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Oakland Rave Fire Ex 'Ghost Ship' Worker Warned ... It Was Primed for Disaster

12/4/2016 4:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Oakland fire was 100% avoidable in the eyes of a woman who worked in the building ... and claims she warned the boss about safety dangers for years.

Danielle Bourdeaux volunteered at the so-called Oakland Ghost Ship art collective until 2015, and says she was friends with its director, Derick Ion, and his family. However, she paints a very vivid picture of a "dangerous, disheveled" -- conditions she says she warned Ion about multiple times.

She believes Ion is a "hoarder" who blew off her concerns, and added ... that infamous cargo pallet stairway in the building was more like a "treehouse staircase." She revealed there was a more legit one, but explained why it wouldn't have helped first time visitors.

Bourdeaux says she left the collective after a falling out with Ion over his kids. Basically, she felt it was unsafe for them to live in the building, and she claims he disagreed.

We've reached out to Ion, but haven't heard back. Cops have not named any suspects, but say criminal charges are a possibility. They continue searching, and the death toll is now at least 33.

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Rob Kardashian & Blac Chyna Birthing Dream Paid ... Where's Our Wedding Check?

12/5/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1129-rob-kardashian-blac-chyna-tmz-01Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna are all in when it comes to cashing in on their milestones as a couple ... and they're ready to start talking turkey for a TV wedding special.

Sources close to the couple tell TMZ ... they're on solid ground since Dream's birth, and want to get married next year. We're told there's no date set, but one major factor in that decision will be what's best for TV.

There's nothing contractually obligating them to shoot their wedding, but for the right price ... they'd be all about it. Remember, they scored a sweet deal for their baby birth special which airs in a couple weeks.

Our sources say Rob and Blac already have a few venues in mind, but they're not locking anything down just yet. As for Dream, there's no drama in the co-parenting dept and she's helping them grow closer.

Now an agent just needs to get 'em closer to a TV deal.

NFL Legend Fran Tarkenton Trump Boycotters Are Stupid 'Nobody Boycotted Obama 'Cause He's Black'

12/5/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

NFL great Fran Tarkenton says athletes who turn down an invitation to Trump's White House are "disrespectful" and "stupid" ... adding, "Nobody boycotted Obama 'cause he's black, did they?"

Click here... it's not over yet

Jerry Ferrara My Ex-Pals at Fat Sal's Are Big Fat Jerks!!

12/5/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-jerry-ferrara-tmz-2Jerry Ferrara's pissed at his former friends and sandwich biz partners for suing him, and he's fired back with a million-dollar countersuit for screwing him over ... according to the docs.

The "Entourage" star says he co-founded Fat Sal's with 2 of his friends and was the "driving force" behind its success. Ferrara claims he not only provided $74,500 for start-up money, but also used his celeb status to heavily promote the sandwich shop, and boost revenue.

Turtle says his old buds started squeezing him out when they opened several more locations. In the docs, he says they went to great lengths to hide profits from him. Jerry says they even deleted the "Our Story" section from their website where he was credited as co-founder.

Fat Sal's sued to officially 86 Jerry in August, but in his suit Jerry's demanding his equity share and at least a million dollars in damages before he goes anywhere.

A$AP Rocky Sues I Love Bad Bitches But My Landlord's a Freakin' Problem

12/5/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202_asap_rocky_tmzA$AP Rocky is refusing to pay his old landlord a dime for "damage" done to his Soho apartment ... because he says the landlord owes HIM dough, and should be more grateful.

A$AP filed a countersuit ... saying the landlord was negligent in maintaining the building, and that caused 2 floods in the unit -- one of 'em so bad, the rapper says he had to rent another place for a month.

The landlord originally sued A$AP for more than $100k, claiming the rapper turned a closet into a recording studio and damaged the downstairs bathroom -- all of which A$AP finds laughable. In his docs, he says whatever changes he made actually increased the pad's value.

Translation: You're LUCKY I lived here.

A$AP is suing to get back his $40k security deposit, plus damages.

Model Jennifer Pandul Short Shorts, Long Stretch

12/5/2016 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1205_jennifer_pandul_beach_workout_launchJennifer Pandul's beach workout doesn't feature much cardio, but there's a lot of bending, stretching and stripping down to a tiny outfit ... so we endorse it.

The redheaded model was gettin' fit at Santa Monica beach by the pier, and eventually decided wearing a shirt was not necessary.

Sorry, we were just being cheeky ... still not as much as Jennifer though.

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Keira Knightley TERRIFIED To Go Outside -- This Is SO SCARY!

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Torrei Hart Kevin Hart Who? My New Man is B.I.G.

