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Jake LaMotta 'Raging Bull' Boxer Dead ... Fought Til the End

9/20/2017 7:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Boxing legend Jake LaMotta -- the champ who was played by Robert De Niro in the movie "Raging Bull" -- died Tuesday, TMZ has learned. He was 95.

Jake's wife tells TMZ, Jake died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia.

Another family member tells TMZ, Jake's condition deteriorated in the last few weeks. He was put on a feeding tube, which he kept pulling out. His condition worsened considerably in the last few days and a decision was made to withdraw the tube.

Jake's wife tells TMZ, "I just want people to know, he was a great, sweet, sensitive, strong, compelling man with a great sense of humor, with eyes that danced."

LaMotta was 83-19 in 106 pro fights -- a career that began in 1941, after he was rejected from serving in the military due to a medical issue.

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He went on to win the world middleweight championship -- but he's most well known for his 6-fight rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson ... though he only won 1 of the 6 fights.

LaMotta was famously portrayed by De Niro in the 1980 movie "Raging Bull," based on Jake's autobiography. De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Actor that year.

R.I.P.

Kevin Hart Parties with Woman in Sex Video During Wild Vegas Weekend

9/20/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Hart partied at a Vegas nightclub with the woman who ended up with him in that sexually provocative extortion tape.

These pics were shot at Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan hotel on August 19 ... that's the weekend where the photos and videos were shot that ended up on the 4 minute and 47 second tape.

You see Kevin almost between Montia Sabbag's legs in the club. In the pic below, she's talking in his ear. 

We're told the extortion video was shot at various locations during that weekend. Kevin has spoken at length with law enforcement giving him names of people he remembers he interacted with who might have some involvement in the video, which was secretly recorded.

Sabbag's lawyer told Kevin's people that she had no idea a video was being shot in the bedroom scene, but the lawyer demanded $420k in return for her sitting for a polygraph test.

Jay-Z, Kanye West Plan Summit to Bury Hatchet In Latest Feud

9/20/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kanye West and Jay-Z will be meeting face-to-face soon to squash their latest beef, and if they smoke the peace pipe it will end a lawsuit that looms over their multi-million dollar Tidal dispute.

Sources close to Yeezy and Hova with direct knowledge of the situation tell us, their lawyers have been trying to settle a $3.5 million dispute Kanye has with Tidal. As we reported, Kanye had fired off a letter to Tidal stating his contract with them was over because Tidal didn't live up to his end of the bargain. Specifically, Kanye says he didn't get advances and bonuses that totaled $3.5 mil.

We're told Kanye and Jay have not agreed to settle, and the reason became apparent to everyone. The impasse had nothing to do with their business dispute -- $3.5 mil is peanuts to both of them. They couldn't settle because they each harbor animosity toward the other.

Jay was enraged when Kanye attacked Beyonce and Blue Ivy at his concert last October. Kanye felt Jay should have cut him a break because that was the time he was melting down and just a few weeks after the concert, he was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold.

As one source put it, "The Generals [Kanye and Jay] have to meet face-to-face. When that happens, the resolving the money dispute is a piece of cake."  

We're told Kanye is up for the meeting and Jay is also inclined to meet. It shouldn't be hard. Now that Jay and Bey live in a Bel-Air mansion, they are literally down the street from Kanye and Kim.

We're told the meeting should go down soon, and once it does their Tidal dispute will quickly end.

Jessica Simpson Super Buzzed for Hubby's Bday!!!

9/20/2017 6:54 AM PDT

Jessica Simpson let loose at her hubby's birthday dinner, and needed some help keeping it together on the way out of the event.

Jessica was leaving Craig's Tuesday night in WeHo arm in arm with Eric Johnson, who turned 38 a few days ago. We're told the pair was inside the joint for a whopping 5 hours ... which is written all over Jessica's face.

The singer damn near ate it when she almost fell off the sidewalk. Luckily, her hubby and a pap were there to avert disaster. We asked Jess what's her secret to a perfect butt pic ... 'cause she would know.

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Rob Kardashian Settlement Diet Twisting Him Up in Knots

9/20/2017 6:47 AM PDT

Rob Kardashian is switching up his meals after settling some costly legal disputes with Blac Chyna -- not to mention a huge one still pending -- for something that costs $3.50.

Rob was seen out in Thousand Oaks Tuesday at a mall buying some chow from Wetzel's Pretzels in his signature outfit. We're told he was in and out ... picking up at least one doughy treat.

We can't blame the guy for eating cheap -- he just agreed to pay Chyna $20k a month in child support ... and might still be on the hook for 7 figures from his revenge porn case.

Something's gotta give.

Gisele Speed Walks Away from Tom/Ivanka Q's ... The World Needs Me

9/20/2017 7:17 AM PDT

Gisele had no time for questions about her husband, Tom Brady, possibly being stopped from visiting the White House because of Ivanka Trump ... her mind was worlds away.

Paps got Tom's Brazilian model wife beelining it Tuesday to a car that was on its way to the United Nations Headquarters building in NYC, where she attended a meeting of the Global Pact for the Environment. She's big on protecting Mother Earth.

