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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 girls fully reliant on him.

O.J. Simpson Driver's License Hits Auction Block Issued During Murder Trial

7/20/2017 6:41 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Just in time for O.J. Simpson's potential release from prison ... the Juice's old driver's license issued during the heart of his murder trial is hitting the auction block!!

TMZ Sports has learned 2 of O.J.'s old California licenses -- including the one issued to him while incarcerated at the L.A. County Jail in 1995 -- are going up for auction and could fetch BIG bucks.

A rep for SCP Auctions tells us they acquired the licenses from one of O.J.'s old bodyguards who decided to part ways with the unique memorabilia.

An interesting note ... SCP says Simpson's attorney's office at the time is listed as the address for his '95 license ... which was given to him 4 months before he was acquitted of murder.

The other license going up for auction is dated February 22, 2000.

SCP estimates the '95 license could go for over $5k ... while the '00 could rake in $1,500.

The auction goes live from October 4 thru 21 ... so all you O.J. superfans have time to save up.

Ryan Seacrest Finally Lands New 'Idol' Gig

7/20/2017 8:11 AM PDT

Ryan Seacrest can start practicing his "THIS ... is American Idol" line again ... he's finally inked his deal to return as host after months of intense negotiations.

Ryan confirmed the news Thursday on "Live with Kelly and Ryan" ... saying he was excited to return, and likened it to getting back in a relationship after an abrupt breakup.

TMZ broke the story ... Ryan was getting anywhere between $10 and $15 million but the huge hangup was getting the coveted executive producer credit. It's unclear if he scored that.

There were also logistical challenges. Ryan -- as first reported by TMZ -- would fly back and forth from NYC to L.A. to shoot 'A.I.' ... but a plan was hashed out so none of his jobs would be affected ... including his radio gig.

Cecil the Lion's Son Xanda Killed by Trophy Hunters

7/20/2017 7:24 AM PDT
Breaking News

Another one of Cecil the Lion's sons has died the same way his father did -- shot and killed by trophy hunters in Zimbabwe.

Xanda -- a 6-year-old in his prime and himself the father of several young cubs -- was reportedly killed by professional hunter Richard Cooke ... the same guy who killed Xanda's brother.

Cecil was killed 2 years ago and his death -- at the hands of American dentist Walter Palmer -- sparked international outrage. Xanda was found dead still wearing an electronic collar just outside the Hwange National Park.

The park released a statement saying, "We can't believe that now, 2 years since Cecil was killed, that his oldest Cub #Xanda has met the same fate. When will the Lions of Hwange National Park be left to live out their years as wild born free lions should?"

Tyga I Warned Rob About Blac Chyna's Game

7/20/2017 7:40 AM PDT

Tyga knew the deal and even threw up smoke signals for Rob Kardashian about hooking up with Blac Chyna ... but thinks Rob was ultimately blinded by love.

Tyga went on "The Breakfast Club" Thursday morning and talked about his breakup with Kylie Jenner, and her brother's relationship with Chyna ... Tyga's baby mama. He says the overlapping relationships did NOT create an awkward situation, but he also knew Rob couldn't handle Chyna -- for a bunch of reasons.

On the biz side ... the rapper says he had to pay a million dollars to end his contract with Cash Money -- but also claims his old label still owes him $12 mil.

Donnell Rawlings If O.J. Gets Out He's an Instant Folk Hero

7/20/2017 7:12 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Donnell Rawlings pictures O.J. Simpson getting a hero's welcome from black America IF he's released from prison, but there's a whole new set of rules he's gonna have to learn.

The comedian was leaving Gelson's in L.A. when we asked him about O.J.'s parole hearing -- which he all but calls the great escape. Donnell's got some advice for Juice on what to do and who to do it with ... if he wants to stay out of trouble -- and yeah ... there's a Kardashian connection.

The parole hearing's set for 10 AM PT ... and we'll be live streaming when they decide if O.J. will walk free.

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.

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