A 6-foot long snake -- believed to be an anaconda -- just bit a dancer during a VMA run-through for Sunday's show ... TMZ has learned.
Nicki Minaj was on stage performing her hit, "Anaconda" when a female dancer was bit by the reptile in front of everyone.
We're told the dancer has just been taken to the hospital where she's being treated.
Anacondas are non-venomous snakes but often transmit bacteria that can lead to serious infections.
The snake was removed from the stage in a container.
It's unclear if the show will 86 the snake for the live telecast.
Million Dollar Shopping Spree
For 3 Cars!
10 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Petra Ecclestone just dropped a million bucks on 3 cars parked in the driveway of her massive L.A. mansion ... which seems odd for someone who's selling the place and moving to England, right?
Petra -- whose dad Bernie is a billionaire Formula One honcho and her hubby James Stunt who is also a billionaire -- is now the proud owner of a $600K Lamborghini Aventador convertible ... a $422K Rolls Royce Phantom ... and a Range Rover Autobiography that goes for $190K.
Celeb consultant Richie Rich hand delivered the wheels from Exotic Euro Cars.
TMZ broke the story ... Petra went to 5 L.A. realtors and told them she wanted to sell the crib for $110 million -- making it the biggest sale in L.A. history -- because she was going back to the UK.
But we're told she's now decided the estate is worth $150 million, so until she gets it she's staying put.
Instagram's Best Butts
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'Work For Diddy' Contestant
Gives Birth In Back Seat Of Car
29 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Sean "Diddy" Combs' let one of his reality show contestants slip through his hands ... because she's got real talent -- FILMING HERSELF GIVE BIRTH IN A CAR.
Brianna Smith -- who lost Season 1 of "I Wanna Work For Diddy" -- was racing to a Houston hospital with her hubby in the middle of the night when the kid starting popping out.
She had her phone out and made the most of the moment ... shooting the horrendous beautiful moment of birth.
The kid's name is Theodore Roosevelt Smith IV ... which is perfect, because he's already had a rough ride.
Ex-College Football Star
ALLEGED SERIAL RAPIST
Busted In Oklahoma
8/22/2014 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A former college football star -- who later became a police officer -- was arrested in Oklahoma City after officials say he's suspected of raping multiple women over the past 5 months ... while on duty.
Cops Investigating SeaWorld Stunt
8/22/2014 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The California Highway Patrol is investigating Steve-O for breaking the law during his SeaWorld protest.
Steve-O essentially made a video confession ... giving a blow-by-blow of how he defaced a public sign on the 5 Freeway which leads to the theme park.
Caltrans was pissed ... got the CHP involved and now Steve-O could face criminal charges -- defacing public property.
Our sources say ... it's likely the case will be referred to prosecutors and Steve-O will be charged.
Steve-O tells us, "Go ahead and charge me, Sea World Sucks!"
In other news...
The price tag on these celebrities' cars will make your jaw drop.
Wait 'til you see who has the most expensive one!
Too Busy for Court
Cops on the Hunt
8/22/2014 1:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chief Keef should call Columbus Short in jail ... so Short can explain to him if you blow off court you get thrown in the pokey.
Keef was otherwise occupied and didn't show for his DUI hearing in Highland Park, IL ... it's not much of a case -- he admitted to cops he was smoking before taking the wheel.
So now the 19-year-old is a wanted man and when cops catch him he'll have to post $50K bail for the jail bars to open.
Keef has an impressive list of misdeeds for a teen -- failure to pay child support, a Chicago shooting incident and a stint in rehab for marijuana. He's been jailed twice on pot-related offenses.
Scott Weiland Doppelganger
Like Looking in a Mirror
8/22/2014 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
On a purely visual level ... it's understandable how Beverly Hills cops got fooled by the guy claiming to be former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland
Jason Michael Hurley -- the guy who claimed he was Scott after getting busted for stealing razors and meth possession -- is the singer's spitting image.
In fact ... before his arrest he was boasting his attempt to create a cover band called Stone Tempered Pilots.
As we reported ... cops took Hurley at his word that he was Weiland ... and he was so convincing jailers put him in the celeb wing for 3 weeks and never had a doubt he was the famous singer.
NFL Rookie Mike Evans
INSANE NIGHTCLUB BRAWL
Throws Punches at Bouncers [Update]
8/22/2014 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tampa Bay Bucs rookie wide receiver Mike Evans was in the middle of an INSANE nightclub brawl -- fighting bouncers in the street ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
It all went down outside Dream Nightclub ... where the #7 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft was screaming at bouncers. We're told Evans had been partying inside the club moments before the video begins.
