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RZA Russell Spit At Azealia ... But She Was Out of Her Mind

10/20/2016 12:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

RZA has broken his silence ... condemning Azealia Banks for the confrontation with Russell Crowe ... claiming Russell was simply trying to prevent her from intentionally cutting another guest with a glass.

RZA came on "TMZ Live" and told us ... Russell did indeed spit at Azealia like she claims, but he didn't choke her ... nor did he hurl the n-word. He also said she was out of control and violent ... and hinted she was wasted.

RZA says he told cops the same story he told us. Azealia has filed a battery report with the BHPD.

Charlie Sheen & Ashton Kutcher Back On the Same Team Bro Out At Dodgers Game

10/20/2016 10:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1020_Ashton_Kutcher_Charlie_Sheen_dodgers_launchWhat beef???

Charlie Sheen and Ashton Kutcher came face-to-face at Dodger Stadium Wednesday night -- but there was no rivalry, just love ... and beer.

Remember, the two got off to a rocky start when Ashton took over for Sheen on "Two and a Half Men" back in 2011 and continued to trade shots on social media until 2014. 

But last night when Ashton spotted Charlie in the good seats at the NLCS -- he went over to the star and the two bro'd out. 

We're told the interaction was short (there was a game taking place after all) but everything was friendly and positive ... except for when the Dodgers lost. 

Tito Ortiz Chael Sonnen 'Ruined Me' in College ... It's Time for Revenge

10/20/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tito Ortiz says he's been DREAMING about revenge on Chael Sonnen for roughly 20 years ... ever since Chael "ruined" him during a college wrestling match ... and the time for payback is now.

Tito tells TMZ Sports ... back before they became MMA superstars, the two faced off when Tito was wrestling for Cal State Bakersfield and Chael was an Oregon Duck.

Tito says Chael caught him in a headlock and pinned him, and it "ruined me" -- leaving him wondering if he'd ever get a shot at redemption.

Well, now the time has come ... because the two are facing off at Bellator 170 in January and Tito says he's simply going to bash Sonnen's face in.

Check out the clip ... Tito also warns Chael to stay off the "juice cocktails" because he doesn't respect cheaters.

Jackie Christie I'd Gladly Help My Daughter with Medical Bills ... If She Asks

10/19/2016 11:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1019-takari-lee-christie-jackie-christie-TMZ-FACEBOOK-01'Basketball Wives' star Jackie Christie says she did NOT refuse to pay for her granddaughter's medical bills after the child was badly burned in a daycare accident ... and says she's more than willing to help. 

Jackie's been taking heat ever since her estranged daughter, Takari, set up a GoFundMe page last month to raise $3,000 to help pay for treatment for her 8-month-old daughter. 

Takari said she was suffering serious financial hardships and was having a hard time finding the money to get her kid the proper help. 

Matt Barnes and Evelyn Lozada reportedly kicked in more than $3,000 each -- but people are mad at Jackie, claiming she should have paid for everything in the first place. 

But Jackie tells TMZ Sports ... Takari has cut HER off and never reached out for help in the first place. Had she called, Jackie says she would have been more than willing to fork over a check. 

Jackie also says she's given Takari a ton of money over the years and she should be more than able to cover a $3,000 bill. She feels Takari went public with the money plea to try to embarrass Jackie. 

Long story short ... Jackie says if Takari truly needs help, pick up the phone and call your mother. 

Eminem 'Loose Cannon' Trump Can't Be Prez!

10/19/2016 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Eminem just dropped a diss track on Donald Trump and his supporters ... essentially calling him too much of a yahoo to be trusted with our nuclear weapons. 

Slim's "Campaign Speech" is almost 8 minutes of blistering freestyle -- with a few heated bars devoted to the Republican candidate ... calling him a "loose cannon" and threatening to drown his supporters.

Give it a listen ... Em's sarcastic tongue is as sharp as ever.

Michael Jordan Olive Branch to Charles Barkley ... Beef Squashed?

10/19/2016 8:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Seems the feud between Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan is over -- because the two hugged it out in NYC Tuesday night ... after a cold war that nearly killed their friendship.

Barkley has been very open about how his friendship with MJ fell apart over criticisms he made about the NBA legend to the media.

Long story short ... Barkley had said Jordan was doing a bad job as the chairman of the Charlotte Hornets and MJ took it personally and stopped talking to him. He talked about the rift with Graham Bensinger earlier this year. 

But last night in NYC, the two superstars came together ... and it was all documented by Kenny Smith. 

Turns out, Barkley and Smith were at the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame ceremony -- and after the event, MJ came over to congratulate the "Inside the NBA" stars. 

They hugged, they smiled and it seems like things are water under the bridge. 

So, cigars and poker again???

Azealia Banks Here's What Really Happened ... With Russell Crowe

10/19/2016 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Azealia Banks is sticking to her story -- that Russell Crowe choked her, spit on her and called her the n-word over the weekend ... and adds her so-called pal, RZA, essentially has no balls in Hollywood. 

We got Azealia in Century City and she explained her version of what happened at Russell's disastrous Beverly Hills Hotel dinner party -- and it sounds like she tried making a joke which bombed and then things got ugly, fast. 

In her eyes, she bruised some egos and then suddenly she was being choked, spit on and called racial slurs by Crowe. As for whether she used the n-word ... Azealia cops to it, but believes she has a good excuse.

