed off her smoking hot body over the weekend, rocking this sexy lime green bikini during a romantic getaway to Mexico with Scott Disick. Muy caliente!

Scott clearly made the right choice with his Easter plans ... instead of spending his morning with the Kardashian-Jenner clan at Kanye West's Sunday Service at Coachella, Scott had a front-row seat to watch his model girlfriend work on her tan!  

It's good to see Sofia and Scott still going strong ... and even better to see her looking absolutely stunning in barely-there swimwear. Couples retreats to exotic locations are kinda becoming their thing

So, check out the gallery ... it sure beats anything you saw in your Easter basket.

Lil Dicky Hard to Nail Down Kanye for Cameos ... But He's in Good Company!!!

4/22/2019 1:25 PM PDT
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Lil Dicky's got a lot of love for Kanye West -- calls him his "hero" -- but that wasn't enough to get him on the horn to play himself in Dicky's epic "Earth" music video.

We got the rapper out Monday in NYC, and asked him why the role of Ye had to be played by Kevin Hart. Tons of other celebs lent their voices to animal characters in the vid -- Justin Bieber is a baboon, Ariana Grande a zebra, Halsey a lion cub, Adam Levine a group of vultures, Wiz Khalifa a skunk, and so on.

No animal treatment for animated Kanye though. 

Leonardo DiCaprio played himself and wasn't an animal, but Dicky credits him for helping him take the passion project to the next level. Not so for Kanye, but Dicky told us why he still had to include him in the video.

BTW, there's another cameo he didn't get for "Earth," but he's holding out "hope" he can make that collab happen in the future. Yes, "hope" is a hint. 

Dicky told Rolling Stone he waited until the video was nearly complete so Kanye would be the last one to see it -- but eventually, he just ran out of time, and couldn't wait on Ye. Still an awesome video, even without him.

BTW ... we got Denis Hayes out in D.C. -- the environmental advocate who co-founded Earth Day, which we all celebrated Monday (right?). We asked Denis if he thinks President Trump will pay attention to climate change with celebs getting more and more involved.

Hayes had strong feelings about that.

Kanye West 50,000 People Attended Sunday Service

4/22/2019 12:22 PM PDT
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The numbers for Kanye West's Sunday Service are officially in ... and an astounding 50,000 festival-goers woke up early to go and watch the ceremony. 

Coachella production sources tell TMZ organizers just tallied everyone who attended ... and it more than surpassed expectations. We're told over 50k were there ... with an A-list guest list that included the entire Kardashian family, Chance The Rapper, Donald Glover, Lizzo, Kid Cudi, DMX and more.

Kanye's Sunday Service started right around 9 AM on a massive man-made mountain in the Coachella campground and lasted for a couple of hours.

Not only did Kanye and his choir perform numerous Gospel songs, he also debuted a new track called "Water" and played classics like "Jesus Walks."

The event -- a culmination of Sunday Service performances from the past several weeks -- stole the show this weekend ... and reviews have been insanely positive.

In a touching moment at the end of the show, Kanye was seen hugging Marcus Hyde, the family's former photographer who nearly lost his life in a horrible car accident last year, as well as his mother.

Coachella averages about 100k total attendees every weekend, so for half to show up just for 'Ye is a really big deal. 

'Game of Thrones' Bets Are On Jaime ... To DIE First

4/22/2019 10:36 AM PDT
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Jaime Lannister is not long for the final season of "Game of Thrones" -- at least according to Oddsmakers -- but there's still some doubt over who will kill the "Kingslayer." 

According to the cyber-gambling site, SportsBetting.ag, Jaime's favored to perish first with 5/1 odds. What a difference 2 weeks make ... Jaime opened the season as a long shot, at 50/1 odds, to die first. 

Jaime is also the new favorite to be Arya Stark's first kill of the season, with 2/1 odds. Arya freaked everyone out over the weekend when she ditched her clothes for her first sex scene, but she still hasn't killed anyone yet this season. 

Jaime's really gotta watch his back ... in addition to Arya, he's gotta worry about the Night King and the army of the dead descending on Winterfell in the next episode. Oh, and his sister, Cersei Lannister, already hired Ser Bronn to kill him. 

It's no wonder Jaime's odds to sit on the Iron Throne keep decreasing ... he's now a long shot at 33/1 after entering the season with 14/1 odds. 

