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    LeBron James Accused of Stealing ‘More Than An

    Breaking News TMZ.com A youth org. claims LeBron James straight-up jacked their “More Than An Athlete” slogan for his “Uninterrupted” brand … and now they want more than $33 MIL to make things right! Game Plan — a Maryland based nonprofit, which guides young athletes to achieve professional success in an out of sports — claims they’ve been using the slogan “I Am More Than an Athlete” since 2016 and they obtained the trademark in 2018. The problem … Game Plan is convinced LeBron James saw Game Plan staffers wearing “More Than An Athlete” shirts at a Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards game in 2017 and stole it for his “Uninterrupted” brand. In fact, the staffers even posed for a pic that day with Wizards star John Wall. Game Plan says in their lawsuit … “The attendance at the game gave Game Plan tremendous exposure, as it was able to gain attention from John Wall in front of his peers including the (arguably) most famous athlete in the world, as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, at the time, LeBron James.” In court docs filed by Game Plan, they claim Bron loved the phrase so much, he began using it in 2018 as a response to the infamous Laura Ingraham “Shut Up and Dribble” incident. After the Fox News host made the comment on air, James went to social media and posted a picture of a neon light sign that read, “I Am More Than an Athlete.” Since then, Game Plan says LeBron and Uninterrupted have monetized the hell out of the slogan — striking deals to use “I Am More Than An Athlete” with Nike, ESPN and the NBA2K video game. Game Plan says they own the rightful trademark and are entitled to all profits that have been made […]

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    DaBaby Sued By Alleged Miami Battery Victim

    Exclusive TMZ.com DaBaby better get da lawyer on the phone … he’s just been slapped with a lawsuit by the guy claiming he and his crew beat him up. Concert promoter Kenneth Carey just filed suit against DB, his entertainment company and a bunch of the goons that were with him that day … alleging the rapper not only illegally battered him but also turned his back on a deal they’d struck to host an event. Long story short … Kenneth now claims in legal docs — obtained by TMZ — that he and DaBaby agreed to have the latter host a party where another artist, Stunna 4 Vegas, had been booked to perform at. Ken says he and DB agreed on a flat rate … $20k, no more. In his lawsuit … Ken says when DaBaby and co. arrived in town, he arranged hotels and cars for them via a rental company — and alleges one of those vehicles was returned damaged. Play video content TMZ.com Fast-forward to the day Ken was supposed to pay DB, and he claims the guy asked him for an additional $10k on the spot to cover the damage to the car, which apparently got billed to DaBaby and his crew. Ken says DaBaby insisted it was the least Ken could do … seeing how he agreed to do the hosting gig for way cheaper than he normally charges. Ken says he refused to pay another $10k, and that’s when the alleged ass-whooping — part of which was caught on camera — went down. The promoter says DaBaby and at least 4 other guys pulled his pants down, beat him up and poured apple juice all over him. TMZ.com He also claims the crew jacked him of his phone, money and credit card that […]

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    ‘Mob Wives’ Star Drita D’Avanzo’s Gun, Drug

    Breaking News Getty/AP “Mob Wives” star Drita D’Avanzo isn’t losing sleep over her gun and drugs case anymore, but her husband — he’s still sweating it out. According to the DA’s Office in Staten Island … prosecutors have dropped all charges against Drita, 2 months after cops raided the house where she and Lee D’Avanzo live. The announcement was made in court Thursday morning with Drita present. The DA now says Drita was NOT the target of the search warrant. As for Lee, the feds are now taking over — he’s been indicted for possession of firearms and weed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Outside of court, Drita told reporters, “I have no time to celebrate because my husband is not home, but I am very happy with the outcome. All I’m focusing on right now is the fact that this turned out good.” As we previously reported … NYPD raided the D’Avanzo’s pad and allegedly found 2 loaded handguns, a Smith & Wesson 9mm and a 38 caliber. Cops say they also found 120 pills of hydrocodone/acetaminophen, 22 Xanax pills and a large amount of weed.

