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James Franco No Oscar Nom, No Prob!!!

1/23/2018 5:08 PM PST

James Franco's still getting by with a little help from his friends after Hollywood snubbed him for an Oscar nomination.

Franco did lunch with Jeff Garlin Tuesday at Joan's on Third. Based on their bro hug as they left, we'd say the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and 'Goldbergs' star was supporting James ... hours after he, shockingly, did NOT get an Oscar nomination.

We're guessing the sexual assault allegations against Franco also came up over the meal, since it's pretty clear that's what swayed Motion Picture Academy voters.

A friend in need ... 

Gloria Allred James Franco's Not Innocent 'Til Proven Guilty ... For Oscars

1/23/2018 4:29 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

James Franco getting shut out at the Oscars may have a simple explanation -- Academy voters are buying his accuser's story that he's been a sexual predator ... this according to Gloria Allred.

Gloria -- who btw never mentions James by name -- tells TMZ ...this is not a criminal case where people get a presumption of innocence. She says Academy voters can conclude whatever they want based on whatever evidence they believe.

Does James have any recourse? Gloria almost gleefully says ...NOPE.

Elizabeth Warren Men Can't Work Without Women ... Relax, Soderbergh

1/23/2018 2:46 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says director Steven Soderbergh's got nothing to worry about when it comes to a potential #MeToo backlash against women in the workplace.

We got Senator Warren Tuesday on Capitol Hill where she addressed Soderbergh's concern that men might just stop hiring women, instead of changing their own behavior.

She's super confident women will persist -- much like herself -- and lays out exactly what they have to offer. As the Senator put it to us ... "women been gettin' it done for a long time."

Joey Fatone No 'NSYNC Reunion at the Super Bowl And Don't Bank on Janet

1/23/2018 1:15 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Joey Fatone is tearin' up the hearts of 'NSYNC fans across the country -- officially shutting down all hope of a Super Bowl 52 reunion with Justin Timberlake.

"I'm here right now," Joey told TMZ Sports outside Delilah over the weekend. "If I was doing something, I'd be at rehearsals right now ... there's your proof."

Remember ... we spoke to Fatone before JT signed on for the Big Game -- and at the time, he said an 'NSYNC halftime show could happen if a few things fell into place.

Joey insists those plans never materialized -- and JT will be rollin' solo next Sunday in Minnesota.

Fatone also told us why he thinks Janet Jackson didn't get a Super Bowl call-back ... you're gonna wanna hear his explanation.

Chicago West Birth Certificate Out

1/23/2018 12:24 PM PST

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West already revealed the name of their third child -- Chicago West -- but now we've got her birth certificate.

According to the doc -- obtained by TMZ -- Chicago was indeed born at 12:47 AM on January 15 and weighed in at 7 lbs. 6 oz.

The delivery doctor is listed as Dr. Paul Crane ... who also delivered North and Saint -- as well as just about every other Kardashian.

As we first reported, the birth was via surrogate. 

Nelly Accuser Wants Judge to Order ... Don't Sexually Assault Women

1/23/2018 12:01 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The woman who accused Nelly of raping her has gone to court and asked a judge to order him not to do to other women what she says he did to her.

Monique Greene filed new legal docs in her lawsuit against the rapper, in which she is asking for an injunction against both Nelly and -- seriously -- his penis.  

Greene describes in detail Nelly's MO in what she says is a plot to sexually assault women. She says he seeks out "beautiful women of color" at his concerts, typically "with beautiful faces and curvy figures." She says a member of his entourage will invite the women and friends backstage. She says Nelly "is particularly attracted to women who were resistant."

She says at some point Nelly will begin masturbating in front of the women "with the expectation that presenting himself would entitle him to sexual gratification and that the women were drawn to and could not resist his penis." She says if a woman resists he "sexually accosts and/or assaults her" and this includes ejaculating on the woman's body.

Greene says she is aware of at least 2 other women who she says suffered the same fate as her with the rapper.  She describes in detail that Nelly allegedly put his hand up the dress of one of the women.  Greene says the other woman told her Nelly forced her to perform oral sex on him and called her a c*** when she broke free. 

We reached out to Nelly's rep ... so far no word back. 

Kim Kardashian Flashes Killer Bod!

1/23/2018 12:00 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Kim Kardashian's body always gets ya coming and going ... but this little see-through dress sure kicked things up a notch.

Kim was on the beach flashing her nearly flawless figure Monday in Malibu ... a week after she and Kanye West announced their surrogate gave birth to their third child, Chicago.

Kim was on the beach for a photo shoot ... all smiles and chatty with the crew. Sure didn't seem to mind being exposed, based on her huge grin. But then again ... Kim's been teasing us for a while now.

