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Brooklyn Nets Star Caris LeVert Suffers Gruesome Injury ... Stretchered Off Court

11/12/2018 6:57 PM PST
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Brooklyn Nets star Caris LeVert suffered a nasty leg injury Monday night that was reminiscent of the injury that sidelined Gordon Hayward for an entire season.

LeVert landed awkwardly after going up to attempt to block the Timberwolves' Josh Okogie and appears to have snapped his ankle. You can see how much pain he's in right away as he covers his face. LeVert had to be taken off the court by stretcher. 

The injury is eerily similar to the one Hayward suffered last year during his debut with the Celtics. Hayward also landed awkwardly on his ankle, and had to undergo surgery to recover. 

LeVert's injury is undoubtedly a season-ending one. There's been no official update on the severity of the break, but it's a huge loss for the Nets, who were 6-7 going into Monday's game.

Lorde on Kid Cudi & Kanye Y'all Stole My Floating Glass Box ... Not Cool, Bros

11/12/2018 6:34 PM PST

6:28 PM PT -- Kanye just announced he will NOT be releasing his "Yandhi" album on Nov. 23 as he'd previously told us, and the decision seems to be tied to his performance with Cudi. In a tweet, Ye says ... "It felt so good being on the stage last night with my brother Cudi. After performing again, I realize the new album I’ve been working on isn’t ready yet. I’ll announce the release date once it’s done. Thank you for understanding." If that means more collabs with KC ... we're not mad.

Lorde is calling out Kid Cudi and Kanye West for allegedly stealing her idea to perform in a floating glass box -- something she did BEFORE Cudi and Ye.

The "Green Light" singer posted photos on her Instagram story Monday, displaying her floating glass box stage design along with the one KC and KW used Sunday night during their Camp Flog Gnaw performance in L.A. The 2 are almost identical. 

She captioned one of her pics with clear disapproval, saying ... "I'm proud of the work I do and it's flattering when other artists feel inspired by it, to the extent that they choose to try it on themselves." She continues ... "But don't steal -- not from women or anyone else -- not in 2018 or ever."

Lorde put dancers in her floating box, and even hopped in there herself during her 2017 international "Melodrama" tour. She also used the stage prop during her 2017 Coachella performance.

You may recall ... Kanye was the first big artist to use a floating platform stage during a concert, which was a highlight of the "Saint Pablo Tour" of 2016.  It's not the same as Lorde's, but, one could argue, Kanye is the OG of suspended stages.

Originally Published -- 6:34 PM PST   

Cristiano Ronaldo Takes GF & Son To Tennis Match Amid Rape Allegations

11/12/2018 3:56 PM PST
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Cristiano Ronaldo took his longtime girlfriend and son out to catch a tennis match Monday -- sittin' in plain sight so everybody could see he ain't the evil monster he's been accused of bein'.

CR7, Georgina Rodriguez and Cristiano Jr. hit up the Novak Djokovic-John Isner match at the ATP Finals at O2 Arena in London ... and the soccer superstar made sure he was front and center.

He playfully patted his son's head ... paid attention to his longtime girlfriend -- and looked nothing like a man who's been accused of rape.

Of course ... CR7 is, in fact, facing those allegations -- with a woman suing the soccer legend, saying he sexually assaulted her in his penthouse suite back in 2009.

But, Cristiano's vehemently denied those allegations ... calling them "fake news" and saying, "Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in."

Clearly ... Ronaldo's making every attempt to keep proving that point -- both to his family and in the court of public opinion.

Liam Hemsworth Visits What's Left of Malibu Home Torched by CA Wildfires

11/12/2018 3:52 PM PST

2:24 PM PT -- Liam returned to ground zero to visit what's left of his and Miley's home in Malibu. He toured the area with his brother, Luke. It appears the brothers have joined the recovery efforts ... riding around wearing a respirator to protect them from the poor air quality.

Miley Cyrus understandably says she's devastated after becoming one of the thousands of Californians who lost their homes in the wildfires around the state.

Miley says she, along with fiance Liam Hemsworth and their pets, escaped safely but the house has been reduced to rubble.

She tweeted, "I am one of the lucky ones. My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that's all that matters right now. My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong." 

Gerard Butler and Camille Grammer also lost their Malibu homes over the weekend.

At least 177 homes have been destroyed in SoCal by the fires and, in Northern California, more than 6,000 homes were lost -- in fact the entire town of Paradise has been wiped off the map.

At least 31 people have died from the fires. 

Originally Published -- 6:00 AM PST

Morrissey Wasn't Attacked Onstage Overzealous Fan Went in for Hug

11/12/2018 6:06 PM PST
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11/12 -- Morrissey's manager, Peter Katsis, has cleared up the alleged attack on Morrissey, saying it wasn't an attack at all ... just an overzealous fan. Katsis says the guy was attempting what Morrissey fans have been doing for years -- trying to touch or hug the man himself. He adds that this fan was a bit aggressive, and that's why security subdued him. But, Katsis says no one was hurt or arrested. Hell ... the fan even thanked Morrissey, saying he's got nothing but love for "El Jefe."

