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Dancing's Maksim Chmerkovskiy

'Hope Solo's a Sh**ty Person'

21 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF

Maksim Chmerkovskiy HATES Hope Solo -- and is now blasting his former "Dancing with the Stars" partner as a "sh**ty person" and a liar who made his life a living hell. 

Maksim and Hope were partners on the show back in 2011 -- and left on horrible terms ... with Solo later making claims in her book that M.C. slapped her in the face during rehearsals. 

But moments ago, Maksim fired back on "Allegedly" -- a podcast hosted by Theo Von and Matthew Cole Weiss -- in which he denies the allegations and rips into the Team USA soccer star. 

"She's just a sh**ty person," Maksim says. "You can have a sh**ty life growing up ... but if you're a bad person, there's no excuse for that."

Check out the clip -- Chmerkovskiy was asked to play a round of "F, Marry, Kill" ... and spoiler alert, Hope ain't gettin' a diamond ring from Maks anytime soon. 


Suge Knight

Sneaks Courtroom Birthday Message To Son

10/13/2015 11:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Suge Knight pulled a fast one in court Tuesday ... waiting for the TV camera to move in his direction and seizing the opportunity to wish his 6-year-old son Legend happy birthday.

Suge's appearance in his murder case was routine, but as the lawyers and the judge did housekeeping business, the famous defendant used his ingenuity to communicate with Legend. 

Suge's had very little contact with the boy since being jailed back in January.

This birthday's a lot different from last year's ... Suge spent the day with Legend at Disneyland.




Flavor Flav

Avoids Slammer For Speeding To Mom's Funeral

10/13/2015 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1013-mug-shot-flava-flav-2-1Flavor Flav won't have to do time for racing to his mother's funeral.

We broke the story ... Flav was pulled over in New York back in January 2014 doing 79 in a 55 mph zone. When cops pulled him over they discovered his license had been suspended 16 different times, so he was booked for aggravated driving without a license.

Flav got a discount on Tuesday ... he pled guilty to just one count of driving without a license, and the judge sentenced him to time served. He also has to pay a fine around $3,600.

In other words ... Flav fought the power and kinda won.



Donald Trump

I'm Hosting SNL!!!

10/13/2015 10:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1013-trump-snl-tmz-02Donald Trump will host "Saturday Night Live" ... and the big winner is NBC.

Trump will front SNL on November 7th ... which NOT coincidentally is smack in the middle of sweeps.

Trump has been a ratings magnet ... CNN got its best rating in history during the second Republican Presidential Debate ... thanks to D.T. And even the struggling "Meet the Press" attracted 3.6 million viewers in August thanks to The Donald.

Trump is not a novice on the 'SNL' front. He hosted in 2004.


No Way I'm Voting for Hillary ...

Chicks Are Too Emotional

10/13/2015 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news


update_graphic_red_bar9:40 AM PT -- T.I. is already issuing a mea culpa. He says, "My comments about women running for president were unequivocally insensitive and wrong.  I sincerely apologize to everyone I offended."update_grey_gray_bar Hillary Clinton can't be leader of the free world because she's just too female ... this according to T.I., anyway.

T.I. told DJ Whoo Kid there's no way he'd be casting a ballot for Hillary or any woman. His rationale ... "I just know that women make rash decisions, emotionally ... they make very permanent, cemented decisions."

T.I. claimed he wasn't trying to be sexist, and added he thinks women can handle every OTHER political office, but president is too much (It starts around 13:25 in the clip).

The rapper -- who can't vote because he's got a felony on his record -- said the world just isn't ready to have a woman with her finger on the nukes.

Apparently T.I. hasn't heard of Angela Merkel, Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi, or Golda Meir.

Donald Trump

I'm Not Gonna Use 'Dream On'

Even Though I Can

10/13/2015 8:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1013-trump-tyler-tmz-02Donald Trump says he has every right to use Steven Tyler's anthem, "Dream On," but he'll shelve the song because that's what Steven wants and the Aerosmith singer is a big, big fan.

Trump tells TMZ, he's read the cease and desist letter from Tyler's lawyer, threatening a lawsuit if the leader of the Republican pack dares to walk into a crowd again with "Dream On" blaring in the background.

Trump says he bought the right to use the song in public assemblies, along with many other tunes. But since Tyler has been such a good friend and supporter over the years, Trump says he'll move on instead of dream on.

We're told Tyler's gripe is not with Trump ... he just doesn't want his music politicized.

As for what Trump now plans to use as his anthem, he says there are 10-15 songs he rotates, but he favors "We're Not Gonna Take it" by Twisted Sister because he says it connects with the audience. It doesn't hurt that Dee Snider is a 'Celebrity Apprentice' alum who loves The Donald.

BTW ... Trump's still ahead in virtually every poll, and the margin is growing.

In other news...


Ashley VanPevenage fights back after face is turned into a cruel Internet meme.


Shia LaBeouf to Cops

You Can't Arrest Me, 'Silly Man'

... I'm in the Military!!

10/13/2015 7:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1013-shia-mug-travis-county-01Shia LaBeouf went on a drunken, profane rant at the Austin cop who busted him, referring to the officer as a "silly man" ... while threatening to attack him.

