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Brad Pitt I'm Not Answering Angelina's Divorce For the Sake of Our Kids

10/21/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1020-brad-pitt-angelina-joile-tmz-01Brad Pitt will not file a legal response to Angelina Jolie's divorce petition because it would set the stage for a nasty legal battle ... and he fears it would cause great psychological damage to their kids.

Brad's legal answer was supposed to be filed Wednesday, but the deadline came and went. Sources close to the case tell us ... Brad wants joint legal and physical custody, but if he actually filed papers it would draw the battle lines. Angelina wants sole physical custody, setting up a possible custody war.

Angelina could set the wheels in motion for a default judgment since Brad hasn't answered her petition, but we're told that is not going to happen. She agrees ... healing the family is the priority, not starting a war.

There's something else here at play. The L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services is still investigating the airplane confrontation between Brad and 15-year-old Maddox, and Brad will be in a much stronger position if DCFS closes the case before he files his answer.

Our sources also say there's a chance the whole divorce case could settle privately without any dueling divorce docs. And, we're told, on that goal both Angelina and Brad agree.


Kim Kardashian Apologize, Or I'll Sue You For Calling My Robbery Fake

10/21/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1020-kim-kardashian-huff-post-tmz-02Kim Kardashian's preparing to drop the legal hammer on a writer who published a story claiming the Paris robbery was a total sham ... purley cooked up for publicity.

The letter demands Sharika Soal -- a contributor to The Huffington Post -- publish a retraction and an apology for her Oct. 8th post which quoted Kim as saying her ordeal was a "publicity stunt gone horribly wrong."

Kim says that quote is a fabrication, and her lawyers point out that quote was actually pulled from a satirical website -- a clear shot at Soal's journalistic skills.

Soal tells TMZ it's impossible for her to give Kim what she wants because HuffPo has blocked her out of her account, so she can't post the retraction. She says she's explained her dilemma to Kim's lawyers.


We've reached out HuffPo reps, who say Kim's beef is with Soal and not them. They also say they pulled the story -- which was self-published by Soal -- when editors saw it violated terms.

Sharika added ... she's got nothing and if Kim sues, that's all she'll get.

Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton Thanks for the Debate Dough! 'Random Student' Cashes In

10/21/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton helped a savvy college student rake in more than a grand on the heels of their heated final debate in Las Vegas.

Alexander Lin, a biology major at UNLV, knew having the debate on campus would mean prime time exposure -- so he whipped up a sign asking people to donate to his GoFundMe account ... and grabbed a spot behind Anderson Cooper.

Alex appeared through most of CNN's post-debate coverage, and although he's no harder up for cash than the average college student -- he was instantly flooded with donations. Check out the video to find out how much he hauled in as of Thursday afternoon.

He's got big plans for the cash -- including a charitable donation, and his personal charity.

Well played, sir. Well played.


Ray Lewis The Rock and I Smelled Greatness ... As College Teammates

10/21/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ray Lewis says he and The Rock were like jacked up Nostradamuses back in college -- predicting they would one day be WORLD FAMOUS MEGASTARS back when they were football teammates in Miami.

Click here... it's not over yet

James Franco Lawsuit I Caught You Head-Butting Me on Cam!

10/21/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1020_james_franco_headbutt_launchThe photog suing James Franco says he has hard proof the actor gave him the ole cabeza to the gut ... and we got the pics.

Aria Miran of RMD Law firm says these shots show James charging head-first at his client, David Tonnessen ... and they'll be the primary evidence used in their lawsuit.

We broke the story ... David says he was taking pics at a Lana Del Rey concert 2 years ago when James smiled "rather demonically" before unloading the head-butt. Now he's suing for medical expenses and damages.

James' people haven't gotten back to us.

Gucci Mane & 2 Chainz Throwing Stacks All Over ATL Strip Club

10/21/2016 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and Young Dolph shook off a near-shooting incident to fire off Benjis upon Benjis inside V Live Atlanta.

Our sources say the rappers dropped $60k combined on the evening's entertainment ... and all stayed until closing time. You can tell from this video, they weren't the least bit rattled by gunshots near their music video set earlier that night.

We're told Gucci arrived with his girlfriend, Keyshia Ka'oir, but spent most of his money on FAME (best known as Ph*** Fame) -- one of the most popular girls in the biz.

Gucci's been on a roll this week, or maybe that's Rolls.


In other news...

SO AWKWARD! Kourtney Kardashian Completely Blanks During On-Air Interview

Looks like Kourtney isn't always up for talking -- watch her abruptly stop speaking in the middle of a live TV interview!


Brenda Carter in 'The Hills Have Eyes' 'Memba Her?

10/21/2016 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1020_suze_lanier_bramlett_brenda_the_hills_have_eyes_now_photos_launchSuze Lanier is best known for playing the distressed blonde Brenda -- opposite Michael Berryman as Pluto -- in the 1977 creepy cannibal film "The Hills Have Eyes." Guess what she looks like now! 

Jennifer Meyer All Smiles After Split From Tobey

10/20/2016 4:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Two days after Tobey Maguire and his wife announced their separation ... Jennifer Meyer is way past the ole sitting at home crying into a glass of red wine stage. 

