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Carmelo Anthony

'I Really Love' Porzingis

... Meeting with Him Today

6/29/2015 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Don't give up on Knicks draft pick Kristaps Porzingis just yet ... Carmelo Anthony isn't -- telling TMZ Sports, "I really love him."

Melo was leaving Madeo in L.A. on a double date with his wife La La AnthonySeattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and his GF Ciara ... when we asked about C.A.'s newest teammate from Latvia. 

"I really love him. I feel him. I'm gonna get with him tomorrow," Melo says ... adding that he's planning to squeeze in a workout with Porzingis. 

It's big news considering there were reports that Anthony was pissed at the Knicks for using the 4th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft on Kristaps -- a player some experts see as a "project" who could take several years to develop. 

For now, seems Anthony's a fan ... at least, that's what he wants us to think. 

Tyga

It’s Settled ...

My Old Landlord Gets $80k

6/29/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0626-tyga-tmz-02Tyga ditching on a crap ton of rent payments -- nearly $100k -- is finally biting him in the ass, and if he doesn't pay up now ... it's REALLY gonna cost him.   

Tyga has a Monday deadline to fork over $80,000 to his ex-landlord in Calabasas. Both sides agreed on that amount to cover back rent payments. If you include interest ... he actually owed $124k, so the settlement is a sweet deal.

But obviously, paying on time isn't exactly Tyga's thing -- so during a hearing on Thursday ... the judge gave him a stern warning: Meet the deadline, or the landlord's gonna nail ya for the full $124,000.

Check city, bitch -- write one this weekend. Or else ...

Floyd Mayweather

Closing the Deal on $4.8 Mil Super Car

6/28/2015 7:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0628-floyd-mayweather-car-Gallery-Launch-TemplateHow do you upgrade from a $3.8 million Ferrari?? Easy ... you get a $4.8 MILLION super car to take its place ... at least, that's what Floyd Mayweather's planning to do ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Sources close to the boxer tell us ... he's thiiiis close to closing the deal on an ultra-rare sports car called a Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita ... one of only THREE of its kind in the entire world. 

The car is lightning fast ... 0-60 in 2.9 seconds ... and tops out at 250 miles per hour! 

Our sources tell us Floyd has had his eye on the car for a while -- but now, he's finally pulling the trigger ... and we're told his car guy Obi Okeke at Fusion Luxury Motors has already imported it to his L.A. showroom specifically for Mayweather.

Floyd is currently in L.A. for the BET Awards -- don't be surprised if he's rolling around town in the car by the 4th of July. 

Plies

Frantic 911 Call

They're Holding 'White Guys' Hostage

6/28/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0626_plies_mike_caskey_music_videoPlies and one of his friends took a white guy hostage ... at least that's what was reported to Florida cops, but it wasn't what it seemed.  

Cops were called to the St. Cloud home of Mike Busey (Gary's nephew, aka the white guy) after a passerby saw what he thought was a hostage situation. Someone called 911, saying 2 black males with assault rifles were holding a white male hostage.

Deputies rolled up with sirens blazing, then discovered the guns were unloaded and the only thing the guys were shooting was a music video.

The scene had Plies picking up guns from Haitian gangsters with assault rifles.

Check out  the video ...  the crew gets a stern talkin'-to by the cops.

Chris Paul

Importing Lil Wayne

For Massive Belated 30th Bday Bash

6/27/2015 8:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0626_chris_paul_lil_wayne_getty_tmz Chris Paul's friends and family are doing it BIG for his belated SURPRISE 30th birthday bash Saturday night  ... flying in Lil Wayne from Haiti to perform for a bunch of his closest friends ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Paul's birthday was actually in May ... but we're told Paul's family pushed off the celebration because he wanted to wait until after the NBA playoffs were over. 

Sources connected to Paul tell us ... the NBA star's family is sparing no expense on the party -- we're told it's already running north of $200,000!  

Among the expenses, we're told Paul's people paid for Wayne's private jet from Haiti -- where the rapper put on a free concert with Chris Brown and boxer Andre Berto. 

As far as the guest list for Paul's big 30, we're told all of the Clippers are invited -- including DeAndre Jordan -- and all of Young Money.

Last year, Paul got an autographed pic from his hero Tiffani Thiessen. Wonder how he'll top that this year?

Happy Bday! 

Donald Trump

Undocumented Workers Can Stay ...

But ONLY if They Work Hard

6/27/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Donald Trump says if he's elected president, he'd let undocumented workers who are productive stay in the United States, but if they just sponge off the system and don't contribute ... he'd have them deported.

Trump tells TMZ,  he'd create a "system of merit," saying people here illegally should have "a road to legal status" if they work hard and contribute to the country.  

