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Chester Bennington Hanging Almost Identical To Chris Cornell Suicide

7/21/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chester Bennington may have mimicked the suicide of his close friend, Chris Cornell, because they died in virtually identical ways.

Law enforcement sources tell us, the Linkin Park singer was found hanging from a door separating his bedroom from his closet. TMZ broke the story, Chris Cornell died hanging from a hotel door separating the bedroom from the bathroom.

We're also told Chester was found with a belt around his neck. Chris was found with an exercise band around his neck.

Our sources say there was a partially empty bottle of alcohol in the room where Chester died, but no evidence of drugs.

And we're told Chester did not leave a suicide note in the room. Neither did Chris. 

TMZ broke the story ... Chester killed himself on Thursday, which would have been Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday. 

O.J. Simpson Paroled Owner of The Bronco Could Be Big Winner

7/21/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.J. Simpson's white Ford Bronco -- from the most famous car chase in American history -- stands to make its current owner a ton of dough if a buyer steps up to the plate.

O.J.'s former sports agent, Mike Gilbert, owns the Bronco, and sources close to him tell us he's never really been interested in selling, but only because the offers weren't good enough. We're told he's always considered it an investment, and this might be the perfect time to -- as they say -- sell high.

Our sources tell us Mike's been offered $250k for the white Bronco in the past but turned it down right away. His target price is more in the $750k to $1 million range, and now that Juice's parole's been granted ... Gilbert can probably get it.

We're told Mike has no emotional attachment to the Bronco, but he'll hold onto it unless he gets what he wants. If not, he'll pass it down to his kids.

One more thing -- we're told there's one person he will NOT sell to ... and that's O.J.

The white Bronco's currently sitting in the Alcatraz East Crime Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN.

R. Kelly Allegations He Targeted Underage Girls For 'Slavery'

7/21/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

R. Kelly turned underage women into slaves ... so claims the family of one of the young women who is living with the rapper.

Joycelyn Savage's father, Timothy, tells us Kelly started some of these relationships when the girl was 17, and in his book that's a crime. Timothy goes on to claim the singer's relationship with these women turned physically abusive.  

But Timothy isn't done with his accusations. He compares the "relationships" to slavery, saying there was no free will on the part of the young women.

Timothy also vehemently denies Joycelyn's allegations he set her up with R. Kelly ... even suggesting the singer forced her to say that.

He also insists the FBI is in the throes of an investigation, especially targeting Florida. 

Kylie Jenner Starter Home Sold For Modest Profit

7/21/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kylie Jenner's parting ways with the first home she ever bought, but it took one final price slash to make it happen ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Kylie sold her 5,100 sq. ft. Calabasas pad for $3.15 million, a bit less than the $3.3 asking price. Our sources say the buyer is Bellami Hair founder Nikki Eslami.

As we reported ... Kylie bought the place for $2.6 million back in 2015 and forked over a ton of money for renovations inside and out. She put the 6 bed, 7 bath house on the market for $3.9 mil in June 2016, but dropped the price in April when there were no takers.

We're told she still came out slightly ahead in the deal, which was brokered by real estate giant Tomer Fridman.

Kylie's not homeless  -- she scooped up 3 other properties in the area ... including one she rents to Rob.

O.J. Simpson Gets Job Offer From Nevada Brothel ... Prostitutes Threaten To Quit

7/21/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.J. Simpson officially has his first post-prison job offer ... from a Nevada brothel who says they're willing to let the juice run loose all over their establishment.

There's just one problem ... some of the working girls at the place have thrown a penalty flag, threatening to quit if O.J. is hired at their place of business.

TMZ Sports talked with Dennis Hof, owner of the Bunny Ranch in Carson City, Nevada, and he told us he's got a position all ready for O.J. when he's released, which could be as early as October 1.

Hof says O.J. would work as a greeter in the establishment, and be able to live on the premises of the ranch as long as he's employed.

"One of the conditions of a prisoner being granted parole is always having an established place to live and a job to go to, and I can offer O.J. both of those in a unique situation."

It's not all good for O.J. though, Brooklyn Moore, a pro at the ranch says that her and some of her fellow bedroom beauties will cross their legs FOR GOOD if O.J. ever shows up for work.

"The last thing we need is another link to the Kardashian clan coming around to ruin our business, and jeopardize our safety."

Despite the insurrection, Hof says his job offer to Simpson stands, telling us he thinks giving Simpson a second chance is the right thing to do.

'The Affair' Ruth Wilson's Body Double Sues ... I Was Humiliated, Fired

7/20/2017 5:05 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The woman who body doubled for "The Affair" star, Ruth Wilson, was objectified and humiliated in front of the crew, and then fired for complaining about it ... according to her lawsuit.

Ashlynn Alexander filed suit against Showtime because she believes she got canned in September 2015 after reporting what she calls sexual harassment. In docs, obtained by TMZ, she says the assistant director posted the call sheet for a scene, and referred to her as "Alison Sexytime Double" on the doc. If you don't watch (you should) Ruth's character is named Alison, and she's frequently naked.

Ashlynn confronted the AD in a meeting, and says he admitted the language was inappropriate -- but belittled her, saying she could easily be replaced. Six days later, she was fired.

According to the suit, Showtime's excuse was Ashlynn's hair color wasn't a good match anymore. She calls BS on that because she always wore a wig for the role.

She's suing the network's production company and the AD. Showtime had no comment.

