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Fat Joe Steak House Needs Lesson ... From Rosa Parks

8/18/2018 12:10 AM PDT
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Fat Joe wanted to lean back after a good meal at Ruth's Chris Steak House ... but the rapper instead got booted for a dress code violation he says was reminiscent of the Old South. 

The big man from the Bronx was stunned last week when he and his crew were asked to leave the Ruth's Chris Steak House in North Carolina ... and even more perplexed by the fact the manager who made the request was black. 

Fat Joe says attire has never been an issue for him or his entourage at high-end restaurants around the world ... and he's especially hurt that they were hassled by someone they felt should be on their side.

Tyrese's Ex His Money Probs are His Fault, Not Mine ... Don't Mess with The Rock

8/17/2018 4:03 PM PDT
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Tyrese has nobody to blame but himself for his struggles in the movie biz, because he picked a fight with The Rock and lost ... according to his ex-wife.

Norma Gibson filed legal docs this week -- obtained by TMZ -- firing back at Tyrese for claiming she ruined his career with domestic violence allegations ... so he can't afford to pay her legal fees.

Norma claims his movie career is flailing because he got into a public beef with Dwayne Johnson ... and that was all his fault -- not hers.

We broke the story -- Tyrese says he's only raking in $51k a month but his expenses are more than $113k, so he's too strapped for cash to cover anything else for her.

Norma calls BS and slams Tyrese ... saying "his extravagant lifestyle and over $113,000 in monthly bills is his choice." Besides ... she believes he should have money from other sources to cover her attorney fees.

Translation -- flourishing movie career or not ... Norma wants her money.

'Steve Harvey Show' Star Wendy Raquel Robinson Heading for Divorce

8/17/2018 5:38 PM PDT
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Wendy Raquel Robinson -- best known for playing Regina "Piggy" Grier on "The Steve Harvey Show" -- is getting divorced after 15 years ... TMZ has learned.

Her husband, Marco Perkins, filed paperwork in L.A. Friday for dissolution of marriage. The couple wed in 2003 and has no minor children together.

Wendy gushed about her hubby in a 2012 article in Essence, saying marriage is wonderful ... and, "I can honestly say he’s my best friend.”

Other than her role as the school principal on Harvey's sitcom, Wendy's also well known for her role as Tasha Mack on the show "The Game."

Eddie George Tim Tebow's a Great Producer ... Could Win an Oscar!

8/17/2018 4:30 PM PDT
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Eddie George is singing the praises of his new boss -- saying it was a PLEASURE starring in Tim Tebow's new movie ... and he thinks the guy could win an Oscar one day. 

FYI, Eddie is one of the main roles in "Run the Race" -- a story about two brothers who use sports to overcome personal tragedies in their lives.  

It's a faith-based, feel-good story -- so, it's perfect for Tim Tebow who produced the flick with his brother, Robby Tebow

Eddie -- who plays a college recruiter in the movie -- says the Tebows did a "tremendous job" behind the scenes and show real promise when it comes to the business side of movie making. 

"There's no limit to what [Tim] can do ... who knows, he could write a story that could win him an Oscar one day!"

Hey, if Kobe can do it ... 

Korn Lead Singer's Wife Dead at 39

8/17/2018 2:08 PM PDT
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The wife of the lead singer of Korn has died Friday ... and it comes on the heels of a request for a domestic violence restraining order and major drug issues ... TMZ has learned.

Deven Davis was the estranged wife of Jonathan Davis. Deven was a former porn star who married Jonathan in 2004. They had 2 kids together.

Jonathan filed for divorce in October 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. Jonathan filed for a domestic violence restraining order today -- August 17, 2018. The judge issued a temporary order blocking any child custody or visitation by Deven. The restraining order also prohibits her from having contact with the family dog, Chaos.

Our sources say Deven was unaware Jonathan filed the restraining order ... she had not even been served.