According to police docs, the officer initially stopped LaBeouf because he and a group of people were jaywalking across a busy street in downtown Austin on Friday night, but the officer quickly noticed Shia's speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol.

LaBeouf initially tried to back away from the cop, and suggested he let him go for a strange reason. According to the officer, Shia said LAPD usually lets him go because they had killed a friend of his.

When that didn't work ... cops say Shia got agitated and confrontational -- first with the officer and then with someone recording video of the incident. The officer says he had to stop Shia from attacking that person.

LaBeouf's last ditch effort to sway the officer was claiming he's a member of the National Guard, and barked ... "Do whatever the f**k you gotta do!"  

The officer did ... and arrested LaBeouf for public intoxication.  


Henry Cavill

Super Dog Walker ...

Goes Commando

10/13/2015 8:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0913-henry-cavill-dog-fameflynetHenry Cavill attempted to take his dog for a low-key walk in London, while sporting a commando sweatshirt -- not that low-key is possible for him ... with that face, and the whole Superman thing.

BTW, hands-free removal of  dog poop. Now that would be a SUPER power. 



Tracy Morgan

First Time Onstage

Since Accident

10/12/2015 7:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1013-tracy-morgan-the-stand-TWITTER-02Tracy Morgan just came back to live comedy with a vengeance ... returning to not just one stage, but two.

Morgan hasn't performed in front of an audience in over 16 months, as he recovered from the devastating Walmart crash ... but Monday night he performed in NYC at both the Comedy Cellar and The Stand.

We're told he absolutely destroyed both shows, as he prepped to host an upcoming episode of "Saturday Night Live."

We're told the crowds were very small ... and absolutely prohibited any recording.

After he finished his second performance at The Stand, Tracy caught a quick bite to eat before heading out.

Welcome back, Tracy ... time to get everyone pregnant.

In other news...

Khloe Responds To Amy Schumer's Diss
Someone's NOT Happy!

Khloe responds with a cryptic message after Schumer publicly mocked her weight.


Justin Bieber

Banned for Pushing Jesus in Middle East

10/13/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1009-justin-bieber-new-album-purpose-ISNTAGRAM-01Topless Justin Bieber and symbols of Jesus Christ -- two things that just won't fly in the Middle East, where Justin's new album has been rejected for being too provocative. 

Sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... Bieber's "Purpose" album is getting the bum's rush in several Middle Eastern countries, as well as Indonesia -- predominantly Muslim regions. We're told the issue is twofold: Justin being shirtless, and the cross tattoo on his chest. 

We're told team Bieber is scrambling right now to come up with an alternate cover for those countries -- 'cause let's face it, the bottom line is pushing the music and making money.

Still unclear at this point what imagery will be on the redesigned cover.


Ronda Rousey

Marine Concerned After BF Revelation

'Hope She Doesn't Back Out'

10/13/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1012_Jarrod-Haschert-_ronda_travis_tmzA wise Batman villain once said, "Never rub another man's rhubarb" -- which is why the marine who asked out Ronda Rousey is concerned that their date to his Marine Corps Ball could be called off.  

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In other news...

Kim's Scary Pregnancy Complication

She may be one of the most #blessed women in the world, but Kim Kardashian has not had it easy when it comes to her pregnancies.


Nicholas Sparks' Ex

Hands Over Stake in Family Mansion

... Still Makes Out

10/13/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1012_nicholas-sparks-and-catherine_getty"The Notebook" author Nicholas Sparks is a true romantic in real life ... when it comes to his beloved North Carolina mansion, anyway -- and now he's making sure he keeps it in the breakup with his wife. 

According to docs obtained by TMZ ... Nicholas and Catherine Sparks both signed the deed for "Trent Acres" -- the massive family estate -- over to the Nicholas Sparks trust. As you'd expect ... the author runs his trust, so basically Catherine's given him her share of the 24,000 sq. ft. home. 

The Sparks' announced they were separating in January after 25 years of marriage.

It's unclear from the docs what, if any, compensation Catherine's getting for forking over the deed ... but typically there is something called an equalization payment. She's already secured a $1.1 million mini-mansion, just a couple miles away from "Trent Acres." 

Nicholas declared his love for his estate in a video every bit as sappy as "Nights in Rodanthe." Grab some tissues ...

'Bachelorette' Star Ben Z

I'm A Bodybuilder Now

10/13/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1012-SUB-ben-z-body-building-TMZ-01'Bachelorette' star Ben Z is more concerned about his rock hard bod than a follow-up run on "The Bachelor." 

Ben surfaced this weekend in San Francisco where he competed in his first bodybuilding competition. He didn't win, but more importantly he didn't finish in last place ... ultimately coming in 8th out of 15. 

1012-ben-z-body-building-FACEBOOK-01Ben tells us he's 210 lbs now ... down 90 lbs from his days as a linebacker playing college football, which is when that "before" pic was taken. He claims he's leaned out naturally with diet and exercise -- sans steroids or testosterone boosters.

Many thought since he was last season's resident hardbodied badass ... he'd be a shoe-in for "The Bachelor." He tells us producers approached him but he didn't get back in time with his answer. 

Spending too much time in the gym, Ben? 


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