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'GTA: Vice City' Makers Sued We See Miss Cleo in Auntie Poulet ... Pay Us Now!!!

7/27/2017 11:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

There's a fortune teller in "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" that looks and sounds WAY too much like the late TV psychic Miss Cleo ... at least according to Miss Cleo's estate which just sued the game makers.

Psychic Readers Network -- which holds the rights to Miss Cleo -- just filed suit against Rockstar Games and others who helped make and distribute the 'GTA' classic ... for allegedly jacking her image and Jamaican accent and slapping it on their character, Auntie Poulet.

In the suit, obtained by TMZ, PRN claims it's spent well over $100 million creating and promoting Miss Cleo's persona over the years, and that Rockstar and co. have gone on to make more than $500 mil exploiting it's character.

They also say Rockstar even hired the actress who used to play Miss Cleo in real life, Youree Harris, and had her voice the character of Auntie Poulet, which is true. We broke the story ... Harris died from cancer last July.

One funny thing about this ... 'Vice City' came out like 15 years ago -- but PRN says Rockstar continues to make money off the game due to reissues and bundle 'GTA' packages that are being sold to this day.

We've reached out to Rockstar for comment ... so far, no word back.

Justin Bieber In the Name of My New Father ...

7/27/2017 10:41 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber won't complain about one part of his life on the road -- it forced him to grow incredibly close to his pastor, Carl Lentz ... so much so, he now sees him as a 2nd father.

Sources close to Hillsong Church tell TMZ ... Lentz stepped up big-time as a guiding presence in Justin's life, especially while he was on the road and overseas. We're told Justin was lonely during most of the Purpose tour -- he's been estranged from his mother, and likewise, had no relationship with his dad, Jeremy, for some time now.

On the flip side, Lentz flew to visit Justin often -- particularly during his Australia and New Zealand tour stops in March, then they kicked it again during his April break in NYC ... where Pastor Carl primarily preaches.

Interestingly, sources at the church tell us Justin and Carl have spent almost every day together within the last month, and one source described them as "nearly inseparable." As we reported, Justin also views Hillsong as an escape from his celebrity life.

His fondness for Carl, and vice versa, is obvious in a Hillsong Church video posted a few days ago.

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OKC Thunder Tip Shame Andre Roberson ... After L.A. Team Dinner

7/27/2017 11:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Here's proof your friends don't ever let you live anything down ... the OKC Thunder taking shots at Andre Roberson and his (non?) tipping habits after a dinner out in L.A.

Remember, Roberson found himself in a public tipping scandal a couple weeks back, when a server claims the $30 million man bricked his gratuity ... leaving a $14 tip on a nearly $500 check.

The guys were out at Catch last night, and by the guys we mean the WHOLE DAMN SQUAD basically, including Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams, Enes Kanter, and Kyle Singler.

Of course we had to ask who paid, which the bros wouldn't tell us, but Kanter did take the time to (jokingly) call out Dre, for his end of the night courtesy.

Boys will be boys, but we're guessing the server walked away with a fat stack in this case.

Wanda Sykes Transgender Soldiers Not the Problem, Trump Is!

7/27/2017 10:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Wanda Sykes doesn't think transgender soldiers in the military are a problem, she thinks the guy taking away transgender soldiers' rights to be in the military is the real problem.

Sykes, like many Americans, ain't happy with President Trump's decision Wednesday to boot all transgender soldiers, especially because she thinks most trans soldiers are braver than Trump ... who's never served in the armed forces.

When we got her at LAX Wednesday she told us all Americans deserve equality, and she already has a couple replacements in mind for the Commander-in-Chief. They're only teenagers, but still ... more qualified, Wanda says.

Simone Biles Drugged Up After Surgery ... Watch Me Whip!

7/27/2017 8:39 AM PDT
Breaking News

The wisest part of getting your wisdom teeth removed is having someone record you when you're coming down off the drugs ... and Simone Biles knows it!

The Team USA Olympic gymnast hit the oral surgeon's office -- and after the procedure, she was OUT HER DAMN MIND!

At one point, Biles thought she was driving a truck -- and even honked the imaginary horn!

Good news ... she's fine now and even joked about it on social media.

"Hope yall get a good laugh!!"

Justin Bieber Moment of Impact ... From Injured Photog's View

7/27/2017 7:36 AM PDT

Justin Bieber's accident with a photographer was, of course, captured on camera by the photog ... and we just got the intense footage.

You can see and hear the accident from the pap's view -- and you also see how Justin sprung out of the truck and ran around to check on the guy. The camera was still rolling as Justin knelt down and repeatedly asked, "Is there anything we can do to help you?"

Few moments of conflict too -- Justin was upset other photogs continued rolling, instead of helping the guy who'd been hit ... who, by the way, sounded very appreciative of Justin's concern.

You can hear him say, "I always liked you man. You're a good guy. It was just bad timing."

Blac Chyna & Lamar Odom Life On the Outside

7/27/2017 7:54 AM PDT

Life after the Kardashians -- it does exist -- looked pretty smooth for Blac Chyna and Lamar Odom Wednesday night in Bev Hills.

Rob and Khloe's exes were hanging together at the iGo.Live app launch event. Tyga was there too, but opted out of the reunion pic. 

