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LAPD Patrol Cars to Block Terrorist Vehicles From Charlottesville-Type Attacks

8/15/2017 1:05 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The LAPD's not going to let someone use their vehicle as a weapon to mow down innocent people, even if it means creating a barricade of cop cars  ... seriously.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... recent attacks in Charlottesville and France -- where people used their cars to kill -- has the LAPD employing the new strategy. We're told when demonstrations go down that could result in violence, the Department will send at least 12 units to block off the area to traffic, using cop cars to form a barricade. The mantra ... no cars near demonstrators.

The Dept. will also contact the organizations behind the demonstrations in advance, to set guidelines and boundaries. As one source put it, "Crowd management is better than crowd control."

Cops will monitor social media for warning signs of dangerous activity or potential conflicts that could arise at the gathering.

The plan is to always hope for the best ... but prepare for the worst.

Showtime Declares War On Floyd Vs. Conor Pirates

8/15/2017 12:21 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

They thought they were slick ... dozens of websites aiming to livestream the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight for free. 

But Showtime is preemptively striking the potential pirates with a big, fat lawsuit ... mateys. 

The network is ripping a page from the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao playbook -- where they scouted out a bunch of potential illegal streaming sites and hit 'em with a legal blow before the fight. 

There's obviously a TON of cash on the line -- some say the fight could bring in more than $500 MILLION ... so, they ain't lookin to let anyone skim from their pockets. 

In the suit, filed in federal court, Showtime is asking a judge to issue an injunction to block the sites from streaming the August 26 fight -- and they'll probably get it. 

Bottom line -- wanna watch the fight? Don't break the law ... and cough up the $99 bucks like everyone else. 

Robert Horry Named Suspect In Battery Investigation ... Over Basketball Fight

8/15/2017 11:08 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-NBA star Robert Horry is being investigated by the LAPD over a fistfight outside of a youth basketball game at Staples Center earlier this month ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Law enforcement sources tell us ... Horry has been named a suspect -- but so far, no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed. 

TMZ Sports obtained the video of the August 5 incident -- which shows the 7-time NBA champ squaring up and throwing punches at another man near the basketball court. 

46-year-old Horry previously told TMZ Sports ... the other man had been taunting him and his son throughout the game. Horry says the other man got physical first and he was just protecting himself. 

The other man sees it differently ... claiming Horry was the aggressor.

When the investigation is complete, the LAPD will kick the case over to the City Attorney's office -- which will ultimately decide if charges should be filed. 

Natalie Cole's Son Dead at 39

8/15/2017 11:07 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The son of legendary singer Natalie Cole was found dead Monday night, and he was only 39 ... TMZ has learned.

Robert Yancy's body was found in his San Fernando Valley apartment when a friend who hadn't heard from him in a few days checked up on him.

Family members tell us ... authorities contacted them at 2:30 AM Tuesday and said Robert died of a heart attack. Law enforcement tells us, pending an autopsy, they have listed it as death from natural causes, but that can change once the autopsy and toxicology tests are completed.

The family tells us authorities were clear to them, drugs were not involved. As you know, Natalie famously fought drug addiction throughout her adult life until her 2015 death. Her cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Family members say Robert -- the grandson of Nat King Cole -- had never abused drugs and was "turning his life around." He worked in the music industry.

Robert's dad died of a heart attack at age 34, so it could be heart disease runs in the family.

John Daly I'm Sad for Tiger Woods ... But Rooting for Comeback

8/15/2017 10:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

John Daly says he truly feels for Tiger Woods -- and he's rooting for the golfer to overcome his Rx pill demons and return to the course ... because the sport really needs him. 

"It's sad what's going on in his life," Daly said in response to Tiger's DUI toxicology report which showed Woods was on multiple prescription drugs and marijuana at the time of his arrest. 

"Me personally, I wanna see him come back."

"He's so close to doing what nobody else has done in the game of golf and I just hope he comes through it and gets healthy and gets back out here 'cause this tour needs him."

Daly -- who's also battled substance abuse issues -- says he really does care about the guy and even has some life advice for him. 

Jesse Williams Wife Wants Sole Custody Cites Rage and Dating Habits

8/15/2017 9:49 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jesse Williams' wife says he is a reckless parent who has fits of rage and worries he exposes their kids to a "revolving door" of women ... this according to new, explosive divorce docs.

Aryn Drake-Lee has unloaded on the "Grey's Anatomy" star, demanding sole custody for a variety of reasons. She says the children are being emotionally compromised because Jesse has exposed them to at least one intimate partner and possibly more. She wants the judge to order him to keep girlfriends away from the kids until he dates them for 6 months.

Aryn goes on, claiming Jesse has a violent temper and cites a road rage incident last month with his next-door neighbor. She says after an argument the neighbor flipped off Jesse, and he then "aggressively pursued him in his car" with their 2 kids inside. She says Jesse threatened to kill him.

She's also pissed off that Jesse posts pics of their kids on social media and says he's doing it as a "buffer for the negative talk about him in the media."

As we reported, it appears Jesse is dating Minka Kelly and that might be behind some of her fury. Jesse has insisted his 13-year relationship and 5-year marriage didn't end because of a "cute girl."

