Roger Stone ain’t having a TGIF kinda day — FBI agents pounded on his door before sunrise and arrested President Trump‘s ex-campaign adviser.
Stone was arrested around 6 AM Friday at his house in Fort Lauderdale after being indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller. Armed agents in bulletproof vests surrounded Stone’s home and hauled him off … reportedly in his pajamas. His apartment in Manhattan was also raided.
Stone’s been charged with 7 counts — 5 counts of false statements, one count of witness tampering and one count of obstruction of an official proceeding.
As you know, Mueller’s team has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, and Stone has previously acknowledged communicating with Guccifer 2.0 during the campaign, who intelligence officials believe was a Twitter account operated by Russia to hack Democratic emails.
Stone’s also been linked to WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, who he publicly praised after the hacked emails were released. Stone’s denied any contact with Russia or WikiLeaks since the election.
Stone’s arrest isn’t entirely a surprise — especially to him … he said in May he was prepared to be indicted, and claimed Mueller might do it in an effort to silence him.
If you’re keeping track, this makes 5 associates of the Prez who have been busted by Mueller … following Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos. His former lawyer, Michael Cohen, separately pled guilty to tax evasion and campaign finance violations.
Stone’s expected to be arraigned Friday in federal court in Ft. Lauderdale.
Crystal Harris just unloaded the home Hugh Hefner left her for $ 5 million.
Hefner bought the 4 bedroom pad in the Hollywood Hills back in 2013. The backstory is interesting. Hef married Crystal in 2012, and the next year he wanted to make sure she had a roof over her head when he died. You’d think the Playboy Mansion would have been enough, but the fact is Hef didn’t own it … it was owned by Playboy Enterprises, and he was worried it might be sold and his wife would be displaced.
So, in 2013, he bought the house which was held in trust for the 2 of them. When he died in September 2017, she became the sole owner.
As for how much the house appreciated in value … it didn’t. Crystal listed it for $ 7.2 mil, but it didn’t sell. She just sealed the deal on the 5,900 square foot home for $ 5 mil — the price for which it was purchased.
L.A. realtors Jason Oppenheim and Christine Quinn represented the buyer.
Hugh died peacefully at the Playboy Mansion in September 2017 at age 91, surrounded by loved ones. The mogul’s health had been deteriorating for years, and was barely seen in public in the months before his death.
Bob Barker has had another health scare at his L.A. home that required another ambulance and paramedics to treat the legendary game show host.
Sources connected to Bob tell us the former ‘Price is Right’ host slipped and fell at his Hollywood Hills home earlier this month. Someone called 911 and paramedics rushed over, but they didn’t take him to the ER.
Our sources tell us Bob was given the all-clear, and that he’s currently receiving in-home care for injuries from a prior fall. We’re told he’s regaining his strength from his 2017 fall, during which he also slipped and seriously hurt himself.
He was transported twice in 2 months toward the tail end of 2018 — once in October and again in November … both of which had to do with his back flaring up.
And remember … Bob suffered a nasty fall in 2015 as well, where he tripped over a sidewalk and split his head open.
During his recovery, we’re told Bob isn’t taking any new jobs — including multiple offers for interviews — and is instead enjoying retirement and focusing on his animal foundation.
Get well and PLEASE take care, Bob. For all our sake.
Chris Brown and his baby mama are both having a difficult week, because a day after Breezy was arrested for allegedly raping a woman in Paris, Nia Guzman had her Los Angeles home burglarized … TMZ has learned.
Sources close to Chris’ baby mama tell TMZ … someone entered Nia’s apartment Tuesday night and stole a ton of designer bags and shoes belonging to Nia, her oldest daughter and the former couple’s daughter, Royalty.
And, get this … we’re told Nia was visiting her mom in the apartment next door when the heist went down.
Our law enforcement sources confirmed the burglary … and we’re told LAPD is investigating, but there aren’t any suspects or leads yet.
It’s interesting … we’re told Nia believes someone’s been watching her routine, because they struck while she was at her mom’s place. We’re told Nia left the lights and TV on while she stepped out, but her door was unlocked.
As for Chris … he’s been released from custody in France and plans to sue his alleged rape victim for defamation.
Thinking about suing the NFL over the blown call in the Saints-Rams game Sunday??
Anthony Barr says don’t do it … ’cause that’s dumb — and people just need to MOVE ON!!!
“Sorry,” the Vikings star tells TMZ Sports … “Take your L and keep pushing. It happens. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the world we live in. It’s not perfect.”
