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Chester Bennington Plot Beside Chris Cornell Open Reunion in Death?

7/22/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington might get an eternal resting spot right next to his dear friend, Chris Cornell.

TMZ has learned the burial plot beside Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is available ... and a source at the cemetery tells us they expect Chester's family to call about buying it.

Chester was very close with the Soundgarden frontman ... he performed "Hallelujah" at his funeral, and had a difficult time coping with his death.

We broke the story ... Bennington may have mimicked Cornell's suicide -- they died in eerily similar ways. Bennington also killed himself on what would have been Chris' 53rd birthday.

Flavor Flav Will Give O.J. His Statue Back ... But There's a Catch

7/22/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Good news, bad news for O.J. Simpson ... 

The Good News: Flavor Flav says he's still in possession of Simpson's famous statue of himself (the one featured in "The People Vs. O.J. Simpson") and will gladly give it back to his old friend. 

The Bad News: If Simpson accepts Flav's offer, Fred Goldman could get a judge to force O.J. to sell it immediately to pay off part of the judgement against him in the wrongful death case.

Little backstory ... the statue was seized from Simpson's home and put up for auction in 1999 with the profits going toward paying off the $33.5 million judgement awarded to the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown

The statue was purchased for $3,250 by radio host Mancow Muller -- who later gifted it to Flav

But the Public Enemy rapper says he'd gladly return it to Simpson when he gets out of prison in October ... if Simpson wants it back. 

Flav says he previously tried to return it but O.J. refused the gift -- saying at the time, "They (meaning the Goldmans) would just take it away again."

There could be a TON of money at stake this time around -- Flav has been shopping the statue with a 6-figure price tag. We're told he's received offers close to asking, but so far, no deal has been made.

Stay tuned ... 

Stars and Scars You Be the Judge

7/22/2017 12:40 AM PDT

O.J. Simpson is going to be a free man soon, but not without controversy. And R. Kelly denies claims he's holding young women hostage. So we gotta ask ...

Ronnie from 'Jersey Shore' Medic, Please! VIP Scuffle Cut Me Deep

7/22/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ronnie Magro from 'Jersey Shore' needed stitches to repair his sliced and bloodied hand after a rough night in a Las Vegas club.

TMZ obtained a shot of Ronnie's messed up left mitt -- he walked away from the fight with what looks like 5 lacerations. As we first reported ... Ronnie sustained the injuries early Friday morning in Tao Las Vegas.

Sources connected to Ronnie say he was in VIP when a crowd spilled into the area around him ... and as he tried to shield her, someone threw a bottle or glass which shattered on his hand. A rep for Tao tells a slightly different story -- saying there were no other individuals involved, and Ronnie just accidentally broke a bottle in his hand. 

Either way, Ronnie didn't realize he was cut -- booze numbs, after all -- until his gf pointed out he was bleeding on her. Security at TAO gave him a few bandages and suggested he get stitches.

He initially blew off that advice, but we're told Ronnie gave in Friday afternoon and got stitches.

Master P Takes Kodak Black Under His Wing

7/22/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kodak Black is turning a new leaf now that he's out of prison and he's doing it with the help of Master P.

Master P tells us the two linked after Kodak's interview on "The Breakfast Club" in January where he mentioned he'd want P to mentor him. Word got to Master P and he's been teaching Kodak the ropes of the music biz and now feels like a father figure to the young rapper.

It explains why Kodak popped up at a celebrity basketball game for Team Hope NOLA, Master P's foundation, in June, right after he got out of the pen for violating his house arrest.  

Their next project is a back-to-school fundraiser on August 14 in Pompano Beach, Florida, Kodak's hometown, where they plan on giving away school supplies to over 1300 kids. We're told the event means a lot to Kodak who wants to stress the importance of education.

S.I. Swimsuit Model I Wanna Bang Cristiano Ronaldo ... Call Me!

7/22/2017 12:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Another volcanicly, smokin' hot bikini model is obsessed with Cristiano Ronaldo ... and she wants TMZ Sports to help hook her up. 

So, here. 

You're looking at Tanya Mityushina -- a 24-year-old Russian-born model (34-24-34) who stripped down to a couple of well-placed strings for the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. 

She's also modeled for Victoria's Secret, GUESS and Bebe. Straight fire. 

Tanya knows Ronaldo has a girlfriend. Tanya also knows relationships don't always last forever. 

Tanya is shooting her shot. 

Get it, Tanya. 

Comic-Con 2017 Marvel At The Crazy Cosplay

7/22/2017 12:20 AM PDT

It’s the most marvel-ous weekend of the year -- Comic Con -- as Hollywood’s hottest stars and nerds alike flock to San Diego for the convention of all conventions.

