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R. Kelly Women Aren't Captive He Just Hooks 'Em On the High Life

7/20/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

R. Kelly is guilty of pampering women with so much luxury they become dependent on him and don't want to leave, even though they can ... according to family members of one of the women.

Our sources, related to the woman -- who was 20 when she moved in with Kelly last year -- say she met him backstage during a concert meet and greet. She communicated with the singer for about 6 months before he asked her to live with him ... and she agreed.

However, we're told the woman -- who is not an aspiring singer like Joycelyn Savage -- has been free to leave Kelly's pads in Illinois and Georgia ... and has done so on multiple occasions. We're told she's flown out-of-state, unaccompanied to visit family.

She's never stayed longer than a week and always returned to Kelly, who she describes as "her man."

So, why does she stay? Our sources say the woman has been flown to Beverly Hills for shopping sprees, and Kelly also buys high-priced handbags, lingerie, shoes and spa trips for all of the girlfriends. We're told Kelly openly says he "wants to shower them in luxury."

Not that they think Kelly is totally innocent. One family member believes Kelly has a "calculating, methodical process to groom naive girls" -- and confirmed he takes their smartphones.

The woman has never mentioned any physical abuse ... nor has her family seen evidence of it. While they don't see anything criminal about Kelly's tactics, they feel he uses psychological abuse to make the girils fully reliant on him.

Madonna's Ex Peter Shue If She Wants Her Panties Back ... She's Gotta Pay!!!

7/20/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Madonna's ex-boyfriend says the worn panties she sent him back in the day will hit the auction block despite legal issues, but if she wants them back ... a deal can be arranged.

We got Peter Shue -- who briefly dated the Queen of Pop in 1994 -- out in Harlem and asked him about the controversy over Madonna items going up for auction ... including the panties. His take -- she gave him her worn underwear as a gift, so they're his ... and he can do whatever he wants with them.

Shue seems to think a judge blocking the auction won't hold up, and Madge can place a bid like anyone else to win her panties back. Or she can call him directly ... if she still has his number.

Blac Chyna's Ex-Side Piece Negotiating to Join 'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta'

7/20/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The world hasn't seen the last of Ferrari, the guy that came between Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian, because he's negotiating with "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" to join the cast ... if the price is right.

We're told Ferrari is "far along" in hashing out the details. Contracts have been circulated but not signed, and the unresolved issue is money. We're told he feels the show is lowballing him.  

Production sources say producers are into Ferrari's brashness ... specifically that he is unashamed and will go toe-to-toe with anybody. The fact that he owned the naked pics of him and Chyna are a plus ... at least the way the show sees it.

Ferrari's moved on and has already hooked up with someone else, and that relationship will be featured on the show ... assuming, of course, it lasts.

O.J. Simpson He'd Make a Killing Signing Autographs

7/20/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.J. Simpson could line his pockets with cash by signing autographs, if he becomes a free man in October.

David Elkouby, the owner of The Hollywood Show that specializes in celeb autographs, says O.J. would be the hottest commodity when he gets out, and he would pay Simpson thousands of dollars just to appear at a signing convention.

What's more ... he says Simpson would attract a never-ending line of people clamoring for a selfie at around $30 a pop ... that adds up.

The Juice has a parole hearing today and if he gets the green light, he could be loose within months.

Elkouby thinks the murders are now a distant memory and it would not impede Simpson's ability to cash in ... but he's gotta act quick.

Guess Who This Caliente Kid Turned Into!

7/20/2017 12:10 AM PDT

Before this attitude-bearing babe was showin' sass for the camera, she was just another hip little lady growing up in Barranquilla, Colombia. Can you guess who she is?

Sin City's Frank Miller Sued by Ex-Manager ... Your New Partner Screwed Me, Called Me a 'Bad Jew'

7/19/2017 5:44 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Graphic novel icon Frank Miller let his conniving producing partner screw his faithful business manager out of more than a million bucks ... according to a new lawsuit.

Mark Lichtman says he worked for Miller for 28 years -- on projects like "Sin City," "300," "The Spirit" and "Sin City 2" -- until "producer" Silenn Thomas came on the scene in 2006. According to docs, Thomas started defaming Lichtman in order to force him out of the picture.

In the suit, Lichtman says his contract entitled him to 10 percent commission from all of Miller's projects, and everything was copacetic until Thomas started calling him incompetent and senile. He says Miller's attorney told him he was fired in August 2014.

Even after that, Lichtman says Thomas sent him nasty emails calling him a "bad jew" for demanding his 10 percent for Miller's projects. Then things got sad in 2016 -- Lichtman says he heard Frank really missed him and wondered where he'd gone ... leading Lichtman to believe Frank never wanted to fire him.

Still, Lichtman's suing Miller and Thomas for more than $1 million.

Sources close to Miller say the lawsuit is suspiciously timed, since Comic Con's going down this weekend. They add there's little merit to these claims.

