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Cardi B New Music Takes Aim at Nicki Minaj ... Cardi's Team is Split

10/17/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B's team is locked in a private battle over her upcoming music ... specifically, whether Cardi should take shots at Nicki Minaj on the track. 

Sources close to Cardi tell us the rapper has already recorded some new stuff, and the lyrics take some serious jabs at Nicki. We're told her team is divided ... some think the Nicki disses should be 86'd. Those people in Cardi's camp feel the lyrics would actually benefit Nicki by putting the spotlight on her.

Cardi's team believes she's already eclipsed Nicki, and the best strategy is just ignoring her.

As for Cardi's feelings -- she's always included her real-life drama in her raps, so she thinks keeping the lyrics in is the only way to keep it real.

TMZ broke the story -- Cardi attacked Minaj at a NYFW party last month -- launching a shoe at Nicki and leaving the party with a big lump on her forehead after a scuffle.

The two have not come face-to-face since the incident.

Tommy Lasorda Lasts All 13 Innings of Dodger Game ... Basks in Victory

10/17/2018 6:56 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Dodgers game didn't end until 11:30 PM PT -- but 91-year-old Tommy Lasorda managed to stay up through all 13 innings to revel in sweet, sweet victory ... and TMZ Sports has the video.

Guys, most 91-year-olds go to bed like 5 HOURS BEFORE THIS GAME ENDED!!! 

But, yeah ... while you were getting your beauty sleep, the Dodgers nonagenarian was at the stadium supporting his team like a damn hero. Shame on you.

Lasorda is totally pumped about tying up the NLCS with the Milwaukee Brewers at 2 games apiece following the 13-inning thriller ... and says the fans were awesome (cough, Kike Hernandez).

We're just hoping he gets a chance to rest up before today's game at 2 PM. The guys need ya, Tommy!!

On the other side -- we spoke with "Gossip Girl" star and big-time Brewers fan Jessica Szohr about the game ... and she's still confident her team will make it to the Fall Classic.

T.I. Prosecutors Drop Assault Charge ... In Confrontation with Security Guard

10/17/2018 6:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

T.I. just got cut a partial break after prosecutors dropped his outrageous charge in a case that a lot of people think is racially motivated.

You'll recall, T.I. was arrested back in May after getting into it with the guy at the guard shack in his gated community outside Atlanta. The guard -- who was sleeping when the rapper rolled up -- demanded to see ID and when T.I. couldn't produce it the guard wouldn't let him in.

At one point T.I. said repeatedly, "You're making it worse for yourself, man ... You're gonna have to deal with me." Apparently, cops thought that was a criminal threat and arrested him for assault. Well, that dog don't hunt, so prosecutors have decided to drop the charge.

T.I. still faces 3 counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and one count of misdemeanor public drunkenness. 

Unbelievable. 

Floyd Mayweather 'Definitely' Boxing Khabib ... 'I'll Get 9 Figures'

10/17/2018 6:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Floyd Mayweather is clearing up the rumors about a possible boxing match with UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov -- telling TMZ Sports, "Oh, we fighting!" 

"I'm my own boss," Floyd said in Bev Hills ... "So, I can't say what's going on on Khabib's end. But, on my end, we can make it happen."

Of course, Khabib and his manager called out Floyd after dominating Conor McGregor at UFC 229 ... though it was unclear if they wanted a boxing match or an MMA fight. 

Floyd tells us he ain't getting in the Octagon with Khabib -- if he wants to brawl, it'll be in Floyd's discipline. 

"He called me out. So, he gotta come to my world," Floyd said. 

Mayweather says he expects a 9-figure payday -- and tells us he'll make $100 million MORE than when he fought Conor McGregor in 2017. 

Floyd says he saw an interview where Khabib was talking trash about Floyd -- saying he couldn't knock Conor down in their boxing match while Khabib put Conor on the canvas in UFC 229. 

"So, Khabib ... you got my leftovers. Whoopy-do."

As for the location of the Mayweather vs. Khabib fight -- Floyd says the only option is Vegas but Khabib will have to prove he can conduct himself like a professional inside and outside of the ring. 

Floyd says he didn't see the melee after UFC 229 -- but he heard it was ugly and doesn't want Khabib to pull the same schtick when they fight. 

LET'S DO THIS!!!

Machine Gun Kelly Crew Wanted in ATL for Brutal Fight

10/17/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Members of Machine Gun Kelly's entourage are in for a surprise if they ever set foot in Georgia again -- a judge has issued warrants for their arrest ... TMZ has learned. 

