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Demi Lovato Alleged Dealer Busted with Guns and Drugs ... Months Before OD

8/15/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The man who showed up at Demi Lovato's home and allegedly smoked drugs with her hours before her OD is no stranger to the law -- cops nabbed him in a huge bust one month before he connected with the singer.

Brandon Johnson was arrested back in March with a stash of guns, drugs and cash ... according to law enforcement. When cops picked him up in North Hollywood he allegedly had narcotics, a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun and $10k in his pocket.  

Officers then searched Johnson's home and say they discovered more guns, drugs and ammo. He was also arrested in June and charged with DUI and possession of cocaine. 

TMZ broke the story ... Demi had been in contact with Johnson since April, and sources say he had supplied her with drugs.

We're also told Johnson is the man Demi texted to come over at 4 AM the morning she overdosed after freebasing Oxycodone potentially laced with fentanyl.

A source connected to Brandon tells us he's been telling friends he and Demi have had a "romantic relationship." We're also told he denies "dealing" her drugs.

We're told the D.A. has not charged him yet for the March arrest. 

Omarosa Dog, Traitor, Liar ... Whatever, Buy My Book & I'll Be Happy

8/14/2018 6:32 PM PDT

Omarosa is getting called every name in the book for leaking secretly recorded convos with and about Trump --- but you'd never guess she was bothered, based on her pearly whites.

Trump's former aide-turned-foe was seen leaving Trevor Noah's 'Daily Show' set in NYC Tuesday night alongside her husband, John Allen Newman. She was smiling ear-to-ear while exiting the building -- which we'll take to mean her appearance went well.

She certainly had a lot to talk about. From a new tape in which other Trump campaigners discussed alleged audio of the Prez using the n-word, to her Situation Room firing and, of course, Trump calling her a dog ... topics were anything but scant.

Let's not kid ourselves though -- Omarosa is doing a full blitz book tour right now, so you know she's loving the attention, good or bad. As long as it sells ... she's happy.

'Brady Bunch' House Lights, Camera, Action!!! HGTV Starts Shooting New Show

8/15/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

There's a bunch of camera activity at the famed 'Brady Bunch' house -- maybe the most its seen in more than 40 years -- as HGTV begins pre-production for a new TV show about the groovy pad. 

The network started shooting Tuesday at the crib in Studio City, CA ... capturing establishing shots of the exterior, and using a drone for aerial pics. 

Although HGTV's production crews probably aren't getting a warm welcome from pissed off neighbors -- it's full steam ahead with chronicling the redesign of the iconic home. We're told filming notices have been distributed around the block.

As we reported ... HGTV beat out Lance Bass in a bidding war for the property.

We've also learned the house hit the market because the owner died and her family wanted to sell to the highest, most qualified bidder. Kelsey McCallister, the granddaughter of the previous owner, will help produce the show and even hopes to be one of the hosts.

Uniformed guards started standing watch this week outside the property. 

Topher Grace in 'BlacKkKlansman' Mystery Caller Warns ... Your Movie's Bad for Race Relations

8/15/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Topher Grace is getting an ominous warning about his KKK role in the new movie, "BlacKkKlansman," and it's serious enough he's had to get police involved ... TMZ has learned.

Topher got a phone call from someone who called him a gay slur, and warned his role was going to ruin race relations in America ... according to our law enforcement sources. If you haven't seen the movie, Topher plays former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.

We're told Topher described the caller as angry and aggressive. It's unclear how the person tracked down the actor's personal cell phone number. 

Our sources say cops took an incident report, and there's a possibility this could develop into a hate crime investigation ... depending on what, if any, specific threat was made against Topher.

'Last Chance U' Isaiah Wright Gunning for NFL ... After Jail Stint

8/15/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Former "Last Chance U" star Isaiah Wright tells TMZ Sports he's not wasting any time now that he's out of jail -- and still plans to take his football talents to the NFL. 

20-year-old Wright was a superstar running back at East Mississippi Community College -- and was one of the breakout stars in the Netflix docuseries about the school's football team. 

But, his career came to a screeching halt in Sept. 2017 when he was arrested on one 1 count of criminal homicide in the stabbing death of an 18-year-old man.

Wright was adamant he did NOT kill the man -- and after nearly a year behind bars, he was finally released after pleading guilty to the lesser charge of facilitation of aggravated robbery. 

So, what's next for Wright? School and football. 

Wright admits it was a challenge staying in shape during his jail stint but says he's focused on training. Isaiah also says he has 2 years of college eligibility left and hopes to land with a D1 program soon. 

Wright says he's spoken with his former EMCC adviser Brittany Wagner (who was also featured on "Last Chance U") and says he has offered up her support. 

And, the end goal for Wright? 

"The goal is the NFL."

Jada Pinkett Smith 72-Yr-Old Bodybuilder Pal Challenges Will to Push-Up Contest!!!

8/15/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jada Pinkett Smith's new friend is a shredded 72-year-old bodybuilder who is fit to DESTROY Will Smith ... in a push-up contest!!

We talked to Dr. Josefina Monasterio whose determination for body wellness is giving Jada all the feels. We're not sure big Willy will feel the same way as his wife though, now that Josefina's calling him out and challenging him in the gym.

Check it out ... the good doctor has more than push-ups in mind for Will -- and says now that she has Jada's digits, it won't be easy for Will to dodge her challenge.

If you're wondering how she and Jada connected -- Jada recently reposted one of Josefina's videos to her Instagram feed. Some of Jada's fans mistook Josefina for Jada's mom, Adrienne Banfield-Jones (she's not) ... they're both super fit. Anyway, they both set the record straight with a FaceTime hookup.

Guess Who This Pigtail Princess Turned Into!

