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Linkin Park Chester's Demons Were Always Part of the Deal

7/24/2017 7:54 AM PDT

Chester Bennington's bandmates are remembering him for his musical talent ... and also the demons that ultimately led to his suicide.

Linkin Park posted an open letter to Chester in which they thank the fans for the outpouring of love and support, and say of the singer ... "You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized." It sounds like they didn't see any warning signs of Chester's decision to take his life because they say, "Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious."

The band addressed their frontman's demons too -- "You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human."


Jessica Alba Giving That Bun Some Sun

7/24/2017 8:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jessica Alba's got her third bun in the oven ... and she's making sure it gets plenty of sun.

Alba's currently enjoying summer in Hawaii on the heels of news she's having another kid. She's already mom to 2 daughters -- 9-year-old Honor and 5-year-old Haven -- with husband Cash Warren.

There's no doubt that Alba's a MILF and looks incredible in nothing but a bikini and baby bump, although she might want to apply sunscreen more liberally, especially when it comes to her belly.

Kim Zolciak Attacks Kenya Moore ... Nobody Talks Crap About My Kids!

7/24/2017 7:39 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kim Zolciak raged out on Kenya Moore because she thought Kenya said something about her son, who was horribly injured by a dog bite -- and it took several cast members to hold her back.

Multiple 'RHOA' production sources tell us Kim went all Mama Bear while they were shooting over the weekend at a home in Atlanta. We're told Kenya and Kim were throwing shade as soon as they saw each other -- but when things got personal, it got out of hand.

Kim made comments about Kenya's new marriage being fake ... and Kenya fired back that Kim had pimped out her daughter to get John Legend tickets. Everyone we spoke to agrees to that much, but here's where it gets messy.

We're told Kim thinks Kenya said the Legend tix were for "your injured son." Others in the house say they never heard Kenya say the son part. Doesn't matter ... Kim was convinced and lost it ... rushing at Kenya, knocking over and breaking glasses on the way.

Cast members and production staff grabbed Kim and calmed the situation. We're told Kim immediately bounced, and is genuinely pissed -- not just "for the show" drama ... like last season.

Michael Irvin Off the Hook In Rape Case

7/24/2017 7:56 AM PDT
Breaking News

Prosecutors will NOT press rape charges against Michael Irvin after investigators determined they had no strong case against the NFL Hall of Famer, officials tell TMZ Sports.

As we previously reported, Irvin was being investigated in Ft. Lauderdale after a 27-year-old woman told police Irvin sexually assaulted her at his hotel room during a March 21 incident. 

Irvin adamantly denied any wrongdoing from the start -- saying he never had any sort of a sexual relationship with the woman. Irvin told us she was like a family member to him before the allegations. 

Now, Ron Ishoy at the Broward State Attorney's Office tells TMZ Sports, "The Irvin case has been closed out for lack of evidence and no likelihood of conviction."

The paperwork closing out the case will be filed this afternoon.

Irvin is having a news conference Monday. 

Ciara Tobogganing With Baby!

7/24/2017 8:13 AM PDT

Ciara and Russell Wilson have a little thrill-seeker on their watch ... 3-month-old daughter Sienna, who can't walk yet but is already hauling down a mountainside on an alpine slide.

The Wilsons are in China, where they've been taking in sights like the Great Wall, and over the weekend took a family toboggan ride.

Doesn't look like China has an age or height restriction on their alpine slide courses. Ciara rode with Sienna strapped to her chest, while Russ came down with 3-year-old Future.  

Those things are pretty safe IF you don't go fast, and looks like Russ and Ciara always had a hand on the brake. The views ... also not bad.

'People v. O.J.' Star O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony Are All the Same to Me

7/24/2017 7:56 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony are NOT really free even though they're free ... according to Keesha Sharp.

Keesha -- who played Johnnie Cochran's wife on 'People v. O.J.' -- was at Bristol Farms Sunday in L.A. where we got her take on O.J. getting paroled. It's obvious the news pains her, but says it was the right decision.

That being said ... Keesha says a dark cloud will always follow Simpson, the same way it's followed Anthony since her not guilty verdict for the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Keesha also has the Goldman family's back.

Blac Chyna I Got Fresh Ink! This Is Who I REALLY Love

7/24/2017 7:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Blac Chyna's new tattoo paints a very clear picture of who comes first in her life, and it's not her new aspiring singer boyfriend.

As we previously reported ... Chyna's new boo, Mechie, got her initials tatted on his neck last week. Naturally, you'd think BC would reciprocate by getting his initials on her own skin. Not exactly.

Chyna might've taken the matching tattoo thing too literally but at least she's laying it all down from start of the relationship.

Looks like she learned a lesson from that Future situation.

O.J. Simpson Too Toxic for a Book Deal ... Major Publishers Say

7/24/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.J. Simpson's still untouchable in the literary world -- most major publishers will NOT be scrambling to offer him a book deal after he gets out of prison.

