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Scottie Pippen 9-Year-Old Daughter Making Bank ... On 'DWTS: Juniors'

8/15/2018 3:13 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Scottie Pippen's 9-year-old daughter is already cashin' HUGE checks -- scoring an NBA-sized payday for "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Sophia Pippen has already signed her contract to compete against stars like Honey Boo Boo and Miles Brown from "Black-ish" -- and if she wins the whole thing, she takes home $130,000!!

Just like Boo Boo, Pippen will get $50k just for showing up -- and she gets more cash the further she advances in the competition. 

- $5,000 per episode for episodes 2 & 3. 

- $7,500 per episode for episodes 4 & 5.

- $10,000 per episode for episodes 6 & 7.

- $15,000 for episode 8.

- $20,000 for the finale.

FYI, Scottie reportedly made around $110 MILLION during his NBA career. Hopefully, like her famous dad, she gets paired up with the most dominant teammate of all time!

XXXTentacion Murder Suspect Begs Judge to Let Him Outta Jail ... My Fiancée's Pregnant!!

8/15/2018 12:06 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

One of the suspects in XXXTentacion's murder case is swinging for the fences ... trying to convince the judge to let him outta jail, despite being indicted for first degree murder.

According to new legal docs obtained by TMZ ... Robert Allen wants the judge to allow him to post bail because he claims there's no proof he committed a crime. He wants the judge to let him out until the trial so he can take care of his pregnant fiancée.

Allen also says if he's let out, he'll go back to work for a lawn care business in Broward County where he says he's lived his entire life with his mom. Allen, along with the 3 other suspects, remains in custody.

As we reported ... Allen was the third of four murder suspects arrested in July after he was tracked down in Georgia. Allen was the guy who was originally named a person of interest in the killing because he was caught on surveillance video at the motorcycle dealership moments before XXX was gunned down.

Broncos' Adam Gotsis Rape Case Dismissed 'Thorough Investigation'

8/15/2018 2:22 PM PDT
Breaking News

Denver Broncos DE Adam Gotsis has just learned prosecutors will NOT push forward with rape charges stemming from allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in 2013. 

Gostis was arrested on March 7 in Fulton County, Georgia after a woman told authorities the football star vaginally raped her while they were both college students at Georgia Tech.  

The Fulton County District Attorney's Office launched a full investigation -- but ultimately decided there was not enough evidence to prove Gotsis committed the crime. 

"After a careful and thorough investigation, The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has decided not to proceed with the case against Mr. Adam Gotsis," D.A. Paul Howard Jr. said in a statement.

"My office understands the sensitivity and significance of these investigations, but the evidence presented does not warrant any further action in this case."

Gotsis was a 2nd-round pick for the Broncos in 2016 and played in all 16 games for the Broncos last season, making 13 starts.

Offset Blows Off Stylist's Lawsuit

8/15/2018 10:57 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Offset's time is up to pay back a stylist for allegedly stiffing him, so the stylist is going full bore, asking a judge to order the rapper to fork over the money ... sources close to the case tell TMZ.

The Migos rapper was sued in late June in Fulton County, GA by a stylist claiming he got shorted $11,699 for his work plus clothing costs.  The services were supposedly rendered in Miami back in April ... when Offset was in town for Quavo's bday.

Offset had 45 days to file his response to the lawsuit, but the deadline has now passed. So, we're told the stylist is going to the judge ... saying it's not his problem that Offset was asleep at the wheel.  He wants his money NOW, with a little help from hizzoner. 

Demi Lovato Alleged Dealer Busted with Guns and Drugs ... Months Before OD

8/15/2018 10:24 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The man who showed up at Demi Lovato's home and allegedly smoked drugs with her hours before her OD is no stranger to the law -- cops nabbed him in a huge bust one month before he connected with the singer.

Brandon Johnson was arrested back in March with a stash of guns, drugs and cash ... according to law enforcement. When cops picked him up in North Hollywood he allegedly had narcotics, a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun and $10k in his pocket.  

Officers then searched Johnson's home and say they discovered more guns, drugs and ammo. He was also arrested in June and charged with DUI and possession of cocaine. 

TMZ broke the story ... Demi had been in contact with Johnson since April, and sources say he had supplied her with drugs.

We're also told Johnson is the man Demi texted to come over at 4 AM the morning she overdosed after freebasing Oxycodone potentially laced with fentanyl.

