Jamie Foxx is a dancing machine who also knows how to quickly turn off the switch ... especially when it comes time to explain why his new film is the most important one he's ever worked on.
We got the actor out Wednesday night leaving Avra in Bev Hills ... where Jamie did battle with a fan on a makeshift dance floor. We'll call it a tie cause both got down pretty well.
When that ended ... Jamie told our guy about "Just Mercy" ... and how his dad's own experience in the legal system and prison over a petty, $25 drug offense provided both inspiration and validation over the project.
Jamie's got nothing but love for crusading lawyer Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and whose 2014 memoir is the basis of the critically-acclaimed film starring Jamie and Michael B. Jordan.
The film's about a wrongfully convicted man on death row in Monroeville, Alabama ... and that clearly struck a chord in Jamie.
Katie Cassidy won't be blaring her dad's hit, "I Think I Love You" around the house anytime soon -- she just filed for divorce.
According to court records, "Arrow" star filed docs Wednesday in L.A. Superior Court to divorce Matthew Rodgers after only 13 months of marriage.
The exes didn't have any kids together ... so, that'll make the split cleaner. Seeing as how they were together just over a year, community property shouldn't be a huge issue either.
As we reported ... Katie and Matthew announced their engagement back on June 5, 2017 and then tied the knot in December 2018 in a picturesque beach ceremony in Sunset Key, FL.
DaBaby is flying free and clear for an alleged brawl at DFW Airport ... because prosecutors will NOT file charges against him.
The melee went down last month when the rapper and a friend were accused of attacking a food stand employee. We're told DaBaby's lawyer, Michael Heiskell, presented video evidence to the Tarrant County D.A. showing his client didn't commit the assault ... and as a result prosecutors are falling back.
We obtained footage from the fight, showing the final moments of the scuffle ... which became an issue again following DaBaby's arrest in Miami last week. He allegedly beat up a concert promoter for shorting him $10,000 on his fee,
"Mob Wives" star Drita D'Avanzo's husband just got swept up in a huge weed sting operation in New Jersey ... and he's facing two new drug charges.
Prosecutors in Jersey say they are charging Drita's hubby, Lee D'Avanzo, with fourth-degree conspiracy to possess marijuana and fourth-degree possession of marijuana in excess of 50 grams.
Lee is one of 24 people arrested as part of a yearlong investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Narcotics and Criminal Enterprise Unit. The sting, dubbed "Operation on The Ropes," uncovered what prosecutors say was a scheme to secretly convert legit candy, like Nerds Rope and Sour Patch, into illegal THC-infused products.
Authorities in Jersey say they executed over a dozen search warrants, resulting in the seizure of 21,000 packages of candy infused with suspected THC, plus another 1,100 lbs. of suspected marijuana and over 6,000 flavored THC vape cartridges.
All told ... officials say the drugs carried a street value of $1.9 million.
This is Lee's second round of drug charges in the past two months. As we reported, Lee and Drita were busted last month on a slew of guns and drug charges after NYPD raided their Staten Island home.
In that raid, cops said they uncovered two loaded firearms, 22 Xanax pills, 120 pills of hydrocodone/acetaminophen and a large amount of ganja.
Blac Chyna's living wild and dangerously -- even in front of her kids -- according to Rob Kardashian ... who wants her parenting time reduced to just weekend days with a nanny present ... and some of the allegations include chasing people with knives.
Rob just filed new legal docs seeking primary custody of their 3-year-old daughter, Dream. He claims his baby mama is out of control, and people close to the situation can back it up ... including his sister, Khloe.
According to the docs ... Chyna regularly parties hard in her house with Dream present and invites strangers over to join her. Rob says she's drunk all the time, and a former employee of Chyna's alleges she spends $600 on alcohol almost daily and can down an entire bottle of Hennessy.
Chyna's accused of snorting cocaine and making violent threats to people in her home ... and getting physical by throwing objects, including knives and lit candles. One alleged incident involved Chyna hurling sharp objects at her hairdresser.
Rob claims Dream's behavior has changed for the worse -- along with her personal hygiene -- due to Chyna's parenting. He says Dream's started "naked twerking, and acting out sexual positions that she said her mom taught her." He says his daughter arrives to him with messy hair, dirty teeth and dirty nails.
Rob also claims Chyna's influence has resulted in Dream developing a potty mouth ... including saying "bitch" and "What the f**k?" Rob says these are not terms she hears at his home.
As for Khloe ... she claims in the docs that she's noticed a behavioral change in Dream at her play dates with her cousins. Khloe says when Dream first gets back from being with Chyna, she's "more in defense mode" and is "decidedly more aggressive."