Sources close to the case tell TMZ ... Atlanta PD has ID'd at least 3 individuals involved in the brutal beatdown of actor Gabriel "G-Rod" Rodriguez, and they've each been charged with misdemeanor battery.

We're told at least 2 of the crew members live outside the state, and Atlanta PD won't spend resources to extradite the suspects ... because they're only charged with misdemeanors.

As far as MGK's fate goes ... our law enforcement sources say he will NOT be charged with any crime, because the investigation determined G-Rod triggered the fight. G-Rod has not been charged yet.

TMZ broke the story ... G-Rod called Kelly a "p***y" for a tweet calling Eminem's then-16-year-old daughter hot. Kelly pushed G-Rod away, but later his crew beat the crap outta him in a hotel lobby.  

Shareef O'Neal Focused On NBA After Heart Issue ... But I Love Fashion Too

10/17/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

UCLA hoops star Shareef O'Neal says, despite being sidelined this season with a heart issue, he's still 100% committed to his dream of going to the NBA ... but admits he also has FASHION on the brain.

We broke the story ... Shaq and Shaunie's son was diagnosed with an issue that will require open heart surgery putting a halt to his hoops career, but according to O'Neal, not a stop at all.

"Basketball is still my main focus," O'Neal said when we got him out in L.A.

But, it's far from his ONLY focus ... because the 6'10" highlight machine says he's gonna use his time away from the court to build his skills in another area he loves.

"The NBA is something I've been wanting to do for a long time, but this is the opportunity to try to find other things if so. I mean, I've been doing a lot of stuff with fashion lately."

Shareef says he gets a lot of inspiration from his big brother Myles, who's making his name as a big-time model. As far as his dad's foray into the clothing world, not as much.

"I'm looking more for a higher-end fashion, I know how his mindset works."

Shout out to Shaquille O'Neal XLG Big & Tall Men's Clothing ... no shade from us.

Mel B Punched Model After Photo Op ... So Claims Model

10/17/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mel B allegedly got handsy with a male model who went to cops, and now she's under criminal investigation ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us Dujuan Thomas filed a report Sunday with LAPD, claiming Mel hit him in the chest Saturday night, after a hotel fashion show they both attended. Dujuan walked the runway, and Mel was in the audience.

We're told Dujuan ran into Mel backstage and asked her to take a picture with him and she obliged ... at first. Turns out, he didn't like the photo and asked for another one -- and that's when Mel allegedly hit him in the chest with her right hand. 

Our sources say Dujuan told cops he ran into Mel again, later that night, at the same hotel. When she recognized him, she allegedly gave him a second blow to the chest.

We got video of Dujuan following and recording Mel in a hotel hallway, moments before the alleged second hit. She was walking with girlfriends, who noticed they were being followed. Mel turned around abruptly, seemingly to confront him, but the video cuts out.

Our law enforcement sources say Dujuan did not report any injuries and did not require medical attention. However, the case is still under investigation and we're told it'll eventually make its way to the L.A. City Attorney, who will determine if they want to prosecute.

We've reached out to Mel's camp for comment ... so far, no word back.

Charlotte Flair Sued By Ex-Husband I'm Not Sterile!!

10/16/2018 3:14 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

3:35 PM PT -- WWE tells TMZ Sports, "We recently received what appears to be a meritless lawsuit and we will vigorously defend ourselves."

When reached Ric Flair had no comment. 

WWE superstar Charlotte Flair is being sued by her ex-husband who claims she defamed him in her new book by falsely claiming he shoots blanks. 

It's all in new legal docs filed by Riki Paul Johnson and obtained by TMZ Sports ... in which he goes after Charlotte, her father Ric Flair and the WWE, demanding more than $5 MILLION in damages. 

Riki's beef is with the book 'Second Nature' -- which Ric and Charlotte wrote together and released in Sept. 2017. 

In his suit, Riki claims the Flairs wrote negatively about his relationship with Charlotte -- and falsely stated that he is sterile and incapable of fathering children. 

FYI, Riki and Charlotte -- real name Ashley Fliehr -- were married from 2010 to 2011. 

Riki says the allegations in the book have humiliated his family -- including his 3 children -- because they're now the subject of ridicule and shame by people who believe the Flairs. 

Riki also claims the book contains "multiple false allegations physical and/or psychological abuse" -- which he believes he can prove based on police reports and dash cam footage. 

He also claims the Flairs wrongly claimed he was fired from 2 jobs due to illicit drug use. 

In his suit, Riki claims he was intentionally painted as a villain in order to make Charlotte seem like a "victim who overcame personal adversity and domestic abuse."

He also claims WWE was involved in the marketing of the book -- so, they should be held liable as well. 

We've reached out to the Flairs and WWE for comment -- so far, no official comment. 

