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Mario Batali NYPD Investigating 2nd Rape Case ... NOT at Spotted Pig

5/20/2018 10:17 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mario Batali is under investigation for an alleged rape at another one of his restaurants, one a woman claims happened the year before the alleged Spotted Pig incident ... TMZ has learned.

A Texas woman claims she was raped by Batali on Jan. 29, 2004, and according to our law enforcement sources ... she filed a police report with NYPD in March of this year.

The woman claims she was drinking at the bar at Babbo -- Batali's West Village eatery -- and around 2 AM, she went upstairs to use the bathroom. We're told the next thing she remembers is Batali on top of her, having sex with her ... and she was physically helpless.

Our sources say NYPD has an open investigation into the woman's claim.

As we told you, "60 Minutes" spoke to an employee from Batali's restaurant, Spotted Pig -- who claims Batali might have drugged her and sexually assaulted her in 2005. '60 Minutes' says NYPD is investigating that case as well.

Batali denied the Spotted Pig claim. 

We've reached out to his camp about the alleged Babbo rape. So far, no word back.

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Shawn Mendes at Billboard Awards You Can't Take My Youth Away ... Sings w/ MSD Choir Kids

5/20/2018 7:04 PM PDT

Shawn Mendes just honored victims of gun violence with an emotional tribute at the Billboard Music Awards ... and with the help of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Shawn took the stage Sunday to perform his song "Youth," and was joined by singer Khalid ... who's featured on the song. Toward the end of the performance, multiple students from MSD's choir came out as well to help him finish out the tune. 

We broke the story ... Shawn was aiming to send an uplifting message with the Parkland students' cameo -- especially in the wake of another school shooting this week that left 10 people dead. 

As you can see ... the message was well received by those there. A standing ovation ... and not a dry eye in the room. 

Mario Batali Under Criminal Investigation For Sexual Misconduct: Report

5/20/2018 6:44 PM PDT
Breaking News

Mario Batali is reportedly being investigated by the NYPD for sexual misconduct after a woman came forward on '60 Minutes' to claim he'd sexually assaulted her. 

Anderson Cooper spoke to a handful of women Sunday, one of whom anonymously said Batali had possibly drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2005 after waking up at the Spotted Pig with semen on her leg. The woman, who was an employee of his at the time, says she was getting romantic with Batali prior to blacking out the night before.

The woman says she went to the hospital to get a rape kit done, but never filed a police report.

Other women claimed Batali had inappropriately touched them under his employ, and that they'd once seen him sexually assault at least one other woman, who was either unconscious or semi-conscious, at the Spotted Pig. That woman refused to talk to '60 Minutes.'

Batali issued a strong denial to CBS, saying he vehemently denied sexually assaulting the woman who did speak. It's unclear if he was asked about about the alleged second sexual assault, or the alleged inappropriate touching. That said ... he did issue an apology for his behavior last year. 

'60 Minutes' says the NYPD confirmed there was an active criminal investigation into Batali's alleged misconduct. 

'Let's Make A Deal' Friend-Zone Couple Wayne Brady, It's Your Fault We're Not Banging Yet Mexico Trip Is Still A Go

5/21/2018 3:44 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The dude who got epically friend-zoned on "Let's Make A Deal" is blaming it all on the game show's host, Wayne Brady.

We got Steve Heiss and his "gal pal," Jessie Rabideau, out in L.A. Friday where Jessie tried to play off her cringeworthy on-air diss on being starstruck by Brady. For anyone who missed it ... it was brutal. Steve said the two were dating and Jessie denied him HARD, shouting, "I'm single" repeatedly.

Steve says Brady didn't help his cause when he told one of our photogs later Steve should've locked down their relationship status beforehand.

They're still planning on taking the free trip to Mexico that they won on the show, and Jessie even said she'd be down to share a king-size bed with Steve, but just watching Jessie in this video ... girl is sending mixed signals.

Earth to Steve ... maybe it's time to move on.

R. Kelly Alleged Sex Slave Victims Families in New Lifetime Documentary

5/21/2018 3:44 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lifetime's diving deep into R. Kelly's alleged sex cult with a documentary series ... and TMZ's learned the network's getting tons of help from the families directly affected.

Tim Savage -- the father of alleged brainwashed sex slave Joycelyn Savage -- tells TMZ ... 3 families are directly involved with helping Lifetime produce the documentary. Along with the Savages, Tim tells us Michelle Gardner's playing ball, as is Angelo Clary.

