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NYC Pipe Bomber Captured Alive and Identified Inspired by ISIS

12/11/2017 6:45 AM PST
Breaking News

The guy who strapped a pipe bomb to himself and set it off in an NYC subway has been captured alive ... and police say it was "absolutely an attempted terrorist act."

The bomber, now identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, was walking in one of the tunnels underneath NYC's Port Authority when the bomb went off. It appears something malfunctioned, or it was a very small explosive ... police captured the man at the scene.

NYPD says Ullah has been living in the U.S. for 7 years. He's a Bangladeshi immigrant, and police say the attack was definitely a terrorist act, inspired by ISIS.

FDNY says a total of 4 people were hurt in the bombing ... all non-life-threatening injuries. The Port Authority shut down all subways and the walking tunnels near the bombing.

Story developing ...

Christopher Plummer Thanks, Spacey! Gets Golden Globe Nom for 'All the Money'

12/11/2017 7:07 AM PST

Christopher Plummer's gotta be saying ... that was easy!

The veteran actor earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor Monday just weeks after he replaced Kevin Spacey in "All the Money in the World."

As we reported ... Spacey was axed from the Ridley Scott film in early November on the heels of sexual assault allegations ... even though the movie was completely done. Plummer just started reshoots about 2 weeks ago, and presumably the Hollywood Foreign Press already saw enough to nominate him.

It's no wonder CP had zero qualms about taking on the role after Spacey was kicked to the curb.

Harvey Weinstein Rape Charges in Paz de la Huerta Case ... Highly Unlikely

12/11/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Harvey Weinstein is under investigation for allegedly raping Paz de la Huerta on 2 occasions, but law enforcement sources tell TMZ a prosecution is highly unlikely.

De la Huerta says in November 2010, Weinstein went to her apartment, pushed her on the bed, lifted her skirt and raped her. She says in late December, Weinstein showed up again in her hotel lobby, she asked him to leave but he ended up in her apartment and he raped her again.

Law enforcement sources tell us there are problems with the case. The fact that it's more than 7 years old creates issues, including memory of events.

Our sources say the case is made even more difficult by the fact that the actress had repeated interactions with Weinstein between the first and second alleged rape.

De la Huerta has said she told her therapist about the rapes, but our law enforcement sources say it's not as clear as that. Law enforcement is aware of a correspondence in which the therapist recollects the 2010 session this way:

"I recall you reporting to me a sexual encounter with Harvey Weinstein involving intercourse in your apartment in 2010 that resulted in you feeling victimized. I recall you telling me that it felt coercive to you and that you didn't want to have sex with him, but felt you had to as he was a man of power and rank and you couldn't say no to his sexual advances."

Our law enforcement sources say the therapist's recollections do not show a lack of consent sufficient to prove rape.

One source said the weaknesses in the case don't mean she wasn't raped, but the standard of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt is extremely high and prosecutors don't want to take a case to trial if the proof doesn't meet the legal standard.

Mario Batali 4 Women Claim 'Inappropriate Touching'

12/11/2017 7:00 AM PST
Breaking News

Mario Batali is accused of "inappropriate touching" by 4 women -- 3 of them former employees -- and the allegation is forcing the celebrity chef to step away from his restaurant empire.

One of Batali's accusers called him "creepy" and said he gave "me this provocative, icky feeling." Other claims are he groped a woman's breasts, grabbed someone from behind and compelled her to straddle him.

The allegations, spanning at least two decades, surfaced in an Eater NY article published Monday. Batali responded to the article, saying he's stepping away from day-to-day operations of his business. ABC has also asked "The Chew" co-host to step away from the show while it reviews the allegations.

Batali added, "I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact match up with ways I have acted."

Anthony Bourdain hinted Monday morning he knew about Batali and claims he knew of firsthand stories.

Giancarlo Stanton Rages in Miami w/ 2 Chainz Hours After Yankees Trade

12/11/2017 6:46 AM PST
Breaking News

Giancarlo Stanton wasn't in a hurry to leave Miami after he was traded to the Yankees -- he stuck around an extra day to rage in Miami with 2 Chainz

The big trade news was announced late Friday night -- but less than 24 hours later, Stanton was at Rockwell x 1OAK Art Basel pop up event in Miami on Saturday ... where he got onstage and partied with the rapper. 

2 Chainz also hooked Stanton up with a magnum sized bottle of Ace of Spades bubbly.

The ex-Marlins superstar is set to be introduced as the new face of the Yankees Monday ... so, this could have been his unofficial "goodbye" to the city he ran for half a decade.

It's almost kinda sad -- until you remember his $325 MILLION contract. 

Ty Dolla $ign, YG Pay 6 Figures to Aussie Soccer Star Over Club Beating

12/11/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ty Dolla $ign and YG's alleged beatdown of an Australian soccer star apparently cost 'em big-time -- 'cause the guy says they dropped at least $100k to keep the matter out of court.

Aussie footballer Nelly Yoa tells TMZ he settled with Ty and YG for a low six-figure amount to avoid a potential lawsuit against them for allegedly beating the crap out of him in 2015.

We broke the story ... Nelly says the rappers punched and kicked him in the head when they tried clearing out a VIP room at a nightclub in Melbourne that he refused to vacate. He claimed the alleged beating cost him a soccer deal that woulda made him a fortune.

Nelly put T&Y on official notice a couple months ago, letting them know a lawsuit was coming. 

We've reached out to Ty and YG to confirm the settlement ... so far, no word back.

