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Rihanna sued over F.U. Logo F.U., RiRi ... You Jacked Our Logo!!!

10/17/2018 10:54 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rihanna has used F.U. as a business card for her clothing biz, and now another company is firing back ... FU, Rihanna.

Freedom United Clothing claims in a new lawsuit it owns the 'FU' trademark ... something they've used since 2006.

As you know ... Rihanna did a deal with PUMA where she had the company slap F.U. on her sweatshirts, jewelry and sandals, and Freedom United says that's just stealing.

According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, the company claims RiRi knew there was an existing FU logo, because she was photographed in one of their hoodies in 2014 and, even before that, then-BF Chris Brown attended Freedom United's launch party back in 2007.

The suit goes on to say PUMA touts Rihanna as a lawbreaker of sorts, noting on PUMA's website it refers to the singer as "most likely to break the rules." Well, they say F.U. is evidence of that.

This isn't the first time Freedom United lashed out ... they fired off a cease-and-desist letter demanding that PUMA and Rihanna back off.

Freedom United is also suing PUMA for an order prohibiting future sales and damages.

Tara Reid Delta Wanted My Dog in Overhead Airline Says She's Full of It

10/17/2018 10:14 AM PDT
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10:05 AM PT -- Delta says Tara's got it all wrong. A spokesperson tells TMZ ... first class seats do not allow bags at your feet -- and, as a result, a flight attendant DID suggest Tara put her dog's carrier in overhead ... NEVER the dog itself.

The rep says Tara was told plainly she could keep her dog in her lap or by her feet.

Additionally, Delta says she didn't go quietly and was "very unruly and disruptive" ... according to flight attendants and other passengers.

Tara Reid is drastically changing her story on why she was escorted off a Delta flight -- now saying she was told to stow her dog in an overhead bin, and simply refused.

The actress posted a statement Wednesday clarifying what she says went down Monday when she deplaned a Delta flight from LAX to NYC with her pup. She says the dog is an emotional support animal -- for which she has paperwork -- but Delta's staff still wouldn't let her dog ride on her lap ... only offering overhead or cargo hold storage options. 

She says she had pre-arranged to bring the 3-month-old dog on board, but after flight attendants made it clear they were not on board with the plan ... she says she calmly boarded another flight.

You can see and clearly hear from the video ... Tara didn't have a choice -- she was escorted off the plane

Tara now says we got our reporting wrong, but the fact is ... we spoke directly to her Monday and she told us she was upset about not getting a window seat and feeling cramped in her seat because the person in front of her reclined theirs.

We reached out to Delta to comment on Tara's latest version ... so far, no word back. 

Originally Published -- 7:19 AM PDT

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Mariska Hargitay Law & Order: Special View Unit ... Selling NYC Home

10/17/2018 10:47 AM PDT

You don't have to put on your detective hat and investigate too deeply to live like Mariska Hargitay ... you just need several million bucks to buy her incredible Manhattan townhouse!

The 'Law & Order: SVU' star and her actor husband, Peter Hermann, are listing their lavish home in the Upper West Side for $10.75 million, and it's got everything you'd expect from one of TV's highest-paid women. 

This home is so unbelievable, you need an elevator to get around -- we're talking 6 floors, 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and 7,000 square feet of modern luxury at its finest. The brownstone sits on a tree-lined street, with skyline views from the rooftop penthouse. 

Click through the gallery and get ready, 'cause the place is amazing -- Mariska and Peter outdid themselves. 

Master suite occupying the entire 3rd floor? Check. Powder rooms? How 'bout 3?! Gas fireplace for those chilly nights? Of course. Marble bath with separate tub and steam shower? How relaxing!

Corcoran's Robby Browne, Chris Kann, Jennifer Ireland and Stribling's Alexa Lambert have the listing.

Mischa Barton Cheers to 'Hills' & New Beginnings ... Already Shooting Reboot

10/17/2018 10:02 AM PDT

Mischa Barton's already sliding into the reality TV world with an assist from her new pals, Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag -- the new 'Hills' amigos are kicking off their reboot season with raised glasses in hand.

The trio grabbed dinner and drinks Tuesday night for what appears to be the start of filming for "The Hills: New Beginnings." Cameras were rolling while they dined at Bottlefish in Brentwood. 

Spencer was still holding a bottle of white wine as they continued chatting outside. Only time will tell what follows from this meetup ... fingers crossed for juicy drama -- or whatever the producers dream up for 'em.

Not too much drama though, for little Gunner's sake. Remember, Speidi are parents now.