Ariana Grande Belts Out A 'Wicked' Tune ... First Appearance Since Split With Pete

10/16/2018 3:09 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ariana Grande put on a brave face and belted out a big tune in her first public appearance since ending things with Pete Davidson.

Grande performed "The Wizard and I" Tuesday in a pre-taped TV special for the Broadway musical "Wicked." Grande assured fans Monday she'd still be a part of the event, even after the split with Davidson, and she delivered on her promise. 

TMZ broke the story ... Davidson was supposed to headline a comedy gig Wednesday at Temple University but dropped out last minute. He's being replaced by Adam DeVine.

Grande has already returned the $100k engagement ring from Pete, and she'll keep their pet teacup pig, Piggy Smallz.

Neither Grande or Pete have commented publicly on the breakup, but if her singing voice is any indication, Ariana's doing just fine.

Chance the Rapper He'll Be Next to Me Campaigning Says Mayoral Candidate Enyia

10/16/2018 2:25 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The candidate Chance the Rapper's endorsing for mayor of Chicago says his support goes way beyond the typical celeb endorsement, because he's going to be a key player in her campaign. 

We spoke with Amara Enyia Tuesday shortly after Chance announced he was endorsing her in the race to get Rahm Emanuel's office when he steps down next year.

She tells us Chance's backing is more than a "flash in the pan," and the proof will be evident on the campaign trail. Not that the hometown hero needs to prove himself -- Amara reminded us Chance has walked the walk in Chicago ... donating millions to the city's public school system and other services. 

Amara compares Chance's shift into politics to people like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, who've both gotten in some face time with the President over different issues.

She welcomes that engagement though ... and for good reason too.

T.I.'s Melania Video He Crossed a Line, No Spouses or Kids Says Presidential Hopeful

10/16/2018 1:52 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

There are better ways to voice your displeasure for President Trump than by dragging the First Lady through the mud, and T.I. has gone waaaay too far ... so says former Barack Obama cabinet member Julian Castro

We got the former HUD Secretary Tuesday at Reagan National, and asked about T.I. portraying Melania Trump as his personal lapdancer in the Oval.

Julian says there's no room for lewd antics in our democracy. Although, we gotta say ... that's a funny response considering Trump's exchange with Stormy Daniels today.

He's adamant mafia rules should apply -- as in, spouses and kids are off limits when bashing Trump, or any other politician. Julian's speaking as a very interested party because he's said he's probably running for Prez in 2020.  

Julian remembers Obama dealing with similar attacks, but he says that doesn't give anyone the right to go after Melania. He adds, there are civil ways to disagree with Trump ... none involve strippers.

Pete Davidson Cancels Comedy Gig In Wake of Ariana Split

10/16/2018 2:00 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Pete Davidson is doing everything in his power to keep a low profile after the collapse of his relationship with Ariana Grande

Davidson was set to headline Wednesday at Temple University's event, "Comedy Night Live." In a statement for the event, we're told Davidson pulled out last minute due to "personal reasons."

TMZ broke the story ... Pete and Ariana ended their engagement and called it quits on their relationship over the weekend. Ariana has already returned her $100k engagement ring to Davidson and Ariana will keep the couple's teacup pig, Piggy Smallz

All is not lost for Temple students ... Adam DeVine will replace Davidson at the event.

Dana White Khabib Ain't Quitting UFC ... 'We Worked It Out'

10/16/2018 1:15 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Dana White tells TMZ Sports ... he and Khabib Nurmagomedov have worked out their issues and "The Eagle" will not be leaving the UFC. 

"We're good with Khabib," Dana said ... "He's staying. This will all work out."

Remember, Khabib threatened to leave the organization if White fired his teammate, Zubaira Tukhugov, for his role in the post-fight madness at UFC 229. 

"If you decide to fire him, you should know that you’ll lose me too," Khabib posted on Instagram last week.

So, when we saw Dana out in NYC moments ago, we had to ask if he felt there was a real risk that Khabib would walk. 

"We worked it out. We're gonna get everything worked out. Obviously, he was a little upset and a little fired up."

He continued, "Listen, guys get very emotional man and that was a very emotional fight for him. At the end of the day, Khabib is a great guy and we've always had a great relationship with him."

The other question ... does this mean Khabib AND Zubaira will remain on the UFC roster? 

"Well, [Khabib's] staying in the UFC," Dana said ... telling us he's not 100% sure about Zubaira's future. 

He did assure us that Khabib is happy and "this will all work out."

We also asked Dana about Conor McGregor's future and his desire to fight at AT&T Stadium in Dallas after talking with Jerry Jones -- check out what he said. 

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