12/5/2016 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1201-torrei-jamal-tmz-instagram-2Kevin Hart's ex-wife, Torrei, has rebounded with a new man.

Torrei's rep confirms she's been dating Jamal Woolard -- best known for playing Biggie Smalls in "Notorious," "All Eyez on Me" and seemingly every other movie about Notorious B.I.G.

We're told they've been together for 2 months, and clicked after meeting on the set of "Turnt." Torrei co-starred and co-produced the flick, while Jamal co-stars and is the executive producer. So, yeah ... they spent a lot of time together.

Kevin and Torrei divorced in 2011, and although it was messy at first ... they're on great terms now.

FUN FACT: Jamal's 6'3" ... nearly a full foot taller than Kev. Good luck, Torrei!

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Guess Who This Dimpled Little Dude Turned Into!

12/5/2016 12:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1202_smiling_sweetie_launchBefore this smiling stud became an international superstar and had us fallin' in love with him, he was just another tot growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Can you guess who he is?

R. Kelly Fan Grabs Handful of Chestnuts During Christmas Concert

12/4/2016 1:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

One R. Kelly fan definitely made Santa's naughty list when she got up close and personal with the singer's junk making it a very, very merry Christmas in the D ... Detroit, that is. 

Kelly kicked off his "12 Nights of Christmas" concert Friday night at the legendary Fox Theatre, but this is clearly not a holiday show for the kids. It's a much different take on "The Nutcracker."

Kelly's reaction to the grabby fan is priceless, considering he was kinda asking for it.

#HoHoHo

In other news...

AWW! Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick Are Giving Their Relationship Another Try

The rumors are true: Kourtney and Scott are officially back together after a "breakup" of a little over a year -- find out what made them give it another shot!

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Oakland Rave Fire 'Ghost Ship' Concert Vid Shows Clutter, Tight Conditions

12/4/2016 9:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The Oakland warehouse that went up in flames Friday night was a popular location for underground EDM shows ... and footage of a previous concert shows the set up was extremely claustrophobic.

The Obscura Machina show -- featuring several DJs -- went down in June at the art commune known as the Oakland Ghost Ship. You can see all the equipment and wires packed tightly into the "stage" area.

Antique musical instruments and lamps, mannequin parts and dozens of other tchotchkes are surrounding the DJ and the crowd. This show went off without a hitch, but the danger that was likely present Friday night is obvious.  

The death toll is now at least 24.

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Sammy Hagar Old Cabo Wabo Co. Sues One Shot to Stop Using Our Name!!

12/4/2016 1:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-cabo-wabo-grill-tequila-gettySammy Hagar's gotta be pissed -- a Cabo Wabo restaurant that doesn't serve tequila sounds like a ripoff, and that's exactly what it is ... according to a lawsuit filed by Sammy's old brand.

Campari America -- which bought the rocker's chain of nightclubs, restaurants and tequila -- says 2 San Diego-based restaurants ripped off its trademark name to confuse customers looking for the real deal.

According to docs, both Cabo Wabo Grill and Cabo Wabo Grill 2 -- opened in 2010 and 2013 -- knowingly used the name's established popularity to attract patrons. What's worse, Campari says the joints don't have proper licences to serve liquor ... so they can't even sell Cabo Wabo tequila shots!

Campari is demanding the grill owners change the names and fork over some dough for damages. We reached out to the restaurant owners ... but no word back.

Sammy's not involved in the suit.

In other news...

Anna Faris Comes Clean About Chris Pratt Affair Rumors :(

Anna Faris got super candid on her latest podcast -- her relationship was SEVERELY rattled

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Blink 182's Mark Hoppus Oakland Tragedy Exposes Danger of Underground Music Scene

12/4/2016 8:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Oakland rave fire hit close to home for Blink 182 singer Mark Hoppus, who says he and his band are probably lucky they didn't suffer a similar tragedy.

Mark was at the Grove in L.A. Saturday night when we asked about his experience coming up in the underground music scene. He's played gigs in makeshift venues like the art commune in Oakland -- and admits fire safety just isn't top priority when you're an up and coming act.

Hindsight is 20/20, but after this tragedy ... Mark says the industry has to be better about policing itself.

Justin Bieber to Paps I'm Super Normal ... Namaste

12/4/2016 8:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Justin Bieber worked up a sweat in the boxing ring, and then got all zen on photogs waiting for him outside the gym.

Justin was dripping wet on his way out of Ten Goose Boxing -- the Van Nuys, CA gym where he's been sparring lately, and apparently picking up some wisdom.

He's lectured his fans recently about screaming during concerts, and he echoed that for the paparazzi ... begging them to understand he's just a "super normal" dude.

Bigger concern in this video? That's a LOT of sweat on those leather seats.

#ewww

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