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Vladimir Putin Why Do Your Enemies End Up Dead?

7/17/2018 6:53 AM PDT

Vladimir Putin was asked straight-up why so many of his political rivals end up dead ... and his response shows he has plenty of knowledge about what's going on in America. Maybe too much.

The Putin grilling came NOT courtesy of President Trump -- as some hoped it would -- but instead from FOX News correspondent Chris Wallace. The Russian President's answer covered a lot of ground ... including calling out the U.S. for the assassinations of JFK and MLK.

Most interestingly ... he pointed out the battles of "several ethnic groups" in the U.S. with police -- making it clear he's plugged into societal issues here. 

As for Wallace's actual question -- Putin's chalking it all up to random criminal activity while Russia's "statehood matures."

Wiz Khalifa I'm Not Sorry for Korean Eyes Lyric I've Got Asian Friends, So ...

7/17/2018 8:48 AM PDT

Wiz Khalifa doesn't feel like he has to apologize if Koreans are offended with his new song, and his reasoning is basically the ole, "I have black friends" ... except, y'know. 

The rapper was on "The Breakfast Club" Tuesday, when Charlamagne tha God asked if he had any response to criticism he's getting over his new song, "Hot Now." Specifically, the lyric "Smoke got my eyes lookin' Korean" ... is pissing off some people. 

Wiz said he's already gotten a pass on that lyric, plus he "loves Asians" ... so it's all good.

Wiz added that his music is open to interpretation ... and he's cool with it if some people get angry. While he's at it, he points out there are a few other groups that should be ticked off about "Hot Now."

In other words: bring it on!! Someone's embracing that saying about all publicity.

Iggy Azalea Big Booty Twerk-Out Sesh ... In See-Thru Pants

7/17/2018 6:55 AM PDT

Iggy Azalea is taking her twerk game to a new level -- this time, she's throwing around that donk in see-thru pants ... and the video is solid! 

The "Kream" singer has been in a serious twerk phase for a while -- and she's putting in the work to get her booty-bouncing game on point. 

In fact, she shook so much during a practice sesh on Monday night, she wore herself out ... but, as she noted, "Gotta practice ... the floors not gonna f*ck itself."

She's right. 

Christian Slater $300k for Putin Summit? God, Trump's an 'Ass****!!!'

7/17/2018 7:53 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Christian Slater's throwing a jab at President Trump for the summit with Vladimir Putin, but not for his words ... this one's all about spending $300k on the summit.

We got the "Mr. Robot" star in D.C. Tuesday and he quickly shared his thoughts on the story we broke -- the administration's six-figure tab at the Helsinki summit. For the record, the full amount was $302,124.62.

Christian kept it short and sweet -- or bitter, depending on your perspective -- and took a very personal shot ... one related to Trump's sobriety.

Luann de Lesseps Boozy Partying, Pissed Off Kids Sparked Rehab Decision

7/17/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Luann de Lesseps going back into rehab might have shocked fans, but the people closest to her knew she was only pretending to be sober for weeks now ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the 'Real Housewives' star tell us she fell off the wagon at least 2 weeks before Bethenny Frankel announced her 'RHONY' pal was reentering a rehab facility -- the second time in less than year.  

We're told friends point to a July 2 pic Luann posted with her ex-husband, declaring she'd been sober for 6 months -- no small feat for someone in recovery.

However, the very next day things fell apart rather publicly at a charity event in the Hamptons. Our sources say Luann made a late and noisy entrance -- disrupting a piano performance -- then was seen hitting up the bar, and hitting on several guys in a very touchy-feely way.

We're told friends think there are a number of reasons she slipped. One being her Christmas Eve arrest in Florida, but more recently she was sued by her 2 adult children for allegedly screwing them out of a trust.

Sources say the family divide weighed heavily on Luann. We've reached out to her camp, but no word back, yet.

Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin The Only Wedge Between Us ...

7/17/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin have been engaged for a little over a week, but they're already like an old, retired married couple ... spending their free time golfing. 

Bieber played golf instructor at Top Golf Sunday in Alpharetta, GA, teaching his future wife how to swing a club. Witnesses tell us he paid extra attention to Hailey and made sure she got the hang of the game. He's been an avid golfer for a while.

Since rekindling things, the duo have been hard to keep track of ... they got engaged in the Bahamas, then returned to NYC, then spent this past weekend in Miami only to wind up in Atlanta.

Love on the run ... it's working for them!

Taylor Hicks Of Course 'American Idol' Results Were No Secret Everybody Talked!!

