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Nicki Minaj 'I Am the New Harriet Tubman'

8/20/2018 6:18 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Nicki Minaj isn't just comparing herself to Harriet Tubman -- she's now saying she IS Harriet Tubman ... just new and improved. 

We got the "QUEEN" MC leaving her hotel Monday night on her way to the VMAs at Radio City Music Hall, where our camera guy asked about a new controversy swarming around Nick from a tweet she put out earlier in the day ... conjuring Harriet's name, and drawing comparisons.

Some Twitter fans were furious Nicki insinuated she was in the same league as Harriet, although Nicki never explicitly compared herself to the civil rights icon. Until now, that is. Our photog has her on camera saying it straight-up ... "I am the new Harriet Tubman."

We press her to make sure she knew what she's saying, and the implications of her remarks -- which are certainly shocking. She pushes right back, insisting she is the next Harriet Tubman. You do you, Nick?

BTW ... we also got Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner heading to the VMAs, and asked if they were gonna try to squash the beef Nicki started on Sunday. They were mum on all that ... but we're guessing that whole mess will sort itself out in the stands

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2018 VMAs Space Out with the Stars ... Behind the Scenes

8/20/2018 7:05 PM PDT

The 2018 VMAs were out of this world, and you can tell by just how damn happy everyone was behind the scenes. 

Radio City Music Hall was lit up with A-listers Monday night during MTV's signature award show, and based on what we're seeing here ... it was kinda the Cardi B/Ariana Grande/Jennifer Lopez show heading inside. They definitely took up a lot of the spotlight. 

Cardi was radiating in her purple gown just over a month after giving birth, and AG was showing plenty of PDA with her fiance, Pete Davidson. As for J Lo ... well, she was just being J Lo with A-Rod. 'Nuff said.

Some honorable mentions who looked stoked to be there ... Blake Lively, Blac ChynaTiffany HaddishAmber Rose, Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino ... and plenty more.

Cardi B at VMAs She's One Bad Mama ... Kills It on VMA Carpet

8/20/2018 5:51 PM PDT

Cardi B just showed up to the VMAs -- her first public event since giving birth last month -- and the rapper looks incredible.

CB arrived to Radio City Music Hall Monday evening in NYC rockin' a beautiful purple gown and a sweet new pixie cut. Oh, and her post-baby body is absolutely on point.

Believe it or not, Cardi just popped out baby Kulture a little over a month ago ... and it's clear she's snapped right back.

We broke the story ... Cardi will be opening the televised show in just a few minutes -- not with a musical performance, but with either a monologue or skit of some sort.

She confirmed the news earlier Monday that she wouldn't be rockin' the mic. 

Safaree at VMAs Takes Shots at Nicki ... Karma's a Bitch

8/20/2018 5:49 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Safaree says he isn't worried about potentially running into his ex, Nicki Minaj, on the red carpet at the VMAs ... but he does have some advice for her.

We got the 'Love & Hip Hop' star Monday as he was heading to Radio City Music Hall in NYC to attend the MTV awards show when he took some clear shots at Nicki on the heels of their online beef ... not to mention all her other Twitter squabbles this week. 

As we reported ... Safaree claimed Nicki once tried to stab him with a knife in 2014 -- she called him a liar. Nicki also called out Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner over the weekend for working together to push his album sales past hers on the charts.

Safaree's got some thoughts on that too ... pick your battles, Nick. And grow with the times.

Our guy also asks if he beefed up security to avoid any nasty run-ins with Nicki on the red carpet -- like MTV brass is already doing to accommodate the feuding exes -- but he insists he's only rolling deep as a result of his robbery earlier this year.

As far as who should get top-tier seating between Nicki, Travis and Kylie ... Safaree's got a pretty hilarious answer ... and kind of an obvious one if you think about it.

Drake Visits 11-Year-Old Heart Patient ... After Seeing Her 'KiKi Challenge'

8/20/2018 3:36 PM PDT
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It's unclear if KiKi loves Drake -- but one thing's for sure ... he definitely loved one little girl's "KiKi Challenge," 'cause he made a point to visit her in Chicago.

Drake stopped by the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Monday to meet up with 11-year-old Sofia Sanchez -- who turned 11 on Saturday. Her birthday wish -- to meet Drizzy.

She got on Drake's radar after she posted an "In My Feelings" dance video ... weeks after undergoing open heart surgery and waiting for a heart transplant.

Sources close to the rapper tell us Drake saw the video and wanted to oblige, so he swung by the hospital to meet her.

We're told he spent an hour in her room and they talked about a lot ... from his music, her love of cheerleading and their shared interests (Bieber, owls, and basketball). They even touched on her GoFundMe page.

Me and my love Sofia talking about Bieber and Owls and Basketball💙💙💙

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Oh, and for good measure ... we're told Drake and Sofia even sang his song together. Now that's a heck of a birthday present. 

Asia Argento Sheriff Does About-face ... Asia Argento Now Investigated for Sexual Assault

8/20/2018 1:11 PM PDT
Breaking News

The L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. has done an about-face and now says it will investigate allegations by a man that he was sexually assaulted by Asia Argento when he was 17 years old.

Several Sheriff's officials told TMZ Monday morning the department would ONLY investigate if the alleged victim -- now 22-year-old Jimmy Bennett -- came forward and filed a complaint. One official now tells us the media attention on the case has made them do an about-face.

Bennett claims when he was 17, Argento -- who became one of the first women in the #MeToo movement to accuse Harvey Weinstein of rape -- plied him with alcohol, performed oral sex on him and then got on top of him and had intercourse ... this according to documents obtained by the New York Times.