Christopher Darden The Juice Will Be Loose?! Hide the Women and Children!!!

7/20/2017 2:51 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.J. Simpson will be a menace to society when he's released from prison ... a danger to women and children ... so says (possibly jokes) former O.J. prosecutor Christopher Darden.

We got Darden leaving NBC studios Thursday in NYC when we asked how he feels now that O.J. will walk a free man after being granted parole.

Darden says O.J. was playing with fire by lying to the parole board when he claimed to never have drawn a weapon on anybody and was always a good guy ... to which Darden says is BS. 

Chester Bennington Had Plans Hours After Suicide

7/20/2017 1:45 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chester Bennington's suicide was a shock to bandmates, because the group had plans for a photo shoot in Hollywood just hours after the Linkin Park singer was found hanging at his home.

Multiple sources tell us ... Chester hanged himself in his bedroom. His body was discovered shortly before 9 AM PT Thursday by a housekeeper.

We're told Chester arrived back in L.A. Wednesday from Arizona, where he and his wife were spending time. She stayed in AZ, but his return suggests the singer took his life Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

Our sources say one of his bandmates showed up at Chester's Palos Verdes Estates home shortly after police arrived. He said he was driving Chester to the photo shoot and was "absolutely shocked."

The band also has plans to tour in 1 week, which made the suicide all the more shocking.

TMZ broke the story of Chester's suicide, and that he was profoundly affected by the suicide by hanging of his close friend, Chris Cornell. By the way, today would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

O.J. Simpson 'Conflict-Free Life' Claim Is a Joke ... Says Nicole Brown's Sister

7/20/2017 2:55 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.J. Simpson's former sister-in-law had to laugh when he declared he's led a conflict-free life ... because she's seen and heard all the proof to prove otherwise.

Tanya Brown, younger sister to Nicole Brown Simpson, watched his parole board hearing as it played out Thursday morning. She told us she was concerned about the flash of anger he displayed at one of the board members -- but she was truly floored by his conflict comment.

Tanya reminded him about his history of domestic violence with Nicole.

Carmen Electra Creepiest Version of the 'Notebook' Obsessed Fan Kept One

7/20/2017 3:09 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Carmen Electra fan who told police he was engaged to her, was caught sitting outside her home with a notebook filled with all sorts of personal info ... on her and the people closest to her.

TMZ broke story ... Daniel Leblanc was spotted outside her house in June, but now we have the full picture. According to docs, Carmen's assistant first approached Leblanc while he was sitting in his car. Leblanc asked her if this was Carmen's house, and the assistant -- hoping to throw him off -- said, no. Leblanc creepily responded, "We'll see about that" ... according to the assistant.

That was enough for the assistant to call police. Leblanc told officers he was Carmen's husband, but then downgraded himself to fiance. Cops say Leblanc had a notebook in which he'd gathered a ton of data -- phone numbers, addresses, dates of birth, license plates, emails and more ... all for Carmen, her family members and staffers.

Leblanc told cops he'd paid for some of the info, and he was "madly in love" and would return to marry her. Police put him on a 72-hour hold for psychiatric evaluation.

Carmen requested, and was granted, a restraining order on Thursday. Leblanc must stay 100 yards away from her and cease all contact or harassment.

Khloe & Tristan Eyeing Baller $9 Million Crib With Hoop & Putting Green

7/20/2017 1:54 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The crib Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson checked out Wednesday is a basketballer's dream where the Cavs player can still get in some serious hoopin' in the off-season, as well as work on his putting game.

As we reported, Tristan's looking for a rental in L.A. where he can crash when he's in town. He's got a budget ... $60k a month and Khloe tagged along as they did a walk-through on a $9 million crib in Studio City. 

The 9,733 square foot pad has 6 bedrooms and 8.5 baths. There's a private gym, sauna and indoor hot tub. There's also a movie theater, giant wine cellar and a putting green in the backyard.

Only downside? Kidding. There isn't a single one.

Linkin Park Singer Commits Suicide By Hanging

7/20/2017 11:01 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

12:32 PM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Bennington was home alone at the time of the suicide. We're told his family was out of town and he was found upstairs by an employee.

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM.

Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives.

The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.

Chester was very close with Chris Cornell, who himself committed suicide by hanging in May. Today would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday. Chester wrote an open letter to Chris on the day of Chris' suicide.

Cornell's wife, Vicky, tweeted out a message following the news of Chester's death, saying, "Just when I thought my heart couldn't break any more ... I love you T."

The band has had a string of hits over the years, including "Faint," "In the End" and "Crawling." Linkin Park crossed music genres, collaborating with Jay-Z.

The band's album, "Meteora," was one of the biggest alternative albums in music history.

Bennington was 41.

RIP

'American Idol' Haley Reinhart Bouncer Charged for Beating Her Friend

7/20/2017 11:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The bouncer seen on video choking "American Idol" alum Haley Reinhart's friend has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies ... TMZ has learned.

Adam Sobanski -- the bearded guy in a purple shirt -- was busted Wednesday and charged with 2 felony counts of aggravated battery ... strangling and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.

Authorities say Adam had no legal justification for the choke hold that caused Alan Chislof difficulty breathing. The great bodily harm charge comes from Sobanski allegedly striking Chislof in the face several times with a closed fist.

TMZ broke the story ... Haley and her friends got in the middle of a melee with bouncers at Lamplighter Inn. Chislof suffered a concussion, lacerations to his temple and just above eye, bruising and hematoma.

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