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Chester Bennington Wife Consoled By Friends and Family

7/21/2017 5:35 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chester Bennington's wife was seen out in public for the first time since her husband's suicide, and got a comforting hug.

Talinda Ann Bentley visited a local market in Palos Verdes, CA Friday with her daughter and another young girl. She was holding hands with one of her daughters ... it's unclear who the girl is hugging Talinda.

Bennington died at their home in Palos Verdes Estates Thursday from hanging himself. His family was out of town at the time.

Chester left behind his wife and 6 children.

Chris Brown Concert Organizer Tried to Extort Me for $300k

7/21/2017 5:06 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Brown claims he's been held up for $300,000 over a show he postponed, but eventually made up, in the Philippines ... so now he's going after the concert organizer in court.

Chris says the trouble started when he was forced to delay a New Year's Eve 2014 gig in the Philippines ... due to a "misplaced passport." He arranged to play the makeup show in July 2015 ... and performed right on schedule.

The next day ... Chris was trying to leave his hotel -- but, according to the docs, he was met by armed men who blocked his exit. Chris says a lawyer for the arena walked up and told him he would be arrested -- unless he wired $300k to a trust fund for Jose Victor Los Banos Biongco.

Chris refused to pay, hired an immigration attorney and eventually got clearance to leave the country. He says on his way to the airport ... Biongco and his reps continued to text, asking for the dough.

Chris got home safe and sound, but says in the docs the damage is done and he wants Biongco to pay for his "extreme" emotional distress.

'American Idol' Scotty McCreery Busted For Loaded Gun At Airport

7/21/2017 3:57 PM PDT
Breaking News

"American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery was busted trying to bring a loaded handgun on a plane ... according to reports.

McCreery went through a security X-ray checkpoint at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina last week when the weapon was spotted. The black, 9mm, Smith & Wesson handgun was in the singer's backpack ... the screen also picked up two boxes of ammo with 63 bullets.

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Reports say McCreery does have a permit to carry a concealed handgun ... but that doesn't allow him to carry a loaded one on a plane. 

The season 10 'Idol' winner was cited with a misdemeanor violation for the incident.

Scotty tells us he'd been out shooting a few days before the flight and forgot the gun and ammo was still with him, he says he had his concealed weapon permit on him.

Usher New $10 mil Lawsuit for Exposing Woman to STD

7/21/2017 3:55 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Usher had sex with a woman earlier this year who had no idea he was exposing her to Herpes ... according to a new lawsuit she's filed for millions of dollars.

According to the suit, filed by a Jane Doe, she and Usher hooked up in Atlanta on April 16 at her home. She says there was some heavy petting, some kissing, and she performed oral sex on him. They eventually had intercourse, and she says he wore a condom.

However, in the docs, she says they had sex again 12 days later -- this time in a New Orleans hotel room -- and they did not use a condom.

Cut to this month ... when Jane Doe says she read news reports about Usher admitting in docs, connected to an earlier legal case, that he has Herpes Simplex 2.

In this new suit, the woman does not say she's infected. She is concerned because she was "exposed" and says she wouldn't have had sex with Usher if he'd disclosed he has the virus.

She's suing "U.R. IV" -- Usher Raymond IV -- for negligence, battery and emotional distress ... and is seeking at least $10 million in damages.

We've reached out Usher's reps, but haven't heard back yet.

Linkin Park Cancels Tour ... After Chester's Suicide

7/21/2017 2:45 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Linkin Park has officially canceled its North American tour ... TMZ has learned.

The cancellation comes just a day after frontman Chester Bennington committed suicide at his Palos Verdes Estates home. The band's rep told us immediately following the news, the group was so devastated they couldn't think about the tour's future, which was set to kick off next week.

But now it's official -- the tour's a no-go ... and Live Nation tells us refunds will be available to fans.

Chester was 41.

Beyonce 'Whitewashed' Wax Figure Now in a Much Different Light

7/21/2017 1:27 PM PDT

Beyonce's controversial wax figure got a little makeover ... and maybe a little sun too.

Bey's wax figure at Madame Tussauds in NYC was briefly removed from the museum amid criticism it looks like a white woman, but was back on full display Friday ... with some slight modifications.

Tussauds reportedly updated its wax Beyonce by adjusting the styling and lighting of her figure. Take a look at the side-by-side pics ... definitely some changes to the hairstyle and complexion.

Still not a dead ringer, but look at this video -- the closer ya get, the more Bey-ish it gets.


'Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison Don't Invest In O.J. Stuff

7/21/2017 1:05 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Nothing hurts the value of an autograph like murder ... which is why O.J. Simpson's got a big problem on his hands, so says "Pawn Stars" honcho Rick Harrison.

With Simpson arguably more famous now than ever before, the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs weeknights on FS1) asked Harrison if he expects a spike in demand for O.J. stuff.

But Harrison says the exact opposite will happen -- and says if Juice is planning on making crazy money doing autograph signings at sports collectors shows ... he's BADLY mistaken.