The person who shot the video tells TMZ Sports the footage was captured Saturday night. However, Mike's agent insists the incident took place back in March.
While Evans -- who just turned 21 yesterday -- unloads on the staff, a person who appears to be in Mike's entourage throws a punch at a bouncer ... and that's when all hell breaks loose.
During the melee, Mike gets knocked out of frame ... but comes running back into the center of the madness ... throwing a haymaker.
He continues to throw punches -- while bobbing and weaving like the superstar athlete that he is.
Despite the presence of several men wearing "police" vests -- we're told Mike was not arrested. In fact, we're told NO ONE was arrested.
According to the nightclub's website, you have to be 21 to enter -- and Mike was only 20 at the time of the incident.
We reached out to Mike's rep and the Bucs. So far, no word back.
1:36 PM PT -- Mike's GF posted a photo of the couple back in March, wearing the same clothes they were in on the night of the fight. It's pretty clear, this thing went down in March.
MASSIVE Law Enforcement Screw Up
8/22/2014 10:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Scott Weiland impostor was able to fool 3 BIG law enforcement agencies into believing he was the Stone Temple Pilots front man ... despite the fact he was fingerprinted immediately -- which was a dead giveaway -- and they even had his real name.
It's an unbelievable story and an incredible screw up. Jason Hurley was arrested July 26 on burglary and meth charges. He told Beverly Hills cops he was Scott Weiland and that was good enough for them.
It's breathtaking ... because cops actually fingerprinted Hurley, which should have been enough for them to know it wasn't Weiland, who himself has been fingerprinted before.
And get this ... Hurley's prints came back as HURLEY.
So, the first big screw up ... the press office apparently didn't know about the fingerprint results ... and wrote a press release touting a "celebrity arrest" -- Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots.
Get this ... the D.A. charged Hurley almost immediately with 5 crimes. The case is written as People v. Scott Weiland a.k.a. Jason Michael Hurley. So somehow it got to the D.A. that Hurley was the guy, yet everyone kept saying it was Scott Weiland.
So Hurley went to L.A. County Jail -- where he's been sitting for 3 weeks -- and no one put 2 and 2 together.
Cops didn't have a clue they had misidentified a guy who was in custody ... until TMZ posted a story based on the BHPD press release and Scott fired back he was in a recording studio.
Illegally Drives Can-Am on Sidewalk
Almost Nails Disabled Woman
8/22/2014 9:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber took his Can-Am Spyder into Bev Hills Thursday ... and when traffic got too congested for his taste, he maneuvered it onto the sidewalk where he rode illegally ... almost hitting someone.
Watch the video closely ... you'll see Bieber comes off the sidewalk at an intersection, and comes close to creaming an elderly woman with a walker.
He clearly doesn't care ... because seconds later he's rocking out to music as he waits at a light.
BTW ... Bieber's on probation for the egg throwing incident, which means he's not allowed to violate any laws. Lucky for him ... no cops in sight.
In other news...
LeAnn Rimes got together with some bikini-clad girlfriends and tried to recreate the infamous Sports Illustrated booty shot.
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LOOK AT ME!
I'm Lookin' at Chris
8/22/2014 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
8:47 A.M. PDT -- We're told the game was a Roc Nation charity event. Rihanna was scheduled to be there and Chris was supposedly a "surprise appearance."
Rihanna is ridiculous ... and thirsty like Moses wandering the desert.
She showed up in the front row at a charity basketball game Thursday ... eyes trained on ex-BF Chris Brown.
Now that she's with Drake again and not Chris Brown again ... you'd think she wouldn't fuel the fire. But then again, who are we kidding?
It's a special kind of insult to Karrueche ... who's back with Chris after being repeatedly humiliated by whatever continues to transpire between him and Rihanna.
Your move Karrueche.
Justin Bieber vs. Tyson Beckford
WHO'D YOU RATHER?
8/22/2014 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tyson Beckford trashed Justin Bieber saying he wasn't man enough to bang his ex-girlfriend Shanina Shaik long term ... saying "little boys cant have grown man toys."
So here's a shirtless shot of a 20-year-old Bieber showing off his fresh newly sprouted muscles (left) and a perfectly aged 43-year-old Beckford showing off his fully torqued torso.
The real question is ...