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Dikembe Mutombo Child With Face Tumor Cardiac Arrest During Surgery

12/18/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The child Dikembe Mutombo brought to the United States for a surgery to remove a life-threatening tumor on his face, went into cardiac arrest during the operation ... TMZ has learned.

Sources familiar with the surgery tell us, at around 6 PM Sunday, more than 6 hours into the operation, 8-year-old Matadi went into cardiac arrest and was immediately taken to the Intensive Care Unit at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in L.A.  We're told he's now in stable condition and is slowly recovering.  

The emergency came toward the end of the surgery, which began at 11:30 AM.  

We do not know if the surgeons had completed the surgery, but if it went according to schedule it should have been wrapping up.

Matadi and his family were staying at the Ronald McDonald house in Los Angeles leading up to Sunday's procedure. Mutombo, who met the little boy during a visit to the Congo, greeted the boy and his family when they landed Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Matadi's tumor was life threatening.  He was also shunned his community. The child's parents were forced to pull him from school and keep him confined to his room because of unrelenting harassment. 

CBS Employees Quizzed ... How Bad is Sexual Harassment at Network?

12/18/2018 12:55 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

CBS execs are reaching out to employees at the network to make sure what Les Moonves got away with for so many years ... never happens again.

CBS sources tell us, employees recently received a survey to help the network determine the "cultures and values" in the company. We're told there were around 100 questions in the survey, some of which invited long-form responses.

Our sources say employees were asked if they'd ever been sexually harassed or assaulted by someone at CBS, if they ever reported it, and if they ever felt threatened by management.

We're told the questions dug deep ... asking employees who had reported an incident if they felt their complaint was properly handled and if the behavior reoccured. Employees were not forced to participate in the survey, but they were strongly encouraged to do so.

One employee told us the survey felt like "an attempt to repair what has become such a broken network."

CBS announced Monday Moonves will not see a penny of his $120 Million severance package.

A statement from the CBS Board of Directors tasked with investigating Moonves read, "We have determined that there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance, violation of Company policies and breach of his employment contract, as well as his willful failure to cooperate fully with the Company's investigation."

In all, twelve women accused Moonves of various forms of sexual misconduct, including engaging in forced oral sex in 1995. He claimed every sexual encounter was consensual.

Moonves' wife, Julie Chen, remains at the network as the host of "Big Brother" ... but left her job on "The Talk" shortly after her husband resigned in September

Moonves' attorney, Andrew Levander, released a statement Monday saying, "The conclusions of the CBS board were foreordained and are without merit,” 

'Survivor: David vs. Goliath' Finale to Feature Live Proposal ... Spoilers Ahead, Obvi

12/18/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Someone's gonna pop the question during the live segment of the 'Survivor' finale later this week -- oh, and by the way ... this story contains spoilers. Sooooo, yeah. 

Production sources tell TMZ ... 'Survivor' production staffers working on this year's 'David vs. Goliath' season received an email over the weekend alerting them to some extremely last minute changes for Wednesday's finale episode. The message ... we're gonna have a live proposal on our hands, folks. 

We're told the staff was instructed to make some last-minute accommodations for the 3-hour finale -- part of which is live and the other being pre-taped from Fiji -- in anticipation of someone getting on bended knee in front of the live studio audience. 

Unclear who's proposing, but we're told 'Survivor' staff members have some guesses. Top of the list  ... a guy named Nick Wilson, who's currently in the final 6, has himself a longtime GF, so people think he might make the big ask.

Of course, there's also the potential of two cast members-turned lovers -- Alec Merlino and Kara Kay -- who hooked up after the show ... and broke their NDAs in the process.

'Survivor' brass banned Alec from attending the finale ... but we're told there's speculation this might be a loophole to be welcomed back in a big way. 

Stay tuned ... 

'L&HH' Star Tresure Price Busted for DUI ... Lands in Hospital

12/18/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" star Tresure Price had no idea her night was about to get even worse after getting busted for DUI ... with a trip to the hospital following a bumpy ride in the back of a cop car.

It all went down last week in the ATL after cops say they saw Price run a red light. According to a police report, obtained by TMZ, Price drove several blocks before finally pulling over. Cops say Price reeked of booze, though she insisted she only had a shot of vodka and a lemon drop martini.

Cops administered a field sobriety test ... which she bombed. She was cuffed and arrested for DUI, reckless driving and failure to obey. But, the night was just beginning for Price.

On their way to the police station, the arresting officer said he had to slam on his brakes to avoid hitting someone on a bicycle who came outta nowhere. Cops say he could hear Price slide forward in the back seat but couldn't tell if she hit the cage.