The woman who was the inspiration for Jennifer Lopez's character in "Hustlers" is suing the production company, claiming they used her likeness and her story without permission, and they defamed her in the process.
Samantha Barbash claims in her suit, producers approached her to get her consent for the movie and she turned a thumbs down on them. Despite the rejection, the flick was produced with J Lo playing a character obviously based on her. We broke a story back in Sept. that Barbash was pissed that she received a lowball offer from producers.
Barbash says the character in the movie is portrayed as "using and manufacturing illegal substances in her home where she lived with her child." She says it's untrue and offensive.
She's suing for $40 million -- $20 mil in compensatory damages and $20 mil in punitives. She also wants an order requiring producers to turn over all copies of the movie.
Barbash, who is being represented by Bruno Gioffre, is not suing J Lo personally but is suing her production company -- Nuyorican Productions.
Dennis Quaid is asking the court to adjust his child support payments for his 12-year-old twins -- but he's actually demanding to increase the amount because he's been on a roll.
Dennis filed docs acknowledging it's time to modify his child support agreement with his ex, Kimberly. Currently, he's paying $13,750 per month for Zoe and Thomas, but the agreement includes a kicker for when Dennis earns more than $1.3 million/year.
Well, he's blowing that out of the water now. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Dennis earned $550k per month through most of 2019 ... which works out to more than $6 mil for the year!!!
The 2018 agreement with Kimberly calls for Dennis to continue paying the base amount, but also add a percentage of his current earnings.
In his new docs, he says he wants the court to figure out what that adjusted support amount would be -- but then "make a below-guideline child support order based on the reasonable needs of Thomas and Zoe."
11:35 AM PT -- TMZ has just obtained a copy of the D.A.'s legal docs. The D.A. claims the charges stem from 3 violent sexual offenses against 2 victims involving 2 incidents in February 2013. In the first incident, the alleged victim attended a film festival. After she returned to her hotel, she let him in and he allegedly forced her to orally copulate him. The D.A. also claims he digitally penetrated her vagina and raped her. She says she delayed disclosing it because Weinstein threatened her life.
The second accuser says she had a business meeting with Weinstein at a hotel eatery. She says he convinced her to go to his hotel room and once inside, she says he took off his clothes and masturbated.
The docs mention Weinstein is still being investigated in Dublin and London ... and they've asked for the $5 million bail because Weinstein is so wealthy -- he recently sold up to $55 million in real estate -- and there's a chance he could skip town.
11:21 AM PT -- If convicted as charged, Weinstein faces up to 28 years in prison. Prosecutors are asking Weinstein's bail to be set at $5 million. At the start of the presser, it was announced the D.A. is still investigating 3 additional cases against the former movie mogul.
Harvey Weinstein will be hit with new sex crime charges ... TMZ has learned.
The L.A. County D.A. is getting ready to announce the indictment revolving around several women and the alleged assaults that occurred both in L.A. and Beverly Hills ... so says the D.A.
We're told there will be 4 charges -- forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraints.
Gus Williams -- a two-time All-Star for the Seattle SuperSonics -- is being sued by a man who claims the ex-NBA champ didn't pay him for a house ... and trashed the place to boot.
The man behind the suit is Todd Mustin, who says back in 2017 ... he put his 5-bedroom, 5,000 square-foot Sherman Oaks, Calif. pad up for sale -- when things went awry.
Mustin claims he sold the house to a woman named Megan Zucaro ... but when she only coughed up $1 million of the roughly $1.9 mil she agreed to pay for the place, Williams stepped in.
Mustin says the 66-year-old -- who won an NBA title with the Sonics in the 1978-79 season -- agreed to take over the place and pay off the remaining $900K.
The problem? Mustin says the former point guard NEVER paid a dime ... and claims the guy and his family trashed the crib in the meantime.
Mustin claims Williams and his family left the place an absolute dump ... telling TMZ Sports they left feces in the toilets and trash all over.
To be clear, Williams had every right to trash the place -- he did buy it after all -- but Mustin claims the disaster he left behind on the property proves the dude is a complete jerk.
Now, Mustin claims Williams owes him $900K -- plus interest -- for never paying for the house after he agreed to take it off Zucaro's hands.
Attempts to reach Williams for comment were unsuccessful.
It's become the battle cry for the Baltimore Ravens -- "BIG TRUSS!!!" -- and someone has already filed for the trademark ... but it wasn't Mark Ingram!
