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UFC's Max Holloway I'M PRO-WEED Even Though I Don't Use It

12/2/2016 5:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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UFC tough guy Max Holloway says he's TEAM LEGALIZE WEED ... even though he doesn't smoke it himself.

After Nick Diaz spelled out why the UFC should do away with pot as a banned substance, we asked Holloway for his thoughts ... and he told us he's on board with the benefits of medical marijuana. 

But the funniest part of this clip ... when he calls out Anthony Pettis -- diagnosing the UFC fighter with a case of "pussy-itis" ... and informing him, "I got the vaccine!"

Tomi Lahren & Charlamagne We Can Be Friendly But Trump Still Divides Us

12/2/2016 4:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Tomi Lahren's "I Have Black Friends" tour of NYC made a stop in Times Square with Charlamagne Tha God, and instead of Black Lives Matter ... they focused on a different movement.

The day after TheBlaze's ultra conservative host had drinks with Trevor Noah, she met Charlamagne -- most likely to discuss why she blew off an appearance on his radio show.

The odd couple says they're trying to understand each other's views on everything from politics to BPM -- yes, black penises matter has become a thing thanks to these two.

The whole encounter was fun and games, right up until Tomi suggested they head to Trump Tower. Let's just say ... Charlamagne don't play that.

50 Cent $14.5 Mil from Lawyers He Accused Of Sleek Audio Screw Job

12/2/2016 3:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1202-50-cent-tmz50 Cent just got a HUGE financial helping hand in his bankruptcy case -- his old lawyers will cough up $14.5 million after a sweet settlement deal.

50 had sued his team of attorneys for malpractice, insisting they did a shoddy job repping him against Sleek Audio. You'll recall, Fiddy lost that case and owed Sleek a ton of cash.

Rather than go to trial, the lawyers have struck a deal with the rapper ... agreeing to pay him the $14.5 mil. Not that Fiddy will be able to spend it -- it's already spoken for due to his bankruptcy.

According to docs filed in that case ... 50 still owes $23 million to his creditors, including $17 mil to Sleek -- so the settlement money's likely going straight into their pockets, not his.

The bankruptcy judge still needs to sign off on the deal.

Donald Trump Visit from Chris Christie ... Brother, Can You Spare a Job?

12/2/2016 1:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1202-chris-christie-trump-tower-meeting-TMZ-01Chris Christie seems to be making one last push for a high-ranking job in the GOP under Donald Trump ... since he personally stopped by Trump Tower.

We spotted Christie heading in for a meeting with the Prez-elect and his team Friday morning. There are reports he's interested in becoming the new RNC Chairman ... to replace Reince Priebus, who's about to become Trump's Chief of Staff. 

Remember, the NJ Governor was passed over for VP, despite being one of Trump's staunchest supporters.

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Lil Yachty Hey Shia, Stick to Your Script ... You're Not On My Level

12/2/2016 2:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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If Lil Yachty's got something for him -- it's sound advice. 

We got the Atlanta MC leaving LAX Friday, and had to ask if he had a response to Shia's new diss track, "Zapruder." One highlight -- Shia referring to Yachty as "Lil Romeo meets Raggedy Ann."

Yachty's not impressed ... in fact, his assessment of Shia's MC skills is pretty simple: get back to doing what you know how to do. Even Steven?

Aaron Paul Happy 30th to My Wife ... Let's Do Thai for 10

12/2/2016 1:59 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1202_aaron_paul_thailand_airbnb_photos_launchAaron Paul sure loves his wife, and his space -- he's renting out a massive private villa in Thailand just for the 2 of them. 

Aaron is sitting beachside in Thailand this week with his wife, Lauren Parsekian, to celebrate her 30th birthday. Rather than getting a hotel room, Aaron basically opted for a compound -- a 10-bedroom, 8-bath estate -- which usually rents for more than $5,000 a night.

We're told Aaron got hooked up from Airbnb, so it probably won't cost him that much to live like royalty. Based on his Instagram, Lauren and Aaron are toughing their way through all this luxury.

"Breaking Bad" success -- the gift that keeps on giving. 

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Nickelback Canadian Cops Busted By Band ... Our Music Is No Joke

12/2/2016 12:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1202-nickleback-dui-tmz BNickelback isn't laughing about Canadian cops joking they'll torture drunk drivers by playing the band's music in patrol cars -- in fact, Nickelback got pissed and shut down the prank.

A spokesperson for Kensington Police tells TMZ a Nickelback rep demanded they take down the Facebook post that went viral this week. The post warned holiday season DUI offenders they'd get hit with fines, criminal charges, driving suspension and "the office's copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail."

Funny. To everyone but Nickelback. Cops say the rep was polite, but made it clear Chad Kroeger and co. didn't like being the butt of the joke. Apparently, they're not used to it yet.

Kensington cops say they never meant to embarrass the band, they were just looking for an effective way to get the anti-DUI message to the public. Mission accomplished.

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Avenged Sevenfold Warner Bros. Can't Release Our Greatest Hits ... Unless We Say So!!