Morrissey was swept off stage Saturday night after a bunch of concertgoers rushed the stage.

It went down at the San Diego Symphony Hall, as the singer was about to do an encore at the end of his performance. One of the people who rushed him struck Morrissey ... it appears the guy struck him in the face.

Morrissey left the stage and never came back. People in the crowd waited a while but when it became apparent the show was over for good ... they left.

The guy who struck Morrissey was taken off stage in a chokehold. We do not know if he was arrested.

We don't know if Morrissey was injured during the attack.

He usually does a meet and greet after his concerts, but this time he left without any interaction.

Originally Published -- 11/11 8:06 AM PST  

California Wildfires Hundreds of Animals Saved ... In Massive Rescue Effort

11/12/2018 1:32 PM PST
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Hundreds of scared animals were helplessly fending for themselves in the midst of the raging California wildfires, that is until an army of humans descended on the ravaged areas to save them.

Check out the video ... tortoises, sheep, a llama, a rabbit, a mini-horse, chickens and an alpaca are all beneficiaries of the rescue effort.

There were scores of horses that had to be abandoned because their owners almost had to immediately evacuate. Many of the horses were tagged and let free, with the hope they would find their way to safety and then reunite with their owners.

It was treacherous work trying to save the animals ... many of which were scared and skittish.

A number of groups, including the Animal Hope and Wellness foundation had volunteers out and about trying to save the helpless creatures.

Former Playboy Playmate Jayde Nicole was among the cadre of volunteers, and she describes the difficulties of the rescue effort. 

Stan Lee Dead at 95

11/12/2018 10:39 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Stan Lee, the man responsible for much of the Marvel Universe, has died ... Stan's daughter tells TMZ.

We're told an ambulance rushed to Lee's Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning and he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. We're told that's where he died.

Lee had suffered several illnesses over the last year or so -- he had a bout of pneumonia and vision issues.

Stan started Marvel with Jack Kirby in 1961 with The Fantastic Four. He went on to create Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man and The Avengers.

Stan made cameo appearances in many of the Marvel movies.

Lee had a rocky relationship with Marvel once the company went full-tilt Hollywood. He sued the company in 2002 for royalties he said he was owed for the first "Spider-Man" movie. Three years later he settled the case for $10 million.

"Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse" is the latest installment of the film's franchise and will be released next month.

Lee is survived by his daughter, J.C. His wife of 69 years, Joan, died in 2017.

J.C. tells TMZ, "My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man."

Lee was 95.

RIP

Stanley the Giraffe Doing Just Fine!!! ... But PETA is Furious

11/12/2018 11:59 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Stanley the Giraffe is standing tall and doing perfectly okay ... contrary to reports the famous exotic animal was harmed during the devastating California wildfires. But, not everyone's buying it.

A rep at Malibu Wine Safaris tells TMZ ... Stanley was moved out of his enclosure just after midnight Friday to a stable away from the fires. The move paid off big-time because the fires reached the property early Saturday morning.

Contrary to rumors ... Stanley's eyelashes were not burned.

Whitney Cummings posted a pic showing how close the fire came to Stanley's enclosure ... but we're told the fire never penetrated Stanley's safe area. BTW, a news chopper spotted Stanley Monday morning doing okay.

The comedian has spent the weekend blasting Malibu Wine Safaris, claiming it never moved Stanley out of its enclosure. In lengthy posts on Instagram, Whitney said she even found an injured pig not being looked after.

What's more ... a rep for PETA tells TMZ the org's demanding authorities investigate reports that at least some of the animals may be unaccounted for and check their condition. Lisa Lange, a senior veep with PETA, says, "It is unconscionable for any facility that keeps animals under lock and key not to have an emergency plan that allows for their immediate evacuation when one is called for."

The rep for Malibu Wine tells us the owner met with Whitney on the property and she visited the site twice to see for herself. For her part, Whitney says she's been getting conflicting information on the safari's evacuation plans. The rep tells us it followed all proper protocols.

A-Rod Lists Hollywood Hills Bachelor Pad ... After Condo Buy w/ J Lo

11/12/2018 1:24 PM PST

Alex Rodriguez is shedding one of the last remnants of his bachelor life now that he's shacking up with Jennifer Lopez in NYC.

A-Rod's listed his Hollywood Hills spread for a cool $6.5 million after buying it from Meryl Streep in 2014 for $4.8 mil. It's a beaut too -- the two-story architectural wonder features a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, a chef's kitchen and a courtyard-style backyard with a pool and spa.

The property is known as the Honnold & Rex Research House, as it was built in the '50s as part of an architectural research program that encouraged inventive designs. Translation: It's pretty unique and cool-looking. 