Remember, it was the Ravens star running back who brought the phrase to prominence following a Nov. 17 victory over the Houston Texans.
During the post-game press conference, Ingram was introducing Lamar Jackson and called him the MVP frontrunner, challenging anyone who says otherwise to "come see me"
"I'm bout that! Big Truss!! Woo Woo! Lamar Jackson! In the Flesh!"
In fact, Ingram has already tapped an apparel company to sell "Big Truss" shirts and other merch ... it's on sale now!
But, the issue for Ingram ... someone else already went to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and filed to own the trademark -- a Nevada-based fan named Lance Roehl.
Roehl has also been selling "Big Truss" merch -- and tells TMZ Sports he hopes to work with Ingram and the Ravens in some sort of capacity.
He insists he isn't a squatter who's holding the phrase hostage -- however, if he gets his application approved he could (in theory) go after Ingram for selling "Big Truss" merch without permission.
As for his legal claim, it generally takes about 3 months for the USPTO to approve the trademark application and usually the first to apply with a substantive claim gets it.
As of this post, neither Ingram or the Ravens have filed an application of their own.
So, what does it mean??? Most likely, Roehl will get approval and either Ingram and the Ravens will probably cut a check to buy it outright or work out a licensing deal.
In the meantime, Ingram and the Ravens are gearing up for the AFC Divisional Round playoff game which goes down on January 11 ... so, they've got bigger fish to fry.
Believe that. BIG TRUSS!
The guy who got jumped and robbed by DaBaby and his crew plans to lawyer up and file suit against them.
The victim -- who TMZ learned is a concert promoter named Kenneth -- tells us ... multiple attorneys have reached out to him to offer their services -- as in suing DaBaby.
Kenneth says he'll be going after the rapper and everyone involved in the brutal incident ... which he claims left him with cuts and bruises on his face.
As for what went down ... Kenneth says he was hired to put on a birthday party for rapper Stunna 4 Vegas at a Florida nightclub Thursday night and made a deal with DaBaby to host. He claims it was for a discounted rate of $30k because the rappers are friends.
Kenneth tells us he showed up with $20k and promised he could get DaBaby an additional $10k from his artist YC Woody ... but the rapper and his crew got pissed, and it quickly turned violent.
The promoter says he had to get checked out by a doctor because his injuries were so bad. He says video of the assault is difficult for him and his loved ones to watch. Kenneth also claims DaBaby's team made off with the $20k and hasn't returned it.
We broke the story ... DaBaby was initially detained and later arrested for battery in connection with the incident. According to the police report, Kenneth was robbed of $80, a credit card, an iPhone 7 and then doused with apple juice. It's certainly possible authorities will add a robbery charge.
Cops say the rapper also has a warrant out of Dallas for organized criminal activity. The warrant stems from a fight DaBaby was in last month at the airport when the rapper and a friend allegedly attacked a food stand employee.
Harvey Weinstein will go on trial next week for sexual assault, and as fierce as the prosecutor has been ... Weinstein's lawyers have their counterattack planned.
Weinstein's lead attorney, Donna Rotunno, tells TMZ, the defense will attempt to pick apart the testimony of the alleged victims by making what she calls a "common sense" argument -- that people who get assaulted don't maintain contact with the perpetrator. Rotunno says she has text messages and proof of subsequent interactions that support their position.
We know prosecutors will call a psychiatrist who will testify that it's common for sexual assault victims to delay in reporting the crime and they will often continue to interact with their assailant.
A mysterious new twist in the Antonio Brown paternity case ... and this one involves allegations of domestic violence -- but it's unclear if AB is the alleged assailant.
Here's the deal ... Brown has been wrapped up in a paternity dispute with Chelsie Kyriss since 2017 in Broward County, Florida. They have 3 children together.
We've been routinely checking the court records to monitor any developments in the case -- and in late December, the docket showed a new "related case" has been added to the record.
We pulled the file for the related case which is listed as a "Domestic Violence" matter. It was filed on Dec. 26 and is currently being handled in family court.
The issue ... the case is currently under seal -- which means the important details, including the people involved, are not being made public so we don't know if the matter is "related" to Brown or Kyriss or both.
We reached out to lawyers for Brown and Kyriss but neither side would comment.
We've also made calls to various law enforcement agencies but so far we haven't found a police report.
Brown and Kyriss have had a terrible relationship for years and it's well documented. Brown has previously accused of Kyriss of being a terrible, neglectful mom and in 2018, made a push to get sole custody of their kids.
Most recently, Brown filed a lawsuit against Kyriss claiming she refuses to leave his Florida home despite serving her with eviction papers.