Chyna started dating Rob shortly after Lamar's near-fatal overdose. Lamar and Khloe had called it quits long before that so it's unclear how often BC and LO have crossed paths before.

Rob and Lamar were once BFFs. We're guessing Chyna couldn't pass on the shot at her ex photo op.

Venus Williams Car Accident Cops Told Her On Scene ... 'You Violated His Right of Way'

7/27/2017 5:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Venus Williams was told moments after another car T-boned her that she was "at fault" for the accident ... this according to the police bodycam footage obtained by TMZ Sports.

The video was recorded in the moments after the June 9 accident that left Jerome and Linda Barson severely injured. Jerome eventually died from his injuries. The officer on scene has clearly spoken to witnesses and is now sharing information about the accident with fellow officers ... and says "I will find her at fault" ... referring to Venus.

And then he walks up to Venus' SUV -- she's still sitting in the driver's seat -- and explains that from the time she entered the intersection and stopped -- for opposing traffic -- the light changed, "and he had a green light, so you kind of violated his right of way."

For some reason ... shortly thereafter the officer says, "I don't feel comfortable citing [Venus] for it."

Full disclosure -- the bodycam footage appears to be edited in places. The source that provided the video says that was done to avoid showing any injuries to people involved in the accident. 

Ultimately, the officer's take on what happened won't determine who was at fault in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Jerome Barson's estate. A jury would also consider the surveillance video, black box data from both vehicles and other factors.

As we first reported ... the Barsons' attorney says data from Venus' SUV shows she accelerated from nearly zero to 19.9 MPH in 4.2 seconds as she attempted to clear the intersection.

Venus was in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, but still very tight-lipped.

Justin Bieber Accidentally Slams Truck Into Photog Cops, Ambulance Respond

7/26/2017 10:51 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

Justin Bieber accidentally ran over a photographer as he left a church service in Beverly Hills ... and the loud impact was captured on camera.

Justin was leaving the Saban Theater, where he'd been worshipping at a City Church event. He climbed into his monster pickup truck as photogs scrambled around the vehicle, and when he gunned it to pull away ... hit the man. It's pretty clear in the video ... Justin's front right side tire hits, or rolls over, the paparazzo.

Justin did not flee the scene and, in fact, stopped as soon as other photogs pointed out what had happened. Bieber stayed right by the man's side for roughly 8 to 10 minutes until paramedics and police arrived.

Justin spoke to police before he was allowed to leave the scene -- police tell TMZ he was not cited -- getting a ride from one friend, while another drove his truck.

Police say the photog suffered non-life threatening injuries to his lower body.

A few hours after he was taken to the hospital ... he posted a video describing the accident, and thanking Justin for being "compassionate."

Rapper Z-Ro Yelled 'You're Dead' During Assault ... Ex-GF Tells Cops

7/27/2017 7:10 AM PDT
Breaking News

Z-Ro brandished a handgun throughout his prolonged assault of his ex-girlfriend, and repeatedly made death threats against her ... according to cops.

In the police report, Just Brittany says she and Z-Ro had planned to meet at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Houston on April 29, but the restaurant was closed. Instead, she says Z-Ro told her to come over to his place and, after a brief convo about the failed dinner date ... the beating began.

According to the report, Z-Ro slapped, punched and dragged her around his house while holding a pistol. Brittany told police, roughly 90 minutes into the assault ... she got sick and vomited. She asked Z-Ro for permission to use the bathroom. Once she was in there, she grabbed her mobile phone and started recording.

When she walked out ... the beating and verbal abuse continued. In the report, she says Z-Ro told her, "You're dead." Brittany asked why he'd pushed her, and demanded ... "Get you f**king hands from around my neck!"

According to cops, the audio recording continued for about 21 minutes.

TMZ broke the story ... Z-Ro was arrested for felony aggravated assault. He's been ordered to stay 200 feet away from her. He was released after posting a $50,000 bond.


Ohio State Fair Video Shows Riders Thrown In Deadly Accident

7/27/2017 6:47 AM PDT

The moment an Ohio State Fair ride turned deadly in a horrific accident -- which hurled riders through the air -- was captured on video.

At least 1 person died Wednesday night and seven others were injured when part of the Fire Ball ride broke off its hinges ... violently ejected people from their seats and sent them flying to the ground. 

Officials said the fair will be open Thursday, but no rides will be running until they're deemed safe.

It's still unclear what caused the accident and it's under investigation.

'Bullwinkle Show' Star June Foray Voice of Rocky & Natasha Dead at 99

7/27/2017 6:33 AM PDT
Breaking News

Moose and Squirrel very sad ... June Foray, the voice of Rocky, and also Natasha Fatale, died Wednesday.

A close friend of June's confirmed her death with a post on Facebook, saying ... "With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old."

June was a legendary voice actress, working in Hollywood for more than a decade before she landed "The Bullwinkle Show" roles in the late 1950s. She worked steadily on tons of animated TV shows and feature films -- more than 300 credits -- right up until 2014.

She won a Daytime Emmy in 2012 for "The Garfield Show" and a Grammy in 1968 for her role as Cindy Lou Who in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

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