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L.A. Dodgers We Take Bows ... Not Knees

10/24/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Los Angeles Dodgers will all be upright Tuesday when the National Anthem is sung before game 1 of the World Series ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Sources familiar with the situation tell us, none of the players will take a knee, which is consistent with the entire season ... not a single member of the team has taken a knee. In fact, aside from one Oakland player, there has been no such protest on any team for the entire season.

Our sources say it's such a "nonissue" for the Dodgers ... management hasn't even spoken to the players about it.

As for the person who will sing the National Anthem ... we're told "no knee."

Steve Bannon to Mark Cuban Good Luck Running as a Republican ... Blue's More Your Color!

10/24/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Steve Bannon's calling out the elephant in the room where Mark Cuban's considering a run for the presidency as a Republican ... by labeling him a donkey.

We got the Breitbart exec Monday in D.C. and asked if Mark would be taken seriously as a Republican if he were to run against Trump in 2020 ... his answer's brief, but telling.

As we reported ... the Dallas Mavericks owner told Harvey Levin on "OBJECTified" Sunday night that he'd run against 45 under the umbrella of the GOP ... if he decides to.

Doesn't look like Bannon would be in his corner on that front ... cross the aisle, maybe?

MLB's Bruce Maxwell Pro-Trump Waiter Wouldn't Serve Me ... Over Kneeling Protest

10/24/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Oakland A's catcher Bruce Maxwell -- the only MLB player who took a knee this season -- tells TMZ Sports he was confronted by a pro-Trump waiter at an Alabama restaurant who refused to serve him.

"He was like, 'You're the guy who took the knee? I voted for Trump and I stand for everything he stands for.'"

Maxwell says it all went down at a lunch with a local politician -- and after they complained to management, they got a new server. 

But Maxwell says there's been a lot of POSITIVES that have come from his demonstration -- including a new friendship with Colin Kaepernick who's sort of mentoring him now. 

"The dude's so positive," Maxwell says ... "He's such a strong, level-headed individual."

"His friendship definitely helps. His guidance comes through that. And just being able to use him as a sounding board some days does me some good."

Maxwell also says some very big names from both the NFL and MLB have reached out to lend their support ... guys like Dusty Baker, Coco Crisp, Torii Hunter, Adam Jones and more. 

He hopes to unite everyone to help spread Colin's message. We know where they WON'T be having the next lunch meeting. 

Blac Chyna About to Get Grilled Over Car Crash Lawyer Doesn't Buy Her Alibi

10/24/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Blac Chyna's gonna have to jog her memory when she finally sits down and gets grilled about a 2-year-old car crash involving her BMW ... because the victim's lawyer thinks she's lying.

Jon Teller, the attorney for one of the women involved in the 2015 crash, tells TMZ ... BC is scheduled to be deposed this week and the objective's clear -- poke holes in her story that she was home at the time of the crash. Teller's adamant BC was in the car at the time of the crash ... if not behind the wheel.

Teller adds Blac hasn't shown one shred of evidence she was home on November 11. As we reported ... passengers in the SUV said they saw 2 African-American women in mini skirts get out of BC's BMW and jump in a car that had been following them.

Blac's friend, Paige Addison, told cops she was behind the wheel and BC was not in the car. Paige was charged with felony hit-and-run.

Teller also tells us his client's lifestyle has been severely curtailed since the accident ... she's no longer active because of injuries to her back that might require invasive surgery. Teller says she wants hundreds of thousands to cover her medical expenses and the case could cross the million dollar line with pain and suffering and punitives.

We've reached out to BC, so far no word back. 

Playboy Files to Protect Retro Bunny Logo ... Even After Hef's Death

10/24/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Playboy is taking steps to protect its biz regarding its iconic bunny logo -- almost a month after their founder Hugh Hefner died.

Playboy filed to renew the rights to a retro version of its Playboy bunny mark on a ton of its packaging and other items that'd typically feature the regular logo.

According to docs, obtained by TMZ, they're looking to lock down the image of a smirking white bunny in a tux and plaster it on pretty important Playboy merch ... like magazines, for example ... plus calendars, boxes, stationery materials and LOTS of other stuff.

The move's interesting, especially considering Hef died just last month. Some might have seen it as a signal to potentially change the branding ... but Playboy says that's not the case.

A rep for Playboy tells TMZ .. this "new" bunny ain't all that new -- it's been used by the company before, having appeared on the cover of their February 1960 issue, and has popped up over the years. We're told Playboy is simply trying to re-assert its ownership of this version of the Playboy bunny, and that it ain't changing their iconic logo.

Happy Throwback ... Tuesday.

Khalid Keep Your Hands Off Mine & Harry Styles' Junk!

10/24/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Warning to Khalid fans: don't go grabbin' the R&B star's junk if you're ever in the front row at one of his concerts, because he thinks it's hella disrespectful.

We got Khalid at LAX Monday and asked him what he thought about a fan copping a feel of Harry Styles' privates mid-performance over the weekend.

Khalid thinks the fan crossed the line since being a pop star and getting felt up onstage don't go hand in hand ... at least not anymore. 

Khalid says he doesn't mind getting touchy-feely with fans but dude's got his boundaries.

Megan in 'Re-Animator' 'Memba Her?!

10/24/2017 12:00 AM PDT

Barbara Crampton is best known for playing the topless Megan Halsey -- opposite Jeffrey Combs as Herbert West -- in the 1985 skin-filled scary film, "Re-Animator." Guess what she looks like now!

Justin Bieber Trespasser Arrested at Beverly Hills Home

10/23/2017 10:01 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A Justin Bieber fan was arrested at the singer's Beverly Hills home Monday after cops say she wandered onto the property looking for the singer ... for the third time this week.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ cops got a call to the home around 7:30 PM ... we're told Justin's security detained the woman until officers arrived.

