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Scientology's David Miscavige

Target of Death Threats

9/5/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0904-david-miscavige-getty-01Someone is out to kill Scientology honcho David Miscavige ... or so the guy vows, and it's triggered a big police investigation.

A man repeatedly called the main number for Scientology in Hollywood in July, making very direct threats:

    "Tell David that we are going to kill him."

    "We are going to assassinate Mr. Miscavige and every single one of you."

    "You tell your leader, who is an a**hole and a motherf*****, he is going to be shot pretty soon."

We're told the operator kept the man on the phone during the last call for 2 hours and 55 minutes and got identifying information, including his Skype address.  

Scientology forwarded the info to LAPD's Major Crimes Unit, which launched an investigation and executed a search warrant last month. The person the LAPD closed in on is a Jewish businessman.

It's unclear if any arrests have been made.

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Justin Bieber, Travis Scott

Call to Action

Let's Get Drunk!!!

13 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber and Travis Scott became strange bedflellows at Travis' album release party, rapping about the virtues of getting wasted.

Justin joined Travis for his new album, Rodeo, at Up&Down nightclub in NYC.  The reason it's weird ... Justin has really cleaned up his act in the last year ... radically cutting back from excessive drinking and other activities.

Nonetheless, there was Justin and Travis singing "Maria" ... chanting the anthem, "Call your friends.  Let's Get Drunk!"

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Stars and Scars

You be the Judge

9/5/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0904_scars_stars_tmz_getty_compositeForget Biden throwing his hat in the ring ... how 'bout Kanye? And maybe we've gone overboard here at TMZ with the Kardashians. So we gotta ask ...



Rachel Uchitel

Major Brain Surgery Scheduled

9/5/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Rachel Uchitel will undergo surgery so major, her entire brain will be lifted off the cavity.

We're told Rachel has been suffering from back pain for years, but all treatment failed. She recently went to a surgeon who told her she had a condition called Chiari, a birth defect that causes brain tissue to settle into the spinal canal.

Tiger Woods' former GF will go in for surgery in 2 weeks, where doctors will cut a hole in the back of her head and lift the brain off the spinal canal.

Rachel's terrified but doctors say they're fairly confident ... 50% become symptom-free, 10-30% improve significantly and the rest don't.

So so Vegas odds, but doctors say she'll be ok. 

Rapper Travis Scott

Lunges at Fan ...

I'm NOT A$AP Rocky!!!

9/5/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Travis Scott lost it Thursday night when several fans mistook him for A$AP Rocky.

True enough they have similar hairstyles, but it's clearly a sore spot for the rapper, who was going into Up & Down nightclub in NYC for his album release party.

It was a big deal for Travis ... Bieber and Kendall Jenner were inside to cheer him on, but he had to shake off a case of the angries before entering.

As for Shakespeare's question, "What's in a name?"  Now we can answer ... everything.

The Beatles

Contract that Bound them Together

Up for Auction

52 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF

0905-beatles-contract-launch-01The world would never have enjoyed and been influenced by The Beatles if they didn't sign this contract ... at least that's what an auction house wants you to believe.

It's actually pretty awesome ... a 1962 agreement between John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Star and their manager Brian Epstein.  

The contract give the legendary Epstein wide-ranging power ... authority to choose clothes, make-up and presentation of the group.  It also gives the group power to boot a member if 2 or more want them out.

Right up there with the Magna Carta?  No?  

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TMZ's Bangin' Backside

PHOTO CONTEST

BOOTYFUL!

9/5/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0904_booty_contest_photos_launchWe're ending the summer on a real bummer ... and you get to enjoy it all while sitting there on your butt!

Check out all the great glutes that poured into the TMZ newsroom for our Bangin' Backside Photo Contest and be sure to check back on Monday to vote for which pic should score the $250 prize!

**CLICK HERE for contest rules and regulations!**

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'Love and Hip Hop' Star

Charged in Uber Driver

Beat down

9/4/2015 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0904_Teairra-Mari_TMZ_uber'Love and Hip Hop' star Teairra Mari just learned a tough lesson -- you can get charged for not getting a phone charge.

You might remember ... Mari allegedly went nuts on an Uber driver in July after he refused to let her charge her cellphone. The driver claims Mari began to punch him and stole his charger -- forcing him to pull over. 

Prosecutors bought the driver's story and on Friday Mari was charged with battery and theft -- both misdemeanors. She was also hit with a vandalism charge but it's not clear where that came from. 

Mari faces possible jail time, where at least she won't have to worry about her phone's battery life. 

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Tim Tebow

STALLONE HAS MY BACK

'He Should Be 1st String!'

9/4/2015 2:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tim Tebow has some MAJOR support from a big huge Philadelphia mega-icon -- Sylvester Stallone -- who tells TMZ Sports Tim shouldn't just make the Eagles roster ... HE SHOULD START!!!! 

Click here... it's not over yet
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Jim Parsons

Friend Praised During Emmy Speech ...

Busted for Improper Relationship with Student

9/4/2015 1:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The man "Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons singled out for praise during his Emmy acceptance speech in 2010 has been arrested for having an improper relationship with his high school student -- a felony.  

42-year-old Greg Stanley -- who was Parsons' roommate in college and longtime friend -- was arrested in College Station, Texas after a 17-year-old complained Stanley lured him to his home last month, served him alcohol and sexually assaulted him.

Stanley was a theater arts teacher at College Station High School, where the 17-year-old attended.

According to cops, a conversation after the incident between Stanley and the 17-year-old was recorded, in which Stanley reportedly said he would give the boy a prominent position within a student organization "if we could just move on."

As for why Stanley wasn't charged with child molestation ... the age of consent in Texas is 17.

Stanley has been placed on administrative leave.

A rep for Parsons tells TMZ, "They were friends but have not been in contact for several years."

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Rosie O'Donnell's Daughter

Judge Clears Way for Reunion ...

With Child Endangerment Defendant

9/4/2015 12:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Rosie O'Donnell's daughter Chelsea can reunite with the guy who was arrested for sending her obscene messages.

A judge had issued a no contact order, prohibiting 25-year-old Steven Sheerer from having any contact with the then 17-year old, who ran off to be with him.

But here's the twist. Chelsea just turned 18, so she's an adult ... free to make her own decisions.

That does not mean by any stretch the charges against Sheerer will go away. He claims he believed she was of consenting age because she was on his 18 and older Tinder feed

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What's The Big Frigin'

DIFFERENCE?!

less than a minute ago BY TMZ STAFF

0901_frigin_launchThese two swollen Sylvester Stallone snapshots are hiding some sneaky differences within the pumped up pics ... flex your brain muscles and see if you can spot 'em!

**HINT -- There are THREE differences in the above photographs!**

Caitlyn Jenner

Luke Warm on Gay Marriage

9/4/2015 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Caitlyn Jenner stunned a lot of people during a recent taping of 'Ellen,' saying she was opposed to gay marriage for a long time but now she's just ok with it.

Ellen was on her game, challenging Caitlyn who said she was a traditionalist for a long time but eventually decided she had no business standing in the way of someone's happiness.

She sounded very tentative, and Ellen pressed. The best Caitlyn could muster was, "I'm ok with it."

Interesting.

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