12/2/2016 11:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1202-avenged-sevenfold-wb-GETTY-01Avenged Sevenfold is going to war with Warner Bros. Records over a greatest hits album they don't think is so great ... because they never gave it their seal of approval.

The heavy metal band claims WBR released the album without notifying them, letting them select the songs or prepare the artwork -- a clear violation of their recording agreement ... according to a letter fired off to the company's CFO.

Avenged recently left WBR and signed with Capitol Records, then released a new album in October. A source close to the band tells us ... they believe WBR was pissed, so they rushed out a greatest hits album "in a fit of vindictiveness" to eat up the sales of their new record.

The band's demanding WBR pull "The Best of 2005-2013" from the shelves.

We reached out to Warner Bros. Records ... so far, no word back.

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JonBenet Ramsey Investigator My Theory Burke Did It Is Just That ... Theory

12/2/2016 10:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1006-burke-jonbenet-ramsey-splash-5The famed investigator who strongly suggested JonBenet Ramsey was killed by her older brother ... insists he has every right to say so thanks to the Constitution.

Dr. Werner Spitz filed a response Friday to Burke Ramsey's defamation suit, saying the First Amendment allows him to hypothesize who her killer might have been ... because he's not claiming it's FACT, just his theory. 

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Spitz says defamation claims must be based on a "provably false statement of fact," and insists his statements are not. He even points out the radio show that aired his "opinion" noted Spitz's theory hadn't been proven in court.

As we reported ... Burke Ramsey sued Dr. Spitz for $150 million after openly suggesting Burke killed JonBenet. He made very similar remarks during a CBS special about the unsolved case.

Spitz is asking a judge to dismiss the case.

Brian Cushing 'Very Distraught' Over Joe McKnight

12/2/2016 8:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1202-brian-cushing-joe-mcknight-getty-02Brian Cushing is taking the death of his former USC teammate, Joe McKnight, very hard ... so says Brian's friend Zac Diles

Zac -- who played on the Houston Texans with Cushing -- says he spoke with the linebacker hours after the news broke about McKnight ... and he's "very, very distraught."

Cushing has posted the following statement about McKnight:

"Joe I'll never forget the time we had together at SC. It was unbelievable to see you grow and work your ass off from a freshman until the day you were drafted."

"We competed every day in practice only wanting the best for each other. I'm absolutely crushed to hear the news today about you being gone. I'll never forget what you accomplished and how far you came as a player and a person. RIP Joe McKnight."

Beer Mile Record Holder Lands Shoe Deal ... With ADIDAS!!

12/2/2016 7:58 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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There's a new Beer Mile record holder in town ... and not only is he the fastest, most buzzed athlete around, he just landed an endorsement with ADIDAS!!

Corey Bellemore, a 22-year-old college runner for the University of Windsor in Canada, smashed the beer mile world record with a time of 4:34.25 back in August ... and now he's already reaping the benefits with a deal with Three Stripes.

The previous record holder, Lewis Kent (4:47) nabbed a deal with Brooks Running last year ... making this the second major branded endorsement for a beer miler.

"I think with the exposure we created last year around Lewis, more companies are thinking of getting involved in Beer Mile," Kent and Bellemore's rep, Kris Mychasiw, tells TMZ Sports.

Get this ... Corey is a serious track athlete and is gunning to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games ... so the deal is for both the beer mile and professional competition.

Bellemore will have access to Adidas' full line of apparel and footwear, so you know what that means ... FREE YEEZYS!!!!

Tomi Lahren Making Peace with Trevor Noah As for Dating a Black Guy ...

12/2/2016 6:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah and conservative firebrand Tomi Lahren held a peace summit over drinks Thursday night, and Tomi's declaring herself the big winner after their on-air feud.

We spotted Tomi and Trevor having a very peaceful conversation in The Bowery Hotel lobby -- the total opposite of the battle they had on his show. Afterward, TheBlaze host told us she and Trevor still don't see eye-to-eye, but that doesn't mean they can't be friends.

1202-trevor-noah-tomi-lahren-tmz-01She also doesn't give a crap about new haters attacking her. As she put it, "You're gonna watch me either way." No such thing as bad publicity? 

As for Charlamagne Tha God's big question -- has she been with a black guy? Tomi gave us an answer. A coy one.

Joe McKnight Shooter Released from Custody ... No Charges Filed

12/2/2016 6:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-ronald-gasser-joe-mcknight-getty-02The man who shot Joe McKnight has been released from custody and no charges have been filed yet ... this according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Dept. 

We spoke with a rep who tells us 54-year-old Ronald Gasser -- a white male -- was questioned and released "sometime overnight" after officials believed they had no reason to hold him any longer. 

The Sheriff's Dept. tells us ... Gasser "definitely" shot the ex-NFL running back -- but there are "questions about the circumstances surrounding what led up to it."

The rep tells us the investigation is still very much open and the case could go to the grand jury or the district attorney, which will decide whether or not charges should be filed. 

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