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Al Sharpton Feel Bad for Keaton But Tell His Mom to Cut Confederate BS

12/12/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Rev. Al Sharpton says support for Keaton Jones should come with a big string attached ... now that it appears Keaton's mother has strong views about racism and the confederate flag.

Sharpton was outside NBC Studios in NYC when he told us the celebs who offered support, or even trips, to Keaton and his mom ... should demand Keaton to teach his mother, Kimberly Jones, a thing or 2 about compassion.

The way Sharpton sees it, Kimberly wants the world to show her 11-year-old son sympathy for dealing with school bullies -- even though her confederate flag pics show support for slavery ... or as he puts it, "institutional state bullying."  

To be clear, the civil rights leader isn't calling for celebs and non-celebs to abandon Keaton -- but he IS saying Keaton's mother needs to learn a lesson as much as the kids who bullied her son do.

Chris Brown Chill Out ... Monkey Is Mine, Not Royalty's!!!

12/12/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Brown knows better than to give Royalty a pet monkey ... which is why he didn't.

Sources close to CB tell TMZ ... the baby capuchin monkey everyone saw his 3-year-old daughter cradling actually belongs to Chris. We're told he bought the exotic pet about 2 months ago ... and her name's Fiji.

As we reported ... Chris got skewered online for appearing to have bought Royalty the monkey ... with scores of fans saying the monkey posed a danger to Royalty, and belongs in the wild.

We're told Fiji's permanent address will be CB's crib, and that's the only place Royalty will get to see her. The monkey's not allowed to go to her mom, Nia Guzman's house. While that might ease safety concern's for Royalty, Fiji still won't be in the wild.

Our sources say Chris really wanted her because his idol Michael Jackson had Bubbles, the chimp. It was pretty obvious he was heading down this path when Chris flipped over one of Mally Mall's pet primates.

LiAngelo & LaMelo Blessing from Lithuanian NBA Star ... 'It's a Perfect Fit'

12/12/2017 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

If anyone can tell us what it's gonna be like for LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball to play in Lithuania, it's NBA big man Jonas Valanciunas ... who's actually PLAYED in the league where the Balls are headed. 

Valanciunas -- the 5th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft -- is a Lithuanian legend ... he won the LKL Lithuanian league championship in 2010 and is a 3-time Lithuanian Basketball Player of the Year. 

So, when we saw Jonas in Bev Hills on Monday (his Raptors are in town to play the Clippers) -- we had to ask if he thinks the Balls will thrive in his home country

"Great fit in Lithuania," Jonas says ... "perfect country for those guys."

Jonas says people shouldn't be concerned for the Balls -- his country is safe and the food is great. 

Try the cepelinai ... it's delicious! 

Britney Spears Trial Date Set for Stage Crasher ... Facing 2 Charges

12/12/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The guy who bum-rushed Britney Spears on her Las Vegas stage now has 2 charges hanging over his head, and he's one step closer to a trial ... TMZ has learned.

According to court docs, Jesse Webb's trial is scheduled to begin January 18. He's been charged with one count of battery and one count of disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.

As we reported, Webb was arrested in August after he jumped on stage, and briefly walked around before Brit's security guards and dancers took him down. Cops say Webb kicked one of the guards during the incident ... which would be the battery charge.

Webb's set to go to trial, but the reality is he's charged with misdemeanors, and the whole thing's on video -- so, all signs point to a plea deal.

We've reached out to his attorney ... so far, no word back.

Carrie Fisher's Dog Gary Doesn't Just Heel, He Heals ... Says New Owner

12/12/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Carrie Fisher's French bulldog, Gary, is more than a famous pooch looking to make a buck -- he's downright therapeutic for Carrie's throngs of fans ... and his new owner's seen it happen, firsthand.

We got Carrie's former assistant, Corby McCoinleaving Basix Cafe in West Hollywood ... with Gary, of course. We asked her about the standoff with Disney and Carrie's family -- primarily her daughter Billie Lourd and ex-husband Bryan Lourd.

We broke the story ... Billie and Bryan think Gary's public appearances cheapen Carrie's legacy, and want Corby to keep Gary out of the spotlight. 

Corby says she isn't in it for the money, but adds it's clear to her now ... Gary provides emotional support to fans who are missing Carrie.

Rep. Steve Scalise Here's How I Roll ... I'm Getting Back On Baseball Field!!!

12/11/2017 4:30 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

GOP House Whip Steve Scalise's competitive juices are rivaling those of Astros superstar Jose Altuve ... vowing to return as the Congressional second baseman after surviving a bullet.

We got the congressman at Reagan National Airport in D.C. and asked how his recovery's coming along. You'll recall Scalise and the Congressional Baseball Team came under attack in June after James T. Hodgkinson fired as many as 50 rounds with an automatic rifle.

Check it out ... Scalise -- who fought for his life after being struck in the hip -- has a new goal. We'll just say this: whoever took his spot in the lineup ... watch your back.

Ron Jaworski Eagles Are Super Bowl Team ... Even Without Wentz

12/11/2017 4:15 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Don't stick a fork in the Eagles just yet ... Philadelphia still has a REAL shot to make the Super Bowl, even without Carson Wentz ... so says Ron Jaworski

The Philly legend is still incredibly optimistic -- telling TMZ Sports the Eagles will certainly miss Wentz, but the surrounding cast is so solid, they'll continue to dominate well into the playoffs. 