We got Jennifer leaving La Scala in Bev Hills Thursday afternoon, and asked her about the single life, and how she and Tobey are getting along. As we told you ... they've actually been apart since June, even though they just went public with it.

Check out the clip -- it appears Jen's caught a case of post-breakup hotness ... and happiness. 

Meek Mill & Rick Ross Gunshots Fired During Music Video Shoot

10/20/2016 4:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1020_2chainz_rick_ross_meek_mill_gucci_mane_tmzGunfire erupted dangerously close to Meek Mill, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz and Gucci Mane while they were on the set of their new music video ... TMZ has learned.

The 4 rap heavy hitters were up on a rooftop in Atlanta shooting their vid for "Buy Back the Block." Everything seemed to be running according to plan until several shots rang out ... forcing the rappers to hit the deck.

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Our sources say the gunfire didn't happen on set, but at an apartment complex nearby.

The Atlanta PD tells us they got a call for shots fired in the area ... but there were no injuries or arrests made.

The impressive part -- we're told everyone remained on set and completed the shoot ... for the music vid.

In other news...

Kim Releases SUPER Raunchy, NSFW Batch of 'Kimojis' -- These Are OUTRAGEOUS!

OMG! Fans are FREAKING OUT over the slew of pornographic-styled Kimojis that have just been released. We can hardly believe these were even allowed in the app store!


Teresa Giudice 'Prostitution Whore' Is My Friend Again ... Namaste

10/20/2016 3:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1020-teresa-giudice-instagram-01Teresa Giudice and the woman she called a "prostitution whore" on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' are back in the friend zone ... and they brought their yoga mats with them. 

Sources close to Teresa and Danielle Staub tell us ... the former foes connected for the first time since Danielle left the show in 2010 by taking a yoga class together. Teresa reached out to Danielle after she heard she was tweeting out support for her during her family and legal problems.

We're told Teresa fell in love with yoga -- something Danielle has done for a long time -- while she was in prison ... so it was the perfect idea for their reunion. 

It seems like the friend date was legit too, because 'RHONJ' isn't filming right now ... which probably made things even more peaceful.

Donald Trump Accuser I Never Plotted with Hillary ... I'm Republican!!!

10/20/2016 2:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1020-donald-trump-temple-taggart-mcdowell-tmz-nbc-01One of Donald Trump's accusers has news for him -- she'd never team up with Hillary Clinton, and has ZERO interest in Hillary being prez ... because she plays for the wrong team.

Temple McDowell -- who repped Utah in the '97 Miss USA pageant -- claims Trump planted unwanted kisses on her lips during a rehearsal, and during a business meeting. She tells TMZ she's outraged at what Trump said during the debate -- accusing Clinton of coercing women to go public with fake stories.

Temple blew up his theory, saying she's always voted Republican, and has NO plans to vote Clinton. She added ... she's willing to hand over phone records to prove she had no contact with Hillary or her campaign.

To be clear, she's also not voting for Trump. Temple says she's backing Utah independent candidate Evan McMullin for President. So, yeah ... she's pissed.

In other news...

SO BLONDE! Demi Lovato's SHOCKING Transformation -- She Looks Like a BARBIE Now!

Demi Lovato is NOT the dark haired 'bad girl' you once knew -- She's had a total transformation and looks G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S! What do you think?


Jared Fogle Child Porn Victim Drops Lawsuit

10/20/2016 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1020-jared-fogle-tmz-01One of Jared Fogle's child porn victims just agreed to drop her lawsuit against him, and it has all the ear markings of a settlement. 

Jane Doe filed docs Thursday saying she and her family agree to dismiss the civil suit against Fogle. You'll recall, Fogle was sued by the woman for conspiring with his ex-partner, Russell Taylor, to secretly record a nude minor. She was initially looking for $150k from each of them. 

Fogle was already convicted and locked up, but had the balls to sue the girl's parents ... saying they were the ones who screwed her up mentally and emotionally. 

According to the docs -- obtained by TMZ -- she's dismissing the suit with prejudice ... meaning she and her parents can't ever sue him for the same thing. It's a sign they likely reached a financial settlement.

We've reached out to both parties ... so far, no word back. A judge still needs to sign off on the dismissal. 

Donald Trump Mexican Menus Now Serving 'Bad Hombre' Specials

10/20/2016 2:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Mexican restaurants across America are cashing in "bigly" on Donald Trump's "bad hombres" comment from the third and final presidential debate.

We spoke to Mexican restaurants in 3 different states -- Tennessee, Maine and Pennsylvania, who clapped back at Trump by adding "bad hombre" specials to the menu.

The El Corazon taco truck in Portland, Maine says they sold out of their "Bad Hombre Burrito" 2 hours after putting it on the menu Thursday morning. The Grubhouse in Philly says it added the "Bad Hombre Breakfast Sandwich" which they say is tremendous since it's stocked with chorizo, eggs, pepper jack and jalapeño ketchup.

To wash it all down ... Rosepepper Cantina, an award-winning stomp in Nashville, is serving up the "Bad Hombre" cocktail which features "very, very strong, believe me, Mezcal" and "The Nasty Woman" with potent, but well-aged tequila. 

Mexican food ... making America great again. 

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