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Scooter Braun Democrats Push Him To Run for Cali Governor

8/22/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Scooter Braun will be running for Governor of California ... if some very powerful CA democrats have their way.

We've learned a number of Democratic fundraisers and political operatives in the state have approached Braun, because they believe, as one source put it, the current candidates -- Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are flawed.

Braun, who manages Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Usher and Kanye, has immersed himself in the Democratic political system over the last year ... doing fundraising for Hillary Clinton.

We're told there was something of a groundswell -- Scooter for Governor -- after he gave an emotional speech at Ariana Grande's Manchester concert to raise money for the victims of the terror attack.

No word on whether Scooter is seriously considering a run, or whether he'll change his name if he does ... but there's definitely interest from the Democratic Party.

Ray J, Princess Love Dog Almost Dies ... Locked in a Closet

8/22/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ray J and Princess Love's dog almost died after being left in a closet for days without food or water ... and they think the pooch was accidentally left there by a construction worker. 

Sources close to the couple tell us ... Ray and PL took a trip recently to celebrate their anniversary/her bday -- when they returned ... they found one of their Maltese dogs unconscious in the closet.

We're told Ray J and Princess are renovating their home, and construction crews were there when they were away. They say one of the workers told them they put Coco in the closet while they were doing work in the room, and just forgot to let her out.

RJ and PL say when they found Coco she was having seizures. They rushed her to the vet, where she was treated for 4 days. They shelled out more than $5k in vet bills.

We're told Coco suffered permanent organ damage and has to undergo kidney treatment for the rest of her life. Ray and Princess are considering their next move.

RJ and PL have sent the construction company the bill, but they say that's only part of what they're out. 

Ezekiel Elliott Boat Party with Bikini Chicks ... On Cowboys' Day Off

8/22/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ezekiel Elliott ain't letting his off the field issues keep him from having a good time -- the embattled running back partied on a Texas lake the day after the Cowboys' 2nd preseason game. 

Click here... it's not over yet

Mystikal Rape Accuser Said It Never Happened Alleged Accomplice Claims

8/22/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The woman wanted by cops for allegedly being an accessory to rape involving Mystikal says she can prove the alleged victim wasn't sexually assaulted by the rapper. 

Tenichia Wafford is wanted because cops say she tried to strong-arm the alleged victim into dropping charges that Mystikal and another man raped her in October of last year in Louisiana.

Tenichia admits she called the woman, but only because they were friends, and that's when the alleged victim told her there was no rape. It's unclear if Tenichia is saying the alleged victim stated there was sexual contact with consent or no sexual contact at all. Tenichia says she recorded her conversation with the alleged victim.

Tenichia is still on the run. It's unclear why she doesn't go to the cops and try and explain things.

As we reported ... Mystikal turned himself in and was booked for first degree rape.

Guess Who This Mean Muggin' Kid Turned Into!

8/22/2017 12:10 AM PDT

Before this serious-faced youngster was hungry for Hollywood, she was just another rosy-cheeked child growing up in Washington, D.C. Can you guess who she is?

Justin Bieber to Photog You Were Really, Really Mean ... But Let's Talk it Out, Bro

8/21/2017 4:53 PM PDT

Justin Bieber wanted to know why a paparazzo cussed him out in the middle of the street, so he found the guy and asked him to his face.

The Biebs was hiking in Malibu Monday when he spotted the photog, who's friends with the photog Bieber accidentally ran over on his way out of church.

Bieber doesn't mince words, telling the photog in the calmest way he was hurt and upset by all the screaming and cussing.

All's well, because the 2 bro'd out, and all was good in the Bu.

Jordan Clarkson & Andre Roberson Volleyball With Thong Bikini Chicks ... 'Nuff Said

8/21/2017 4:25 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jordan Clarkson is having a hell of an off-season -- as demonstrated in this video of the L.A. Lakers player in a heated game of beach volleyball ... with a bunch of hot chicks in thong bikinis.

Clarkson and his Oklahoma City Thunder pal, Andre Roberson, hit up the nets at Hermosa Beach, CA this past weekend -- went shirts off -- and got into a bit of a 2-on-3 situation in the sand.

The chicks sucked at volleyball ... but who cares?!