As we reported ... Spencer says he's thrilled to have Mischa cross over to the reality of "The Hills" from "The O.C." scripted world -- something he's apparently been wanting for a long time. 

Oli Herbert All That Remains Guitarist Found Dead In Pond

10/17/2018 10:15 AM PDT
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10:15 AM PT -- Oli was found dead in a pond near his Connecticut home ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

We're told police were dispatched to Oli's Stafford Springs home Tuesday afternoon after someone reported him missing. Cops searched the area and found Oli in a nearby pond. 

Police sources say the death does not appear to be suspicious, but an autopsy needs to be performed to confirm the cause and manner of death. The Connecticut medical examiner is investigating.

Oli Herbert, a founding member and lead guitarist of metal band All That Remains, has passed away at the age of 44. 

The band confirmed Oli's death on its Facebook page -- "We were devastated to learn that Oli Herbert, our friend, guitar player, and founding member of All That Remains, has passed away."

No word on the cause of death yet. 

The band's message continued ... "Oli was an incredibly talented guitarist and song writer who defined Rock and Metal from the Northeast. His impact on the genres and our lives will continue indefinitely."

Oli started the band back in 1998 in Springfield, MA alongside frontman Phil Labonte.

All That Remains has released 8 studio albums, with over 1 million records sold worldwide. The band is scheduled to release a new album, "Victim Of The New Disease," November 9. 

Oli is survived by his wife, Beth. 

RIP

Originally Published -- 10/17/2018 9:37 AM PDT

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Dennis Hof No Drugs Found at Death Scene ... Was Healthy Weeks Before

10/17/2018 9:03 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Dennis Hof was the picture of health before his untimely death, and there are no obvious signs he was under the influence when he died ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us no drugs or alcohol were found near Hof's body Tuesday when paramedics arrived at his Love Ranch home in Crystal, Nevada. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

Sources close to the late owner of the famous Bunny Ranch brothels say Hof did not drink or take drugs of any kind -- and insist even his signature cigar was fake. 

Also interesting ... we're told 72-year-old Hof was given a clean bill of health just 2 weeks ago after undergoing cataract surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Our sources say Hof appeared to be in tip-top shape last weekend during his birthday celebrations.

We're told friends became concerned Tuesday when they weren't able to get a hold of him, as sources say he was always up by 4:30 AM and easily reachable by cell unless he had company.

Since he wasn't answering Tuesday, his pals assumed that was the case ... until Ron Jeremy discovered his body at his home around 11 AM. 

Hof was in the middle of a campaign for State Assembly in Nevada before he passed.

Ariana Grande Covers Pete Tat Like A Bad Boo-Boo

10/17/2018 8:22 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ariana Grande is making an attempt to cover up any and all signs of Pete Davidson ... even if it means hiding a tattoo dedicated to Pete with a Band-Aid. 

Grande performed "The Wizard and I" Tuesday in NYC during a pre-taped segment for the upcoming NBC special dedicated to the Broadway musical, "Wicked." Ariana has a "pete" tattoo on her ring finger, and you can see in this side-by-side, she made sure to cover it up for any close-ups. 

The special is set to air October 29, meaning the split will be more than two weeks old ... so hiding the tattoo now does make a lot of sense. 

TMZ broke the story, the "Wicked" performance was Grande's first public appearance since the split ... Davidson was set to headline a comedy gig at Temple University Wednesday, but dropped out last minute

In a post that's apparently since been deleted, Ariana said, "time to say bye bye again to the internew for jus a lil bit. it's hard not to bump news n stuff that i'm not tryna see rn. it's very sad and we're all tryin very hard to keep goin. love u. and thank u for bein here always."

Ariana's also parted with the $100k engagement ring from Davidson, but will keep the couple's teacup pig.  

Cardi B New Music Takes Aim at Nicki Minaj ... Cardi's Team is Split

10/17/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B's team is locked in a private battle over her upcoming music ... specifically, whether Cardi should take shots at Nicki Minaj on the track. 

Sources close to Cardi tell us the rapper has already recorded some new stuff, and the lyrics take some serious jabs at Nicki. We're told her team is divided ... some think the Nicki disses should be 86'd. Those people in Cardi's camp feel the lyrics would actually benefit Nicki by putting the spotlight on her.

Cardi's team believes she's already eclipsed Nicki, and the best strategy is just ignoring her.

As for Cardi's feelings -- she's always included her real-life drama in her raps, so she thinks keeping the lyrics in is the only way to keep it real.

TMZ broke the story -- Cardi attacked Minaj at a NYFW party last month -- launching a shoe at Nicki and leaving the party with a big lump on her forehead after a scuffle.