Check out the clip -- she's got choice words for RZA and the deal she almost signed with him. She also plays it coy about following through on criminal charges against Crowe

Presidential Debate Vegas Prop Bets In ... Money's on the Down and Dirty

10/19/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1018-donald-trump-hillary-clinton-money-tmzThe bookies in Vegas already have their odds set for Wednesday night's 3rd and final presidential debate -- and Donald Trump's the clear favorite ... when it comes to interrupting.

TMZ has a full list of debate prop bets, and they range from whether Trump will say "drug test" to whether Hillary will say "Billy Bush." Check out 10 scenarios you can bet on or against ... if you're looking to make a quick buck off their talking points. 

-- Who will be the first to interrupt the other ... DT: -300; HC: +200

-- Will DT and HC shake hands before debate begins ... Yes: -120; No: -120

-- How many times will DT say "tremendous" ... Over 8.5: -110; Under 8.5: -130  

-- How many times will Trump say "rig" or "rigged" ... Over 4.5: +100; Under 4.5: -140

-- Will either candidate say "liar" ... Yes: -210; No: +160

-- Will Trump say "drug test" ... Yes: +325; No: -450

-- Will Clinton say "Billy Bush" ... Yes: +400; No: -600

-- Will Trump say "Bill Clinton" ... Yes: -565; No: +375

-- Will Trump say "Crooked Hillary" ... Yes: +260; No: -380

-- Will Trump say "I was wrong" ... Yes: +400; No: -600

Place your bets, folks! 

Azealia Banks No More RZA Biz ... He Betrayed Me!!

10/19/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1018-azealia-banks-rza-tmz-01Azealia Banks is pissed at RZA for not defending her when Russell Crowe threw her out of his party, and says she's cutting him off for good ... personally and professionally. 

Sources close to Banks tell TMZ ... she'd been negotiating a deal to sign with RZA's record label for the past 3 weeks. We're told RZA's rep called her this week about closing the deal, and she made it clear ... the deal is OFF.

RZA -- who invited Azealia to the party -- doesn't seem to be losing any sleep over it. His camp insists she's "full of it" when it comes to the events in Crowe's suite, and she was squarely in the wrong.

Washington State WR UCLA Players Were Douchey ... Trying to Act Tough

10/18/2016 11:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UCLA ... or Douche-CLA??

A Washington State University football player put the Bruins on blast for a "douchey" pre-game move UCLA pulled before they squared off on Saturday ... saying they're a bunch of wannabe tough guys. 

The WSU player is Gabe Marks -- who was clearly bothered when UCLA players warmed up on the Wazzu side of the field before the game (which WSU won).

"I’m not coming back next year to be able to play them again but I don’t know what their deal is. They kind of come off as bad guys when they do things like that," Marks said.

"I don’t know if they do that to everybody. It’s kind of douchey."

"Is that like okay to say?" Marks asked ... "I mean, don't cut that. Let's be honest."

There's more ... Marks suggests the Bruins have to overcompensate when it comes to perceived toughness because they wear baby blue and live in Westwood.  

Melania Trump Donald Accuser Fires Shot Your Wife's Doing What Hillary Did

10/18/2016 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1018-jessica-leeds-melania-trump-CNN-TMZ-02Jessica Leeds -- the woman who claims Donald Trump groped her on a plane 35 years ago -- says Melania Trump is no different than Hillary Clinton ... defending husbands who do bad things.

Leeds tells TMZ, she feels for Melania, who's now in the hot seat for defending Donald in the wake of various allegations by women. Leeds says Melania's defense of her husband is no different than Hillary's defense of Bill Clinton.

Leeds says, "The wives are in a difficult position if they want to save their marriage," adding, "They'll make compromises and accept the good with the bad." 

She also says, "I feel it's terrible Melania is being viewed as sympathetic when Donald is beating up on Hillary for doing the same with Bill."

As for Melania's comment that the allegations are suspicious because they're all surfacing just weeks before the election, Leeds repeated ... she was prompted to contact The New York Times after Trump denied ever actually doing the things he talked about with Billy Bush.

And she says, she never expected The Times to run her story because "it was 35 years ago and there was no way of fact checking."

Cris Cyborg 'Ronda Rousey Has No Balls' (Metaphorically, Of Course)

10/18/2016 10:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ronda Rousey doesn't have the testicular fortitude to take on Cris Cyborg ... so says Cris herself, who makes it clear she's talking about huevos in the metaphorical way. 

Cyborg is pissed that Ronda agreed to fight Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in December instead of her -- and says it's because Rousey simply lacks the "balls."

"Same way you talk to guys, you have to have the balls," Cyborg said. 

"She speak a lot of things about me ... and why she don't fight with me? Man, she don't have (the balls)."

"And I know girls, of course, she don't have (balls) ... but when you speak about someone, you have to go, 'No, f*** that. I'm gonna fight her."

Russell Crowe & Azealia Banks Alleged Spitting in Security Cam Range

10/18/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1017-azealia-banks-Russell-crowe-tmzRussell Crowe and Azealia Banks' scuffle spilled into a hotel hallway, where it was likely caught on video -- and both sides think the footage will support their version of events ... TMZ has learned. 

Banks insists Crowe choked her while removing her from his Beverly Hills Hotel suite, and then spit on her in the hallway. We're told there are security cameras in that hallway.

Azealia claims the video will show the choking and spitting. It's unclear how much of the incident was captured, but law enforcement sources tell us they will be checking out the footage. Bev Hills PD launched an investigation after Banks filed a battery report.

If the incident was recorded, we're told Russell's camp would be thrilled because they think it will show Banks is lying through her teeth.

We're told police are still trying to interview Russell and Azealia.

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