Argento settled with Bennett for $380,000 ... so says the NYT.

April Ryan Omarosa Didn't Even Write Her Book!!!

8/20/2018 2:07 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

April Ryan is throwing some serious shade at Omarosa ... saying she never put pen to paper because she used a ghostwriter.  

Ryan -- who has reported at the White House for more than 20 years -- bashes Omarosa for her secret recordings and being a backstabber. 

April says her upcoming book, "Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House," unlike Omarosa's book, is the real deal.

As for bowing down to Trump before she broke ranks ... April says O shouldn't wait for invites to the church social anytime soon.

But, she does draw the line ... even Omarosa doesn't deserve what Donald Trump dished out

Andrea Bocelli Back on the Horse After Falling Off the Horse

8/20/2018 2:10 PM PDT

Andrea Bocelli's one tough son of a gun ... he's back to riding horses nearly a year after falling off one.

The famous Italian tenor got back on this beautiful stallion Monday on Miami Beach. The 59-year-old strapped on his riding boots but, equestrian be damned -- shorts and a T-shirt will do.

As we reported ... Andrea suffered a head injury last September while riding near Pisa, Italy. The fall was so scary he had to be airlifted to a hospital. Good news though -- a rep at the time told he us he was doing well after his hospital visit. Clearly the fall wasn't gonna deter him.

Giddyap!!

Harvey Weinstein's Attorney Blasts Asia Argento You're a Hypocrite!

8/20/2018 12:45 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Asia Argento's got some nerve being the face of the #MeToo movement ... so says Harvey Weinstein's attorney.

The ex-studio mogul's attorney, Ben Brafman, tells TMZ "this development reveals a stunning level of hypocrisy by Asia Argento, one of the most vocal catalysts who sought to destroy Harvey Weinstein."

Brafman goes on to say, "What is perhaps most egregious, is the timing, which suggests that at the very same time Argento was working on her own secret settlement for the alleged sexual abuse of a minor, she was positioning herself at the forefront of those condemning Mr. Weinstein, despite the fact that her sexual relationship with Mr. Weinstein was between two consenting adults which lasted for more than four years."

As we reported ... Asia -- one of the first Weinstein accusers -- will NOT be investigated by the LAPD unless her alleged victim, Jimmy Bennett files a report.

According to the New York Times, Asia settled with Bennett for $380k.

Cardi B She's Team Travis ... Even Though this Mom's Mum

8/20/2018 11:17 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B was friendly and talkative with our photog Monday ... UNTIL we brought up the Travis Scott /Nicki Minaj feud.

We got Cardi B at The London NYC hotel ahead of the VMAs ... and she confirmed our report, there will be no musical performance from the "Bodak Yellow" singer. She'll open the show with some sort of monologue or skit ... but that's it. She says she's a little under the weather ... and will only perform when she feels better.

As for the Travis/Nicki drama ... even though she was mum, our sources say she's squarely on Team Travis.   

Matt Barnes Baby On the Way ... With Model GF

8/20/2018 1:32 PM PDT
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Matt Barnes is gearing up for Baby #3 -- his model girlfriend is pregnant ... and we're told they're both stoked about it!

The recently retired NBA star has been dating Anansa Sims -- daughter of legendary supermodel Beverly Johnson, as reported by Bossip. Anansa is a pretty famous self-described plus-size model who's been featured in tons of fashion mags. 

Sources tell us ... Anansa is due in December. 

As for their relationship, we're told -- "They are both happy and their families and friends are super supportive."

One source close to Matt tells us, "She's just really sweet and brings out the best in him. It's a good pairing." 

Anansa has three kids from a previous relationship with ex-football player David Patterson. Barnes has twins from his previous relationship with Gloria Govan

Congrats!

Travis Scott I Have the No. 1 Album!!! Don't Sit Me Behind Nicki

8/20/2018 10:53 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Travis Scott and the VMAs are taking musical chairs to a whole new level.

Travis is on the move after originally being seated behind Nicki Minaj ... a decision that raised eyebrows in the wake of Nicki going nuclear over Travis beating her out for the top spot on the Billboard chart.

Sources tell TMZ ... Travis will now sit on the opposite side of the room from Nicki. We're told it's more about avoiding bad optics -- Travis has the top album and shouldn't sit BEHIND the artist with the no. 2 spot -- and not about fear of retaliation or continued beef from Nicki.

Here's the original seating chart:

Travis is still sitting with baby mama Kylie Jenner. It would have been REALLY awkward for them to sit behind Nicki after she blasted Kylie for promoting Travis' album, "Astroworld," and helping him climb to the top of the charts.

'Steve Harvey Show' Star Divorce Wendy's Ex Wants Alimony ... She Left Me High & Dry!!

8/20/2018 11:51 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A former 'Steve Harvey Show' actress abandoned her estranged husband after he suffered a stroke, and left him completely broke and on his ass ... according to the gent himself.

Wendy Raquel Robinson's estranged hubby, Marco Perkins, claims in divorce docs -- obtained by TMZ -- he needs Wendy to pay him significant spousal support when their divorce is all said and done 'cause she allegedly left him destitute after he had a stroke back in 2015.

Marco says he enjoyed a lavish lifestyle while married to Wendy, and is asking a judge to make her cough up at least $10,000 a month so he can maintain that life -- adding that she can afford it, since he believes her monthly income is in the ballpark of $200k/month.

We broke the story ... Marco filed for divorce last week after 15 years together with Wendy. They have no minor children.

Wendy played school principal Regina "Piggy" Grier on Harvey's hit sitcom from 1996 to 2002.

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