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Wrestler Arrested For Assaulting Girlfriend
(TMZ) Wrestling legend Scott Hall was arrested Friday after allegedly choking out his girlfriend in a drunken fit of rage -- this according to the arrest report, obtained by TMZ.

According to the report, cops were called to Scott's Florida home over a domestic disturbance in progress around 5pm. When they arrived, Scott's GF Lisa Howell informed police he had attacked her.

According to Lisa, Scott had been drinking for days and the two had gotten into some kind of argument. Lisa says she got into her car, and in a blind rage, Scott grabbed her by the throat and tried to pull her out of the driver's seat.

According to the report, police confronted Scott -- who appeared heavily intoxicated with an "unknown white secretion flowing from both sides of his mouth" -- but he denied ever getting violent.

Police observed several signs of physical injury on Lisa -- including red marks around her neck -- so they placed Scott under arrest for domestic battery.

Scott -- billed at 6'7" and 287 pounds -- required TWO sets of handcuffs.

But his problems didn't end there -- according to the report, Scott was so drunk ... the jail refused to book him ... so the arresting officer had to drag him to a nearby hospital to get medical clearance.

The physicians gave their thumbs up and Scott was brought back to the correctional facility, where he was finally booked on the domestic violence charge.

Lisa has refused to press charges. So far, it's unclear if the case will move forward. more on this story

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Ryan Adams Releasing iTunes Session
EMI sent over word that Ryan Adams will release his first-ever iTunes Session on April 24th.

The set captures 8 solo performances by Adams that were recorded at the historic Capitol Studios in Hollywood.

The track listing features a mix of Adams classics from his 2000 solo debut Heartbreaker, the Whiskeytown era "Houses On The Hill," and songs from his acclaimed new album Ashes & Fire, including the #1 AAA radio hit "Lucky Now." more on this story

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Phish Summer Tour Plans
Phish have now mapped out their full 2012 summer tour plans with the announcement of a second leg which will feature a lot of firsts! Their camp sent over these details:

The second leg of Phish's 2012 summer tour will feature the band's first appearances at numerous venues - from the August 15 kickoff at Long Beach Arena in Southern California to stops at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (8/17, 18 & 19), the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO (8/22), St. Louis' Chaifetz Arena (8/28) and Phish's first-ever show in Oklahoma, which will take place on August 29 at the Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City.

Phish will also play a trio of southeastern dates that will include a return to Birmingham's Oak Mountain Amphitheatre on August 24 - the band's first show in Alabama since its 1999 concert at the same venue. more on this story

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Lady Antebellum Hit Tour Milestone
Lady Antebellum has hit a new milestone after officially selling over 750,000 tickets at the halfway point of their Own The Night World Tour.

"This tour has exceeded our expectations in every way," said Lady A's Dave Haywood. "Every day is new and exciting…I really don't ever think the feeling of being a headliner will get old. We can't wait to keep it rocking into summer and across the Atlantic and Pacific later this year."

The trio is prepping for the summer leg of their Own The Night 2012 World Tour that picks back up in New York City on May 3 and 4 for sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall, with additional upcoming dates scheduled in the US, Canada and Europe.

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Melissa Etheridge Claims Ex Burned Their Child With A Cigarette
(TMZ) Melissa Etheridge has just filed legal docs, claiming her former domestic partner, Tammy Lynn Michaels, accidentally burned one of their kids with a cigarette.

Melissa, who is in an epic battle with Tammy, wants the judge to order both her and Tammy to go smoke free around their twins.

Melissa says Tammy has accused her of having no maternal instinct and therefore is against striking a 50/50 joint custody deal. Melissa says Tammy stridently said she did not give birth to the children to give them away.

Melissa calls Tammy "angry and vindictive." And how's this for proof this is as nasty as it gets. Melissa says Tammy once told her, "You have to support so many households because YOU BROKE SO MANY HOUSEHOLDS, silly. If you had decided to have one ounce of integrity/honesty as a person or partner, you would NOT be in this predicament. Think about it."

In an old email attached to Tammy's docs, Tammy wrote, "While you are on the road -- a completely inappropriate place for 3-year-olds -- not to mention you can't track them, have no child care, and they were bit by dogs in the house last time you had them." Tammy claims the girl got bit in the face by the dog. more on this story

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Melissa Gilbert Injury Overstated By Dancing with the Stars?
(TMZ) Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- who was with Melissa Gilbert when she hit her head on the show this week -- is strongly insinuating ... "Dancing" producers conspired to overstate the actress' injuries to drum up ratings.

"Dancing" host Tom Bergeron announced at the end of yesterday's show -- Melissa had injured herself during her and Maks' Paso Doble routine ... and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Melissa later announced on her Twitter she had sustained whiplash and a mild concussion during the performance -- but Maks tells us a different story ... insisting the actress just "bumped her head."

