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Orlando Mass Shooting Mateen's 911 Call 'In the Name of God'

6/20/2016 7:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0620-omar-mateen-crime-scene-facebook-getty-01Omar Mateen demanded America stop bombing Syria and Iraq during phone calls to police, and said he was killing in the "name of God the merciful."

The FBI just released a heavily redacted transcript of the 911 call, placed at 2:35 AM ET, he made from inside Pulse nightclub. He said, "Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God. I let you know, I'm in Orlando and I did the shootings."

The FBI says he frequently spoke in Arabic, and all of that has been redacted. 

He later had 3 conversations with police negotiators where he identified himself as an "Islamic soldier" ... and said he was there because of the bombing of Syria and Iraq. He also threatened, "There is some vehicle outside that has some bombs, just to let you know."

Mateen added, "You people are gonna get it, and I'm gonna ignite it if they try to do anything stupid."

As has been reported ... Mateen threatened there would be "more of this type of action going on" in coming days.

Hart, Disick, Brown, Chyna Targets of New Bling Ring?

6/20/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0617-celebrity-bling-ring-fun-art-blac-chyna-rob-kardashian-scott-disick-kevin-hart-chris-brown-GETTY-TMZ-01A 2016 version of the Bling Ring may be prowling Hollywood and other areas where celebs live ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

As we reported, Kevin Hart, Chris Brown, Scott Disick and Blac Chyna are among the celebs who have been hit. Our law enforcement sources tell us, there are markers in all of the burglaries that make detectives think the crimes are related.

Most important ... Hart, Brown, Disick and Chyna all run in the same circle ... Kevin not as much as the others. Cops say all 4 were hit when they were out of town. The burglars zeroed in on jewelry and, when there were large sums of cash in a safe, the bad guys knew exactly where to look. 

Cops believe the burglars may know their targets, and cops are worried this is just the beginning. We're told the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. that covers Calabasas and Hidden Hills has put the word out to LAPD's Hollywood division to be on the lookout for the burglars, especially in the hills.

We're told so far ... no suspects.

'Idol' Champ Phillip Phillips Gone, Gone, Gone ... My Bike is Gone!!!

6/19/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Phillip Phillips isn't feeling jiffy these days, because someone brazenly stole his prized bike ... and it was all caught on video.

The "American Idol" winner went to a Burbank recording studio Tuesday night and his crew unloaded some equipment ... but left some outside the building in what they thought was a secure area. Hours later, a prowler lurked, spotted the $800 GT mountain bike and pedaled away.

The thief probably didn't know his every move was captured on video, but there's a problem. The video is so dark it's almost impossible to ID the culprit.

If you see a suspicious man on a fancy bike, call the police immediately.  

NBA's Darren Collison Charged with Domestic Violence ... Allegedly Spit On Wife

6/17/2016 3:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Sacramento Kings player Darren Collison has been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence for allegedly attacking his wife ... and faces up to a year in jail if convicted, officials say. 

As we previously reported, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office says a woman called cops at 2 AM on May 30th to report that she was being assaulted inside the home.

When cops arrived, "deputies found that the woman had visible injuries and they arrested Darren Collison, 28, on a charge of domestic violence."

In court docs, obtained by TMZ Sports, officials say Collison SPIT on his wife in a "separate but related incident" from the same night. 

Now officials say they believe they have enough evidence to convict Collison of battery and corporate injury to a spouse ... both misdemeanors. 

Story developing ... 

T.I. Stepdaughter Busted For Toting Gun at Airport

6/17/2016 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0617_Zonnique-Pullins_mug_clayton_countyT.I.'s stepdaughter was busted for trying to get a gun through TSA at Hartfields-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.

Zonnique Pullins was arrested early Thursday morning after a TSA agent spotted the semiautomatic pistol in her purse ... with the help of an X-ray machine.

We're told Pullins stated she had a weapons permit but didn't have the paperwork to prove it. It didn't really matter ... you can't carry a gun onto a plane. 

