Saturday, August 31, 2013
Sean Kingston has settled up with the 22-year-old girl who accused the singer and his former bodyguards of gang rape back in 2010, sources close to Kingston tell TMZ.
Sources tell us, Kingston settled NOT because he's admitting guilt, but because his upcoming tour and new album release will prevent him from focusing his energies on a messy civil trial.
Our sources close to Kingston's team say he paid the alleged victim only a fraction of what she asked for in order to make the lawsuit disappear as soon as possible. They didn't tell us the exact amount of the settlement.
That said, we're told Kingston believes he would have won the case outright if it went to trial ... the same way he dodged criminal charges three years ago.
As one source said, "Her story wasn't consistent. She told various stories throughout her interviews with police. Her friend's story wasn't consistent with hers. The medical report had no indications of force."
As we reported, Kingston acknowledged having sex with the girl -- when she was 19 -- but said the sex was consensual. The lawsuit is expected to be dismissed shortly.
"Big Brother" star Aaryn Gries embarrassed the entire Lone Star state last night when she blamed her racist remarks from the show on growing up in Texas ... this according to "Big Rich Texas" star Bon Blossman.
In case you missed it ... Aaryn was evicted from the "Big Brother" house Thursday night ... and told Julie Chen she's NOT a bigot, despite mocking Asians, putting down black people and calling a gay housemate "queer" during her stint inside the BB house.
Aaryn explained, "In Texas, we say things. Sometimes we joke and we don't mean it."
But according to Bon, Aaryn is talking out of her nicely-toned racist ass, "This is NOT how we were raised in Texas."
"I watched 'Big Brother' this season, and was embarrassed that [Aaryn] brought such negative attention to one of the most friendly, welcoming states in the United States."
She added ... "Aaryn's comments were an outrage," and ... "This type of behavior is not tolerated by anybody that I know ... and I was born and raised in Texas."
Bon thinks what Aaryn really needs is some tough love, saying ... "We can't ignore behavior like that or she won't learn."
Since Aaryn made it to the "Big Brother" jury house, she's still sequestered from the outside world and doesn't know how big of a villain she's become. But it seems she's in for a rude awakening.
Beyoncé picks a camera man from the TMZ crew for her new music video shoot -- and an all-out civil war is now raging within TMZ.
B gave one of our NYC camera guys a walk-on role, instantly making his dream come true ... and making everyone in the L.A. TMZ office want to kill him.
Amanda Bynes could be confined to a mental health facility for up to a year ... based on a ruling that was just handed down by a judge ... TMZ has learned.
Doctors at the facility where Amanda has been held asked for a long-term hold, and they got it. Sources tell us the doctors then transferred control of the hold to Amanda's mother, who is currently the temporary conservator.
Sources tell us ... it's unlikely Amanda will be held for a year. In fact, we're told the plan is to keep her in a facility for 60 days to stabilize her and then transfer Amanda to her mom's home.
As for where Amanda is going ... we're told she is right now en route to the UCLA Medical Center for the long-term hold.
A photo agency sold TMZ a picture of a woman they claimed was Amanda leaving a Thousand Oaks facility in a blue wig. The lawyer for Amanda's mother, Tamar Arminak, tells TMZ the agency's representations were false, and it was not Amanda leaving the facility for UCLA.
Attention citizens of Earth -- the adorable Suri Cruise has broken her arm ... so, altogether now ... Awwwwwww!
Tom Cruise's 7-year-old spawn snapped her limb recently -- proving she's much more like your average everyday 7-year-old than previously suspected.
Suri's mom Katie Holmes confirmed the injury to People magazine. She did not reveal any further details about how it happened, but you know Suri will have a seriously baller cast.
Rapper Mack Maine WILL be charged with sexual battery and assault for allegedly groping a female and then punching her female friend on Lil Wayne's tour bus last week ... officials tell TMZ.
TMZ broke the story ... Maine has been accused of inviting the alleged victims onto Wayne's tour bus following a concert in OKC last week. While on the bus, one woman claims Maine stuck his hand down her shirt and squeezed her breast without consent.
The woman claims she slapped Maine and tried to get off the bus, along with her female friend ... but Maine was so upset, he blocked the door and punched the friend in the face, breaking her jaw.