Clarkson has a knack for attracting beautiful ladies ... he's recently been connected to Kendall Jenner.

Mystikal Turns Himself in on Rape Charge

8/21/2017 2:47 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

Mystikal has been arrested and charged with raping a woman in Louisiana.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the rapper turned himself in Monday to the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Department, and he was arrested and booked for first degree rape.

Shreveport PD put out the arrest warrant last week, but they hadn't been able to track him down until now. According to cops, another man, Averweone Holman, was also charged in connection with the crime.

We're told the charges stem from a 2016 incident involving a woman at a casino where Mystikal was performing ... but the details are scarce for now.

A member from Mystikal's camp tells us the charges are completely bogus, and he plans to plead not guilty.

He's being held on a $2 million bond. 

'American Idol' Alum William Hung I'm Kind Of a Big Deal ... In Chandler, Arizona

8/21/2017 3:17 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

"American Idol" alum William Hung can still pack a full house, which is exactly what happened on Saturday night at a bar in Arizona.

Will -- who went viral for his attempt at Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" on 'A.I.' in 2004 -- played at the Third Base bar in Chandler.

We're told the bar booked him for $1k and paid for his airfare and travel just so he could perform there, and Will managed to bring in some 250 patrons.

Will lived it up like a true VIP ... he got his own booth and ended up signing autographs and taking pics with fans, who also bought him shots. We'd say it helped with the nerves but, judging from the footage, he's a pro.

Jerry Lewis Cause of Death His Heart Gave Out

8/21/2017 2:44 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jerry Lewis died from heart failure ... TMZ has learned.

According to the Clark County Nevada Coroner, the cause of death was ischemic cardiomyopathy ... an effect of coronary artery disease in which the heart can no longer pump enough blood to the rest of the body to sustain it. It typically occurs when the blood vessels narrow.

Jerry died at his Las Vegas home Sunday, surrounded by family.

We're told there will be no autopsy on the body because he was under doctor's care.

He was 91.

Tiger Woods, Katharine McPhee Declare Legal War Over Nude Photo Hacks

8/21/2017 2:31 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tiger Woods and Katharine McPhee have been hacked -- private nude photos have surfaced -- and their lawyers are vowing to destroy anyone who posts them.

The website Celeb Jihad posted graphic selfies of various naked stars, including Tiger, Lindsey Vonn, Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart and Stella Maxwell.

We've learned Woods has already unleashed attorney Michael Holtz, who's threatening to sue the website if it doesn't remove the Woods photo STAT.

Sources tell TMZ ... it wasn't Tiger's phone that was hacked, it was Vonn's. We're told Tiger had sent Vonn the naked pic while they were dating. 

McPhee has also lawyered up and fired off a similar threatening letter. We're guessing the rest of the stars will follow suit. 

There are huge stakes for whoever hacked the pics -- the guy responsible for "The Fappening" was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. 

President Trump Burning Curiosity for Solar Eclipse ... Ivanka Warns Otherwise

8/21/2017 12:48 PM PDT

President Trump might have fried his eyes, 'cause he looked right at the solar eclipse without special glasses ... even though his daughter, Ivanka, did a PSA for just that.

Trump was seen checking out the eclipse Monday with Melania and his son, Barron, from the Truman Balcony of the White House ... except the Prez peeped without protection.

And he apparently did it more than once ... even though he did eventually put the glasses on.

Luckily, he only looked for what appeared to be a few seconds at a time. Still though, it's kinda funny ... especially since Ivanka was out there promoting safe viewing.

Father-daughter communication at its best. 

Scott Stapp Austin, What Say You: ... BOY OR GIRL?!?!

8/21/2017 1:38 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Scott Stapp's proof even rock stars are softies ... just look at his awesome gender reveal.

The ex-Creed frontman was performing at the 13th annual Bat Fest in Austin where he decided it was the best place to reveal what his pregnant wife's poppin' next.

Check it out ... Scott brings her up, along with 2 of his kiddos. He asks his boy and girl for a prediction before the countdown starts. For the record, they both want a boy.

TMZ's not in the habit of giving away spoilers -- kiiiiiiidding -- so we'll just let ya find out for yourself.

Commence the countdown ... 

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