Trump also says no one really knows how many people are in the U.S. illegally -- he cites different stats that show the figure is somewhere between 11 and 30 million. Trumps says it's unrealistic and inhumane to attempt to deport all of them. Thus, the merit system. He says many undocumented workers are "hardworking people" who deserve a chance to live the American dream.

The candidate was not specific about the criteria for being "productive," but he was specific that people who don't pay their freight over a period of time have no place here. 

He also believes criminals and other "bad ones" should be thrown out.

Justin Bieber

I Play Second Banana to My Pastor!!!

6/27/2015 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber awesomely took second seat to the pastor of his new-age church ... and it's so fun.

The Biebs and Pastor Joel Houston were leaving Hyde nightclub in Hollywood Friday night when our photog tried jawboning with Justin.  But when J.B. wanted the pastor of Hillsong Church to get some face time, our photog obliged and the convo turned to surfing.

Houston -- who also fronts the band Hillsong United -- along with his co-pastor, Carl Lentz, are the spiritual advisers to lots of celebs. Lentz Baptized Biebs back in December.

Meek Mill Party

LAPD in Overdrive

For BET Awards Weekend

6/27/2015 8:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Meek Mill's party was overrun Friday night by both clubgoers and cops, who were determined to keep the peace in Hollywood during the BET Awards weekend.

The rapper hosted a big party at Playhouse Hollywood, which was packed to capacity just after midnight. A slew of cops showed up -- on the ground and in the air -- to control the crowd and prevent a repeat of last year's violence during pre-show parties.

An eyewitness says YG was rejected after he refused a pat-down.

All was calm and it looks like only one or two people were busted for disorderly conduct.

One down, one to go.

DMX

Add Another Arrest to the Pile

6/26/2015 9:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0616-dmx-tmz-3DMX is getting within shooting distance of a deck of cards populated by his mug shots, because he was arrested again Friday night.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the rapper was en route to Radio City Music Hall where he was scheduled to perform when the New York City Sheriff's deputies nabbed him for unpaid child support. Turns out there was a warrant for his arrest.

The law we know, he was being held in the back of a patrol car. 

As for the concert, Masters of Ceremony, the show went on without him.  It had plenty of other old school rappers to entertain the crowd.

La Toya Jackson

I Believe That's Michael in the Clouds!!!

6/27/2015 7:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

La Toya Jackson is a believer, and seems to think the eerie image of Michael Jackson in the middle of a thunder storm is the real deal.

We got La Toya and ex-fiance Jeffré Phillips were leaving Macau restaurant in Hollywood -- which they raved about -- when our photog showed M.J.'s older sis the pic.

La Toya doesn't think it's a mind trick at all.

As for her and her ex-fiance, they're together-ish, but they seem to have different views on the relationship.

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Uncle Poodle

Thank You SCOTUS

I'm Gettin' Married!!

6/27/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0626-uncle-poodle-tmz-01The Supreme Court made a gay poodle's day with its gay marriage decision.

'Honey Boo Boo' star Uncle Poodle tells us he and fiance Alan will be rushing to a Georgia courthouse as early as next week for their very own marriage license.

The two got engaged last September and he's ecstatic the way is finally paved for wedded bliss. As for a wedding ceremony, they've set their sites on a Georgia beach wedding.

And get this ... they're even open to sharing a wedding with Mama June if she goes through with that whole bisexual thing.

Mazel.

Bill Cosby

Insurance Co. Wants Off the Hook ...

If Sexual Assault Allegations Stick

6/26/2015 2:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0626-bill-cosby-tmz-01Bill Cosby is being sued by a company that fears it might be on the hook if the comedian defamed 3 of his accusers by calling their claims BS.  

Cosby's homeowners insurance company has filed a lawsuit claiming it has absolutely no duty to pay a judgment stemming from the sexual assault allegations and denials. Many policies cover various misdeeds of the homeowners, but AIG Property Casualty Company says it is not responsible for claims arising out of sexual misconduct.

AIG not only wants to block Cosby, it has also named 3 accusers -- Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz as defendants. All 3 claim Cosby not only molested them but defamed them when he called them liars.

AIG wants a judge to tell them all ... don't even try to collect a judgment from the company.

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Mariah Carey

I'm One Of The Poorest People

In The Room

6/26/2015 11:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0626-mariah-carey-james-packer-rich-crew-tmz-01Mariah Carey is used to being the top diva at the table but after a power lunch with a bunch of billionaires she had to take a back seat ... financially. 

Mariah finally got off the yacht and grabbed a bite with her new Australian beau, James Packer, and a few of his billionaire mates.

Yeah Mariah is worth $500 mil but that’s pennies compared to her dinner company: James Packer $4.6 bil, Kerry Stokes $1.26 bil, and top dog Ron Perelman $14.7 bil.

At least Mariah wasn’t at the bottom of the financially stacked list ... her pal, Brett Ratner was also there and he’s only worth $65 mil … he’ll only have to worry about leaving the tip.

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