The two have not come face-to-face since the incident.

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Panic! at the Disco Ex-Bassist Loses $10k in Burglary ... Now My Tour's Screwed!

10/17/2018 9:40 AM PDT
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9:40 AM PT -- Sources close to the band tell TMZ that they went to a label after-party following their performance across the street from their hotel. We're told among the items stolen was a Fender 1981 P Bass Orange guitar, a peddle board, a laptop, an iPad and Dallon’s passport. Apparently, there was a music video being filmed in a room a few doors down from theirs, and the person staying there has told Dallon they believe the culprit might be one of their own crew members. We're told Dallon's hopeful that iDKHOW will get their stuff back, and he isn't planning on pressing charges.

Panic! at the Disco's former bass player is really panicking after a bunch of his new band's gear and property got jacked from their hotel room ... TMZ has learned.

Dallon Weekes says he and his band, iDKHOW, got all of their stuff stolen early Wednesday morning from their suite at the Dream Hotel in Hollywood. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... personal belongings, electronics and band equipment were taken ... totaling about $10,000.

But, Dallon's biggest concern is all the new music his band was working on was also taken, and he's not sure how they'll be able to tour after this setback.

Our sources say someone forced their way into Dallon's room early Wednesday morning. iDKHOW members weren't there ... they'd been out performing at a private gig Tuesday night.

Not all hope is lost though -- Dallon says the Dream Hotel has informed him they have surveillance footage of the alleged culprit.

Police are investigating, and Dallon says he's holding out hope they can get their stuff back.

Originally Published -- 10/17/2018 8:52 AM PDT

Randy Orton WWE's Saudi Arabia Show Must Go On ... Despite Outrage

10/17/2018 7:31 AM PDT
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WWE superstar Randy Orton believes it's VERY important for the WWE to move forward with plans to host a major Pay-Per-View event in Saudi Arabia ... despite calls from U.S. officials to hold off. 

WWE is scheduled to have the "Crown Jewel" event in Riyadh on Nov. 2 -- something they've been planning for months. 

The problem ... Saudi Arabia is under fire for allegedly ordering the torture and murder of former Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Several politicians have called for Vince McMahon to postpone the event until there are clear answers as to the Saudi role in Khashoggi's disappearance. 

Several powerful business leaders have distanced themselves from Saudi Arabia, including JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Ford Motor Chairman Bill Ford

Also, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) has called on WWE to reconsider doing business with the country due to a "continuing pattern of abuse of civil rights and civil liberties."

But, Orton doesn't feel the same way -- telling TMZ Sports, "I think we should go. I think the only way to help with change over there is to go and not to cancel the trip."

"That's the goal is to make things better everywhere and I think us NOT going doesn't help. Going helps."

The WWE has said it's monitoring the situation -- but it appears the plan, as of now, is to move forward and do the event. 

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Taylor Swift Vote Early!!! It's Written All Over My Toes

10/17/2018 7:53 AM PDT

Taylor Swift is back on election day soapbox, and this time she's got a new message -- start voting now ... if you can.

Taylor urged her fans Wednesday morning to follow in her footsteps and learn more about the early voting process. She says, "Something I wish I knew about when I was 18 and voting for the first time: EARLY VOTING. It makes it so quick and easy to go and cast your vote before November 6."

Ten years later, T-Swift's got it all figured out. She points out early voting opens today in Tennessee, her home state. And just to prove she's a serious patriot, Taylor included a pic of her red, white, and blue toenails. 'Merica!!!

Taylor had an enormous impact on the election a couple weeks ago when she -- for the first time -- shared her political views. She revealed who she was supporting for Congress in Tennessee, and encouraged everyone, regardless of party affiliation, to vote.

Voter registration increased nationally by hundreds of thousands immediately after that.

T.I. Prosecutors Drop Assault Charge ... In Confrontation with Security Guard

10/17/2018 6:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

T.I. just got cut a partial break after prosecutors dropped his outrageous charge in a case that a lot of people think is racially motivated.

You'll recall, T.I. was arrested back in May after getting into it with the guy at the guard shack in his gated community outside Atlanta. The guard -- who was sleeping when the rapper rolled up -- demanded to see ID and when T.I. couldn't produce it the guard wouldn't let him in.

At one point T.I. said repeatedly, "You're making it worse for yourself, man ... You're gonna have to deal with me." Apparently, cops thought that was a criminal threat and arrested him for assault. Well, that dog don't hunt, so prosecutors have decided to drop the charge.

T.I. still faces 3 counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and one count of misdemeanor public drunkenness. 

Unbelievable. 

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