Our sources say the woman -- in her 40's -- showed up at the home two other times in the last week and was warned by security to stay away. We're told she made it on the property but did not make it inside the home.

Justin was home during the incident, but did not make contact with the woman.

She was booked for trespassing.

Kendall Jenner Snaps Up Charlie Sheen's Old Crib ... Lock Up the Driveway!

10/23/2017 5:33 PM PDT
Breaking News

Kendall Jenner is moving to Beverly Hills, and she's cozying up in Charlie Sheen's old digs ... which could spell trouble if she doesn't lock up.

Sources tell us Kendall recently purchased Charlie's old mansion in Bev Hills for a cool $8.5 million. Problem is, this is his infamous bachelor pad ... the same place his car got jacked and driven off a cliff. 

You'll recall ... Kendall just got the hell out of WeHo this past summer after a string of scary incidents -- including an obsessed fan following her up her driveway ... and someone burglarizing the home. She paid $6.5 mil for that place -- looks like she shelled out a bit more for this one. It also looks like Charlie got less than what he wanted for it.

We can't blame her for zeroing in on Charlie's mansion, though -- at five bedrooms, six baths and a courtyard for Kings (or Queens) ... the purchase seems like a no-brainer. 

One suggestion ... double bolt the gate to your driveway, Kendall. 'Cause that's exactly where Charlie's whip got swooped. 

'Love & Hip Hop' Star Hazel-E Producers Are Lying ... They Cut Me for Homophobic Post

10/23/2017 4:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Hazel-E says she has proof "Love & Hip Hop Hollywood" only dumped her because of her homophobic social media post -- despite producers claiming she was fired beforehand.

Sources connected to Hazel-E tell TMZ ... she got a letter delivered by FedEx on Saturday, informing her the show wasn't picking up an option on her contract. The letter was sent on Friday, October 20 -- that's 16 days AFTER producers say they decided to drop her.

The letter was sent one day after her homophobic comment -- saying all gays should burn in hell -- earned her swift Internet backlash. We're told Hazel thinks the timing makes it obvious she was only cut due to the Instagram post. 

We contacted 'L&HH' producers about Hazel's letter, and they're standing by their initial statement -- they decided to can Hazel on Oct. 4. Point, blank, period.

Our Hazel sources say she's wondering what took them so long to make it official? Bottom line -- she's pissed off about the firing. We're told she's hired a lawyer and is strongly considering a lawsuit.

Ted Cruz to Trump: Release the Secret JFK Files! My Fam's Got Nothing to Hide!

10/23/2017 3:19 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ted Cruz says he really hopes President Trump releases ALL of the secret JFK assassination files -- so everyone can see once and for all if his father was REALLY involved in the plot. 

President Trump himself has previously suggested Ted's dad Rafael had some sort of role in the killing -- saying, "His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald being, you know, shot."

It appeared Trump was referencing a National Enquirer article that featured a photo of Oswald handing out pro-Castro pamphlets with another man it claimed to be Rafael Cruz

Ted has called BS on the story in the past -- but now with Trump pledging to release all of the JFK docs, his family could be vindicated once and for all ... and Ted seems excited. 

Eduardo Yanez You Slapped My Face ... I'm Slapping Your Ass with a Lawsuit

10/23/2017 3:01 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Eduardo Yanez won't get away clean for slapping a Univision reporter -- not if the reporter gets his way in court ... TMZ has learned.

Paco Fuentes is suing Yanez for the red carpet attack that went viral nearly 2 weeks ago. In the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Fuentes says Yanez hit him so hard -- as seen in the video -- it caused people around him to "literally freeze in shock."

Fuentes says Yanez continued menacing him by standing and staring at him in the moments after the slap. He's suing the Mexican soap star for assault and battery and emotional distress.

According to the suit, Yanez has shown no remorse because he qualifies his so-called apologies by saying things like, "My private life is not for sale." As we reported, Fuentes had asked Yanez a question about why he didn't pay for his son's damaged car after a car accident.

Yanez told us he IS sorry. He's also under criminal investigation by LAPD.

Eric Bolling to Bill O'Reilly Keep My Son's Death Out of Your Mouth

10/23/2017 2:32 PM PDT
Breaking News

3:56 PM PT -- O'Reilly is apologizing to Eric, and says "The message I tried to send was that allegations harm kids. Nothing more."

Ex-Fox News Channel anchor Eric Bolling is firing a warning shot to his old co-worker Bill O'Reilly for bringing up his son's death to the New York Times -- the message ... back off.

Bolling released a statement Monday in response to an interview O'Reilly did with the Times over the weekend -- in which the fired FNC host suggested Bolling's son, Eric Jr., was dead because of stories the paper ran about his dad. Eric Sr. doesn't mince words, even for Bill.

Bolling says, "I believe it is beyond inappropriate for anyone to bring in the tragic death of my son Eric Chase Bolling Jr. Just as Bill O'Reilly had wanted to shield his children from the allegations against him, I hope he will honor my request and avoid any future mentions of my son. My parting from Fox News was in no way connected to ... my son's passing."

He goes on to say that the coroner has indicated to him that Eric Jr.'s death was an accident ... and to also take a shot at Bill directly by saying ... "Unlike others who left Fox News amid public allegations and extensive investigations, I parted ways with Fox News in an amicable way and any reference to a firing is flatly wrong."

As we reported ... Eric Jr. died in bed after suffering emotional torture. The coroner has not announced cause of death.

O'Reilly was fired from Fox amid numerous allegations of sexual harassment in addition to legal settlements. Bolling left under similar circumstances. 

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