7/17/2018 6:47 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Taylor Hicks doubled down saying "American Idol" contestants knew who was getting eliminated because, as he put it, everybody talked ... never mind what Nigel Lythgoe says.

We got Taylor at LAX on Monday night and told him what Nigel, the 'AI' executive producer, said ... denying he gave Taylor -- or any contestant -- the heads-up on results at any time.

Taylor just ain't buying it ... saying everybody kept tabs on each other -- at least during his 2006 run -- because they were all in a bubble.

Tyrese Feuding w/ The Rock Publicly Was Wrong

7/17/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tyrese admits airing his dirty laundry with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was NOT cool ... straight-up calling it unprofessional.

Tyrese took himself to task when he talked to Van Lathan on 'The Red Pill' podcast. You'll recall he accused his 'Fast & Furious' costar of being selfish when Johnson's 'F&F' spin-off movie shoot schedule pushed back the release date of 'Furious 9.'

He copped to going about it all wrong, but stopped shy of apologizing. In fact, Tyrese says he wasn't the only one pissed off at Dwayne. Still, he's laying the groundwork to squash the beef ... though, it hasn't happened yet.

Be sure to check out the entire episode when it drops on SoundCloud later Tuesday.

Corinne Olympios Wake Up, 'Bachelor' Nation Colton's Definitely Not a Virgin!!

7/17/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Corinne Olympios isn't buying what Colton Underwood is selling on this season of "The Bachelorette" -- insisting the ex-football player's already swiped his V card. 

The villain from Nick Viall's 'Bachelor' season was in Venice on Monday when she weighed in on Colton confessing to Becca Kufrin that he's a virgin. He still got a rose, but Corinne thinks Becca got taken.

First off, she says Colton's too hot to still have unwrapped goodies. She also says his so-called confession is one guys use all the time for sympathy. That said, she thinks it's hurting him more than helping. He did get eliminated on this week's episode, so ... Corinne might've had a point.

As for whether the jock has what it takes to be the next 'Bachelor' ... Corinne scoffs and takes a shot at all of Becca's suitors this season. Bitter ... table for one?

El DeBarge Alleged Wrench-Wielding Attack ... Lands Him in Jail

7/17/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Rhythm of the Night" singer El DeBarge took matters into his own hands, and cops busted him for taking a wrench to some guy's windshield ... according to law enforcement sources.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... DeBarge got into an argument Friday night in the San Fernando Valley and chased a man out of a house ... forcing him to retreat to a nearby RV. 

We're told DeBarge was not deterred, and followed after the guy with a wrench, which he allegedly smashed into the RV's windshield. That's when the other guy called police, who arrested DeBarge for felony vandalism. 

We're told DeBarge spent a night in jail before posting $20k bail. 

Jerry Rice Busts Out Topless Stripper Moves ... Again

7/17/2018 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jerry Rice is gunnin' for a new G.O.A.T. title after yet another memorable weekend trip to Lake Tahoe -- Greatest Of All TOPLESS!!

The 49ers legend was back at the annual American Century Celebrity golf tourney earlier this month ... where he stripped off his shirt and got down like Channing Tatum to R. Kelly's "Bump N' Grind."

He danced with a bunch of chicks ... doing some pelvic thrusts and body rolls ... and if this all looks familiar, it's 'cause it is.

Jerry gave a shirtless lap dance at a similar event in Tahoe back in 2016 ... and shook it skin-on-skin with a thong'd out model at another similar party in 2015.

So, if you're counting at home ... that's three Super Bowl rings for Rice -- and now three topless performances (that we know of).

Joi in 'Friday' 'Memba Her?!

7/17/2018 12:01 AM PDT

Paula Jai Parker is known for playing the prank calling girlfriend, Joi -- whose sister-in-law's baby cousin, Tracy saw Craig all hugged up with some tramp -- in the 1995 cinematic masterpiece "Friday." Guess what she looks like now!

Nick and Joe Jonas Double Date with Priyanka & Sophie ... And 5th Wheel, Kevin

7/16/2018 6:01 PM PDT

The Jonas Brothers reunited this week with their ladies hanging off their arms -- well, everyone except Kevin ... the only one who's actually married. 

Nick and Joe Jonas were spotted hitting up the 34 Mayfair restaurant in London Monday, with Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner tagging along for the double date. 

Everyone was looking suave as hell, including their older Jonas broski, Kev, who ironically showed up solo as a fifth wheel. He's actually married -- has been since 2009 -- and already has a couple kids with his wife, Danielle. No sign of them here, though.

Maybe Kevin just wanted to impart some long-term relationship wisdom on his little bros by himself ... or maybe he owes Danielle a huge favor for babysitting.

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