She was mum on Anthony Scaramucci's strong intimation she blocked Tom from visiting Donald Trump because he might've dated his daughter back in the day ... sources close to Ivanka say she was tight with Tom but they never hooked up. For his part Donald wished back in 2004 the 2 would get together.

Still, check out her speedy sidewalk form. It's like she never left the runway.

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Ryan Phillippe Cops Don't Buy Ex-GF's Domestic Abuse Story

9/20/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ryan Phillippe's ex-girlfriend's accusations -- that he brutally attacked her and threw her down the stairs -- don't add up ... according to cops.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... investigators don't believe Elsie Hewitt's account of what went down between her and Phillippe on July 4 for a couple reasons. First -- they say Ryan was shocked when cops showed up at his place after Elsie filed a police report ... but was completely cooperative.

We're told he invited them in and answered all their questions without lawyering up -- like he had nothing to hide.

Next, there's Elsie's story about the stairs. Our sources tell us the stairs she accuses Ryan of throwing her down twice are sharp and wooden, and would have left her with much nastier injuries -- even broken bones -- than what she laid out in her suit.

As we reported ... the L.A. City Attorney refused to prosecute Phillippe after investigating, but Hewitt still sued him. Ryan, in response, has hired a lawyer and plans to go after Elsie for defamation.

Phillippe himself is making it clear he has nothing to hide, saying, "At the time these allegations were initially made, I fully cooperated with law enforcement and a thorough investigation was conducted."

He adds, "Domestic violence is a very real and tragic issue faced by many women the world over and should never be used to vengefully slander or as a ploy for monetary gain."

"Everyone of my accuser's allegations are false."

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Chris Soules Cops Put Me in Catch-22 ... In Fatal Hit and Run

9/20/2017 6:32 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

'Bachelor' Chris Soules has just asked the judge in his felony hit and run case to throw out all the charges, because the law is f****d up.

Chris' lawyer says in legal docs, he did everything he could possibly do the night he rear ended a tractor on an Iowa road, killing the driver. Chris left the scene, but not before calling 911 and identifying himself and trying to resuscitate the victim. He didn't leave the scene until the EMTs arrived but he booked it before cops got there.

Now here's the Catch-22. Chris' lawyer says under the law he's required to inform cops, or return to the accident scene, but if he did that it would almost be like a confession he hit and ran. Chris' lawyer says there's a constitutional right against self-incrimination, so he should be under no obligation to blow the whistle on himself. 

Simon Cowell When Life Gives You Lemons...

9/20/2017 6:50 AM PDT

Dream scenario for a bunch of kids pouring cups of lemonade ... Simon Cowell rolling up in his Bronco with a bunch of dough!

Simon and girlfriend Lauren Silverman stopped at the makeshift stand which the squad set up on a corner in Beverly Hills ... pretty genius.

Going rate for a cup is usually a quarter and it looks like Simon and Lauren handed over much more than that without taking any lemonade, so it was purely a donation.

Respect the hustle. 

DMX Clean & Sober ... But Staying In Rehab

9/20/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

DMX just might pull a Gucci Mane because X's lawyer tells us the rapper's cleaned up so much in rehab, he's "back to being human again."

We spoke with Murray Richman who told us X has already packed on 40 lbs. Murray says he had been nothing but skin and bones before starting treatment in late August at a New England facility.

The program is almost complete, but Murray wants X to stay another 30 days since he's been responding so well ... they're letting him take day trips with a friend to a nearby town. 

We broke the story ... a judge signed off on rehab after the rapper said his house arrest for tax evasion wasn't helping him improve. Murray says they'll tackle the court case once DMX has successfully finished treatment. He's also not ruling out a tour in the future. 

Gucci Mane Fur Protesters Tried to Punk Me!

9/20/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Gucci Mane gets the award for most chill response ever to angry fur activists -- or maybe he was just confused as hell.

The rapper was at a Barnes & Noble Tuesday in NYC to sign copies of his autobiography. All seemed normal until one fan walked up and said he heard Guwop was going vegan. That's when the ambush erupted.

The comment seemed to catch Gucci off guard, but he quickly got the picture ... when the protesters whipped out banners, and yelled he can't be vegan if he keeps rocking furs.

We're told the activists were with the New York Animal Defenders and they were quickly removed, but you have to see Gucci's reaction to the chaos -- not a single flinch.

Then again, his security reacted faster than Kelly Rowland's did.

NFL Line Judge Dom. Violence Accuser Is Former Cop

9/20/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The woman accusing NFL line judge Carl Johnson of domestic violence was a police officer in Louisiana for more than 5 years ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Here's what we know ... the 49-year-old female accuser was a detective for the Thibodaux Police Dept. 

We spoke with the accuser who says she worked on a famous murder case back in the early 2000s. 

The accuser resigned from the force in 2002 after filing a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Commission that she was sexually harassed by a superior officer.

We've called the TPD multiple times about the matter -- but have not received a call back. 

We broke the story ... the woman has told police and other law enforcement officials Johnson physically attacked her multiple times in 2016 and 2017. Johnson adamantly denies the allegations. 

The NFL says the league is investigating. 

Guess Who This Tot in a Tux Turned Into!

9/20/2017 12:00 AM PDT

Before this fancy little man was topping the charts, he was just another dapper little dude growing up in Chicago, Illinois. Can you guess who he is?

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