8/15/2018 12:01 AM PDT

Before this denim doll was a famous model keeping up with the Hollywood good life, she was just another happy gal growing up in Los Angeles, CA. Can you guess who she is?

YG Booted Off Flight Over One Request ... Slim 400 Calls it BS!!!

8/14/2018 4:24 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

YG was sober as a judge when a flight attendant claimed he was drunk and kicked him off a plane Monday night ... according to rapper Slim 400, who was also on the flight. 

Slim, one of YG's artists, says the trouble started when YG asked the American Airlines flight attendant if he could change his seat. He says there was no yelling or cussing ... just a calm request, but still things went south.

He says it only escalated because of the flight attendant's reaction to YG's request. You gotta see his description of what went down. Slim suggests the attendant's attitude was racially motivated because he's positive YG wasn't drunk and shows us why.

As we reported, YG posted a video as he was leaving the plane, claiming the airline was a bunch of "Racist ass muthaf***as." American tells us he was kicked off "due to being intoxicated."

Slim says they had a major hassle after leaving the plane, but another airline eventually stepped up to get them to NYC.

Priyanka Chopra Surprise, Here's My Engagement Ring

8/14/2018 4:53 PM PDT

Nick Jonas' rumored fiancee, Priyanka Chopra, seems to have just put the speculation to bed -- 'cause she's got a big rock on THAT finger ... which may or may not have been meant to be seen publicly. 

Actress Raveena Tandon posted a shot of her with Priyanka Tuesday with Priyanka's left arm wrapped around her neck -- placing her ring finger on full display.

Yep, that's an engagement ring alright ... and it looks like the youngest Jo Bro shelled out big time based on how big it is. Now, we're not jewelers or anything -- but this bling doesn't appear to be as elaborate as the one Joe got for Sophie late last year. 

She said yes.

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Whatevs though. Dude put a ring on it -- and that means Priyanka's officially off the market. Sorry, fellas.

Bruno Mars Hires 4 Acts to Replace Cardi B!!! Ciara, Boyz II Men Join 24K Magic Tour

8/14/2018 3:22 PM PDT
Breaking News

Cardi B's a tough act to follow ... according to Bruno Mars, who just announced he's replacing her spot on his tour with a slew of artists ... including Ciara.

Bruno played the role of hype man -- in a BIG way -- when he finally revealed who's stepping into Cardi's role on the 24K Magic Tour. In addition to Ciara, he's bringing Boyz II Men, Ella Mai ... as well as R&B legend Charlie Wilson (aka Uncle Charlie).

As you know, Cardi pulled out of her opening spot last month on Bruno's upcoming tour, saying it would be too much of a physical and emotional strain so soon after giving birth to Kulture.

The tour kicks off next month in Denver.

And Bruno ... maybe one less cup of coffee?? 

Dru Hill's Smoke E. Digglera 'Internet is Undefeated' ... We Failed Bad at Sneaker Cover-Up!!

8/14/2018 4:03 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Dru Hill's new member ain't even tryin' to lie ... Smoke E. Digglera knows he and the group got busted -- hilariously -- for photoshopping his sneakers, but there's a funny story behind the flub.

Smoke, formerly lead singer for Playa, tells TMZ the mix-up started when he showed up for the photo shoot with Sisqo and the rest of DH, including fellow new member, Static Major. As the Internet immediately figured out ... those white Jordan 1 shoes on his feet were dropped in to cover up his, uhh ... wardrobe malfunction. 

He says a miscommunication on what the shoot was supposed to frame (or not frame, more like) led to a last-minute change in editing ... and the rest is history.

As you probably know, fans roasted the poor Photoshop job with a bunch of "WHAT ARE THOSE?!" memes.

Despite the widespread jokes ... it sounds like Smoke would do it all over again. Comfort over everything, baby!

Shaunie O'Neal Burglars Used Social Media ... To Target Us

8/14/2018 3:54 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Shaunie O'Neal believes the guys who tried to rob her house were definitely using social media to case the joint ... and tells TMZ Sports she's laid down some new rules so it doesn't happen again.

The "Basketball Wives" creator busted some dopes trying to bust into her L.A. house this weekend, and used the Ring home security system to put the fear of God in them, making the would-be burglars retreat.

We talked to Shaquille O'Neal's ex-wife -- and she told us she recognized one of the perps from a previous attempted break-in ... and believes they're using social media to see if the coast is clear.

"I'm assuming though that they are watching social media because the first time he tried we were all in Vegas."

Shaunie says the family has been shaken by the events ... and they've decided to change the way they post to make sure no one knows when they are home, or out on the go.

"That was our family meeting last night -- no more posting current situations. We can't do that."

It wouldn't be the first time it's happened ... celebs like Kim Kardashian have toned down their social media exploits after feeling crooks used it against them, choosing to play it safe so they don't end up sorry.

"If someone really wants to get in your house they have that moment to do that. It's how safe do you really feel?"

Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner Yes, We Like Pina Coladas ... And PDA in the Pool!!!

8/14/2018 2:32 PM PDT

Joe Jonas is celebrating his birthday a little early ... and Sophie Turner's white and wet crop top is certainly making it a much happier occasion.

The middle Jo bro and his fiancee were spotted double fisting fruity drinks Monday in the pool before putting on a steamy PDA display at South Beach's Delano Hotel. Wednesday will be his 29th birthday.

The "Game of Thrones" star's high-cut, 2-piece swimsuit showed off her curves and her tats. Officially, we're told that's a Greer top she's rocking, but we think crop-T-ini (™) is a much more fun name.  

The couple got engaged in October and have been going strong since ... even double dating last month with Priyanka Chopra and Joe's brother, Nick. No word when they're tying the knot, but the world could use another happy 'GoT' wedding.

Happy early bday, Joe!

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