In fact, Jaws even delivered a pep talk to depressed Eagles fans -- "Get off the cliff! Everything is okay! This is still a good football team!" 

No pressure, Foles ...

Simone Biles Mastered All Our Moves in 2-3 Days! ... Says Texans Cheerleader

12/11/2017 3:42 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

In case you weren't already impressed by Simone Biles' cheerleading debut for the Houston Texans, get this -- it took the gymnast just DAYS to master the squad's whole routine!!

"She learned everything for that game in literally 2 to 3 days," Texans cheerleader Mallory Moore told TMZ Sports

Simone was such a badass on game day, Mallory says the Olympic legend now has her own locker ... and can come through anytime she feels like bustin' out her boots and pom-poms.

"Once you're a part of the team, you're a part of the sisterhood."

Keaton Jones GoFundme Problems Account On Hold, $58k Left Hanging!!!

12/11/2017 2:22 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

There's a big hiccup in online fundraising efforts for Keaton Jones -- one GoFundMe page has been shut down altogether, and another's on hold with nearly $60,000 unspoken for.

GoFundMe tells us the page labeled "Stand Up for Keaton," which was opened 2 days ago, is no longer accepting donations. Since Keaton's anti-bullying message went viral over the weekend, the page has pulled in $58,249 in donations ... however the guy who started it is putting the charity on hold. GoFundMe says it needs to contact Keaton's mom, Kimberly Jones, to ensure she's the beneficiary ... since the guy who started the page doesn't know her. So far, the company's been unable to reach her.

There was a second GoFundMe page, purportedly started by Kimberly herself which solicited money for Keaton's Christmas gifts. Sources close to the situation tell us that was immediately shut down by GoFundMe due to fraud concerns -- namely, whether it was really started by Kimberly.

Further complicating the fundraising are social media postings from the real Kimberly Jones. As we reported ... photos of her with the Confederate flag and comments about whining "butt hurt Americans" have sparked an online backlash.

The guy behind the "Stand Up for Keaton" page even reacted, saying, "THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE MOM!!" He added he doesn't know the Jones family, but just wanted to help a kid who's been bullied.

Brittany Snow Sued Over Car Crash You Screwed My Neck!!!

12/11/2017 1:39 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Brittany Snow's allegedly heavy foot just got her sued.

Jose Erazo Gomez is suing the 'Pitch Perfect' star after he says he was rear-ended at a high rate of speed back in July 2016. In docs, obtained by TMZ, Gomez says the other driver's failure to stop caused him catastrophic injuries.

We're told Brittany was the one behind the wheel, but Jose is also suing her mom, Cindy. In docs, Gomez says he suffered shock and injury to his nervous system. We're told that includes a disc tear in his neck.

He's suing for unspecified damages. We've reached out to Brittany, so far no word back.

Chris Bosh's Mom: I'm No Drug Trafficker ... But Chris Is Evicting Me

12/11/2017 1:30 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Bosh's mom tells TMZ Sports allegations she's trafficking drugs out of the Texas home owned by her NBA star son are ridiculous and untrue ... but acknowledges there is a rift with Chris. 

We spoke with Freida Bosh and her son, Joel Bosh, about the police raid on the home where she lives in DeSoto, Texas ... in which cops claim they found evidence connecting Freida's house with a drug trafficking operation

Freida says she "built" the home with Chris roughly 12 years ago -- but since then, their relationship has deteriorated and he's been trying to evict her. Freida says the two haven't spoken in 5 years. 

To combat the eviction, Freida says she's had to hire lawyers -- and has been forced to rent out the home to various tenants to cover the pricey legal bills. 

Long story short ... Freida says the person who brought trouble to the home is a former short-term tenant -- and she had NOTHING to do with his alleged illegal activity. 

FYI, cops believe crack cocaine and heroin were being trafficked out of the home. No arrests have been made, but we're told that could happen soon.

Joel Bosh says he's been trying to help his mom work things out with Chris -- but his priority is helping her clear her name in the drug trafficking case because he believes she's 100% innocent. 

Despite the family drama, both Freida and Joel say they love Chris and hope they can reconcile soon.

Bill Clinton How's Hillary, You Say? Check My Digit!

12/11/2017 12:33 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Bill Clinton was on the move in D.C. Monday morning -- but for as fast as he was going ... he didn't hesitate to give a status update on Hillary.

We got 42 leaving Reagan National Airport, and asked how the missus was doing on her national book tour. He wasn't all that chatty ... but was happy to flash a nonverbal response.

His security detail kept our photog at a distance -- one of the perks of being a former Prez -- but Bubba definitely seemed to be in high spirits here.

Who's got two thumbs (but only uses one) and likes to cheese a lot ... this guy!

Gigi Hadid That Wasn't Armpit Hair, Guys Blame It On Wardrobe!

12/11/2017 12:31 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Gigi Hadid wasn't trying to show off her unshaven pits during her LOVE Magazine photo shoot -- 'cause the fuzz folks saw was nothin' but loose fibers ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Gigi tell us her "armpit hair" -- which was prominently featured in day 11 of LOVE Magazine's Advent calendar video series -- was, in fact, residue left behind from the jacket she was wearing on set.

We're told the culprit was simply that navy cropped coat Gigi is seen wearing in the vid -- ya know, the one in which she's striking poses and kinda working up a sweat. Makes sense some of that could've gotten stuck to her. 

What doesn't make sense is that no one on set saw the hairy stuff during the shoot, or even while editing the video.

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