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Mariah Carey Packer Went Berserk on Dancer ... Banned Him From Her Shows

10/27/2016 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1027-mariah-carey-james-packer-tmz-getty-92James Packer went crazy on a guy he suspected was making moves on Mariah Carey ... sources connected with Mariah tell TMZ.

Our Mariah sources say Packer grew jealous of her relationship with Bryan Tanaka -- her dancer and choreographer -- and the tension boiled over in June at Mariah's show.

We're told Bryan wasn't dancing that night due to an injury, so Packer thought it was weird he botherd to show up. Packer pulled Bryan into a room for a little mano a mano. Our sources say there was a ton of yelling, but it's unclear if it got physical.

We're told Packer was so crazed he used his casino ties -- he owns several in Australia and Asia -- to get Tanaka banned from Caesar's Palace, where MC performs. This photo of Bryan was circulated to security. 

1027_Mariah-Careys-banned-dancerWe're told Mariah didn't make a fuss because Bryan, who was nursing a knee injury, wasn't dancing. Mariah sources say she feared Packer. As we've reported, she thinks he's "mentally unstable."

Our Mariah sources think James got suspicious after she gave Bryan a lap dance -- a staple in her show -- during a May performance in South Africa.


Dominick Cruz Cody Garbrandt Will 'Beg Me' for Mercy

10/27/2016 5:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dominick Cruz has a message for Cody "No Love" Garbrandt -- he's going to torture him so badly at UFC 207, Cody's going to "beg me" to end the fight. 

Cruz -- the reigning UFC bantamweight champ -- joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Thursday night on FS1) and let the insults fly on his next opponent.

FYI, Cody's 10-0 with 9 knockouts -- and vows to break Cruz's jaw. 

Cruz says he's not afraid -- insulted Cody's intelligence -- and then told us why "No Love" will be begging for the champ to put him out of his misery.

Pretty violent stuff.

Watch the entire interview tonight on FS1.  

UFC's Anthony Pettis 'Shocked, Confused' Over Fire Attack

10/27/2016 5:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1027-anthony-pettis-TMZ-01UFC star Anthony Pettis says he's "shocked" and "confused" over the fire attack at his home in Milwaukee -- claiming he has "no idea" why anyone would want to harm him. 

As we previously reported, someone went to Pettis' home in the middle of the night and set his cars on fire. Cops are on the hunt, but have not made any arrests. 

Now, Pettis' rep, Lindsey Deierling of EAG Sports Management, tells TMZ Sports, "Anthony has no idea who could be responsible for this incident or why someone would damage his property in such a way."

"He is shocked and confused as to who would randomly commit such a hateful crime like this to his family."

1027--Anthony-Pettis-cars-fox6-03"He has no ongoing issues with anyone in his community, and he is very well known in Milwaukee for the work and dedication he has put in to helping his city and creating jobs and resources for the local citizens."

"Anthony is disappointed that this person(s) would compromise the safety of his family and destroy his personal property."

"Law enforcement is investigating this as an act of arson and Anthony is hopeful that they will get to the bottom of this so that he and his family can feel safe in their home."

Erin Andrews Hey, Fellas ... Here's How You Teach Your GF Football

10/27/2016 5:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Listen up, football crazed guys (and some girls) ... Erin Andrews is about to tell you how to teach your pigskin illiterate significant other all about the nuances of the gridiron.

We got Erin out at LAX and wanted to know what the best way to teach football to a newbie girlfriend is ... after all, Erin is a lady ... and a football expert, so she might know some tricks of the trade.

Check out the clip -- After busting our chops on the question (justified) ... Erin drops a little knowledge, giving some surefire ways to make a brand new football expert.

Class is in session ... pay attention.

Dakota Fanning Parents Split ... Hot Dad Back on the Market

10/27/2016 3:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1027-dakota-fanning-parents-tmz-getty-ffn-01Dakota Fanning's mom and dad are done after almost 27 years ... TMZ has learned. 

Dakota's dad, Steven Fanning, just filed for divorce from his wife, Heather, citing irreconcilable differences. Their kids are both of age, so child support isn't an issue -- Dakota's 22, Elle is 18. 

As for spousal support, it's as a bit of a mystery ... Steve didn't check any boxes asking for support from Heather. 

That said, he says he still needs to figure out how he and Heather are going to split their property. But we're guessing this stud will be just fine when it's all said and done.

Chael Sonnen & Tito Ortiz Hilarious Violent Trash Talk

10/27/2016 3:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Depends who you ask. 

Chael Sonnen insists it was ... and he claims to have rock solid proof. 

Tito Ortiz says it's a total lie -- and he's willing to give Chael a lift to the hospital in it after he beats his face in at Bellator 170. 

Watch both videos. You decide who's really telling the truth. 

Mariah Carey Packer 'Mentally Unstable' and 'Violent'

10/27/2016 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1027_mariah_carey_james_packer_tmz_gettyJames Packer "is not in his right mind" ... so claim people who Mariah Carey has downloaded with info about her bitter breakup.

Our Mariah sources tell us, "she had to leave him" and he hasn't been "present for her" in a couple of months. They call James "mentally unstable."

Even more serious ... the sources say the last straw for the relationship was that he got "violent" a month ago on a yacht in Greece.

