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Tupac Murder Weapon Should Be in L.A. ... Det. Says Vegas Rejected It

12/16/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The handgun cops say was used to kill Tupac Shakur -- which mysteriously disappeared 11 years ago -- should be in the hands of the L.A. Sheriff's Dept. ... according to the detective who was on the case.

TMZ broke the story -- the .40 caliber Glock was found in a Compton backyard in 1998, and according to docs, LASD Detective Timothy Brennan was the guy who ordered the ballistic testing which revealed it was used in Tupac's murder. 

Brennan, who's now retired, tells TMZ ... there should be NO mystery about where the gun is now ... IF everyone followed protocol. As Brennan recalls ... he gave the gun to ATF agents who conducted the testing. Once it came up a match, in a federal law enforcement database, he says ATF sent it to Las Vegas cops.

Now here's the rub. Brennan says law enforcement in Vegas didn't believe it was a match. He says he was never told why they reached that conclusion, but they rejected the weapon. Brennan says what should have happened next is the ATF to send it back to L.A. 

As we reported ... the document dug up by producers of A&E's "Who Killed Tupac?" says a federal prosecutor recommended the gun NOT be turned over to Vegas -- but Brennan insists it was.

He thinks the handgun is still in the custody of L.A. authorities, but if it's not ... someone may be pulling something shady.

Mario Batali Sorry for Sexual Misconduct ... Try the Cinnamon Rolls!!!

12/16/2017 7:07 AM PST

Mario Batali takes the cake -- or, in this case, pizza dough -- for most tone deaf response to sexual battery allegations.

Batali sent out an email blast Friday evening to his fans in which he acknowledged "some news coverage about some of my past behavior." Multiple women have accused the celeb chef of groping, exposing himself and other forms of sexual misconduct, and ABC canned him from "The Chew."

In the email, he apologized to fans and admitted, "My behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility." But the cherry on top was the pizza dough cinnamon rolls.

Yes ... he ended the apology email with a recipe for a "holiday-inspired breakfast." 

Stars and Scars You Be the Judge

12/16/2017 12:40 AM PST

Tupac's murder might be one huge step closer to being solved ... Omarosa's finally out of the White House, and Mario Batali's booted from "The Chew." So we gotta ask ...

Conor McGregor Forget Pacquiao ... I Want an MMA Fight Next!

12/16/2017 12:55 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Sorry Pacquiao ... Conor McGregor says his putting his boxing career on hold for a bit -- because he wants his next bout to be a "real fight."

Conor was out with his baby mama Dee Devlin in NYC when he was asked about his fighting future -- and rumors he's hammering out a deal to box Manny Pacquiao

But McGregor shot that down real fast -- insulting the sweet science in the process ... saying, "I think a true right is what I want to do next."

He added, "MMA next."

The big question ... who's up first in the UFC? Nate Diaz? Tony Ferguson? Tyron Woodley??

One thing's for sure ... Conor ain't down with the WWE -- and had a short 4-letter word for Vince McMahon's company. 

Nelly She Lied ... Now I'll Sue Rape Accuser

12/16/2017 6:44 AM PST

Prosecutors are done with Nelly's alleged rape case, but he isn't -- he's vowing to sue the woman he says falsely accused him.

TMZ broke the story ... prosecutors in Washington State dropped the case this week, saying the accuser wasn't cooperating and therefore they couldn't proceed. Nelly's attorney Scott Rosenblum isn't surprised and tells us, "Nelly has suffered very real damage to his reputation. He has incurred economic loss and painfully has watched his family suffer. As a result Nelly is planning to proceed with litigation as the first step in restoring his reputation."

Rosenblum says Nelly recognizes real victims of sexual assault need to be heard, and adds that's why they're going after his accuser. "This type of reckless false allegation cannot be tolerated as it is an affront to the real survivors of sexual assault."

The accuser's attorney said her client only refused to testify because of the public pressure she faced after accusing a huge celeb was too much.

Taylor Swift Accused Butt Grabber Says She's No Hero for Taking a Stand

12/16/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Taylor Swift's not quite the hero TIME magazine made her out to be, because she didn't want to take the stand in the "butt grabbing" trial ... she was forced to do so, according to David Mueller.

Mueller, the accused butt grabber, thinks Taylor didn't deserve the Person of the Year cover because he's the one who sued her for getting him fired. Plus, he points out Taylor fought at every turn to keep the case out of the public eye -- and only showed up to testify when the judge ordered it. 

He thinks TIME was just trying to sell magazines, and overreached to connect Taylor to the nationwide flood of sexual assault victims coming forward.