Enzo Amore Accuser Speaks Out 'I Said 'No' Countless Times'

1/23/2018 11:54 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The woman who claims she was raped by WWE superstar Enzo Amore tells TMZ Sports ... she repeatedly told the wrestler to back off and leave her alone -- but he refused to stop. 

We spoke with Philomena Sheahan -- who gave us permission to publish her name and her face -- and she laid out her allegations she made to police against Amore, real name Eric Arndt. 

Sheahan claims Amore was hitting on her hard in a Phoenix hotel room on Oct. 19 -- and tried to slow him down ... telling him, "I want to get to know you first."

But Amore allegedly blew right past consent and got very aggressive -- ripping off Sheahan's tights and raping her in various parts of the hotel room. 

"I said 'no' countless times," Sheahan said ... "I just kept saying 'No.'"

Sheahan said she was crying as she begged him to stop, but he threw her on a bed instead -- and she hit her head so hard, she passed out. 

Amore, according to Sheahan, continued to restrain her and pushed forward with the sexual assault. 

A few days later, Sheahan says she spoke with Phoenix PD and cops opened an investigation into Amore. 

The WWE has since released Amore from the organization. 

Multiple attempts to reach Amore for comment have been unsuccessful. 

Stormy Daniels Axed From Las Vegas Club

1/23/2018 11:54 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The U.S. government isn't the only thing getting shut down ... Stormy Daniels just got the plug pulled on one of her upcoming club gigs.

Stormy had an appearance lined up at Chateau Nightclub in Las Vegas this Friday, but the club canceled it Tuesday morning. 

The gig coincided with the AVN adult entertainment expo in town over the weekend, which would seem like clever marketing for both Stormy and the club, but sources close to Stormy tell us the club didn't want the same media attention as the South Carolina strip club Stormy performed in over the weekend.

As we previously reported, Stormy's got gigs lined up through June after her alleged fling with the Prez made her a hot commodity, but it appears most are still going on as planned. 

In other good news, Stormy's Instagram account is back up and running. 

50 Cent Rakes in Millions Thanks to Bitcoin!!

1/23/2018 11:41 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

50 Cent took a chance on bitcoin years before anyone knew what cryptocurrency even was ... and it's paid off more than 7 million times over.

Rewind to 2014 and 50's album, "Animal Ambition," when the rapper became the first to accept bitcoin -- which was then valued at around $662/bitcoin -- as payment for his work. We're told customers could get a copy of the album for just a fraction of a whole bitcoin.

Our sources say "Animal Ambition" pulled in about 700 bitcoin in sales ... over $400k. We're told the cryptocurrency sat dormant in his account for years. 

Fast-forward to today -- when bitcoin's value has fluctuated between $10k and $12k per coin. Turns out 50 is a money genius ... sitting on anywhere between $7 million and $8.5 million.

The market has steadily declined over the last few weeks, so 50 might wanna think about unloading soon while the gettin's still good.

Steve Wilkos Hospitalized After Gnarly Car Wreck

1/23/2018 11:08 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Steve Wilkos is lucky to be alive after a car crash sent the talk show host and former Jerry Springer bodyguard to the hospital.

Law enforcement sources in Darien, Connecticut tell us Wilkos was involved in a single-car accident Sunday afternoon. We're told his vehicle struck several poles and a tree before ending up on its side ... Wilkos was transported to a local hospital for his injuries but has since been discharged.

Wilkos tells TMZ he typically wears glasses when he drives, but he was not wearing them before the crash. He says he was reaching for his glasses to put them on when he hit the curb and then struck the poles and a tree. Wilkos says he never drinks or does drugs.

Wilkos tells us he's pretty beat up but will be ok. In a terrible coincidence, Wilkos says the same day he crashed, his audio guy on the show and the crew member's wife were driving in the same area when they crashed -- both were killed. Production is set to start back up in a few days.

Wilkos found his fame as Jerry Springer's bodyguard on the popular talk show before creating his own show -- "The Steve Wilkos Show" -- in 2007.

Police tell us the crash remains an "active and open investigation."

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1/22/2018 10:45 AM PST

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Enzo Amore Fired By WWE In Wake of Rape Allegations

1/23/2018 10:51 AM PST
Breaking News

The WWE has officially "released" superstar Enzo Amore in the wake of allegations he raped a woman in Arizona back in October. 

The company issued a statement saying, "WWE has come to terms on the release of Eric Arndt (Enzo Amore)."

As we previously reported, the accuser went public with her story on Monday -- claiming Enzo and two friends got her "f*cked up" in a Phoenix hotel room and Enzo raped her.

The woman filed a report with the Phoenix P.D. Cops are actively investigating.

So far, no word from Enzo. 

Story developing ... 

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