She says the kids are showing psychological signs of damage and wants the judge to correct things, stat.

Brad and Angelina No Reconciliation Divorce Talks in High Gear

8/15/2017 8:11 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are deep in divorce talks, and there is NO talk of reconciliation, contrary to some media reports.

Several stories have surfaced recently suggesting the divorce is on hold and they are thinking of rebooting the relationship. Sources connected to the couple say nothing could be further from the truth.

We're told both sides are hashing out both child custody and property settlements, and the divorce is full steam ahead.

One reason they will never get back together ... Angelina made extremely damaging allegations against Brad, claiming he was abusive to their kids. The investigations triggered by the allegations ultimately exonerated Pitt.

Brad hasn't hidden his feeling about the children -- they're at the top of his priority list, so it seems they're at the point of no return in terms of reconciling.

Usher Holding Firm No Settlement in Herpes Lawsuits

8/15/2017 8:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Usher will not settle with the people suing him for allegedly exposing them to the herpes virus ... sources close to the singer tell TMZ.

The sources say there have been no settlement talks -- none -- and we're told Usher has no interest in making the claims go away in return for money.

As we reported, 4 people -- 3 women and a man -- are suing Usher, claiming they had sexual contact and he didn't inform them he allegedly had genital herpes. Usher hasn't addressed the herpes allegations.

There's one caution ... as one source put it, although settlement isn't on the table, as lawsuits progress there's always a cost/benefit analysis based on money -- how much it costs to defend yourself against a lawsuit vs. how much it costs to end it.

Aaron Carter Threatened By Publicist Stop Talking Crap on Me, Or Else!!!

8/15/2017 7:03 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Aaron Carter's life is spiraling out of control, and he's spreading lies about his former publicist to cover it up ... according to a threatening legal letter obtained by TMZ.

Jon Lewandowski's lawyers fired off the ultimatum to Carter Monday, threatening to sue if he doesn't stop making "false, fabricated and defamatory statements." According to the letter ... Aaron's made claims that Lewandowski stole money from him and damaged his career.

Lewandowski's lawyers claim the opposite is true -- that Carter actually owes him money for repping him as his publicist and manager. According to the letter, he had to sever ties with the singer due to his "increasingly alarming and reckless behavior," and because he made threats of violence.

The letter makes it clear ... Aaron needs to stop talking trash about Lewandowski -- specifically to the media -- or he'll face legal consequences.

We've reached out to Aaron's camp ... no comment.

Anthony Scaramucci Condemns Charlottesville Violence As for Trump ...

8/15/2017 6:52 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Anthony Scaramucci thinks there's no place in our society for neo-Nazi's and white supremacists, but he doesn't take that extra step and urge Trump to cut them from his base.

We got The Mooch Monday in NYC at the Hunt & Fish Club, which he partly owns ... and he joined the chorus, agreeing Trump should have come out earlier and condemned the hate groups in Charlottesville

Scaramucci also confirmed our earlier story ... that he's working with a Hollywood producer on a sitcom idea, with the working title "Attack of the Swamp Monsters" ... a story about a guy from Wall Street who comes to D.C. and gets attacked by political hacks who want him gone ... hmmmm, sounds familiar.

Scaramucci also has a thing or 2 to say about LGBTQ rights.

Allen Iverson Coaching Kobe In BIG3 Would Be Love!

8/15/2017 6:07 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant on the same team??? A.I. says that would be dope as hell. 

With BIG3 honcho Ice Cube saying he's gunning for Kobe to join his basketball league next season, we asked Iverson how he felt about possibly coaching the Black Mamba on his 3's Company team.

"That would be love," Iverson said ... "love, baby."

Kobe hasn't weighed in on Cube's offer yet -- but there are other big names in the mix for Season 2, including Lamar Odom and Gilbert Arenas

'Deadpool 2' Stuntwoman's Death Serves As A Reminder ... Hollywood Can Be Dangerous

8/15/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The tragic death of a stuntwoman on the set of "Deadpool 2" has reminded us that Hollywood stunts can quickly go awry, and they often have through the years.

We took a look back at some of the most brutal (and sometimes fatal) stunts that actors and stunt doubles put themselves through for the sake of the job ... and the aftermath ain't pretty.

From Dan Bilzerian's porn star rooftop toss in 2014 that left the woman with a shattered foot to the controversial mishandling of a pup on the set of "A Dog's Purpose" earlier this year and everything in between ... this week's latest accident, which left road racer Joi 'SJ' Harris dead, makes the message clear to Tinseltown's performers: BE CAREFUL!!!

That means you too, Tom Cruise

Ne-Yo Grabs Mic from Amateur at Karaoke Bar!!!

8/15/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ne-Yo obviously subscribes to the mantra, "anything you can do, I can do better" ... because he showed an amateur at a karaoke bar how it's done!!!

The singer hit up The Good Nite bar in North Hollywood early Sunday morning. Everyone was gettin' down as some dude onstage started singing Ne-Yo's "Because of You."

Then, out of nowhere, Ne-Yo joined the dude onstage, grabbed the mic and showed him how it's done. It's pretty awesome ... Ne-Yo busts out an impromptu performance and then bros out with the rook.

That's how it's done, Bieber.

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