He also explains the real reason why he paid Taylor with a $1 Sacagawea coin. As we reported ... Taylor won her counter suit against Mueller for sexual assault.

Kris Jenner I Own 'Momager' Now! With a Big Ol' BUT

12/16/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Kris Jenner can now slap the word "momager" on just about everything except the very thing that made her a household name.

Kris just locked down the trademark for "momager" after a 2-year battle, but there's a giant caveat -- she agreed not to use it for any reality TV or web programming. 

Kris applied for this in 2015, but the trademark office blocked her, claiming the name was too similar to an existing trademark someone had for "momanger." According to new docs, Kris and the "momanger" folks settled the dispute in November.

So, if Kris gets a 'KUWTK' spin-off, her options for a catchy title just went down by one.

Former 'Baywatch' Star I'm Going Green ... $elling Bentley and it'$ a $teal!!!

12/16/2017 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Former "Baywatch" star Angelica Bridges turned a new leaf with her whip -- she's gone eco-friendly.

Daniel Bottiglieri of Elite Auto Group in Palm Springs tells TMZ ... his dealership's handling the sale of Angelica's 2005 Bentley Continental GT. It's got 56k miles, and selling for $43,500 ... a relative bargain.

The Bentley's loaded -- 2-tone Magnolia leather, 22-inch Giovanna Haleb wheels and a V12 engine.

As for what Angelica's driving now -- we're told she bought a 2017 BMW i8, a plug-in hybrid that gets 76 mpg.

So, Angelica's loss could be your gain ... if ya dig gas guzzlers.

Macaulay Culkin Blasted By Pro Wrestler 'This Ain't Hollywood, Bitch!'

12/16/2017 12:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Macaulay Culkin made a bigger mistake than "Richie Rich" when he messed with wrestling star Swoggle this week -- and now the ex-WWE superstar is hell bent on REVENGE!!!!

Remember, it was Swoggle who was targeted by Culkin at a Bar Wrestling event in L.A. on Thursday -- with Mac hitting him with a flying splash from the rope!

But now, Swoggle tells TMZ Sports ... Culkin is GONNA PAY for his transgressions. 

"Macaulay Culkin ... this is pro wrestling. This is my world. This ain't Hollywood, bitch!" 

Holiday Movies 'Memba Them?

12/16/2017 12:00 AM PST

Take a jolly ole sleigh ride down memory lane and see what some of the most iconic holiday movie characters look like in their classic Christmas films and what they look like now! 

Tyron Woodley To Keaton Jones: Parents Are Trash, Get Away from 'Em!

12/15/2017 6:08 PM PST
Breaking News

UFC champ Tyron Woodley dropped bombs on Keaton Jones' parents in the newest episode of "The Hollywood Beatdown" -- explaining why they're even worse for him than his bullies at school. 

Woodley says Keaton's dad needs to "get the hell slapped outta him" for being a white supremacist ... and his mom should take a seat after allegedly trying to parlay Keaton's fame into a cash grab.

"Why do you need money to fight bullying? You need mentors ... you don't need money."

The champ says he's still got Keaton's back -- but advises him to cut out his folks, so he can become a better person. 

Tyron also drops a huge career update, breaks down a CRAZY street fight and a whole lot more. 

Gene Simmons Sued for Sexual Assault ... Woman Claims He Grabbed Her Ass

12/15/2017 5:49 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Gene Simmons is being sued for allegedly groping a woman during the opening of a restaurant last month.

The lawsuit -- filed by a Jane Doe -- claims she interviewed Simmons last month at the opening of a Rock & Brews in San Bernardino. The accuser claims during the interview, Gene reached over, grabbed her hand and forcibly placed it on his knee. She says it made her feel uncomfortable, but continued the interview.

The docs claim Gene grabbed the reporter's hand, commented on how soft it was and creepily suggested she must use lotion ... things got more weird when Simmons reached over and allegedly flicked the interviewer's throat.

The defendant says following that action, she did her best to stop the interview, but Gene tried to keep going. Finally, she claims he touched her ass when everyone posed for a group photo.

We reached out to a rep for Gene ... so far, no word back.

Candice Swanepoel Preggers with #2 'Christmas Came Early'

12/15/2017 5:37 PM PST

Turns out, Candice Swanepoel wasn't just a hot mama on the beach in Brazil Friday ... she was a hot mama expecting her second child!

We posted pics of the Victoria's Secret Angel flaunting a tiny leopard bikini on the island of Fernando de Noronha, and hours later she announced her pregnancy ... via photo prominently featuring her baby bump with the caption, "Christmas came early."

Candice had her first baby -- a boy named Anaca -- in October 2016 with her longtime BF, Hermann Nicoli.

Congrats on baby #2!!!

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