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    Porn Star Jesse Jane Arrested, Allegedly Bit & Punched BF

    Exclusive Jesse Jane ended up in handcuffs after beating the hell out of her boyfriend following a night of drinking … at least according to cops, who arrested the porn star for domestic violence. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … the famous porn star was arrested early Wednesday in Moore, OK on suspicion of domestic violence after she allegedly punched her boyfriend in the face and bit off a chunk of his hand. According to the arrest report, obtained by TMZ, officers responded to a call for a domestic disturbance and when they showed up to the residence, Jesse and her BF were in the driveway, and he couldn’t open his bloody left eye and there was a bite mark on his left hand. The report says the boyfriend told cops he and Jesse were drinking the night before, and he woke up to Jesse throwing his medication in the trash — she claims it was steroids — so he confronted her, and she became upset and attacked. According to cops, Jesse told officers her boyfriend picked her up by the neck and threw her into a wall, but the report says police did not observe any injuries on the adult film star’s body other than a small spot of dried blood on her forehead. Jesse was arrested and hauled off to Cleveland County Jail, where she was booked on a domestic violence charge. She’s since been released. Play video contentNOVEMBER 2018 TMZ.com It’s not the first time Jesse’s been in trouble with cops in Oklahoma … back in 2018, she was busted for public intoxication following a college football game. We reached out to Jesse’s reps for comment … so far, no word back.

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    Harvey Weinstein Rape Accuser Testifies He Broke Her Down,

    Getty Harvey Weinstein rape accuser Jessica Mann claims he began manipulating her as soon as he met her, forced himself on her multiple times and finally raped her … and she said it all under oath. The former actress took the stand and gave emotional testimony Friday, breaking down in tears as she described her history with the disgraced movie mogul … including alleged sexual assaults. Elizabeth Williams Mann testified she met Weinstein at a party about 7 years ago, and he quickly took interest in her and began offering her work. Mann claims she had several meetings with him to discuss her career, but he asked her for a massage at an early meeting … and forced oral sex on her at a later meeting in which she thought she’d be discussing a movie role. Mann testified she faked an orgasm to get out of the situation. Weeks later, Mann alleges Weinstein raped her at the hotel in Manhattan after injecting his penis with erection medication. She testified that he physically blocked her from leaving the room and made her undress. She says … “I gave up at that point.” Getty Mann says about a year later, Weinstein told her “She owed him one more time” after she informed him she had a boyfriend … and claims he had intercourse with her. Weinstein’s side has argued the 2 had a consensual relationship that lasted years after the alleged sexual assault, and have pointed to several emails Mann sent to him in which she expressed affection and love. Mann’s the fifth accuser to testify in Weinstein’s trial, in which he’s accused of first and third-degree rape and predatory sexual assault.

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    R. Kelly’s Ex Azriel Clary Diving Into Advocacy &

    Exclusive TMZ/Getty Composite R. Kelly‘s ex-girlfriend, Azriel Clary, already has the wheels in motion to not only help herself heal but to do the same for others … and her plan includes multimedia and advocacy. TMZ has learned about the next steps Azriel plans to take as she recovers from what she claims was a dysfunctional and abusive relationship with R. Kelly — and one the first things she wants to dive into includes working with non-profit organizations that help protect young people. The org is called Team Truth, and we’re told it’s run by her dad. It aims to educate minors and their families about types of abuse and how to escape it. Our sources say Azriel finds the cause near and dear to her heart, so she wants to take it up full force. There’s more though … we’re told Azriel also wants to focus her efforts on women of color specifically. She’s planning on starting her own foundation dedicated to helping abused women take back control of their lives … much like she’s doing right now. Speaking of that, we’re told Azriel has even more in the works as far as reclaiming her independence and aspirations. She was working toward becoming a recording artist before getting with R. Kelly, and sources say she’s pivoting back into that direction. In fact, we’re told she even has a YouTube series in the pipeline called “On the Run with Azriel,” which will infuse her music career and her philanthropic efforts in one project. As we told you, Azriel is already working with the feds in their cases against R. Kelly — this despite death threats. She’s also been doing interviews lately, which we’re told she sees as a form of therapy and ultimately helpful in getting past her trauma. Looks […]

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    Disney Actor Chris Tavarez Gets 300 Days in Jail for

    Exclusive Details Getty Chris Tavarez, the actor from the Disney Channel hit “K.C. Undercover,” is going to jail for several months for an alleged domestic violence incident, and that’s after striking a plea deal. According to the LA Superior Court … the 27-year-old pled no contest to 1 count of felony domestic violence with a prior conviction. He’s been sentenced to a suspended 5-year prison sentence but will only serve 300 days in county jail. He’s also getting credit for 153 days already served. That leaves him with a little less than 150 days behind bars. Tavares will also have to take a 52-week class on domestic violence awareness, and complete one year of an outpatient alcohol program. TMZ broke the story … Tavarez was busted back in November after allegedly flying into a rage during a fight with his GF, who suffered a concussion. As we reported, he had a prior conviction for a June 2017 spousal battery case …. so, it was a near certainty he’d get a jail sentence this time around. Tavarez is best known for playing Darien on ‘K.C.’ … which starred Zendaya.