The D.A. tells TMZ it's unclear WHEN they will file the charges against Maine, but officials say it's just of matter of time.
We reached out to Mack to for comment -- so far, no word back.
Lamar Odom went after his drug enabler with a vengeance, calling the woman a "groupie junkie" and "crack head" ... and he did it while Khole Kardashian was breathing down his neck.
TMZ has seen text messages between Lamar and Polina Polonsky, an attorney who Lamar stayed with during the last few months ... partying with him while he was doing crack.
We've learned on July 13, Khloe confronted Lamar at a downtown L.A. motel, where he was holed up with the woman and doing drugs. In an effort to save her husband, Khloe practically manhandled him out of the room and back to their home.
Once home ... Lamar started texting Polina right in front of Khloe, telling Polina he had "f**ked up." Polina responded by saying, "You're corny." Lamar -- standing next to his furious wife -- then fired his salvo, texting Polina, "Groupie junkie ... crack head."
Lamar went on, "U might want to b careful. Narcs know. They have footage, audio n pics."
Polina responded, "Stay in your lane." He fired back, "4real Know where u work U live Ur parents."
Although Khloe was aware for 2 years that Lamar was addicted to drugs ... our sources say Khloe became convinced on the day the texts were sent that crack was Lamar's overriding problem.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Tyrese wasn't kidding when he said he fainted hard at a D.C. nightclub Friday -- and TMZ has the photographic proof.
We broke the story ... Tyrese went to the hospital Friday night, after he fainted inside The Park nightclub in D.C. during an appearance with his new TGT bandmates Tank and Ginuwine. He fell so hard he injured his arm.
These are pics of Tyrese before and after it happened. At first, the singer is totally fine, standing up and looking out at the crowd. The next moment he's conked out, surrounded by people trying to wake him up.
Luckily, Tyrese was fine after the incident -- minus the busted arm -- explaining he fainted due to pure exhaustion ... after running himself ragged promoting his new album.
What did the five fingers say to Dave Chappelle? GIMME MY MONEY BACK!!
Chappelle is under fire after storming off the stage at a comedy show in Connecticut last night. The comic apparently had a meltdown after being heckled by people in the crowd.
Chappelle had only been on stage for a few minutes when he started to become frustrated with the number of comments from the audience.
Chappelle stopped his routine -- lectured the crowd about heckling -- and then quietly sat on a stool for the next 25 minutes before finally walking off stage.
At one point during the meltdown, Chappelle told the crowd -- "I f**ked up when I left my show, you know why? 'Cause my show only has to be 22 minutes of television. I could've went on television, I could've read the phone book for 22 minutes and I would've got $50 million dollars. I shoulda done that sh*t but my ego wouldn't let me. Tonight is different. Tonight my contract says 25 minutes and I have 3 minutes left. and when my 3 minutes is up, my ass is gone."
When people started to boo the comic, Chappelle responded, "You're booing yourself."
After the show, dozens of fans demanded a refund.
It's not the first time Chappelle has exhibited bizarre behavior -- he stopped his show in Miami back in 2011 to check his text messages ... and in 2010, he "freaked out" on a flight from Jersey to Ohio.
Sean Kingston and his bodyguard gang raped a drunk teenager in the singer's hotel room back in 2010, according to a new lawsuit -- but Sean says it's B.S.
Carissa Capeloto -- now 22 -- claims she was forced to have sex with Sean, his bodyguard and a member of Sean's band at a Seattle hotel in July, 2010, after she had smoked pot and downed 7-10 shots of vodka.
Capeloto -- who has sued all 3 men -- alleges she'd been invited to Kingston's hotel room for a meet-and-greet following a Bieber concert -- where Kingston had also performed -- but when she showed up ... Kingston was waiting naked on his bed.
Capeloto claims the bodyguard picked her up and placed her on top of Kingston, and all three of the men proceeded to gang rape her while she was "obviously intoxicated, incapable of consent."
Capeloto says her friend later entered the room and rescued her. The police were called and Capeloto was taken to the hospital where she says she was treated for physical injuries consistent with rape.
She says her life has been ruined ... she can barely sleep, has mood swings and panic attacks. Capeloto wants $5 mil minimum.