Jonathan alleged in the docs Deven was deep into drugs -- something she had struggled with for more than 20 years. He alleged her drug use was causing emotional harm to the kids through neglect. He says in his court declaration she has been dependent on both prescription and illegal narcotics. She'd been to rehab 6 times and "is constantly under the influence of the nitrous oxide, cocaine and Norco."

Jonathan claimed she had a drug dealer boyfriend who was recently passed out on her living room couch when he brought the kids to her house. Jonathan says he found a heroin pipe and cocaine floating in the toilet bowl and found Deven passed out on the floor upstairs.

And there's this ... Jonathan claims when she binged on drugs she would "routinely bring home unsavory characters, including strangers. Some of these people are random fans of my music who she allows to come into the house, go into the master bedroom closet and try on my clothes."

According to the docs, Deven had been in a sober home but went AWOL last Friday and hadn't been seen for a week.

At this point we do not know the cause of death.

Story developing ...

Shonda Rhimes Sued Over Sidewalk Scandal!!!

8/17/2018 3:01 PM PDT
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Shonda Rhimes hasn't had a misstep in her career, which is more than can be said about a world-renowned physician who tripped and fell in front of her house, and now the good doc is suing her.

Dr. Kuo Chao claims in a new lawsuit, he was jogging past Shonda's Hancock Park mansion in L.A. back in June 2017, when he tripped over a buckling sidewalk in front of the 8,400 square foot home.

He says he broke his wrist, damaged cartilage and lost range of motion and function in his wrist and arm, which has caused limited mobility and loss of strength and stamina. He also says he has lost "fine motor skills." He says he was unable to work for a long time and it still affects his ability to work. 

Dr. Chao says he is a prestigious interventional neuroradiologist -- he treats stroke and aneurysm patients. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yale.  

As for why Dr. Chao says Shonda's responsible, he says she had an obligation to fix the sidewalk, which buckled due to pipes, tree roots and botched repairs. He's also suing the City of L.A.

Dr. Chao is asking for unspecified damages.

We reached out to Shonda's rep .. so far, no word back.

Tyron Woodley Furious Over UFC 227 Encounter ... with Darren Till

8/17/2018 1:45 PM PDT
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Tyron Woodley was so pissed off that he was forced to sit near Darren Till at UFC 227 -- he stormed out of his seat and ordered staff to open a room at the arena so he could release some of his aggression in an impromptu training session. 

Woodley and Till are scheduled to fight at UFC 228 in Dallas on Sept. 8 -- but, Tyron says someone at UFC 227 in L.A. thought it would be "real cute to put two f**king dogs next to each other right before they're about to fight."

It didn't sit well with the champ -- and things erupted right inside Staples Center. 

Tyron tells the whole story on this week's 'Hollywood Beatdown' -- where he also rips Donald Trump over his "blatantly racist" comments about Omarosa

Check out 'The Hollywood Beatdown' every Friday on the TMZ Sports YouTube page. 

Aretha Franklin Death Certificate Reveals ... Cause of Death Pancreatic Cancer

8/17/2018 10:32 AM PDT
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Aretha Franklin died as the result of pancreatic cancer ... according to her death certificate.

The doc says the Queen of Soul died at 9:50 AM on August 16, 2018.

The death certificate also says Aretha will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, the same place Rosa Parks is buried.

The document lists her occupation as Singer/Song Writer.

As we reported ... Aretha passed away in her Detroit home Thursday surrounded by friends and family. She'd been in failing health for many months and was under hospice care.

Her family is planning a 4-day celebration of her life with an open casket public memorial at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, followed by her funeral at Greater Grace Temple just for close friends and family.

Bobbi Kristina Friend Who Found Her OD'd In Bathtub ... Dead from Overdose

8/17/2018 7:11 AM PDT
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Max Lomas -- the close friend of Bobbi Kristina who found her lifeless in a bathtub -- has died and suffered the same fate as her -- a drug overdose ... TMZ has learned.

A law enforcement source in Mississippi tells TMZ Max was at a friend's home Wednesday and went to use the restroom. We're told his friend became concerned after Lomas didn't come out for a while, and went to check on him.