We spoke with multiple major publishers who said ... despite being granted parole, and all the interest in recent O.J. projects -- like the "30 for 30" documentary and 'The People vs. O.J.' -- the book world will take a hard pass. We're told publishers fear a major backlash, or boycott, that could impact their roster of authors.

Another reason he's considered toxic is publishers don't see people rushing to put money in O.J.'s pocket, because the public still considers him guilty of double murder. As Keith Urbahn, president of publishing giant Javelin, put it ... "Consumers won't spend 20 bucks on a self-aggrandizing book about how he's turned his life around."

Last time O.J. landed a book deal was 2007's 'If I Did It' ... which cost mega-publisher Judith Regan her job at HarperCollins. Our sources say that fiasco is fresh in the minds of publishing execs.

Bottom line -- don't hold your breath for O.J.'s tell-all memoir. 

Beyonce & Jay-Z Neighbor Says Welcome to Bel-Air You're Our Wet Dream!!!

7/24/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Beyonce and Jay-Z might be the lucky charms their future next door neighbor dreamed about.

There's a couple that owns a Bel-Air house next door to the one where Bey and Jay are about to close escrow. As we reported, the Carters are paying around $100 mil for the mansion.

That's good news for the neighbors, who have tried in vain to sell their home since 2015. Problem is ... the lot is kinda screwy. The driveway is narrow and goes downhill, and when people pay millions they want more.  

But now prospective buyers will get more ... as in maybe the biggest power couple in the U.S., next to Barack and Michelle.  

As they say, it's all about location, location, location. Bel-Air is one of hoitiest of toitiest areas in L.A. and living next door to Bey and Jay puts the neighbors in the epicenter of celebrity power.

Ultimately, it's all about price, and when you compare what the Carters are paying to the very reasonable $18 million dollar price tag on the house next door ... well, the listing agents clearly think it's now a steal.

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'Mob Wives' Big Ang Sister Fights for Her Honor Don't Take Down the Mural!!!

7/24/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The memory of "Mob Wives" star Big Ang lives on in mural form on the side of her sister's boutique, but it's in danger of being washed away ... TMZ has learned.

Big Ang's sister, Janine, tells us she got permission for the hand-drawn mural from the landlord of the Staten Island building last year ... shortly after Ang died. She says the tribute was well-received in the neighborhood, until a few weeks ago ... when her landlord said it had to go.

She says the landlord claimed people find it offensive, but she has no idea why and hasn't gotten more of an explanation. She says the landlord wants the mural removed before the new school year, and she'll be devastated if that happens.

She's started a petition for the community to show love for her sister and the mural.

Venus Williams' Mom On Crash: 'She Just Has to Live With It'

7/24/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Venus Williams' mother says the tennis superstar is still reeling from the car crash that left 1 man dead -- but says she's able to cope because she's a very strong person.

Oracene Price tells TMZ Sports ... Venus is "very much" upset and affected by the June 9 crash in Palm Beach Gardens, FL -- but her family, including Serena, is rallying around her.

When asked what advice she's given Venus on how to deal with the situation, Price says: "It's something that you kinda have to do internally yourself but you'll never forget it. But it'll always be there so you just have to live with it."

As we previously reported, Venus' car was T-boned by another vehicle in an intersection, killing a 78-year-old man. Venus has not been charged with a crime (and likely won't be) but cops are still investigating.

The victim's family has filed a civil suit against Venus -- but Oracene says her daughter isn't worried about it.

As for Serena, Oracene says she's SUPER excited about the pregnancy and can't wait to be a grandmother.

But don't expect the baby to keep Serena off the court too long -- Oracene says Serena is planning to return to pro tennis ASAP because "she likes to compete."

John Singleton R. Kelly's No Cosby Just Has Lots of Girlfriends

7/24/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

John Singleton doesn't see anything wrong, or illegal, about how R. Kelly's leading his personal life, because the women living with him are adults making adult decisions.

We got the famed director out in NYC and he made it clear ... he just doesn't see what all the controversy is about, and told us he thinks the Bill Cosby comparisons are totally unfair to Kelly.

We can always count on John to drop some knowledge -- like when he schooled us on Tupac.

Michael Phelps Races Shark And the Winner is ...

7/23/2017 6:07 PM PDT

Gold medal winning Olympian Michael Phelps took on a great white shark ... and now we know who truly reigns supreme in the water ... sort of.

THE SHARK WINS!!!

Phelps kicked off Shark Week 2017 on Discovery Channel with a primetime special, "Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White" after weeks of anticipation for the man-against-beast event. The 100-meter open water "race" took place in Cape Town, South Africa ... but many fans are unhappy about what actually qualified as a race.

Most people thought Phelps didn't stand a chance considering his top swim speed is about 6 mph and great whites can reach speeds up to 25 mph ... but his team helped him even the playing field with a shark skin-like wetsuit and a monofin to emulate a shark's tail.

Turns out ... it didn't matter. Phelps lost the SIMULATED race to a great white shark by 2 seconds.

So ... Ryan Lochte was right?


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