BTW ... criminal charges against Kingston were dropped in 2010 after cops concluded Capeloto wasn't credible enough for a legit case.
Kingston has filed legal docs insisting the sex was 100% consensual.
Trial is set for November.
Lamar Odom was arrested for DUI early Friday morning ... TMZ has learned.
The bust occurred in the San Fernando Valley at 3:54 AM. Lamar was popped by the California Highway Patrol and taken to a nearby station, where he was booked and is being held on $15,000 bail.
He was pulled over on the 101 Freeway for going too slow -- 50 MPH. Lamar did not respond to cops, and drove 3 exits before finally coming to a stop. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ he showed obvious signs of intoxication.
Lamar failed numerous field sobriety tests.
When Lamar was booked, we're told he refused all chemical tests.
Lamar's booking sheet shows he is 6'10" and 235 lbs.
Lamar has been tooling around town lately ... this after TMZ broke the story he had been on a crack binge.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Justin Bieber and Tyler, the Creator got straight up romantic during a burger run in L.A. last night, splitting a strawberry milkshake while they enjoyed their 100% ground beef heart-stoppers.
The duo Instagrammed the photos today showing him and Tyler hitting up a Fatburger on Sunset around 3:30 AM, but we've learned exactly what they ordered ... and it's cuter than anything Justin ever ordered with Selena Gomez.
We're told Biebs and Tyler got two burgers -- one cheese no bacon, one cheese no pickles -- and one order of skinny fries. (NOT FAT FRIES?? ARE YOU CRAZY??)
But the adorable part ... sources inside the restaurant tell us they also ordered one strawberry milkshake to split.
Don't worry, ladies ... we're told they poured one shake into 2 cups (haha, 2 guys, 1 cup).
As for who paid ... we're workin' on it.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s family just got into an auto accident while leaving the rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his "I have a dream" speech ... TMZ has learned.
According to sources on the scene ... several of MLK Jr.'s siblings and grandchildren were on a charter bus leaving the rally when a van ran a red light ... forcing the bus driver to slam on the brakes to dodge the vehicle.
MLK's sister -- Christine King Farris -- was on the bus at the time of the accident. Earlier in the day, the 85-year-old placed a wreath on the MLK Jr. Memorial.
Farris was joined at the wreath ceremony by MLK's daughter Bernice King.
We're told Bernice was not on the bus at the time of the accident.
We're told Omarosa Manigault was on the bus with the family ... and hit her head on the seat in front of her, but she's okay.
We're told the bus driver was transported to a nearby hospital.
Omarosa tweeted after the crash -- "Yikes just got banged up a lil bit on bus- I am ok! #HitMyHead ouch"
Lil' Scrappy -- one of the stars of the VH1 show "Love & Hip Hop" -- was arrested at a Georgia gas station yesterday after getting into a fight with a guy who allegedly disrespected his girlfriend, TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement tells TMZ ... cops received a call about a brawl going down inside the gas station around 2:33 AM. We're told an off-duty police officer from Atlanta happened to be at the same gas station and sprang into action -- successfully breaking up the fight.
When on-duty cops arrived to the scene ... Scrappy and the other man were arrested for disorderly conduct and hauled to a nearby police station.
FYI -- the other guy in the fight was Kenny Rogers ... not "The Gambler" Kenny Rogers ... just a random guy who also happens to share the same name as the country legend.
We're told Scrappy was very cooperative once in custody -- and was released a short time later.
We spoke with Scrappy who insists Kenny Rogers was the aggressor -- "He was calling my girlfriend names and then put his hands on me ... so I had to lay them paws on him."
Scrappy's lawyer Mawuli Mel Davis tells us there's video that proves Scrappy was acting in self-defense.
Scrappy says he plans to cooperate with law enforcement moving forward -- and is now trying to focus on the next season of his reality show.
Justin Timberlake has a new biggest fan ... a 13-year-old brain surgery survivor ... who's so impressive that JT stopped his entire media tour yesterday to spend some quality time with her.
JT was being rushed through an NYC building on his way into a live radio interview Tuesday, when he crossed paths with Tina DiLascio -- who told Justin her daughter Giana is a "Make-a-Wish" kid who underwent brain surgery last year to fix a serious blockage in her pituitary gland.