In fact, things are so bad between the two, Kyriss called police in mid-December to monitor a clothing handoff at Brown's home so she could get various items from him that belong to their child.
12:20 PM PT -- The Estate just gave TMZ this statement ..."The Court of Appeal did NOT revive the lawsuits by Mr. Robson and Mr. Safechuck against the Estate of Michael Jackson. Both of those lawsuits were dismissed in 2016" -- just as we said in the post. They also say the 2 men "absurdly claim that Michael's employees are somehow responsible for sexual abuse that never happened." They also note the appeals court did not address the merits of the claims ... that's for a jury to decide.
The 2 men who were featured in "Leaving Neverland" who accused Michael Jackson of molesting them as children have just won a huge legal victory ... because a California appeals court has just given them the right to sue for sexual abuse.
A trial judge threw out the cases of James Safechuck and Wade Robson, on grounds they waited too long to file their claim. When they filed their lawsuits, California law did not support their claim, because the statute of limitations required them to file before they turned 26. At the time they filed, Robson was 30 and Safechuck was 36.
But, a new law took effect on January 1, 2020, which allows sexual abuse victims to sue until they're 40. A California appeals court just ruled the new law allows both Robson and Safechuck to have their cases tried -- presumably before a jury.
It's a huge reversal of fortune. Up till now, the MJ companies have been able to fend off these claims based on the statute of limitations, but that's all changed as of New Year's Day.
A Dollywood guest heading back to the hotel at the end of the day ended up in the hospital instead, thanks to a reckless trolley driver ... according to a new suit.
The woman claims she hopped in the trolley at Dolly Parton's famous Pigeon Forge, TN theme park in late December 2018 to travel to Dollywood's DreamMore Resort ... but driving conditions sucked.
According to the docs ... it was foggy, raining and dark, and the trolley's windshield was all fogged up. The woman alleges some of the 35 passengers onboard warned the guy driving it was hard to see ... but he kept going.
The trolley then crashed into a concrete pole, according to the suit, a little after 8 PM. The woman claims she and 5 others were injured in the accident, and she was transported by ambulance to a nearby medical center.
According to her, the trolley driver was negligent and reckless and caused the collision. She's suing Dollywood, along with the driver, for her injuries, medical expenses and pain and suffering. She's seeking $250,000.
We've reached out to the theme park ... no word back, so far.
This isn't the only legal issue for Dollywood right now, either ... it also got sued in October for using a famous tune from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" in one of its plays. Good grief.
5:43 PM PT -- Tekashi's attorney, Lance Lazzaro, tells TMZ no one's reached out to him regarding Sleiman's lawsuit.
Tekashi 6ix9ine is hard to reach these days, which is why a Danish rapper who sued him 8 months ago wants a judge to help him do just that to close the book on a legal matter.
The artist, Sleiman, just filed new court docs ahead of the new year -- asking for a default judgment against the incarcerated MC ... because he says T69 never got back to him after filing an OG lawsuit back in April. As such, Sleiman wants this buttoned up in his favor.
You'll recall ... Sleiman claimed Tekashi and co. were muzzling a track the two artists made together in 2018, despite Tekashi allegedly signing away the rights for a cool $100k.
Sleiman wants to release the song, titled 'Red Bandnna/Black Hoodie,' but says he's gotta go through the red tape first to make sure it's on the up and up. Along the way, he alleges he's been losing out on money and opportunity as long as it isn't out. He also wants it decreed ... the song belongs to him alone -- and not to any entity affiliated with 6ix9ine.
If you're curious what the song sounds like, it's possible it'll be similar to another one they apparently did together called "R.E.D." Unclear if this is the tune in question, but it appears to be the only project right now with both of their names attached.
Now, Sleiman insists Tekashi was properly served this past September with the help of a court-appointed U.S. Marshal -- and once again ... the guys' asking for a judge's help in sending this final notice. Sleiman says he's gotten default judgments against everyone else who was a defendant in his final version of the suit, and Tekashi's the last domino.
It's funny ... Sleiman and his lawyers acknowledge they can't actually get the lawsuit closed out by default until they do this one last step -- and they even offer Tekashi's inmate number to help out whoever gets sent to the federal prison he's locked up in.
Of course, Tekashi isn't due to walk free until mid to late 2020 ... so it's understandable this dude wouldn't want to wait 'til then. A judge still has to sign off on the order, BTW.
We've reached out to Tekashi's legal team ... so far, no word back.
Originally Published -- 4:55 PM PT