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David Cassidy Dead at 67

11/21/2017 6:08 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

David Cassidy, the 'Partridge Family' heartthrob who sold millions of records and became the fantasy of millions of girls, is dead.

Cassidy died in a Florida hospital after his organs failed

TMZ broke the story, David was in need of a kidney transplant but ultimately doctors said it was futile.  His liver and other organs shut down and early Sunday his son and ex-wife were summoned to the hospital to say goodbye.

Cassidy was a multi-faceted entertainer ... from singing, to acting to Broadway to Vegas. "The Partridge Family" hit like an earthquake and catapulted him to stardom. The show ran from 1970 - 1974 and produced hits like "I Think I Love You," "Come On Get Happy," and "Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted."

David reluctantly auditioned for the role of the guitar-playing Keith Partridge and producers cast him not even knowing if he could carry a tune.

After "The Partridge Family" ran its course, David recorded a number of solo hits, including the remakes of "Cherish," "How Can I Be Sure" and "Rock Me Baby."

He took the starring role on Broadway in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" from 1983 to 1984. 

David was the son of actor Jack Cassidy and Broadway performer Evelyn Ward.  

David guest starred in a number of TV series, including "The F.B.I." "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "Ironside," "Bonanza" and "Medical Center."

Cassidy battled alcoholism for most of his adult life.

He's survived by son Beau, daughter Katie -- who stars in "Arrow" -- half-brothers Shaun, Patrick and Ryan, step-mother and co-star Shirley Jones and ex-wife Sue Shifrin-Cassidy.

RIP

Xzibit Sues I Hired You to Pimp My Backyard ... Now It's All Screwed Up!!!

11/21/2017 4:57 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Xzibit and his wife are gunning for the guys they hired to build them a luxurious backyard oasis ... claiming they screwed it all up, and didn't even finish the job.

Xzibit says the folks at Edge Water Construction were supposed to install a brand new pool, outdoor spa, fire and water feature wine bar, backyard cabana and a bunch of other sweet items. Total cost was supposed to be $397k.

But according to a lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Edge Water took much longer than initially scheduled to do the job ... and much of what they got done was defective. For instance, X-to-the-Z says the pool had sharp edges which cut his 8-year-old son's feet.

In the suit, he says parts of the pool and spa weren't properly waterproofed -- which seems like job #1 when building a pool.

Xzibit and the missus are suing for $250k. For its part, Edge Water tells us they only stopped working because Xzibit told them he wasn't going to pay them the $178k he still owed. They say he demanded to see their receipts, and when they refused he cut off the funding ... and they walked.

Edge Water says they stand by their work, and say an independent inspector also signed off on it.

Blake Griffin Parties Until 3 AM With Kendall ... After Clippers Lose

11/21/2017 4:05 PM PST
Breaking News

Losing streak be damned ... Blake Griffin still had the energy to hit the clubs in NYC with Kendall Jenner on Monday night after getting shellacked by the Knicks.

Blake and Kendall were spotted leaving Up & Down nightclub in Manhattan. The photo agency that has the pics says they were taken at 3AM Tuesday morning. 

Earlier that night Kendall was at Madison Square Garden to watch Blake's Clippers lose to the Knicks in a 105-87 beatdown. 

It was the 9th loss in a row for the Clips ... but whatever. #HotChicksAndClubbing 

Jennifer Hudson Son Goes with Dad for Thanksgiving

11/21/2017 4:03 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Daivd Otunga just won a big legal victory in his custody battle with Jennifer Hudson ... he gets their son for Thanksgiving.

TMZ has learned both sides squared off in court Tuesday and David made his case to spend the holiday with 8-year-old David Jr. TMZ broke the story, cops threw David out of the family home after Jennifer got an order of protection claiming she was afraid David would hurt her and her son. David says she's lying and vengeful because they were at an impasse over custody.

We've learned, according to the new order, David Jr. will be with his dad from Thanksgiving day at 3 PM to 7 PM the following day.

There's a hearing set for Monday where David will ask the judge to vacate the order of protection.