We asked if "Dancing" producers tend to play up celebrity injuries on the show for ratings -- and Maks responded ... they don't fake it ... but they "amplify it a little bit." See video here.

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Lee Brice Releases New Album Sneak Preview
With Lee Brice's current single "A Woman Like You" hitting the top of the Billboard chart, Curb Records has a second iTunes exclusive download from Brice's forthcoming album project, Hard 2 Love.

iTunes will offer a second exclusive download, "Parking Lot Party," from the new album package as a "sneak preview" offered by Curb Records followed by a third download to follow on April 17.

The new album will street April 24th. It is the studio follow-up to Brice's critically-acclaimed debut album Love Like Crazy, which spawned Billboard's Most Played Country Song of 2010 by virtue of its title track.

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Bill Wence To Release Analog Man in a Digital World Next Month
(MPM) Bill Wence has set a May 15th release date for his new album, Analog Man in a Digital World.

On the new CD, Wence is backed by a list of all-star musicians, including Charlie McCoy, Becky Hobbs, Jonell Mosser, Sisters Morales, Gretchen Peters, Bryan Owings, Dean Hall, Byrd Burton, Stick Davis, Bekka Bramlett, John Rees, Louis Meyers, Rick Lonow and The Jordanaires.

Analog Man in a Digital World features 11 tracks of Americana, honky-tonk country and rockin' roots music – the kind Bill Wence has been making in a career that spans over 40 years and includes stints as the road piano player for the legendary Wanda Jackson, who also contributes liner notes to the album along with another legend, Johnny Rivers. The CD was produced by Bill Wence and Joe Funderburk and recorded at Creative Workshop in Berry Hill, Tennessee. In addition to four originals, Wence has tapped into the songbooks of some wonderful songwriters and also includes his take on such classics as "Unchained Melody," as well as the Buster Brown blues chestnut, "Fannie Mae." more on this story

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Seal Files Response To Heidi Klum's Divorce Petition
(TMZ) Seal has filed his response to Heidi Klum's divorce petition, and it looks like he's gearing up for a dispute over who gets what in the divorce.

TMZ already reported that Heidi claims there is a postnuptial agreement, which means there are no joint or community assets. But in Seal's papers, he claims there are "community and quasi-community assets" and he makes no mention of the postnup.

As for how much is on the line ... the answer is, a lot. Heidi is worth an estimated $70 million. Seal is reportedly worth around $15 million.

Seal is also asking for joint physical custody of their 4 kids -- Heidi wants primary physical custody, with Seal getting visitation.

Fact is ... based on photos and videos, Heidi has almost always had the kids when Seal was away, and given that he's away a lot on tour, giving her primary physical custody is pretty much status quo.

Seal wants the judge to deny spousal support to Heidi. For her part, she wants to deny spousal support to Seal. The reality ... they both make a lot of money and won't be getting support.

And, as for the date of separation, Seal is non-committal. He says it has not been determined. Heidi claims the date of separation was January 19, 2012. more on this story

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Animal Kingdom Going Soph in May
Animal Kingdom will digitally release their new full-length album, The Looking Away, on May 8th.

Produced by David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything, etc.), The Looking Away is the band's sophomore release that follows their debut, Signs and Wonders.

In addition to the album release, the music video for "Strange Attractor," the album's first single, is now online. You can watch it here.

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Drunken Video of Amanda Bynes Surfaces
(TMZ) TMZ has video of Amanda Bynes drunkenly stumbling out of a club just a few weeks before her DUI arrest.

Amanda Bynes drinks ... A LOT ... despite claims from her father that she doesn't imbibe ... and TMZ has video proof of the actress drunkenly stumbling out of a club just a few weeks before her DUI arrest.

Despite the fact she was busted for drunk driving last week, Amanda's father told People.com, "I was told that she blew a zero on the Breathalyzer. She didn't have a single drink that night. My daughter doesn't drink."

But TMZ knows Bynes has been frequenting the Hollywood club scene recently ... and on March 22, she appeared so wasted on her way out Greystone Manor in West Hollywood, she needed TWO FRIENDS to hold her upright so she could get to her car.

Thankfully ... she played it safe and didn't drive that night.

But on March 17, a seemingly inebriated Amanda didn't play it safe at all. We got video of the actress stumbling out of Greystone Manor ... then getting behind the wheel of her car and driving away, despite pleas from our photog to let a sober person drive.

Of course, Bynes was arrested on April 6 ... after police say she was so drunk, she crashed into a cop car at 3 AM. see the video here.

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Juvenile Wants Paternity Test To Get Custody of His Son
(TMZ) Rapper Juvenile tells TMZ ... he strongly believes he's the biological father of his 13-year-old son ... and claims he only demanded a paternity test as a procedural step to "get custody" of the kid.

Juvenile recently filed court docs, demanding the test ... claiming he never established paternity when his son was born and didn't even sign the birth certificate at the time.