Cops cuffed Zonnique and booked her for carrying a concealed weapon in an unauthorized area.

She got out Friday AM.

Pullins is the daughter of T.I.'s wife, Tiny, and member of the girl group O.M.G. 

Brooke Shields Stalker Gets 2 Months in Jail

6/17/2016 1:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Brooke Shields got justice after a judge ordered her stalker behind bars for 60 days.

Shields was not in court for Friday's hearing in NYC ... where the judge found John Rinaldi guilty of stalking and sentenced him to stay away from Brooke, her family and her Greenwich Village home.

Brooke testified Monday and Tuesday, and recalled frightening encounters with Rinaldi ... including the time he tried to hand her a gift for her daughter.

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Jerry 'The King' Lawler Busted for Domestic Violence ... Pistol Involved

6/17/2016 5:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Wrestling legend Jerry "The King" Lawler -- and his 27-year-old fiancee -- were both arrested in Memphis Friday morning after allegedly attacking each other ... and cops say a gun was involved. 

It all went down at Lawler's home around 1 AM. Lawler's fiancee, Lauryn McBride, claims the 66-year-old hit her in the head and pushed her against a stove -- and then got an unloaded pistol and told her to kill herself. 

But Lawler tells a different story, according to WREG.com, the WWE star told cops McBride scratched him in the face, fired a candle at him and then kicked him in the crotch. 

As for the gun, Lawler told authorities McBride was the one who pulled it out. He also says she was very drunk at the time of the incident. 

When cops arrived -- both Jerry and his fiancee were arrested for domestic violence. 

update_graphic_red_bar7:14 AM PT-- A rep for the WWE tells us Lawler has been suspended indefinitely per the organization's zero tolerance policy on matters involving domestic violence. 

10:03 AM PT -- Both Jerry and Lauryn have been released from custody. They're due back in court on Monday. 

Kim Kardashian I Personally Searched O.J.'s Bag ... No Murder Weapon, Bloody Clothes

6/16/2016 10:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0616-kim-kardashian-oj-simpson-tmz-getty-02Kim Kardashian is adamant her father did NOT use a Louis Vuitton bag to smuggle a murder weapon or bloody clothes out of O.J. Simpson's home ... claiming she personally inspected it with her own eyes. 

Kim's dad, Robert Kardashian, was pictured with the bag the day after Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman's bodies were discovered -- and there were all sorts of conspiracy theories that Robert took it from O.J.'s home to help him get rid of the evidence. 

0616-robert-kardashian-duffle-bag-oj-simpson-TWITTER-01But Kim says it's just not true, telling GQ: 

"I know people said at the time that he [joined Simpson's defense team] so he couldn't be called as a witness, because he had that Louis Vuitton bag that supposedly had the [murder] weapon and stuff like that ... But that bag was sitting at my dad's house."

"I remember I went through it. The news was like, ‘Where is this Louis Vuitton bag?’ And I'm like, ‘Oh, it's upstairs.'"

GQ: Did you really go through it?

Kim: "Totally."

GQ: What was in it?

Kim: "Just toiletries and clothes and golf clothes. Just random stuff. I'm pretty sure it's, like, still in -- probably in my dad's storage."

By the way, Kim also says she LOVED FX's 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' -- and praised David Schwimmer's portrayal of her father

"There were times I was watching and I was like, 'Oh s***, this is dead-on ... 'That looks like my dad, it feels like my dad.' It was eerie to watch sometimes."

Orlando Shooter Violent Attack On High School Classmate

6/16/2016 7:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0616-omar-mateenOmar Mateen showed extreme signs of aggression years before his deadly attack.

TMZ has learned when Mateen was just 14 years old, he had a violent outburst in the middle of a math class. According to docs, without any provocation, Mateen lunged at a classmate ... repeatedly striking him in the head. Mateen continued the beating until a teacher physically intervened.