A source connected to Brandon tells us he's been telling friends he and Demi have had a "romantic relationship" but other sources say there was no romantic relationship.  We're also told he denies "dealing" her drugs.

We're told the D.A. has not charged him yet for the March arrest. 

Boxer Antonio Tarver Arrested for Domestic Battery ... Fought Stepson

8/15/2018 8:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

11:13 AM PT -- We've obtained the 911 calls from the incident ... and Tarver can be heard asking to have Aziya escorted off his property before the alleged scuffle breaks out.

A neighbor also called 911, saying Aziya showed up on her doorstep with a bloody face ... claiming Tarver punched him in the mouth.

Ex-boxing superstar Antonio Tarver was arrested Monday for domestic battery -- after allegedly punching his 18-year-old stepson in the face multiple times, TMZ Sports has learned.

According to the police report, cops responded to a home in Florida on Monday around 4:45 PM -- after 18-year-old Aziya Taylor called 911.

When cops arrived, they say Taylor was bleeding from his mouth -- and said he had been attacked by Tarver, who he identified as his "stepfather."

Aziya told police the altercation with Tarver began earlier that day when they went to breakfast at Waffle House, but Aziya didn't have enough cash to cover the meal. 

When they got back to the house, Aziya said Tarver "bum-rushed" him and struck him in the face. 

Aziya says Tarver punched him again and then threw him into the garage and locked the door. Aziya says he escaped and called police. 

Cops also spoke with Tarver -- who acknowledged an altercation with Aziya but denied punching him -- instead he says the guy busted his lip when he "tripped and fell" during the tussle. 

Ultimately, cops didn't buy Antonio's story -- and arrested him for domestic battery. 

The 49-year-old was booked Monday around 7 PM and spent the night in jail. He was released around 7 PM the next day. 

According to his booking sheet, Tarver is 6'2" and 225 lbs. Bond was set at $1,000.

Tarver has had a history with the law -- he was arrested back in 2014 stemming from an unpaid gambling debt at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel and casino.

Tarver was a stud boxer back in the day -- winning multiple belts and chalking up impressive victories over stars like Roy Jones Jr.

He also starred as Mason "The Line" Dixon in the 2006 "Rocky Balboa" flick.

Taylor Swift Gets Emotional ... About Sexual Assault Victims Being Believed

8/15/2018 7:31 AM PDT

Taylor Swift went deep at her concert on the one year anniversary of her win in her sexual assault trial ... saying how important it is that victims be believed.

Taylor was performing Tuesday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and began choking up as she talked about the verdict she got against former DJ David Mueller who groped her during a 2013 meet-and-greet.

Taylor seems to be addressing the #MeToo movement, lamenting the fact that some victims of sexual assault are not believed ... and seemingly urging others to believe them.

She goes on to thank fans for their support, through the ups and downs of her life ... a life she says is all the more difficult because she lives it in the public eye.

Casanova Surrenders to Cops ... Over Alleged Attack on Woman

8/15/2018 7:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

3:40 PM PT -- Casanova's management team posted his bail, which was set at $10k, and he's been released ... according to bail bondsman Ira Judelson.

The rapper's attorney, Scott E. Leemon, claims the alleged victim has no credibility and lied to the local media to try to make money. Leemon points out Casanova has not been charged with assault, and says any labeling of his client as a person who beats women "is slanderous and will not be tolerated."

9:16 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell us Casanova has been charged with felony second-degree robbery.

Casanova just turned himself in to police after catching wind that he was a wanted man -- this after he allegedly attacked a woman in brutal fashion for using her phone.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that the "Set Trippin" rapper surrendered to the NYPD in Manhattan Wednesday morning and criminal charges against him are pending.

We broke the story ... a warrant was issued over the weekend for Casanova's arrest in connection to an alleged assault he was involved in from last week. A woman says he and an accomplice beat the crap out of her after they thought she was filming them in a restaurant.

She told PIX11 she was doing nothing more than recording her meal for Instagram Live -- and that her alleged assailants left her with a broken jaw, stitches and a loose tooth.

Casanova's attorney Scott E. Leemon told us his client adamantly denied the allegation.

Topher Grace in 'BlacKkKlansman' Mystery Caller Warns ... Your Movie's Bad for Race Relations

8/15/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Topher Grace is getting an ominous warning about his KKK role in the new movie, "BlacKkKlansman," and it's serious enough he's had to get police involved ... TMZ has learned.