Lucky for you we’ve compiled the coolest cosplay looks -- including fan favorites "Game of Thrones," ‘Star Wars,’ and "Stranger Things" -- so you can be a part of the fun without having to put a dent in your bank account.

Geek out as you flip through the gallery to see the craziest costumes from this year’s epic event! 

'RHONY' Star Dorinda How's My Slogan Doing? Damn Well, Bitch!

7/22/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

'Real Housewives of New York' star Dorinda Medley knows bitchin' deals when she sees one -- her "Not Well, Bitch" line of products could soon land at a major department store.

Dorinda's rep at Talent Resources tells TMZ ... the slogan caught fire after she screamed it at "Sex and the City" writer, Candace Bushnell, this season. Since then, Dorinda filed docs to trademark the slogan and started selling coffee mugs, tote bags, t-shirts and towels with the phrase.

We're told business is boomin' -- Dorinda's sold more than 700 items and banked more than $100k a month after launching the line. Business is so good ... Dorinda's now in talks with 2 major department stores.

Not bad, bitch.

Celebrity Scramble Guess Who!

7/22/2017 12:00 AM PDT

There's a Hollywood hunk webbed underneath this funny photo ... Use your spidey senses to untangle the scrambled up shot!

In other news...

Usher Paid $1.1M To Woman He Infected With Herpes

Info On The Settlement & Graphic Details Are Listed In Court Documents

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Chester Bennington Wife Consoled By Friends and Family

7/21/2017 5:35 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chester Bennington's wife was seen out in public for the first time since her husband's suicide, and got a comforting hug.

Talinda Ann Bentley visited a local market in Palos Verdes, CA Friday with her daughter and another young girl. She was holding hands with one of her daughters ... it's unclear who the girl is hugging Talinda.

Bennington died at their home in Palos Verdes Estates Thursday from hanging himself. His family was out of town at the time.

Chester left behind his wife and 6 children.

Chris Brown Concert Organizer Tried to Extort Me for $300k

7/21/2017 5:06 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Brown claims he's been held up for $300,000 over a show he postponed, but eventually made up, in the Philippines ... so now he's going after the concert organizer in court.

Chris says the trouble started when he was forced to delay a New Year's Eve 2014 gig in the Philippines ... due to a "misplaced passport." He arranged to play the makeup show in July 2015 ... and performed right on schedule.

The next day ... Chris was trying to leave his hotel -- but, according to the docs, he was met by armed men who blocked his exit. Chris says a lawyer for the arena walked up and told him he would be arrested -- unless he wired $300k to a trust fund for Jose Victor Los Banos Biongco.

Chris refused to pay, hired an immigration attorney and eventually got clearance to leave the country. He says on his way to the airport ... Biongco and his reps continued to text, asking for the dough.

Chris got home safe and sound, but says in the docs the damage is done and he wants Biongco to pay for his "extreme" emotional distress.

'American Idol' Scotty McCreery Busted For Loaded Gun At Airport

7/21/2017 3:57 PM PDT
Breaking News

"American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery was busted trying to bring a loaded handgun on a plane ... according to reports.

McCreery went through a security X-ray checkpoint at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina last week when the weapon was spotted. The black, 9mm, Smith & Wesson handgun was in the singer's backpack ... the screen also picked up two boxes of ammo with 63 bullets.

Target practice today

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Reports say McCreery does have a permit to carry a concealed handgun ... but that doesn't allow him to carry a loaded one on a plane. 

The season 10 'Idol' winner was cited with a misdemeanor violation for the incident.

Scotty tells us he'd been out shooting a few days before the flight and forgot the gun and ammo was still with him, he says he had his concealed weapon permit on him.

Usher New $10 mil Lawsuit for Exposing Woman to STD

7/21/2017 3:55 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Usher had sex with a woman earlier this year who had no idea he was exposing her to Herpes ... according to a new lawsuit she's filed for millions of dollars.

According to the suit, filed by a Jane Doe, she and Usher hooked up in Atlanta on April 16 at her home. She says there was some heavy petting, some kissing, and she performed oral sex on him. They eventually had intercourse, and she says he wore a condom.

However, in the docs, she says they had sex again 12 days later -- this time in a New Orleans hotel room -- and they did not use a condom.

Cut to this month ... when Jane Doe says she read news reports about Usher admitting in docs, connected to an earlier legal case, that he has Herpes Simplex 2.

In this new suit, the woman does not say she's infected. She is concerned because she was "exposed" and says she wouldn't have had sex with Usher if he'd disclosed he has the virus.

She's suing "U.R. IV" -- Usher Raymond IV -- for negligence, battery and emotional distress ... and is seeking at least $10 million in damages.

We've reached out Usher's reps, but haven't heard back yet.

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