Sen. John McCain Diagnosed with Brain Cancer

7/19/2017 5:20 PM PDT
Breaking News

John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

Pathology was performed following McCain's surgery Friday to remove a blood clot, and tests showed the presence of a "primary brain tumor" known as glioblastoma.

The family is now considering treatment options with his Mayo Clinic team of doctors. 

The 80-year-old Senator was resting at home following the removal of the blood clot last week. His absence from Congress led Republicans to defer the vote on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

His office did not reveal a prognosis. 

Khloe & Tristan Go House Hunting S***. JUST. GOT. REAL!!!

7/19/2017 5:06 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson might be shacking up together in a new crib .. kinda.

Khloe and her NBA superstar BF spent their Wednesday house hunting in L.A. We're told they're not buying a house together ... he's looking to rent a place in the Hollywood Hills or the Valley where he and Khloe can stay when they're in the city. She has a house in Calabasas -- Bieber's old house -- about an hour's drive from Hollywood..

We're told Tristan's budget is around $60k a month, and he wants to rent through September.  

Khloe's said she'd marry Tristan if he proposed ... maybe this is the first step.

R. Kelly Concert Biz Boomin' Despite 'Cult' Allegations

7/19/2017 3:26 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

R. Kelly's gotta believe there's no such thing as bad publicity now -- he has 14 upcoming shows planned and there's still huge demand for tickets ... amid allegations he's running a "cult."

Kelly's gigs were already scheduled before the scandal broke, but all of them are still scheduled ... starting July 28 in Virginia Beach and running through October 8 in Ontario, Cali. We reached out to all of the venues -- 11 confirmed nothing's changed. In fact, some ... like the Chene Park Amphitheatre in Detroit, told us they've been getting a high volume of calls this week alone and are almost sold out.

Others told us they hadn't even received angry calls from customers over the claims R. Kelly is holding women against their will. 

The only hiccup we've seen to this point is people in Baton Rouge asking for refunds on his August 12 show, but we're told ticket sales remain steady.

Translation: business as usual for R. Kelly.

Ezekiel Elliott Incident Cops Suspend Investigation ... Can't Find Victim

7/19/2017 2:46 PM PDT
Breaking News

Dallas PD has suspended the assault investigation stemming from an incident where a man was allegedly knocked out by Ezekiel Elliott ... TMZ Sports has confirmed.

The incident went down at Clutch Bar in Dallas Sunday night. Multiple witnesses have told us they observed Elliott punch a man in the face after a heated discussion.

A rep for Dallas PD confirms they've suspended their investigation 'cause they haven't been able to get a hold of the victim.

"Dallas detectives made several attempts to contact the victim through various ways but at this time have not been able to make contact. To date no witnesses have come forward to provide any additional information about this incident."

For Zeke's part, his reps have said he wasn't arrested or charged with any crime.

Jessica Alba This Beach is Bumpin', Baby!

7/19/2017 1:40 PM PDT

Jessica Alba's now tanning for 2 ... and has no problem flaunting it either.

The actress put her baby bump on full display as she lounged at the beach in Hawaii Tuesday. Alba's on a babymoon getaway after announcing Monday she's expecting her third child with husband, Cash Warren.

Although she's a mom these days, and expecting another, ya can't see Jessica sunbathing without reminiscing about her most famous beach pose ... from more than a decade ago.

It really is like a fine wine.

Jada Pinkett Smith I Was a Drug Dealer Back in My Tupac Days

7/19/2017 1:30 PM PDT

Jada Pinkett Smith was all about the thug life when she first met Tupac Shakur -- maybe more than he was -- because she was the one slinging drugs.

She made the confession Wednesday on "Sway in the Morning" after Sway asked her to clear up the real nature of her relationship with the legendary rapper. He's said they hooked up, but she's always said they were just best friends.

Jada first admitted she "hasn't told the whole story" ... and then dropped the bombshell about her first career.

Beyonce 'Whitewashed' Wax Figure Just Overlit Says Madame Tussauds

7/19/2017 1:02 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

Beyonce's controversial new wax figure -- which looks a lot like "White Chicks" Bey -- has the perfect complexion ... when the lights are down low.

That's Madame Tussauds' explanation for the freshly unveiled statue of Beyonce in their NYC museum. It's come under fire because ... well, there are a lot of reasons:

- Fans think she looks more like Lindsay Lohan,
- Or Mariah Carey
- Or Kate Hudson
- Or Maya Rudolph
- Whoever she looks like, she's white as hell 

Madame Tussauds tells TMZ ... "Our talented team of sculptors takes every effort to ensure we accurately colour match all of our wax figures to the celebrity being depicted. Lighting within the attraction combined with flash photography may distort and misrepresent the colour of our wax figures."

That's their story. No word if Beyonce's buying it.

Megan Fox might though ... 'cause that's definitely more Megan than Bey. Right?

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