Justin was so impressed -- he stopped in his tracks -- and asked if he could meet Giana, who was waiting outside the building with her brother. We're told JT waited patiently as Tina grabbed Giana ... brought her inside ... and introduced the two.
Tina tells TMZ ... Giana and Justin chatted for several minutes. JT asked if she watched the VMAs and she lit up, telling Justin he's "The next Michael Jackson" ... to which JT bowed his head and said, "Thank you."
Giana asked if she could take a pic with Justin, who agreed ... but only under one condition -- "Only if you make it your screen saver!"
Eventually, JT had to leave ... but not before giving Giana a big hug and telling her to "be well."
And in case you're wondering ... the pic IS her screen saver now.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Hello my beauties today I just want to remind you that we all have a young side to us from the first lady down to your mothers that we should not forget about. We all have worn bangs at some point in our lives. Bangs have been around since the before the 20's for a reason. That reason is because they have never stopped being fabulous. They continue to be a staple in hairstyling trends in every culture. It's an easy way to add a little something new to your look.
Here are some ideas celebrities with awesome bangs. Everyone one is different and cute. So the next time you have a bad hair day just pull it all back in a bun and cut a bang straight across like Kim or the First Lady or part out a side bang like the fierce red head above. Remember my beauties to love yourselves and stay sweet.
NEWSFLASH: holding up a copy of the U.S. Constitution in a cop's face will NOT stop him from arresting you -- at least that's what one of 2 Chainz' entourage members learned last week, shortly before he and the rapper got busted.
As we reported, 2 Chainz and ten other people on his tour bus were all arrested last week following a concert in Oklahoma City ... after police accused them of smoking weed on board.
You'll recall, cops pulled over 2 Chainz' bus because of a busted taillight, but upon approaching the vehicle ... cops say they smelled pot and attempted to search the bus.
But the driver refused to let cops on board -- and according to the police affidavit which was just released, one of the bus' passengers actually held a physical copy of the U.S. Constitution against the bus window ... "as if challenging officers" with his civil rights.
Fact is: the police DID have probable cause to enter the bus because they smelled pot and saw smoke inside ... but the rapper and his entourage decided to assert their non-existent civil liberties anyway.
In the end, officers towed 2 Chainz' bus and its passengers to a police lot -- where it sat for hours while cops obtained a search warrant -- and everyone was eventually arrested, 2 Chainz included.
The United States Constitution ... it doesn't work that way.
10:00 AM PT -- A rep for the NYPD tells us ... cops have spoken with both the photog and Alec who each admit pushing and shoving each other.
We're told both parties ultimately decided to walk away from the situation without pursuing charges.
So ... case closed.
Alec Baldwin has struck again ... allegedly ... grabbing a photog on the streets of New York in front of several witnesses ... and now the NYPD is involved.
Sources connected with Baldwin say... the photog was the aggressor.
The photog says he did nothing to provoke Alec saying, "All I can say is I was doing my job asking him normal questions and he flipped. That's all."
The photog says he called police ... and cops responded to the scene.
A friend of Alec says ... Alec was with his wife Hilaria during the incident ... and Hilaria, in an effort to avoid the pap, ducked into a nearby tea store. Alec also called police.
The friend says, "What kind of sick twisted psychopath chases a woman who just got out of the hospital from having a baby into a tea store?"
Hilaria just gave birth to the couple's daughter on August 23.
Story developing ...
Lamar Odom was deep into drugs while he was playing for the Dallas Mavericks and there is evidence he was doing the exact same thing while playing for the Lakers ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected to a Westin hotel in Memphis tell TMZ ... in March of 2012, shortly before Lamar was cut from the Mavs, he stayed in one of the guest rooms while his team was in town playing the Grizzlies.
Our sources say when Lamar left, hotel employees found major carpet damage ... including quarter-sized burn marks. The damage was so bad, the hotel had to replace the carpeting in the room.
Our sources say hotel employees also found white powder on the desk blotter and the room reeked of noxious smoke. Our sources say it was obvious there was serious drug use going on in the hotel room.