One Saints fan clearly disagrees … a guy actually filed a lawsuit Tuesday suing Roger Goodell and the NFL for not taking action over the non-P.I. call in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.
But, Barr — who says he certainly understands the pain — tells us court action is taking things way too far … and says everyone in NOLA just needs to let it go.
“You can’t replay a game after the results are in.”
Thank-you card from the commish coming in 3 … 2 …
Cardi B wants to return to the way things were … before her split with Offset.
The rapper shared a screenshot Tuesday morning of a FaceTime chat with her husband — who she split with in December — and their daughter, Kulture. She captioned it … “I wanna go home.”
As you know, Offset’s been very public about his desire to reconcile with Cardi, but she hasn’t been as forthcoming … other than announcing how much she misses his penis. It seems she’s longing for some family time with him now, though.
Of course, the couple have been together since their split — including a jet ski-riding vacation in Puerto Rico — and we broke the story … they were working on fixing their marriage in 2019, with Offset vowing to change his ways and be faithful and honest with her.
Still, Cardi hadn’t given any clear indicators she was fully on board with the plan … until now.
Blac Chyna just got another visit from LAPD, hours after officers were called to her home after someone falsely claimed Chyna was drunk and endangering Dream Kardashian.
Law enforcement sources tell us … this time around, cops showed up to diffuse a potentially explosive situation involving Chyna and her former makeup artist. They were tight until this weekend, when the 2 had a nuclear argument at Chyna’s home. The makeup artist left without taking her stuff, and today cops went with her to retrieve the mascara, eyeliner and other stuff.
TMZ broke the story … cops raced to Chyna’s home Sunday night after an anonymous caller claimed she was drunk and neglecting Dream … and this went down shortly after the makeup artist left.
Officers determined no one was drunk at the home and Dream was being properly cared for … there was also a nanny there for extra support.
As for Monday’s call, we’re told nothing escalated between her and Chyna. She got her stuff and left.
Manny Pacquiao‘s Los Angeles home was burglarized less than 24 hours after the boxer defeated Adrien Broner.
Law enforcement sources tell us they got a call Sunday from someone on Pacquiao’s team regarding the crime. We’re told there were signs of forced entry and the home was ransacked.
Pacquiao was not home at the time … he was still in Las Vegas. Pacquiao beat Broner by unanimous decision Saturday.
At this time, it is not known what all was taken from the boxer’s home. Cops do not have any suspects.
Story developing …
Blac Chyna had the LAPD at her home after a call came in alleging Chyna was intoxicated and neglecting her child.
Law enforcement sources tell us an anonymous person called in Sunday night and stated Chyna was drunk at her home. The caller claimed Chyna was in such bad shape, she couldn’t properly care for her daughter, Dream Kardashian.
Cops went to Chyna’s house and determined everything was fine, nobody was drunk, and Dream was being properly cared for. There was also a nanny at the home.
Sources close to the situation tell us earlier in the night, Chyna got in a fight with a member of her glam team and the incident may have triggered the call to cops.
As we reported — Chyna allegedly threw a drink at “Love & Hip Hop” star Alexis Skyy last week — in response to Skyy hanging out with Rob Kardashian. Rob posted a video of Skyy at his home just a couple days later.
We reached out to a rep for Chyna … so far, no word back.
One of R. Kelly‘s bedrooms has him in serious trouble with Chicago officials … but he insists they’ve got it all twisted, because his controversial studio has never been used as a home.
The Chicago studio, heavily featured in “Surviving R. Kelly,” was swarmed this week by Chicago cops and the Cook County Building and Zoning Department — and they ended up filing a complaint against Kelly.
The officials say there’s evidence he’s using the place as a residence, and had done renovations without getting permits.
Sources close to Kelly tell us that he’s denying ever living in the studio. Although he admits having a bed in there, he says it was only there for extra long recording sessions — 14 to 15 hours — when he was too exhausted to make it home, or if there was a bad winter storm.
We’re told he also points to the fact that he has a real residence at Chi-Town’s Trump Tower.
As for the alleged renovations … our sources say Kelly believes the studio is exactly as it was when he first started renting the space 3-4 years ago. He says the single bedroom area was already there, and he simply added furniture.
Fact is, Kelly’s got bigger fish to fry than the building code violation. He and Sony, his longtime record label, just parted ways … his ex-manager was arrested for making threats against Joycelyn Savage‘s family … and he’s still plagued by allegations of sexual abuse.
Kelly will get a court hearing for the violation, but at worst he’ll be fined or evicted. As prosecutor Kim Foxx said … they’re actively looking for witnesses to bring criminal charges against him.