Our source says Lomas was found unresponsive on the floor in the bathroom with a syringe near his body. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died.

As we reported, Lomas played an big part in the mystery surrounding Bobbi Kristina's death. Lomas was the person who found Whitney Houston's daughter on the brink of death in her bathtub, and spent a significant amount of time with Bobbi and her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, in the days leading up to her death.

Lomas was thought to be a drug dealer who got drugs for Bobbi Kristina and Gordon, something he denied. He was at Bobbi Kristina's home in the hours leading up to her death.

No charges have been filed in connection with Bobbi Kristina's 2015 death. The family won a civil suit against Nick Gordon for $36 million.

Jalen Ramsey Trash Talk Could Make Jags Better ... Says Asante Samuel

8/17/2018 10:02 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jalen Ramsey's scorched-earth trash talk on nearly every QB in the NFL could actually make the Jaguars a BETTER team ... so says ex-NFL star Asante Samuel

Samuel -- a 2-time Super Bowl champ (who will be on the Hall of Fame ballot next year) -- says the comments will essentially force his teammates to step up and play better. 

The former Pro Bowl corner LOVES Ramsey's confidence -- but warns the 23-year-old that he can't just be about that hype ... he's gotta go and back it up.

And, if his Jaguars teammates REALLY have his back, they'll step up and play harder for Ramsey. 

"That motivates your team. That motivates your brothers. We got our brothers' back."

Reggie Bush Drew Brees Will Retire This Year ... If He Wins Super Bowl

8/17/2018 8:15 AM PDT
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Reggie Bush says Drew Brees will call it a career after this season only if the Saints do one thing ... WIN THE SUPER BOWL!!

There's been a lot of talk about Brees' potential retirement lately -- the dude does turn 40 in January -- so, we went to one of his ex-New Orleans teammates to get a read on the situation.

Bush was blunt ... telling TMZ Sports there's no way the QB calls it quits after this season -- UNLESS the Saints get a ring.

If that does happen ... Reggie already has Brees' post-retirement career mapped out -- saying the QB should be mayor of New Orleans!!

Deontay Wilder & Tyson Fury Screaming Confrontation ... Promo Or Problems?

8/17/2018 7:32 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury just nearly came to blows after Fury's weigh-in in Belfast ... the question is -- do the guys REALLY want smoke or was it all for show?

Or both?

Fury is set to take on Italian rumbler Francesco Pianeta in Belfast Saturday night -- and, at the weigh-in Friday morning, Wilder got all up in Tyson's face, prompting a crowd of people to separate the men.

Wilder & Fury have a fight scheduled for November -- so, there's a good argument to be made that this is showmanship, but then again Fury did just publicly rip Wilder, saying he doesn't have one brain cell in his head.

So, it could be real or could not be ... but one thing's for sure, it's a hell of a lot of fun. 

Bethenny Frankel Boyfriend's Last Words Help Explain Trump Tower Death

8/17/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bethenny Frankel's late boyfriend, Dennis Shields, was able to utter a few words to EMTs and police before he died -- and they paint a clearer picture of how he passed.

Sources say Dennis told the responding EMTs and cops he'd taken some of his prescribed oxycodone as well as Vicodin and a sleeping pill ... all to ease the pain from a back injury.  

Doctors warn that opioids should never be taken with sleeping pills or other sedatives. Opioids slow respiratory function and sleeping pills do the same. The two combined can have a dangerous, synergistic effect that could result in death.

As we reported, Dennis' assistant had administered 2 doses of Narcan before authorities arrived. They administered an additional dose of Narcan, but Dennis could not be saved.

Our law enforcement sources say police also found numerous prescription bottles scattered throughout his apartment ... although no illicit drugs nor drug paraphernalia were uncovered.

Rest In Peace my sweet babies who gave me endless unconditional love. #nowandforever

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Bethenny attended Dennis' funeral service earlier this week and dissolved in tears. She paid tribute to both Dennis and her deceased dog, Cookie, on IG. 

An autopsy report and official cause of death have yet to be released.

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