TMZ broke the story ... Mariah claimed Packer was really terrible to her assistant on the boat, and that sent her packing.

Packer's camp tells TMZ ... Mariah's allegations are "simply untrue."

Mariah Carey, James Packer Done for Good Bad Blood Flows

10/27/2016 2:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1027-mariah-carey-james-packer-tmz-getty-02Mariah Carey and James Packer are not only broken up for good, there is extreme animosity between the two ... sources connected with the former couple tell TMZ.

TMZ broke the story ... the relationship was turbulent for a long time, but the last straw was a yacht trip to Greece a month ago, when James allegedly did something to Mariah's assistant ... or so she says.

We're told James' version of events is radically different from Mariah's ... and behind the scenes there's tremendous bitterness on both sides.

Although details of the breakup are still sketchy, one thing we know ... it's over.

Alec Baldwin Lawsuit Too Late to Bitch About 'Fake' Art ... Says Gallery Owner

10/27/2016 1:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1027-alec-baldwin-TMZ-01It's a case of too bad, so sad for Alec Baldwin ... according to the art gallery owner he's suing for selling him a "fake" painting. 

Mary Boone responded to Baldwin's suit, saying the actor waited more than 6 years to file the suit over "Sea and Mirror" -- the Ross Bleckner painting Boone's gallery sold him for $190k. In docs, Boone's legal team says the statute of limitations has run out, so Baldwin's got no beef ... legally speaking.

Further, she claims Baldwin committed tax fraud. Boone's attorneys claim he should have paid $16,625 in NY city and state tax on the painting, but instead had it "shipped momentarily" to his Cali home, then back to his NYC pad.

Translation: He has unclean hands in this deal, and therefore shouldn't be pointing fingers at her in court.

Boone says she's not conceding Alec's counterfeit claims are true ... she's just not addressing it because his lawsuit's too late. She's asking the court to toss the case.


NFL's Laremy Tunsil I Didn't Attack My Stepdad ... I Don't Owe Him a Dime!

10/27/2016 11:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1027_laremy-tunsil_stepdad_getty_sportsMiami Dolphins lineman Laremy Tunsil has finally fired back at his stepdad in court -- adamantly denying he attacked Lindsey Miller during an incident last year ... and shouldn't have to pay him a cent. 

Miller sued Tunsil back in April -- claiming Tunsil beat him up on June 25, 2015 after he tried to warn the football star about the dangers of hanging out with agents while he was still a college player. 

In his suit, Miller claims Tunsil "violently attacked" and "pounded the disabled American veteran severely, striking him with his fists multiple times."

Miller claims it took 4 men to pull the football star off of him. He sued Tunsil for unspecified damages. 

But now, Tunsil has finally responded in legal docs of his own -- adamantly denying any sort of violent physical attack

In the docs, obtained by TMZ Sports, Tunsil doesn't get into the specifics -- but claims Miller is lying and the judge shouldn't award him a penny in damages. 

FYI, both Tunsil and Miller were arrested and charged after the 2015 incident -- but charges against both men were later dismissed. 

Mariah, James Packer Something Really Bad Happened in Greece

10/27/2016 11:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1027-mariah-carey-james-packer-tmz-gettyMariah Carey and James Packer haven't seen each other or spoken for more than a month, after something happened during their vacation on a yacht in Greece ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected with Mariah claim James did "something really bad" involving her assistant. The sources would not elaborate but we're told after the alleged incident Mariah bailed on the vacation, got off the boat and returned to L.A.

As we reported, the couple has broken up, at least for now. 


Rob Kardashian Suspect in Criminal Threat Investigation

10/27/2016 11:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1027-rob-kardashian-pilot-jones-blac-chyna-tmz-instagram-04update_graphic_red_bar1:36 PM PT -- Blac just went off on Pilot, saying the photo in question was taken over 2 years ago. Blac's adamant she never slept with Pilot and adds that the entire ordeal is a ploy to drum up hype for his new track.update_grey_gray_barRob Kardashian is under criminal investigation for allegedly threatening a man with some pretty close ties to Blac Chyna.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... Rob allegedly physically threatened Pilot Jones, who's been hanging with Blac Chyna. We're told Rob threatened to do Pilot harm.

The allegations come on the heels of photos that surfaced showing Blac and Pilot making out. 

We're told Pilot is scared, partly because of a string of text messages, which include Rob telling Pilot, "Leave my wife alone. I'm not playing with you."

Our law enforcement sources say, there are other texts in which Rob generally threatens Pilot with physical harm if he doesn't stay away from Blac Chyna, although as one source says, the threat is "a little murky and general."

We've learned LAPD's Threat Management Unit is investigating. 

Nick Young CALL ME DADDY P ... Baby Mama Gives Birth!

10/27/2016 10:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1027-nick-young-tmzIt's been a good 24 hours for Nick Young ... because he just became a father AGAIN ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We've confirmed Nick's ex-girlfriend, Keonna Green, gave birth to a bouncing baby girl moments ago! 

Green and Young aren't in a relationship anymore but they're on good terms. They already have a 4-year-old son together

Nick rushed to the hospital late Wednesday night after the Lakers game (they won!) and wanted to be there when his daughter was born! Success!!!


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