And get this ... one of the scenes features Michelle in L.A. looking for her daughter, Dominique. Michelle tells us she recognized her daughter in a video we posted earlier this month interviewing Joycelyn. Dominique's the one wearing the baseball hat and black t-shirt.

We're told Michelle somehow found Dominique and brought her back home with her. As far as Angelo ... he's been trying to find his daughter, Azriel, for some time now. As we reported ... Angelo claims Azriel met Kelly when she was 17 and shortly after meeting Angelo says she moved in with him.

In addition to the doc, Lifetime also has a movie in the works. We've reached out to Lifetime ... so far no word back.

A.I. Pioneer Mark Palatucci Elon Musk's Fears are Unfounded ... Robots are Chill

5/21/2018 3:44 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Elon Musk's fears of an artificial intelligence uprising are pretty ludicrous -- at least for the time being ... so says a man who specializes in the industry.

Anki co-founder Mark Palatucci -- who's also head of the A.I. company's Cloud A.I. and Data Science -- tells TMZ ... we are far, far away from robots posing any sort of threat to humanity, and to believe otherwise is to believe in sci-fi.

Mark points out ... robots are just computer programs -- made by humans -- so the idea of them spontaneously having minds of their own is simply fantasy. He tells us ... "A.I. is harder than rocket science -- that's why we've been to the moon but we don't have a robot that can take out the trash."

We do, however, have a robot that can run and jump ...

Regardless, Mark says he agrees with Musk about one thing -- A.I. needs to be regulated to ensure safety ... specifically when it comes to technology like self-driving cars.

He also makes it clear he's an Elon fan despite their differing A.I. opinions ... his car order proves it.

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Offset's Crew Cops Know Who Assaulted Autograph Hound ... All Because of a Stolen Chain!!!

5/21/2018 3:44 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The 3 men who beat the crap out of an aggressive Cardi B autograph seeker have been ID'd by cops and TMZ's learned they're now persons of interest.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the guys are in Offset's crew, but when cops called neither the rapper nor his famous and very preggo fiancée were cooperating. Investigators had their luck quickly turn ... and it had everything to do with Offset's chain getting stolen from his hotel room.

We're told investigators in that case wanted a list of names of authorized people coming in and out of the Migos rapper's room. When they got that list, investigators handed it to cops handling the assault case.  Those cops ran background checks on the suspects, checked surveillance and cross-checked the names on social media.

Sources tell us cops struck gold and found images that matched the same gear they were wearing in the assault captured on camera. We're told the 3 men are currently in Georgia. They're not officially suspects  ... at least not yet.

As we first reported ... the autograph seeker has sued Cardi B and Offset alleging their hired muscle is responsible for the attack.

We reached out to an NYPD spokesperson who had no comment.

Taylor Swift 'September' Cover was 'Lethargic' ... Says EW&F Co-Writer

5/20/2018 4:26 PM PDT

Taylor Swift's cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's classic hit "September" was about as exciting as a drunk and sedated turtle napping ... so says one of the co-writers of the song.

Allee Willis, who co-wrote "September" with EW&F's Maurice White and Al McKay, shared her thoughts on Taylor's rendition Friday during a show in Detroit. 

Here's what she reportedly said, in part -- it's pretty brutal ... "I didn't really think she did a horrible job. Yes, I felt it was as lethargic as a drunk turtle dozing under a sunflower after ingesting a bottle of Valium, and I thought it had all the build of a one-story motel, but, I mean, the girl didn't kill anybody." OUCHHH!!!!!

The criticism went on ... "She didn't run over your foot. She just cut a very calm and somewhat boring take of one of the peppiest, happiest, most popular songs in history."

Taylor released her acoustic version of "September" last month on Spotify. She caught a lot of backlash for turning the funky song into a country snoozer. The band's very own lead singer, Philip Bailey, praised Taylor's take, but clearly Willis disagreed.

She finished her thoughts with this message to Taylor ... "I'm honored you'd choose to do my song and that it meant enough to you that you wanted to personalize it to the goddamn 28th night of September, that you wanted to cover it with banjo."

Do you remember // That time Taylor Swift pissed off someone who helped write "September?" Hell yes we do.

Katy Perry to Santa Barbara One Round, On Me! ... Crowd Runs to the Bar

5/20/2018 2:27 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Katy Perry treated her hometown to free booze at a concert this weekend -- but might've spoken too soon ... 'cause much of the crowd went runnin'.