Speaking of the Iron Throne ... Daenerys Targaryen now has 5/1 odds to rule Westeros. She had 3/1 odds last week, but (SPOILER ALERT!) Jon Snow just dropped a bombshell and told her he's the rightful heir of House Targaryen.

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'The Conners' Star Michael Fishman Wife Files For Divorce

4/22/2019 1:12 PM PDT
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1:12 PM PT -- Michael tells TMZ after filing, he and his wife took their daughter to lunch to show her they are still very much a family. He says, "We continue to work together to put our kids first."

Michael Fishman, famous for playing Roseanne Barr's TV son, is getting divorced from his wife after nearly 20 years of marriage. 

The actor's wife, Jennifer Briner, filed divorce docs Monday and her divorce petition was accompanied by Michael's response. 

It's the next step for Michael and Jennifer. She previously filed for legal separation. It's still unclear what led to the split.

By the way ... it really makes no difference who filed for divorce -- it has no legal impact -- but Hollywood is all about perception, and Michael's wife made the first move.

Michael and Jennifer got married way back in 1999, when he was just 18 years old. The former couple has 2 children together, including A 16-year-old daughter.

Michael rose to fame as a child actor playing D.J. Conner on "Roseanne" from 1988-97, and he reprised the role for last year's reboot. 

Originally Published -- 11:52 AM PT

Megyn Kelly Putting in Work ... On Her Bikini Bod!!!

4/22/2019 9:02 AM PDT
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If you're wondering what Megyn Kelly's been working on since her NBC exit -- these pics of her shredded body make it clear ... the woman's been working OUT!

The former NBC and FOX News host spent Easter weekend in the Bahamas. She did a lot of paddle boarding and let's just say her athletic talent is ABS-olutely showing. It's impressive, hard to argue there's something more impressive than her incredibly toned bod.

Check out the pics ... she wore the hell out of a very small bikini while flashing her $38 million smile throughout her vacay. Megyn, who hasn't been on the air since her NBC ouster last October, told us she'll be on TV again at some point this year.

If she didn't have a solid offer before ... we're pretty sure she will now. Tick, tock.

Roddy White Arrested in ATL After Carpool Lane Screwup

4/22/2019 11:18 AM PDT
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Atlanta Falcons legend Roddy White was arrested in Georgia earlier this month -- after he was pulled over for a stupid carpool lane mishap ... and cops noticed a warrant out for his arrest. 

Gwinnett County police officers say they saw the 37-year-old WR crossing the double lines to enter the carpool lane on I-85 on April 12 -- a big no-no -- and claimed Roddy's bonehead move put other drivers in danger. 

During the stop, cops ran Roddy's name in the system and that's when things went from bad to worse ... 

Turns out, there's a warrant out for Roddy -- who allegedly blew off a court date from a previous legal situation. 

Cops say Roddy's driver's license had also been suspended -- so, he was arrested and hauled to a nearby station where he was booked and processed. His car, an Audi A8L, was impounded.

Unclear what the previous violation is ... but it seems to be another traffic-related incident since his license was suspended. 

The whole thing sounds VERY similar to the case of Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette -- who was arrested in Florida earlier this month when a routine traffic stop revealed a warrant and suspended license too. 

In Fournette's case, he had failed to pay a speeding ticket -- and then failed to show up to court. When he was stopped on April 11, cops handcuffed him at a car wash and took him in. 

Fournette later paid the fine and now the case is closed. Seems like White will have a similar outcome. 

We reached out to Roddy for comment -- so far, no word back. 

White is one of the best receivers in Falcons history -- dude caught 808 passes for 10,863 yards and 63 TDs in his 11-year career.

Britney Spears Easter Day Pass ... From Mental Health Facility

4/22/2019 6:32 AM PDT

Britney Spears reappeared for the first time since checking to a mental health facility.

She left the Montage hotel in Bev Hills on Easter Sunday with her boyfriend, Sam Asghari. We're told she spent the day with Sam.  

TMZ broke the story ... Britney checked herself into a mental health facility last month ... she was on the ropes and emotionally dealing with her dad's illness. We know she was still at the facility late last week so this appears to be a break for just a day. 

Britney has dealt with some serious mental health issues over the years. At its worst, her dad, Jamie, worried back in 2007 he'd get a call from the coroner, but things turned around after a conservatorship was established the next year, and it remains to this day.

We're told Britney is in the mental health facility voluntarily and is expected to remain for at least 30 days. 

There was no sign of her kids during Sunday's outing. 

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