He also claimed the boy's mother has had sexual relations with other people ... so there's a chance he's not the real daddy.

But despite what he said in the court papers, Juv tells TMZ ... "My son acts and looks just like me. I am doing this for procedural reasons to get custody."

What complicated the matter even more ... Juvenile owes $160,000 in unpaid child support ... so if the test proves the kid ISN'T his ... he could be off the hook.

Still, Juvenile tells us he "highly doubts" the test will come back negative ... and says, "I love my son to death ... I hope the test proves that he is mine." more on this story

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WWE Star Maven Huffman To Seek Treatment for Addiction
(TMZ) Former WWE superstar Maven Huffman has agreed to seek professional help in the hopes of kicking his prescription drug addiction ... and he's getting some help from his old pals at the WWE.

Maven's attorney, James Flynn, tells TMZ ... the 35-year-old has agreed to participate in the WWE's "Former Talent Rehab Program" ... after he was arrested last month for wrongfully obtaining more than 1000 pills of prescription painkillers.

"Yes, Maven is planning on working with the WWE and he was really impressed by their gesture to assist him" ... the lawyer tells us.

As we previously reported, the WWE says it will pay for 100% of any rehab or treatment program for former WWE wrestlers ... as long as the wrestler wants the help.

Maven's attorney adds, "It is Maven's sincere hope to use his experience to aid in the prevention of substance abuse and serve as an example to his fellow wrestlers and community at large."

"Maven would also like his supporters to know that he is humbled by the outpouring of support he has received over the past week and he sincerely apologizes to any of his family members, friends, and fans who have had to read the press surrounding recent events.'

Maven's lawyer says the wrestler is NOT admitting any criminal wrongdoing ... but says he "intends to cooperate with local law enforcement agencies to reach a timely resolution to the matter."

A rep for the WWE tells us, "We wish Maven nothing but the best." more on this story

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Jennifer Lopez Rents Public Beach For The Day
(TMZ) Jennifer Lopez paid nearly a grand to rent out a public beach in L.A. last weekend ... to keep the riffraff away from her family and children.

Sources tell TMZ, Jennifer forked over $925 to the city of Long Beach to rent out Marine Beach on Saturday -- 3,400 feet of shoreline -- just for her, her kids, her BF Casper Smart and other family and friends.

To keep out the riffraff, we're told lifeguards marked off the water using buoys -- and kept the beach gates locked.

We're told J.Lo and co. brought their own jet skis for awesome fun times -- and even hired a wakeboard instructor.

Meanwhile, a bunch of sad locals stayed home and played with dirt. more on this story

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Woman Strips Naked at Denver Airport
(TMZ) The TSA had their hands full at Denver International Airport yesterday morning ... when a woman stripped down naked in the middle of the terminal ... and TMZ has a photo of the bizarre incident.

Sources at the scene tell us ... the woman had been smoking a cigarette in a non-smoking area inside Concourse B around 8:45 AM ... with her clothes on ... when airport staffers asked her to put out her butt.

That's when the woman inexplicably took off all of her clothes ... and nonchalantly asked the airport staffer if she could reprint her boarding pass.

Airport security responded to the scene ... but according to FOX31, the woman was not arrested -- instead she was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. See the photo here.

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Fire Sale For Lamar Odom's Dallas Mavericks Merch
(TMZ) Lamar Odom's Dallas Mavericks jersey is barely worth the fabric it's printed on -- at least according to the team's flagship merch store, which is dumping all Odom gear ... for dirt cheap.

Distributors for the Dallas Mavericks Ultimate Fan Shop tell TMZ, the moment Lamar's exit was announced they busted out clearance signs ... and slashed prices in an effort to unload every last remnant of #7(ironic) merchandise.

As you can see by our photo-enhancing skills -- the jerseys originally sold for $110 dollars a pop, but then dropped to $89.99. Now, the jerseys are going for a paltry $44.99. All other Odom merchandise was similarly marked down.

But it's not exactly helping sales -- we're told the store has only hocked TWO of the jerseys collector's items since cutting prices. more on this story

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Said To Be At Peace With Divorce
(TMZ) Arnold Schwarzenegger would like Maria Shriver to take him back, but he's not holding out hope and is at peace with the likely end of his marriage ... sources very close to the actor tell TMZ.

As TMZ first reported, Maria has waffled on divorcing her hubby, partly because he still has a strong emotional hold on her and partly because divorce runs counter to her religion. But we're told as time passes and both Arnold and Maria have created separate lives, divorce is looking more certain.

We're told Arnold believes Maria's friends have done everything they can to poison the waters, imploring Maria to stay clear of him.

And our sources say Arnold and Maria are already "very close" in working out a financial settlement.

Whatever they decide, we're told both Arnold and Maria are in lockstep over one thing -- making the break up as painless as possible for their kids. more on this story

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