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Melania & Barron Trump O Christmas Tree ... O Damn, That's a Big Christmas Tree!

11/20/2017 3:57 PM PST

The Trumps are going full Griswold for the holidays, 'cause they just got a Christmas tree even Chevy Chase might consider too big. Might.

Melania and Barron Trump stood by Monday as the White House holiday tree was delivered by horse-drawn carriage. We're told it comes in at a whopping 19.5 feet in length. 

The tree is a Wisconsin-grown Balsam fir provided by the Chapman family of Silent Night Evergreens. They won a national contest for the honor this year. 

It's tradition for the First Lady to decorate the tree based on a theme of her choosing ... and Melania seems to be giving her first one some serious thought.

No pressure!  

Roy Halladay Crash Report Wild Flying Patterns Dangerously Close to Homes

11/20/2017 2:57 PM PST
Breaking News

Roy Halladay was flying dangerously close to homes -- and making wild turns and adjustments in altitude -- moments before his fatal crash ... this according to the NTSB. 

The National Transportation Safety Board released the preliminary report regarding the Nov. 7 crash in Florida that killed the former MLB pitcher. 

GPS data obtained from the plane shows Halladay was climbing and diving around the crash site -- and at one point, flew "as close as 75 feet to the Gulf Harbor South Beach houses."

The report also references video of Halladay's plane taken before the crash which shows the aircraft flying around 10 feet above the water. Unclear if the report is referencing the video obtained by TMZ Sports, but the description is very similar

One witness also told the NTSB that he saw the plane perform a 300 to 500 foot climb before heading "a 45 degree nose-down attitude." 

The witness says he then saw the plane crash into the water and "nose over."

The plane was recovered for inspection -- and investigators say the parachute was NOT deployed. 

The report says Roy had only taken delivery of the plane on Oct. 10 ... just 28 days before the crash. 

Halladay was 40. 

Roger Ailes, Rupert Murdoch Lawsuit Settled Shareholders Claimed Harassment Cover-up

11/20/2017 2:25 PM PST
Breaking News

Roger Ailes, the late CEO of FOX News, engaged in a campaign to cover up sexual harassment and racial discrimination, according to a lawsuit filed by shareholders ... which has just been settled. 

According to docs, obtained by TMZ, Ailes paid former FOX employee Laurie Luhn $3.15 million in 2011 to keep quiet about 2 decades worth of allegations ... which include sexual harassment at the hands of Ailes himself.

The suit also alleges a similar cover-up with Gretchen Carlson -- claiming she was paid $20 mil and given a public apology to settle the sexual harassment lawsuit she'd filed against Ailes. The shareholders call out Ailes for his alleged treatment of Megyn Kelly, too. According to the docs, Ailes made sexually charged comments about her lingerie, and offered her promotions in exchange for sexual favors.

The suit was filed Monday against Ailes' estate, FOX CEO Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan, who are also FOX honchos. FOX News released a statement, also on Monday, saying a settlement had been reached. FOX News will now form a Workplace Professionalism and Inclusion Council.

The panel's purpose is improving reporting of misconduct, and recruiting and advancing female and minority employees.

All in all, the suit claimed 21st Century FOX has paid more than $55 million to settle sexual harassment and discrimination suits. It also points out dozens of advertisers have run for the hills since the Bill O'Reilly scandal broke -- including Bank of America and BMW, which cost FOX more than $3 million.

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Tyrese Judge Says No More Corporal Punishment

11/20/2017 1:27 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tyrese may have regained 50/50 custody of his daughter, but turns out there were strings attached.

The judge issued a series of conditions, including:

-- Neither Tyrese nor Norma Gibson can use corporal punishment in disciplining 10-year-old Shayla.

-- Tyrese must take parenting classes focused on appropriate disciplining of his daughter.

-- Both Tyrese and Norma must enroll in "high conflict parenting classes."

-- Tyrese and Shayla must enroll in joint therapy with a psychologist. Shayla must also undergo individual counseling.

According to the order, Tyrese has Shayla for both XMAS and New Year's -- and all of his visits with her must be spent in Southern California ... until April 30.

As we reported, Norma claimed Tyrese brutally disciplined their daughter, but the judge didn't buy it.

Fred Goldman I Wanna See O.J. in Court Now ... He's Getting Rich, I Know It!!!

11/20/2017 1:25 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ron Goldman's father is demanding O.J. Simpson get before a judge ASAP ... because he's concerned Simpson is pocketing cash he owes to the Goldman and Brown families.

In docs obtained by TMZ ... Fred Goldman says the first available hearing date isn't until July 3, 2018 ... which he says is way too far away. He believes in that 7-month span O.J. "could flood the market with sports memorabilia" and try to keep all the money for himself.

O.J. responded in his own docs, saying the secret autograph session he held in October was a one-off ... and he's just trying to "readjust to civilian life." O.J. says even though he's had a lot of money-making offers ... he's rejected all of them except for that one autograph sesh.

We broke the story ... Fred filed docs to divert any money Simpson made from any interviews, shows, presentations or exhibitions to help pay down the $70 million wrongful death judgment he owes.

Charlie Rose Accused of Sexual Harassment ... He Apologizes

11/20/2017 2:21 PM PST
Breaking News

2:56 PM PT -- CBS News has suspended Rose and PBS will halt production and distribution of his show.

Charlie Rose -- one of the most famous journalists in the country -- has just been accused of sexual harassment ... and he's apologizing for the alleged behavior.