According to the police report, Price complained of face, nose, cheek and chest pain ... and said she was going to press charges and/or sue over her injuries. Cops then drove her to the hospital.

She later posted bail.

Bobby Brown Jacquees Who?!? ... I'm the King of R&B

12/18/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Bobby Brown has declared himself the King of R&B and his first order of business -- trash the guy who thinks he's this generation's title holder.

We got Bobby leaving Via Alloro restaurant in Bev Hills and had to ask about the debate triggered by Jacquees, who claimed the title ... this generation's King of R&B. Bobby got a big yuk out of it.

Bobby makes no bones about it ... anyone who wants the title has to go through him. But, check it out ... he said he's almost turning 50 so it's time to relinquish the title.

He had a couple other artists in mind -- one in particular -- the name Jacquees is not on the short list. #Shotsfired 

'L&HH' Star K. Michelle Idris Elba Gives Great Oral Sex!!!

12/18/2018 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

K. Michelle says she learned all sorts of business skills during her relationship with Idris Elba ... but the most important talents he showed her were in the bedroom. 

The singer and 'Love & Hip Hop' star sat down with our Raquel Harper for Tuesday's episode of "Raq Rants" on BET, and the conversation suddenly turned to Idris' sexual prowess!

K. Michelle and Idris dated for 8 months back in 2014 before their relationship fizzled out, but it's clear his oral skills still have her head over heels. Sounds like Idris will always have a special place in Michelle's heart, and for good reason.

Watch K. Michelle, Master P, Romeo and Cedric the Entertainer on "Raq Rants," tonight  at 11 PM on BET. On the West Coast, if you have Dish or DirecTV, it's on at 8 PM.

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WNBA Coach Suffers Gruesome Injury ... During Alleged Dom. Violence Incident

12/18/2018 12:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

An asst. coach for a WNBA team severed two arteries in his arm while allegedly punching through glass in a domestic violence incident and was rushed to the ICU ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The man at the center of the incident is Todd Troxel -- an assistant coach for the Phoenix Mercury. He's also famously worked with NBA stars like Yao Ming and Marko Jaric.

Todd was hospitalized on Dec. 1 -- and while he was there, he told cops that he accidentally sliced his arm on broken glass while putting up Christmas lights. 

But, a nurse at the hospital told cops she had spoken to the fiancee and got a different story -- that he raged out during a fight and punched through a glass window at their home. 

Cops spoke with the fiancee who told them the whole thing started after they left the Phoenix Suns game on Nov. 30. She claims they argued because Troxel wanted to smoke weed in their Uber. 

Once they got to the home, Todd's fiance essentially broke up with him and he flipped out. She claims he grabbed her and pinned her to the ground and when she got up ... he yanked her hand, dislocating her finger. He then followed her to the front door and punched through a window. 

The fiancee called 911 -- and then transported Troxel to a nearby hospital. 

When investigators circled back with the fiancee hours later, they told her there was sufficient evidence to support possible criminal charges against Troxel. 

But, the fiancee made it clear she did not want to cooperate with investigators -- and just just wanted him to get better. 

Troxel required surgery to repair the damage to his arm. Cops documented the bloody scene at the home ... it's nasty. 

Troxel has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

We reached out for comment, so far, no word back. 

We also called the Mercury -- no comment from them either. 

'Last Christmas' Artist Andrew Ridgeley of Wham! 'Memba Him?!

12/18/2018 12:01 AM PST

English singer/songwriter Andrew Redgeley was half of the '80s pop group Wham! (alongside George Michael) and released songs like 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go' and 'Everything She Wants' ... but most notably their holiday hit 'Last Christmas.' Guess what he looks like now!

Lil Xan Kicked Out Of Vacation Home ... After Leaving Rehab Facility

12/17/2018 4:58 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Xan is having a terrible go after leaving a rehab facility to continue treatment at home ... but his issues have nothing to do with a relapse. 

We've learned Xan is having tons of house trouble ... because he got kicked out of an Airbnb he rented in Palm Springs, this after a pipe burst and flooded the Redlands, CA home he just purchased

A rep for the Palm Springs PD tells TMZ ... Lil Xan and his friends were playing loud music outside their vacation rental -- a big no-no in town -- and cops responded at 11 AM Sunday after receiving multiple calls from pissed off neighbors. We're told no arrests were made, but cops cited Lil Xan and asked him to leave the property.  

Sources close to Xan tell us he had a friend record their interaction with cops because they felt threatened by an officer who kept gripping his holstered weapon during questioning. 

As for the damage inside the home Lil Xan just bought ... the rapper's girlfriend tells us the entire downstairs flooded, a hole had to be cut in a ceiling, and the chimney was ruined.

