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

8/15/2018 7:00 AM PDT
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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 told us his client adamantly denied the allegation.

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

8/15/2018 1:00 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. 

'Brady Bunch' House Lights, Camera, Action!!! HGTV Starts Shooting New Show

8/15/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

There's a bunch of camera activity at the famed 'Brady Bunch' house -- maybe the most its seen in more than 40 years -- as HGTV begins pre-production for a new TV show about the groovy pad. 

The network started shooting Tuesday at the crib in Studio City, CA ... capturing establishing shots of the exterior, and using a drone for aerial pics. 

Although HGTV's production crews probably aren't getting a warm welcome from pissed off neighbors -- it's full steam ahead with chronicling the redesign of the iconic home. We're told filming notices have been distributed around the block.

As we reported ... HGTV beat out Lance Bass in a bidding war for the property.

We've also learned the house hit the market because the owner died and her family wanted to sell to the highest, most qualified bidder. Kelsey McCallister, the granddaughter of the previous owner, will help produce the show and even hopes to be one of the hosts.

Uniformed guards started standing watch this week outside the property. 

Sylvester Stallone '99% Certain' Mayweather/Pacquiao Rematch Will Happen

8/15/2018 5:53 AM PDT
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Sylvester Stallone says he's almost positive Floyd Mayweather will accept Manny Pacquiao's challenge and take a rematch with the boxer in the near future ... and Sly's spelling it out for TMZ Sports.

"I think it's about 99% certain it's gonna happen," Stallone said while leaving his wife Jennifer Flavin's birthday dinner at Spago.

"They have every reason -- honor, money, history and you got nothing better to do for the weekend."

Stallone's referring to the comments Pacquiao made in July after his victory over Lucas Matthysse -- when he essentially called out Floyd.

"Mayweather? If he decides to go back to boxing then that is the time we are going to call the shots," Manny said ... "I have the belt, so it's up to him. If he wants to come back in boxing let's do a second one."

Mayweather defeated Pacquiao in a pretty boring fight when they clashed in Vegas back in 2015 -- but both sides made 9-FIGURE paychecks!

Stay tuned ... 

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
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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."

Jada Pinkett Smith 72-Yr-Old Bodybuilder Pal Challenges Will to Push-Up Contest!!!

8/15/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jada Pinkett Smith's new friend is a shredded 72-year-old bodybuilder who is fit to DESTROY Will Smith ... in a push-up contest!!

We talked to Dr. Josefina Monasterio whose determination for body wellness is giving Jada all the feels. We're not sure big Willy will feel the same way as his wife though, now that Josefina's calling him out and challenging him in the gym.

Check it out ... the good doctor has more than push-ups in mind for Will -- and says now that she has Jada's digits, it won't be easy for Will to dodge her challenge.

If you're wondering how she and Jada connected -- Jada recently reposted one of Josefina's videos to her Instagram feed. Some of Jada's fans mistook Josefina for Jada's mom, Adrienne Banfield-Jones (she's not) ... they're both super fit. Anyway, they both set the record straight with a FaceTime hookup.

YG Booted Off Flight Over One Request ... Slim 400 Calls it BS!!!

8/14/2018 4:24 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

YG was sober as a judge when a flight attendant claimed he was drunk and kicked him off a plane Monday night ... according to rapper Slim 400, who was also on the flight. 

Slim, one of YG's artists, says the trouble started when YG asked the American Airlines flight attendant if he could change his seat. He says there was no yelling or cussing ... just a calm request, but still things went south.

He says it only escalated because of the flight attendant's reaction to YG's request. You gotta see his description of what went down. Slim suggests the attendant's attitude was racially motivated because he's positive YG wasn't drunk and shows us why.

As we reported, YG posted a video as he was leaving the plane, claiming the airline was a bunch of "Racist ass muthaf***as." American tells us he was kicked off "due to being intoxicated."

Slim says they had a major hassle after leaving the plane, but another airline eventually stepped up to get them to NYC.

Dru Hill's Smoke E. Digglera 'Internet is Undefeated' ... We Failed Bad at Sneaker Cover-Up!!

8/14/2018 4:03 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Dru Hill's new member ain't even tryin' to lie ... Smoke E. Digglera knows he and the group got busted -- hilariously -- for photoshopping his sneakers, but there's a funny story behind the flub.

Smoke, formerly lead singer for Playa, tells TMZ the mix-up started when he showed up for the photo shoot with Sisqo and the rest of DH, including fellow new member, Black. As the Internet immediately figured out ... those white Jordan 1 shoes on his feet were dropped in to cover up his, uhh ... wardrobe malfunction. 

He says a miscommunication on what the shoot was supposed to frame (or not frame, more like) led to a last-minute change in editing ... and the rest is history.

As you probably know, fans roasted the poor Photoshop job with a bunch of "WHAT ARE THOSE?!" memes.

Despite the widespread jokes ... it sounds like Smoke would do it all over again. Comfort over everything, baby!

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?"

Terrelle Pryor Shoulda Boxed D.J. Swearinger ... Andre Rison Says

8/14/2018 3:36 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Andre Rison NEVER encourages fighting on the football field ... but with the way Terrelle Pryor got absolutely punked by D.J. Swearinger on Tuesday -- the NFL legend says he's making an exception.

The ex-Falcons receiver tells us Pryor -- who lost a rep (and then his manhood) in a Skins-Jets joint practice -- shoulda found a way to exact revenge before the day was over. 

"At some point in time, you've got to pick a play where you go back at that guy," Rison says. "Fisticuffs may occur."

Rison is speaking from experience ... telling TMZ Sports about the time his Falcons got into a full-out BRAWL with the Eagles during a joint practice that left him with a scar that's STILL ON HIS EYE.

So, yeah ... time to toughen up, T.P. 

Carmelo Anthony Come Off Rockets' Bench? Slow That Talk Down!

8/14/2018 1:53 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Carmelo Anthony wants all the talk of him coming off the bench for the Houston Rockets to slooooow down ... with the NBA superstar telling TMZ Sports, "Let's just let it play out!"

FYI ... Melo is one of TWO NBA players to have never started a game on the bench in their first 1,000-plus career games -- joining Patrick Ewing.

But, some critics are predicting that streak to end now that Anthony's in his mid-30s with a lot of NBA miles on his body. Plus, there's so much talent in H-Town with guys like James Harden and Chris Paul -- so, there might not be enough basketball to go around. 

Carmelo ain't so sure about all that, though ... telling us, "I just signed, let it start first!"

There's one other thing Melo's telling us to wait and see about ... and it has to do with his relationship with Mike D'Antoni -- who famously admitted to quitting the Knicks because of Melo in 2012.

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. 

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