Michael Sam Arm Wrestles Fashion Designer 'This Guy's a P***y!'

12/11/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Sam went straight "Over the Top" in a Dallas bar -- arm wrestling a dude who called him a "p*ssy" ... and TMZ Sports has the video.

Here's the deal ... Sam (the 1st openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team) was hanging out at Bottled Blonde when he started chatting it up with Miami designer Jared Lang.

Lang playfully challenged Sam to a test of arm strength -- and Sam obliged. They clasped hands, Lang teased Sam by jokingly calling him a "p*ssy" ... and then it was on!

Sam was clearly in control the entire time -- and casually provided resistance while Lang used his body weight to slam Michael's hand down. 

At one point, Sam was watching TV while Lang struggled to get the upper hand. 

Sam eventually loses (seems like he let the guy win) ... but the 2 were cool and dapped it up afterward. 

But here's a warning -- CAREFUL WHEN ARM WRESTLING ... remember what happened when Larry the Cable Guy did it ... 

'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta' Production Halted After Alleged Hit & Run

12/11/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" production came to a screeching halt after one of its staffers was allegedly run over in a parking lot.

Production sources tell TMZ ... the scary incident went down Wednesday at the high-end Buckhead shops where Mimi Faust and co. were preparing to shoot. But we're told things went south before cameras started rolling -- a security guard was allegedly run down by an angry mall customer.

We're told security was saving a parking spot for the production, which pissed off the customer. Witnesses tell us he revved the engine and struck the security guard ... injuring his left leg.

According to cops, the driver went inside a nearby golf store before fleeing. Cops spoke to staffers at the golf store to ID the driver, and got surveillance footage of the incident from another store. No arrests yet.

'Life In Pieces' Toddler Star Could Buy a Benz!

12/11/2017 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

 "Life in Pieces" actress Ana Sophia Heger's stashing $70k in the bank and co-starring with James Brolin and Colin Hanks ... while most kids her age are just trying to color within the lines. 

We got ahold of 4-year-old Ana's contract for the hit series -- filed in court because she's a minor -- and it's clear she's already a seasoned pro. She was guaranteed $10k an episode for 2 guest appearances playing Lark.

Kid must've killed it 'cause now she has 5 more episodes to her credit ... at that same rate. That's a whole lotta animal crackers!

Sophia also gets her own trailer complete with TV, DVD player, sofa, bathroom, microwave and more. Beats building a fort with pillows and blankets.

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James from 'James and the Giant Peach' 'Memba Him?!

12/11/2017 12:10 AM PST

Paul Terry is best known for playing James -- pictured here trying to escape the grasps of his villainous aunts -- in the 1996 film, "James and the Giant Peach." Guess what he looks like now!

Red Sox Pitcher Steven Wright Arrested for Domestic Assault

12/10/2017 6:51 PM PST
Breaking News

Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright was arrested this weekend after he got into an altercation with his spouse, according to local media outlets.

NBC Sports Boston reports that the starting righty got busted Friday at his home in Tennessee for an incident involving his wife, which resulted in him being arrested and booked for domestic assault.

His lawyer released a statement from the Wright family saying ... "On Friday night, Steven was arrested at our home following a verbal argument, and the police charged him with domestic assault."

The statement goes on ... "Although he said things he deeply regrets, he did not raise his hand at anyone during the incident, and the situation was purely emotional. We are working together as a family ... and we ask that you respect our privacy as we do so."

The Red Sox also released a statement saying they were aware of the situation, and that MLB and police were investigating ... declining to comment further.

Wright and his agent declined to comment to NBC. He was reportedly released from jail.

Terry Crews on P.O.Y. Honor TIME for Accountability Hollywood Needs to Be Disciplined

12/10/2017 3:13 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Terry Crews says he wasn't expecting to be in TIME's "Person of the Year" cover story -- but thinks the nod only helps his mission ... accountability in Hollywood.

We got the actor Sunday leaving LAX with his wife, Rebecca, and asked how it felt to be featured as one of the many "Silence Breakers" on the magazine's P.O.Y. cover this year.

Terry says he didn't see it coming, and explains why there needs to be more voices speaking out on sexual harassment ... and how this could be just the tip of the iceberg.

He also tells us why he's suing WME and their talent agent, Adam Venit, who allegedly grabbed his junk last year. Long story short ... Hollywood needs an ass-whoopin' on this issue ... and Terry's here to do the honors.

Ellen DeGeneres New Carpinteria Home Under Threat of Wildfires

12/10/2017 2:23 PM PST

4:50 PM PT -- Rob Lowe has evacuated his home due to the Thomas Fire. Ellen DeGeneres' new beach side house is now under threat of being scorched by SoCal wildfires ... and it sounds like she's starting to evacuate. 

Ellen tweeted Sunday that she just had to evacuate her pets from her recently purchased beach house in Carpinteria, for which she plunked down $18.6 million in October.

It's unclear if Ellen herself is being ordered to leave, or if she's already left, but it sure seems like the flames near her -- now dubbed the Thomas Fire -- are starting to get too close for comfort. So far, it's reportedly burned at least 200,000 acres in the area.

The fire has also spread to Montecito, which is home to tons of celebs who could potentially end up being affected, such as Oprah, Jeff Bridges, Drew Barrymore, Rob Lowe, and Patrick Stewart ... just to name a few.

Looks like Ellen is already taking precautions. Our advice to everyone else ... get out.

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