John Wetteland — the former closer for the New York Yankees — was arrested in Denton County, Texas on Monday on suspicion of child sex abuse … official records show.
Details surrounding the alleged incident are unclear — but the charge specifies that the alleged victim is under the age of 14.
The 52-year-old right-hander was booked and posed for a mug shot. He was later released on $ 25,000 bond.
We’re reaching out to law enforcement to find out more.
Wetteland was a star back in the day — he was the MVP of the 1996 World Series, helping his Yankee squad defeat the Atlanta Braves. He posted all 4 saves for the Yanks during that series.
He was also a 3-time All Star during his 12-year MLB career … during which he played for the Dodgers, Rangers and Expos.
During his Yankees career, Mariano Rivera was his set-up guy.
He later went to on to serve as a bullpen coach for the Washington Nationals.
Story developing …
Michael Jackson‘s estate is slamming a new documentary making allegations of sexual abuse by the late singer … by calling out the doc’s producers for what it says is a clear attempt to exploit Michael when it premieres at Sundance.
MJ’s estate tells TMZ … “This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson.”
The doc, titled “Leaving Neverland,” is set to premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and it reportedly accuses Michael of sexually abusing two young boys.
The King of Pop’s estate also says the “so-called documentary is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations. It’s baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project.”
It’s unclear which of MJ’s accusers are the focus of the doc … but his estate apparently believes it’s Wade Robson and James Safechuck, because the estate says “both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them.”
Brandon Church — the late brother of country star Eric Church — died as a result of chronic alcoholism … TMZ has learned.
According to the autopsy report obtained by TMZ … Brandon had a clinical history of alcohol withdrawal-induced seizure disorder — meaning he had a history of binge drinking and trying to quit … which would trigger a seizure.
As we reported … Brandon suffered 2 seizures when he died last June in Granite Falls, North Carolina. The second seizure — suffered while he was on his way to the hospital — appears to have sent him into cardiac arrest.
According to the autopsy, the alcohol abuse also caused a thickening of his heart, coronary artery disease and liver damage.
Brandon, who had written a handful of songs over the years with his famous brother, was 36.
‘Love & Hip Hop’ star Tommie Lee has been indicted on multiple child abuse charges — and the details of the alleged assault on her kid are horrific.
According to the indictment filed by the state of Georgia — and obtained by TMZ — Tommie Lee went to her young daughter’s middle school this past October and allegedly disrupted the class, slapped her daughter on the hands with her purse strap, slapped her across the face, dragged her down the hall by her hair … and threw her into a metal locker.
Tommie faces 7 charges in the indictment, and 3 of ’em are felonies. The rest are misdemeanors. If she’s convicted on all seven … prosecutors tell us Tommie could be locked up for up to 54 years.
We broke the story … Tommie was arrested twice in connection to this case — once for the alleged assault, and again less than 24 hours later for violating a court order to stay away from her kid … whom we’re told she went to see less than 3 hours after being released from jail.
She’s been in and out of jail (and back again) repeatedly over the past couple years now — all while appearing on “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta.” Tommie reportedly said she’d be quitting the show.
Makes sense … she’s got bigger fish to fry right now.
Famous Dex falling asleep on IG Live had fans concerned about his health, and it turns out they’re not the only ones … his camp is working overtime to help the kid kick drugs.
TMZ has learned the Chicago rapper passing out in the middle of his live stream earlier this week was just the latest troubling sign that he’s got a drug problem. We’ve been told Dex abuses opioids.
In case you missed it, FD literally nodded off in the middle of talking to his followers and playing music. His head began to lean forward and his lit blunt rested on his hand for a while before he finally woke back up. The disturbing scene was alarming to his fan base.
Dex later responded on the same platform, telling folks he’d simply fallen asleep because he was tired from working in the studio for so long … and it was all much ado about nothin’.
Thing is, we’re told that’s just not the case. Sources say Dex was upset by the video of himself passing out and expressed a desire of never wanting to see himself like that again. The problem … he’s tried getting treatment, but always circles back to drugs.
This is how bad it’s gotten for Dex — we’ve learned there’s someone who is always by Dex’s side for the sole purpose of making sure he’s coherent enough to do his job. We’re also being told that, at times, there’s even someone who sleeps in the same bed to make sure he’s okay. His team is actively working to get him the help he needs.
In the wake of Mac Miller’s death — and lots of other celebs dealing with drug abuse — we’re told Dex is well aware of his issue and the support of everyone around him.