We're told Lil Xan is finishing his treatment at his L.A. home following the fiascos in Redlands and Palm Springs. 

Lil Wayne Kobe Is Better Than Michael Jordan

12/17/2018 4:09 PM PST
Breaking News

Lil Wayne says there is a basketball player better than Michael Jordan ... but it ain't LeBron James.

"These days they think the tough question is Jordan or LeBron. No. Jordan or Kobe is the tough question ... but it's Kobe."

The rapper made the shocking revelation in a video released Monday ... saying even though it physically pained him to make the declaration -- he says the Mamba was just that good.

"God, forgive me. Jordan, forgive me. But, it's Kobe."

Soo ... does Wayne have a legit argument??

Kobe does have one more All-Star appearance than Jordan ... but M.J. has more rings, more MVPs, more career points, more career rebounds AND less career turnovers.

Yeah ... sorry, Mamba -- doesn't seem Lil Wayne stands a chance of being right here.

MGK Weird Times for Pete Davidson ... Post Suicide Scare

12/17/2018 3:25 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Machine Gun Kelly didn't give the most reassuring update on his pal, Pete Davidson, after an apparent suicide threat this weekend, saying things are anything but back to normal.

We got MGK Monday in NYC, leaving the Build Series recording studio, where our photog asked for the latest news on the 'SNL' vet after he posted an alarming message Saturday suggesting he was contemplating suicide. Kelly keeps it brief ... things ain't great.

It's definitely not what fans of Pete might wanna hear right now -- but ya gotta respect Kelly's honesty. The good news for Pete ... he's got great friends like MGK around him.

Kelly was quick to respond to Pete's ominous post, saying he was hopping on a plane ASAP to come see him. They reunited after the 'SNL' show, where Pete made an on-camera appearance to introduce Miley Cyrus ... and that was it. We're told he was cut from other sketches because he refused to leave his dressing room during rehearsal. 

Kelly wasn't the only one who rushed to Pete's side on Saturday -- his ex-fiancee, Ariana Grande, was also trying to come to his aid ... but Pete was having none of it. Like we first told you ... he had security keep her at bay after word spread she was coming.

Here's hoping Pete can get back to some sense of normalcy soon. Pulling for ya, bud.

Les Moonves Will NOT Get $120 Million Severance Package ... After Sexual Misconduct Claims

12/17/2018 2:32 PM PST

Les Moonves will NOT get his enormous, $120 MILLION severance package, because the CBS Board of Directors has determined they had a right to fire him for cause ... and specifically, sexual misconduct. 

The Board just said, "We have determined that there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance, violation of Company policies and breach of his employment contract, as well as his willful failure to cooperate fully with the Company's investigation."

The Board went on to say, "Mr. Moonves will not receive any severance payment from the Company."

Twelve women accused Moonves of various forms of sexual misconduct, including engaging in forced oral sex in his office in a 1995 meeting. Another woman claims she was "on call" for oral sex as part of her job. 

Moonves has maintained any sexual encounter was consensual.  

Moonves resigned his post as CEO of CBS back in September. His wife, Julie Chen, also stepped down from "The Talk" at the same time. She has, however, kept her role as host of "Big Brother" and "Celebrity Big Brother."

NFL's Eric Reid Custom 'MNF' Cleats ... Feature Kneeling Kaepernick

12/17/2018 3:33 PM PST
Breaking News

Colin Kaepernick will return to an NFL field tonight ... because his friend and brother in protest, Eric Reid, is honoring Kaep by wearing cleats with the embattled QB's picture on 'em.

The Panthers take on the Saints on "Monday Night Football" and Carolina's DB gave fans a look at the "My Cause, My Cleats" spikes he'll wear, featuring a kneeling Kaep and members of the Black Panthers.

The image of Kaepernick is from a famous photo where Kaep and then-49ers teammate, Reid took a knee together during the 2016 season. 

Reid included a caption on the image, explaining where his heart is, and why he felt the need to honor the guys involved. 

"It’s a tribute to the history of protest, centered around the quote 'if not us, who? If not now, when?' meaning we all benefit and stand on the shoulders of those giants who decided their moment was best used for the sake of the people."

"And it’s always the right time to do what’s right. No different from you using your moment to take a knee. It also has the 10 point platform of Colin’s Know Your Rights Camp.”

Kaepernick himself has already weighed in on the footwear, saying, "My brother @E_Reid35 coming with the heat tonight!"

Kaep's been out of the league since 2016, and Reid's been one of his fiercest supporters, joining Colin not only in his kneeling protest, but in his collusion lawsuit against the league. 

It's clear that support isn't gonna stop, and on one of the biggest platforms in sports he's making a statement. 

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