Mateen was charged with criminal battery. He was also charged with the crime of disruption of educational institutions. He was placed on probation, sentenced to 30 hours of community service and ordered to write a letter apologizing to the victim.

Mateen was also required to tour a local jail and boot camp ... a so-called "scared straight" sentence.

Christina Grimmie Killer Went Under the Knife to Win Her Affection

6/16/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0615-grimmie-loibl-getty-01Christina Grimmie's killer was on a mission to make himself so appealing she couldn't resist him, and when it didn't work he changed his plan to kill her ... this according to his former co-workers.

Various people who worked with Kevin Loibl tell TMZ his infatuation with Christina was boundless. He went on a mission to change his appearance for her and, toward the end, got hair transplants and Lasik eye surgery. He also went vegan to lose weight.

He would also listen to her music at work and vow she would someday be his wife.

Loibl's Best Buy co-workers say he went to one of Christina's shows in March and hinted that he actually met her. The co-workers also say the Geek Squad killer claimed to have played online games with the singer. A source close to the singer, however, tells us Christina never had contact with Loibl.

0615-Christina-grimmie-Stephen-instagram-2And there's this. The co-workers say they teased Loibl that he would never score because Christina had a boyfriend ... her producer. That relationship was never public, but pictures of Christina and the guy together on social media made it pretty clear ... they were together. We're told that enraged Loibl.

That rage was vented last Friday after Christina's show, when he shot her in the head and then killed himself.

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'Ink Master' Star Busted on Drugs and Gun Charges

6/16/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0615-tyler-nolan-mugshot"Ink Master" star Tyler Nolan was arrested in Florida and charged with possession of cocaine, ecstasy, weed and three guns, including a Remington shotgun.

According to the police report, Tyler was pulled over Monday afternoon in Cocoa Beach. When they approached the car, cops say it reeked of marijuana ... triggering a search.

Cops say they found a small bag of cocaine (less than 1 gram) and a gun on him. When they searched the car, cops turned up two bags of weed (14 grams), 6 pills of ecstasy and two more firearms, including a rifle and over 900 rounds of ammo.

Tyler -- who told cops he had the ammo after spending a few days at shooting ranges in the area -- was charged with three felonies (possession of coke, E and guns) and a misdemeanor for the weed.

He was released Wednesday morning on $18k bond.  

Twitter, Google, Facebook Don't Blame Us for Paris Attacks ... We Wipe Out Terrorists From Our Network

6/15/2016 1:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0615_fb-twitter_google_paris_attacks_gettyTwitter, Google and Facebook vigorously eradicate accounts created by terrorists networks ... the tech giants say in response to a lawsuit claiming they enable ISIS' terrorist activities.

TMZ broke the story ... a victim's father is holding the tech companies responsible for fueling the Paris attacks back in November, claiming the social networks make it easy to maintain accounts that promote ISIS' extremist propaganda.

A spokesperson for Twitter tells TMZ ... the lawsuit is without merit, adding they condemn acts of violence for which ISIS claims credit and actively work to eliminate any presence promoting terrorism.

Google tells us through a spokesperson, YouTube (which they own) terminates flagged accounts run by terrorist organizations. They declined further comment on the lawsuit.

Facebook says their global team aggressively works to remove terrorism content as soon as they become aware of it. They expressed their sympathies but will fight the lawsuit.

Gay Pride-Bound Gunman Fled During Child Molestation Investigation

6/15/2016 11:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0615-james-howell-home-ktlaThe man bound for the West Hollywood Pride Parade and armed with an arsenal fled to California in the middle of an investigation targeting him for having sex with a 12-year-old girl.

TMZ has learned James Howell has just been charged with felony child molestation. Howell is accused of having sex in a car with the girl on May 31 ... less than 2 weeks before the parade.

Jeremy Mull, the prosecutor in the Indiana case, tells us authorities believe he left for California in flight, after getting a call from cops and going to the station for an interview.

Authorities in Santa Monica -- where he was arrested -- say he was actually in the area to meet up with a man he met online.

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