Katy performed Saturday night at the Santa Barbara Bowl for what she dubbed 'Witness: Coming Home' -- a benefit show to help relief efforts for the wildfires and mudslides in the area earlier this year. All ticket sales were donated, including Katy's cut.

Toward the end of the performance, Katy offered to buy the entire audience "all drinks" on her dime, per eyewitnesses. True to form ... many in the SB crowd immediately hit the bar.

You can hear Katy try to call them back in to catch the rest of the show, but it was too late. Santa Barbara Bowl's general manager, Rick Boller, tells TMZ that her offer amounted to about one free drink per person to anyone who swung by. No word yet on the total tab.

BTW ... we're told Katy did the concert completely free of charge, too. She forewent her booking fee through promoter GoldenVoice. Atta girl. 

Texas School Shooting Suspect Was Dancing at Church ... Days Before Massacre

5/20/2018 11:26 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The student arrested for gunning down 10 people at his high school appeared to be nothing more than a church-going dancer mere days before the shooting.

TMZ has obtained video of 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis participating in a choreographed dance for his Greek Orthodox church the weekend before he allegedly shot and killed 8 of his peers and 2 teachers.

Sources connected to the event tell us the dance was part of a larger Greek festival in a town about 30 minutes away from Santa Fe, TX where he went to school. The performance was rehearsed well before showtime -- Pagourtzis was involved from the start.

Another harrowing detail ... we're told those who knew or knew of Pagourtzis never saw any signs that would indicate he would go absolutely mad.

Pagourtzis has been charged with multiple counts of capital murder and aggravated assault on a public servant after allegedly opening fire Friday at Santa Fe High School -- killing 10 and injuring many others. Cops say he used a shotgun and a revolver as weapons.

He has not entered a plea. 

Chrissy Teigen Hey There, Miles! First Photo of Baby Boy

5/20/2018 11:11 AM PDT

Chrissy Teigen didn't hesitate to show the world her new bundle of joy -- she plastered the kid's cute mug just 3 days after popping him out. All we can say ... AWWW.

Chrissy posted a photo Sunday of her and hubby John Legend's baby boy, whom they named Miles Theodore Stephens -- solid name after a lot of interesting ones have been flying around lately. BTW, John's real surname is Stephens ... chill, everyone!

As we reported ... Chrissy announced she'd given birth Thursday by writing "Somebody’s herrrrrrre!" with a happy face and baby bottle emojis on social media. This is her and John's second child -- they have a 2-year-old daughter, Luna.

In case you're wondering how Chrissy's doing during her postpartum phase ... it sounds like she's faring better the second time around. TMI? Yes ... we thought so, too.

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Shawn Mendes Performing Tribute to Victims of Gun Violence At Billboard Music Awards

5/20/2018 8:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Shawn Mendes will perform his song "Youth" at the Billboard Music Awards as a tribute to those affected by gun violence, and he'll be joined on stage by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Show Choir.

Sources close to production tell TMZ Mendes and Khalid -- who is featured on the song -- wanted to shed light on the recent tragedies ... including the shooting at Santa Fe High School on Friday that left 10 dead.

"Youth" -- a song with a message about not allowing pain and tragedy to steal a kid's youth -- was released earlier this month after the massacre at MSD in Parkland, Florida which left 17 students and faculty members dead. Our sources say 12 members from the school's show choir will be featured in the performance.

We're told show producers were left scrambling Friday to also work in a tribute to Santa Fe which happened BBMA host Kelly Clarkson's home state of Texas. Production sources say rehearsals for the performance Saturday left those watching in tears.

The Billboard Music Awards will air tonight at 8ET on NBC.

Beyonce Praise Be ... I Own a Church Now!!!

5/20/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Holy lord ... Beyonce now has her very own church!

Queen Bey's the new owner of a stone structured, 7,500 sq. ft house of God in The Big Easy. The New Orleans church -- which is more than 100 years old -- was listed at $850,000 ... but it's unclear if she got a divine discount.

We're told Beyonce's church was built in the early 1900s, but has been out of commission as a place of worship for some time due to its church members passing away.

Looks like it could be revival time though ... and Beyonce shouldn't have any issues finding folks willing to get in formation and join her congregation. Her sister, Solange, lives nearby, too.

Speaking of ... a San Francisco church held the first ever "Beyonce Mass" a few weeks ago and had more than 900 people show up for it.

Imagine what the turnout would be at the actual Church of Bey.

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