The Washington Post published a story Monday in which 8 women accused the reporter of varying types of misconduct -- including groping their breasts, buttocks or genitals, walking around naked in front of them or making lewd phone calls. 5 women stayed anonymous.

The allegations go back as far as the late 1990s up to as recently as 2011. One woman, Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, says Rose would consistently walk around naked in front of her while she was his personal assistant in the 2000s, adding he'd often call to describe fantasies about her.

Rose released a statement to the Post apologizing for the behavior, saying "It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate."

He adds he always felt he was pursuing shared feelings, but says he realizes he was mistaken.

White House: Trump Wasn't Serious About Leaving UCLA Players In China

11/20/2017 1:27 PM PST
Breaking News

Reeeeelax ... Donald Trump's mouthpiece says POTUS was only tweeting "rhetorically" when suggesting he should have left LaVar Ball's son in a Chinese jail. 

Yep. 

Sarah Huckabee Sanders just addressed the media ... and was asked about Trump's tweets in which he said LaVar was "unaccepting" of what he did for LiAngelo Ball and said, "I should have left them in jail."

When questioned at Monday's White House news conference, SHS said, "It was a rhetorical response to a criticism by the father."

"Frankly it didn't seem like the father wanted the President to intervene which I think would've been a sad thing if he hadn't."

She also said Trump was "happy to intervene" ... "I think the President was happy to see the release of these individuals and have them back in the United States."

Pat Houston Whitney Would've Been Proud Of Xtina's AMA Tribute

11/20/2017 1:00 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Christina Aguilera's tribute to Whitney Houston during Sunday's AMAs was heartfelt, lovely and fabulous ... according to Whitney's sister-in-law.

We got Pat Houston at LAX and asked what she thought of folks hating on Christina's performance -- with some even suggesting it made P!nk cringe.

Pat's not buying that -- in fact, she says the homage was "amazing." According to her, the only opinions that matter are Christina's and Whit's fam ... and it sounds like she nailed the latter.

As for P!nk's apparent reaction, Pat's got an explanation. Hint ... what does everyone do right before they cry?

Colin Kaepernick Speaks with Meek Mill 'He's In Good Spirits'

11/20/2017 12:24 PM PST
Breaking News

Meek Mill had a celebrity phone call during his time in prison -- speaking with Colin Kaepernick -- and he gave the QB a message to spread to his supporters.

"Spoke to Meek Mill & he wanted ppl to know regardless of his unjust situation, he’s in good spirits & humbled by the support the people have shown him," Colin tweeted. 

"We'll continue to fight against the harsh sentencing practices that have affected Meek & millions of other POC for generations."

Colin had spoken out against Meek's sentence -- claiming 2 to 4 years in prison is way too harsh for a non-violent probation violation. 

Meek was locked up earlier this month stemming from a conviction in a 2008 drug and weapons case

Debra Tate I Told Roman Polanski Manson was Dead

11/20/2017 11:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

11:36 AM PST -- Roman Polanski's attorney, Harland Braun, tells TMZ ... "The murder of Polanski's wife and unborn son still remains too painful for him to make a statement. He hopes someday to correct the legal proceedings in L.A. so that he can visit their graves at Holy Cross Cemetery."

Roman Polanski -- who was married to Sharon Tate when the Manson Family slaughtered her and their unborn child -- remained deeply involved in the Manson case right up until Manson's death.

Debra Tate tells us, as soon as she got word from the prison that Manson was dead, she contacted the famed director. She says he's been closely following the machinations of the Manson case, especially the various parole hearings.

Debra also surprisingly says Manson is the lesser of the evils in the notorious Family.

Georgia Dome Implosion WTF ... Get Outta the Way, Bus!

11/20/2017 11:28 AM PST

The Georgia Dome was imploded this week after 25 historic years of hosting sporting events -- and 1 guy had a front row seat ... until a damn bus got in his way.

Just as the explosives began to go off Monday morning in Atlanta, a cameraman for The Weather Channel got his view obstructed by a local bus ... and he lost his cool.

His reaction is pretty freakin' hilarious, but also understandable. Aside from the usual reasons to hate city buses ... this poor sap now has a new one, and for good cause too.

Next stop ... frustration.

Malia Obama Gets Her Pregame Makeout On For Harvard-Yale Game

11/20/2017 9:53 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Malia Obama's gonna remember her first Harvard-Yale football game -- and so is the guy she made out with during the tailgate party!

Barack and Michelle's oldest was pregaming with friends Saturday outside the Yale Bowl in New Haven, CT, and wound up kissing a mystery guy who seemed to be pulling for Harvard, too ... based on his crimson tee.

The makeout sesh is no big deal -- just a freshman doing what freshmen do -- but the fact Malia lit up a cigarette might not sit well with mom and pop. Remember, Michelle famously disapproved of Barack smoking.

We'll say this though ... Malia made out a lot better than her team. Harvard got crushed 24-3.

Go Crimson!

Surf Legend Bethany Hamilton Pregnant Swell-Shreddin' (Don't Worry, She's Good)

11/20/2017 11:32 AM PST

Here's surf legend Bethany Hamilton gearin' up for her 3rd trimester -- by carving up the swells in Hawaii like a total badass!!

Bethany famously returned to pro surfing after losing her left arm in a shark attack ... so hanging 10 with a 6-month-old fetus seems pretty tame in comparison.

The kid is due in March -- and Bethany's 2-year-old son, Tobias, is pretty stoked to be a big brother ... as you can see in their adorable announcement video.

Congrats!

More than thankful to share our joyous news!!! #babyinthere #babyonboard✨🎉❤️

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