O.J. Simpson Gets Prison Protection ... Possibly In Danger

7/21/2017 10:14 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

O.J. Simpson has been moved to a special housing area in Lovelock Correctional Center to protect him from inmates possibly looking to harm him in order to make a name for themselves, TMZ Sports has learned. 

After Simpson was granted parole during Thursday's hearing, Simpson was moved out of the general population and into confined housing, a rep for the prison tells us.

We're told there's no specific threat on O.J.'s life but several inmates in the prison have life sentences "and nothing to lose" and may be "opportunists" looking to hurt or kill Simpson before he leaves to raise their own profile.

The prison rep said O.J. did not request the special protection but explained, "It's in the best interest of O.J. and the prison to make sure that he's safe and comes out in one piece."

We also asked if the special protection would impede Simpson from being the commissioner of the prison softball league. We were told, "It would be pretty hard unless he watched from a window."

O.J. is expected to be released on October 1. 

Ronnie from 'Jersey Shore' Bloody Mess in Vegas

7/21/2017 11:04 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

12:25 PM PT -- A rep for Ronnie says he was at TAO when a fight broke out. He wasn't involved, but it got outta control ... and he was attempting to cover his gf when someone threw a bottle or glass. We're told it shattered on Ronnie's hand, and that's the reason for all the blood ... on both of them.

TAO has a slightly different version of events -- its rep says no one else was involved in the incident, and claims Ronnie simply broke a bottle he was holding. The club also says an on-site EMT treated Ronnie.

We'd say no blood, no foul but ... Ronnie from "Jersey Shore" had some kind of bloody encounter in Vegas early Friday morning, and his girlfriend was clearly none too pleased.

An eyewitness who took this photo tells TMZ he saw Ronnie and the woman at around 1:15 AM coming out of a bathroom at The Venetian hotel and casino. He says Ronnie was soaked in blood with a plastic bag wrapped around his left hand.

The woman was also covered in blood, although the eyewitness says it appeared to him the blood was not the result of a fight between the 2 of them. It also seemed she was uninjured.

We're told security was flanking Ronnie and escorted him to an exit. It's unclear if security was trying to protect him or throw him out of the hotel.

We reached out to Ronnie and his rep ... so far no word back.

Jada Pinkett Smith Sorry, Will & I Don't Bang Other Couples ... For Now

7/21/2017 10:56 AM PDT

Jada Pinkett Smith is putting a giant Hollywood rumor to bed about her own bed ... she and husband Will Smith don't screw around with other couples.

Jada was promoting her new flick, "Girls Trip," on 'Watch What Happens Live' when a caller asked what the craziest rumor is that Jada's ever heard about herself. It took a second before Jada laughed off that it was one about her and Will being Hollywood's notorious swingers.

Funny thing is ... Jada made it sound like the door to the bedroom could be open to other couples in the future.

One thing she did come clean on though ... how she and Will have remained together for 23 years, which is no easy feat in Hollywood.

Blac Chyna New BF Gets BC Tatted On Him! How's That Look, Rob?

7/21/2017 9:59 AM PDT

Blac Chyna's new man is all-in on her brand ... and they're both making sure Rob Kardashian's aware.

Chyna and singer Mechie -- who she's been hooking up with for a couple weeks -- shot a video showing off a very fresh looking 'BC' tattoo behind his ear. If it wasn't clear already ... she's definitely moved on from Rob.

She has a bad history with tattoos and dudes (*cough, Future*) ... so, interesting that HE got the ink this time around.

This isnt the first time Chyna's rubbed her relationship with Mechie in Rob's face either. When Rob went on his social media tirade against her ... he posted a video Chyna allegedly sent him of her and Mechie kissing in bed ... as well as the photo with the other guy, Ferrari.

As we reported ... Chyna got a restraining order against Rob and he vowed to stop slut-shaming her online. This should test Rob's will power.

Linkin Park Tour in Limbo ... After Chester's Suicide

7/21/2017 9:53 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Linkin Park's impending tour has obviously hit a wall -- and we're told the band has not yet made a decision on whether to pull the plug in the wake of Chester Bennington's suicide.

The "One More Light" world tour is set to kick off next week in Mansfield, Massachusetts. A rep for the band tells us the guys are so devastated they can't think clearly enough to make a decision.

The Xfinity Center in Mansfield is fielding hundreds of calls from ticketholders, who are being told to "standby."

Fans might not have to wait long ... we're told the decision will likely come today.

Stay tuned ...

Sean Spicer I'm Outta Here!

7/21/2017 9:14 AM PDT
Breaking News

11:34 PM PT -- The White House has just announced Sarah Huckabee Sanders as the new Press Secretary and Anthony Scaramucci officially as Communications Director.They won't have Sean Spicer to kick around anymore.

President Trump's Press Secretary resigned from his post Friday morning, saying he strongly disagreed with Trump's pick for Communications Director ... Anthony Scaramucci

Scaramucci, a NY financier, would have been Spicer's boss, and he was reportedly not down with that power structure. Spicer was, arguably, the face of Trump's administration -- frequently arguing with reporters, and was famously portrayed by Melissa McCarthy on 'SNL.' A crowd fave, for sure.

Spicey's taking his motorized podium and heading home.

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