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Manchester Arena WWE Event In Limbo Following Terror Attack

5/23/2017 10:48 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

WWE is consulting with local officials to determine if an NXT event at Manchester Arena in 2 weeks should be canceled after the terror attack ... WWE tells TMZ Sports.

NXT -- WWE's developmental promotion that has produced huge stars like Finn Balor, Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins -- has a show scheduled for June 6th at the arena.

In light of the attack, WWE is consulting with Manchester officials to determine if they should call off the show.

A rep for WWE tells us, "WWE offers its heartfelt condolences to those affected by this tragedy. We are working with local authorities on the appropriate course of action as it relates to our event scheduled for Tuesday, June 6 at the Manchester Arena."

The Manchester event is part of a weeklong tour across the pond that also includes stops in Leeds and Brighton.  

Manchester Arena Claimed Control of Area Where Bomb Exploded

5/23/2017 10:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The people who run Manchester Arena were quick to say the nail bomb exploded in a public area not connected with the venue ... but that's not the way the arena advertised the space.

As TMZ reported, the blast occurred in the City Room, a rotunda attached to the concert hall where Ariana had performed minutes before. The space is used to sell merchandise from concerts and to advertise upcoming shows. The venue claims City Room is owned by the city and not is part of the arena.

Check out the tweet from the Manchester Arena, calling the space "our City Room."

The consequences may be significant. With 22 dead and 59 injured, lawsuits are almost certain to follow. If the venue had control over the City Room, families could well be upset there wasn't adequate security present as concertgoers left the arena.

A number of fans complained there were virtually no security measures in place as people entered the arena -- no wanding, no scanning and insufficient purse and bag checks.

Katy Perry I'm Proud Of My $25 Mil ... I Smashed the Glass Ceiling!!

5/23/2017 10:20 AM PDT

Katy Perry's $25 million deal to be the lead judge on "American Idol" wasn't just for her -- she says she struck a blow for women everywhere who've been underpaid to do the same job as a man.

Katy was on NYC'S WKTU radio Tuesday and told "Cubby and Carolina Bermudez In the Morning" ... she's proud as hell her fat paycheck is more than "pretty much" any man made before her.

The pop star goes on to give a preview of what kind of judge she's going to be, and said she's the perfect fit for the show at the perfect time.

As we reported ... Perry's getting paid more than most of her big name 'Idol' predecessors. However, she'll need a massive raise before she matches Simon Cowell's reported $45 mil a year.

Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy Dead At 48

5/23/2017 9:44 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

NFL Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy is dead at the age of 48 ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Kennedy played 11 seasons for the Seattle Seahawks ... and was an 8x Pro Bowler. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

We spoke to Orlando PD who confirmed Kennedy's passing ... but they added "there is nothing suspicious" about his death.

We've spoken to family members who say they're currently traveling to Orlando.

Cause of death is still unclear.

Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker said, "The entire Hall of Fame family is stunned and deeply saddened to learn the news of Cortez Kennedey's passing."

"Cortez will be remembered not only for all his great achievements on the football field but how he handled himself off the field. He epitomized the many great values this game teaches which serves as inspiration to millions of fans."

Story developing ...

Kim & Kanye All Smiles at 'Happiest Place on Earth'

5/23/2017 9:06 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West put down their drama and picked up some massive smiles ... proving EVERYONE is a kid at heart at Disneyland.

Kimye and their kiddos, along with Kourtney's, were down in Anaheim Monday, and it's the first time we've seen them really let go and put all the hardships since Paris behind them. We're told they were there to celebrate a family friend's birthday.

Y'know they were cutting loose because they rode Dumbo AND the Teacups. Of course, Kim had to chow down on the Disneyland-must-have ... a churro!

You're welcome.

Manchester Born Broncos Player Scumbag Terrorist Won't Break Us

5/23/2017 8:03 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Manchester born and raised Denver Broncos tackle Menelik Watson says the scumbag terrorists who attacked his home city are only gonna make Manchester stronger.

Watson -- who was drafted in the 2nd round of the '13 draft, and plays tackle for the Broncos  -- was visibly shaken when we spoke to him ... saying "this one hurts a lot."

Despite the pain Watson and others from the city are feeling, he says Manchester is a tough place that won't be broken ... and will instead "band together."

"Scumbags want to impose their will on people through terror, and it doesn't work. It never works. The city of Manchester will only get stronger from this."

As for the "scumbag" terrorists ... Watson says, "I have no sympathy for them, none whatsoever. I hope none of them rest easy."

Christina El Moussa Contacted by Child Services After Toddler Son Falls into Pool

5/23/2017 7:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Christina El Moussa was questioned by Child Services after her toddler fell in their pool.

Sources close to the family tell TMZ Christina and Tarek's 1-year-old, Brayden, was under the care of the nanny Monday when he fell into their pool. We're told she swooped the child up quickly and he was never unconscious.

