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Chester Bennington Bought Family Home Shortly Before Suicide

7/25/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chester Bennington bought his new family home about 2 months before he hanged himself there ... adding another layer of mystery to his death.

The Linkin Park frontman bought the Palos Verdes Estates house for $2.5 million back in June. The 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom house is in an affluent part of L.A. County famous for pristine neighborhoods and excellent public school system.

Everything about the 3,956 square foot pad says family home -- special nook perfect for game night, 3 outdoor decks, an expansive backyard with a spa and swimming pool.

The purchase falls in line with what Chester's LP band mates said -- that he'd spoken excitedly about future plans. Buying the perfect place for his family, but then taking his life there a month later just doesn't add up.

The Benningtons closed on the house 8 days after Chris Cornell's suicide ... leading some close friends to believe Chester's suicide decision was sudden and fueled by his grief.

Blac Chyna Ex-BF Pilot Jones Sings ... 'You Look Like S*** Without Me'

7/25/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Blac Chyna looks like a deuce without her old boo ... at least according to said old boo, Pilot Jones, who's using a new song for revenge.

Pilot's new single, "Flossin" features the not-at-all-subtle jabs and, naturally, the music video co-stars a Blac Chyna-esque character, played by model AzMarie Livingston.

In the lyrics, Pilot says he's better off without BC ... with way more colorful language. It's interesting he's attacking her this way, after accusing Chyna of bullying him to point he nearly killed himself.

Pilot's clearly trying to capitalize on his Chyna drama. If there's any doubt ... check out his music vid wardrobe.

Killer Mike Giuliani, Sessions ... Who Cares? Both Back Racist Policy

7/25/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Killer Mike says America's screwed when it comes to our Attorney General -- while Rudy Giuliani might have a slight edge on Jeff Sessions ... Mike says they both have a huge downside. 

There's buzz President Trump might tap his pal, the former NYC mayor, to replace Sessions if Sessions resigns or gets fired. The Run The Jewels rapper was leaving L.A. Monday when he called out both men for supporting the "war on drugs."

Mike's got an issue that goes way deeper than his famed love of marijuana -- and also has a not-so-kind wish for Jeff and Rudy's bowels. 

Silver lining? He has great advice for American voters.

Charles Barkley Lakers In The '18 Playoffs? ... Man, HELL NO!!!

7/25/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Charles Barkley says any Laker fan thinking the team will make a playoff run behind new star, Lonzo Ball, is smoking purple and gold CRACK ... telling TMZ Sports the Lake Show has ZERO CHANCE.

The hype is officially here, Lonzo balled out so hard in the Summer league (winning the MVP), that a lot of fans are thinking postseason, so when we got Barkley out at LAX we asked him if it was possible.

"Hell no."

Pretty simple. In fact, Sir Charles says in his opinion the 76ers with their young core of guys like Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Markelle Fultz are waaaay better than the Lakers are right now.

Could be worse Laker fans. You could be the Cavaliers right now.

'Little Women: Couples Retreat' 'Monkey Ass' Slur Sparks Showdown

7/25/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tempers are flaring on the set of 'Little Women: Couples Retreat' after a white cast member called a black cast member a "monkey ass."

TMZ got this clip of Lifetime's "Little Women: LA" spin-off where Lila is basically asking to get dropped ... by repeatedly hurling the racial slur against Tonya Banks.

There's some tense moments of posturing and threats, before someone gets knocked off her high horse -- or high chair, in this case. Production sources tell us the loser in this scrap suffered a minor head injury and had to be hospitalized while shooting in Puerto Rico. 

Blue Oyster Cult Fan In 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' 'Memba Him?!

7/25/2017 12:10 AM PDT

Kenny Panchuk is best known as the Blue Oyster Cult fanatic -- opposite Sean Penn and Jennifer Jason Leigh -- in the 1982 classic "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." Guess what he looks like now!

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'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay Her Fam Ain't Buying Bryan's 'Love'

7/24/2017 6:24 PM PDT

Rachel Lindsay might be falling head over heels for contestant Bryan Abasolo on "The Bachelorette" ... but her family sure ain't. 

Rachel brought her remaining 3 suitors to meet her fam on Monday's episode, but when it came to Bryan ... mom and co. were quick to call out his glib answers and arguably premature proclamation of love.

It's a pretty awkward interaction -- they grill him with fairly reasonable questions ... and the dude just folds, even excusing himself from the table (and the interview).

Interestingly, Rachel goes to bat for her guy and bumps heads with her mom over the hostile approach. Truly a Greg Focker moment if there ever was one. 