Topher got a phone call from someone who called him a gay slur, and warned his role was going to ruin race relations in America ... according to our law enforcement sources. If you haven't seen the movie, Topher plays former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.

We're told Topher described the caller as angry and aggressive. It's unclear how the person tracked down the actor's personal cell phone number. 

Our sources say cops took an incident report, and there's a possibility this could develop into a hate crime investigation ... depending on what, if any, specific threat was made against Topher.

'Last Chance U' Isaiah Wright Gunning for NFL ... After Jail Stint

8/15/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Former "Last Chance U" star Isaiah Wright tells TMZ Sports he's not wasting any time now that he's out of jail -- and still plans to take his football talents to the NFL. 

20-year-old Wright was a superstar running back at East Mississippi Community College -- and was one of the breakout stars in the Netflix docuseries about the school's football team. 

But, his career came to a screeching halt in Sept. 2017 when he was arrested on one 1 count of criminal homicide in the stabbing death of an 18-year-old man.

Wright was adamant he did NOT kill the man -- and after nearly a year behind bars, he was finally released after pleading guilty to the lesser charge of facilitation of aggravated robbery. 

So, what's next for Wright? School and football. 

Wright admits it was a challenge staying in shape during his jail stint but says he's focused on training. Isaiah also says he has 2 years of college eligibility left and hopes to land with a D1 program soon. 

Wright says he's spoken with his former EMCC adviser Brittany Wagner (who was also featured on "Last Chance U") and says he has offered up her support. 

And, the end goal for Wright? 

"The goal is the NFL."

Shaunie O'Neal Burglars Used Social Media ... To Target Us

8/14/2018 3:54 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Shaunie O'Neal believes the guys who tried to rob her house were definitely using social media to case the joint ... and tells TMZ Sports she's laid down some new rules so it doesn't happen again.

The "Basketball Wives" creator busted some dopes trying to bust into her L.A. house this weekend, and used the Ring home security system to put the fear of God in them, making the would-be burglars retreat.

We talked to Shaquille O'Neal's ex-wife -- and she told us she recognized one of the perps from a previous attempted break-in ... and believes they're using social media to see if the coast is clear.

"I'm assuming though that they are watching social media because the first time he tried we were all in Vegas."

Shaunie says the family has been shaken by the events ... and they've decided to change the way they post to make sure no one knows when they are home, or out on the go.

"That was our family meeting last night -- no more posting current situations. We can't do that."

It wouldn't be the first time it's happened ... celebs like Kim Kardashian have toned down their social media exploits after feeling crooks used it against them, choosing to play it safe so they don't end up sorry.

"If someone really wants to get in your house they have that moment to do that. It's how safe do you really feel?"

LeSean McCoy Ordered to Let Ex-GF Back In Home ... With Sheriff

8/14/2018 1:39 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A judge has ordered LeSean McCoy to allow his ex-girlfriend, Delicia Cordon, back into his Georgia home, so she can collect her belongings ... as long as she has a sheriff to accompany her. 

Cordon had moved out of the home after she was pistol whipped in a violent robbery on July 10 -- and McCoy has since changed the locks, according to court docs. 

Cordon argued that she still had valuable pieces of property in the home -- including jewelry and photos -- but McCoy refused to let her retrieve the items. 

But, moments ago, a state court judge in Fulton County signed off on a plan for Cordon to go to the house on August 20 at 2 PM with a deputy sheriff who will supervise while she collects her stuff. 

The war between the two sides is far from over -- Cordon is suing McCoy in connection with the robbery and assault ... insinuating he orchestrated the incident. 

For his part, McCoy is adamant he had nothing to do with the crime. 

Coolio Off Probation in Airport Gun Case

8/14/2018 11:23 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Coolio's airport gun bust is officially behind him -- a judge just released him from the rest of his probation sentence.

We got the "Gangsta's Paradise" rapper leaving court in L.A. County following a hearing in which the last year of his 3-year probation was waived in his gun case. It's unclear why the court cut him a break ... we've got a call in to the D.A.'s office.

We broke the story ... Coolio was arrested in 2016 at LAX after a loaded gun was found in one of his bags. He was charged with possession of a concealed weapon, and eventually pled guilty ... which resulted in a sentence of 3 years probation and community service.

There's a lesson in all this, and Coolio hilariously told us how he'd avoid a future "misunderstanding."

With his own troubles behind him, he offered Omarosa some advice regarding her White House recordings. It involves history and not biting the hand that feeds ya. 

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