Christina returned home and when the nanny told her what happened she took her child to a hospital as a precaution ... to make sure there wasn't any water in his lungs.

Brayden checked out fine, nonetheless we're told Child Services interviewed Christina and the nanny at the hospital and determined no action was necessary.

Brayden is back home and things are back to normal.

We're told Tarek was made aware of the situation immediately. As for nanny ... we're told she's still got a job.

Sinbad 'Pill Cosby' Drink Is the Worst! Drugging Women No Joke

5/23/2017 8:52 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Sinbad thinks a D.C. bar serving a cocktail that mocks the Bill Cosby case is the exact opposite of funny ... in fact, it's just wrong.

We got the comedian Monday at LAX and asked him about the bar -- called Diet Starts Monday -- pouring a "Pill Cosby" ... complete with empty pill capsules.

Sinbad doesn't mince words here -- he says it's not a joke, and his stance has nothing to do with defending Cosby's name.

His point is ... bars should leave the edgy comedy to the pros.

Ariana Grande Mom Helped Rush Fans to Safety

5/23/2017 7:12 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ariana Grande's mother was still sitting in her front row seat when the bomb went off, and helped escort some of her panicked young fans backstage.

Multiple witnesses in the arena tell us Joan Grande was surrounded by several concertgoers who were waiting to leave the arena when they heard the explosion. We're told Joan was about to go backstage to see Ariana at the time.

As the chaos of people fleeing for exits started ... Joan told a group of kids -- possibly as many as 10 -- seated around her to come backstage. We're told she and members of Ariana's security took the fans backstage and waited with them until they were able to safely exit the arena.

As we reported, Ariana was an emotional wreck after hearing about the casualties. She's suspended her tour in the wake of the attack.

Ariana Grande Suspends World Tour In Wake of Bombing

5/22/2017 7:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ariana Grande has indefinitely suspended her world tour in the wake of the terrorist bombing in England ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to Ariana tell TMZ, she will not perform Thursday in London and has decided for now to put the entire European tour on hold. She was scheduled to perform in England, Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.

Ariana just tweeted, "broken.  from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry.  i don't have words."

As we reported, Ariana is inconsolable ... "in hysterics" after the bombing. As one source said, she's incapable of performing for anyone. She and her team, we're told, are also deeply concerned about security.

Ariana's manager, Scooter Braun, said, "We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act," adding, "We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers."

Our sources say Ariana is not concerned with her shows now ... she and her team will re-evaluate the touring schedule when she's emotionally ready.

Chris Brown Will Be A No-Show At Karrueche Restraining Order Hearing

5/23/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Brown's lawyers will have a steep mountain to climb Tuesday when they essentially tell a judge, "Who you gonna believe, us or your lying eyes?"

We're told Chris will not appear in the hearing where Karrueche is gunning for a permanent restraining order against Brown, whom she claims has threatened to shoot and kill her, in addition to brutalizing her on several occasions.

Karrueche got a TRO, which is about to expire, and she was required to serve Chris with the petition for a permanent order ... something he dodged until a process server handed him the papers earlier this month as he was leaving his birthday party in Houston.

Big problem for Chris ... the service is on video, and the judge will see it in the courtroom.

We're also told Karrueche will not appear in person ... she'll testify on the phone, because she's shooting a TV show in New Orleans.


Drake & Tory Lanez 2 Friends, 1 Phone Call to Squash Old Canadian Beef

5/23/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Drake and Tory Lanez ended their beef with an old fashion phone call a week before a picture of them together was seen for the first time ever.

Sources connected to the rappers tell TMZ ... Drizzy and Tory ended their years-long beef after mutual friends got in their ears about the pettiness. The feud dates back to 2015 when Tory called out Drake for referring to their hometown, Toronto, as simply "The 6."

Toronto's area code is 416. So, yeah ... totally petty.

We're told the phone call was placed by one of Tory's pals to one of Drake's -- the intermediaries then put both rappers on the horn. That ultimately led to the NYC meeting where they took the peace summit Instagram shot.

Both guys, we're told, decided it was best to squash the mess out of mutual love for "the 6" Toronto.

Moby Obsessed Fan Strikes Again ... Allegedly

5/23/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Moby's weekend took a turn for the worse when his obsessed fan -- who's already been ordered to stay the hell away from him -- allegedly showed up at his home.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Moby was home Saturday around 11 AM when security reviewed surveillance video and spotted Kelly Lord outside his Hollywood Hills crib. She's the woman against whom Moby has a restraining order, after causing a bizarre scene in December -- asking about condoms and killing spiders in his bushes.

We're told she didn't get on the property this time around but she violated the stay away order nonetheless. Cops were called but security says Kelly skedaddled before they showed up.

Moby's had a hard time shaking off Kelly, to say the least. As we reported ... She also was arrested for petty theft after stealing his mail.

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