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    Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty at Arraignment for

    Play video content TMZ.com Jussie Smollett is back in a Chicago courtroom, and you’ve gotta see the ruckus his arrival created outside … as his supporters made sure they were heard. Jussie was flanked Monday morning by an entourage of about 10 people — some of them family members — as he made his way into his arraignment on 6 new felony counts of lying to cops. At least one photog went down in a heap at Jussie’s feet while he tried to get into the courthouse. In the video, you can hear Jussie’s backers chanting, “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!!!” We’re expecting the ex-“Empire” star to enter not guilty pleas to all 6 charges in the new indictment calls the 6 charges “disorderly conduct,” but all 6 involve allegations of lying to cops. Play video content FOX 32 Interestingly, Abel and Ola Osundairo also showed up at court this morning. There’s no reason for them to be at his arraignment — we know they’ll be testifying against Jussie, but that’s weeks down the road. As we reported … the special prosecutor, Dan Webb, said Jussie “planned and participated in a staged hate crime attack, and thereafter made numerous false statements to Chicago Police Dept. officers.” You’ll recall, Jussie claimed he was attacked in Chicago by 2 white men … alleging the men put a rope around his neck and doused him with bleach. He claimed they also yelled racial and homophobic slurs. As the investigation unfolded, 2 black men — brothers Abel and Ola Osundario — were detained and they told police Jussie paid them to stage the attack. Play video content The special prosecutor effectively re-opened the controversial case nearly a year after Cook County prosecutors dropped all 16 felony counts against […]

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    Hilary Duff Confronts Photog Taking Pics of Her Kids, He

    Play video content @hilaryduff Hilary Duff got in the face of a photographer whom she felt was invading her privacy by snapping pics of her kids during a soccer game — but he didn’t back down on video. The ‘Lizzie McGuire’ actress posted the confrontation on Instagram Saturday, showing her walk up to a guy on the sideline of her one of her kids’ soccer game and ask him who he’s there with … and what exactly he’s doing taking pictures of the children. It’s pretty tense … the man says he’s not there with anyone but himself, and HD demands to know why — if he isn’t with anyone or isn’t affiliated with anyone on the team — he’s out there taking pictures of 7-year-olds. His smug answer … ’cause it’s legal, lady. The implication here is that this dude may be a paparazzi photog, and was only out to snap pics of Hilary and her children … something she’s dealt with before in similar fashion. Play video content @hilaryduff Something Hilary might wanna take into account the next time she encounters one of these photog hounds trying to get photos of her and/or her kids … it actually ain’t legal like the man claimed — at least according to California law, where this appears to have happened. In 2013, Gov. Brown signed SB 606 into law, which made the photographing of minors because of a parent’s “employment” (AKA celebs) illegal if it falls into the area of harassment, annoyance, alarm, or torment without legitimate purpose … punishable by up to a year in jail. Hard to say if this particular incident meets the criteria spelled out in the California law, but ya gotta imagine Hilary might wanna have that little factoid in her back pocket for next time.

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    ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Star Mendeecees Reunites with His

    Mendeecees is back on the outside after more than 5 years in prison, and he can check off #1 on his ‘To do” list … seeing his kids again. The “Love & Hip Hop: New York” star was released from prison a week ago, on January 29, and shortly afterward he reunited with the 2 children he has with Yandy Smith-Harris. These pics show the fam’s first public outing on Monday, shopping at a Walmart … with Mendeecees looking every bit the proud papa. As we reported, he was sentenced to 8 years in a minimum-security Pennsylvania prison for drug trafficking. That ended up getting knocked down, but he still ended up doing 5 years and 3 months. When he got out last week, Mendeecees did it in a grand fashion — tossing his old clothes in a trash can. Now, he’s on parole and set to report to a halfway house for the next several months … while also participating in a work-release program, with passes to see his family. Waiting for your permission to load the Instagram Media. His lockup was a big storyline on the show. ‘L&HH’ documented Yandy’s journey as a de facto single parent, and now Mendeecees is almost guaranteed to be reintroduced. He and Yandy have also adopted a daughter, and he has 2 other kids from previous relationships. Point being, he’s gonna have his hands full — so good to see Mendeecees getting back in the groove of fatherhood.