We're told David will also ask the judge on Monday to give him temporary custody of David Jr., claiming he's the primary caregiver. He also wants possession of the residence -- where he pays rent -- during the 2 weeks she'll be traveling for work -- between November 26 and December 8.

Nick Carter Accused of Raping Dream Singer in 2002

11/21/2017 4:01 PM PST
Breaking News

Former Dream singer Melissa Schuman claims Nick Carter raped her back in 2002 ... when she was 18 and he was 22.

Melissa says she and the Backstreet Boys singer started talking because their managers suggested they date -- presumably for good PR -- even though she says she already had a boyfriend.

She claims Carter invited her and a friend to his Santa Monica apartment for what she calls a "casual hangout" -- and after some boozing he started making out with her. In a very graphic blog post, Melissa claims he eventually took her into a bathroom, he forcibly performed oral sex on her ... and then forced her to reciprocate. 

Melissa says she repeatedly told him she did not want to have sex, and was saving her virginity for her husband. She claims Carter took her to a bedroom, and then forced her to have intercourse.

Schuman says she told her manager about the alleged rape, but was told Carter's legal team was too powerful, and publicly accusing him would hurt her career.

We've reached out to Carter's reps ... but no word back yet.

Ray Allen Accuser We Had Gay Relationship ... NBA Star Calls BS

11/21/2017 3:33 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The man who obtained a restraining order against Ray Allen says he was NOT catfishing the NBA star -- the two were in a romantic relationship ... but Ray's attorney tells TMZ Sports the man is lying. 

As we previously reported, Allen is in a legal war with Bryant Coleman -- a staffer in the communications dept. at the University of Central Florida. 

Coleman says Allen's allegations that he pretended to be a woman to obtain "private information" about Ray are false.

The truth, according to Coleman, is that Allen offered up info -- along with pictures and videos -- knowing full well that Coleman is a man. He says their relationship goes back several years. 

"[Ray's] account of our relationship is false," Coleman says in a statement to TMZ Sports. 

"Ray knows how I look, he knows how my voice sounds, he knows how I think, and most importantly, he knows my heart."

"However, because of confidentially considerations, I am not in a position to provide a more detailed response to Mr. Allen's false and salacious claims. I will rely on the courts to protect me against Mr. Allen's violent threats and false accusations."

The exact nature of the alleged "violent threats" is unclear, but as we previously reported ... Coleman obtained a restraining order, claiming Allen was stalking him.

We reached out to Allen's legal team for comment and his attorney shot down Coleman's claims. 

"Mr. Coleman’s statement would be funny if it wasn’t so crazy," Ray's lawyer tells us. 

"There has never been and never will be a relationship or friendship between Ray Allen and Mr. Coleman. They have never met and never have spoken."

"Ray obviously hasn’t threatened anyone. Any statement or inference otherwise is a complete fabrication. Ray wants nothing to do with Mr. Coleman, who obviously has some serious issues with understanding the difference between fact and fantasy.”

Charlie Rose On-Air 'Sex Talk' Going Viral Thanks to John Oliver

11/21/2017 1:10 PM PST

Charlie Rose is off the air at CBS, but his sexual banter with his "CBS This Morning" co-hosts is all over the Internet ... thanks to John Oliver's HBO show, 'Last Week Tonight.' 

Oliver does a running "awkward sex talk" bit, fully dedicated to what -- at the time -- seemed like Rose's playful, yet sexually charged chit chat with Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell.

In one of the clips, you hear Norah tell a guest to "watch his hands, he knows what he's doing" in reference to Charlie holding a female guest.

Oliver's mocking is similar to that of Seth MacFarlane -- who made news when old clips of his surfaced in which he made fun of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey after their scandals broke.

It doesn't seem like Oliver was aware of the extent of Rose's alleged "wrongdoings" ... but he definitely had his eye on the ball well before the reckoning.

Gabby Douglas Team USA Doctor Abused Me, Too ... I Wasn't Victim Shaming!