The Westin is one of numerous hotels where NBA players stay when they're on the road. TMZ has contacted a number of these hotels in various cities. We've learned from several hotel employees ... they had complained about the state of the rooms when Lamar left -- similar to what happened in Memphis -- and this was while he was playing for the Lakers.
Our sources say no one on the Mavs knew Lamar was a substance abuser while he was on the team, but everyone knew something was seriously wrong with him.
We're told that during at least part of the time he was playing for the Mavs, Lamar was smoking Oxycontin and cocaine.
Odom's problems were so severe, he was cut from the Mavs mid-season and paid in full just so he would go away.
TMZ broke the story ... the drug use escalated to crack -- and we're told Lamar's level of crack use is now alarming and life-threatening.
10:51 AM PT -- Joe has just been sentenced to JAIL.
According to our count, Joe has been ordered to serve at least 270 DAYS in county jail.
He's also been sentenced to 36 months probation and has been ordered to complete a Level 3 Anger Management course.
He's also been ordered to complete 1 year of psychological counseling at a rate of 1 session per week.
During the sentencing, the judge expressed serious concerns with Joe's explosive temper -- and warned that it could get him in trouble in the future unless he learns how to keep his cool.
Bond will be set at $250k.
Joe is currently being handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom.
10:31 AM PT -- Joe's lawyer is begging the court for mercy.
10:29 AM PT -- Joe's motion for a re-trial has been SHOT DOWN. Now on to sentencing ...
9:53 AM PT -- Joe's lawyer is calling BS on the accusers -- claiming he can now prove the women lied during the trial, and therefore Joe deserves another chance to prove his innocence.
Among Joe's arguments -- he claims the women's story about not having cell phone reception at Joe's mansion are untrue ... and they have the phone records to prove it.
Joe also claims an accuser's story that she was "choke slammed" on Joe's tile floor is impossible because he doesn't have tile anywhere in the house.
9:40 AM PT -- The hearing has begun. Due to courtroom rules for this particular hearing, we will only be livestreaming the audio.
8:57 AM PT -- Francis is inside the courtroom, waiting for his case to be called.
8:50 AM PT -- Francis just arrived at the courthouse with his girlfriend Abbey Wilson. She's hot.
8:41 AM PT -- We're told Francis is on his way to the court -- and should arrive momentarily.
It's D-Day for Joe Francis ... the day the "Girls Gone Wild" mogul will learn his sentence for attacking a woman at his Hollywood mansion back in 2011 ... and he's facing serious time behind bars.
TMZ will be streaming live from inside the L.A. courtroom when Joe faces the judge later today. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 8:30 AM PT.
As we previously reported, 3 women had accused Joe of taking them to his Hollywood home -- following a night out -- and refusing to let them leave. He was also accused of attacking one of the women, choke-slamming her head into his tile floor.
Francis was convicted on 5 charges total, including assault, 3 counts of false imprisonment, and 1 count of dissuading a witness from reporting.
Never one to go down without a fight -- Francis recently filed court docs demanding a new trial based on allegations of insufficient evidence. We'll see if the judge buys his argument when the hearing begins.
Tami Erin -- the actress who played Pippi Longstocking in the 1988 movie -- insists she had nothing to do with her sex tape being shopped around town ... in fact, she tells TMZ Live, she'll stop at nothing to make sure it NEVER gets released.
39-year-old Erin called in moments ago and she was irate -- blaming a bitter ex-boyfriend for attempting to sell a private hardcore sex tape to the media.
She said, "I think he's the biggest piece of sh*t on the planet for doing this to me."
As for any sex tape deal, Erin says she has not been approached about selling the tape, which is good ... because in order for a company to release this kind of footage, it would need Erin's permission.
She sounds really angry ... and we're not calling BS ... but we do want to point out that Erin's not exactly averse to public displays of sexuality, posting photos like these on Twitter over the last couple months. Nice bod.
Khloe Kardashian hasn't given up on her marriage to Lamar Odom ... at least publicly ... because she's still wearing her wedding ring.
Khloe was on her way out of a medical building in L.A. Monday when the photo was taken -- and while it's obvious she was trying to hide her face, she was clearly NOT trying to hide her symbolic commitment to her husband.
As we reported, Khloe tossed Lamar out of their home last week when he rejected an attempted intervention to deal with his drug addiction issues.