Luckily for the ex-MLB star, he's got a sweet new pad with his bae in Manhattan -- a swanky high-rise condo they swooped up earlier this year for a little over $15 mil.

Nothing says "it's serious" like real estate commitments.

Juan Gabriel Cálmense, Dad's Definitely Not Alive ... Says His Manager Son

11/12/2018 12:46 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

If you were one of the people who thought "No puede ser" after a rumor surfaced that Juan Gabriel is not actually dead ... congrats, you were 100% right.

One of Juan's sons, Ivan Aguilera, who actually served as his dad's manager for the last 8 years of Juan's life, tells us the claim -- made by a man named Joaquin Munoz that Juan faked his death and is alive and well -- is complete BS. Ivan tells us squarely ... his dad is deceased.

He held his father's cremated remains at a memorial service back in 2016.

Munoz claimed to be Juan's ex-manager and told a Mexican news outlet last week the Latin singer was alive at home and had faked his sudden death. That story was picked up by other outlets ... and, suddenly, the buzz was Juan was going to surface by the end of 2018.

Juan's former attorney and rep for his estate, Guillermo Pous, backs Ivan's account ... telling us Munoz never managed Juan. He was just a pal.

Pous thinks Munoz is only peddling this conspiracy theory to sell a new book. Needless to say, Juan's family is pissed, and Pous says they're considering legal action.

FWIW, we obtained Juan Gabriel's death certificate back in 2016. Juan's official cause of death was arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

So, sorry Juan Gabriel fans ... he will NOT be in the studio recording a Tupac collab anytime soon. 

Lady Gaga Lifts Spirits at Wildfire Shelter 'Keep the Faith, Together'

11/12/2018 10:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lady Gaga is putting her heart and soul into helping people driven from their homes by the California wildfires -- and she delivered an emotional speech to evacuees.

Gaga, who herself was forced to flee her Malibu home, showed up Sunday evening at a Red Cross shelter at Pacific Palisades High School, and told the displaced crowd, "I extend my love ... I know we do not know each other, but I love you. This is an emergency, but you are not alone."

She encouraged everyone to take advantage of mental health counselors on the premises, and to "share your stories and talk to each other during this time."

Gaga's home has reportedly survived the flames, so far, but it's obvious the danger of the Woolsey fire is taking an emotional toll.

We're told she spent about 90 minutes at the shelter. She took photos, handed out gift cards, and even sang to a 98-year-old woman who'd been evacuated. 

As Gaga put it, "Let's keep the faith, together."

There's no doubt her time and words were greatly appreciated, and effective in lifting spirits.

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Bar Tragedy Cop Shoots Security Guard Who Apprehended Shooter ... Mom Files Suit

11/12/2018 10:21 AM PST
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10:21 AM PT -- Jemel's mother, Beatrice Roberson, filed a lawsuit Monday morning against the police officer who killed her son.

In the suit, she says the shooting was unprovoked, unjustified and "excessive and unreasonable." 

She's suing the officer as well as the Village of Midlothian, and she's demanding damages in excess of $1 million.A security guard who took down a man who opened fire in a bar was shot dead by a cop who responded to the 911 call.

Jemel Roberson was working security at Manny's Blue Room Bar Sunday at 4 AM in a Chicago suburb when several drunk patrons were ordered out. The guys left, came back with a gun and opened fire.  

Roberson returned the fire and apprehended one of the men. Roberson placed his knee in the gunman's back and point a gun at him to stay still. An officer who responded to the 911 call fired at Roberson ... shooting him dead.

One of the bar patrons who witnessed the shooting said the cops "saw a black man with a gun, and basically killed him."

Roberson was a musician who played at several Chicago-area churches and wanted to become a police officer.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office has opened a criminal investigation into the bar shooting.

A GoFundMe account was established to pay for the 26-year-old Roberson's burial.

Story originally published 10:02 AM PT

Kim & Kanye Hire Private Firefighters ... Save Neighbors' Homes Too

11/12/2018 9:36 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting major props from their neighbors for staving off the devastating Woolsey wildfire ... with the help of their private team of firefighters.

TMZ broke the story, the blaze started to creep up on Kim and Kanye's Hidden Hills mansion Friday after a mandatory evacuation of the area. The couple's home sits at the end of a cul-de-sac and borders a field -- meaning if their place went up in flames, it would start a domino effect on the whole neighborhood. 

Sources tell us Kim and Kanye hired a private team to battle the flames on their property. The team was armed with hoses, and also tirelessly dug ditches to create a fire break.

Ultimately, they successfully saved the Wests' $60 million house... and countless others on the block. We spoke with a few neighbors who are thanking the Wests for putting a team on the front lines and saving their homes.

As we reported -- Kim posted video of the fires as she flew into L.A. Thursday -- the family stayed at a nearby hotel during the evacuations. 

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