Chris Massey Shar Jackson Abused My Kid ... Keep Her Away!

7/24/2017 5:19 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Massey claims ex-"Moesha" star, Shar Jackson, hits his 2-year-old daughter and even left her with a gash across her face ... which is why he's demanding court ordered protection.

Massey requested and was granted a temporary restraining order last week against Shar -- the mother of his baby mama, Cassalei Jackson. According to the docs, Chris dropped off his daughter in May to hang with mom and grandma for a few weeks.

When he picked her up ... Massey says, in the docs obtained by TMZ, she had a 4-inch "razor cut" across her forehead. He says his daughter, Mariah, blamed grandma Shar. Chris says he confronted Shar ... but she said she intended to "do whatever she wants."

A judge granted Chris' request, ordering Shar stay at least 50 yards away from the kid. Shar's rep tells us, "Shar categorically denies all of this nonsense, as it it completely fabricated and from the mouth of a very troubled individual. Period."

President Trump I'm Bringing 'Merry Christmas' Back ... Scouts' Honor!

7/24/2017 5:09 PM PDT
Breaking News

Step aside, Santa Claus ... President Trump's vowing to single-handedly save Christmas.

POTUS addressed the Boy Scouts of America Monday at their national convention in West Virginia and got 'em all pumped up for the holiday season. Yes, it's July.

Still, the Prez offered reassurance that come December, the Scouts -- and presumably the rest of us --can start saying "Merry Christmas" again.

Translation: bah humbug to political correctness ... I'm bringing back real yuletide cheer!

Scouts ate it up, and 45 looked pretty happy with his declaration.

Blac Chyna I Can Race Nicki In My New Ferrari (In Your Face, Rob!)

7/24/2017 5:01 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

Blac Chyna is sending a message to Rob Kardashian -- and even her old side piece, Ferrari -- she doesn't need either of them to get around fast.

Chyna just purchased a 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider. The whip's starting price is around $334k, but Chyna's is custom with Forgiato wheels so it'll cost way more.

Chyna got the new wheels Monday, a few weeks after Rob took back both the Ferrari and Lamborghini he bought her after the revenge porn fiasco, and ultimate breakup.

It's interesting Chyna rushed to pick up the new luxury ride. She just appeared in Yo Gotti's "Rake It Up" video alongside Nicki Minaj, who has a line on the track where she raps: "Brought out the pink Lamborghini just to race with Chyna."

It appears Chyna fell victim to the hype.

Justin Bieber I'm Not Betraying You, Fans ... Just Need Some R & R

7/24/2017 4:13 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber looks like the weight of the world is off his shoulders -- and he can't help smiling at the thought of relaxation ... now that he's canceled his Purpose world tour.

Bieber was chilling near the beach in Santa Monica Monday afternoon ... hours after he dropped the bombshell about his 14 remaining tour dates.

As for why he's pulled out? Justin made it seem like it shouldn't be a mystery after being on the road for 2 years. He added he's looking forward to ... "Just resting, getting some relaxation. We're gonna ride some bikes."

Still, he was clearly aware many of his fans are PISSED. He's got a message for them ... and insists this isn't about betraying them.

Chester Bennington 911 Housekeeper Wailed in Agony After Finding Him Hanging

7/24/2017 3:15 PM PDT
Breaking News

Chester Bennington's housekeeper cried and screamed in the background as a driver for the Linkin Park frontman made the 911 call to report his suicide.

Cops just released the 911 call made by the driver, who was most likely there to pick up Chester for a scheduled photo shoot. He told the operator, "I just got to the location and his housekeeper came out and said he killed himself ... he hung himself."

As the driver relayed more details, the housekeeper was absolutely distraught in the background ... crying hysterically as she spoke to Chester's wife on another phone.

TMZ broke the story ... Bennington hanged himself in his bedroom, in an eerily similar way to his friend, Chris Cornell. Chester's family was out of town, and Thursday morning the housekeeper found his body.

Kevin & Eniko Hart Before el Bebe ... We Gotta Get Away!

7/24/2017 1:54 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Hart and his pregnant wife look to be rock solid ... on the sand down in Cabo San Lucas.

Eniko's about six months along right now and still rocking a bikini during their Mexican beach vacay. She and Kevin showed no signs of tension the week after cheating allegations were reported. Kevin's dismissed that as "BS" ... btw.

The Harts were hanging with Ludacris and his wife, along with several other friends -- and the guys were flexing and mugging around the pool.

Bottom line -- it appears all's good in the Hart-land.

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