11/21/2017 2:21 PM PST
Breaking News

Gabby Douglas just announced that she, too, was abused by her former team doctor, Larry Nassar ... this after 2 other U.S. gymnasts claimed the same thing.

Gabby issued a statement Tuesday which started out by apologizing for her perceived victim shaming of ex-teammate Aly Raisman ... and then dropped the bombshell that she, too, was a victim.

She said she didn't view her comments as victim shaming because "I know that no matter what you wear, it NEVER gives anyone the right to harass or abuse you. It would be like saying that because of the leotards we wore, it was our fault that we were abused by Larry Nassar."

Gabby continued ... "I didn't publicly share my experiences as well as many other things because for years we were conditioned to stay silent and honestly some things were extremely painful. I wholeheartedly support my teammates for coming forward with what happened to them."

As we reported ... Simone Biles blasted Gabby last week after Gabby essentially told Aly that women need to dress modestly to help avoid attracting potential predators.

Gabby apologized for the way her comment came off at the time .. but did not go public with her accusation of sexual abuse until now.

Chrissy Teigen I'm Preggo Again ... Tell 'Em, Luna!

11/21/2017 1:36 PM PST
Breaking News

Chrissy Teigen has another baby in her belly, and she let her daughter, Luna, help announce it to the world.

Chrissy posted a video Tuesday and asked Luna, "What's in here?" referring to her stomach. Luna's a smart kid, and says it's a "baby."

it's john's!

A post shared by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) on

She also captioned it ... "it's john's!" Rumors have been swirling Chrissy was preggo after showing what many called a baby bump earlier this month.

Her husband, John Legend, seemed to confirm the news on Twitter. 

This is Chrissy and John's second child together. Congrats!

In other news...

Gwyneth Paltrow Is Engaged! (Report)

After 3 Years Of Dating!

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Mark Cuban LaVar Ball Is Playing Trump Like a Fiddle

11/21/2017 1:20 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Mark Cuban is CONGRATULATING LaVar Ball for his celebrity beef with Donald Trump ... saying the way LaVar has handled the China shoplifting crisis is straight out of Trump's playbook.

The Dallas Mavericks owner says the twist in the whole Ball vs. Trump war is that Ball and Trump are kinda like the same person.

They both know what to say to stay relevant. They both refuse to apologize for anything. They're both news media masters

And, in the end ... Cuban says the real winner is the BIG. BALLER. BRAND.

Congrats.

Meek Mill Prison Can't Stop Me ... I've Got Turkeys to Give Away!!!

11/21/2017 1:32 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Meek Mill isn't letting prison bars crush his holiday spirit when it comes to his traditional Thanksgiving turkey giveaway ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Meek tell us his family and friends plan to continue his annual "A DreamChaser's Thanksgiving" for Philly families. We're told Meek's camp will be handing out 1,000 birds Wednesday to 4 different organizations, just like they have been doing since 2013.

Undeterred by their host's 2-4 year sentence ... Meek's team will be on the move all day:

- 11 AM ET at Unity in the Community
- Noon at Bible Way Baptist Church
- 1:30 PM ET at Martin Luther King Rec Center
- 2:45 PM ET at Strawberry Mansion Learning Center

Meek ain't free, but his turkeys are. Happy Thanksgiving!

TMZ Live: Charles Manson: Dead At 83

11/20/2017 10:54 AM PST

HERE'S THE RUNDOWN
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  • Taylor Swift: New Mansion Gets Hooked Up 
  • Malia Obama: Making Out At College Tailgate 
  • Donald Trump Goes To War With LaVar Ball

Olivia Munn Charlie Rose Had to Go ... Women Need to Stand Together

11/21/2017 12:57 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Olivia Munn has a message for all the women speaking out against sexual misconduct -- keep it up and stay strong ... because it's making a difference.

We got Olivia at LAX Tuesday ... shortly after Charlie Rose was fired from CBS and PBS amid sexual assault allegations. She weighed in on that, as well as her own allegations against Brett Ratner.

As we reported, Ratner is suing one of his accusers, and Olivia had some words of encouragement for her, and wants to make sure that woman knows she's not alone.

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